As I stated in the previous post, one of the reasons I first came to Christo-Paganism was because the idea of spell casting intrigued me so much. The routine of ritual resonated with me as it was like the Catholic masses I saw as a young boy, but not being raised primarily Catholic, rarely got to witness. Understanding the catalyst nature of spellwork gave me the confidence to do these workings and off I went.
Spirit communication type of spell work was some of the first kind I tried. The yearning I had to speak with my dearly departed was however, met with questions of morality. There seemed to be a constant tug of war between wanting to study more about the craft and if what I was doing was against the will of God.
This is something that lingered at the back of my mind for quite a while until I started looking deeper. Magic wasn’t just a combination of ingredients and words then poof. Many Christo-Pagans are saying, “Duh Rich,” but stick with me here. Magic is a thought form that even Christ demonstrated on several occasions. He healed the sick, blind, raised dead, and cast out demons. You may say, “that’s different because those were miracles by and of God. Of God…I agree, by God…also agreed, miracles…slightly disagree.
These actions were certainly miraculous and by that definition I guess you could call them miracles. I would actually call it magic instead. Christ as an example of how we should live life and showed us that we can rise above the norms of common prayer. While useful and still encouraged, we can build on it to reach a higher understanding of the Godhead and the world they formed. Jesus told us, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” I believe in this passage that he is talking about our own ability to perform magic. Taking into consideration the mixing of herbs to make medicines that heal people. This is just one of many forms of magic. Even the raising of the dead has been reported by certain medicines (this though is not recommended by me due to my cosmic balance beliefs that I’ll cover later).
Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
When I arrived at this conclusion I saw my spellcraft worked more efficiently and it brought more ease to me becoming the Christo-Pagan I am today. I will be writing on energy concepts in the future along with posting a video on my YouTube channel.
In the end discovering that what I was doing with spell casting was a gift. This gift was one that was given by God for us to draw closer to him and improve the world around us, and not a sin. Figuring this out in my early practice was extremely profound and helped me understand the vast world waiting ahead of me.
My questions to you are: As a Christo-Pagan, do you practice spell crafting and if so to what degree (anything goes, only prayer affirmations, etc.)? What was something, or THE thing that stood in your way during early spell crafting?