Triodíti's Journal

A Resource for Seekers and Students of Magic, Esoterica & Philosophy

Explanations and Definitions of Magic

     “To some people, the idea that ‘Magick’ is practical comes as a surprise.
   It shouldn’t. The entire basis for Magick is to exercise influence over one’s environment. While Magick is also, and properly so, concerned with spiritual growth and psychological transformation—even the spiritual life must rest firmly on material foundations.
   The material world and the psychic are intertwined, and it is this very fact that establishes the Magickal Link:  That the psychic can as easily influence the material as vice versa.
     Magick can, and should, be used in one’s daily life for better living!  Each of us has been given Mind and Body, and surely we are under Spiritual obligation to make full usage of these wonderful gifts.  Mind and Body work together, and Magick is simply the extension of this interaction into dimensions beyond the limits normally conceived.  That’s why we commonly talk of the ‘supernormal’ in connection with the domain of Magick.
     The Body is alive, and all Life is an expression of the Divine.  There is God-power in the Body and in the Earth, just as there is in Mind and Spirit.  With Love and Will, we use Mind to link these aspects of Divinity together to bring about change.
     With Magick we increase the flow of Divinity in our lives and in the world around us. We add to the beauty of it all—for to work Magick we must work in harmony with the Laws of Nature and of the psyche.  Magick is the flowering of the Human Potential.
     Practical Magick is concerned with the Craft of living well and in harmony with Nature, and with the Magick of the Earth, in the things of the Earth, in the seasons and cycles and in the things we make with hand and Mind.”

—“About Llewellyn’s Practical Magick Series,”
    taken from S. Cunningham’s Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews

    “Ritual or ritual magic is a profound form of auto-suggestion in which the psyche (subconscious mind) is rendered receptive to energy patterns.  It is an ancient method of tapping known subtle energies that exist not only within each human being, but throughout the universe.  Ritual magic can get you in touch with your inner self and the universal energies that permeate all life.  For in ritual, both the inner and outer are explored.”
— T. Healki, Creative Ritual

 “Before 1350, witchcraft primarily meant sorcery, a survival of common superstitions—pagan only insofar as the beliefs antedated Christianity, never pagan in the sense of an organized survival of opposition to Christianity or of some pre-Christian religion.”
“[…]Sorcery or magic, is world-wide and world-old; it is simply the attempt to control nature in man’s best interests. […]”

—Russell Hope Robbins, as quoted by P.E.I. Bonewits in Real Magic

    “Magic forms the basis of Wicca.  For Wiccans, magic is not a form of trickery, but rather a way of cooperating with the great and mysterious world of nature.
     The root of the word ‘magic’ comes from the Persian ‘magus’, which means wise. The words ‘witch’, ‘Wicca’ and ‘wizard’ have all grown out of an ancient European root word, ‘vic’ or ‘wic’, that also means wise.
      There are many elements at work in the magic of Wicca.  These include communicating with the spirits of nature, creating rituals, and casting spells.”

—Priya Hemanway, Wicca:  Ancient Feminine Magic

    “Witches have never believed that their gods are all-powerful, but that these gods need man’s help as man needs theirs.  It is necessary for gods and men to work together in harmony. […] We approach them directly and not through a mediator,[…] the gods are able to help us obtain our wishes through magic, but they need an earthly power to do this.  This power comes from the worshipper’s own body.”  (pg. 78)
    “If you do not believe that magic works, then do not attempt it, as in this state of mind it certainly will not.  You must think magically; in fact, we might almost say, you must live magic; not believing, but knowing it will work.”  (pg. 79)
    “Q:  Do Witches believe in black magic?
A:  Magic is neutral; it can be used for good or evil, but no respectable witch would use it for evil.  Witches believe in a kind of karma, that evil returns on the evil-does, and wouldn’t take these chances.”  (pgs. 144-145)

               —P. & A. Crowther, Secrets of Ancient Witchcraft (With the Witches’ Tarot)


    “But ‘magic’ is more difficult to define.  For one thing, the word also popularly means ‘prestidigitation’:  sleight of hand […]  Such acts are simulations of occult magic:  They look like magic, but they are tricks.  Usually.  Sometimes the borderline can get extremely thin. […]
    Technically, when you reveal something hidden, then it’s not hidden anymore.  So one might say that by the very process of explaining occult work and making it accessible, it is no longer literally ‘occult’.  But I like the word and it’s been around a long time, so for purposes of facility I will be using the words ‘magic’ and ‘occult’ side by side and even interchangeably [...]
    To get back to the word ‘magic’—another reason it’s so hard to define is that a lot of the definition comes by way of experience.  I hope […] you will have experienced magic fully enough to know what it feels like. […]
All occult work is the very essence of creativity; occult work is the deepest expression of the self.  To believe and to trust in the Invisible World, and one’s own potential mastery of Unseen forces, to trust in and use the as-yet-unknown parts of the self—this is what occult work is traditionally all about.
    The work of magic is natural.
    …[T]he motivation for working magic—unlike superstition—is not fear; it is the desire to understand.
    And the better you understand magic, the more it works. […]  Magic for self-help is an accelerating process.”

            —M. Weinstein, Positive Magic:  Occult Self-Help


    “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”

             —W.H. Murray


   “You can’t have all that smoke without some fire.”     —Anonymous