posted on Oct, 23 2004 @ 11:58 AM
This is a discussion which has been going on (in a slightly different form) on Usenet for years. Those demanding scientific proof or even proposing a
scientific study of magic and witchcraft always run into a brick wall. Is it that magic is false or cannot be proven? No. The fact is, many magical
and witchcraft traditions are secret for a very good reason. The most powerful rituals and techniques are not shown to just anyone, as taken out of
context they can easily be abused by those seeking power for power's sake.
I point you to the governmental studies of the paranormal (the most material released being that associated with remote viewing). Both the Russians
and the U.S. were funding study not just to see if magic & psychic phenomena work -- they were looking for something to use against "the enemy".
Note that the remote viewing documentation indicates that targets were classified, so the viewer had no real control over where s/he was "aimed".
Imagine the possibilities of this in a magical context! It is a perversion of everything magic stands for.
Magic and occult practices come with their own "checks and balances". Some are in the form of moral & ethical constraints. Others that involve
entities also bring with them a certain amount of will on the part of guardian spirits and a certain amount of autonomy on the part of the entity
invoked. If a magician invokes a demon or other entity in a scientific study and it doesn't manifest, there's probably an excellent reason for it
-- and that reason may involve danger to the magician and the magical/pagan community as a whole. Few entities will participate in such an
And what would happen if large numbers of Witches and magicians prove that magic works in a scientific setting? Remember again that a large
percentage of scientific study is funded by the government. Consider the red flags that would go up if we consistently prove that we are indeed able
to influence thoughts, actions, and the outcomes of certain events! Do you think that the fundamentalist Christian element in government (or even the
military) would look kindly upon us? Hardly. Elimination, persecution, restriction and/or control would be the result.
History has shown we must be wary of over-exposure. Thus the veil of secrecy and oathtaking with regards to what we do. In the wrong hands, the
consequences could be horrific -- both for the magic-users and those against whom they may unwittingly be used.
If you really want proof that magic exists, try it for yourself. Start simple, with any candle-magic spell you can find on the Internet. Remember,
however, that with magic and the occult, doubt is crippling and will undermine any magical undertaking, as you get out of magic what you put into it.
Edited to correct typo in "crippling".
[edit on 23-10-2004 by Hecate100]