“The white magician would impart to other souls the spiritual life he bears within him. The black magician has the urge to kill, to create a void around him in the astral world because this void affords him a field in which his egoistic desires may disport themselves. He needs the power which he acquires by taking the vital force of everything that lives, that is to say, by killing it. That is why the first sentence on the tables of black magic is: Life must be conquered. …
“It is for this reason that the Occult Brotherhoods decided to demonstrate and reveal the hidden truths. For humanity is passing through a crisis and must be helped to regain health and equilibrium. Only by virtue of spirituality can this health and equilibrium be restored.” ~Rudolf Steiner
Black & White Magic
While Mr. Steiner’s description of black and white magic is true, it is overly simplistic. It’s like a children’s book where there is no doubt who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. As adults, we know that real life is rarely so cut and dry. In between the purest white and the blackest black are many shades of gray. We need to recognize that and account for it. Let’s look at the attributes of the white magician and black magician, or more accurately, the servants of God and Light and the servants of Satan and Darkness.
Servants of Light
The servants of Light do try to impart spiritual life to others, but that comes only after a good deal of preliminary work. So don’t assume that because an adept or spiritual initiate isn’t trying to teach others, that he is practicing dark magic. He may simply have not yet reached that stage where he can safely teach others. Continue reading “Magic, White and Black, Spiritual and Material”