Magic but with a “K”
Magick as defined by Aleister Crowley is “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will”. This definition distinguishes the Craft from the regular stage performance of illusionary magic. The two are sometimes performed in conjunction with one another.
Magick has the ability to effect change in our ordinary lives when combined with ritual. Use ritual tools during magickal invocations, conjuring, rootwork and spell casting. They help focus energy. Tools of the craft that are commonly implemented into rituals are cauldrons, athames (knife), wands, staff, chalices, brooms (besoms), etc. are commonly implemented into the Craft. Consumables are items that are not reusable. Magickal practitioners frequently use these items. Some of these may include the use of incense, herbs, candles, poppets and oils. Replenish or replace these items after use. The use of Blessed waters and powders in spell and rootwork also fall into this category.
Divination in Magick
Divination, which is the gaining of insight into a particular situation is used as well when working magick. This is the true art of witchcraft. You can perform real magick here. There’s no pulling a rabbit from a hat or other illusory performances. Tarot cards are by far the most popular implement in divination. Crystals, pendulums, and spirit (Ouija) boards are also useful when divining the future or seeking clarity on an issue. Scrying is one of the oldest divination methods. Ceremonial magicians scry with the use of a polished black stone such as obsidian or the use of a black mirror. This is a popular method. You can scry with water and fire. This method requires one to gaze into the water or flame to divine hidden images and messages.
Some of the many different forms of divination are:
- Tarot cards
- Ouija boards
- Pendulum dowsing
- Astrology readings
- Oomancy (egg divination)
- Tea leaf reading
- I Ching
Use all of these practices to help you bring about “change in accordance with will”.