Isis, Women & Magic in Antiquity

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We are just starting a semester on the incredibly broad topic of “Magic” at Hermetic Society here in Portland. I’m up in December, so I’ve been thinking about and researching the topic lately.

With a subject like magic, one of the first things you have to do is define what you mean by “magic.” One of my personal definitions is, “magic is what happens when we DO religion.” This works for me because I tend to consider all my spiritual practices as magical. You’ve no doubt heard a number of others, such as Crowley’s famous statement that magick (with a k for him) is “the Science and Art of causing change to occur in conformity with will.”

Or Dion Fortune’s version in which consciousness is changed in conformity with will.  Starhawk, in The Spiral Dance, defines it as “the art of sensing and shaping the subtle, unseen forces that flow through the world…

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