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The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {10} ~ Black/White Magic

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

Before the Renaissance and the new acceptance of magic, there was the ruling Roman empire. All magic was rejected by Rome and its followers and thus magic entered into Europe on a negative note. It wasn’t until the 13th century, the beginning of the Renaissance, that people began to look at magic in a new light. Being that “renaissance” means rebirth or revival, it seems fitting that the rejection of magic was slowly diminishing. The study of magic was, in fact, being actively encouraged. The people of the renaissance began to believe that if the relationship between humans and the supernatural was strengthened it would be largely beneficial to human life.

White magic is magic used to do good in the world. This new practice was used to further Christianity, as Christianity was presumed to be the ultimate good for everyone at the time. Much of what is believed of magic is based upon religion; paganism or primitive religions seem to better describe what some think of as magic and to equate magic with a miracle would even offend some. With the pre-renaissance fear of magic (paganism) greatly diminished and magic (as miracles or phenomena) becoming something able to contribute to Christianity, any person gifted in white magic (called a magus) became highly respected and revered (Jones). It was believed that a magus was a master of techniques that could bring a human soul closer to God and the more ancient the magic was, the more powerful it must be.

Magic and science will always be at odds. The goal of science is to come up with rational explanations for supposed mysteries. Naturally, some of the mysteries that science attempts to solve are what Christianity deems miracles (magic). The line between the two blurs mainly in an effort to define what magic falls under black magic and what magic (white magic) can be used to further Christianity. Black magic is generally defined as the use of spirits to effect events in the world . It is used solely for the advancement of one person, the practitioner, and thus did not fall into the moral category of Christianity. It is a commandment breaking practice because of the requirement to pray to spirits other than God. Ultimately the rise of magic, though blurred in places, depended entirely upon the churches’ preservation of magic that might serve it.

According to Flint, the general belief was that magic was acceptable and even wonderful if it had some effect that would advance the church or cure illness. This is not to say that everyone of the time approved of magic. There were still people who operated on the theory that all magic has the potential to turn evil and become uncontrollable. These people generally believed that magic should be destroyed, some even went as far as saying that magi (practitioners of magic) were a product of the union of mother and son and therefore must be inherently evil. Not all of the fear of magic had dissipated yet, the lines between black and white were still blurred. How was it possible to know for sure who practiced what kinds of magic of who had what abilities?

Despite the leftover fear of magic from the Roman Empire, the Renaissance was a time for rebirth and discovery and among the many important happenings in this period of time was theatre. This was the time in which Shakespeare lived and wrote and it is evident in his plays. Perhaps Shakespeare was trying to suggest that you never really know people. Maybe it was a subtle reminder that the person standing next to you in the audience of the Globe could be secretly practicing black magic and you should probably NOT push him out of your way. It could be that he was just inspired by the general excitement of the Renaissance and wasn’t thinking one way or the other about what kind of magic was being practiced, perhaps he was just enjoying writing and didn’t care.

Whatever Shakespeare may have been thinking while writing this play, whatever his veiled intentions (if any) were, this play is just another prime example of how magic was slowly accepted into the culture, be it black or white, and in a way became general knowledge. It was known that black magic was the use of spirits to effect events, and it was known (in truth or superstition) how to ward oneself against them. Magi were revered as practitioners of white magic because they were closer to God and knew ways to help others achieve that closeness and security.

Which magic is right, I do not know, I will leave that to the reader’s – Your discretion. Hope you find this article informative.

Reference :
Flint, Valerie. The Rise of magic in Early Medieval Europe. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1990. Print.
Jones, Thomas O. Renaissance Magic and Hermeticism in the Shakespeare Sonnets; Like Prayers Divine. Vol. 9. Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen, Ltd., 1995. Print.
Mebane, John S. Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age. Nebraska: University of Nebraska, 1989. Print.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {9} ~ Witches & Wizards

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“Wizard” is from an old word that meant “wise man,” but it gradually came to mean a magician, and usually one who had obtained his magical skills through study.

“Witch” is from an Anglo-Saxon word that meant roughly “pagan,” and was often applied to old women who had learned various useful tricks — herbal remedies, ways to deal with injured livestock, and so on — just by living long enough to pick them up and remember them. This was seen as magic, and the medieval church didn’t approve of anyone doing magic other than priests, so witches got a lot of grief and were accused of consorting with demons to gain their powers. The Hebrew word that got translated as “witch” really meant something more like “poisoner,” but the translators couldn’t agree on an exact English equivalent and went with “witch,” much to the detriment of lots of harmless old women trying to get by selling herbal potions. A“witch” usually means someone who knows nature magic, while a wizard is someone who knows scholarly magic. Witches were often accused of consorting with demons, but medieval wizards were the ones who historically really did try to summon and command demons.

Witches take many forms in traditional image in European and American folklore, such as that of a wrinkly old woman, perhaps wearing a black robe and a cone-shaped hat. These witches stereotypically communicate with evil spirits called familiars, which often take the form of a black cat. According to legend, Japanese witches have owls as familiars, and African witches have monkeys. Flight is often associated with witchcraft. In American folktales, witches usually travel through the night skies on enchanted broomsticks. In some parts of Africa, witches are said to fly on bats. African witches often take the form of animals and eat human flesh. In the mythology of some cultures, witches can change into animals to prey upon their victims.

The tradition of witchcraft is ancient. The book of Samuel in the Old Testament of the Bible contains an account of a sorceress called the Witch of Endor. Saul, the first king of Israel, banished magicians from his kingdom but finally asked for advice from the Witch of Endor, who had “a familiar spirit.” Assured that she would not be punished for practicing magic, the witch called up the spirit of Samuel, a dead prophet of the Israelites. The spirit predicted Saul’s defeat in the battle that was to take place the next day.

Witchcraft and magic played an important role in the Arthurian legends of Britain. Merlin, a powerful wizard, guided and influenced King Arthur throughout his life. A witch named Morgan Le Fay also appeared in the legends and took care of Arthur after he was wounded in battle.

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {8} ~ Practicing Magic

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

I am guessing if you are reading this post, you either practice magic or you want to practice magic or you are just simply curious. Well this post is for all of you. We will be talking about some tips on how to start practising magic. Take everything that I write here with a grain of salt and cross reference everything I am writing because I am definitely not an expert or a professional in practising magic. So without further ado, here are some principles for practising magic :

Read. Read everything. I know this is overwhelming because there is so much information which is also very exciting. Pick one topic, baby steps but read everything. 70% of the craft is getting the knowledge and taking notes and the other 30% is actually doing. Without knowledge you cannot go very far. Without understanding the concepts, there isn’t going to be any magic, there are going to be a lot of holes in what you do.

The Spiritual Lifestyle is not for Everybody. Dabbling in it isn’t awful. Some may disagree, people who are interested or atleast open to learning and understanding things that once or still scare them, are doing something very brave. Some spiritual practices that you are doing now may not make sense down the time because you will grow in your consciousness if you do things right. Keep up with practices which you believe me and have faith in. Don’t put huge expectations on what you should and shouldn’t be doing.

Ask yourself what you want out of this. What are you doing it for? Are you doing it for the pursuit of knowledge or are you doing it because it is calling out to you. Are you doing it to get closer to your family or your ancestors or are you trying to figure out how the universe works. Your “why” may change as your craft moves on but this is important from the present moment point of view.
Learn to spot the efficient spells from the faulty ones. How do you know what works and what doesn’t. There is a lot of information out there so which is authentic? So here’s the deal, what works works, what does not work, doesn’t. You will figure out your own set of spells that work for you during the course of your practising. What works for you may necessarily work for someone else. You are going to stumble, you are going to make mistakes but keep at it. At the end of a bad day, at least you will know what doesnt work.
Intention is important but it is not everything. Your beliefs will change as you grow in your practice. You may start with a certain set of rules but as you grow your beliefs about a particular spell or incantation will change and the world will become bigger but you are going to have a deeper understanding of how things work at least with your own perspective. You can cast spells with nothing but intention, that is possible, that’s how prayer works, however that is the hard way of going about manifestation. That is a lot of energy coming from only you. Combine intention with tools and ingredients.
Do not be your only battery. Ask yourself whether after a spell or a ritual, are you completely exhausted? Do you feel physically, mentally or spiritually drained? If you do, it means that you are drawing energy mainly from yourself. Learn to use the energy of nature to power your spells. Humans are very good for directing energy, ascending things in specific directions. Start small and grow from there.

Everything matters but not everything is necessary. There are so many different herbs which are used for protection, however each herb has a different essence of protection. There is a reason why we use specific ingredients, however, if you don’t have a particular ingredient, you can use a substitute ingredient that is similar.

Hope these tips help. Get crafty. You already have everything around you to get started on practising magic. Master your fundamentals. Take care.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {7} ~ Magic In Hollywood & Mainstream Media

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The holly tree was used by Druids who were known for being priests and also wizards. The character of Merlin in the legend of King Arthur was a Druid wizard and he used a wand made of holly wood. Hollywood movies are forms of sorcery using psychology, subliminal messages, and manifestation through what is called “lesser magic” and bewitchment.

Movies pushed what was acceptable with each passing year and immorality was blatantly promoted in many films. Movies have depicted every sin imaginable, is this really a great valuable sentiment to aspire to?

Beside the blatant perversion displayed in many films, all Hollywood films have the same source: they come from a movie system called Hollywood. Holly wood is a substance used by the Druids of ancient England. Ancient druids cut branches from holly trees which they fashioned into magic wands used for casting spells.

This spell-casting with magic wands continues to this day in the form of Hollywood movies (as well as in its original form as a wand). It can be proven that nearly all Hollywood movies have subliminal messages, occultic references, and hidden Masonic / Illuminati symbolism throughout. Square and compass symbols, all-seeing-eye symbols, the number 33, the number 666, pentagrams (upside-down, five-pointed stars), satanic symbols, satanic “as-above-so-below” symbols, and other symbols occur in numerous scenes throughout most Hollywood movies and TV shows. Some are more blatant, while others are more subtle.

As human beings we operate on varying brain wave functions which are alpha, beta, delta, and theta. Our normal resting state is that of beta, this is where we are going about our daily lives with a certain level of awareness and alertness. This is important when we talk of both the conscious and subconscious minds. Imagine the conscious mind as the firewall for your computer, filtering information as it comes in and protecting your PC from anything negative or viruses. Your subconscious mind literally cannot think for itself, however if anything gets through and reaches the subconscious it will just react on that information, whatever gets through becomes ideas, viewpoints, and opinions about the world, it becomes our very belief systems. So the conscious mind is extremely important in filtering what comes through to the subconscious. For example you are reading this now so your mind is operating at a normal resting ‘beta’ rate, and your conscious mind is taking in all the information and discerning whether or not it is true, it then either allows (or doesn’t) the information through to your subconscious. If this information being handed out by the media is allowed through to the subconscious this will play out in the real world as new opinions, ideas etc. Now what happens when you watch TV is that the actual frequency the television omits literally changes your brainwave pattern from beta to a much more suggestible alpha state. This is almost like a hypnotic trance state, where your conscious mind (firewall) has now been sufficiently relaxed and lowered, almost like being ‘off guard’ which now totally exposes the subconscious mind to the information coming from the television. This is why when you look at people when they are watching TV they actually look like they are in a trance, because mentally that is what is going on.

What happens when they have you in that hypnotic state? The elites hit you with all the advertisements, subliminals, and propaganda, telling you that you need to buy things you don’t need, telling you what junk food to eat, how to act, look, and think. You are literally being programmed, and that’s why after all they are called TV programs. Telling a lie to your vision repeating the same thing day after day, week after week, year after year. Your subconscious mind is being bombarded when your guard is down. Billions of pounds a year are made from companies advertising on TV, and many billions across the planet get hypnotized to beLIEve (there it is again in the very word) state propaganda to gain support for yet another bombing campaign in some far away oil rich land..

“If you repeat a lie long enough, people will believe it. It really is public brainwashing.” ~ Robert Kane Pappas

“Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coercion, brainwashing, and manipulation.” ~ Terrence Mckenna

Let us know your thoughts on Hollywood and the media’s spell casting below..

~By Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {6} ~ Ancient Magic Practices

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In ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, practitioners of magic exploited symbolic words, images, and rituals to achieve desired outcomes through supernatural means. Using magical acts, they attempted to control supernatural powers— gods, demons, spirits, or ghosts—to accomplish something beyond the scope of human capabilities. Here’s an attempt to understand the ancient magic practices and what they signified.

Spells

In ancient “binding magic,” it was all about the spells. Unlike modern-day magical phrases like, say, “bippity boppity boo,” practitioners of magic in ancient Greek and Rome used spells to “bind” people up to different outcomes in sporting events, business, and personal affairs related to love and even revenge. Binding spells had known formulas and named involved parties, like gods and people, and then connected them to actions or results. You could use a binding spell to invoke an upcoming athletic victory or ensure your happy marriage to a new partner—and to do so, you’d use powerful strings of words passed on by magicians or ordinary people.

Curses

One of the more charmingly bitter traditions of ancient Greece and Rome were “curse tablets”—spells written on lead, wax or stone that laid out the ways in which people had been wronged. Think of curse tablets as the takedowns of the ancient world: If someone disrespected or harmed you, you could head to your local magician and pay to curse them. People cursed people who hurt their family members, but they also cursed them when they committed crimes or even entered into court cases against them. Large caches of curse tablets have been found in Roman digs in the modern-day United Kingdom.

Voodoo Dolls

Of course, if someone dissed you, you also had the option of creating a tiny effigy to do harm to. Though sometimes compared to modern-day voodoo dolls, scholars still aren’t entirely sure what the tiny figurines used in binding magic in ancient Greece and Rome were for. What they do know is that the word “binding” was taken literally when it comes to these figures: They have been found in tiny coffins with bound hands and feet or mutilated bodies and seem to have been molded along with binding spells.

Divination

Just as today, the future was a source of concern in antiquity. This anxiety was mitigated by the use of a number of divinatory practices, including consultation with seers, oracles, and other specialists in predicting the future and interpreting signs and omens. In ancient Rome, astrologers, who read the movements of stars and constellations to determine the destiny of individuals, were commonly grouped with magicians as magical practitioners. Their power, derived from knowledge of the future, rendered them dangerous, with the result that they were frequently expelled from Rome throughout antiquity. In most societies from the ancient Mediterranean whose laws survive, offensive magic such as placing a curse was regarded as a crime. However, the legality of various divinatory practices changed according to time and culture.

Afterlife

Magic was a resource frequently used not just during life, but also after death. Many funerary practices incorporated magical elements. This was particularly the case in Egypt, where the intricate rituals of mummification ensured preservation of the body and soul for the afterlife. The placement of amulets over certain body parts during mummification and the preservation of organs in canopic jars protected the body for new life after death. The Egyptian Book of the Dead details these rituals, compiling spells that were painted or inscribed in the tomb and aided in achieving the ultimate restoration of life to the soul of the deceased. Similarly, mystery cults in ancient Greece and Rome had their own secret rituals that ensured an afterlife for their practitioners.

Hope this brings to light some of the ancient magic practices.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic ~ {5} ~ Spell Casting

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“When you are writing laws you are testing words to find their utmost power. Like spells, they have to make things happen in the real world, and like spells, they only work if people believe in them.” ~ Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

So what does a spell actually mean?

Not everyone can comprehend what the word ‘spell’ means due to its stereotyping in movies we’ve seen throughout our lives. People often think of spell casting as obscure and dangerous, practices cast by mystic witches. Modern witchcraft is a reliable, spiritual way to express your deepest desires and make them come true. A spell is a type of ritual in which you need to work with your intentions, energy, and spiritual force to fulfill the particular purposes that you intend.

And what is spell casting you may ask?

Casting a spell is performing a ritual act activating an energetic ripple towards the path you want your life to go. In order to achieve the goal, it’s significant to show the symbol of your dedication which includes your focus, energy and effort that you put in performing the ritual. Show your gratitude to your Higher Self or Deity of your choosing at the end of a session to thank them for their connection and for positively changing your life. The secret of this realm is to balance your subconscious mind and true purposes of your Higher Self which may be hidden. Make sure you are extremely clear about what you truly want. Two key elements for effective magic spells are belief and focus.

How do we cast spells?

~Objects. There are spells requiring some particular objects to strengthen the magical endeavour. For a spell cast at home, some popular ingredients are paper, honey, herbs (cinnamon, black pepper, and other spices), and essential oils. In addition you could use healing crystals, sage and palo santo to enhance your ritual to cleanse your space when opening and closing a ritual.

~Potions. Cauldrons could be needed, you can use your cooking pots in the kitchen. Keep in mind that once a certain object is repurposed and deemed for the enchantment, it naturally becomes a magical device. Mystical tools maintain energy, you must regularly clean them so that they will always be magical and no residue of past spell casting is left behind energetically.

~Location. When finding a place for your spell casting incantation of your choosing, physical doorsills are considered as cosmic entrances. Now look around your house and keep an eye on doorways, window sills, and cracks in the floorboards – those locations symbolize the space between the spiritual world and physical world. Once you choose a place to craft your spell, make sure to keep any door you open closed by performing a formal ritual or just chanting the ‘goodbye’ word.

~Altar. Spellcasters have no problems working their magic without any ritual. Some will make use of a table found at home and cover the surface with a white clean cloth, while others just sit on the floor. If you usually look for free magic spells online, you will easily notice that they mention the word ‘altar’ in every spell. Why? You need a personal sacred place for the magic to manifest well.

~Intention. What is your intent? What do you want to achieve? When working with the universe, you have to be as specific as possible or it may bring confusions to your spell. Moreover, avoid using negative words or sentences, have good purposes; your wish or desire is for your own good or for the happiness of everyone. The spell is more likely to work if both your intention and thought are pure and have no traces of negativity.

~Candles. The act of lighting a candle in the ritual indicates the start of a change which is about to happen in your life. In the magical realm, candles are commonly used because of their powerful spiritual connection. Each segment of a candle is associated with a different element of the universe: Since the flame is considered as the purifier of all energies, it represents the Fire element.
-The hot wax melting and dripping down is the image of Water.
-The wax indicates the Earth element as it’s connected to nature.
-Lastly, the smoke from the flame embodies the Air element.

~Meditation. Meditate on your goal, the very first step is to empty your mind, and then focus only on the ultimate purpose that you truly want. According to spellcasters, meditation is very significant in the art of casting magic spells.

~Chanting or prayer. After staying fixed on your intentions by meditating and visualizing, you can chant a spell or say some magic words. With this step, you will send your messages to the universe.

Your life will be uplifted with a touch of magic. Keep in mind that negative emotions are never good for the magic spell casting process. Eliminate your fear, anxiety, and envy before casting your own spell. We hope this article can help you succeed in your magical endeavors.

“A witch is a woman who emerges from deep within herself. She is a woman who has honestly explored her light and learned to celebrate her darkness. She is a woman who is able to fall in love with the magnificent possibilities of her power. She is a woman who radiates mystery. She is magnetic. She is a witch.” ~ Dasha Elliot

Let us know below of your experience in spell casting, what do spells mean to you?

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic ~ {4} ~ Daily Life Magic

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

There is a beautiful quote that goes “The secret of happiness that you see if not found in seeking more but developing the capacity of enjoying less.” It’s true that the more you have, the more you want, but there is a little secret that I will share with you all today. Magic happens when you hold on, when you press pause and look at what you already got all around you. Your life is already so rich and full, sometimes you need to take a step back to remember that. We are made to believe that life is all about those big moments, those surprises, those holidays, those big moments, those WOW moments, but the thing is that if your entire life is spent in waiting for the next big WOW moment, there will be a lot of time and days in between that will feel nothing more than mundane. Time spent finding beauty in the simple moments is never time wasted.

Here are some of my favorite things that bring me great joy and remind me to slow down each day everyday ~

~Seeing the sunlight peeking through the curtains in the morning.
~A freshly made bed.
~Creaking floorboards in an old house.
~Fresh lemon water.
~Frosted spring mornings.
~The sounds of the birds.
~Peaceful walks in nature.
~The sound of rustling leaves.
~Cuddles with your pet.
~Watching the raindrops roll down the glass.
~The sound of the rain.
~Hearing the spin of the washing machine.
~Misty morning.
~Arranging fresh flowers.
~The sizzle of the pan as I cook my favorite meal.
~Taking the time to make a peaceful environment for myself.
~Candle lit baths.
~The flicker of a flame.
~The smell of freshly baked banana bread.
~Making the first morning cup of tea for the day.
~Having the morning light course through my home.
~Spring flowers and all that beauty and promise.
~Changing the bedding on a sunny day.
~Washing swaying outside on the line.
~Fresh flowers.
~The rainbow my light catcher makes.
~Long shadows in my home in the afternoon.

So let us take out some time today and think about things that you really look for in your life. It could be something very small, it doesn’t have to be something big, as I said, we often look forward to bigger things in life but life is in the little moments everyday. So make a list of what are those moments for you. They may sound mundane but they are magic. If you cherish those simple calm moments. Your life will become a whole lot different. Instead of looking forward to the weekend and all the little plans you have got, and dreading the five days in between where you have got to work, you could really look forward to every little moment each day. You may want to cozy on your sofa or you may be the social butterfly who wants to go out and meet your friends and family, that’s entirely up to you. But find your little things to be grateful about, to be mindful about.

These moments really make life worth living because without them, it gets to be very monotonous, you know, the same routine over and over and over again. Without these little sparks of joy it becomes very hard to carry on forward in life and feel positive because you only have these big things going on but sometimes those big things do not make up for the past things that have happened in your life. So taking the time to enjoy those simple moments will definitely change your life. It has definitely changed my life.

Take in your environment, all of it and instead of looking at the negatives, look at positives. These positives may be private and personal only to you and that’s okay. No one else has to understand what works for you if you like it, so be it. I would love to know what are those little things in your life which make you happy and which keep you grounded and sane on a daily basis. Please do share. There might be things that you intentionally enjoy or there might be things that this post has struck for you and you may say “Actually, those are some of the things that I like too!.”

So much of society today focuses far too much on the superficial things in life and I really think that living your own life, trying to enjoy it as much as you can is going to make the happiest as you can be and ensure that you can be happy and so are the people around you. And that to me is the meaning of life. We are here to build each other and walk each other home. That my friends is the little nugget of wisdom for the day. Hope you liked this post.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {2} ~ Where Did Magic Orginiate From?

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Where Did Magic Originate? This is a question that has no right or wrong answer. There are various schools of thought and we will try to cover in brief all of them.

To the modern mind, the word “magic” likely conjures up images of Hogwarts and other fantastical and exclusive realms. Yet in the ancient world, magic was not only a perceived reality, but was also accessible to many people. Surviving literature and archaeological remains from ancient societies surrounding the Mediterranean, including those of Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome, reveal the extent to which magic pervaded most aspects of life in antiquity.

Magic, often overlapping with what today might be considered science or religion, was a resource for mediating one’s interaction with society and the world. It was a source of protection; a means for healing; a method for ensuring success in business, love, and reproduction; and a platform for predicting the uncertain future. It even lay at the root of many funerary practices. Thus, from birth until death, magic touched all stages of human life.

The Western conception of magic is rooted in the ancient Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman heritage. The tradition took further shape in northern Europe during the medieval and early modern period before spreading to other parts of the globe through European exploration and colonialism after 1500. The view of Western civilization as a story of progress includes the magic-religion-science paradigm that traces the “rise” and “decline” of magic and then religion, along with the final triumph of science—a model now challenged by scholars. Moreover, the very origins of the word magic raise questions about ways in which one person’s religion is another person’s magic, and vice versa.

The term “magical realism” was first introduced by Franz Roh, a German art critic, who considered magical realism an art category. To him, it was a way of representing and responding to reality and pictorially depicting the enigmas of reality. In Latin America in the 1940s, magical realism was a way to express the realistic American mentality and create an autonomous style of literature. Yet, magical realism is not confined to Latin American literature alone, for many Latin American writers have influenced writers around the world, such as Indian writer Salman Rushdie and Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri.

Magical realism is characterized by two conflicting perspectives, one based on a rational view of reality and the other on the acceptance of the supernatural as prosaic reality. Magical realism differs from pure fantasy primarily because it is set in a normal, modern world with authentic descriptions of humans and society. According to Angel Flores, magical realism involves the fusion of the real and the fantastic, or as he claims, “an amalgamation of realism and fantasy”. The presence of the supernatural in magical realism is often connected to the primeval or “magical’ Indian mentality, which exists in conjunction with European rationality. According to Ray Verzasconi, as well as other critics, magical realism is “an expression of the New World reality which at once combines the rational elements of the European super-civilization, and the irrational elements of a primitive America.” Gonzalez Echchevarria believes that magical realism offers a worldview that is not based on natural or physical laws nor objective reality. However, the fictional world is not separated from reality either.

At the end of the day, it boils down to what you want to believe, which science do you want to depend on. Believing is magic, Faith is magic. Love is magic.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {1} ~ What Is Magic?

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~Roald Dahl

What is magic? We’ve all heard the word magic used in various contexts and different perceptions of the word have promulgated throughout the world.

The word ‘magic’ evokes a vast array of associations; from the solemn, white-bearded sage, endowed with mystical power in fairy tales and fantasy films, to sinister witches and sorcerers surrounded by grimoires, occult sigils, potions, and astrological charts; from ‘cunning folk’ healers, combining incantations and herbal remedies, to stage magicians asking us to let our senses be deceived. Yet explaining clearly what the many tropes associated with the concept of magic have in common is easier said than done. The concept has been used in association with divergent practices such as folk medicine, divination, palmistry, necromancy (communication with the dead), astrology, alchemy, spiritualism, occultism (the study of hidden or paranormal things), illusionism, neo-paganism (the worship of natural forces, often modelled after ancient religions), and New Age spirituality. To complicate things, the field of magic as the term is commonly understood – including amongst many of its practitioners – has come to incorporate elements that elsewhere would fall under the category of ‘religion’, such as Kabbalah (a Jewish mystical tradition) or Yoga (a set of spiritual doctrines emerged from within Indic Dharmic faiths). A plausible working definition of magic, loose enough to accommodate at least most of the nuances associated with it, may describe it as a set of activities and technologies intended to manipulate invisible or immaterial agencies and energies, not recognised by science, to an advantageous and beneficial end. Magic for many in the spiritual community is everything, absolutely everything. Attempts to define and describe magic must reckon with the concept’s slipperiness, as magic is often understood against what supposedly it is not: typically, ‘proper’ religion and ‘rational’ science, even though both religion and science are objects just as elusive. Despite its ambiguous status and the prejudices attached to it, or maybe precisely for these reasons, magic has long enthralled scholars in the human sciences, especially anthropology.

When I say “magic,” I don’t mean the stage show of disappearances, card tricks, and other illusions. I mean the practice of magic and magical thinking: the ability to shape our lives and the world around us through belief, ritual, and the invocation of forces bigger than ourselves; forces we may not fully understand, and which “work in mysterious ways,” as is often said about one supernatural entity in particular.

Despite his reputation as the most renowned and controversial occultist of the 20th century, Aleister Crowley had a very practical definition of magic.

In an often quoted passage from one of his great works, Magick in Theory and Practice: Liber ABA, Crowley writes: “Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.”

There are just a few points which I think are key to an understanding of magic:

-The power of will is a recurrent theme in Crowley’s work, but manifesting your Will doesn’t mean achieving anything you can imagine — it’s about understanding in the deepest capacity what you truly want to achieve.
-This means the goal of the magician is just as much to cultivate a connection to her true will as to enact it; and in fact, the latter can only flow from the former.
-In light of this, many magical techniques aim to unify the desires of the conscious and subconscious mind, which is why forms of meditation, trance, intuition, symbolism, and belief shifting feature so heavily.
-Intentionally experimenting with different beliefs, whether magical or more commonplace, is a crucial part of discovering a mindset that will help you create the world you want to inhabit.

A belief in the inherent magic of this cosmic dream creates a positive reinforcement cycle: considering that the world could be magical makes it seem more magical immediately. For me, that’s as good a reason as any to entertain a thought and if I’ve inspired you to feel even a little differently about it, well, perhaps that’s magic too.

Let us know below what you believe the concept of magic means to you and we’ll leave you with this profound message below…

“Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?” ~ Diane Duane

~Amber {DiosRaw}