Black Magic/Magick

@Ravenladyj (22937)
United States
December 6, 2007 5:56am CST
Okay this is just driving me absolutel bonkers...Now I'm sure that some ppl if not many, will have a different point of view which of course is natural but here is my rant... Why is it that ppl assume magic/magick has a colour..I really dont understand that at all..Ppl like to toss around the term "Black Magic" and with it imply it is some nasty evil naughty naughty thing when IMO the truth of the matter is magic/magick has NO COLOUR...To me saying "black magic/magick, white magic/magick" is like saying "black prayers and white prayers"...Just like Prayer has no colour, Magick doesnt either. What do you all think? Why the need for such negative terms..Its the same with words like Vodou for example or Satanism or Witchcraft and so on...Why do ppl who are UNEDUCATED about the topic(s) so intent on labeling them with negative terms? any thoughts?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
6 Dec 07
Actually one of my favorite rants about this has to do with the so-called "voodoo doll" so I'm sure you'll appreciate it. When I learned about it from someone who'd been practicing Vodou their whole lives, I was told that it was used for both healing and for harm. Somehow, though it's now labeled as "black magic" and seen as only a harmful tool. Similarly, Ouiji boards get a really bad reputation, and they're actually a totally valid tool in the hands of a practiced user. The problem is that misuse by generations of unpracticed people and children has caused people to think of Ouiji itself as bad or evil. I could go on and on actually. My great-grandmother had wards on her home that caused actual physical pain to people who came there meaning harm to herself or her loved ones. Is this black magic? They managed to physically repel a man who was sexually and physically abusive of me, and thus saved me from further abuse at least as long as I managed to stay in her home. So of course to me this magic was something that saved me, and protected me... but because it harmed those it repelled, many people would call it "evil". Magic does not have colors, or good and evil. Human beings can have intent of various amounts of moral shadings, but the magic itself is pure. If I cast a spell to harm someone who is hurting someone else, my intent is to protect the victim, and thus I am trying to do good. I could cast the exact same spell to harm someone who is in my way at work, or who simply annoyed me, and that would be wrong for me, based on my moral code and ethics. But it would be the exact same magic.
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@rebeka (364)
• Romania
6 Dec 07
iruka sensei.... if u like narutowhat do u think abou genjustu?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Dec 07
It's ultimately probably the most powerful (and perhaps hard to use) skills used in the anime, it seems. Essentially IF you can get someone trapped in a genjustsu, you've defeated them. However, you have to be able to trap them first, and there are those who know how to dispel them, or can do harm to themselves to get out of the genjustsu. So not everyone can be defeated that way, but if you manage to catch someone in it, you've pretty much got them.
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
7 Dec 07
In my own opnion magick has NO color what so ever. As long as your intentions are for the greater good then all is fine. If that means harming 1 person to save another then so be it. People who dont want to learn the true meaning or are afraid to are the ones who label it out of fear of the unknown. I have always believed that fear is our own worst enemy.
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• United States
9 Jan 08
I have to agree with you on this. You said it perfectly when you compared it to prayers. Because that's what I believe spells to be - active prayers - and spells are the core pretty much of magic.
• Philippines
7 Dec 07
i think the color is attached to reflect the magick's intention. so if you cast spells with the aim to, let's say, heal someone...then that's white magick. but if your magick intends to do something malicious like harm or kill someone, then that's black magick. i agree though, that a lot of people naturally assume that voodoo, satanism, and wicca as evil...unfortunately they get their "education" from pop culture like movies and tv shows who always portray those things as evil
• United States
7 Dec 07
Cough, sputter, uhmmmm..... Okay, I will put my 2 cents forth! For those that actually do spell work and are of the Wiccan Faith, the Rede specifically states, " 'An it harm none". I think that is pretty straightforward that only pure and good spellwork can be done. Instead of putting color to your statement, perhaps you meant to say Good vs Bad Magic. If that is the case, you are 100% right. There is NO distinction; as anyone that practices spellwork also realizes that whatever energies they "put out there" will come back to them "times 3". This is also in other religions or states of spirituality a basic form of "cause and effect"; and is neither Good or Bad - it just Is what it Is. As for your last statement about people that label others, that is just human nature. There are some things that people have been taught from childhood are dangerous and they simply stay away from those things. I know that bicycles are not harmful. Until this year at 6 Flags, I was pretty certain that roller coasters were pretty safe. I have had many people tell me over and over that if I would just try to overcome my fears of these 2 things I would understand them and perhaps even enjoy them. I have a mental block that will not allow me to get on either one of them though. I know that is a very simplified comparison, but it's after midnight and the best I can do. LOL So the only thing that I can suggest is that you tell Santa to say, "Happy Holidays to All, and to All a Good Night"! ~Donna
• United States
6 Dec 07
I was reading one of your responses the other day where you mentioned this and today I was watching a rerun of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and one of the characters (Willow) started talking about how she was into the black arts and magic and I thought of you, lol. But I think that is how people think of it, from TV and movies and how they portray it. In the show they do both good and "black" magic. The good stuff is usually for protection or has no horrible consequences whereas "black" magic is usually used to hurt other people. Obviously the show is based on fictional magic but this is what people really think magic is. You mentioned "black prayers" and I would think of that as any kind of bad thoughts towards people.
@rebeka (364)
• Romania
6 Dec 07
there is just magic the rest is regarding the magician heart...god or evil...and who u call...angelsor demons...u can do god and u can do bad.
• United States
6 Dec 07
Well i am un educated.and i wouldnt wanna look like a dummy so i wouldnt say anything..lol but i could give an opinnion:) not sure it will help though!.lol okay mabey when they say "black" magic, its not so much the color its like the oppisite of light,(dark) I do not know much about magic of anykind,,but the ones who comment most with bad things to say, is the ones were in the religion it is a sin to do magic of anykind, so they automatically think u are a sinner and your going to hell,' though the bible says love thy neighbor. doesnt in small print, but dont if they do magic!,,,to them i guess its like some kind of disease, me i am a christian but i do not judge people buy their religion or what they practice, i love everyone:D so you have no worrys there! umm hope this helped! it probally didnt but i gave it my best shOt.LOL!
@ctrymuziklvr (11059)
• United States
6 Dec 07
I think it's because it's what's we hear it referrered to as. When it's in the media it's always 'black magic'...movies use the term...books...no matter where it is it's called black so we follow suit. It's all we know and unless you're well informed on the subject you don't know any better.