"Black Magic" is a Pejorative Misnomer
There's a Good Possibility You have been Misled on the Meaning of "Black Magic".
Warnings Against “Black Magic” are Virtue Signals and Self-Righteous Slander Disclaimer of “Black Magic” Fair warning then: many schools of magical thought like to throw the term black magic around (in general) especially in the context of working magic to affect another person without their permission. Even healing, these folks tell you, is a breach […]
Magic is NOT Spiritual Development
This will ruffle some feathers, and some will insist I am wrong, but the reality of the matter is, quite simply, this… Magic and “Spirituality” are NOT One and the Same! The two may be part of the same broader fields of metaphysics, esoteric studies, and so on, but they are distinct and separate disciplines. […]
The Golden Age of Magic
The Golden Age of Magic: What Historical Period Deserves the Title? Many practitioners of magic love to romanticize ancient Egypt as the epitome of the great magical genesis. For others Hellenistic Greece represents the creme de la crème of the pursuit of the arcane arts; this is ironic as the Hellenes themselves put Egyptian magic […]
Magic the Art of the Magi?
We’ve been told time after time that “Magic derives from an old Greek word referring to the Persian Magi”… This is true, of course. In fact words like magica and magicae etc. probably all are derived from reference to the mysterious and powerful Magi. Eventually these terms branched out to cover all phenomena, practices, and […]
In Defense of the Spontaneous Magical Act
Many authors and teachers and other authority types, so it seems, will caution against so-called spontaneous magical work. It’s dangerous they claim. Sloppy and lazy, the notion has been called. True magic, these fuddy duds tell, is about careful planning and meticulous execution. This is true: solid planning and care to attention and detail are […]
You were Born Ready
Maybe the folks raised in or drawn to magical practice are also, in large part, neurotic and emotionally fidgety by nature. Or it could be a psychological side effect of contact with a magical interface. Whatever the root of the matter, I know it’s not just me; I am not alone on this quirk of […]