So I finally talked to my boyfriend about magick and he said it was okay (and kind of cute) for me to do a protection spell for him, but when I asked him what his views on magick were, he said he didn't have any views or opinions because he didn't quite know what it was. I tried explaining it to him, but found it hard to so it in terms he could understand and even had him read a part of a Wikipedia page (the web page didn't really have a good enough definition--I was better off just explaining it by myself), but I still don't think he quite got it. I'm probably going to talk to him about it again sometime, so does anyone know how I can explain magick somehow to him? I've known what it was my whole life, but never had to explain what it was to anyone else before. His mother's Christian, but he's agnostic and they're not judgemental. He respects my beliefs. So how should I explain magick to him?
Re: Explaining Magick By: Brysing Moderator / Adept
Post # 3 May 09, 2014
You can really only explain your own ideas of what magic is! There are as many "forms" of magic as there are leafs on a tree.
For instance, if your idea of magic is Wiccan, it would be as different from my own definition as chalk is from cheese!
To me magic is a universal force. It is the reason for our next breath and the source of the universes first gasp. It shapes the roles and impacts of all things and actions. When we perform spells we interact with this force, sometimes using deities as intermediaries in prayer
Every spell shape sets a path for the universe to follow and creates a desired outcome. For example a protection spell can do anything from making muggers decide there are easier targets than your boyfriend, giving your boyfriend a hunch to walk on a more crowded street, help him talk his way out or give his ambulance the boost it needs to get to him on time. Magic sort of stacks the deck. This is my personal interpretation
I hope it helps
Tell him its a very powerful natural force. It is energy found in everyone and everything. It works to influence, not make instant, dramatic, physical changes. It is a force of nature and therefore works within nature.
If he asks you to prove it that's difficult as it comes down to belief and its not something you can see, only feel, but you could give him a charm for luck, even if he doesn't equate his good fortune to the charm, what's the harm?
Magick is entirely natural. It is the manifestation of change through willpower (focus + intent + passion). It is the power of the mind in all respects. This is why many times it crosses over into psychology. Jung is a famous psychologist and occultist that bridged that gap quite nicely.
But many times it is used in conjunction with many other practices such as working with spirits and divination. Magick and religion tend to be tied to one another. But the beliefs change from one culture to the next, sometimes even from person to person. This is why their are so many models, methods, or "paths" one can work through. There are limitless ways to produce this manifestation, but it helps quite a lot when we can relate it to something else that we are familiar with. Since we cannot physically see it we must grasp it with understanding in the form of relation. And that is also where sympathetic magick comes in to play.