Black vs. White Magic
A distinction is made early in the article about black magic and white magic. Basically, black magic is the process of using entities to accomplish a goal through ceremonial magic
There are two kinds of black magicians: (1) those who use the demons of the astral plane for their villainy, which they invoke through necromancy and invocation; and (2) those who create their own demons and launch them against the world. The first group does the greatest harm to the world, but the second injure themselves more. The first group is composed mostly of conscious black magicians, while there are many in the second group who are totally ignorant of what they are doing. Some never learn their mistake until the demons they have created come back to the persons who sent them forth.
There is a clear difference between white magic and black magick. White magic ends with a c and black magick ends with a k. The k was allegedly added on by Aleister Crowley. This divide between the two forms of magic, is as clear as night and day, or black and white. Those magician who may claim there is no difference, would fall into the black magician category because they are allowed to lie if needed be in order to deceive someone, because might is right. But a white magician is not allowed to lie, but may use what is called ‘allegory’ to veil hidden mysteries from the profane or the uninitiated.
White magic is supposedly utilized only for good or unselfish purposes, and black magic, we are told, is used only for selfish or “evil” reasons. Magic is magic, be it used to help or hinder. In Western esotericism the terms Left-Hand Path and Right-Hand Path refer to a dichotomy between two opposing approaches to magic. This terminology is used in various groups involved in the occult and ceremonial magic.
The left-hand and right-hand paths are labels that refer to styles of magic and occult practices. These practices include, but are not limited to, Satanism, Setian, Qliphothic magic, black magic and also, dark paganism.
It is compared to Right hand path practices, such as Ceremonial Magick, Qabalah, The Golden Dawn, Rosicrucian, and other forms of angelic magic, or white magic. These labels, of right hand and left hand are a convention of naming that is useful to those within the occult who seek to associate with certain styles of occultism.
Lies and half-truths about the occult world are often complicated, fuzzy monstrosities that are meant to mislead and deceive the profane from the truth. A black magician is allowed to do this if needed be. While white magicians are not allowed to lie, but use what is called ‘allegory’ to hide the truth from the profane. Truth is simple and light. Lies are complicated dark creations. Allegories just veil the simple truth which some would call gray magic.
According to scholars of various philosophies, there occurred, long ago, a systematic destruction of all keys to wisdom, so that no one else could have access to the knowledge. Whoever did it completely inverted the rituals of the ancient mysteries while claiming to preserve them, believing what they did was the right thing to do.
Magic also uses symbols and sacred geometry. Black magic, on the other hand sometimes, uses inverted symbolism, taking pure symbols with noble meanings and perverting them. Inverted symbolism seems to be the way to invoke spirits for malevolent purposes.
“They mutilated the rituals of the Mysteries while professing to preserve them, so that even though the neophyte passed through the degrees of Free-Masonry, he could not secure the knowledge to which he was entitled. Idolatry was introduced by encouraging the worship of the images which in the beginning the wise had erected solely as symbols for study and meditation. False interpretations were given to the emblems and figures of the Mysteries, and elaborate theologies were created to confuse the minds of their devotees. ”
It appears there were many black magicians throughout history who strayed from the noble concepts that underly the core of spirituality and working with the spirit world.
White magic, on the other hand, deals with the noble, the morally pure, and cannot be used to accomplish selfish ends. Ego, greed, and personal desire have no place in white magic.
In black magic, your selfish desires, needs and wants are the center of your thoughts, actions, and life. In white magic, they are committed to the higher self of the soul, working for the betterment of human kind and with the end goal of fraternity and peace on earth. The former is just a tool of the latter, in which ignorance of the former is the name of the soul game. For what you reap, you shall sow.
The invocation of demons or spirits is an accepted part of black magic, this practice is distinct from the worship or deification of such spiritual beings. The invocation of demons or spirits is strictly prohibited in white magic. Here is more on black magic from Manly P. Hall – ” The practice of magick – either white or black – depends upon the ability of the adept to control the universal life force – that which Eliphas Levi calls the great magical agent or astral light….in the arcanum of magic it is declared that ‘he controls the soul who controls the blood of another.”
True black magic in Ceremonial magic is generally performed with the aid of a spirit, who serves the sorcerer for the length of his earthly life, with the understanding that after death the magician shall become the servant of his own inner purpose. For this reason, intent becomes the Focus of what makes magic good or bad.
In the end its the intent not the magic either Black or White, that truly makes it Good or Evil, its the intent of the User to make it good or evil by the desired end results. Its been a age old debate for as long as recorded history as been written.