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Magic Vs Magick - Is there a difference?


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I keep seeing references to both 'magic' & 'magick' as I start reading about different paths & aspects of paganism...is there is a difference? Or is it just a simple spelling preference?

 

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There is no difference.

 

Some people prefer to add a 'k' as a way of differentiating between Paul Daniels stage magic and what we do. Personally, I can't see the point because anyone who knows that's what the 'k' means must also be aware of the chances that they're discussing conjouring and card tricks. Conversely, anyone who doesn't realise what actual magic is isn't going to know there's a different spelling either.

 

Horses for courses, pick the one you like best.

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Like Esk said, just spelling really.

 

I believe some people have suggested magick with the K has more numerological significance, but that's not something I know much about.

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I remember reading about this sometime ago on Wikipedia (although I don't know how reliable Wiki is?):

 

Magick, in the broadest sense, is any act designed to cause intentional change.[1] The spelling with the terminal "k" was repopularized in the first half of the 20th century by Aleister Crowley when he introduced it as a core component of Thelema

 

"The Anglo-Saxon k in Magick, like most of Crowley's conceits, is a means of indicating the kind of magic which he performed. K is the eleventh letter of several alphabets, and eleven is the principal number of magick, because it is the number attributed to the Qliphoth - the underworld of demonic and chaotic forces that have to be conquered before magick can be performed. K has other magical implications: it corresponds to the power or shakti aspect of creative energy, for k is the ancient Egyptian khu, the magical power. Specifically, it stands for kteis (vagina), the complement to the wand (or phallus) which is used by the Magician in certain aspects of the Great Work."

 

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I've always been a bit wary of Wikipedia, hence why I asked here instead of relying on it & Google for possible answers....but that looks like interesting reading Athena. I shall file it in my rapidly increasing reading list for when I'm feeling more alert & less hampered by shandy :)

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Have always spelt magick with the k from the very start, not sure why, but am too long in the tooth to change it now, but I don't think it really makes any difference whatever way you choose to spell it.

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's OK...I'm already on a very steep learning curve...might as well cram in as much info now before I have to barricade the doors and start processing it all LOL

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My understanding is with Esk.

 

Grandma taught me magic is illusion and sleight of hand, to entertain and bemuse, while magick is use of will to inluence outcomes, to assist and to benefit.

 

I hope this helps.

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sorry .. running with Loki  of late

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You didn't drink the whisky last year, did you? :lol:

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I use the 'k' at the end of magic because I feel it sends a message to anyone that I'm not playing with tricks. But, I agree, there is no real reason to alter the spelling, the only card tricks I know are the ones the spirits give me in very meaningful readings and they never come from up my sleeve.

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sorry .. running with Loki   of late

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You didn't drink the whisky last year, did you? :o_headscratch:

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no not that whisky , it's just in my nature at times

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I always thought that the spelling with a k was just the old spelling, same with wytch.

 

Like "Ye Olde English"

 

???? :o_headscratch:

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I always thought that the spelling with a k was just the old spelling, same with wytch.

 

 

I'm not quite sure it was the old spelling, just that the spelling of magick used an older punctuation/language system.

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