What "is" Magic in the occult sense of the word? How is it harnessed and where is it learned?

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is there a book? A single or multiple unadulterated publication(s) that is the corner stone of this type of study? Renowned by Wiccan’s and other’s of the society that follows this path? I want to know.
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Kurt V

“Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts” by Donald Michael Kraig is the book I’m reading at the moment that was given to me by a friend as a good introduction.

David M didn't die

It is harnessed when you shake shake shake
shake shake shake
shake your booty shake your booty
The magic is in the boogie
It is learned on the dance floor

pointwithinacircle

No, there is no single answer to this question. There are as many varieties of Magic as there are of Christianity. The most basic answer I can give you is that Magic is the ability to do something that the observer cannot figure out.

Bill A

There is a difference between the magicians spoken of in the Bible and the magicians and illusionists one sees today at parties and in stage show acts. The magicians in the Bible either gained their power from demonic forces, or else they were little more than charlatans who pretended to have great knowledge, to discover secrets, tell fortunes, and predict things to come.
The word “magic” is actually used six times in the Bible, three times in the Old Testament and three times in the New Testament. However, the word, “magician(s)” is used 15 times. We know that the Egyptians worshipped many gods and that magic played an important part in the rituals of their high priests. It was through the deception of magic that the Egyptians were made to believe their gods actually had power. Genesis speaks of magicians in Pharaoh’s service. But it is interesting to note that they were powerless to interpret Pharaoh’s dream (Genesis 41:8), prompting Pharaoh to send for Joseph who interpreted it correctly because he spoke the words God gave him.
The Book of Exodus speaks of magicians practicing what is called “secret arts” (Exodus 8:7), as they brought up frogs and thereby replicating God’s plague on the land of Egypt. Magic in this case was used in an attempt to mock God by mimicking the miracles God performed through Moses. Magic and sorcery played a major role in the pantheistic religion of Egypt. Its ancient documents record the activities of the magicians, one of the most prominent being the charming of serpents. These men were also self-styled “wise men” and “sorcerers,”– the learned men of the day and the religious as well. Two of these men, named Jannes and Jambres are mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:8. Any supernatural power they may have had came from Satan (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). If not supernaturally inspired, they simply practiced their trade by optical illusion, sleight of hand, or the learned physical manipulation of things such as snakes. In either case, deceit was their aim, and they were sufficiently skillful to completely fool Pharaoh and his servants.
In regard to the magicians and illusionists we see today, if they are nothing more than entertainers, there is probably nothing wrong with being entertained by them. If, however, they are involved with the occult, clearly this is something Christians must avoid. The difficulty is in knowing which are occultic and which are not. In any case, wisdom and discernment are needed whenever dealing with any form of magic / illusion.

SheWhoWatches

Magic is not occult. It is the focusing and directing of energies that are naturally found here on earth. It has to do with your will and intent. Meditation and practice will help with learning how to use it. I might recommend this book: “Magic: History, Theory, and Practice,” by Ernst Schertel.

llewen

Magick is the focusing of intent, thereby manipulating matter/reality. There is no one path, no one book to learn this–most of it is in you. It isn’t something done by fancy tools (wands, robes, magic powders that flare up when thrown into fire, etc.)–it is done by the person, the tools just help one to focus their energy and will.

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