I've been asked several times to explain what exactly I think Magic
is. I've found that there are several answers to this question but
the one that seems to fit best is Magic is that place within yourself
where you know who you are and how you fit into the universe. Magic
isn't a trick it's not something that happens by chance. A person
can make Magic in their life when they feel their place in the universe.
We all have potential for Making Magic. It doesn't matter what faith
you practice or if you practice a religion at all. Magic happens
when you place your energy into an effort without thought of the
amount of time it takes or what you would rather be doing. It's
a gift of yourself to the universe. As the universe receives these
gifts it then sends back gifts to you. These gifts may not be the
form you had wanted but in time you will begin to see how they were
exactly what you needed to make that Magic in your life.
Some people believe that you need certain tools to make this Magic
happen. Witches use certain tools such as; altars, candles, athames,
cauldrons. While traditional Christian Churches use tools like;
altars, candles, chalices. (See a pattern here??) But the only thing
you really need to make magic is a belief that the universe will
provide you with what you need when you need it. There are times
when I feel the universe could use a little reminder, perhaps because
things aren't happening fast enough or in the way I had hoped. I
then turn to my own personal tools of Magic; creative visualization,
affirmations and ritual practices. I have found that the more effort
I use in these exercises, I concentrate more on bringing the the
things I am looking for into my life. Magic is not just effort in
the exercise or ritual; one must put forth effort in the "real"
world too. For instance if you wanted to find a new job: Would you
just do the ritual or pray for a new job and wait for this job to
fall into your lap? Or would you do the ritual or prayer and start
looking for a new job and sending out resumes? You could wait a
long time for that job to find you but if you are looking for it....
I think you can see what I mean. ~Raven
following page has a list of items that I find useful in ritual
practice. I hope that you find them useful as well. I will be adding
some basic guidelines for developing rituals as well as more information
on wicca and other "alternative" religions. Please, check
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