This may seem like a silly question, but it is being asked in isolation for clarity.

Is magic a physical force, an astral force, or considered its own separate attribute of magical?

The subtext of this question involves wall of force and the exclusion principle in that it doesn't state "magic" as something it stops.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I have absolutely no idea what this question means. What is a “physical force” or “astral force” in this context? I doubt it has much to do with older editions’ planar interactions in spells, at least that doesn’t seem like the context this is coming from to me. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Sep 23 '18 at 12:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ Hi @Play Patrice, it does not help your question's clarity that you ask it in isolation. We will be much better able to help you if, on the contrary, you provide us with as much context about where and why that question arises as you can, because then we can target what kind of answer you are looking for, and vote on answers according to whether they are helpful in that context or not. \$\endgroup\$ – Anaphory Sep 23 '18 at 12:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ Now that you have accepted an answer, I guess I understand what you wanted to know, but I still don’t know what an “astral force” is or what that means. I’m honestly interested in that, though, so clarifying your question is still a good idea even if you are satisfied with the answer you’ve received. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Sep 23 '18 at 14:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan Excellent point - and always good to remember that the Questions here are both for the person who asked them and others who may have the same question later. Clarifying so a question can be reopened (especially if there's answer that 's working for you) improves the whole community. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Sep 23 '18 at 14:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ Based on the user's other questions, I believe this question is actually about gathering rules support for a loophole that allows magic to pass through a wall of force; it blocks "physically" moving through it and ethereal travel (but not astral travel). The actual question of whether magic can bypass a wall of force has already been answered. \$\endgroup\$ – Quadratic Wizard Sep 23 '18 at 19:08

Magic is its own thing.

According to the D&D 5th edition Player's Handbook, p. 201 (Ch. 10, "Spellcasting"):

Magic permeates the worlds of D&D and most often appears in the form of a spell. [...] A spell is a discrete magical effect, a single shaping of the magical energies that suffuse the multiverse into a specific, limited expression. In casting a spell, a character carefully plucks at the invisible strands of raw magic suffusing the world [...]

  • Magical is not physical, per se, although it can be used to create physical effects, it's magical energies that suffuse the multiverse.
  • It's not "astral", although some spells do affect the Astral Plane. Dungeon Master's Guide p. 46-48 describes the Astral Plane, and it isn't described as the source of magic, or made of magic, at any point. The DM is, of course, free to invent their own campaign setting where this is the case.
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    \$\begingroup\$ Raw magic is the stuff of creation, the mute and mindless will of existence, permeating every bit of matter and present in every manifestation of energy throughout the multiverse I recommend you add that bit to your "magic is its own thing" as it comes from the text box on page 205, PHB. I think it would help strengthen the point you are making. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Sep 23 '18 at 18:47

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