THE PRACTICE AND CRAFT
Christian Magick and Mysticism
Our souls are seeking deeper spirituality with our higher-selves and God.
Leviticus 5:12-13 He shall bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it as its memorial portion and offer it up in smoke on the altar, with the offerings of the Lord by fire: it is a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement for him concerning his sin which he has committed from one of these, and it will be forgiven him; then the rest shall become the priest’s, like the grain offering.’”
So, let's focus on the power of words and meanings.
Witch or Herbalist?
The Biblical MISTRANSLATION and Different Meaning Today
Haaretz reports that some find the translation of the Hebrew word mekhashepha as "witch" or "sorceress" inaccurate. Rather, it should be translated as "poisoner" or "herbalist." The Haaretz article notes:
Thousands of years ago, [mekhashepha] was used in the book of Exodus in its original language. Today, we can only comprehend, or interpret, modern interpretations of that ancient term.
In the Ben Yehuda Hebrew Dictionary, mekhashepha is translated as "witch.". The dictionary was written by Eliezer Ben Yehuda, who is considered by many to be the father of modern Hebrew and who founded the Academy of the Hebrew language.
Merrill F. Unger, a Biblical scholar and theologian, translated the root of kashaph as "mutterings" in his book Biblical Demonology. According to him, mekhasheph essentially meant "witch," specifically, "one who performs magic using occult formulas, incantations, and mystic mutterings."
Kenneth Kitchen, a bible scholar at the University of Liverpool, translates the root as "to cut" and thinks it might refer to chopping herbs (Kenneth Kitchen, Magic and Sorcery, 723).
Mekhashepha is interpreted in that way in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of Hebraic traditions to the Greek language by Jews in the 3rd century BCE.
Sepuagint translations of mekhashepha read pharmakeia. Professor Ann Jeffers translates "pharmakeia" as "herbalist" at Heythrop College.
Reginald Scott, a British Member of Parliament in the 16th century, witchcraft skeptic and former student at Oxford, translated pharmakia to mean "poisoner" in his book The Discoverie of Witchcraft.
Witches were poisoners who used herbal concoctions to poison and kill others. This does not fit the definition of witch that we associate with today.
FEAR and MISUNDERSTANDING
Numerous other terms are used in biblical passages to describe people such as necromancers, mediums, wizards, etc. Many of these titles used Biblically have entirely different meanings TODAY than they did generations ago. It was an easy "go-to" term for the time and yes for a long time maybe insighted fear in many so it was perfect to use to express who the bible was talking about.These individuals ALWAYS associated their spiritual practices with demons or dark arts. Even human sacrifice was conducted during the era, as many manipulated dark entities.
Today, these words that used to be feared are now, endeared and seen totally new and different. If the bible were completely retranslated today they would most likely no use these same word associations at all.
There was a clear dividing line between good and bad in the Bible and even within Jesus's own words.
Psychic Empath or Medium is a Seer or Prophet
A practicer of Good or Holy Magic is a "Miracle Worker" or Holy One
So, it is completely possible to be a Christian Witch or Medium without fear.
1 Kings 17:21-22: And [Elijah] stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again. And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
The redefining of "witches" as a title in these days is considered “spiritually connected” and to protect and produce "good will" through spiritual practice. There is no "ONE" religion or path to be a witch, as there is no "ONE" way to be a farmer or even a chef.
What we need to realize as Christians, we have been doing "modern witchcraft" for centuries through prayer and connecting to the divine through rituals and magic for centuries. We should not fear continuing doing so in the way that makes us feel even more connected to God, Christ and Angelic beings.
The issue is most Christians have conformed to a very spiritually sedentary life. Just praying a 10 second prayer to hope things go their way or produce something materialistically.
It's like the child that only calls home when they need something scenario.
You should rejoice, be spiritually creative, and spectacular with your relationship with Christ.
Light candles, incense, create gifts of flowers and herbs, or even use brilliant crystals.
Be MAGICAL with your presence to Christ, and the MAGIC will be in you.
As long as your mystical works are Christ centered you should have a clear conscience.
Matthew 5:23-24 – “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”