I’ve had a lot of people ask me over the years, since I became Wiccan, what magick is. And whether or not I think it’s real. Not the “pick-a-card, nothing-up-my-sleeve” type of magic, those are illusions, sleight of hand tricks.
Oh, and no “newt spells” either. Disney has the patent on that, and I don’t have enough karma to take the price that transmogrification of another person would exact on my fate. (You can rest easy now, Mark)
I’m talking about the magick I use when I send out my love bombs to friends and loved ones. How I believe that people can be helped in their everyday lives by a subtle manipulation of energies. How we can apply the science of electromagnetic fields by using our bodies as conductors to shift reality.
Yes, I use Science to explain Magick.
Now, like all newbies, when I first started on my path, I wanted to use magick for everything. It’s a thrill learning how to craft a spell, and how to get all the tools (read – all the toys) for a ritual. Learning how to make incense, how to mix oils and how to put together a poppet for healing is rather like learning a new game. At least it was for me. I wrote up tons of spells – spells I might need if this or that might happen.
Magick based on stuff and things doesn’t work very well for me.
Magick based on energy manipulation works extremely well for me.
So I pretty much quit doing stuff magick. No more herbal tinctures, or incense-making for me. Most of what I do for spells now has to do with manipulation of energy. How?
Well, here comes the science, from my point of view.
Everything has an electromagnetic field that vibrates at a certain frequency. From the human body, to trees, to animals, even to rocks. You vibrate soundwaves just right, you can shatter glass, crack rocks, cause animals to go crazy, and break up kidney stones and tumors within the human body. The aura that a lot of people talk about is that electromagnetic field. It reacts to the world around it, as well as to our own emotions and intent. You can pull it in close to your skin, or push it out and away from your body to extend quite a ways.
This EM field is what causes the hair to stand up on the back of your neck when someone comes up silently behind you. It’s the extension of your body’s natural energy. And it can be manipulated and used to affect change in the world around you. You can also learn to use and manipulate the EM fields of other things.
With their consent if it’s a person. My faith doesn’t believe in overriding someone else’s free will. If you want to do magick on someone else, you better have their permission, or it will boomerang back on you. Most often unpleasantly.
I have a knack for being able to drain, or “ground” energy from a person or thing. I can pull the excess away from one place, and push it away, either into the air or into the ground, without it harming me. It’s rather like acting as a lightning rod. Yeah, the lightning strikes, but it doesn’t hurt the antenna, it just uses it to travel. I do this on my Eldest all the time, when she’s feeling skitzy or can’t seem to settle for the night. After a moment or two, she slumps in my arms and almost goes to sleep.
I can also send energy out the same way, in reverse. I pull it from the ground, or the air, and push it into an object or person. Most often I place it into a softball size ball of energy, and send it out to its intended receiver, with the instruction to wait till the person needs the energy, and then they will have it available, rather like a blanket that wraps itself around you automatically when you’re cold – or the feeling that someone’s just hugged you, but there’s no one there.
From my point of view, Science and Magick don’t have to be mutually exclusive. After all, during the medieval era, can you imagine what the people would have thought of televisions, cell phones, computers? We’d all have been burned as heretics, or worse, simply for using velcro and zippers. It would have all been seen as magick – evil magick. But in the end, it was explainable through Science. And I truly believe that one day, energy manipulation and other procedures that are now seen as “Magick” will one day be explained, quantified, and accepted as Truth.
The Last truly great Wizard of Science and Magick combined.