MAGICK WHITE AND BLACK
‘Personal magick’ is that magick used to affect the
self; often involving affirmation, self-suggestion, and
self-hypnosis. ‘Active magick’ is outer directed magick (as
in PK) used to affect someone or thing, or to bring about
an event. ‘Passive magick’ is to be affected (as in ESP)
by an outside non-physical cause. Everyone possesses some
magical (and psychic) potential. Some are especially
gifted. Usually people are better at one kind of magick
(ie. active or passive) than they are at the other kind;
only rarely does an individual excell at both. Traning
and practice will, of course, improve ability somewhat.
Although the forces of magick are neutral, various
systems may take on the qualities of good and evil. There
is so-called white magick or good magick, black magick or
evil magick, and gray magick between them. When many people
refer to white magick they mean magick for unselfish
purposes, also healing and mental influence with specific
permission. By black magick they refer to magick for
self-interest and healing *without* specific permission.
Using magick to forcefully control another’s will is, in a
sense, black magick too. There are also some people on the
occult fringe who claim to be, possibly even think they are,
‘Satanists’, devil worshipers, or black magicians. These
people are most likely charlatans, hoaxters, dablers, or
merely misinformed. They may be attracted by the ‘art’ of
black magick, or even by the ‘glamor’ of doing something
against the ‘rules’. But a real black magician is very
dangerous. Because he has dedicated his life to evil. We
usually think of ‘white magick’ as having *unselfish
intent*, and (in the extreme case) of ‘black magick’ as
being actual Satan worship, human or animal sacrifice,
dangerous unconventional magical practices, and other
bizarre stuff as makes a nightmare. It is all a matter of
degree. Most mild self-interest magick (one of the most
common kinds) would be called ‘gray’. Better terms may be
*constructive magick* as being beneficial; and *aversive
magick* as magick intended to work against the natural
order, and to tear down. There is also the *high magick* of
spiritual alchemy (ie. spiritual growth), also known as ‘the
Great Work’; and conversely there is ‘low magick’ which is
concerned with materiality.
Any magick act is likely to produce side effects
regardless of whether or not the desired result is achieved.
Such side effects are no problem for constructive magick,
since they are benificial as well. However, aversive magick
can produce aversive side effects which may even harm the
magician — aversive magick is dangerous!
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