With the awakening of 2011, magic was real, or as some say real again. Certain people, often people who had been deeply connected to magical or ritual practices could now actually start flinging real mojo. This is what allowed howling coyote to walk out of his reservation and eventually retake the American West for Native Americans. Magicians can both cast spells and access the astral plane. The astral plane being aother reality superimposed over the mundane world, here auras are reflected, spirits can be encountered, and other mages can congre
Flinging mojo however isn’t how the trids make it out to be, every time a magician casts a spell he puts a bit of himself into it. As a result some spells, especially powerful ones can fry the magician as well as the target.
Also of course there were the initial persecutions. People were afraid some still are that there are magicians out there. While Magicians are rare, maybe only 1 in 1000 people are awakened, they have had 60 years to be accepted. Now a days most magicians can expect ambivilence rather than hate. Not so much for technomancers.