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The Meaning of the Term
The term “magick” comes from the Greek word “magicke,” and it first appeared in print in the title of a now-lost work attributed to Aristotle (384–322 BCE), where it explicitly referred to the skill and craft of Zoroastrian priests from Persia.
Modern magic, as it did for the Persian priests, involves behaviors, actions, and methods intended to interact with and influence the supernatural world, usually involving the use of an occult or secret body of knowledge—but the boundaries that define what is religion and what magic are variable, and are set to some extent by a practicing sect or even an individual.
Typical Modern Usage
In popular parlance, magic is defined as the induction of change in the physical world by non-scientific techniques. In occult and esoteric circles, “magic” can refer to a broader concept encompassing spiritual transformation. Some practitioners believe that their practices have little in common with those of other branches.
The following types of magic are commonly used by groups that fall under the umbrella of current Western paganism. Defining the many varieties of magic, on the other hand, is just as difficult as defining magic itself. Not all magic has the same objective, and each magician has a unique style.
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The first part of necromancy derives from the Greek term nekros, which means “dead body” or “dead person.” The second component derives from the Greek term manteuesthai, which means “to the divine, predict.” Necromancy was used in ancient times by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Etruscans, but it was prohibited by the church and could land you in hot water in medieval Europe. Also, you must try to play this What Magic Would I Have quiz.
Look no further than goety for an odd and ancient name for black magic. Necromancy can also work, so why settle for the less cryptic and more mundane term? Goety has a related adjective, goetic, which, unlike the adjectival necromantic, does not evoke the word romantic.
Goety (which has a frightening etymology of “to sigh, weep, lament”) has historically been contrasted with theurgy, which refers to the art or technique of forcing or persuading a deity or benevolent or supernatural power to perform or refrain from doing something.
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Bruja has been used to refer to witches in English since the nineteenth century, although it has been used to refer to them in Spanish for much longer. Unlike most Spanish terms, bruja (and its male counterpart brujo) derives from a non-Indo-European source, an unknown word that is also the ancestor of Portuguese bruxa and Catalan bruixa, both of which imply “witch.” It is unrelated to brouhaha, which is said to derive from a Hebrew term that means “happy be he who enters” (through French).
The 18th-century French borrowing diablerie, like the more common devilish, which means “of, connected to, or characteristic of the devil,” traces back to Latin Diabolus, which means “devil.” Diabolus, on the other hand, has less nefarious (but still unpleasant) origins: the Greek diabolos, which means “slanderer.”
When there is no devilry or magic involved, the word diablerie can simply refer to mischievous behavior or manner, as in “the children’s fun diablerie.”