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An Introduction to Christian Magic

Updated on November 19, 2011

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The passion cross and eight pointed star together are one of the symbols of Christian Magic as I learned the art.
The passion cross and eight pointed star together are one of the symbols of Christian Magic as I learned the art. | Source

What Is Christian Magic?

Firstly, this article is not about parlor tricks, sleight of hand, or illusion.

Christian Magic is the practice of Divine Theurgy within the Christian faith. Okay, now you're asking me "What is Theurgy?" Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, in their endnotes for the Introduction to Israel Regardie's The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study of Magic (Llewellyn Publications, 2002), define it as "Magic used for personal growth, spiritual evolution, and for becoming more aligned with the divine source of the universe." (Endnote 1, page xxxvi)

Why Do Christian Magic?

Individual reasons for engaging in the art of Christian Magic vary by person. I have always been attracted to magic in general. As a teenager, dissatisfaction with church at that time left a void in me. I sought something more. When I was introduced to the concept of Christian Magic, it filled that void in a way that nothing else did. Why do you want to learn the art? That is a question you must answer to yourself to gain the most from Christian Magic. My practice deepened and strengthened my faith, and I feel has opened up new horizons.

What Comprises Christian Magic?

At its most basic, Christian Magic is composed of prayer, meditation, visualization, and ritual. Well, how is this any different than going to church or praying at home? It is deeper than simply asking God for things, or going to Mass or a worship service. A Christian mage actively meditates on the mysteries of the Christian faith and on the being of God, seeks God's will in all things, performs rituals intended to bring their life in line with God's will (in addition to striving to act in a godly manner), and visualizes the results.

Some types of rituals in Christian Magic include rituals for the sanctification of space, protection, blessing, seeking the will of God, and so on.

The teachings of many newer churches are very much a form of Christian Magic ("Name It and Claim It", "Word of Faith", and so called "prosperity theology" are some examples that come swiftly to mind), and the liturgy of the Anglican/Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, and Independent Catholic churches (for example) are at the core of Christian Magic. Christian Magic, however, goes beyond these into a more personal ritual relationship with God.

Studying the Bible, Christian writings, scientific advancements (today's science would have been considered magic in pre-renaissance times) and general reading are also part of Christian Magic. Many Christian mages also choose to study the writings of other faiths to try to come to a broader understanding of the infinite nature of God.

How Do I Do It?

You have already begun your journey down the path of Christian Magic simply by showing an interest and reading this Hub. If you choose to continue on this path, I will be writing more Hubs with practical instructions, rituals, prayers, and guidelines. Here is a brief taste to whet your appetite and give you impetus on your journey:

Sit in a comfortable chair that allows you to easily keep your back straight. Place your feet flat on the floor and your palms on your thighs. Close and relax your eyes. Begin breathing deeply in an even pattern without straining your body. (I use what is called the Fourfold Breath: Inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, repeat.) Visualize (not just imagine, but believe it as well) a shaft of light emanating from God, and forming a brilliant sphere just above your head. This sphere of light is associated with the first sphere on the Tree of Life in the Qabalah, known as Kether (The Crown). Simply bask quietly in that light for a few moments, and then visualize the light receeding back to the source. This represents the divine illumination available to us all if we choose to seek it.

I hope that you will choose to continue down this path, if this is the right path for you. Many are called to this path, but few make it very far.

Summary

Christian Magic is intended to bring an individual closer to God through the use of prayer, meditation, visualization, and ritual. My next hub on the subject will be on the Philosophy of Christian Magic.

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      Claud 22 months ago

      Visualisation is a new age idiot concept, it doesnt work, it's just new age stuff, it did not exist before

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      Steward Becker 4 years ago

      This is similar to the stuff on http://stewardry.tumblr.com and http://stewardry.boardhost.com

      I think you might want to check that out for a more comprehensive look at Christian magic than just the Western Esoteric Tradition.

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      I like most of what you have shared here, as I believe there is a 'magic' associated with Christian beliefs. I do feel though as I read your meditation example that it is very much a form taught in most "New Age" circles. I suppose it is all in the wording of it, doesn't sound very Christian to me I guess...

      I will look forward to reading your future hubs.

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      Grant777 5 years ago from Webster MA

      a timely and straight forward page of an important subject. We could all use spiritual guidance.