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Author Topic: Temple of Witchcraft series by Penczak  (Read 25183 times)
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« Reply #24: September 01, 2010, 02:00:06 pm »

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The thing is, there is such a thing as "low witchcraft".  I haven't read Penczak's work, but in general I think the important thing here is to understand that "high" and "low" don't mean "superior" and "inferior".  It's a distinction between two different approaches to magic, not a value judgement.

High magic involves a lot of ceremony and ritual; it's very formal and very precise stuff.  From the full title of that particular book (The Temple of High Witchcraft: Ceremonies, Spheres and The Witches' Qabalah), it sounds like "high witchcraft" is probably an accurate description of what the book's describing.

Low magic, on the other hand, is more sort of kitchen-witchy or hedge-witchy stuff.  Informal, using what you have at hand, improvising as necessary and generally not involving a lot of full-scale ritual.  It's not inferior to high magic; they just have different goals and different ways of achieving their goals.
I was wondering about the meaning of the terms. High and low witchcraft. I don't want to start a new topic in this post, but, Would it be more accurate to call it ceremonial magic, ritual magic and the like instead of hight magic? I don't see what is high nor do I see what is low in thoses differents path.

Let me explain... or at least try Smiley : someone can have a hight connextion with the divine by gardening as well than by conducting ritual. A kitchen witch is not more down to eart than someone involved in complex rituals.

i see the point with structure VS improvisation. But would that not be more acurate to use trems like instinctive magic and structured magic or something of the like?

My point is not to complain nor do I want to change the terms, I just want us to think about the ''Why' of thoses terms. '

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