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Black Magic or Bad Magic?

Updated on November 1, 2017

The Color of Magic

Over the years, I have listened to discussions about white and black magic and the theory of black magic equals bad and white magic equals good. Though majority tend to state they the "grey" magic, meaning they either do neutral magic or that the balance the good and bad in their magical intentions. This article won't go into the debate of if a witch is bad if they curse or hex occasionally or "fluffy bunny" mentality, but more on the fact that we use labels that may not actually reflect the community as a whole's opinions.

Many witches label their magic as white or black magic to help others understand what type of intentions they focus on. This can help find subgroups within the witch community to create bonds with or to avoid just based on using colors to describe their magic use. But here is the rub. It is becoming more apparent that some witches use black in a "good" way based on their color correspondences they use in their practice. For example, some may use a black candle to use in a curse where others may use it to intensify a corresponding neutral or "good" spell. It is all individualized.

The idea I would like to put forth to remove the stigma of color labelling in witchcraft is just stated that you are working with positive or negative magic, rather than black or white. Using the colors can tend to miscommunicate and create misunderstandings if the witches communicating aren't aware of how the other defines the colors since most witches have some varied opinion or viewpoint on what the colors mean to them. Stating that you are doing a positive spell or focus on negative intention in your practice makes for very little room for confusion when sharing these thoughts.

What are your thoughts on this idea? Leave a comment below!

© 2017 Tara Cochran

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      Tara Cochran 4 months ago from Washington

      @kitty,

      I completely understand, so I guess noting the context of which it is said is very important as well. Thanks for replying!

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      Nicole Canfield 4 months ago from Summerland

      I understand what you're saying, and I agree for the most part. However, saying one is practicing negative or positive magic could also get iffy. I.E. if I do a banishment spell...is this considered negative or positive? It all depends on how I'm using it, what's involved, against another person so on and so forth. And in my opinion, I might think it's a positive thing to banish this person from my life while someone else might say any banishment or spell against another is negative. It is all subjective, in the end. :) Great thoughts!

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