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PostSubject: Different Types of Magic/k   Sun Dec 20, 2009 6:21 pm

Black Magick: Magick performed with evil intent. The "black magician" or sorcerer calls upon the supernatural powers of darkness - devils, demons, and evil spirits - and performs ceremonies invoking bestial or malevolent forces intended to harm another person. Black magick invariably involves imitative magick, in which there is said to be a link between a person or object and something sharing its resemblance (e.g., a wax figure or doll). Injuries ritually inflicted upon the figure with pins or nails have a harmful effect upon the person it represents. Some magicians claim that the technique is only effective when the sorcerer has enough will-power to use the ritual figure as a focus for inflicting negative thought-forms on the person under attack.

Celestial Magick: Belief that the planets are ruled by spirits that influence people.

Ceremonial Magick: Magick that employs ritual, symbols, and ceremony as a means of representing the supernatural and mystical forces linking the universe and humanity. Ceremonial magick stimulates the senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch - by including in its rituals ceremonial costumes, dramatic invocations to the gods or spirits, potent incense, and mystic sacraments. The aim of ceremonial magick in its "highest" sense is a transcendental experience - transporting the magician beyond the limitations of the mind towards mystical reality.

Contagious Magick: The belief that objects that have been in contact with each other still have a link, and that one can be harmed magickally - for example, by a magickal rite performed over one's fingernails, hair clippings, or possessions.

Defensive Magick: Magickal rituals and spells used to defend oneself from harmful sorcery or evil influences.

Destructive Magick: Virtually synonymous with black magick, any magickal act intended to destroy people, property, or crops, or to affect people's lives in a harmful way.

Enochian Magick: System of magick derived from the work of Elizabethan occultists Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley, who met in 1581. Dee and Kelley made use of wax tablets called almadels engraved with magickal symbols; they also used a large number of 49-inch squares filled with letters of the alphabet. Nearby, on his table, Kelley had a large crystal stone upon which he focused his concentration and entered a state of trance reverie. In due course, "angels" would appear, and they would point to various letters on the squares in turn. These were written down by Dee as Kelley called them out. When these invocations were completely transcribed, Kelley then reversed their order, for he believed that the angels communicated them backwards to avoid unleashing the magickal power which they contained. Dee and Kelley considered that the communications formed the basis of a new language – Enochian - and these magickal conjurations were subsequently incorporated into magickal practice by the ritual magicians of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, who used them to induce trance visions on the astral plane.

High Magick: Magick intended to bring about the spiritual transformation of the person who practices it. This form of magick is designed to channel the magician's consciousness towards the sacred light within, which is often personified by the high gods of different cosmologies. The aim of high magick has been described as communication with one's holy guardian angel, or higher self. It is also known as theurgy.

Image Magick: The use of a magickal image - a doll made of wax, clay, etc. - in magickal spells. In black magick harm may be inflicted upon a victim by forming the magickal image and then pricking it with pins, breaking its limbs off, or consigning it into a fire.

Imitative Magick: Form of magickal practice in which the anticipated result in real life is mimicked, or imitated, in ritual. The most common form is through image magick, in which an image of a real person may be subjected to hostile acts (pins, burning, etc.) in the hope that real injury and misfortune will befall the victim. The technique can also be applied to mental images. For example, a phobia could be visualized as a hostile creature (e.g., a spider, snake, or dragon) and "shrunk" in the imagination in the hope that the symptoms of fear would disappear with it. This technique is used in some forms of psychotherapy that involve techniques of "active imagination."

Low Magick: Magick intended to produce a utilitarian or domestic effect. Examples would include attracting an influx of sudden wealth, a new lover, a change of occupation, or an uplift in one's fortunes.

Mortuary Magick: Magickal rites and ceremonies performed in order to ensure that the deceased person will have an enjoyable life in the afterworld. Mortuary magick was highly developed in ancient Egypt.

Natural Magick: Magickal spells, enchantments, and conjurations believed to have an effect on Nature (e.g., bring in much needed rain or thunderstorms, affecting the wind or other aspects of the weather, contacting nature-spirits, or influencing cycles of fertility).

Protective Magick: Spells, rituals, and enchantments designed to counter the evil effects of black magick.

Sexual Magick: Magickal rituals and ceremonies that invoke the principle of fertility, and which usually involve sexual acts that simulate the procreative union of the gods.

White Magick: Magick performed for a spiritual, healing, or generally positive purpose, as distinct from black magick which is performed for self-gain, to inflict harm or injury, or for other evil purposes.

Chaos Magick: Chaos Magick focuses on the mechanism of belief, and suggests that the process of belief rather than the object of belief is the critical element in magick. Chaos Magicians will adopt or refute positions of belief as needed for the successful resolution of magickal acts. This orientation, which stresses adaptability as a prime asset and greets change as an accurate reflection of the true nature of reality can be extremely destabilizing for individuals whose sense of personal identity requires that the universe be perceived as an ordered and meaningful place. Chaos Magick specifically refutes the possibility of eternal rest, of eternal order. It views the universe as a phenomena of complexity at an order of magnitude too great for normal human psychology to understand. In fact, Chaos Magicians would argue that the universe is in such a state of flux and apparently random movement that only devious techniques such as those of Chaos Magick, which deliberately subvert the conscious, rational mind, have any chance of creating change in conformity with the will of the magician.

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