“When you’re using Black Magick, you’re—” the comparative religion student said, as he stared at me.
“Hey, she hasn’t said anything about Black Magick,” the college class instructor clarified.
I added that Wicca is a positive spiritual path. I emphasized: “There is no White Magick or Black Magick.”
Further in the discussion, another student asked, “Black Magick is about doing something bad to someone else—right?”
Still, another student said, “But I thought White Magic is when you do something good for someone.”
Stop. First, this is a “dualism way of thinking.” This type of thinking dates back many centuries. For example, in Zoroastrianism, the One Deity was said to have two manifestations: good–Spenta Mainyu and bad–Angra Mainyu.
Some comparative religion scholars suggest that this good/bad idea continued through Judaism and Christianity.
This dualism idea is not the Wiccan approach. Modern Wicca traces back its insights to pre-Zoroastrianism times.
In Wicca, magick is energy and a resource. Similar to water, it is neither good nor bad.
Here are two examples about water:
Lost and staggering in the desert, you’re parched, dehydrated. And water saves your life.
You’re taking a wonderful cruise, but a rogue wave knocks you from the deck. You tread water until . . . you can’t, and the sea takes another victim.
So is water good or evil? No. It just “is.”
Wiccans can use magick for good or bane (“a source of harm or ruin” – Merriam-Webster.com). The practitioner’s intention takes the resource that is magick and turns it to good or ill. Magick is simply the natural energies around us. I’ll say that Black Magick and White Magick are misnomers.
So does this mean that the practitioners can be either White Witches or Black Witches?
I suggest we drop these terms.
Still, we all have a light and a dark side.
My point is: Let’s drop these labels Black and White. Instead, remember the Wiccan Rede: These Eight words the Rede fulfill: “An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will.”
Yes, evil exists.
But if we stick to the Wiccan Rede, we can walk a positive and spiritual path.
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