The magic is commonly associated with a spiritual practice more or less depending on the groups who try to give definition, so it will be easy to find in the lyrics more” encyclopedic “the definition of magic, as a simple practice to change the contours of reality according to desire


The magic is normally connected to a practice, to facilitate the acquisition of goods and meet basic needs of man, so much so that magical practices, held out for these purposes, can be identified in all cultures and in all ages of man, taking more connotations depending on the divine mother or sometimes lay tradition and philosophy of the people of belonging.
In support of that argument, srila Prabhupada (the inventor of the modern movement of “hare krsna”), traced in one of its translation and the origin of the Word Magic in “Maya” from Sanskrit “illusion” in the likeness of the Greek “Μαγεία,” she indincando so deceptive practices or aimed at the satisfaction of needs ephemera …

The meaning and history of magic

The term Magic despite what you might think, doesn’t appear directly from ancient historical sources, but appears in reference to μάγος (Latin magus) or Magi, referring to the ancient Zoroastrian priests called in old Persian: magūsh, Akkadian magūshu, Syriac, Persian māgh mgōshā or Ma-g-ush

,the title had been referred to erudite people and great wisdom, who were able to speculate from the philosophical point of view with the help of astrology, an art today often attributed to mere divinatory calculations, but that in the past it was used to study those concepts that in classical times were identified in the micro and macro cosmos.This clarification is crucial as some scholars emphasize as the genesis of the word magic is late, much that Homer does not define Circe a practitioner of magic, but an expert on potions and filters, in fact, the term magas techne” appears in full the Hellenistic period (330 BC).

Even in the Bible distinguishes between what are the magical practices and the practices of witchcraft banned as heresy, in fact the title of Magus assumes the title of scribe and not more than just the New Testament scholar with reference to the three kings, whereas in the old testament in the book of Jeremiah, the title of Rab-Mag (Master Magus) is attributed to Nergal Sharezar (or Neriglissar) one of the rulers of Babylon.
It is interesting to note how the magi define one’s religion (Zoroastrianism) KeshîIbrahim (the knowledge of Abraham), where the figure of Zorastro or Zaradusht in some translations shutters is collimated to Ibrahim (Abraham) the Patriarch, delinenando then the boundaries of magic” as such, between Mesopotamia and Persia.

the decline of Magic

The first uses the term derogatory about 500 BC, Wizard appear Heraclitus and filosfi like they had attitudes towards the sciettici and enchanters often considered quacks, it is interesting to note that the decline of the term magician was preceded by the decline of caste of Magi started with the killing of Nergal Sharezar at the hands of Cyrus, and the subsequent failed conspiracy of Gaumata against Cambyses II , averted from 7 nobles including Darius I and it was with Darius that the caste of magi was allontatana from every political affair until 200 BC Sassanid age.
However the term middle ages era magician to work of popular superstitions remained tied in detractors terms, this modern era, but in 1900 up groups of neo esotericists such as golden-dawn, revived the term “Magus” to refer to one of the highest levels of initiation, bringing back then the dignity and value that the word posedeva in ancient times long where the wizards were considered wise scholars, experts and observers of the mechanical universe, connoting thin so magic as the art of knowing the micro and macro Cosmos, summarized by the Latin motto Nosce te ipsum” know thyself.






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