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  • “Creating changes in consciousness in conformity to one’s Will.” (Dion Fortune, 20th Century Golden Dawn memeber and British occultist)

    The key words in the definition for me are:
    1. Creating: bringing something new into this world, whether a meme, a thought form, a work of art, a writing, an idea, or a physical object.
    2. Changes: Something is not the same as it was before the act of magick.
    3. Consciousness: Your awareness of something. How you view it. Or using Quantum Physics, the object observed being changed by the observer. Psychology. The human mind is bigger than we know.
    4. Conformity: In this magick brings like ideas to the human mind.
    5. Will: Our true Path. Not our “Wants,” though it is often what we want, but rather the path we’d travel through the heavens if we were metaphorically “stars.”

    So, Magick is a psychological exercise of bringing improvements to our lives and the lives of those around us and our tribe (community, hive, etc) as fits within our true goal in life.

  • Any definition of magic has an inherent flaw, because within the essence of magic we find potential for metamorphosis. As soon as we grasp one reality, the construct shifts again toward some new and bright unknown. Logic will not help us here, no matter how much time and effort we place into exposing magic down to the bare bone. Yet, in silence and without words, we all have some intuitive sense of what magic means to us, on a few levels. How then can we begin to define this undefinable?

    We use the word “magic” in a variety of situations. We will describe someone has having a magical touch and turning some endeavour into a major success. An advertisement might push the idea that a whiz-bang cleaning product works like magic. We might ask small children to tell us the magic word when we would like them to say “please” or “thank-you”. An old city with cobbled streets half-caught in moonlight works its magic on us. We have probably all said, at one time, or another, that we wish we could wave a magic wand and make things better.

    We can all recall some experiences that seemed simply magical. An infant’s first real peal of laughter; our first kiss; that time we felt our selves transported by a fanfare of orchestral music or fireworks; the lingering perfume of a blossom as we walked by that sent our minds into a memory-spin; the impact of a full moon rising in swollen grandeur; an electrifying meld as eyes meet across a crowded room; that moment when we feel changed and everything that we ever knew slid into a new perspective; such moments linger on the mind and we wonder. In this sense, magic, as some momentary lapse of reason that lifts us up out of the mundane, or drops us deep into the mysterious inner core of our life force, belongs to all of us.

    The magical moment transcends the “normalities” of time and space. Everything resonates with an amplified sensory shimmer or sharpness. Nothing else really exists outside of that which has our undivided attention, and our own heightened sense of awareness to that stimulus. We find our selves taken out of everyday reality. This singular instant impacts and resonates upon our mind and memory, forever stored as some wondrous moment with a quality all of its own.

    If a group of people each had to offer a single word to express the feeling just before and/or after some marvellously magical event or moment, the word “electric” might appear in a short list. We feel changed in some way, by almost intangible force or forces within our selves. We feel connected in some way, to almost intangible forces beyond our selves.

    These split seconds of dynamic charge highlight aspects of magic that we all experience, now and then. In such moments, influences trigger a heightened response in us, basically from the outside, in. By way of contrast, the person committed to the study and practice of magic, works with various techniques and methodologies to deliberately utilise the same kind of dynamic charge, but usually, from the inside, out. On both counts, magic involves the transfer of information, and a resonance with patterns, at a level that touches the deepest aspects of the selves.

    We must also remember that the study and practice of magic has evolved over the centuries. The concerns of the Egyptian priest doing his six monthly stint in a temple, 4000 odd years ago, has little in common with the traditions of someone in the later Greek or Roman mystery schools. Similarly, the modern shamanic practitioner, whilst recognising some common ground, will have a particular bias to their understandings of magic, compared to, say, the ceremonialist. Likewise, the modern witch, with a religious predisposition to magic, generally differs in mindset from the person focused on a toss of the dice to play with random belief for the moment at hand.

    In essence, today, we place our imagination in the driver’s seat, and cruise into high gear with improvisation and innovation. We may well find that magic represents the cultivation of specific techniques and approaches to drive imagination and will into the maelstrom of probability, and harness change to the vehicle of our desires.

  • Magick, at its core, is the process of applying your will to the Universe to make things happen.

    That sounds like a very tall order, but consider this:

    Everything is made up of energy. You, the chair your sitting one, the electricity that flows through your computer, the house around you…everything that we perceive as “solid” is really made up of energy particles that have decided to behave in a manner that we interpret as “matter.”

    At the Planck scale, the basement level of reality–the level at which all matter can be seen to be energy–things happen in ways we don’t expect on a larger scale. Particles move from one place to another without crossing the intervening space. They simply are not where they were, and then they are in the new spot! Particles can be in two, or three, or even a dozen different places–at the same time. Something which we are taught is impossible, and yet, it happens.

    Most importantly for purposes of magick–scientists have discovered that by wanting or expecting certain things, they can make those things happen! The force of a sentient will can cause energy to behave differently than it would behave if unobserved.

    This can also happen on the larger scale. By focusing intently–by directing enough energy and will toward a particular situation–we can influence that situation. But it’s harder, on a larger scale, because there are other, sometimes vastly greater, forces trying to influence any given situation in any number of ways. The lottery, for instance. Basic magic theory would state that if I concentrate hard enough, I should be able to make my numbers come up, right? Except that there are literally millions of people whose minds are focused against that possibility. In the end, it evens out and the random forces of the universe–which move on a much grander scale than we can perceive–take over to determine the ultimate outcome.

    It takes practice, and patience, and yes, belief to make magick work. Without belief, without being convinced that you ARE making a difference, you can’t make a difference.

    I hope this helps.

  • Now, I am Wiccan, used to spell magic with a K. I don’t anymore.

    I read on some website, don’t quite remember the name, but somebody definitely will (wicca.timerift?) about spelling magic with a K.

    Somebody along the Wiccan road, decided to distinguish the Wiccan magic from the magic show magic. Spelling magic without a K doesn’t make it un-Wiccan, just so you know.

    Your answer: I guess for me, it is a hidden energy. If you wanted a spell to clean your room, magic wouldn’t clean it, it would help you get motivated. If that makes any sense…

    🙂

  • Magic or however it is spelled now days.

    An undefinable energy manipulated by a being to create an action reaction not yet able to be identified by science. It is also important to mention that it cannot be recreated, for the most part, by science and also plays a role of religous punishment if abused.

    In many cultures it is considered a ‘gift’ by god.

    Never the less, magic is physics and biology in its effects unknown to our limited understanding. Sometimes called psionics in the modern world, this energy force is prevelent in all cultures, religions and time periods in some form or fasion.

    Belief is choice though it’s effects are natural. Because this is an unseen type of effect there are many who claim to effect the world around us thus creating an illusion of control and then there are those who can. This causes the masses to not believe being that it is safer has no baring on the persistant world as they understand it.

    Truth be told, magic is thought produced into action. The essence of high quality magic at a masters level, is the divine ability to use it without any physical action.
    What I am saying right here is that using thought and your physical body to get something is techinically magic. Thought is considered magic as well as plans moving into fuission.

    Someday we will discover and uncover unexplained physics and biological relations through which they are effected. For now this ‘magic’ is a paranormal science and is still not taken seriously.

    There is one important item to mention. Just because one does not believe in a certian aspect of the universe does not mean there is a lack of its effects. It only means that we have not discovered it scientifically, yet.

    Gods are not prevelent in every culture, but magic in some form or fasion is. There is a reason for that.

  • Magick-the art and science of foucasing your will and emotions to effect change in both the world around and within you.Its neither good nor bad positive or negative it is the use of the power that determains the path it will take

  • its kinda like magic but with a k

    or just go read some Aleister Crowley he coined that tearm to distinguish thelema from tricksy magic.

  • It’s bs believed only by kids who play dungeons & dragons and a way for bullied nerdy goth kids to get a false sense of revenge.

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