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Is Black in Magic Beautiful or Beastly?

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From: blackman99 
Subject: Is Black in Magic Beautiful or Beastly?
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 00:23:48 GMT

50030121 VII om (MHasnik):
> So, what is the outcome to this? I'm confused. 

it's a confusing subject. is there some clear truth here
that we may follow with confidence? or is it just about
becoming convinced of some arbitrary method (faith)?

> ... I'm going to believe that white would be appropriate. 

does belief influence what results? if I believed that a white
candle would do the job and used a black one by accident (say
I was blind or it was strange lighting and I grabbed the wrong
one), then would it come to naught or go awry? is the cause
of magic not located in belief so much as the material of the
spell and its actuality?

> Would black have done any damage for a money spell?

in natural magic there is often presumed to be a component 
of the spell which 'steers' or 'directs' it to the desired
conclusion. this is undergirded by traditional formulae and
notions about what "must be done". unfortunately for those
who believe that their tradition is Correct, there are a
multitude of cultural differences about what does what, and
some of these competing notions have long histories in more
than one culture to support them, contradictorily.

how will they be Facing Off, so to speak? is there some real
resolution which may be discovered here? or will it lead to
the dissolution of a confidence in magic or its elements?

after all, if we may assert that the magic is in the
material components (as designed by some Cosmic God and put
there for our use), then why would a God make these strict
Black/White associations? does the Divine conclude with one
culture that Black means cutting, decrease, and malevolence?
or will we choose another that uses White for this purpose?

how far away are we from the heinous conclusions about melanin 
and race ascribed by White Supremacists if this is the status 
we presume the Creator God has relegated to 'Black'? 

and if the conjecture of natural magic is false -- the colours
are not divinely-coded into their purposes -- then how far shall
we go in dethroning the magical content of any particular herb
or mineral? the issues are thorny and not at all clearly
resolved. I look forward to any response. :>


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