Magic for Beginners
by Claudia R. Dillaire
The ancient Egyptians had a different spin on prosperity, and it
requires a change in thinking. Prosperity was not individual, though
they did have upper and lower classes. Prosperity was
agriculturally-based, so if the crops thrived, everyone benefited; if
they failed, it affected everyone. So, how can a modern practitioner
approach Egyptian prosperity magic? Simply put, light a black candle.
Black, really? For the ancient Egyptians, black symbolized fertility
and abundance. It was the color of the earth laid down by the annual
inundation. Fertile soil meant abundant harvests; in ancient Egypt,
that meant prosperity. Other colors appropriate for Egyptian
prosperity: green and white. Green symbolized the lush vegetation that
grew around the river and in the Delta. White was the skin of Osiris,
god of the Underworld, and he was associated with rebirth and
Items of great value to a desert people were water, wood, and tree
resins. The Nile aided in trade and moving materials and people. Ebony
and cedarwood were treasures few could afford. And, even the Bible
attests to the value of tree resins; frankincense and myrrh were two of
the gifts brought to the Christ child. What about gold? Gold was
plentiful, as evidenced by the many artifacts found that were crafted
in gold, though silver was a more scarce commodity.
Prosperity had nothing to do with money in ancient Egypt, since it had
not yet been invented. The Greeks introduced coinage to the Egyptians
during their occupation of the land. So, a wealthy man in Egypt did not
possess caches of gold and silver, but he might show off his wealth
with beautifully crafted jewelry and furniture of imported wood.
So, what does this have to do with prosperity today? If one wishes to
practice Egyptian magic, one must understand where their spells came
from. Approaching Egyptian magic is not like other traditional paths;
Egyptian magic is more forceful, filled with threats and curses to the
gods, and definitely, the spells are written from a great need.
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with Author Claudia R. Dillaire, Author of Egyptian Prosperity Magic
1. Your new book is titled Egyptian
Prosperity Magic. What made
you decide to focus specifically
on Egyptian magical traditions?
Many of the New Age books on the market
do not touch on Egyptian magic. Yet, the Sumerians and Egyptians were
"practicing" magic throughout their entire histories; it was a part of
everyday life for them. Modern Wicca and Paganism are direct
descendants of those magical practices, so I wanted to make Egyptian
magic a viable option for practice today. Plus, the ancient Egyptians
left behind a wealth of written works, while many other Pagan cultures
have left us with only speculation on how they practiced their rituals.
2. How would you describe your magical
background? Have you always focused on Egyptian traditions, or have you
studied others as well?
I dabbled a bit with "The Occult," as it
was called, when I was in my teens. I feel I was drawn to magic, having
been born on Halloween. When I approached magic again, I looked at a
number of traditions and paths, but none really touched me. Instead, I
started focusing on mythology, which is how I discovered Egyptian
magic. Their beliefs and traditions make sense to me, even though their
needs were quite different from mine. Now, I am studying other ancient
civilizations, Hittites, Sumerians, Babylonians, even the ancient
Hebrews, who were pagans in the beginning.
3. You’ve written other books about
Egyptian magic, including revenge spells and love spells. What
differentiates Egyptian spells from more modern spells, or those from
other ancient traditions?
spells I write, while staying true to the essence of the ancients, are
in many ways quite tame. The ancient Egyptian spells were often written
as threats and curses to the gods, which many practitioners may find
disconcerting. Additionally, ancient magical practices did not shy away
from destructive and coercive magic. It was as much a part of everyday
life as constructive magic. Having written a book on revenge magic, I
myself do not shy away from the darker aspects, because dark magic is
not to be feared; it can be harnessed and used for many intentions,
especially protection. I know that Wicca stresses "Harm none," and "The
Law of Threefold Return," possibly in an effort to make pagan beliefs
seem less threatening. But, all ancient cultures practiced dark magic,
fully expecting to find peace in the afterlife. The practice of dark
magic would not prevent them from joining with their gods after death.
During our current economic times (and at all times, really), most of
us would like a little more prosperity. How do you define prosperity?
Is it simply along financial lines?
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thousands of years, human beings have honored our connection to the
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