Magic with a K
What is Magick and how is it used in spells.
First things first. If you are asking this question, then, you need to know the basics.
Magick with a K vs. Magic with a C. What’s the point of the K? Some people are confused between sleight of hand or illusion kind of magic and the kind that real witches use to bend and manipulate energy for a specific goal.
To differentiate between which one is being referred. The sleight of hand or illusion magic used by illusionist for the purpose of entertainment is often spelled the regular way without the K at the end. Magic = Illusion/Sleight of hand while adding the K at the end indicates the art of bending the energy that surrounds us to our own will to attain a specific outcome. Magick = Bending energy to personal will with intent. By the way, there are no laws about the spelling of the word. It is individual preference to use the K or not.
Now that Magick vs. Magic is cleared up, let’s discuss Magick and spells.
Since Magick is neither good nor bad, it simply is, we can see that there is no such thing as black magick or white magick. Simply put, Magick is neutral until You apply your intent. Your intent makes it good or bad. Some refer to using Magick for good as white magic or the practitioner as a white witch and using magick for bad is black magic or or the user a black witch. What they are actually saying is that you are either a good person or a bad person and this is determined by your good or bad intentions, ethics, and morals.
How does it work?
Well it is simple and difficult at the same time. Yes ANYONE can work magick and no, you don’t need any special tools to do it. I know this for a fact because I have used magick in public places without anything but myself and undisturbed peace, and yes my spell worked.
Magick works by using your own focus and personal energy that is in you to connect with the energy that is around you. You see, everything is connected because everything is made up of energy. With some focus and the use of personal power or personal energy inside we can bend and manipulate the energy that surrounds us.
Why? because the energy that surrounds us is connected to us. When I was growing up, I used to use what I call, Wish Magick. I would go into the bathroom or a quiet place where I wouldn’t be disturbed for a few minutes.
When I practice magick, I surround myself with energy through thought and intent so that it will protect me. Some call it a bubble. When I feel that the energy is around me I begin to focus on my wish or my desire. I visualize it. When I have a good picture in my mind of what I want, I repeat the desire with all my emotions and focused thought. I would feel the emotions rise inside me. When I feel it peak inside me, I let it go, I release the energy, then I say thank you. I almost always get what I want. When I didn’t get what I wanted I was grateful none-the-less because it always worked out for the best in the end.
If it doesn’t take tools, why do you have them and use them? Tools such as wands, candles, chalices, athame and whatever else can be used, it can help the mind focus. I know that certain smells help me meditate, trance, or focus, the light of a flame of a candle keeps me centered in the present, while intentional movements or actions help to bring everything into focus with clarity as if it is all happening at that very moment. Remember the more focus, desire and intent one has, the stronger the outcome. Tools are nice and fun but not necessary.
Why can’t we stop war or win the lottery with Magick?
Magick works only in ways that are natural and the energy we manipulate only moves in a natural way and details are important. That is one of the mysteries of Magick. Why can’t we stop world hunger or attain world peace? For one, we would have to gain control over an exuberant amount of variables and impose our will on billions of people and we would have to eliminate diversity and other naturally occurring elements in the world that inspires conflict. As far as the lottery goes, the lottery is chance, there is no way that I nor any other practitioner that I am aware of, knows how to manipulate the nature of chance. It must be something that we are capable of changing through a specific action.
For example, if I did a spell to find a job, I would actually have to take actions to find that job. I would have to dress appropriately, take a shower if I’m smelly, and actually apply for the job I want. Doing the spell to find a job, then sitting back and doing nothing will get me nothing. There really isn’t anything specific one can do to win the lottery. If there was, I, among others, would be a jackpot winner. However, if you manage to succeed in the creation and execution of a spell that makes you win the lottery, please do share. I’m sure many of us would love to win the lottery too.
Why do Wiccans insist on being so fluffy and nice and how is that Witchcraft?
Today, Wicca is becoming more often separated as a religion without Witchcraft. I find this odd myself considering it started out with a foundation in Witchcraft.
Witchcraft or the ways of the wise ones or spiritual leaders goes back before it was ever called witchcraft. You can search the internet for the exact era that the war on Witchcraft began.
The Wise ones of a clan or tribe performed rituals for healing, hunting, battles, and other positive or good things for the benefit of the clan, tribe, or community. I honestly don’t know if they did baneful or bad things to hurt people. I am sure because of the balance of nature, there were violent and aggressive, baneful tribes as well as gentle, peaceful and positive tribes but for the most part, witches were the herb using, potion making, healers not destroyers later depicted in civilization.
The Pagans or country dwellers in Europe used folk remedies and magick for the purpose of good things such as successful crops, healthy animals for food, farming, and hunting, finding a mate, rites of passages such as birth, becoming an adult, marriage, childbirth and even death.
When Christianity began to develop is when the idea of witchcraft became something evil and bad. Until then, witchcraft, which was not really called witchcraft until about then, was thought of as something positive and good and the community, clan or tribe looked up to the healer, wise one, medicine man, etc.
Many Wiccans practice magick with the intent of harming none for another reason also. Wiccans believe that if you send out good intentions and do things in a way that harms none, then, good will come back to you. If you send out bad intentions or do things that harms someone then bad things come back to you. It is a common thought of practice and a law of nature according to Isaac Newton.
It doesn’t matter if you believe it or not. Newton’s third law is the basis of this belief. Someone told me once that a witch’s magick won’t affect them if they don’t believe in it. That is not true. Only the witch has to believe in their own magick for it to work, Karma does apply in the aspect of consequences regardless if you believe it or not just like a witch’s spell will work on you regardless if you believe in it or not.
Simply put, you have the free will to do as you please, good or bad, but know this, if you do bad, bad will come back to you. Wiccans follow the rule, Do as ye will, harm none, not to be fluffy and good and peaceful but for their own preservation within their own belief about Karma. If you like misery and prefer to self destruct, be my guest do all the bad you want and the rest of us will watch as you self-destruct. Even if you don’t believe in Karma, there is no escape from the consequence of actions.
How is Magick used in a spell?
That leaves us with what constitutes a spell. A spell is the the physical actions, motions, tools used such as candles, herbs and other objects that focus intent while bending the energy toward an outcome. It can be a simple chant or a complete ritual using every tool you can think of. It can take a few minutes or a couple of hours. It all depends on you and how much you need to do in order to focus, bend and manipulate that energy.
Witches use correspondences of items to help us create spells that aid us in our focus and use of magick. Specific herbs, planetary alignments, moon phases, stones and even elementals and spirits that are called upon, aid us in working magick. Some witches don’t need all the hooplah to use magick and some do. In either case, the hoopla is fun and meaningful.
I personally keep my spells as simple as I can while keeping the meaning intentful and all done with purpose. A Witch’s spells are all very personal and most keep a journal called a Book of Shadows. That is another subject.
Good or bad, How you choose to use magick is up to you. Just know that you are responsible for every action, decision and spell you make. You will be held accountable because it is the law of nature. Remember, Magick is natural and Neutral. It is what you make it.