Once again, John explains things so much better than I can.
Originally posted on The Allergic Pagan:
Magic is no instrument
Magic is the end
– Leonard Cohen
The issue of magic came up in the comments following a recent post about being embarrassed by some parts of Paganism. This is also a topic that Drew Jacob has taken up recenlty on his site Rogue Priest.
Magic is a vague term that has been used to describe a wide array of cultural practices, from sleight of hand (legedermain) to summoning demons, from healing with herbs to divination from the entrails of animals, from calling down pagan deities to prayers to a monotheistic god for blessings. In fact, the term is so vague as to be virtually useless, except to raise controversy. Nevertheless, since “magic” seems inexorably intertwined with Paganism, I will attempt to unpack the term here.
The term “magic” is used in at least four different ways by Pagan authors. First, “magic” is used to…
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