What is the first thing you think of, when you hear the word “Magic?”
Magic, Witches, and Witchcraft, have nothing to do with anything that Hollywood has made them out to be! So right now I want you to just leave everything you’ve heard or seen in the media behind, with your open minds, and realize the idea of Magic has an extremely rational and important history.
I suppose throwing the word Occult out there will probably cause concern and you may find yourself wanting to go elsewhere. The fact is, that the true meaning of that word is not scary or intimidating at all. The word Occult simply means “knowledge of the hidden.”
Witchcraft, is just one of the directions taken in the study and practice of Occultism. This may include things like magic, alchemy, astrology, extra sensory perception, spiritualism, and divination, to name just a few.
In my research I have found that even in our own ‘approved’ history books, there were more untruths about Witchcraft and the Occult than there were truths. Fortunately, we are in a new information age, and it finally allows us better access to the real information that had either been outlawed or suppressed for generations. I am not here to provide the entire history, but I certainly encourage you to seek more information about what really happened in our history, especially the pre-Christian Paganism belief systems, as well as the realities of the Burning Times and so forth!
I am not here to bash religion and I’m not here to convert anyone! Unfortunately, throughout our history, that is exactly what happened when some decided that they wanted all the control and power. Look at the many civilizations destroyed by the needs of men wanting to conquer and control.
Witchcraft is part of a larger scope of Paganism (within the larger framework of Occultism), which has finally been recognized and accepted (depending on who you ask) in mainstream culture, as a Religion in it’s own right. Personally, I try to avoid using the term(s) religious or religion when I refer to my personal beliefs, because the term itself for me has carried nothing but negative connotations throughout my life. I think that is how so many of us fall into the “label” trap, which if you think about it, is a form of manipulation that causes us to form opinions or perceptions, that in most cases are just not valid or true. One example of how labels can become confusing: Witchcraft and Wicca are not the same, although there may sometimes be similarities, however, in most cases they are intermingled erroneously.
Now, there are folks who practice the darker sides of Occultism, yes they do exist, but they do not define the entire spectrum of Witchcraft or Occultism. Humans can be evil regardless of how they identify themselves. Creeps are creeps no matter what color robe they may be wearing! If you choose to use the hidden knowledge for bringing about negative results for others in order for you to gain power over them in some way, you are part of what Dark Occultism really is! That is NOT what this page is about! The knowledge I use, is to bring truth, love and light to others, period!
Here is my understanding of the definition of Magic:
*Magic is manifesting change in our inner and outer life, in compliance with our will;
We can actively and consciously pursue this relationship with the universe, and with ourselves.*
Here, we honor Nature: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit. Other Pagan or Wiccan paths may appeal to Goddesses or Gods as their main deities, however, we do not recognize any specific deity.
We are all one with the Universe, we are all connected. Everything, including ourselves, is divine.
So, to answer the question of whether or not Magic is real… As long as I believe it to be so, then it is so!