Witchy Wednesday - What is Magic?

So what is magic? If I had a dollar for every time I had been asked that question...

I have been writing about magic for quite some time.  One of the things I like to use to break it down really simply to others is that magic crosses over religious guidelines.  It crosses into Santeria, Catholicism, Wicca and Witchcraft.  As a direct comparison think about a prayer. Prayers are a staple in most organized religion.  To me, the real difference is that while prayers are a plea to a higher power to "fix" something for you, a spell is taking matters into your own hands and putting out the energy to make the changes yourself.

Here are two photos taken one after the other during "Rite of her Sacred Fires", a worldwide rite to the Goddess Hecate.

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

Healing for example is something that every path seeks to provide to their followers.  For a millennia you can find healing spells/potions/prayers in all forms.  For example recently some of my work was the focus of a post related to the healing powers of copper.  You can see the full article here.  The same can be said for related magic such as fertility, love and yes even revenge. I have always believed that a witch that cannot curse cannot heal. In watching some of our modern day practitioners some could learn a think or two about cursing and remaining silent!

This photo was taken as part of a binding ritual. I am not the only one to call upon Hecate for banishing or cursing type magic.  You can find a great article about it here.

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

So what is magic?  Magic is something that comes from within. It is the ability to recognize and harness the internal energy you have and use that energy to change things in the physical world. Magic can use candles and totems.  It can use herbs and flowers.  It can use crystals and stones, but all of those things would simply be objects without your ability to guide your energy with these objects and create that magical connection.

Take a moment.  Connect with that energy and focus on making a change.  Focus on sending that healing or aiding in a prosperity ritual.  Take that time to send out that energy and focus on that change that is required.

Here are a few other blog posts I have written regarding magic.

M is for Magic - Pagan Blog Project
Practical Magic - Witchy Wednesday
Spelling with Witches - Witchy Wednesday
What is a Witch - Confessions of a Modern Witch

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