I did find a similar discussion on the Internet that yielded some interesting results because people were answering the question I have in mind differently depending on which neo-pagan tradition they were coming from or what their beliefs were, and I would like to see if that happens on this forum as well. (See this discussion: https://www.reddit.com/r/pagan/comments/3ld98o/whats_the_difference_between_prayer_and_magic/ )
I’m wondering if prayer is a form of magic or if there is a difference between magic and prayer.
While I don’t engage in this type of thing often, I have done some rituals with practical ends in mind that may be considered magical. I didn’t study magic a great deal to do this other than gathering some inspiration from folk practices, but went by my own intuition. One thing I did involved putting various objects in a bottle that I painted a certain color, and the objects had symbolic significance. Then I would shake the bottle to activate all the prayer I had put into it by blessing the various objects and praying over the bottle.
It somehow felt like a magical act if that is the right word, but as with the rest of my practices the act was intensely prayerful and devotional, too.
So is there a firm line between prayer and magic in your opinion or according to your tradition? Or do the two kind of blur? If there is a difference, what is the difference?
Could prayer be considered a magical act when it involves mental actions intended to alter the mind or cause change in the self according to your tradition or opinion?
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