Magick or Magic?

Published 16 March 2017 by Eris Ilmirith

It has been many years now since magick started being written with a -k in the end. This word was first adopted and introduced by Aleister Crowley in the 1900’s to differentiate the occult, the practice of magickal arts to performance/stage magic, the performance of magical tricks. It was also Aleister Crowley with his Thelema Tradition who defined magick as “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will”. Thus, the witch, the practitioner of magick uses the Universal forces, which are neutral, combines them with their energy, in order to change their envioronment.

I said that Aleister Crowley adopted the term “magick”, because in Medieval and Renaissance Grimoirs, both terms are used interchangeably. Thus, Crowley did not invent the word, but set his preferance for the one over the other.

So, the definition “magick” is used today by those who study and practice the Craft, mostly neo-pagans, such as Wiccans, Witches, Heathens and all those who believe that magick is real, everywhere and can bring change. Magick isn’t based on tricks or quick hand movements and it has a greater purpose than please an odience.

I have read that there are those who use the term “magic” in order to stay true to the tradition, which is an opinion totally respected, but I don’t follow it. Language is a means of communication. When I read “magic” in newer books or articles, I usually stop very quickly, as it is agreed upon (and language power is based on common agreement) that without a -k we talk about stage tricks and not real magick.

More on magick will follow, for the time being, this was just a journey to terminology…

With Love and Light, always!

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