Here is the way I see Magiq, and the greater universe as a whole. Now, keep in mind, I am still excessively green here, and not entirely read up on how you all have experienced Magiq, but this is the very general gist of how it flows through my veins. Magiq is just a primeval name for energy. (or energy a modern name for Magiq, take your choice.) Everything that is not nothing (read: a void or vacuum) contains Magiq. You, me, elephants, tigers, birds, bugs, trees, and even stones and the air itself! Casting a spell, i.e. OracleSage's Shapeshifting (a personal favorite of mine) is simply the manipulation of Magiq. Magiq is a living, flowing thing. in ancient times, when everyone felt the presence of Magiq all around them and didn't know what to call it, they called it God. And now that we can see it, but have forgotten what it's true name is, we call it energy. So therefore, think of Magiq not as simply a tool or means to an end. Instead, think of it as your ally, your friend. Not beholden unto you, but wishing to help you. Guide it, don't force it. Show it, don't shove it. And the more clearly you picture your intent, the easier it will be for Magiq to help you. Words act as a magnifying glass for your mind, making clear intent of fuzzy thought, as does desperate need, such as that seen in unconscious spellcasting. I will also say this. I think there are many more adepts out there than we realize. I believe whatever the spell was that made us forget Magiq, also tried to put up barriers in the minds and bodies of adepts to keep them from being able to use Magiq, as is their birthright. These barriers can manifest in many different ways, from ADHD, to MPD, to Depression, just to name a few. Feel free to question anything that is unclear and I will try to explain it better.