What is the difference between Magic, Magick, and Magik?





I have seen the word spelled several different ways here on Y!A. so what are the different meanings or is it just meaningful to the person who spells it different?
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  1. well, magik is actually how it use to be spelled until the english language changed it up, though its still pronounced the same and means the same thing, some people prefer to use magik because thats the original spelling.

  2. I believe that both derive from the original Latin ‘Magi’, which referred to people from a certain area (Magus) who were also know as ‘Wise Men’. They had the wisdom/knowledge to interpret or read stars (Astrologers), dreams, omens. The three wise men (Magi) from the East, etc. referring to someone who could interpret the ‘unseen forces of nature’ and how these forces can influence events. Perhaps the modern equivalent Fortune-teller.
    It entered the English language around 1200 when it was translated as someone having ‘Supernatural Powers’, or simply having powers that the normal person didn’t understand.
    From this came the term Magic/Magician referring to Sorcerer, Illusionist, trickster. So the modern interpretations are:
    Magic/magicians perform tricks, slight of hand, illusionists, staged performances. Pretending to have powers but are just performing tricks.
    Magik is now used to differentiate between those who pretend to have powers and those who seek to learn about the ‘unseen powers/forces in nature’. This still scares many people who cannot understand how such ‘unseen’ powers in nature can influence our lives. Thus the term ‘Supernatural’ has been attributed to this.
    The term ‘Black Magic’ refers to attempts to use these forces in an evil way.
    I don’t know of any word in Celtic or Gaelic using the letter ‘K’?

  3. Er you’re going to have to do better than “Ancient Celtic way of saying the English magic”, as most Celtic languages (ancient and modern) don’t have a K in them.
    If you’re not from a present Celtic nation, don’t dictate my language to other people.
    Literally the difference is “Magic” was seen as stage magic, and “Magick” has been used in Grimoires since the 17th century (in reference to ‘Goetick’ & ‘Naturall’ too, see how they dropped the ‘K’ and extra ‘L’?).
    Aleister Crowley knew these Grimoires extensively and re-popularised the term, to differentiate between the two.
    K being the 11th letter in the alphabet was seen as a powerful letter, (more BS) and *BOOM* you have more reasons as to why this archaic spelling and old, REAL old grammar has come back into use.

  4. One is spelled correctly and the other two are not.
    I repeat, if one is not intelligent enough to glean the meaning of a word through the context of the passage used then they have some serious issues. That does not give anyone the right to start changing the spelling of something. If Eubonics didn’t have the right to do it, niether do pagans.

    • Seriously? The spelling makes no difference. don’t get your magickal panties in an uproar. For Goddess sake.
      Calm Down and Breathe
      Even the spelling in any spell does not matter. The intent is there, and the meaning is clear to the Caster.
      Chill chickie

    • It is “neither” not “niether”
      It was “Ebonics” not “Eubonics”
      or are you claiming the right to change the spelling? 😛

    • in the 24 hour clock of earth?s history, standardized spelling has existed for less than a second, and only because old white academics created dictionaries.
      before the last couple of centuries, most english speakers wrote phonetically, which is why there used to be a huge variety of spellings. they?re ALL valid, but Webster decided we should use ?magic? and Crowley decided to redefine ?magick? for his own purposes, which is why I don?t use it. imo it?s fine that ?magic? is a vague umbrella term that absolutely does not convey Path.

    • Actually – the other 2 ARE spelled correctly depending on the USAGE of the word. One is for tricks with hats and bunnies. One is for rituals with full moons & buried jars .. any more elaboration? I?d love to go into detail.

  5. well Sirius you make a good point though i don’t see how that would change the pronunciation. Maybe it’s how they spelled it though.
    Magick, as i said, refers to real spells: love, protection, even a curse.
    Magic refers to card tricks, pulling rabbits out of hats and making coins disappear.

  6. it’s magic. some people started adding a ‘k’ because they thought witchcraft could be confused with stagecraft. then, apparently 6 letters were too much, so some dropped the ‘c’. it all means the same thing, tho you’ll get people screaming that ‘magick’ is different from ‘magic’. some of them are snobs, some of them are pedantic, and most of them are misinformed.

  7. Labgrrl has it.
    And let’s not forget we also sometimes see those crazy spellings like “Majick”. I use either magic or magick when referring to spellwork and the like, depending on which forum I’m discussing it in and in what context.

  8. The different spellings (second and third) are used to differentiate pagan magic from stage magic performed by the likes of David Copperfield.

  9. Magick was a term used by Crowley to refer to intentional action. Magic may refer to magick, stage magic or anything unexplained.
    Magik is just a silly attempt to be different.

  10. The first word is missing the “k” of the other two, and the final word is missing the “c” of the other two.
    I would suspect that some people think misspelling a word somehow differentiates it from other usages of the same word.

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