Updated: Jun 12
Archeologists, as well as those learned in contemporary religion, clearly point out that a belief in and use of magick (the old English spelling of the word) has existed since man's early history.
Magick was defined by Aleister Crowley as, "The art or science of causing change to occur in conformity with will". And since man is basically motivated by his emotions of love and hate, magick has developed into two forms: one which is motivated to benefit mankind, commonly termed 'white' magick, and that which is geared to injure mankind, termed 'black' magick.
It is usually misconstrued that anyone who successfully practices magick is a witch. This is not true, because magick in itself is a practice. Therefore, anyone may learn and use magick in their life. Such a person is properly referred to as a 'magician'. A witch is a person who belongs to the Old Religion of pre-Christian Europe commonly called witchcraft and often referred to as wicca today.
For those who are seriously interested in learning the truth as to what witchcraft is all about, and in detail, the Saxon tradition of wicca, I strongly recommend you read the forthcoming book from Llewellyn, Ray Buckland's Complete Course on Witchcraft.
There is a law operating in the Universe in which all your actions sooner or later come back to you. Because of this Universal Law at work, a so-called black magician never lives a long, happy and prosperous life. Never be tempted to use your magick to harm another. These actions can only lead you to a future of misery and frustration.
Mankind over the years has developed different forms of magick. In my opinion, the oldest form known is sympathetic magick based on the concept that like attracts like. Then there is ceremonial magick which has its roots in the Jewish system of magick known as the Qabalah. Here the magician conjures up all sorts of entities to do his bidding for him. Many of the entities conjured are very antagonistic toward the magician, so this form of magick can be dangerous. Another form is talismanic magick in which a manmade object is endowed with power or energy to help attract to its wearer the object of his desires. A talisman can also be made to protect from evil.
As I've said there are many methods used to work magick. The three just mentioned are the most popular, used by the lone magician today.
Within these pages it is my intention to teach the method commonly used in southeast Louisiana, the gris-gris bag, which has its roots in voodoo. Also, I illustrate a variation of sympathetic magick as I have learned it, using dolls. Here you will learn to use and make charms and spells which are a part of the lone magician's magick.
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I invite anyone to debate with me or make an offer for me to speak to any group.
Reprinted from - Charms, Spells and Formulas
by Ray T. Malbrough 1994 Llewellyn Publications St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0383, U.S.A