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Magic - Light Or Dark?


I hope to dispel some common misconceptions about the Dark Arts. True magic is neither light nor dark.

As some may know, I work with both dark and light because I believe balance is most important. Now do not get me wrong, you can choose either light or dark. That is your choice and I am not here to bash anyone's beliefs.

The terms "Dark Magick" and "The Dark Arts" both describe a category of occultism that involves interaction with the hidden, rejected and denied aspects of nature.

Nature refers not only to the stuff going on around you but includes human nature as well.

To be balanced, we need to understand and accept the dark aspects of our own nature. Another important point I need to make clear up front about Dark Magick is that, while often stigmatized by mainstream spiritual paths, it is a set of techniques that are useful to anyone interested in embracing their entire self holistically. The Dark Arts are best employed by those who also work with the "Light" sides of nature.

Light vs. Dark, in this context, is a false dichotomy.

The Dark Arts

Traditional "Dark Arts" include the practice of demonic evocation, summoning of incubi, the breaking of taboos, necromancy, sexual rites, treasure hunting, berserker combat, shape shifting, gaining and employing animal familiars, dealings with savage gods, the use of plant intoxicants/entheogens and the casting of curses, etc...

A Dark Magickian may practice any combination of these traditional arts as well as some more modern ones. Hypnosis, Chaos Magick, Neo-Druidism and work with extra-terrestrial (and otherwise alien) intelligences are some of the relatively recent developments which all include their own explorations of the dark and disturbing side of things.

Why choose the Dark Side?

I personally feel that "Dark Side"/"Light Side" is a false dichotomy. Dark Magick doesn't necessarily involve malevolent or evil goals. This popular misconception comes mainly from our fiction. It is true that some people get involved with the hidden, rejected and twisted forces of nature because their goals and greed demand that they seek out MATERIALISTIC GAIN. This is certainly not the only motivation for delving into the shadows. The truth is that you don't have to choose Dark or Light alone. The infamous Taoist Yin/Yang symbol is a useful way to express this concept.

There are many Dark Magicians who are first and foremost knowledge seekers, motivated to transcend all false dichotomies and move beyond good and evil. These "Dark Magicians" are simply those who have the courage and drive to explore their own shadow. Once inside the shadow, the demonic and bestial "entities" found there can be recruited into the magician's service. The results being that the entity's life force, experience and skills eventually become directly available to the magician with no more resistance.

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Timfaraos (426 posts)
9 years ago (2015-04-13)
You cannot be a christian, as you are, and explore the dark side, using occult practices, to "recruit the spirits of darkness to help you", as you say! Jesus said: "I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME WILL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS, BUT WILL FIND THE LIGHT OF ETERNAL LIFE". You can't be "of the light" and "of the darkness" at the same time... It's like you're saying: I have a pet, and it's a catdog! LOL! You're either pregnant, or you're not, you can't be half pregnant LOL! There's no yin yang in christianity! Apostle paul says: what does the light have to do with darkness? Jesus said, when they came to arrest Him: this is the hour of the rule of darkness... Let's call a spade a spade. If you do these things, just say it out clearly: "i don't believe a word Jesus or the bible say, I worship ancient Gods and spirits, who are my spirit guides, and I listen to their advice!" It's your life, and you can choose your own master, whether it be Jesus, or "anything that's out there" spirits. Good luck!
PsychicJR (8 stories) (541 posts)
10 years ago (2014-05-02)
In light thier is darkness in darkness thier is light if its evil or good are based on what you intended to do with it
Thats how I was raised by the magic
AnandaHya (guest)
13 years ago (2011-02-07)
this is a very interesting article. The concept of ying and yang as light and dark energy, I agree with. However, I think Adaryn has a point in that there is a reason some arts are considered forbidden.

My guardian has forbidden a lot of the things listed in the Dark Arts category, but reminds me that my moral code does not necessary match everyone elses. Police officers are allowed to carry guns and doctors are allowed to prescribe medicine.

We all have a different set of rules that are given to us to live by and function naturally in this world. I believe if we do things for the good of the world as a whole and not for selfish power, many things and practices are allowed.

For example, I always thought the Yang or "dark" element to be more masculine, discipliner, order, destroyer of illusions, etc. Yin or "light" element to be creater of life, etc. Both are needed to substain life. We need earthworms to recycle nutrients to the soil, they use the "dark" element.

However, people should be careful not to walk too much on either side. If we spend too much time creating we will be cluttered with things and not be able to move or function properly. However if we spend too much time destroying things then we will fall into despair.

I guess it is all a learning process. However, not all shadows are good and mean you well.

Fear is meant to warn you of danger. Sometimes it is unfounded and sometimes it functions correctly as a survival warning mechanism.

I would have good shields when walking through the shadows the saying "walk quietly and carry a big stick" comes to mind.
Rashidah (guest)
13 years ago (2010-08-16)
I thank you al for reading and commenting on my story. I really appreciate that you all took the time to read and understand my article.

I really think it is best to be balance. The Chinese were very accurate in taking that philosophy.
Adaryn7 (6 stories) (460 posts)
13 years ago (2010-08-16)
Create_inspire_me: white magic is no less powerful than black magic, it just takes longer for an individual to become powerful if they practice only white magic, because white magic is focused away from the self/ego.

I agree with IntoTheBlack, religions try to hide too much knowledge, and this in and of itself makes seeking that knowledge more attractive to people. It's like telling a kid that they can go through any door in a house, but one - will the kid not always wonder what lies behind that forbidden door?

Actually, that pretty much sums up my childhood, and may explain why I've always been fascinated by the dark side, even though I've never done anything with it. I still often think that the evil characters in stories are the interesting ones, because modern fiction sometimes renders the "good" characters as two-dimensional, aka, unrealistic, and boring. I like getting to know the bad guys and learning about what makes them tick.

Rashidah, as always, an interesting approach. I believe that the balance of light and dark is held within and between people. In theory I agree with you. In practice however, it is so easy for people to be seduced by the dark side in their pursuit of knowledge. No one whom is evil thinks they are evil, They always feel as though they are right and justified. This included the Nazis.

I think the reason why black magic/the dark arts are so attractive, and so corrupting, is because they feed the ego; their focus is upon advancing one's own threshold of power and knowledge. In pursuit of knowledge of all things, many become consumed by their own selfish desires. The danger of the forbidden fruit lies not in the fruit itself, but in the fact that it will never fully satisfy, no matter how powerful one becomes, that one will continue to seek more and more until there is nothing left to consume - and then, s/he will often become consumed. That is the danger of the dark side. This is the reason why many religions try to focus their followers away from the ego. Doing this keeps people out of trouble. However, withholding knowledge also makes people easier to control, for those religious leaders who do not practice what they preach.

You can't tell people that of course, because then they'll be like "it's fine, I can handle it, I won't take it that far." And maybe they won't. Maybe.

Hope readers get something out of this too.

Blessed be
IntoTheBlack (66 posts)
13 years ago (2010-08-16)
Nice to finally see some truth on the subject, written in an unbiased way. Nice job 😁

I agree with how you said "rejected". Because it seems that some religions take a "sheep and shepheard" approach, and try to keep people from advancing as individuals. It is only natural that they would view some beings as a danger...
create_inspire_me (5 stories) (146 posts)
13 years ago (2010-08-16)
Oh, I always thought that there was witchcraft (weak 'good' magic) and High magic (bad 'strong' magic)... Am I still right with this?

And can magic run in the family?
0o0calipso0o0 (17 posts)
13 years ago (2010-08-16)
well to my opnion this is pretty interesting I had many dreams that some people said the hole time thins like you gotta choose a side blah blah blah and so on... 😕 I always was atraccted by the oriental culture as a kid I thought that the ying yang was the only thing that had logic in this world 😜

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