That depends on what one means by "magic, or majik". The occultist Alistair Crowley helped re-popularize archaic
spellings such as majik, terming his the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in
conformity with Will. Others may think of magic as folk parapsychology or see the changes wrought as primarily
changes in ones consciousness.
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Ceremonialists may distinguish between the high majik of ritual observance and
the low magic of practical spells (such as for protection and health). Almost all have some sort of ceremony or
psychological practice to better attune themselves with divinity. This is thought to encourage insight and a sense
of efficacy. Others may cast love spells or other
curses but do NOT confuse this with stage magic.
Is it the same as witchcraft?
The short answer is NO. Many cultures have a negative word like
witchcraft, often viewing it as a malevolent, supernatural tool used by the weak, old or malicious. Some people use
the term witchcraft to cover more general skills, such as counselling, the occult and herb craft.
Some people may call themselves "Witches". However, this is a personal
decision. Although many people may cast spells and practice magic, these are not considered an integral part of
Wicca by all Wiccans. Wicca is not traditional folk magic and all magic is
not necessarily Wiccan - anymore than all people who pray belong to any particular
What is the Book of Shadows?
The Book of Shadows (or "BoS") is sort of a customized reference book for Wiccans. It
contains useful information such as myths, liturgical items, one's own writings or records of dreams and magical
workings. According to Gerald Gardner, such a book should be hand copied from teacher to student but in practice
not every Wiccan has a "book of shadows" and few are ever exactly alike. Sometimes only initiates are allowed
access to a tradition's book. Many times it is called by a different name, such as "mirror book," "magical diary"
What is a coven and how do I join one?
The coven is the basic, cellular congregation for some. In reality it is often very formal,
selective and closed. It's aim is for an ideal of perfect love and perfect trust among its coven
Most people begin in less formal ways such as attending festivals, public rituals, classes
or more open groups (often called circles). Many probably begin and continue practice as solitaries, whether
before, after or whilst a member of a coven. Solitary practice is a valid tradition in the Craft but some good
places to find other Wiccans are on the net, Public Pagan events or through occult, political or new age