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In Defense of the Practice of Magic

Author: Lupa [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: July 29th. 2007
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You donít have to practice magic to be a good pagan. In fact, you can theoretically go your entire life without casting a spell or performing a magical rite.

However, over the years Iíve seen a recurrence in the idea that not practicing magic is the superior decision. The general attitude seems to be somewhere along the lines of ďI donít practice magicóI just use mundane solutions instead of wasting my time!Ē A variation on this is ďYouíre not supposed to work magic for mundane and/or selfish purposesĒ. And thereís even ďDonít work magic when you donít need toóyou donít want to overburden the gods!Ē Iíve also heard the sentiment that ďMagic is a crutch, and if you think you need it then youíre too dependent on itĒ.

I would imagine that the roots of these attitudes are embedded in the fact that when some newbies to paganism are first getting started, theyíre totally enamored of the idea of casting spells and whatnot. They get the idea that magic can solve all of their problems, and so dive right in. For them, religion is something they learn about later, only after the shiny newness of ďIím a witch!Ē wears off, and they get a little better idea of what paganism is about besides magic.

Since this is so common among newcomers, I would guess that at least some people who exhibit anti-magic attitudes are doing so in order to seem more experienced and mature. It resembles, in my mind, the child who puts his/her toys aside in an attempt to seem more grown-up.

This isnít to say that everyone who doesnít practice magic is just posturing. However, Iíd like to address the attitudes that Iíve mentioned.

--I donít practice magicóI just use mundane solutions instead of wasting my time

Okay, admittedly you donít want to only use magic to get something done in this world. The clichťd example is the job seeker who casts a spell but then doesnít go out and job hunt, instead waiting for work to miraculously fall into his/her lap. However, magic is a tool that can be used to augment mundane actions.

A well-executed ritual can increase the probability of success in mundane affairs. Donít view the magic as something separate from your ďreal worldĒ efforts; rather, see them all as complementary to each other.

Magic isnít some detached, spooky force with no bearing on physical reality. Rather, itís a practice that involves seemingly casual events joined together to create change. Whether you see this as manipulating invisible energies, asking for help from the Divine, or simply changing your psychological outlook on a particular issue, it has just as much relevance to everyday life as any mundane activities.

The methods and mechanics of magic may not be as obvious or as widely accepted, but I donít see them as being superior or inferior to mundane actions.

-- Youíre not supposed to work magic for mundane and/or selfish purposes

Iím not sure where this one came from. If you look at magic throughout history, it has primarily been used for everyday issues affecting the individual. Whether that individual worked the magic him/herself or asked someone else to do so, practical magic for common problems has been prevalent for quite some time.

A study of folklore, witchcraft and related topics throughout history shows an abundance of spells and charms for love, money, health and other such concerns. While thereís also been plenty of magic designed to help the individual ascend to higher planes of reality, thereís no denying the strong interest in cultures around the world in using magic to make this reality better to live in.

And that includes ďselfishĒ magic.

If you have a headache, you take a painkiller of some sort. If you need money, you find a better job or take out a loan. If youíre lonely, you find people to hang out with. Whatís wrong with using magic to augment these things? The ďno selfish magicĒ idea strikes me as rather Puritanical, not to mention incredibly impractical.

Iím assuming that if youíre not supposed to do magic for yourself, you instead work it for others. How are you supposed to help other people if your life is a mess? Would you get financial advice from a broker who was declaring bankruptcy? How about relationship advice from someone whoís been through eight divorces in ten years?

No one has ever been able to give me a solid reason why itís such a bad thing to work magic on my own behalf; people who are going to be selfish to the point of harming others are going to be that way regardless of whether they have access to magic or not.

I also donít fool myself into thinking that denying myself automatically makes me a more virtuous person. Personally, if Iím going to make the conscious effort to improve my life, Iím going to use every tool at my disposal, which includes magic. Which brings me to the final point Iíd like to addressÖ

-- Donít work magic when you donít need toóyou donít want to overburden the gods

For some people, magic is inextricably bound to spirituality. When they cast a spell or otherwise work magic, they expect that some deity or spirit is going to make the magic work for them. With such a belief, I can see why they might want to avoid asking too much of the entities they work with. Granted, itís quite possible for someone of a dependent nature to get to the point where s/he feels that s/he canít do anything without divine intervention, but this is an extreme case.

Magic doesnít have to involve deities and spirits if you donít want it to. Weíre quite capable of working magic by our own wills. If youíre that concerned that youíre asking too much of your deities, then just do the work yourself.

Iíve found, from my own experience, that the spirits I work with the most (totem animals in particular) actually appreciate it when I put forth the effort myself to the best of my ability. They know that if I do call on them for help, itís because I really need it. ďThe Gods help those who help themselvesĒ.

-- Magic is a crutch, and if you think you need it then youíre too dependent on it

Anything can be a crutch if you allow it to be. Yes, there are the people who think that magic alone will solve any problems they have (even though they continue to have those same problems). However, this shouldnít be taken as proof that magic itself is more likely to become a crutch than, say, religious fundamentalism.

Iíve known pagans who allowed their spiritual beliefs to completely take over their lives (without the practice of magic, mind you). People can get obsessed about literally anything; it doesnít necessarily mean that what theyíre obsessed over is whatís at fault.

Those of who practice magic on a regular basis arenít necessarily obsessed. I practice magic because itís beneficial, and because I really enjoy the experience. I can act quite well without it; I donít cast a spell for every single thing in my day. But itís an effective method of furthering my actions, and I use it when I think itís warranted. If I find that itís warranted on a regular basis, that doesnít make me obsessed. It just makes me a magician.

In the end, itís a personal choice. If you donít want to work magic, thatís fine. Nobodyís forcing you. And for some people, itís just not a necessary part of their lives. However, I really recommend against looking down on those of us who do work magic on a regular basis.

Iíve been able to use it to improve my life (along with mundane actions) in numerous ways, and intend to continue to do so. I believe that thereís absolutely no reason I shouldnít be allowed to be happy, and I certainly donít think itís selfish to want that.




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