What is magic?

When I started this, I had the good intention of trying to explain and/or define Magick.

I have since realized that YOU must be the one to define this for yourself. Magick is highly personal and only YOU can find the true meaning or belief.

“Magick” is a part of us,
It is withing us,
We ARE magickal beings,
Whether we know it or not,
Accept it or not.

The Magick I am discussing and relaying to you is not the stereotypical “supernatural”, “witchcraft” or “slight of hand stage” magick. It is the tool and an important guiding force within each of us, within your own emotional and intuitive comprehension. Each of us is as powerful as we need to be to develop our desires withouth the need to abuse the Earth on which we live.

On your journey into the magickal realm, you should learn:
* Understanding that everything is interrelated
* Understanding the importance of secrecy and silence
* Practice will and discipline
* Learn to overcome your fear of success
* Learn personal empowerment
* Learn your path to self realization
* Understand that there are things you must do yourself
* Learn to accept there are some things you can not change
* Acquire determination
* Learn to focus your will and emotions to cause change in both the world around you and more importantly, within you

As on any journey to a faraway place, it is best to learn a bit of the language where you are going. You may want to check under tools of the craft for definitions.

Magick is finding your connection to the Earth and all that is natural, alive and moving in the universe! It binds all that exists together.

Magick is living in balance with the flow of life, and knowing that you are a vital force within that flow. Magick is everywhere! In the trees, rain, stars, and in the sea. It is the spark that quickens a seed to rise up from the soil.

Magick is laughter, joy, wonder and truth the of the world around us!
It is the subtle enchantment that reminds us not to waste a single moment of this gift that we call life! Magick is not greed, or power, or pretense…It is real. It exists. And it works.

Magick is the mystery that lies in the secret soul of the world. It is the essence of creation. What we imagine, we have the power to create!

With it you can create your dreams, heal your world, love your life and find the peace that lives in every human heart.

Of the Ordeal of the Art Magical

Learn of the spirit that goeth with burdens that have not honour, for ’tis the spirit that stoopeth the shoulders and not the weight. Armour is heavy, yet it is a proud burden and a man standeth upright in it. Limiting and constraining any of the senses serves to increase the concentration of another. Shutting the eyes aids the hearing. So the binding of the Initiate’s hands increases the mental perception, while the scourge increaseth the inner vision. So the Initiate goeth through it proudly, like a princess, knowing it but serves to increase her glory.
But this can only be done by the aid of another intelligence and in a circle, to prevent the power thus generated being lost.
Priests attempt to do the same with their scourgings and mortifications of the flesh. But lacking the aid of bonds and their attention being distracted by their scourging themselves and what little power they do produce being dissipated, as they do not usually work within a circle, it is little wonder that they oft fail.
Monks and hermits do better, as they are apt to work in tiny cells and caves, which in some ways act as circles.
The Knights of the Temple, who used mutually to scourge each other in an octagon, did better stil; but they apparently did not know the virtue of bonds and did evil, man to man.

But perhaps some did know. What of the Church’s charge that they wore girdles or cords?

A Magick Poem

I will keep the magic-
The magic that hides
in the greens of leaves,
In the flight of birds,
In the smell of fertile earth.

I will keep the magic-

The magic that
glows in fire,
Falls in rain,
Blows in wind,
Rests in stone.

I will remember who I am and what I keep holy,
and that all else will pass like frost in morning.
I will keep the magic.