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re kinds of magick
By: / Beginner
Post # 1
hi all, i must first start by saying that i am a begginner :-) i have been reading a lot about my chossen path and keep coming across the same 2 terms...... higher magick and lower magick.... can anyone please try and explain the difference for me please? many thanks. blessings to all. macus
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Re: re kinds of magick
By: / Beginner
Post # 2
Well, higher magick would be, I'd say magick harder to perform.
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Re: re kinds of magick
By: / Novice
Post # 3
Some helpful links cause I'm too lazy to type this out.
http://www.virtuescience.com/low-magick-high-magick.html
http://www.realmagick.com/5996/what-is-high-and-low-magick/
http://www.arcane-archive.org/occultism/magic/high-magick-vs-low-magick-1.php

It isn't the difficulty of the spells, its what your practicing.
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Re: re kinds of magick
By: / Beginner
Post # 4
hi and thank you for your help , i shall look at the articles you suggested, blessings macus
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Re: re kinds of magick
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 5
For the sake of anyone reading this but not exploring the articles, High Magic is generally defined as ceremonial, or ritual magic. It is also generally used not for personal game (such as in love, protection, money, etc. spells) but in to contact a higher power and otherwise acquire wisdom. This could be in prayer and communion with one's deity or the summoning and binding of demons or the invocation of angels and a host of other spirits.

Lower magic is generally less formal. It can be energy work, folk magic, or any number of other concepts of magical practice. In this sense most people practice low magic most of the time. Otherwise, it is also generally used to describe all magic seeking to help achieve personal gain or gain for somebody else. Again, this would include love spells, money drawing spells, protection spells... Even healing spells.

In short:

Low magic, often without ceremony, seeks to bend the nature of things to achieve a beneficial outcome. High magic seeks to understand the way of things, often through ceremonial ritual.

As in all things, there are grey areas and debates over the concepts.
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Re: re kinds of magick
By: / Beginner
Post # 6
hi, thank you so much for the clear explination. i am a novice but read everything i can to help learn and understand, and this topic kept coming up but i could not find a simple explination to it. thank you for your reply as i now understand the difference between the two. great reply!! blessings macus
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Re: re kinds of magick
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 7
AwakeTooLong has it right. Think of it as a simple spell and a serious spell. If you have ever blown out the candles on a cake, and made a wish;that is a simple spell.Pulled a wishbone? That is another simple spell. But when you harness your own energy with that of the Earth in order to cast a spell; that is high magic.
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Re: re kinds of magick
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Post # 8
Macus, you may also be interested in the concept of 'lesser magick', worth taking a look at, you'll find it under Lavey's works :)
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