Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pagan Blog Project- M is for What is Magic?

This article was written with the help of my sister, Crystal Luna Rouge, when we first started teaching together.

What is Magic?

Every person has the ability within themselves to do magic. And some people do it without realizing they are performing magic! For example: have you ever made a sick friend or loved one chicken soup when they were feeling ill? If so, you put all your love and energy into making the soup, so it would help them get better faster. This is a form of magic.

Most people are afraid of magic because they have been taught that it is evil. But now with magic coming back into the world and out of the “broom closet”, the truth is slowly but surely coming out as well. Magic is not evil. It is a very natural ability that can be practiced by anyone who wants positive change in their lives.

The Dictionary’s Definition of Magic:
1. The art that purports to control or forecast natural events, effects, or forces by invoking the supernatural.
a. The practice of using charms, spells, or rituals to attempt to produce supernatural effects or control events in nature.
b. The charms, spells, and rituals so used.
2. The exercise of sleight of hand or conjuring for entertainment.
3. A mysterious quality of enchantment: “For me the names of those men breathed the magic of the past” (Max Beerbohm).

1. Of, relating to, or invoking the supernatural: “stubborn unlaid ghost/that breaks his magic chains at curfew time” (John Milton).
2. Possessing distinctive qualities that produce unaccountable or baffling effects.

[Middle English magik, from Old French magique, from Late Latin magica, from Latin magic, from Greek magik, from feminine of magikos, of the Magi, magical, from magos, magician, magus. ]

Magic vs. Magick

Magic within this document will be spelt as you would find it in a Dictionary:

Magic spelt M-a-g-i-c-k was introduced by Aliester Crowley to differentiate it from stage performers. Aliester Crowely defined magic as "The Science and Art of causing change to occur in conformity with Will". I think it means: Using your own will to bring change into your life.

Forms of Magic
There are many forms of magic for example: Folk, Witchcraft, Vodoun, Santeria, Qabala, Ceremonial, Herbal, Moon/Lunar, Crystal, Color, Poppet, Elemental, Food/Kitchen, Knot, Powder, Healing, Weather, Binding, Protection, Sex, Glamour, Dream, Scrying, Fairy and Candle magic to name of few.
Wicca seems to embrace most forms of magic but can vary on the practitioner.

Is Magic Energy?
Some have speculated that Magic is an energy or force of some kind, and this would appear to be true in many situations. For example the ritual of Drawing down the Moon. Without going into too much detail Drawing down the Moon is a ritual where a Priestess or Solitary Female within the magic circle points her Athame at the full moon and lets the Moons energies fill her body, she then uses this "energy" for her magical endeavour, whatever that may be.

Another example is where a Witch or Magician charges Tools, Herbs, Stones, Candles, Talismans etc. Therefore to "Charge" something they must believe that there is an "energy" of some sort. I have also read of stories where within a magic circle with several people involved that sparks of energy have literally jumped from person to person. This would also suggest that there is some kind of "energy" involved.

“Recent discoveries in quantum physics (the study of the physics of sub-atomic particles) and in cosmology (the branch of astronomy and astrophysics that deals with the universe taken as a whole) shed much light on how mind interacts with the universe. These discoveries compel acceptance of the idea that there is far more than just one universe and that we constantly interact with many of these "hidden" universes.
Unfortunately, most books on quantum cosmology are written in language that an ordinary intelligent person cannot understand. Moreover, many if not most scientists are in a state of denial of anything supernatural. They are blind to the paranormal and simply cannot see the obvious logical conclusions of their own discoveries.

What is needed is a source that explains in understandable, non-mathematical terms the relationship between mind and matter––how the human mind acts to influence the physical world.
Such a source exists.”
Magic to modern day people (and the past).... Energy work in all the forms. It can be shown in many ways. There can be obvious physical seeing a wound heal before your eyes, moving things with the mind (telekenetics), teleportation, etc... There can mental psychic abilities, talking to spirit (plants, animals, dead, ascended beings, etc...). Increased perceptions...see auras, hear thoughts, feel energy, etc...

Is Magic Desire?

Do practitioners of magic believe so much in their science that they simply just see what they want to see. Their perception is so intense in a belief in magic that after casting a spell or doing a ritual say for example:

Making a wish while blowing out candles on a birthday cake. This is one of the oldest forms of magic that has been around for centuries. What really happens here? The person is sending out the desire for an object of material substance or outcome. Does having intense belief in your perception guide you to draw to you the things in life that you desire. This spell or ritual you conducted was a focusing tool to make you concentrate and guide your energies towards your desire to accumulate something in your life.

It draws its power from a deep well in the center of the human soul. Within this well are the waters of the unconscious, and below the surface dwell all possibilities and potentials, awaiting their turn to be pulled up into the light and made real. So long as they remain under the surface, they do not exist, but the moment they are captured and brought forth they come to be. Other types are manipulations. Manifesting things you desire, changing weather, time, probability of future events, etc.. Personal oneself, making self a higher more pure being. Intent is very powerful tool.

Many people will to tell you to perform magic you need certain things i.e. Tools, Props, Timing, Astrological correspondences, Moon phase etc, to be successful in your magical workings. I believe it depends on the user’s preference. Personally, I think these things enhance your magical work but really don't do the work for you. They are simply an added bonus.

So what is magic? To be honest I am not 100% sure. I believe in a Universal Force whether this is actually the energy we use in magic is another matter. I personally do not believe it is what one sees on television shows and movies such as Charmed, The Craft, and Harry Potter. Their magic to me is the magic of imagination and is entirely a different subject.

How do you define magic in your own tradition?

Blessed be,

What is Magic by Wren Walker of Witches Voice
Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
What is Magic? By: Donald Tyson (article found on internet)

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