- "Magic" used by ordinary people is actually "para-magic." In essence, it is a technique which involves controlling energy."
Para-Magic is the term used to define the "magic used by regular humans" in Final Fantasy VIII. In this game, magic may only be used naturally by a Sorceress, or through the use of a Limit Break or a summoned Guardian Force.
Because ordinary people cannot use magic without the use of one of these, Dr. Odine developed Para-Magic. By studying a Sorceress, he was able to divine a way to manipulate energy to replicate spells. To do this, the would-be spellcaster must "Draw" a specific spell from an enemy, or from a Draw Point. Using this drawn energy, that person may manipulate the energy in the battlefield to cast the spell.