What’s in a spelling?

Magic or Magick?

Different people spell it different ways.  I’m talking about the spiritual, witchcraft, ceremonial type of magic here, not stage illusions.

And that differentiation is exactly why the spelling was changed from “magic” to “magick” by Aleister Crowley. Crowley wanted to be clear that he was talking about magick that was “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will”, as he defined it, and not illusion or stage magic.

There are many groups today that continue to use the more modern spelling of “magick,” but there is a growing number of people  who are using the older spelling of “magic”.

Personally I use “magic”. After all, what I do is magic. The guys and gals on the stage are illusionists, not magicians.

I think it’s time for us to reclaim the word. There is a difference between magic and illusion, and we will lose that differentiation if we don’t use the words.

One of the best ways to cause change is to start with yourself.  You can change terminology that others use by simply changing the terminology that you use, and by not being afraid to use it.

Change can start with just one person, you.

And that’s magic!

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