Well I think its realistic to consider that someone on ATS must be a witch and practice black magic.
Please tell us some of your wicket stories, amuse us morsels.
Not sure if you mean "Wiccan" or "Wicked" there, but pretty sure you mean "mortals" vs. "morsels".
Just because one is a witch, warlock, or wizard, does not mean they practice "black magic". Indeed, most "magic" is neither, but it is more the
"intent" of the practitioner that is good or evil. Most traditions of magic hold that you get back what you put out there, so if your intent is to
harm, you are basically inviting that upon yourself as well (some traditions hold this is an exponential return). (Rule of Three and all that).
Personally, I find all "isms" to be pretty much BS. I mean, I may agree with some of the ideologies, but then different "isms" inject their own weird
rituals and rules, etc. meant to create an identity and foster inclusion.
I guess I consider myself more of a hedge wizard. I like to study the Universe, and that includes science, mysticism, all of it. Some, I consider
valid, others, I do not. All based on my own personal experiences.
Now, I realize that in modern times, the idea of such is viewed as absurd, and I get it. But, how is it really any different from a bunch of folks
gathering in front of an altar to perform a spell to turn wine into blood, and a wafer into flesh, to then be consumed in the placation of an ancient
deity? I mean, to me, that sounds absurd.
Modern folks call this CHURCH....LOL.
Oddly, science is starting to agree more with the witches and wizards. (to be clear, "witches" are often Pagans and/or Wiccans, and are more religious
to a degree...at least to those religious ideas). However, ideas such as Quantum Entanglement are basically no different than sympathetic magic, where
a piece of something is used as a focus to affect the whole (easiest example is a voodoo doll, but it isn't the most common one). Even the Heisenberg
Uncertainty principle seems to concur with the effect of observation on reality, so the idea of magic isn't exactly exclusive of science.
If you've ever seen or heard of the books, videos, etc. of "The Secret", it isn't too different from that. Putting ideas out into the Universe that
you want to manifest. It's not trying to "control" things, but it is an attempt to "influence" outcomes. Does it work? Well, for me it did, so that's
really all I can go on.
I was just married, renting a ramshackle house, and barely making ends meet. We dreamed of having a place of our own, where she could have animals,
but that wasn't too far from the city. We had zero savings. We had decent jobs, but neither were fantastic.
Fast forward a few years, and we have our own 5 and a half acre ranch, just outside the city, we have horses and other animals, and even had her
estranged kids back in our lives. Still paycheck to paycheck though, but working some mojo on that too.
So, all I can say is I enjoy the learning process, and I enjoy exploring this idea on my own. And, I'm happier now than I've been at most points of my
life (recent family tragedy notwithstanding, but you can't "control" things, or prevent bad things you don't expect, from happening, sadly).