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What is the difference between high magick and low magick?

(no religious condemnation please)
The Canadian Atheist : You should do a bit of reading on magic(k), then you will understand the question better.
Witness4… : can’t you read?


  1. High magic is when you pull a rabbit out of a hat on stage.
    Low magic is when you pull a bottle of thunderbird out of an old boot on skid row…
    (psst, you DO realize that there is no such thing as magic other than the “tricks” you buy in certain stores right? Right?)

  2. Those Who Practice Magic Arts
    Webster defines magic as: 1 a: the use of means (as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces b: magic rites or incantations
    2 a: an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source b: something that seems to cast a spell
    The bible says, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-13) No one that does these things will be blameless before God. God cannot look upon these acts. These acts are for the wicked. These acts are practices that the bible says not to do.
    He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. (2 Kings 21:6) When people practice magic arts, then they are doing evil in the site of God. When people do evil, they provoke God to anger. When God is angry he pours out his wrath on you. You will not be blessed, but you will be cursed.
    Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. (Revelation 22:5) This verse is comparing everyone who practices evil with dogs. Bible says magic arts are a false practice. When this verse is saying outside, it is talking about being outside of heaven. People who practice magic arts will not enter into the gates of heaven.
    But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8) All who practice magic arts will go to the lake of fire (HELL). This is what the bible calls the second death. God will judge all the wicked. The wicked will be judge at the white throne judgment.
    If you are one of the people who practice magic arts God will forgive you. Just repent and turn from your wickedness.

  3. High Magick is theurgic. That is it relates to the spiritual attainment of the Magickians H.G.A or genius.
    Low Magick is goetic. That is it relates to lower forms of attainment such as materialism and uses lower forms of energy to bring this about.

  4. Low Magick is sometimes also called Earth Magick. It’s called ‘low’ because it was practiced in villages and small agricultural communities in the middle ages. The aims are very down-to-earth, the incantations are short and a lot of visual symbolism and associations are used (herbs, fire). Wicca is essentialy Earth Magick.
    High Magick is called so because it was practiced on ‘high’ ground, ie cities. City folk had the advantage of being educated and having access to books, so High Magick reflects this. The system is strongly focused on long, elaborate rituals that require a lot of rote memorisation and looking up very abstract associations (incense with planet and name of angel). Unlike Earth Magick which kept the names of the ye olde Gods, High Magick used a lot of Christian symbolism to make it seem like they were just engaging in religious worship (protection from the persecution of the Church). Ceremonial Magick is the pinnacle of High Magick today; Thelema, Hermeticism, Grimoir Work (‘old system magick’) all belong here.
    High Magick (and only high magick) branches into theurgy (effecting change in yourself) and thaumaturgy (effecting change in this, material, world).
    Edit: Glee and Spunky hit the nail on the head *laughs*


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