Magic. That thing which is inherent to witchcraft. And other religions. I suppose I should already rephrase my question, because magic is the process. Energy is the materials. Where does energy come from, then?
Well, to delve briefly into physics…
Forces are exerted to change the acceleration, a, of an object, m. Work, then, is when forces move an object, m, through a distance, d. Work is also the change in kinetic energy. Change in kinetic energy can be measured by the relationship between mass and velocity.
So, in conclusion, if you’ve never taken physics, the physics definition of energy is something that moves an object through a distance. Spiritually, and I am taking a leap here, we can assume that energy is something that causes something to move, or change. Even if you don’t agree with me, don’t worry. I’m not using this definition for anything controversial….yet.
Magic is the process by which change occurs. Energy is the substance that causes that change. So, theoretically, if you could remove the process by which energy is used, you could eliminate magic.
I suppose I should pause again for a moment. I am writing this post because a not-so-close friend to me came to me with a problem concerning that he was being targeted and bound by witch hunters and dark magic user. I asked what a witch hunter was, since witchcraft is legal in the United States of America, and he told me that a witch hunter was someone who aimed to separate the soul from the body and destroy either to get the energy. He said that if your soul got taken, you’d feel empty and wouldn’t be able to use magic.
For those experienced crafters, I’m sure you’ve had many experiences of this sort (mine, not his). I am not writing off the possibility that there was someone intending him harm, simply assuming that it is primarily a him-focused thing, and not a situation where people were actually pursuing him. In any case, I found it extremely disturbing that he told me that there were people who could stop me from using magic, and therefore, stop connecting with the gods.
…No one can take away my relationship with the divine.
After all, to be someone who manipulates energy to achieve results, you have to at least understand a little bit of what you’re doing. If you’re using magic, then you’ve accepted that you are in control of your own destiny. You’ve also accepted that changes will happen. And doubtless, you’ve accepted the idea that, although not everyone may be conscious of the fact that they can use this ability, they do have it.
So do people who don’t know they have this ability get it taken away too? What if they suddenly discover magic and want to play? They can’t because someone took it in their sleep fifteen years ago? Why don’t these witch hunters prey on babies?
You can use magic without a concept of religion. But, personally, I believe that everything in this universe is an aspect of the Divine. The personified Gods I speak to and work with are faces of that Divine force. I, too, am Divine.
How can something take away what is inherently a part of me?
It amazes me how easily someone will call themselves a Wiccan, and in the process, forget that the Gods they worship are present? Do you think a divine being would ever let its devout worshiper be removed from their place of comfort and power?
Magic is the process by which to create change. It follows then, that what I do when I, as a woman and a priestess, draw down the moon or take some other aspect of the Goddess into me, is magic. I am creating personal change. It may be, for the most skeptic, a slight emotional change or a slide into self-willed euphoria, but it is still a change.
No one human being can take away my ability to stand with my two feet upon the earth, the sun shining down onto my smiling face, the wind softly whispering through my long hair, my arms raised in worship, connected to the Lady Earth and her partner, Father Sky. That warmth, that feeling of home, that *right*ness that ensues…
I am not saying that someone/thing who wished you malicious intent could not cloud your ability to be centered and focused and therefore, by proxy, inhibit your ability to feel that divine presence, or mute your confidence. But no one can downright eliminate your ability to connect with the divine. If anything, it is your willpower, your magic which will overcome those hardships.