Definitions of Magick
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"Magick is the Science and Art of causing
Change to occur in conformity with Will."
"Magick is the art of causing changes in
consciousness in conformity with the Will."
"...We will confine ourselves to an
extension of a well-known definition by Aleister Crowley and state
that, “Magic is the Science and Art of causing Change, on a
material as well as a spiritual level, to occur in conformity with
Will by altered states of consciousness."
"A magical act may be defined as causing
reality to conform to will."
"Magick is just the art of changing the
focus of consciousness at will."
"Sorcery: the systematic cultivation of
enhanced consciousness or non-ordinary awareness & its deployment
in the world of deeds & objects to bring about desired results."
"Magic is a set of techniques and approaches
which can be used to extend the limits of Achievable Reality. Our
sense of Achievable Reality is the limitations which we believe
bind us into a narrow range of actions and successes - what we
believe to be possible for us at any one time. In this context,
the purpose of magic is to simultaneously explore those boundaries
and attempt to push them back - to widen the 'sphere' of possible
"Magic is the Highest, most Absolute, and
most Divine Knowledge of Natural Philosophy, 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
proper Patients, strange and admirable effects will thereby be
produced. Whence magicians are profound and diligent searchers
into Nature; they, because of their skill, know how to anticipate
an effect, the which to the vulgar shall seem to be a miracle."
"Causing change by directing energy
with one's will."
"Everything works by magick; science
represents a small domain of magick where coincidences have a
relatively high probability of occurrence. Half of the skills in
magick consist of identifying probabilities worth
enhancing...Magick will not free itself from occultism until we
have strangled the last astrologer with the guts of the last
"Magic is not necromanteia - a raising of
dead material substances endowed with an imagined life - but a
psychological branch of science, dealing with the sympathetic
effects of stones, drugs, herbs, and living substances upon the
imaginative and reflective faculties - and leading to ever new
glimpses of the world of wonders around us, ranking it in due
order of phenomena and illustrating the beneficence of The Great
Architect of the Universe."
"The change in situations or events in
accordance with one’s will, which would, using normally accepted
methods, be unchangeable."
"Magic is the socially unauthorized use of
the will and imagination to partake in the powers of the
"The true practice of magic depends on the
legitimacy of the individual human will. The magician wills
something to occur which under ordinary circumstances would not
occur, and thereby demonstrates the reality of his or her own
individuality. Magicians make the world dance according to their
tunes, religionists seek to find the tune of the world and have it
teach them how to dance."
"Unless a man be born a magician, and God
have destined him even from his birth to the work, so that spirits
do willingly come of their own accord - which doth happen to few -
a man must use only of those things herein set down, or written in
our other books of occult philosophy, as means to fix the mind
upon the work to be done; for it is in the power of the mind
itself that spirits do come and go, and magical works are done,
and all things in nature are but as uses to induce the will to
rest upon the point desired."
"Magick is the art of belief."
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