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What is Magic?

In order to cast effective magic spells you need to know what magic is and how it works

Magic itself can be a notion of an ever-evolving method of learning.  As people become more progressive and learn to better center their energy toward positive goals, magic can become a very useful instrument for unlocking the power of the mind, such as with psychic healing, precognition, or remote viewing.

Magic has various meanings to different people.  For those who believe in the paranormal, for instance, it refers to the manipulation of people, objects, and events through supernatural means to produce a desired outcome.  This type of magic usually involves rituals, spells, charms, and other tools to alter the practitioner’s environment.  On the other hand, the term magic is also used to refer to tricks and sleight of hand which can make illusions of things appearing and disappearing, as though supernaturally.

The idea of magic has been around for thousands of years.  Numerous cultures had versions of wizards, warlocks, witches, sorcerers, shamans, witch doctors, and others who could apparently harness supernatural powers for various purposes.  Some religions incorporate a belief in magic, while others deny magic as the work of the devil, possibly because these religions arose against the traditional practice of magic.

Most civilizations assume that in order to practice magic in the supernatural sense, the individual must have magical powers.  These powers may permit the practitioner to converse with non-living objects, communicate with the spirits, or channel energy in the spiritual world; but of course beliefs varied depending on the culture.  Magic practitioners also had to undergo extensive training to learn how to use their ability, as well as learn when the use of magic is appropriate.  There were even some cultures that differentiated between white or good magic and black or bad magic.

Historically, people who practiced magic often offered services to their community.  These services include health care, manipulation of the weather for good crops, the removal of bad spells, and so forth.  These practitioners became figures of respect and worship because of their distinguished abilities. 

Though practitioners of magic were historically sometimes respected or adored, they were also feared.  Many civilizations experienced instances in which witches and several practitioners of magic were hunted down and penalized, tortured, or even killed.  People then believed in the power of magic, believing that the spells casted by someone could have a real-world effect, and sometimes events like famine, crop failure, and plagues were blamed on witches and others.

Modern day practitioners of magic still exist and can be found all over the world.  Some are traditional shamans and “wise people” that serves communities and tribes as their antecedents have for thousands of years, while others include magic into the practice of their faith.  The practice of magic for these individuals often include rituals, spells, medication, charms, or even the creation of magical objects.

Most modern magic approach includes the blending of ideas from various magical and religious systems.  Even prayers can be considered as a form of magic in that it is a thought of desire focused upon a goal.  Not only that, but mind disciplines such as meditations and yoga can also aid in the use of magic.

In the less spiritual sense, magic is a discipline in which people gain the knowledge to physically manipulate their surroundings to produce illusions.  Skilled magicians can make it seem as if they make flowers bloom in mid-air, cut a woman’s body in half, pull out rabbits from top hats, escape from sealed tanks and containers,  and other amazing acts.  This type of magic does not involve the harnessing of any supernatural forces; it does, however, require years of intense and focused work to become a successful magician.