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And so, as Twilight Sparkle's hope fades away, the mantle of heroism returns to her teacher, and a new journey begins.
In the description for page 93, I talked about Richard Dawkins's forms of magic, and how this story deals as much in poetic magic as it does in traditional magic. Here, we are met with a fourth kind of magic. A kind of magic people talk about when they see things happen that they don't understand. But, when they learn what makes it so, they say that the magic is gone.
When reality replaces fantasy, when knowledge replaces ignorance, that "magic" dies.
I think Gralo just gave us all the origin of this story's title.
This is my headcanon regarding the astrophysics of the world of Equestria, and is something I'd actually pondered ever since I watched the first few minutes of the very first episode. Assuming the world of Equestria weren't some mythic realm where old-time humanity's model of a geocentric universe was correct, and instead operated on rules were closer to the model of the universe that we use (allowing for magic and brightly colored miniature horses), what would be the implications of a geocentric planet who's day and night were controlled by the magical creatures living on it?
I don't know about how the planet gathered all that magic in the first place though, and I don't think Celestia knows either. I think Gralo just pulled that one out of his cloaca to make her feel even more miserable.
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My Little Pony (c) Hasbro,
Friendship is Magic was created by and assistants.
I like seeing people's take on how magic works. Very interesting.
I never thought that deep into the Equestria-astrophysics. Now I will have this in mind everytime I watch the episodes...
explanation to all of this...
Not that it would make much sense for 'Tia to have done it, given that history clearly records that ponykind as a whole, and the need for magic to control the heavens, significantly predate her and Luna.
How long until we have to drag you people back to the realm of rational thought? How many of your walls must we tear down until you see that such superstitious belief is childish?
Nor crawls, nor roars, but, from the rest withdrawn,
Gladly of this whole earth would make a shambles
And swallow up existence with a yawn...
Of gibbets, weeping tears he cannot smother.
You know this dainty monster, too, it seems —
Hypocrite reader! — You! — My twin! — My brother!
Big yawn = Big Bang?
BTW, you know what I call that fourth kind of magic? MIRACLES!
But according to the hearths warming eve story, unicorns moved the sun and moon long before her time - suggesting that the geocentric system was already rolling when Celestia got there.
Anything is possible here.