The basic definition of magick is: the art and science of consciously manipulating Will, emotions, and energy to cause a change. The individual magickal practitioner may be seeking to cause a change within themself or to their perceived reality or perhaps even to someone else. The energy utilized by the practitioner may originate from any number or sources: within the individual’s body, from their surrounding natural or urban environment, from deity or Universal Source, or syphoned from a different realm of existence such as the astral plane or elemental realm. These energies can be manipulated directly by the practitioner or with the use of symbols and object that represent the source from which the energy is being drawn.
Magick, just like electricity, is neither “good” nor “bad”. It does not possess a morality but will always take the path of least resistance. The magickal practitioner is aware of this and therefore will be energetically aligned with their specific intention or goal whether that is one of healing or destruction. Before passing judgment on whether healing and destruction are viewed as being either “good” or “bad” respectively, it is important to keep in mind that they are subjective terms, as there may be times when one must destroy something in order to facilitate healing. A perfect example of this is when a doctor gives a patient chemotherapy treatments in order to destroy cancer cells so that the patient can be healed from the disease.
Correspondences such as: colors, herbs, crystals, stones, and lunar phases, may be used to further align the magickal practitioner with their
desired outcome. He or she would do this by first attaining an altered state of consciousness such as what is reached when meditating, then using the energy of the appropriate correspondence combined with the energy they have already syphoned from a source, mixed with their own Will and emotions will release the powered intention towards the target. When successful, this process creates a change within the practitioner’s reality.
Magickal practitioners have been around for a long time. The earliest individuals were a class of priests or magi that shaped the Hellenistic religion as well as both the Greek and Egyptian spiritual practices which possess strong magickal components and lore within them. The use of magickal words, wands, and other ritual tools, sigils, symbols, and casting a magickal circle to defend against spirits all originated from these ancient religious practices. Many religious rituals are similar to magickal thinking. Both prayer and magick seek a higher power to intervene on behalf of an individual whether it is the practitioner doing the praying or magick or someone else.
Many individuals practice magick and don’t even realize that they are doing it. Not every magickal instance is about casting Circle at night under the full moon. Many occasions are common or mundane occurrences: making homemade chicken soup for a sick family member, finding that you’re running late for work or an important appointment and you repeat to yourself “green, green, green” as you approach a traffic light, making a birthday wish as you blow out the candles on your cake, or wishing upon a shooting star in the night sky. These are all examples of a magickal purpose. They are instances when an individual focuses on a specific intention in the effort to create a change in their life. The intention is fueled by the power of their emotions and desire. That is what true magick is all about.