We have been speaking of magic

It’s almost impossible to make a list of magical techniques that could possibly serve as a recipe or a how-to manual for those wanting to learn. The techniques are varied, usually arise out of one’s belief system and/or life’s path, and depend upon the seriousness of those approaching the art and craft of the methods that resonate with them.

Personally, I think we can produce “magical results” without the need of rituals, candles, wands, athames, Tarot cards, and other paraphernalia. The power is within us, not the equipment. If the equipment, crutches as I view them, helps, then there is not need to avoid it. We all use what facilitates our intentions.

For many, the “equipment” helps because society in general tends to discount magic, so it’s often difficult to practice it in a negative environment of science and logic. I have found Tarot cards to be helpful as well as readings from the I Ching.  When I have used candles, it was for focusing my gaze more than for their color or for the herbs that hoodoo uses to “dress” them.

If spells and paraphernalia help you achieve results. there’s no need to get rid of them.  Altars and herbs and candles don’t fit my lifestyle, so I don’t use them. However, they may work for you.

Your mind’s focus is the important thing whether your embrace traditional witchcraft, Wicca, Transcendental Mediation, the Seth Materials, Rosicrucian techniques, various Lightworker approaches, or a mystic attunement based on your religion or spiritual outlook.

In the final analysis, we create our own realities whether we use spells, meditation, various forms of biofeedback and self-hypnosis, dreams, or a positive-thinking approach to life. Such things seem more important to our success than the spells and rituals of one system or another.

It takes courage and perseverance, I think, to approach the world from a mystic’s or psychic’s point of view, and to suggest to family and friends that there’s more to reality than logic or the inputs produced by the five senses. Perhaps it’s best to remain quiet about such thing rather than to be labeled by society as a crazy person.

An author can hide behind his stories by using magic in them that s/he doesn’t mention in every day life. What one says about one’s beliefs is a difficult choice to make,



4 thoughts on “We have been speaking of magic

  1. Beth

    Earlier in my life, it was the “equipment” that made me view magic with skepticism. For as long as I can remember, I have been aware of the power I hold to create my life as I see fit, so seeing people use “outside” stuff came across, to me, as though they were making a show of the “stuff” because they really didn’t have any there there.

    I’ve often viewed church and the the clergy in much the same way. I know, and have always known my connection to the creator and the oneness of that collective mind/spirit, just as I have always known the right thing for me to do. I haven’t always done the right thing, but I have, without exception, known what it was. I have never wanted or needed some guy in a fancy robe to tell me right from wrong–not only do I already know, but we humans are prone to push agendas that sometimes serve to diminish, rather than nurture our very connection and oneness. Members of the clergy are not immune to this tendency. To me, the value of churches is the sense of community they offer. Beyond that, what they hope to deliver (if they are genuine in their desire for individuals to live as embodiments of pure spirit) is already beautifully in place within each of us.

    I’ve grown to understand that if using tools helps someone to direct their focus, that’s a good thing, just as if someone finds it easier to feel the truth of themselves while in a specific building, then they should spend time there whenever possible. How we tap into our magic (which is, I believe, the very same thing as our spirit/part of the collective oneness) isn’t the important part. What matters is that we recognize and actively use our magic.

    1. I viewed equipment the same way. Although I see its usefulness, I believe it is always a crutch or an efficient aid for the person “doing magic.” I think we innately know and intuit our connection to the Creator and all living things. I agree that a church or other group can provide community, but otherwise I tend to feel constrained by the dogma. A Facebook friend recently posted a comment about “hanging out a shingle” to work as a psychic. I said I couldn’t control intuition when I was more actively using it, so I finally had to turn it off because–like an empath–I was constantly bombarded with other people’s moods. What I didn’t like was the fact that somebody brought their religion into the thread, claiming that the Bible was very much against anything that was psychic in nature. I believe those admonitions were written by men based on the general consensus of people at the time and are not decrees from the Creator. I didn’t say that because discussing all that with this poster would have further hijacked the thread. But that’s an example of the kind of dogma/belief that (a) I don’t agree with, and (b) makes it difficult to support a church that does believe in it.

      I agree that, like the wands in the Harry Potter books, many objects can help us direct our focus. I stay away from most of these because I don’t think they’re mandatory and really prefer to be more under the radar with my beliefs, something that’s hard to do if one has an altar of some kind in their house along with a lot of magical gear. As you mentioned, I prefer to try to nurture my connection to, for want of a better term, “all that is.” I particularly like the Huna belief that there is nothing that is not God.

      1. I tend to steer clear of some conversations online because of exactly what you describe. Too often we can see in an early comment/reply that a respectful exchange of ideas isn’t possible and engaging further would only serve to aggravate all involved. I find this enormously disappointing because I have no desire to spend much time commenting about someone’s dinner pics.

        I like good, meaty conversations about the very topics we all tend to feel strongly about: religion, politics, abortion, capital punishment, race, etc. And in this whole human experience, one of my very favorite things is to have conversations where both parties are willing to be real and vulnerable. To tell my truth and show my not-dressed-up-for-company side and to offer a safe space for someone else to do the same. That’s not always easy to do online, though in my offline life, it’s very normal for me. Oddly so, according to those closest to me. People tend to tell me their most intimate stories, often at first meeting or even in situations where it will almost assuredly be our only encounter. In line at a store, for example. My husband finds it baffling (though he could sit in a waiting room for 45 minutes and speak to no one, which I don’t get), but to me, it feels very natural. I’m a genuinely interested, available, mostly non-judgmental (I’m still working on that) human being. I like people’s stories. No, I LOVE people’s stories. But like you, online I tend to take a step back because I’ve seen enough ugliness there and who has time for that?

        I love the idea that nothing is not God. That feels perfectly right to me.

        1. I seldom converse much in “real life” because my hearing aids make it difficult. It used to be fun getting into friendly debates, debates that did not include shouting MARTHA YOU IGNORANT SLUT in the middle of the conversation.. I don’t avoid all of them on line, just most.

          That Huna sentiment meshes exactly with what I believe. Plus, it’s simply kind of cool.

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