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Black Magic

Understanding Black Magic

First, a disclaimer: not everything that is called black magic really is. It is a common thing for followers of different paths of enlightenment to accuse one another of practicing black magic when the rituals are not performed according to the accuser’s own tradition. Due to the influence of Christianity and its negative attitude for magic unsanctioned by the Church, especially with witchcraft and its fertility and love spells, many religious people wrongly believe all spellcasters draw their powers from demons and devils.

Everyone has heard of black magic, irrespective of whether they know what it is exactly or not. It is also known as dark magic and is exactly what the name suggests – dark. It is a practice that involves malevolent sorcery to cause harm or misfortune to the person you intend to use it on. Evil, dark, spooky are some of the words that best describe this kind of magic. Those who claim to perform black magic witchcraft, do so without paying any heed to the resulting not-so-pleasant consequences.

It’s easy to see why black magic is not as simple as it seems. While a person might quickly discount black magic as something which is always bad, this does not necessarily have to be the case.

Black magic can also simply be magic which works to do something to change a situation. But as with every magic, it’s the intention you put into a spell or another magickal working which makes it good or bad – not necessarily the color of the magic itself. The idea of black magic witchcraft is not as simple as it seems.

There are many people who do not believe that magic comes in any colors, so there can be no white or black or dark magic. Within magic are opportunities to change the energy of a situation, but it is not the magic that changes the outcomes of the situation – it is the person behind the magic. Think about money. Money is not inherently bad or good, but it’s how you use money which causes it to take on good or bad energy. Magic is the same way. But since it’s become commonplace to group magic into two different energies, black magic is a name which has stuck to some magical practices.

Even today people still believe that magic is entirely bad and should be avoided at all costs. Some believe magic to be the work of the devil and that it should be something which is criticized and dismissed entirely. But magic is something that happens in everyday life, without the need for candles or rituals. Whenever you may have thought about a person and wanted to talk to them, then they called you out of the blue – that was magic. You focused your intention and made something more likely to happen. It’s really the media who have turned the idea of magic into something evil or something that could be called ‘black.’ They have made the idea of magic into something that is always out to harm others, rather than something which can be used to help attract positive things and outcomes.

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