Ask A Pagan: Pagans and Magic

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By Sophia Kessler

Do Pagans practice magic?

Great question! I would like to remind readers that I do not speak for all Pagans. I will try to give the best answer based on my knowledge and experience.

Paganism is nature-based, often polytheistic, and honors the sacred feminine. There is a wide variety of beliefs and practices under the Pagan umbrella. The shortest answer to your question is that not all Pagans practice magic, and not all those who practice magic are Pagan. For some, magic is simply a skillset unrelated to their spiritual beliefs. For others, magic is part of their religious practice.

To best answer your question, I tried to find a universal definition of magic from a legitimate source. There doesn’t seem to be one. One opinion is that each individual needs to determine what magic is to them, which seems like a non-answer to me. The widest definition of magic I encountered included following superstitions, making wishes, and praying. Basically, anything one might believe changes one’s circumstances. However, another definition differentiates between prayer and magic by saying that prayer is calling on a Higher Power and magic is relying on one’s own power. Regardless of how one defines magic, I would like to remind readers that many Pagans believe in “harming none,” which would be defined as not casting spells on someone against their will. So, contrary to what pop culture may portray, most Pagans would not cast curses or even love spells.

I hope this answers your question, and I appreciated the opportunity to learn some things, myself.

About Sophia Kesler

Sophia Kesler is a lifelong intersectional feminist. Though raised Christian, Sophia has been Pagan most of her adult life, and is looking forward to sharing her faith and knowledge about Paganism with the SpokaneFāVS community. She has lived in and traveled to a variety of places, including Washington State, but is now looking to put down roots in New York City. A graduate of EWU, Sophia is an aspiring novelist and copy editor. When she’s not writing, reading, or exploring her faith, Sophia can be found learning to maintain long-distance friendships or exploring her new city.

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