There’s magick in the air! The word magick is used to differentiate between the occult and the magic tricks performed by entertainers like David Copperfield, who was not involved in the occult.
The word magick was popularized by Aliester Crowley (1875-1974). He and Gerald Gardner (1888-1964) are responsible for the popularization of modern Wicca, (or Wicce, or The Craft) which is a revival of the ancient worship of pagan deities and goddesses. Wicca is a real religion that is polytheistic and has real witches that practice real witchcraft.
Through Harry Potter witchcraft has been popularized and the number of people involved in witchcraft has grown tremendously in America alone. We have gone from a mild interest to an obsession toward things magickal.
Harry Potter was Satan’s tool; one of his best demonic tricks. Satan used a soft form of witchcraft, to glamorize it and make it entertaining. Through Harry Potter he made witchcraft seem like fun and harmless to pique the curiosity of otherwise disinterested multitudes. Satan always introduces sin in this manner.
Those deeply involved in utilizing spells and incantation and other rituals and techniques to create supernatural affects became involved through a seemingly innocent guest for answers from an Ouija board, or tarot cards, or tea leaves, or having their palm read, because they thought it was cute.
But there’s nothing cute about it. It’s very dangerous. It’s a fact that evil demonic forces exist and are actively at work. The Christian is to resist them and fight against them (Ephesians 6:10-18; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9).
Mediumship and spiritism and the necromantic element are on the rise. Those who use them as means for probing into the unknown commit crimes against their own souls. Satan’s behind it and there’s more harm in it than we can imagine. Involvement in it will never, never lead to anything good. Probing into this dimension opens the door for Satan and his evil power. We should go to God for answers as the patriarchs in the Old Testament did (cf. Genesis 40:7-8; Isaiah 8:19; Daniel 2:27-28.) and as the early Church did (New Testament). The unseen or secret things belong to God (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Manasseh was an evil king that led Israel into deep sin with his idolatry and witchcraft, which provoked God to anger and judgment (2 Chronicles 33:6).
Witchcraft is still an “abomination” to God (Deuteronomy 18:9-13). If the forces of evil were not real and did not really manifest themselves through witchcraft and if it is all very cute and harmless God would not have warned us against getting involved with them (Leviticus 19:26; Deuteronomy 18:10-12). (cf. Acts 16:16-18; Galatians 5:19-21). Let us beware of tapping into this source of evil, for there will be dire and disastrous consequences, as many that have been delivered from it will testify.
James H. Cagle lives in Ray City, Ga., and is a former Hamilton County resident.