Thoughts on Black Magic

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One major draw that I have always had to magick, is the attraction to what’s been coined Black Magic. It’s always piqued my curiosity. From the intrigue of a night mass, to accounts of exorcisms and summonings all the way to epic fantasy novels like The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. I absolutely love a story of magic and might.

When I first started to explore esoteric topics almost 20 years ago, I wasn’t very discerning as to what I learned – I considered all knowledge to be of benefit. I read everything I could get my hands on, and talked to everyone that had anything to say about magick. Some was Black, and some was White. Most was actually open to argument I suppose. My reasoning was that even if I didn’t implement what I learned, at least I would know about it.

Not surprisingly, it didn’t take long for me to revise my opinion on that as I’ve also found that one has to be careful of knowledge. Although the books are read to appease a thirst for knowledge, to ease curiosity or for the sheer joy of knowing, something learned can never be unlearned. No matter how noble and exciting the quest for enlightenment is, there is always the risk of getting in over your head.

Thoughts on Black Magic

There are, without question, books that are not worth opening. Luckily, books on the topic of Black Magick and other breeds of questionable knowledge, are rarely found in mainstream society.

What makes it such a slippery slope is that to pigeon- hole certain kinds of magick as Black Magic, is like naming certain kinds of electricity ‘bad’. Just like electricity, magick is a form of energy, and it depends on how the user chooses to use it that makes it good or bad, black or white. Whether used to power an electric chair that carries out the death sentence, or to light the nightlight in your Childs’ bedroom – it’s all electricity.

Magic is the same

It is powered by intent and will… if the intent is good, then good things will come into the practitioners’ life. If not, well – “good” won’t be what comes. It depends on which switch you flick; the one for the chair, or the one for the nightlight.

“Magic is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will.”

– Aleister Crowley, in ‘Magic in Theory and Practice’

There is no dark or light, good or bad knowledge/magic per se… But one thing rings true: Malice begets malice, and light begets light. When you open yourself to the dark, your light inevitably becomes dimmed. Black magick is a psychological force that most are ill equipped to deal with. Unfortunately I have seen friends dabble with black magick, and it was more than they could handle. They have never ‘come around’ or ‘bounced back’. To my knowledge, an old girlfriend of mine still lives in a home for the mentally disturbed because of a summoning gone wrong.

It has taken me many years to realize that a part of nurturing my spirit and honoring myself, is to be gentle with my inner child. (I believe that it was my children that have taught me this). I’m beginning to learn to protect Her the same way as I protect my own children: from harm as well as emotional and psychological distress.


“Magic is not always serious or solemn. It is a joyous celebration and merging with the life-force.”

– Scott Cunningham

Perhaps the trick it to combine the two pieces of wisdom and use ‘will’ to experience the joyous celebration of merging with the life-force.

Myself, I tend to follow the golden rule of:

“Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfil — an ye harm none,
do what ye will”

(Earth Religion News, 1974)