Magic / Magick (Pagan Blog Project)

Ok, I might have missed the ‘M’ weeks for Pagan Blog Project, but I was still interested in doing this post.

As a newbie pagan, can I expect to wave around a magic wand, wiggle my nose, say ‘hocus pocus’, and my wish will come true?  The skeptic in me says no.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in magic.

Interestingly enough, when I was researching magic/magick online and in books, even wiccan books, most sources mentioned Aleister Crowley’s definitions about magick.  (Spelling ‘magick’ with a ‘k’ to differentiate it from the ‘stage tricks’ type of magic).  Aleister Crowley was of course the infamous occultist who introduced Thelema to the world, and was member of several occult organizations including the Golden Dawn, the A.’.A.’., and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O).

Aleister Crowley discusses magick in his book Magick in Theory and Practice, defining it as “the science and art of causing a change to occur in conformance with will”.  He adds “every intentional act is a magickal act” and “magick is the science of understanding oneself and one’s conditions. It is the art of applying that understanding in action”.

Almost every culture and religion has a variation of magick, be it called prayer, meditation, visualization, trance work, positive affirmation, the law of attraction, inspiration, visions, prophecy, miracles, or others.  Shamanism, voudon and witchcraft are also forms of magick.

In “Paganism“, the authors define the mechanics of magick as “putting yourself into a receptive state, forming your intention clearly, projecting this intention into the universe, and then letting it go to do its work”.  This is how a spell works.

And since the energy of the universe is immanent in all things, magick is everywhere!

Magick has many uses including energy work (personal empowerment, growth and healing), divination (receiving energy and information) or spiritual growth (communing with deity and feeling one with the universe).

So although magick is not currently defined in today’s scientific world (even though the field of quantum physics is approaching it), it doesn’t need to be fully understood in order for it to be effective.   Historically things like magnetism and the rise and fall of the sun were considered ‘magic’.

As long as you believe in your intent, the universe will work towards your desired outcome.


© A Year And A Day (2012)

4 thoughts on “Magick

  1. This is so true….I have tried and/or looked at all religions…now i am born baptist but I always felt something was missing in everything i looked into. I couldn’t imagine our lord and lady (which later i came to believe in our lady or goddess) being so sinful toward their children…i wouldn’t banish my children into the flames of hell nor would i kill one of my children….i never believed that god could be so devilish per say our lord and lady are a loving god. it amazes me when you talk about a male and female aspect of god how people look at you funny. why is that so strange when clearly we are made in gods image as put in the bible. I love your view of looking at this…i also am fairly new at this myself so some i have always felt was true even when i was a child and some i am still learning, Thank you for your insight. Being Pagan isn’t a bad thing….a lot of people don’t realize holidays were taken from pagan holidays and also paganism is more of a natural healing and belief in nature and your surroundings and it is a love based religion and a harm none philosophy its more of being one with nature and the universe and believing in yourself and loving all. Everything has energy. We are all made of some energy and we all feed off each other. One fine example to explain this is have you ever been around someone that is angry….and you end up having some form of feeling it too. You have drawn from their energy without knowing it. Or if someone is very happy and bouncing off walls or just very bubbly how it will make you smile and give you a good feeling inside. That is the universe per say reacting to the surroundings…Sorry for the long windedness..Its nice to bee able to openly discuss this……thank you

    • Thanks for that comment, I agree! I was reading a book the other day that said even though wiccans and witches don’t have a rule book like Bible or Torah, the ties that bind the religion together is the common view that ‘everything in the world is connected somehow to everything else, and becoming more attuned to these connections and the cycles of nature can bring great changes to your life’.

      • exactly….I believe that is true…the connection we have with nature and everything in it,..which in turn IS connected to the beloved Goddess…..I guess unless you feel that connection others will never believe we are a religion of love and harm none and into nature and all her glory and her healing. They will always look down on us…which I just bless them and hope one day they will understand…i dont judge them for their beliefs, I just wish they wouldn’t judge us so harshly….and look down on us as evil beings. that is it sad part…thank you so much for responding.

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