Magick: Beliefs and Practices

Before the fourteenth century, witchcraft meant a collection of beliefs and practices, including healing through spells, mixing potions, ointments or concoctions, divining or forecasting the future, and acts of clairvoyance. Those who held sacred other beliefs and rituals, often branded witchcraft as "demon-worship".

Witchcraft Travels to the New World

After North America was discovered and Europeans began migrating to the "New World", witchcraft came into practice by some of the early, colonial settlers. Since it had previously been branded as "demon-worship", witchcraft was forbidden throughout the North American colonies. Despite this decree by the leaders, some colonists secretly practiced witchcraft, even under the fear of knowing they might be hanged or burned if caught and found guilty.

True Magick

True magick holds great power, some good and some evil, depending on the type of magick and the intentions of the practitioner. The better-known types of magick are denoted by colors:

  • Black Magick is performed with the intention of harming another being, either as a means of building the practitioner's power or as the goal itself. The underlying ideology upon which black magick is based states that, "the practitioner and his or her pursuit of knowledge and/or physical well-being are more important than other concerns, theological or ethical."
  • Green Magick involves the practitioner's self-attuning to nature.
  • White Magick is where the practitioner self-attunes to the needs of human society and attempts to meet those needs. This is a form of "personal betterment" magick, and does not entail harming other beings.
  • Gray Magick is magick that is neither green, nor black, nor white, and usually replaces the absolute stand of these realms with an ethical code that is particular to the practitioner. It is a type of magick all its own, and may be used for many different purposes.
  • Folk Magick is an eclectic collection of herbalism, faith healing, curses and hexes, candle magick, and other workings that have thrived in rural areas for centuries.

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