We know that religions are firmly against Magic, as much as praying to other gods. From this, there's a misconception and prejudice about it. Essentially, the saying goes that performing Magic is a sin and cheating and should be reserved only for God. Only God is allowed to use it and perform miracles, and so on.
The ancient religious leaders and text writers were wary of competitors, and Mages were such a force back then (no one knows whether they were real or not). Church leaders did not want the populace to use their services since it meant fewer donations for the leaders of religion. Therefore, witchcraft and Magic were to be eradicated.
While Magic claims to work similarly to an exact science and reproduce results reliably, where is the personal spiritual growth here? In order to access the world of Magic and influence the creation, there's a key element to it: the coachman-reins-horse principle. The spirit controls the body through electrical signals in the nervous system. Similarly, a Magus affects world events by creating distortions in the mental fields of the Earth and by inception.
It's not possible to claim "enlightenment" or "awakening" in Magic. The New Age followers describe their breakthroughs in understanding spiritual development with those buzzwords. In Magic, you record actual achievements or siddhi and replicate them. If you can reliably replicate your skills and acquire a certain number of them, you may be considered Magus. There's no initiation or enlightenment ritual; it results from practice. Generally, a Magus is someone who possesses enough power to influence external events/objects or people via the use of spiritual force. Would a neigong practitioner who acquired telekinesis be considered Magus? It's a tricky question; while the chi a Neigong master uses is not purely spiritual, the means to acquire chi may have involved spiritual work, such as meditation, so the term sometimes may be used with a degree of looseness.
The problem with Magic is the lack of a source of power and the inability to find it. There have been many attempts to describe and investigate the world's governing forces and write grimoires about how to summon spirits. For example, in the book of Abramelin the Mage, you can try and call the spirits to do various things for you. But you can only access the source if you have a certain internal power developed in you. Therefore, we'd like to pay more attention to internal methods that help build your sea of consciousness. The actual growth of your sea of consciousness is the process of spiritual development. Therefore, there's no point in learning Buddhist rules or ethics; they will come about by themselves as you grow your presence in the spirit world.
You can't become ethical or spiritual by performing good deeds and following the rules; those are the consequences of your development. Similarly, dressing as a Taoist won't make you a Taoist. The ethics code and moral code of conduct are reserved for someone with great powers; if you don't have them, there's no reason to adhere to the code.
The ability to obtain information remotely, either from physical or astral/mental worlds, is called clairvoyance. During the spiritual journey, a Magus will acquire this information accidentally or spontaneously. Often, communication may come during sleep, when the consciousness is out of the physical body and traveling in other worlds. Clairvoyance is a skill that comes naturally without special training.
When a Magus advances to higher ranks by developing his skills, it's not uncommon to become more integrated with the world. It occurs because Magus is more aware of what happens in the world and what forces are at play. You could compare a Magus with a President, someone with more connections than anyone else. In the case of Magus, the connections and interactions are on higher spiritual levels.