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« Topic Start: January 20, 2010, 12:25:29 pm »

I am starting this thread as a spin of from the Sycretic religions thread.

I am an old school Wiccan, so much of my religion also involced many aspects of ceremonial magic. However, while the magic is part of the craft, it is not the religious part.

I understand that there are whole schools of magical practice, but my question is, are they also religious practices?

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« Reply #1: January 20, 2010, 01:05:52 pm »



The vast majority of historical folk magic tended to get integrated, by the people who practice it, with the dominant religion in the region.  *How* integrated the practice is depends a great deal on the religion at hand, and the individual practitioner. 
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« Reply #2: January 20, 2010, 01:26:20 pm »


Sorry, hit post too soon. 

What counts as "religion" and what counts as "magic," and whether these are seen as separate, kinda separate, or integrated categories, depends on the culture at hand.  "Magic," in particular, is notoriously slippery, because its definition depends a great deal on the surrounding religious/spiritual/intellectual culture.  "Magic is a vital part of religious practice," "Magic is unauthorized religious practice," "Magic is a neutral technology," etc., etc., etc., -- all are attitudes that crop up in various times and various places, depending on the culture and the practitioner.   
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« Reply #3: January 20, 2010, 02:46:11 pm »

I understand that there are whole schools of magical practice, but my question is, are they also religious practices?

They could be, I suppose. I practice a little bit of magic here and there, and when I involved deities, it's definitely a religious practice. However, if I'm not using deities I'm just using my own energy, so it's less spiritual for me.
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