25 March 2018
Written By Hypatia Of Alexandrea
For Coven life
A broad discussion among a gathering got me thinking………
What do you think about Grey Magick? Its only white magic I follow and there is no way I would conform with Satanism, well along those lines anyway.
I believe as Wise ones it is important that we are versed in our history of humanity, in its belief systems, religious and other practices. So this article is mainly to clarify within myself and for those who question their path that……..
” there is no evil magick, only evil in the hearts of Man”- Merlin-
In other words if you have a dark heart you will practice malice not only in your ordinary walking and waking life but in that of your magickal world. Unfortunately maleficence is part of our human structure, luckily enough so is beneficence in equal doses.
As human beings throughout time we have created tools to help us cope, to deal with our daily and of course human existence, Magick is one such tool. If defining the different shades of magick in order to keep on the beneficent path is what it takes then here it goes……….
White magick: This is the type of magick that is performed usually under the permission of the receiver and is done to help or assist, to heal or to make better. This is the type of magic that comes from the pure heart space. This is a place of pure light, pure love and the only type of essence that comes from divine, the same divine that is in all human beings. Remembering that Magick is a tool to obtain the means, you could say just like money. Why do people call money evil when we know well enough that its people not money that create that evil.
Grey Magick: This is Magick that is for beneficence, however it is not done with the permission or understanding of the recipient. Permission is the first rule in White Magick, therefore is doing good without permission considered evil? It’s just like praying for those in need. They don’t ask for it, but you are still giving them a prayer for healing and well being. After all who wouldn’t want that?
The next area is an area where not many dare to treat and only those of the darkest hearts are drawn to. Or are they?
Black Magick: This is the type of Magick that is practiced with an intent other than to help the receiver, regardless of their understanding and permission, such an example could be a binding spell from someone that is doing you gross physical harm such as in the case of abuse. It’s not necessary evil magick, so does this make it Grey? Not quite. If there is malice and one sets out to do harm whether it is in a court of law or over your bubbling cauldron in your Hearth than you have a dark heart.
As a child I was always taught to be careful how I weave my thoughts. Clearly I was forewarned against using any type of dark magic. I soon came to realize there is no black or dark Magick, there is however dark people with dark thoughts that manifest into jealousy, envy, hate, competitiveness and the long list of human emotions goes on.
In Greece, throughout its history, the Mediterranean and Sematic regions we have what we call the Evil Eye to counteract all the bad thoughts or Dark Magick that others subconsciously put on others.
If we stay in the light we are not practicing Dark Magick, if we live in darkness that can manifest into disease of yourself and others, than we are living in Dark Magick. Have I ever practiced Dark Magick? The answer is NO. Have I at times felt envy, jealousy and competitiveness the answer is YES. The difference is that I choose to live in the light and as soon as I feel those emotions I move on quickly, without malice or vengeance.
A quick note, in most if not all cultures it is important to be versed in Dark Magick for the reason is simple, you need to be familiar with what you are counteracting. If you have never seen it before or dealt with it how are you supposed to fight IT? So learning Dark Magick can be important, using it to your advantage is tragic and of course unethical, familiarizing yourself to counteract is a logical and wise choice, in ancient Greece this was called cunning wisdom, we even had a Goddess named after this belief system. What separates the Dark from the light Path, only one word can summon that and that is CONTROL!
When versed in history one begins to understand that definitions of any types of magic practiced was and still is called Black Magick, a label placed by the Christian forefathers.
Magick however played an integral role in ancient civilized societies. People used Magick to gain health, love, ward of robbers, plagues, illness, wealth and the list of human wants, needs and desires goes on. You name the desire, need and want and there was a spell for it and even a God attached. In the same instance dark people also used magick to their advantage and for harm, unethical gains and forbidden desires. Soon after the Christian revolution it was forbidden to perform magic that was usually worked alongside the Gods and astrological ephemeris. The word Magick was replaced with miracle and of course it was performed by one God and many saints.
In fact most magical texts were written by the Christians themselves, their fascination of their own forefather’s interests in the unknown, the forbidden the untouchable had them intrigued.
Just as there will always be people with light in their hearts, in the same breath there will always be people with darkness. We are all capable of seeing the light, this is what we were made for, however never underestimate human emotions, and this is what they focused on in ancient times.
It was important in ancient civilized cultures and even with the Christian Fathers, that being versed in the darkness of the human heart was a way of warding off evil. I’m not saying to practice what is called black magick, but it is important to become familiar in order to counteract. If you don’t understand it how can you counteract it?
Just remember when it comes to magickal workings, or whatever you would like to refer them to it is important to remember 3 little words, Permission, Intent and Understanding as without these 3 words we have no power in the light.
Call a Witch a Satanist and she will have your head!
Another Grey area that I would like to address is Satanism and Lucifer.
What is it? And why are we so fearful of being labeled one? Is it because we don’t understand it? Or is it because its meaning has been eschewed throughout human history? And finally why do most people feel that it is pure evil, dark and sinister?
Well here it goes…..
Satanism is an umbrella term of collective faiths. It is not just one religion.
For instance the founder of the Church of Satanism back in the 1960’s Le Vay created the philosophy that “You are your own God”. This is where your destiny is in your own hands not those of the Gods, so effectively this makes these types of Satanists Atheists. They blend creative expression and self-criticism to reject the western moral laws. They share a magickal interest usually played out as a psychodrama or mystical event, sharing a mystical pursuit to those who live according to a set of religious tenets. Now does that sound a little familiar? In some of the aspects we could be talking anything from a Masonic, Wicca or Christian Gathering. Christian you say? Well if you are familiar with the ecclesiastical rituals of the Christian and other Churches there would be not a doubt in your mind of the similarities, the revolutions started throughout history in the name of religion should also be considered here.
While some Satanists believe in supernatural beings and even worship Satan, they see their relationship with it as more of a partnership rather than a mastery of a God over a subject.
Again just like in any faith of the Human race there is good and there is evil, and there is no doubt that darkness is in this faith too. However remember that Satan as we know him today is a Christian scare propaganda. Lucifer- actually translating “as morning star and light bearer”, some connect it to the planet Venus, and dare I say that some actually connect the “morning star” as the star of Bethlehem. A quick credible internet search will attest to that.
Once again it is important to take autonomy, do your research carefully and understand not what is thrown in our face but what actually is. This belief system is not for everyone, that includes practices such as self-centeredness, self-indulgence, self-belief and defensiveness, however these are merely a reflection of every day human emotions that make our genetic being. Most Satanists are involved in community activism and expression of individual freedom. They lead everyday lives, wear every day clothes and work in every day jobs, well most of them anyway. Below is a link, one of many describing the views of a Satanist.
And remember the Wiccan Rede, “And harm none, do as you will”. Work from your heart space at all times and try not to label or allowed to be labelled. You are here to serve the greater good that is the way of the Goddess, the God or whatever other beneficent being you believe in.
The different Shades are not in Magick itself but in Human beings, never forget that!
Blessing to all.