Today Maggie spoke to us about the various ways of magic.  Magic is a way of understanding religious practices where the mind can produce an action somewhere else.  There is magic that is performed by God(s)  and there is magic that is performed by humans.  We are to consider the latter.

The point of evoking magic is divided into "Tribute" magic and "Supplicant" magic.  Tribute magic is about praise.  Often songs or poems, but praise for god or gods is the center of tribute magic.  Supplicant magic is about asking for help.  It can include offerings, consecrations of buildings and temples, and sacrifices of various sorts.  All this is a form of asking for help which is the hallmark of supplicant magic.

We also talked about Theurgy magic.  Theurgy is, acording to Proclus, "a power higher than all human wisdom embracing the blessings of divination, the purifying powers of initiation and in a word all the operations of divine possession

The tricky part about offerings to God is to know how much has to be offered in order to achieve the desired effect with God.  Then if you have achieved the desired effect, how long will that last until another offering is due?  If you sacrifice an animal, can you just offer the blood or the entrails to God, saving the good parts for yourself?  Can you get away with just cooking the meat and allowing the smoke to rise to the heavens and let the smoke be your offering?  Or do you have to make a real sacrifice of the meat?  Its hard to know.  We discussed that in the Christian Tradition, the sacrifice of Jesus was enough for all humans for all of the future of humanity.  In other words, Christians don't have to make alter offerings because they have already made their votive offering to god, which was Jesus.  The ritual of communion is a reenactment but not a real sacrifice.  However, if you believe in transubstantiation, then it would seem that the sacrifice is an actual one.

Magic is also used to evoke, summon, or invite a deity into our presence.  On the other hand, magic can be used to banish, exorcise, or abjure.

Magic is done in a sacred space, a sacred circle or by a sacred person.  Sacred spaces are specially sanctified places, temples or special geological formations.  If you don't have that, you can consecrate a sacred circle on a temporary basis where you can use your minds and bodies working together to purify a spot.  Sacred people are those who are in some way sanctified by the deity to perform the magic.

Well, this is just a taste of the introduction to magic as best as I can determine from my notes.

Come join us next time.  (my attempt to use evoking magic)