Publisher: Black Witch S
Series: Your Online First Degree in Witchcraft - A Wiccan Themed Course
Publication Date: May 26, 2016
Binding: Kobo eBook
The Art of Magic.
First Degree book in Wiccan Witchcraft
Magick can be at the very heart of what it means to be a Witch, although it is generally viewed as being of secondary importance to the worship of the Goddess and God. Like many areas of human knowledge and expertise it is an evolving art with diverse strands. It can be a complicated and overwhelming subject for the beginner. It is not a religion, although it can have goals that are in line with religious aspirations.
One of the most famous definitions of magic was given by Aleister Crowley who wrote that it could be considered as, "The science and art of causing changes to occur in conformity with will".
Magic relies on the active participation of the individual in all its processes. It is not something for those who wish to passively listen and observe. To succeed in magic's ends, the Witch or magician has to learn to control themselves and their surroundings. There is a wide range of magical techniques that must be mastered to create the desired results.
What every beginner wants to know is "does magic work?" And, of course, the answer to this must be a resounding yes, although with some notable qualifications.
Sometimes newcomers have unrealistic expectations and will attempt to rely on magic to find their way through life and, perhaps as a result of this, there can be a lot of debate amongst Witches about how frequently magic should be practiced; especially the use of spells.
One of the ways I like to explain its use is to say that magic is often at its most effective when it is part of a strategy to achieve something. For example, just using magical techniques in a bid to make you healthier, wealthier, bigger, better or closer to deity will rarely work, if ever. Yet, it can be a most effective part of a program of achievement. A useful analogy is to think of an athlete. The most successful runners, for example, will tell you that their success ...