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

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!

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

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!

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}

Short Stories {1} ~ River Ganges Insanity

Washing off the days reminants within the womb of the River Ganges, in the ancient lands of India, a young lady named Anadi, combed through her dark black locks wishing she had fulfilled her guru’s daily tasks. Worried reverberations tensed her worn out body.

Anadi’s guru had instructed her to contemplate by the serene waters edge on the concept of enlightenment. She was trembling at the thought of going insane. Throughout her journey on the path of enlightenment she had visions of past lives, angelic beings, prophetic dreams and doubted herself, were these visions true or a figment of her mind turning her insane?

Observing the river’s candles lit each night floating along the river, Anadi realised in her mind “for the mystic swims in the same waters as the insane.”

Guruji initiated her, “you have understood the point.” Painting an orange hue on her third eye she became one of Guruji’s enlightened deciples.

“Yes,” Anadi proclaimed.

Anadi was no longer afraid of turning insane, she realised that insanity and sanity are part of the duality of this dualistic world. By using her mind towards the creator, and only him, she would return to sanity through the insanity she was so worried of.

As she lit her candle, with empowering energy flowing throughout her physical vehicle, silently whispering a prayer her body aroused from the dream of the dream she was living in. In the hypnotic state she was in upon waking, she had met her dead guru in her dream reassuring her she was not going crazy.

That very young morning, when everyone was asleep and the birds were churping their morning symphony she said her daily blessings by the river Ganges. “For I am sane in an insane world” she echoed through the nearby caves.

“I have travelled through madness to find me,” she screamed.

Madness is somewhere between chaos and having a dream. Anadi made sense of the dream by plunging into it and moving with the dance. For those who did not hear the music, those dancing were deemed insane.

And the world kept on spinning and weaving it’s cosmic web…

~DiosRaw 28/03/21

Short Stories {3} ~ Paradox Diffusion

Years after searching for God in psychedelics, Rumi had not wavered in her quest for knowledge. Without the benefit of a prescribed social role, she did what she wanted, when she wanted, which was to learn without regard for convention. Today, paradoxes were circulating around her mind, determined, she would not sleep without finding her answer.

At other times and in other places, Rumi would have been burned at the stake, hailed as a prophet, or stoned. The present time simply ignored her. Normal people treated Rumi as a public garbage can, light post, or stalled car, as an obstacle that could be moved but numbed by her surroundings.

“Take your pills NOW,” shouted the nurse down the corridor, from Texas’s renound mental hospital for the “insane.” Rumi rolled her eyes as Nurse Truchin’s sharp voice echoed and bounced off blood stained walls, she was sitting in room 23, her white washed room “gifted” to her by her parents, they could not cope with her cosmic mind anymore. Rumi had been in Senora Texas Mental Hospital for two weeks and she felt on edge, this was her first time in an asylum. Rumi paced up and down her abode, she had to take those dreaded sleeping pills or else they would force it down her throat somehow. Reluctantly she calmly walked down the hallway and was handed her pill through the dorms pill shutter.

Rumi swallowed the pill. “Good, now go back to your room, checks are at 11pm, make sure you are in your bed or you know what will happen,” said Nurse Truchin coldly. Rumi said nothing, she would achieve nothing by responding and quietly returned to her room blocking out the screams from the room beside her’s.

Shutting her door, relieved, she lay on her bed staring at the white washed walls that had become her friend. What were paradoxes? How could two opposing propositions exist at the same time? The sleeping pills were making her more and more drowsy. Lonely and with a heavy heart she pulled the duvet above her head. “A paradox is a statement or problem that either appears to produce two entirely contradictory (yet possible) outcomes, or provides proof for something that goes against what we intuitively expect,” Rumi reiterated inside of her mind.

Hallucinating as she usually did on these pills, she saw imagery quite like her visions on magic mushrooms a few months ago. Warping geometric patterns danced in a trance with eachother as her eyes flickered going in and out of consciousness.

I will sleep on this Rumi decided in her mind drifting off into the astral planes.

Upon awakening her answer had arrived, getting out her notebook she wrote “Paradoxes lead you to God.”

On her day of release, after all this time pretending to act normal to get out of this hell hole of an asylum, Rumi saw Mrs. Truchin as “insane” and Mrs. Truchin saw Rumi as insane. Rumi quietly knew that duality breaks down into formless consciousness; she was sane in an insane world.

“I know one thing,” Rumi said to Mrs. Truchin as she left the asylum doors. “And that is that I know nothing.” Rumi remembered studying ancient Greek philosopher’s such as Socrates years ago. Mrs. Truchin took one bewildered look at Rumi and walked away. Rumi smiled to herself and smelt freedom once again, her taxi was awaiting to pass through the doors into the insane world.

Time is a construct of consciousness and in higher dimensions has no meaning. but, in the lower dimensions it is used to measure changes and in the multitudes of parallel timelines all simultaneously existing. Paradoxes melt into the all, Source, Brahman, Allah, whatever name you stamp onto formless ether.

~DiosRaw 01/04/21

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {3} ~ How To Use 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!

Magic is primarily a technology, a primeval tool that humans stumbled upon eons ago for accessing an invisible realm that they sensed held the treasure to their well-being. Magic gave people an avenue to attain what their hearts desired: protection, divination, healing, luck, vengeance and, most of all, a sense of empowerment. It’s a measure of comfort in a cold, dark word to have magic to play with.

The world’s magical practices are diverse, appearing at first to be a kaleidoscopic array of random symbols and concepts. However if we dig a little deeper, we find common constitutive elements. Language has power in the social world, people use words to hurt, conceal, soothe, and dominate, to evoke emotions in others. More than that, in certain contexts and conditions, the right words effect real change. This specialized linguistic form is one common ingredient of magic, where the power is given to the words themselves.

The concept of a flowing universal life force has been voyaging around the world. It has been referred to as qi in traditional Chinese medicine, prana in Hindu philosophy, and ka in ancient Egyptian religion. These names describe the essence of existence, a powerful current or energy that animates all natural things.

As with all divination and magical practices, spellwork is based on the belief that within each individual is an entire cosmology that mirrors the expanse of the universe; the microcosm of the macrocosm. Fundamentally, spell-making is the art of identifying, raising, and directing your energy. While most practitioners enjoy using ingredients and tools in their spells, the only required tool is your magical intention. Spell-making is the art of identifying, raising, and directing your energy with intention.

How To Use Magic

Though it can be intimidating or confusing at first to create your first spell, it’s okay to begin your practice because the only required ingredient is magical intention, any object can become energetically charged. Practice, practice, practice until you feel confident to develop your magical abilities, inherent us all. Simply put, you do not need to purchase expensive “healing crystals” to perform effective incantations. Sugar, cinnamon, black pepper, and cayenne pepper are powerful spices that can be used in a variety of oils, potions, and infusions. Your cooking pots can become cauldrons, and almost any candle can be transformed into a magical device.

Once you repurpose an object and cast it enchanted, it will always be magical. For example, a wine glass cannot be used both for creating potions and entertaining guests, unless entertaining guests is a component of your spell. Tools maintain energy, so always be sure to keep track of your mystical devices.

When choosing a place to perform your incantation, note that physical thresholds serve as cosmic entrances. Doorways, window sills, and cracks in the floorboards can become magical portals, symbolizing the space overlapping worlds. These are excellent places to practice or direct your spells. Similarly, casting your incantation at the intersection of day and night (dawn or dusk), as well as during seasonal equinoxes, can strengthen its potency. No matter where you choose to craft your magic, be sure to always close any door you open by signaling the spell’s completion (this can be through a formal ritual or simply by saying, “goodbye”).

A universal rule of white magic is that you should never cast a spell out of dark energy or with the intention to cause harm to yourself or others. The law of threefold return is the karmic principle of magic: Whatever energy you direct out will be returned to you with three times more power. Your magical intentions reveal your spirit, so always fuel your curiosities with love and kindness. Spell-making is empowering, mystifying, and fun ~ enjoy cosmic warriors.

“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ~ Charles de Lint

~Amber {DiosRaw}

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

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!

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}