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Monday, March 12, 2007

The Magic of Witchcraft Across the Ages

Across the ages, the magical practices of Traditional Witchcraft in Britain, or Trad Witchcraft, has been as important to the Trad Witch as breathing air. Magic is seen as simply another aspect of Nature, an added dimension of spiritual religious existence. Trad Witchcraft is the historic withcraft of old Britain and is not Wicca, which dates from the early 195o's.

We view the concept of the gods, or God, as the universal consciousness that is evident in the world that surrounds us. Indeed, it is a core belief that Nature is the the very same as God. Consequently, Nature is divine. This belief is called pantheism.

Magic itself is nothing more than the use of the forces of Nature, forces of the gods (God), to change or modify our reality to suit the desired outcome intended by the Trad Witch. Thus, magic is, when directed correctly, a divine act, comparable to prayer, which fosters positive change within the individual, their family, community, and our Mother Earth. It is an intended force for change, of creative modification.

Traditional Magic can be used for any of the following purposes:

* For personal growth and transformation.

* To protect oneself and family.

* To improve their life and the lives of their family.

* To heal themselves and to heal others.

* To aid in obtaining a intended goal.

* To remove barriers and impediments.

* To create an alternate beginning or new circumstances.

The magical arts can be a meaningful force for good in our lives, if we are willing to learn how to use it properly. Magical results are never coincidence. Magic is based on the belief that Nature unfolds in an orderly manner, and these events can be known. With this information, one can control or alter the energy surrounding these events in manner that will effect and change outcome.

Magic, to most people, seems rather incomprehensible, something weird and supernatural. Nevertheless, magic is something very different. For, rather than being something beyond knowing, the magical arts are within the reality of Nature, and affects our lives with ramifications to both the spiritual and physical planes.

The spellcraft of Traditional Magic is particularly potent because the Trad Witch has knowledge of techniques that endow magic. While these techniques are not commonly thought of as applicable to magic, they go back in use in British magic for over a thousand years, if not longer. The terms commonly used for these techniques today, "meditation" and "visualization," are certainly not the same terms used our history, but their names do not matter. The substance of what is taught does.

Traditional Witches subscribe to an old concept called the "Law of Return." This is a principle found in physics, which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It is by this principle that every Traditional Witch knows full well that when an action is taken or they send a magical spell, the energy of that action or spell will eventually return to the sender.

The rule of thumb is to always use caution. Magic can be a powerful force that can add to our quality of life, but only if it is used in a wise and constructive manner.

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