Some people use the word Magick rather than Magic in order to distinguish a difference between both meanings. After all, magic can give the impression of someone pulling rabbits out of a hat. Of course, these are the stage magicians and their illusions are just that – illusions. However, the word Magick is a modern day word that came about in the early 1900’s. It was a British man, Aleister Crowley who made the distinction.
To begin with, if you think of how magicians perform their magic on stage, that’s a good starting point. Their illusion gives an impression that there is a hidden force making something happen. While their act is purely for illusion and entertainment, ours is personal and real.
Through our nature-based spirituality, we can direct the power or energies of nature to help us in our day-to-day lives. What this means is that you can improve your life, but you need to make this happen. So, by tapping into the energies that already exist in nature, you are able to make positive changes. However, be aware that you can make negative changes too.
Given that many Wiccans and Witches practice in different ways to reach their goal, the same applies to magic. So, over time and through experience, you should be able to apply magic in your life.
Whatever your aims or goals are, you may perform magic in similar ways to your other rituals. Obviously improving your life is the main aim. For example, you may want to get a better job or find romance. You may also want to aid recovery after falling ill. In fact, you can use magic for anything that you desire, including protection.
Another way of using magic is directing the energies to help others, of course.
Don’t expect instant results when practising magic because you need to learn through experience. For those coming back to our ancient Pagan ways, the first step is to honour the Goddess and God. Obviously, your Deity may differ but I have to simplify things.
Once you learn your rituals in a way suitable to you, you can take small steps towards performing magic. In other words, there are stepping stones along the way, there is no big leap. When your personal relationship with the Deity, Goddess or God becomes a reality, you are ready for the next step.
Therefore, ensure that you can connect to those you honour first. This is important because there are negative energies just waiting to hijack the unsuspecting. So, only progress when you are sure you are seeing positive results in your rituals.
Just to point out that you simply can’t come to Wicca or Witchcraft to cast a nasty spell then leave.
When people think of magic, most people thing about casting spells. While this is largely the case, there are many ways to apply magic. However, I will keep things simple. By invoking the positive energies from existing forces, you capture and utilise them to your advantage.
With this in mind, you can increase your influences in your day-to-day life. For example, you are not happy in your job or want promotion, then perform your magic. Likewise, your relationship with a loved one is waning, so perform your magic.
It’s clear then, that you need to focus on your goals, But, it’s equally clear that you need to tap into positive energy. So, I repeat, there is no ‘quick fix’. Start from the beginning and use the stepping stones to get where you want to be.
Also, don’t forget to make good use of your tools. For example, your wand, crystals or tarot cards etc. But you can also use pictures or drawings. In fact, whatever inspires you will help your magic become more potent.
While some people new to Wicca think they can use magic in a negative way, there are pitfalls to avoid. For any negative spells they cast will come back to them three times. This is why I stress there is no quick fix, you either are a Wiccan or not!
The Wiccan Rede roughly translated says ‘as long as you harm none, do what you will’. So, from this, you can do whatever you like in life if it pleases you and gives pleasure. However, if you do harm, there will be consequences. Think karma!
Therefore, practising Wiccans or Witches will mostly be good. This is because they know the consequences of a nasty spell. In other words, they don’t want to experience the negative effects returning threefold. However, there are some who justify their actions feeling it ‘necessary’. But, you have choices in life and you should walk the path that suits you.
Whatever your rituals, magick or spells involve, it will always have a connection with nature. This is because we can multiply our energies many times by empowering those energies that already exist. Indeed, they are there for us and capturing them is easy when you build up experience.
Magic might not work for you if you can’t connect to the natural energies provided by the Goddess and God. Once you start discovering Wicca, it is important to get that connection with nature first. This is because nature is the Goddess and God. When we get that connection, we also become the Goddess and God ourselves. Empowerment can only come once you start connecting with the Divine. So, for those just starting out, wait until you fully connect to nature first before advancing further.