Magick Spelled – Perlustrating

The term “magick” is frequently used in place of “magic.”, many people use the words interchangeably. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), the first modern person to use the term magick, founded the religion of Thelema. Crowley started using the word “magick” and gave several reasons why. The most often mentioned reason is to differentiate what he was doing from stage magic.

The central reason was that he considered magick to be anything that moves a person close to fulfilling their ultimate destiny, which he called one’s True Will. By this definition, magick doesn’t have to be metaphysical. Any action, mundane or magical that helps fulfill one’s True Will is magick. Casting a spell to get someone’s attention is most certainly not magick.

Crowley didn’t choose this spelling randomly. He expanded a five-letter word to a six-letter word, which has numerical significance. Hexagrams, which are six-sided shapes, are prominent in his writings as well. “K” is the eleventh letter of the alphabet, which also had significance to Crowley.

Magick originates largely from an individual and perhaps the items used, in the form of intentions, spells, workings, and such. Unlike prayers (requests for intervention) and miracles (acts of intervention), which are solely at the discretion of a supernatural being. Magick is an attempt to create change on one’s own. However, there are magical incantations which include the names of God, Gods or Deities, and here things get a little blurry. One of the things to think about is whether the name is used as part of a request, or whether the name is being used as a word of power.

There are older texts which reference “magick” in place of “magic.” However, that was before spelling was standardized. In such documents, you’ll likely see all sorts of words spelled differently than we spell them today. Spellings that get even further away from “magic” include those like “majick,” “majik,” and “magik.” However, there’s no specific reason why some people use these spellings.

Magick: Any action, mundane, metaphysical, or magical that moves a person closer to fulfilling their ultimate destiny. Magick is an attempt to create growth and change on one’s own and originates largely from an individual and perhaps the items used, in the form of intentions, spells, workings, and such. Magick is distinct from magic, which is about entertainment rather than spiritual growth.

Magick Types: In 1533, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa of Nettersheim, a young German nobleman, authored a groundbreaking work on different approaches to esotericism. Entitled Three Books of Occult Philosophy (De occulta philosophia), this study detailed three types of magickal practices: ceremonial, celestial, and natural.

  • Ceremonial magick, derives from divine tradition and required the presence of a pious figure, such as a priest, priestess, or shaman.
  • Celestial magick, exists at the intersection of the terrestrial and cosmic realms – a perfect example is astrology.
  • Natural magick, uses herbs, candles, crystals, and stones to direct energy through spells and other workings.

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