Category:Magical Traditions

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Magical traditions are collections of rituals, prayers, spell casting and other spiritual means of affecting change in the physical world. Found in virtually every culture across the planet, magical traditions often have connections to religious traditions or divinatory traditions, and reflect the cultural values from which they originate. Many magical traditions evolve from oppressed members of society seeking to change their lives in order to maintain an element of control and power in a seemingly powerless circumstance.

A magical tradition is distinguished by its set of symbolism, imagery, spell-casting technology, spirit work, petition of deities, types of magical preparations and a shared understanding of the spiritual world. Followers of a magical tradition typically do not have any religious functional interaction with one another, but can work cooperatively in magical functions or spell casting. Magical traditions can be practiced in groups or individually.

Many religious traditions have elements of magical tradition to them. Examples of religious traditions that incorporate magical traditions include the African and African Diasporic Traditions, Jewish Traditions, Spiritualist Traditions, Pagan and Neo-Pagan Traditions and many others. In contrast, some magical traditions have no connection to any religious traditions at all.


Magic Within the African and African-Diasporic Tradition

A home altar featuring Hotei Buddha and an array of lucky gambling iconography for magical spells engaged while playing games of chance
An occultist's altar to the Catholic saint Cyprian to help uncross a client's love life and open the heart to new love
A magical prosperity altar dedicated to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi
A prosperity spell offering of foods and candles to the Santeria warrior orishas Ochosi, Ogun, and Eleggua

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Africa is a vast continent and has given rise to many religious traditions, each with its own pantheon, among them the orishas of the Yoruban religion, the lwa of the Vodoo or Vodoun religion, and the kimpungulu (also known as mpungos) of the Congo. Most of the African religions also embrace veneration of the dead and traditions of divination as well as magical traditions. (Read more ... )

Magic Within the Jewish Tradition

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Judaism is the religion, philosophy, and way of life of the Jews, a group of Semitic people with historical origins in the Middle East. The common characteristics of the Jewish religious tradition, divinatory traditions and magical traditions are the veneration of the deity JHVH, also known as Yahweh or Jehovah and the use of several books of scriptures known as the Tanakh or Jewish Bible. (Read more ... )

Magic Within the Christian Tradition

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Christianity is a group of religious traditions that developed from the religion of Judaism, and is generally distinguished from Judaism by the veneration of Jesus Christ and the addition of further scriptures, called The New Testament. Christianity had influenced many magical traditions and traditions of divination. Christianity retains some Jewish Traditions, including belief in Angels and the recitation of The Book of Psalms. (Read more ... )

Magic Within the Islamic Tradition

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Islam is a monotheistic religion set forth in scriptural form in the Qur’an or Koran, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God, whose name in Arabic is Allah. While not considered an official part of the religion of Islam, there are many Arabic folk beliefs, magical traditions and divination techniques, like geomancy and astrology that are practiced by Muslims. (Read more ... )

Magic Within the Spiritualist Tradition

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Spiritualism centers around the belief that spirits of the dead are able to communicate with the living, whether via dreams or other signs, or through the assistance of a gifted spirit medium. Thus, Spiritualism is first and foremost a belief, and then, secondarily, a set of religious traditions. There are several traditions of divination and magical traditions that originate with a Spiritualist philosophy including scrying, psychic reading, mediumship and spiritual cleansing. (Read more ... )

Magic Within the Hindu Tradition

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There are a large number of individual devas (gods) and devis (goddesses) within the Hindu pantheon. Popular gods, like Shiva, Vishnu, Durga, Kali, and Ganesha each have a story and purpose in their own right, but they are also seen collectively as divine aspects of the Supreme Creator. It is also common for practitioners of Hinduism to employ many folk magical traditions and divinatory traditions in their spiritual practice. (Read more ... )

Magic Within the Buddhist Tradition

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Buddhism is a religion and philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs, and practices, largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha, "the awakened one." The Buddha lived and taught in the eastern part of Indian subcontinent some time between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. (Read more ... )

Magic Within the Taoist Tradition

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Taoism or Daoism is a mingled philosophical and religious tradition in which the basic concept is to establish harmony with the Tao, which is the mechanism of everything that exists. The word "Tao" or "Dao" means "nature," but in English it is usually translated as "way," "path," or "principle." (Read more ... )

Magic Within the Native American Tradition

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Traditional Native American religions exhibit a great deal of diversity, largely due to the relative isolation of the different tribes that were spread out across the entire breadth of the North American continent for thousands of years. Many adherents to traditional American Indian ways do not see their spiritual beliefs and practices as a "religion" or as "magic"; rather, they see their whole culture and social structure as infused with 'spirituality' -- an integral part of their lives and culture. (Read more ... )

Magic Within the Pagan and Neo-Pagan Tradition

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Neopaganism or Neo-Paganism, sometimes known as Contemporary Paganism or simply Paganism, is an umbrella term used to identify a wide variety of modern religious movements, particularly those influenced by or claiming to be derived from the various pagan beliefs of pre-modern Europe. Within these religious groups, approaches to magic are varied, generally drawing upon ancient and traditional regional sources, when possible. (Read more ... )

Magic Within the New Age Tradition

The term New Age Movement is generally applied to a range of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices that came into being in Europe and the Americas during the early 1970s, and continue to the present day as a religious tradition, a magical tradition and a way of working with spirits, angels, and the Divine Source. New Age practitioners and ministers sometimes refer to themselves as Lightworkers. {Read more ...)

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