Do All Wiccans Practice Magic? Should They?

United States
February 16, 2007 8:45am CST
Well, my first discussion here on myLot was a lot of fun, and even though I will be out most of the day I am anxious to see what all of you will think about this. I'm sorry I can't just copy and paste into here yet, but here is a link to onther post of mine http://www.blogxero.com/member/tangible/200702124405.php What I wanted to know, was after considering what I wrote there, do/should all Wiccans practice magic? Why or why not? (If I don't respond right away to comments, sorry, but I have a busy day today, but I will get in asap)
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I think it's hard to say what anyone 'should' do, but my experience is similar to the above post. I think practicing is the most effective way of understanding and learning about your own power, which in turn helps you grow and take responsibility for your personal path and your personal lessons. It is very helpful way for me to focus my intentions and stay grounded. I think it is possible for someone to share the beliefs without practicing magick, just as it is possible for a Christian to believe Christ is their savior without actually attending church. 'Should' they go? Maybe, maybe not... I think any sort of ritual or practice should be initiated by a person with clear intent, which means, IMO, no one should practice 'because they are supposed to'. That, to me, wouldn't be a good enough reason...
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
16 Feb 07
"no one should practice 'because they are supposed to'. That, to me, wouldn't be a good enough reason" Oh I completely understand what you are saying and I agree that no magick should be done "cause someone said so" but i really do feel though that to get the most out of yourself magick (sometimes alone and sometimes in combo with other things) is a great way to do...BUT to me magick is the same as a Christian praying....attending church has nothign to do with it but if a Christian doesnt pray and talk to their god as well as listen to what he has to say then are they really Christian? See what I'm saying? One of the, if not THE, key components to Christianity is listening to gods words and communicating with him etc....now some do that by goin to church BUT while they are there the method is prayer...With Wicca IMO rather than talking to a god..the purpose of magick (and ritual really as defined by each of us) is to talk to and listen to your true self because IMO we have all the answers already...UGh am I making any sense? LOL man I'm having one of those days LOL
@astromama (1226)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I understand your point. I guess to me there's a difference between tuning in and listening to my higher self and actually putting intent and purpose into a magickal ritual. Ritual to me is like 'church'... 'prayer', on the other hand, happens fluidly and all the time... I often sit with myself and study my astrological transits, or light a candle and do a tarot reading or something similar, but I don't consider these 'magickal rituals'. It's the same as when I have a dream that clarifies something for me... it's part of my daily communication with my higher self. I guess it depends on what constitutes a 'ritual' for the individual. And what we are talking about when we say 'magick' because I think these terms are personally defined by what they mean to each individual person. What I meant by my above post is, I believe someone can share my beliefs but not share my rituals, and who am I to tell them they 'should' practice what I practice? Their prayer may not be my prayer, so to speak. I feel I am practicing magick when the intention is present and I am consciously casting energy for the purpose of positive manifestation... If other's never do this, but share my belief in the powers that be, I guess I think that's okay. To each their own, and to pass judgement on their choice doesn't feel right to me.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
17 Feb 07
For those who don't know, I'm not exactly Wiccan. However, this discussion caught my attention, and I feel it could apply to those in other pagan religions as well, so forgive my intrusion. =p I think a lot of people, Wiccan or otherwise, are afraid to practice magic because they feel it is part of a stereotype of what they are. A lot of people think of magic as the flashy stuff you see in fairy tales, or on tv, and they feel they'll just look like idiots if they go around saying they "do magic". Another big issue is that some people are disappointed with magic the first time they do a spell and don't get the kind of flashy effect you would see on tv. They feel they obviously aren't good enough at magic, or that it's just a bunch of bull anyway since theirs didn't work in the way they expected. I tihnk being a part of any religion that includes "magic" as part of practice, and not practicing it, is missing out on something important. There are reasons magic exists, and ignoring it in your practice just means that you don't get the benefits of it, like not taking vitamins or not taking free money.
• United States
1 Mar 07
I agree. Not practicing magick's like letting some really wonderful talent go to waste in my mind. I can understand those who simply want to be 'spiritual' and don't wish to involve themselves in magick..but I don't think I could ever do that myself. I think though, that what people 'should' do is what feels right to them. If they feel meditating, recording dreams, and simply communing with the Goddess without actually working a full fledged ritual or working a small spell's for them..well kudos for them, and as long as they're happy and it works for them..it's good. To me though, spirituallity and magick go hand in hand. In truth, christians, buddhists, EVERYONE practices magick in some form or another, sometimes a diluted one, but they still practice whether it's a concious thing or not. An example is prayer. *shrugs*
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• Philippines
17 Feb 07
I am a practicing Wiccan. Learned about the Goddess, magic and Wicca when I was a kid but I only started casting spells when I had a good understanding of the principles my mother taught me. Now that Im old enough, Im a race car with a car. Though I rarely cast spells but I do rituals and celebrate the Sabbaths.
• United States
17 Feb 07
I believe that when we religiously observe - such as through ritual and ritual worship - that we are still engaged in magical action. In thos cases I suspect it to be more theurgical, so, in my book that "still counts" :o)
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