Here is a quote from Alan Moore that struck me like a thunderbolt when I first read it. In my daily work, it carries me and nourishes me, it is like a beacon casting an iridescent light on what I undertake:
"I believe that magic is art, and that art is literally magic. Art, like magic, is about manipulating symbols, words or images to produce changes in consciousness. In fact, casting a spell is simply saying, manipulating words, to change people's consciousness, and that's why I think an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman."