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Deciphering Magic: An Essential Guide

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For too long, magic has been confused with the charms of charlatans. Many people, moreover, would happily define magic as: the art of producing effects without causes.

And from this definition, one might conclude that magic is nonsense.

For some, the word magic only conjures up images of sleight-of-hand and other stunts performed by prestidigitators.

For others, the word magic will be associated with Merlin the Enchanter, Mary Poppins or the witches and wizards of fairy tales and legends.

But do we really understand what magic is? Isn't that an essential question? So, in this article, we'll try to demystify the word "magic " and try to recognize what kind of magic we're dealing with in our everyday lives.

Magic cannot be what those who don't know it make it. It's nobody's business to make it this or that; it is what it is, it is by itself, like mathematics, for it is the exact and absolute science of nature and its laws.

Magic is the science of the ancient magicians.

Definition of the word magic: supernatural power?

The French word "magie" comes from the Latin magia, itself derived from the Greek μαγεία (mageia), "religion of the Persian magi", "sorcery".

I'll leave you to look up the term in the dictionary. For my part, I found a slightly more interesting definition in the book "Histoire de la magie du monde surnaturel et de la fatalité" by P. Christian (1811-1872).

In the preamble to his book he tells us:

"Magic, or rather Magism, if we deign to go back to its ancient sources, can no longer be confused with the superstitions that slander its memory. It is mankind's first religious, moral and political doctrine.

Its vulgar name comes from the Greek MAroi (Magus) and MArEIA (Ma gie), an alteration of the terms Mog, Megh, Magh, which, in Pehlvi and Zend, languages of the Old East, mean priest, sage, excellent, from which derives the Chaldean word Maghdim, equivalent to high wisdom or sacred philosophy (1). Simple etymology therefore reveals that Magic was the body of knowledge once possessed by the Magi or philosophers of India, Persia, Chaldea and Egypt, who were the priests of nature, the fathers of all science, and the creators of gigantic civilizations whose ruins still bear the weight of sixty centuries.

Seen in this light, magic is the preface to universal history.

Like everything that concerns the origins of societies, it has a marvellous side, the study of which enthralled the noblest minds of Athens and Rome, before being disfigured and withered by the corruption of Caesarian times. Its Mysteries, before which Plato, Plutarch, Cicero, Virgil and Tacitus bowed, and whose last hierophants brought three symbolic tributes to the cradle of Jesus, cannot be indifferent to us. Their doctrinal side is a reflection of God himself on human thought. Their marvellous side embraces the infinite, contemplated from the heights of the soul, in the dawn of the genius of the nations. It is an intuition of the ultramundane splendors to which we are constantly drawn, like a divine magnet, despite our failures and falls, by the immortal consciousness of an eternal future."

A little closer to home, Bulgarian Master Mikhaël Aïvanhov explains in his book"The Book of Divine Magic": To be a magician is to create. The true magician is surrounded by a circle of light, his aura, the invisible halo of light that emanates from him and which he has formed through his spiritual work and the practice of the virtues. To create, the magician uses the same means as God Himself: he projects an image or utters a word that passes through his aura, and it is the aura that provides the material for manifestation." There are "three great laws of magic: 1) the law of registration, 2) the law of affinity, 3) the law of return shock".

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History of magic

Is it fair to say that magic has always existed? Certainly. Traces of magic can be found as far back as prehistoric times. In caves in particular, men used rituals and incantations to influence the forces of nature and ensure their survival.

Even in ancient Egypt, priests used magic formulas and amulets to protect the deceased in the afterlife. In Greece and Rome, magical practices were also associated with religious cults and rites of passage.

It is also found among shamans, or spiritual healers, who used and still use techniques to cure illness, interpret dreams and communicate with spirits. These holistic practices were considered essential to maintaining harmony between humans, deities and natural forces.

They are also found in occultism and alchemy. In those days, people sought to discover the secrets of metal transmutation and immortality.

Then there were esoteric movements such as the Kabbalah, Hermeticism and astrology. Philosophers and practitioners of this era explored the concepts of natural magic and correspondences between the microcosm and the macrocosm.

Today, magic continues to exist in many forms, giving meaning to the world around us.

Does magic really exist?

Magic is in fact nothing other than the science of life, the science of influences and chain reactions, where every action is rooted in a set of causes and effects. At its core, the term "magic" embodies the idea that the soul is at work, immersing us in the vibrant dynamics of existence. From this perspective, it becomes clear that every soulful being interacts with its environment, guided by invisible forces that dictate our actions in the tangible world.

Take lithotherapy, for example, which teaches that every stone has intrinsic properties that can influence man and his environment. Although these virtues are not visible to the naked eye, we can feel their impact. Tourmaline, for example, is reputed to absorb negative energies, a power that would seem to defy logic were the stone not endowed with some form of life. Similarly, plants possess purifying and healing virtues, transforming atmospheres and soothing bodies.

Animals, too, are animated by inner forces, possessing a soul that connects them to the divine essence. Observe these creatures who heal, sacrifice themselves out of love and take upon themselves the sufferings of their masters. And what of the magic and enchantment that inhabit pristine forests, populated by mysteriously shaped rocks, ancient trees and a living symphony of birdsong and squirrel play? Even the earth itself holds healing powers, offering its mud and clay to relieve various ailments.

The magic of life is revealed through a complex network of interactions between living beings and their environment, where each element, whether mineral, plant or animal, contributes to the harmony and balance of the universe.

What is green magic?

If you've ever heard of green magic, it's a form of magic closely linked to nature, the earth and its cycles. It's about connecting with the natural world. It's a form of magic that uses natural objects, plants and natural energies to create spells and other enchantments.

Practitioners of this type of magic often work with earth and plant energies to create charms, potions, amulets and rituals that promote physical and emotional health, prosperity, purification and spiritual growth. They may also engage in activities such as outdoor meditation, wild herb gathering, magical gardening and the creation of herbal remedies.

It is often found in ancient traditions such as witchcraft, wicca, druidism and other pagan practices.

What is red magic?

Red magic is a branch of magic that focuses primarily on relationships, passion and seduction. Unlike black magic, which can be used for malicious intent, red magic is generally associated, on the surface, with positive, consensual goals in the realm of love and intimate relationships.

Those who practice red magic generally use rituals, spells or charms to attract love, strengthen emotional bonds between existing partners, rekindle passion in a relationship or encourage seduction. Red magic rituals include symbolic ingredients such as candles, herbs, precious stones and essential oils.

What is grey magic?

This form of magic, often unrecognized or semi-conscious, is practiced by people all over the world, whether involuntarily or unconsciously. Each of our gestures, looks and words, as well as the atmospheres we create or evolve in, have an impact on ourselves and our environment. Sometimes, with just a look, we can hurt or seduce someone, or even bring healing to a person through our words. Unfair or malicious accusations can plunge someone into a deep depression, trapping them in obsessive thoughts and even leading them to suicide. Who hasn't felt that electricity in the air, or those heavy, oppressive atmospheres?

Yes, it's all magic, it's all the soul acting, it's neither white i.e. in service to the divine world, nor black i.e. consciously made for its personal power in the world of matter.

We can also include in this category of grey magic, although bordering on black magic, practices such as love filters and spells, rituals to attract wealth or success, or to take someone's place at work. These practices, though often intended to serve our own personal interests, can lead to the enslavement and chaining of spirits or even people for our own selfish well-being.

What is black magic?

Black magic is often symbolized by the inverted pentagram, the goat, Satan and demons. It's a form of magic in which man directs all his senses towards the void, towards materiality. The practitioner of black magic, like the followers of Satanism, does not hesitate to subjugate all creatures, visible or invisible, to gain power over matter and over those who believe in him. The black sorcerer calls upon dark forces to enslave all creatures.

The black magician performs all his acts with full awareness, and his intentions are malicious or destructive. Unlike white magic, which is used for beneficial, altruistic purposes, black magic is motivated by the desire to harm, control or inflict suffering on others.

Black magic practices may include rituals, incantations, invocations or manipulation of energies with the aim of harming a person, casting curses, causing disease, attracting dark forces or fulfilling selfish desires at the expense of others.

In this practice, unconsciousness has no place. The black magician acts with full awareness. Dark forces, like the divine world, possess an intelligence superior to that of man. It is crucial to understand that if these forces serve an individual in his earthly life, they will in return demand his soul and his life after death.

It's important to note that black magic is often perceived as dangerous (and rightly so) not only for its potential victims, but also for those who practice it. The karmic or spiritual consequences of manipulating such energies can be severe.

The famous maxim"the road to hell is paved with good intentions" reveals a profound truth about human nature. Sometimes, despite our best intentions and well-intentioned actions, we can unintentionally cause harmful consequences or unforeseen damage. This maxim warns against naivety and blindness in the face of deceptive appearances. Beneath seductive masks or laudable intentions, can lurk malevolent forces and sinister intentions. This reminds us of the importance of prudence and discernment, and warns us against blind trust in beautiful appearances.

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What is white magic?

Mikhaël Aïvanhov explains in his book"The Book of Divine Magic":

"There is magic and there is magic. True magic, divine magic, consists in knowing how to use everything, absolutely everything, for the Kingdom of God. Conversely, any practice that places the highest achievements of the human spirit at the service of lower nature is witchcraft. Unfortunately, very few magicians reach that higher level where they no longer even have an interest in magic itself, where they no longer even undertake magical operations, where they cease to wish to command spirits, elementals, genies, in order to realize personal ambitions."

"The greatness of a man, his true power, is never to serve the powers he possesses for his own benefit."

White magic is symbolized by the pentagram pointing upwards, representing man rooted on earth but with his mind directed towards angels and higher realities. This conscious individual acts, for altruistic purposes, to free all beings, visible and invisible, from suffering, disease, death and oppression. Figures such as Jesus and Buddha illustrate this white magic, where Jesus expels demons and brings life, while Buddha communicates with all of nature.

Today, most people believe that a stone has no soul, but is only used to build houses, that a tree is dead and only used to make furniture and firewood, that animals are a species at our service, that a hen can lay 3 eggs a day and not just one, if they are made to believe that the sun no longer sets, that a cow should produce 3 liters of milk by filling it with medicine.

The authentic knowledge of magic, particularly white magic, seems to have been lost. It is seldom put to good use. A simple Google search reveals a distortion of its principles, with promises to find love, attract money, or stop smoking through simplistic practices. Yet the great esotericists of the past, such as Eliphas Lévi, Stanislas de Guaita and others, offer a deeper perspective on white magic, rooted in the divine, and offer advice on how to unmask the illusions and lies that lurk behind the appearances of good.

The laws of magic

Magic is about man creating his own destiny, taking his life into his own hands. Magic is about putting into action the visible and invisible forces of nature and the universe around and within oneself, making them active and directing them towards a particular goal. The magician is a being who knows the laws and applies them to move in a particular direction. Practicing magic therefore requires knowledge of these laws.

In his book"The Book of Divine Magic", Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov sets out three major magical laws:

1. The law of recording: This law states that everything we do, think or feel is recorded in the universe and reflects on us. Our actions, words and thoughts create energies that are recorded in the cosmos, influencing our future reality. It implies that we can't afford to do anything, to have any thought, any feeling, any desire, because there will be consequences.

2. The law of affinity: According to this law, similar energies attract. Our emotional and mental vibrations attract experiences, people and circumstances that resonate with these vibrations. In this way, our inner states determine what we attract into our lives. This law of affinity is one of the greatest of all magical laws, and it's the one that should govern your whole life.

3. The law of backlash: This law implies that every action we take comes back to us in one way or another. If our actions are positive and benevolent, we attract similar energies in return. On the other hand, if our actions are harmful or malevolent, we attract negative consequences for ourselves. It's a law of cosmic justice that ensures balance and responsibility in our actions.

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Which magic is more powerful?

I ask the question here because I know many people ask it. But it reflects, in my opinion, a definite lack of knowledge on the subject.

So I'll end this article with the first passage from the book Divine Magic, which dates back to 1996 but is as relevant as ever.

"Initiation is a work on oneself, an uninterrupted work of inner organization, purification and self-mastery. But what's happening at the moment, this growing interest in occultism and magic, is rather worrying. For it expresses not the need for true spirituality, but the desire to immerse oneself in an unknown, mysterious, forbidden realm. What's more, we can see the results: these books don't make people wiser, more balanced, purer; on the contrary, they unleash dark forces within them, confusing their ideas, making them the victims of inferior entities who seek only to harm human beings.

For centuries, the Church has wrongly fought against the initiatory tradition. But what's happening now is that the occult sciences are being made accessible to the weak, the vicious and the ill-intentioned, which is not desirable either. If the initiates of the past had given the precept "keep silent", it was because they knew that the secrets of Initiatic Science could become very dangerous weapons in the hands of people who were not prepared to receive them. For human nature is such that, whatever you reveal to it - the most sublime, the most divine truths - it will try to use them to serve its most personal and selfish interests. This ishow everything that is given to humans for their good, for their salvation, they divert and use in reality for their ruin and that of others."

To all those who wish to penetrate the mysteries that govern magic, know that it is essential to understand that magic is nothing more than the extension of being itself. It is comparable to an extension of the hand into another world, a direct manifestation of our essence.

Magic, by its very nature, is neutral and will act according to your requests. It is therefore not for the unaware, the thoughtless or those who don't know what they want, for it requires responsibility and awareness.

Magic is special, for it is alive and active in all worlds and everywhere, and possesses the power to transform a scripture, a situation, a destiny.

Magic is the culmination of the magician, the one who knows and acts in accordance with its laws.

Life is magic, and we must be aware of our power. Every thought, every gesture, every action generates karma, the law of backlash that shapes our future, for good or ill. Let's become the creators of our future and become great magicians, conscious and focused on the Good.

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Sources

The Book of Divine Magic, Éditions Prosveta
History of magic - Eliphas Lévy
History of magic, the supernatural world and fatality - P. Christian

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