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What Is Magick

 

When we think of magic, we usually envision the age old image of a stage magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. This illusionist or conjurer is seen in many forms through out our world. His hands are always quicker than our eyes and they never reveal the secrets of their trade.

 

The term magic also conjures up the images of powerful people such as witches and wizards, able to alter the course of destiny through various ways such as the waving of a hand, or by reciting special words. These figures in fiction possess some secret knowledge that allows them to seemingly go beyond the laws of nature.

 

Such images provide respite or escape from a world that on the surface seems stable and predictable. In another sense, perhaps on a deeper level, these figures allow us to fantasise about the changes we would implement in our lives if only it were humanly possible.

 

 

Webster's dictionary defines magic as: "A comprehensive name for all of the pretended arts which claim to produce effects by the assistance of supernatural beings, or departed spirits or by a mastery of secret forces in nature attained by a study of occult science, including enchantment, conjuration, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, incantation, etc. "

 

A British occultist by the name of Aleister Crowley defined magick as: "the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the will." It is also Crowley who was reputed to be the first who used the spelling magick, rather than magic in his work in order to differentiate it from the magic of the stage illusionist, as well as the type of magic found in works of fiction.

 

It was Crowley's view that all acts of will, no matter what they happen to be are in fact acts of magick. The scientific aspect of his definition therefore sets up a premise that there is some formulaic way that can be applied to cause realchange in our environment, and that this change will conform to the way we have willed or desired it be. Basically, our desires can become our reality.

 

 

Like Crowley I also believe that the will is the major component to cause change in our lives. If we decided to stop eating, we would perish, so we can plainly see that through willing ourselves to eat and take in nourishment we help to produce the result of staying alive, for nothing in the universe happens without the application of will.

 

This is not something that we either believe in or not, it is an indisputable fact. If we don't use our will power we don't create.

 

It is believed that nature takes this premise further, and that the universe has a will that is being acted out in every moment with out ceasing. The will of nature is not a secret because we are part of nature and part of the divine plan simply by being here. Just by being created in the first place we have fulfilled our original purpose.

 

 

The main tenet of magick is that if we are part of nature and like nature in every way, we have in us the power to create in a multitude of ways; not merely limited to the reproduction of our species. Our desires, just like the rhythms of the universe have the potential to become reality.

 

You may have noticed during my explanation of magick that I avoided the term God, or Goddess. I did this not because I don't believe in a higher power, only because it has been done already. There are countless literary works that have for their objective the inquiry into the nature of deity.

 

I have my personal views regarding deity which I will later discuss, but at this time I find it imperative to highlight the aspect of spirituality that is usually glossed over entirely; the core of your being.

 

 

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