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Magic is common in Contemporary Paganism, especially Wicca and Witchcraft. It may include practical effects, such as attracting wealth or love, as well as more mystical effects, such as drawing closer to a deity or spirit. Correspondingly, a distinction is often made between these as “low” and “high” magic, respectively.
The effects claimed for magic often fall well outside what can be justified in a naturalistic context, due to a severe lack of reliable evidence. However, some definitions seem to leave more room for naturalistic interpretations. Take, for example, Dion Fortune’s famous definition, reworked from an earlier definition by Aleister Crowley:
Magick is the art of causing changes in consciousness in conformity with the Will.
If “consciousness” and “Will” can be understood without any supernatural or paranormal connotations (which may or may not have been Fortune’s intent), then it easy for a naturalist to see magic as including such consciousness-altering intentional activities as meditation, ritual, visualization, and so on.
The word is often spelled “magick” to distinguish it from common stage magic, following a trend started by Aleister Crowley.
Spells are sometimes called “workings.”
Lupa has offered a critique of poor attention paid to research methodology in “proving” magic.
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