Magic, witchcraft, sorcery. What is it? How does it work? We have all heard stories of the wicked witch in the woods, the magician who saves the princess, and who but Shakespeare could properly put a name and thought into the sorcerer of storms in his epic The Tempest. Since the dawn of time man has always worked to understand the ways of the world around us. Indeed, there are things we used to know that have been lost to humanity for thousands of years, such as the nature and purpose of Stonehenge and how it was built. One thing that has held on to the swaying nature of public interest, even on the outskirts, is the belief in magic and witchcraft.
The first thing to realize is that magic and witchcraft are two separate things. Witches use magic to create a desired result, while magic is the culmination and focus of energy by the witch. The easiest way to help understand this is if you look at a mechanic. The mechanic is the witch while the tool he is using is the magic. Magic exists all around us in untapped potential enegry. That means energy that is simply sitting there, waiting for an action, something to do. But how does this work? How does the witch tap into this energy and control it to bring a desired result? By lots of practice, research, and focus.
Now actually using magic is fairly easy and only takes three things.
Energy – This is the amount of energy you put into the spell, it gives it life and fuel and usually comes from emotions
Intention – This is the focus, this is where you clearly shape the desired result as well as the specific actions and paths the spell will follow
Catalyst – This is the action that is taken to bring the spell into existence. This could be a series of actions such as some rituals, or it could be something as simple as closing your eyes and blowing your breath.
(Energy + Intention) Catalyst = Reaction/Magic
However, like most easy things, the easier they are the harder the can be. This is why witches study, and read, and research everything we possibly can. Throughout your life your brain and the way you think will take form over the experiences that happen to you, good and bad. Witches read and study not so much to learn new things, but to experience new ideas. Our lifetimes as humans is rather limited, and our ability to comprehend and form new pathways is even smaller. There is no way anyone can ever think every thought that has been thought or formulate every idea that has ever existed, not in a single lifetime and not in a million. This is where reading comes in, it is cheating. By reading these books we gain knowledge and experience at a faster rate, we are able to take the wisdom these people have to give us and apply it to our lives and thought processes without the messy action of actully living their life.
When working a spell, the hardest part is clarifying the intent and shaping the spell. It is easy to be emotional and it is easy to go through the motions of a spell or ritual. What is hard is visualizing the desired result and how that result will come about. Think about it, most magic is done to make a change in our world, yet how can we imagine this if the change hasn’t happened? How can you visualize a new job when you only focus on the one you hate? How can you see a new car coming into your life if you have never had one before? This is again where reading and research come into play. The more you expand your brain and read about new experiences, the easier it is to focus on those thoughts and ideas, and the easier it is to visualize it happening.
Now we get on to the bit about magic that is the most important. Magic can only follow the natural laws of physics, quantum mechanics, and nature. You cannot summon tidal waves, you cannot fly, you cannot move objects with your mind, and you cannot change your physical shape. Magic is energy put in motion for a specific purpose, it is not flying sparkle glitters from a unicorns ass, and all energy has to follow the same rules of nature. While it would be cool to have those abilities, at the end of the day real magic is much more powerful. TV magic makes you a superhero, but real magic gives you the power to change the world around you, as well as change yourself.
And that is the nature of magic. Magic is change. Once you understand that, you can begin your journey.