Aleister Crowley defined Magic as the art or science of combining events with the intent of the practitioner. According to this definition, the practitioner is constantly seeking to realize his/her Higher, Divine Self. Once he/she has found it, he/she becomes a divine incarnation and thus gains the right and the power to change the universe according to his/her intent. Dion Fortune defines Magic as the art of changing ones own consciousness at will.
Another definition of magic is any event in nature that is brought about by force of will. It can happen through the use of a spell, an amulet, a talisman, or a ritual. It takes parts of religion, science, mysticism and psychology to create a way of life and is sometimes called sorcery.
For me, Magic is the energy which gives life to the cosmos. As a pracitioner, a sorcerer may use these energies for his/her own purposes but must be responsible with their application.
True Magic is a harmonic co-existence with the cosmos. It does not necessarily need elaborate rituals with impressive ‘fireworks’.
The Origins of Magic
The word “magic” comes from Latin and Greek. The Latin word is “magicus” and the Greek word is “magikos”. It is believed that the Greek term preceded the Latin term, has been practiced since prehistory, and has been found to be practiced as far back as 30,000 years ago, when cave paintings showed evidence of gods, goddesses and rituals. It was practiced in nearly all the ancient cultures, including ancient Greece, the Egyptians, the Romans and the Zoroastrians.
The term “sorcery” was taken from the French word “sorcerie” and even earlier in Latin, in which the term means “fate” or “one who can influence the outcome of fate”. There are those called a sorceress and those called sorcerers, depending on whether they are male or female.
Magic in Modern Times
In today’s time, those who practice magic are often called witches or Wiccans and is a vital part of the religion of Witchcraft and Wicca. Those who practice magic learn spells that can result in things happening by intention. They learn rituals which honor gods or goddesses. Other rituals are done to cleanse things prior to doing magic. Witches and Wiccans learn the use of magic to charge talismans or amulets in order to provide protection to individuals who wear them or to create things, such as luck, in those who have the charged amulets or talismans.
Magical Thinking as Part of Religions
Witches can engage in magical thinking, in which their thoughts and beliefs cause things to happen. Magical thinking is used as a part of spells or rituals and involves the deeper aspects of doing magic. Magical thinking involves the ability of one’s mind to change what happens in the physical world.
Those who are practitioners of magic have specific religious beliefs of which magic is only a part. There is a whole religion based around it and the production of it is part of a larger belief system that includes the worship of gods and goddesses, the sun, the moon, the earth and the stars. Most people who practice it also believe in the natural arts and are into herbalism and honoring Mother Earth. Magic is seen to be a natural part of the Earth and is used only to affect good. While many have heard of Black Magic, all magic is intended to do no harm to any individuals and Black Magic is among them.
Practitioners believe that some objects are considered sacred and some places are considered sacred. They use these sacred objects and practice magic in sacred places because they believe that it will work better under these circumstances. Practitioners hold sacred the pentacle and the pentagram. They also have articles they use on altars that are considered sacred because they have been consecrated to be that way. Candles, for example, can be anointed with special oils and are then believed to be magical. They can then be used in spellwork and in the performance of rituals.
Magic can involve things like love spells, spells of protection, spells to create luck, spells to draw in money or spells that banish things a person does not want. Magic can do many things and is something people practice in order to have more control over their lives. -> Spells
The Elements of Magic
Spell casters often use the magical elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air. These cannot be found on the periodic table of elements because the nature of their effect is spiritual, not chemical. Their symbolic significance is as follows:
Earth is solid, dark, fertile, rich, and sloooow.
Water is deep, emotional, visionary, and suggestible.
Fire is dramatic, creative, powerful, and sometimes destructive.
Air is visionary, intellectual, quick, and often short-lived.
Black Magic or White Magic?
First, let it be known that Magic itself is neither ‘black’ nor ‘white. The practitioner gives it direction! If it is abused to harm someone, then it is ‘black’. On the other hand, if it is used to try to help someone, then it is ‘white’. Many mistakenly believe that black magic is stronger than white magic. This is also erroneous! Magic is fundamentally only as strong as the will, the faith and the creative imagination of the practitioner. These three are the pillars on which Magic stands – or falls! Additionally, one should definitely avoid the so-called ‘black magic practices’! For everyone is ultimately responsible, under the divine plan, to account for what they have done and what they are doing.
These are the two most important rules:
Everything you send out returns to you three-fold!
This relates to the good as well as the bad!
Do what you like as long as it harms no one!
This also means you should not harm yourself! Magic can, however, be classified as positive and negative. These classifications are related to the moon phases. Positive Magic consists of magical rituals and actions which are designed to gain or achieve something. The waxing moon phase is the time for this. In contrast, negative Magic contains spells with which we want to diminish, lose or get rid of things. The waning moon phase is ideal for this.
Examples for positive Magic: love spells, spells to increase health and achieve goals. Examples for negative Magic: spells to help lose weight, avoid something or give protection from something.
Magic and Ethics
Everyone who examines Magic will soon or later come across a crucial question:
Is it at all ethical to use a power which has virtually unlimited potential? Is it right to access human fate and try to change it? Can we even imagine what sort of circumstantial effects our work may have? Wouldn’t it be better to just refrain from it?
These are all questions which each human being can and must answer for themselves. The only deciding factor here is one’s own moral conviction – education, cultural background and religion play a role here. I think that no one can make their own personal opinion and ethical or moral conviction into a rule for EVERYONE. We may also consider, in this context, that even though we may not use Magic, we make decisions and take actions on a daily basis which influence not only our fate but that of many others. Our life demands actions and decisions. We also, consciously or subconsciously, use many devices to reach our goals.
We may simply call this psychology or common sense, but we may all use a little Magic – unconsciously. The borderlines are not clearly defined – it is often just a matter of definition. Click here to learn more about the Ethics of Love Spells.
Therefore search and compare; probe and experiment.