Black, White, and Gray Magic

Most people think that magic comes in two distinct varieties — stage magic, like that which magician David Copperfield performs, and ancient magic, like that associated with Merlin. Stage magic, or illusion, involves trickery and deception. The type of magic this book discusses has been passed down through the centuries by wise men and women and is done to produce beneficial results for yourself or someone else, not for mere amusement.

To distinguish “real magic” from stage illusion, some practitioners choose to use a different spelling: magick.

In Chapter 6, you'll see that there are many schools and expressions of magic. Although their outer forms may differ, all magic involves focusing the power of intention to produce results. Your intention not only provides the fuel that energizes spells, it also colors the spell. Your motive for doing a spell determines whether it's white or black magic or something in between. Magic spells can be grouped into three basic categories:

  • Black magic is any spell done to harm someone else.

  • White magic includes all spells and rituals performed for the purpose of connecting with the Divine or to obtain higher knowledge.

  • Everything else falls into the gray area.

That's not to imply that there's anything wrong with doing gray spells. Most spells, in fact, qualify as gray, including spells to increase abundance, land a better job, or find a parking space on a crowded city street. So long as you don't injure anyone else or interfere with his or her free will in order to get what you want, you're in the clear. Doing a spell to attract a romantic partner who is right for you is an acceptable use of magic. But if you're in love with a married man, and your intention is to break up the marriage so you and your lover can be together, you're dabbling in black magic.

Black magic doesn't always involve the ritual of casting a spell. Remember, your intent is what matters. Many people perform black magic without even realizing it. If, in the heat of the moment, you wish something bad to happen to someone or envision getting back at someone who's hurt you, you're doing black magic. Angry thoughts produce angry results.

Science shows that every action generates a reaction. In magic, whatever energy you put into the universe returns to you threefold. Be sure your spells are designed to produce the greatest good for everyone.

A good way to make certain your spells are on the up-and-up is to close with a statement such as, “This spell is done in harmony with Divine Will and for the good of all concerned.” That way, the universe gets the final say. Higher Mind will direct you and the energies you've raised so that your spell unfolds in the proper way, harming none. “The Wiccan Rede,” a guide for practitioners of Wicca, sums this up nicely.

The Wiccan Rede

Bide the Wiccan law ye must

In perfect love, in perfect trust,

Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:

An' ye harm none, do what ye will.

What ye send forth comes back to thee,

So ever mind the Rule of Three.

Follow this with mind and heart,

And merry ye meet, and merry ye part.

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