What Magick Is

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

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Before we can work together, we need a common understanding of what magick is. That’s what this post is for.

Energy healing is magick. So is psychic intuition, along with more exotic skills like sensing and influencing emotions, telepathic communication, and updating unhealthy unconscious urges, etc.

Magick is when your mind directly interacts with the world. When your thoughts alter the physical world, or when information drops into your head.

Sure, energy healers and psychics don’t call their practice “magick.” But they use energy, connections, and the other components of magick. Their techniques interact with the world in the same way as other magick. And the exercises on this site will help you as an energy healer or psychic, as well as helping your more traditional magick.

Real-World Magick

Magick Springs From Thoughts

Rituals, hand positions, runes, and the other procedures of traditional magick can help you focus your intent, but the magick springs from the mage’s mind. A trained mage can do magick without a ritual, and an untrained person doing a ritual won’t engage the right parts of their mind, so they won’t produce any results.

Magick is Quantifiable

Real magick produces a quantifiable, reliable result. Sometimes it’s instant, like some energy healing. Sometimes it takes time, like a ritual to influence future events. But a serious mage will know the outcome of their magick before it happens, and they’ll design tests to separate real results from placebo and coincidence so they can be sure their magick is working.

Magick is Subtle

Hollywood magick doesn’t happen.

You won’t wiggle your nose and make things appear. You won’t shoot fireballs. You won’t fly.

Magick is subtle. It nudges cells toward health, rather than instantly closing a gaping wound while camera looks away. It tweaks normal physics, rather than breaking it.

But some precise tweaks, combined with a good understanding of how the body works, can produce very useful results, like the examples from last post.

More on What Magick Is

Read more about why I define magick as “Your mind directly interacting with the world” here.

Crowley and the K in Magick

Aleister Crowley added the k to magick in the late 1800s, partly to distinguish it from stage magic. I use his term for the same reason (clear terms really help Google), though I don’t do Crowley’s style of magick.

Read about why I define “magick” different than Crowley here.

Want More?

For quick definitions of my terms, see the glossary.

For an in-depth discussion defining magick, direct magick (the style this site teaches) and other terms, see this series.

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