Prayer vs. Spell-Casting

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We had the monthly gathering of our “Spirit Family” yesterday. The topic was: what is the difference between a prayer and a spell? What is prayer? What is a spell? Does a prayer change the person praying or the person for whom you are praying? Does a spell change the person casting it or the person for whom it is cast? Are they mutually exclusive?

So we agreed that prayer was a supplication to God for something wanted or thanks for something received. But when you pray to God you are saying “Thy will be done.” You give up your will to His. A spell is a verbal formula believed to have magical force. You try to bend the will of the universe to yours. That is the difference. Either or both may involve the use of specific words in order to receive the desired outcome. And they both have an element of “magic” attached to them.

Then what is magic? Magic is by definition “the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.” So then what does magic or “magick” mean to you? Crowley defined Magick as “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” We agreed that there is magic all around us… all the time. All we have to do is open our eyes and see it. Experience it. Live it. Enjoy it!

So that brings me back to the beginning. Does prayer change the person who is praying or the other way around? Does the one who casts the spell change the universe or the other way around? Only the person who is doing the praying or casting the spell can know for sure. That is the mystery of it. That is the wonder of being such a small part of such a vast indefinable universe.

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