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the definition of magic, its nature, and the
The Elemental - Magic Class (Courses 1-3,
Lectures 1-24)
the definition of magic, its nature, and the
The Elemental - Magic Class (Courses 1-3,
Lectures 1-24)

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The ElementalMagic ClassCourses 1-3,Lectures 1-24
Lecture 1Defining Magic
The point of discussion for this week is the definition of magic, its nature, and thesemantics by which we will work with the word through this course. If you do not likethe view provided, then hopefully in time this will change, but for the mean time theseare the definitions by which the material of the class follow. We will begin by examininga few qualifying quotes:“Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.”-Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice"Magic is the Highest, most Absolute, and most Divine Knowledge of NaturalPhilosophy, advanced in its works and wonderful operations by a right understanding of the inward and occult virtue of things; so that true Agents being applied to properPatients, strange and admirable effects will thereby be produced. Whence magicians areprofound and diligent searchers into Nature; they, because of their skill, know how toanticipate an effect, the which to the vulgar shall seem to be a miracle."-The Goetia of the Lemegeton of King Solomon"Sorcery has been called Magic: but Magic is Wisdom, and there is no wisdom inSorcery."-Paracelsus“The Occultist is one who intelligently and continuously applies himself to theunderstanding of the hidden forces in nature and to the laws of the interior world, to theend that he may consciously co-operate with nature and the spiritual intelligences in theproduction of effects of service to himself and to his fellow-beings.”-Manual of Occultism“A thorough familiarity with the occult faculties of everything existing in nature, visibleas well as invisible; their mutual relations, attractions, and repulsions; the cause of these,
traced to the spiritual principle to manifest itself, in other words a profound andexhaustive knowledge of natural law – this was and is the basis of magic.”-Helena BlavatskyEach of these remarks regarding magic illustrate certain principles: that the will of themagician is the mechanism of magic, and that magic itself is a path of wisdom whichpursues the sublime laws of nature, and utilizes them for spiritual evolution. Now let usconsider briefly each of these quotes in turn.Crowley's distinction is that of the mechanism, and is the most broken down. Theeffect of magic, not its process, is that change is wrought in conformity to the will, topassion, to desire, strung together under the controlled volition of the mage. This is anamiable definition, but is far too limited. By this definition, and which Crowley sayseven himself, any willed action becomes an act of magic. Typing these words, forexample, becomes an act of magic. It comes into light then that this definition is far toobroad to define magic itself, and so we use it merely as an observant of the result: changeproduced by the will.The explanation Solomon gives in his Lemegeton is arguably one of the most passionatedefinitions of magic, but rightly so, for if you should pursue this path long you shall seefor yourself how it can stir, exalt and lift the soul. Solomon says that magic, quite righly,is the righteous pursuit of certain divine principles, divine here meaning those whichexceed the physical world, and their applications towards things which they are usuallynot directed at. In this pursuit those occult virtues which govern the world may bediscerned by the scholarly initiate, and that these once known may be put into play tocreate "miraculous" effects.A shorter but very correct definition of magic is given my Paracelsus, wherein he insteadsays what magic is by saying what it is not. Magic, simply put, is wisdom; a perfectwisdom of certain virtues which exceed the understanding of the uninitiated, and oftencross outside the small circle of light created by physical sciences. Without wisdom,magic is merely sorcery: it is the application of basic rules towards a gross principle,making the vehicle of their use gross itself. For this reason the magician has always beenseen first as a wise man, holding true to the very definition of its original uses. By thisvery means Solomon became wise, and not merely wise in the ways of magic, but wise inthe arts of the world entirely. There was no situation which the magician can notpenetrate to the core of, and understand from the very origin of the circumstance.The last two quotes merely exhibit again the traits expressed by the words of Solomonand Paracelsus. In sum, that the magician is a student of nature, and of the divineprinciples which govern it from the very core. To this end, he studies the relationsamongst these principles and qualities, how they act upon one another, and how thesebasic ideas may be applied towards other accomplishments.

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