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Religion and Magick

To: alt.magick
From: The Amazing Renfield 
Subject: Re: Religion and Magick
Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 14:19:45 -0700

Deid sang the Song of Solomon:
> I've got a question concerning religion and magick. When doing spells of
> a particular system, does one have also believe in the religion that
> it's associated with (Ex: Kabbalah with Judaism)?

No.  But I suggest you research more into what 'belief' is.

> I read somewhere once
> that magick and religion should go hand in hand but then in another book
> I read that religion and magick are two totally different things. Magick
> was said to be more of a practice and that something like Witchcraft is
> more of a religion. Any thoughts?

Magick is usually an extrapolation of the religion going on at the time.
It takes a healthy dose of postmodernism (which is not limited to this
era, BTW), to blend different styles or invent one's personal own.  
Magick based on religion is often considered subversive or heretical by
the lay people, or contains ideas misunderstood.

But then, I'm often misunderstood...

Religion usually contains large amounts of people who need the minimum
recommended dosage of metaphysics to keep their souls alive.  Members of
a religion are often uninterested in expanding their paradigm.

Magick could be considered a religion of one.  One's personal
beliefs/ideas/visions/theories take precedence over the herd's. 
Expanding one's limits usually enables one to perform feats that are
considered improbable.  A mage may belong to an organization, or many,
but ultimately s/he's doing magick for him/herself.

'Witchcraft' is a broad/big term of many organizations and individuals.
Not currently practicing witchcraft, I will not comment on any
specifics.  However, I will say that any organization that tells you
that it can bring you to the zenith of your potential is lying to you. 
People may read T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hippopatamus" to catch my drift,
or Herman Hesse's _Siddartha_.


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