Black Magic – what is it what is it good for?
Magic is defined as a supposed natural prowess of making the impossible seem possible. It can give a person the power to control someone else. It is also defined as the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature.
In ancient times, a person who possessed the skills to perform magic tricks also used it for healing purposes. It was also used to keep away bad spirits, to seek the truth when injustice occurs and lastly, used to seek revenge.
Black and White Magic
There are several types of magic but basically, it is subdivided in two categories: black and white magic.
According to Wikipedia, Black magic is the belief of practices of magic that draws on assumed malevolent powers. It is invoked when one wishes to kill, steal, injure, cause misfortune or destruction, or for personal gain without regard to any harmful consequences.
As a term, “Black magic” is normally used by those that do not approve of its uses. It is common to some ritualistic settings. Some argue that “magic has no color”, and it’s merely how it’s used by the person invoking it.
If one looks at it that way then the claim that not everything termed as “Black magic” has malevolent intentions behind it could be true. Some people would consider Black magic as having beneficial and benevolent uses if used in a helpful way.
These uses could include killing diseases or pests. There are probably other helpful uses you can think of where Black magic, “in a good way” could be applied.
If you read stories, watch movies of TV then Black magic is almost always used in an evil sort of way. In fiction, Black magic, such as in Rosemary’s Baby, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (referred to as the dark arts in the novels), and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and many other examples.
Even in highly popular video games like Final Fantasy, white and Black magic is used, but to distinguish between healing/defensive spells and offensive spells, but they do not carry inherent good or evil connotations with them.
All of us have seen many movies which depict good triumphing over evil. This same situation or scenario can be said of white and Black magic.
White magic is done or performed to be helpful and is on the “good” side. It is supposed to be used for good works. Harmless methods are employed when using this type of magic.
On the other hand, Black magic is associated with evil purposes. Sometimes the person using Black magic claims evil spirits are called upon in the use of Black magic.
Witchcraft and Sorcery
Witchcraft, in historical, religious, and mythological contexts, is the alleged use of supernatural or magical powers. A witch is a practitioner of witchcraft. Historically, it was widely believed in early modern Christian Europe that witches were in league with the Devil and used their powers to harm people and property.
According to the dictionary sorcery is the art, practices, or spells of a person who is supposed to exercise supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; Black magic; witchery.
Because of the shady and generally bad reputation of Black magic, it is often referred to as sorcery. It is also sometimes known as witchcraft, depending on how it’s used or who is using it, though most people practicing Black magic are actually harmless and do not have evil intentions.
Black Magic Today
Nowadays, supposedly there are several procedures and skills that one can learn through the art of Black magic. Some of these don’t seem harmful, even if doubtful such acts can really be performed. Some of these are:
- Predicting the future through fortune telling or other means
- Seeing or knowing the past by mind reading or other methods
- Creating procedures to sharpen one’s wit and enhance concentration
- Heal diseases
- Cure or eliminate ailments
On the other hand these uses connote possibly evil or misplaced use of Black magic:
- Casting a spell on a person by invoking spirits
- Searching for a person’s innermost secrets through divination
- Ceremonies and seals to summon, evoke, command, or reward spirits
- Seeking revenge for an enemy through curses or hexes
- Causing a spirit to appear through evocations
Black Magic doesn’t have to be used for Evil
Witchcraft or Black magic practiced nowadays has a misconception of being performed for evil purposes. While it could be used that way it doesn’t have to be used in such a manner. If you learn the history and development of Black magic from ancient times to modern times, one will eventually see that Black magic in itself is nothing to be afraid of.
Like a little kid, believing in magic can leave you with a sense of amazement and wonder about the intricacies of Black magic or modern witchcraft. It can dispel the notion that it is no different from Satanism.
Modern Black magic actually teaches about love of nature and harmony between opposite genders and love of nature and one’s self. At the same time, the idea of Black magic still leaves us wondering about spells, curses, and ceremonials, all of which make us further appreciate the mysteries of the art of magic.
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Black – White Magic Questions and Answers
I just got a voodoo doll, what do I do now?
The package says it can be used for good luck.. can it? If so, what do I do?
If not, how do I use it anyway?
Is there a special ritual/folk magic-ey type thing I have to do?
Suzi Q answers:
Voodoo was created by African slaves who were brought to Haiti in the 16th century and still followed their traditional African beliefs, but were forced to convert to the religion of their slavers. To my knowledge, that are things that are done at the hands of people within that religion, and are made for a specific person and for a specific reason. This is the first time I hear something like what you say about good luck, sorry. I have heard that such dolls are for bringing bad luck — but what do I know?
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