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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mailbag Monday: Magic or Magick?

In today's issue of From the Mailbag, Matt from Dallas asks
Merry Meet Carolina, 
I've only discovered your blog a few months ago and am still reading entries but I've really enjoyed everything that I've read so far.  I'm new to Wicca but I've noticed that you, and a few other authors, often spell magic with a K at the end. What's that all about?

MM, Matt and thanks for your question.  

Magick was the proper spelling for magic during the period between the late 15th century and up until around the mid 1600's. As the English language evolved, the K at the end was dropped giving up the modern spelling as magic.

In the modern era, Aleister Crowley is often given credited with coining the term magick, which he defined as "the art and science of causing change to occur in conformity with will." His purpose for replacing the k was to distinguish occult magick from the magick of stage magicians and illusionists.

Carolina Dean

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