I was recently on a website which was promoting Egyptian magick. As I read I was in awe over all the great information they had on this ancient and powerful form of magick. Then I started reading what they had to say about other, non Egyptian magick, and came across a line which read:
“Widespread use of Wicca, or evil magic against innocent people for tailored purposes.”
I was shocked, but also frustrated as this is an example of someone writing what they want to be an authoritative article on Egyptian magick without doing any research whatsoever on other forms of magick. To make it worse, they grouped Wicca under voodoo.
Now I’m not an expert, but anyone who has any sort of real experience in any of the above fields would know that is not true.
The next thing I read was even more shocking!
“Voodoo magic is practiced by witches, sorcerers, shamans, fetishists – makers of charms, or bone setters.”
What?! How disappointing. What could have been a great article about Egyptian magick turned into an article that was obviously designed to elevate one practitioner’s form of magick over others. Ridicules.
Does this author not realize Voodoo is also a religion? That Hoodoo and Voodoo are different? That Shamans don’t practice either! That not every witch is going to work with Voodoo.
What is Magick?
So what exactly is magick? Magick is anything one does which creates something on one plane of existence (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, astral, etc) and then transmutes into another plane. For example, for all intensive purposes the law of attraction can be considered to be a form of magick, as you think (mental plane) to create or attract to you in the physical world.
Prayer is a type of magick. It’s something we say and think to create either on the spiritual or the physical.
Shamanic rituals would be considered a type of magick. Shamans do and think (mental) things in the physical (drumming, chanting, etc) and astral to create results in either the physical or astral.
Lighting candles in hopes that it will help you, bring money to you, etc is a magick act. You’re doing something in the physical and mental in hopes of creating a result in the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
Voodoo, Wicca, and Santeria, other types of religion, do religious rituals which again can be considered magick. These are all three different religions however and should not be viewed as being one in the same.
Witchcraft and Hoodoo are other forms of magick. It’s important to understand not every person that practices Witchcraft considers themselves to be Wiccan, and most people that practice Hoodoo certainly are not part of the Voodoo religion. Witchcraft and Hoodoo are not related nor do they consider themselves to be linked in anyway.
As can be seen, there are many types of magick practitioners and schools of magick. A person would do well to investigate the historical roots of each before beginning to practice magick.
Two Types of Magick
In reality I think what the writer’s of the Egyptian magick article were trying to do was present to people the idea that there are two types of magick. High magick and low magick.
High Magick is a term associated primarily with ceremonial magick, however not all ceremonial magick will be high magick. In essence, high magick is anything that works on improving the spiritual or higher self. Many shamanic rituals fall under this umbrella.
Low magick, on the other hand, would be things like love spells, prosperity spells, and those types of magickal works which deal with the earthly world.
Protection magick may fall under either and occasionally both, depending on various factors.
Neither is bad. They are just different from each other. Most magick practitioners will practice both forms at various points and times.
Good Magick Vs Bad Magick
I believe that article was also trying to distinguish between good and bad magickl. Good magick, which is normally called white magick, is anything which aims to help the self or another without interfering with the free will of someone. It’s also usually seen as healing or protective in nature.
To be considered white magick, healing work requires that permission is given from the person you’re doing the healing work on or that the person’s higher self agrees to the healing work. In doing a love spell from a white magick perspective, the focus is on attracting the right mate without naming a specific person. These are just some examples of white magick.
Black magick, on the other hand, is any form of magick which does interfere with the free will of another or that works to directly harm someone. Thus, a love spell, if not done properly, can fall into the realm of black magick. If, for example, you try to cast a spell to make someone fall in love with you, this falls under the realm of black magick. Any spell that directly tries to cause something to happen to another person or tries to manipulate or make another person do something, is black magick. Likewise, to curse, punish, or hex someone, etc., this would also fall under black magick, as one would be seeking to harm another. This is true even if you’re causing harm to another person as a means of protecting the self or with the purpose of it being for that person’s own good.
This is one reason why wording is so important when it comes to magickal work. How you say something and your intention can go a long ways in making a particular spell white or black in nature.
When in doubt, most people that practice magick will add a phrase such as “may this be done in the highest good of all without harm, hurt, or interfering with the free will or another” to their spell.
There is a third type of magick which is not often talked about. It’s gray magick.
Gray magick is the realm between white and black magick. It’s when you’re doing a magickal act that you believe will be good, but aren’t 100 percent sure.
An example would be casting a prosperity spell to help you do well in the interview you’re going to have. While the intentions are good and you’re not directly seeking to interfere with someone else’s free will, there’s a chance that someone’s free will could be affected. In other words, the guy interviewing you may have his free will affected instead of the spell helping you to be more confident, speak better, know the right things to say, etc.
This middle ground usually is best avoided by novices. For advanced practitioners, they typically will do some divination or spend time in deep meditation or prayer before doing such magick.
Why is black magick so bad?
Black magick is considered bad due to the karmic consequences that go along with it. This is a topic to be explored at a future date and time.
Bottom Line: Magick is not something to be scared of nor is all magick bad. Magick should, however, be respected for the power it has. It’s important to be educated on what magick is, the types of magick, and the various forms that magick can take including the various types of religions that may practice them. Only with this information will a person be able to work with magick in a safe, productive, good, and understanding manner.