For the month of April I will be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. Learn more about the challenge by clicking here. Each day (except Sundays) I will be posting a theme based on each letter of the alphabet. This blog is covering paranormal topics for the month. To read my automotive blog posts for the challenge, click here.
We use the term "black magic" all the time, but do we really know what it means? Like many terms, it can take on a number of meanings, depending on who is using the term. Since I study the occult and the paranormal at large, I have my own set of criteria for what I consider to be black magic.
To get the big elephant out of the room, there are some people who think that any magical practices performed by a religion or culture other than their own is "black magic." The Puritans certainly took to this viewpoint, particularly with the ritualistic practices of the Native American tribes in New England. I grew up in New Mexico and knew people there who thought any of the old native practices and beliefs were black magic.
I subscribe to the belief that there are two kinds of magic: black and white. It is pretty archetypal, but the white is good while the black is evil. Why do I think that? It's from firsthand experience, coupled with deep study of the subject. If you want details, send me a message and we can converse.
I grew up hearing the old Native American saying that there are two dogs that live in each person, one good and one bad. The thing that determines which wins the fight is which dog is fed by us the most. Thoughts, actions, intentions, etc. is how we feed one or the other.
Black magic is defined as magic that is used to harm others or to get selfish gain. This includes putting hexes on other people because you dislike them, trying to satisfy ones gluttonous desires such as seducing a person or obtaining vast amounts of wealth for entirely selfish reasons. White magic, on the other hand, involves using magic to enrich your life and those who surround you. Sure, there are binding spells and rituals, but those are used to keep someone from harming others or even himself, sometimes even countering black magic.