Magic is often defined as “the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces”. While appropriate, my preferred definition is as follows: “Magic is essentially the higher understanding of Nature”. Thats it. Simple.
To me, this definition makes perfect sense. Magic is all around us. It surrounds us every day and flows through us at all times. While it can be mysterious and awe inspiring, there is nothing unnatural or unknowable about it. Another favorite definition of mine is “Magick is raising and channeling the energy found in yourself, nature, and in the Divine”. Witches know that all are connected, and that everything is made of the same miraculous ether. Anyone can experience magic, and everyone should! I believe that life without magic is no real life at all! Once you are aware of its presence and open to its possibilities you begin to recognize it on a daily basis, and you see the world through new and inspired eyes. You see the magic in the colors of a sunrise, or feel it in a warm breeze. You hear it the crashing of waves and smell it in the damp earth after a rain. You taste it in a cup of warm herbal tea and feel it in your very core when you love yourself, your friends, and your family. You come to understand that all life is connected, and harm done to one life form is a hurt done to all, including the Self. Conversely you recognize that no act of kindness is too small, and that each loving act ripples out into the universe and affects everything that is, was, and ever will be.
We take responsibility for our thoughts and our actions, because we understand that even our thoughts are actual energetic beings which have the power of manifesting in our physical realm. We become the creators and keepers of our sacred world. We are divine and powerful beings, yet humble as we experience this gift of earthly human life.
So then, what is a witch? Quite simply a witch is someone who practices witchcraft, or “the Craft”. There are various forms of witchcraft and pagan based religions, and I encourage you to research any that appeal to you. Keep in mind that being a witch does not necessarily mean you are Wiccan or religious. Witchcraft is simply the practice of magic, or ‘Magick’, which can be a very personal, intuitive, and private experience, or one that is structured, shared, heavily ritualized, or any mixture of the above. There is no right or wrong.
As I mentioned in my previous post, about 1 in 25 persons is a born witch. This does not always mean that these individuals walk the ancient path or practice magic. It is quite possible that they lead lives quite removed from nature and the cycles of Mother Earth. Likewise, witchcraft is not limited to those born as natural witches, just as painting is not limited to those born with natural artistic ability. It is a skill that can be learned with patience and practice if desired, for while not all are born natural witches, we are all connected to The All, all descended from the stars, and all capable of benefiting from magic and performing miracles. In short, being a witch is as much a choice as a calling.
How would you describe magic or define a witch? Let me know in the comments!