As Homecoming quickly approaches many are students finding themselves caught up in the rush of planning events for their clubs. This years theme, "The Magical World of WU" allows for plenty of creative license. Yet, the question remains, what is magic?
Magic has been a belief and/or practice as long as humans have had imaginations. Its strongest roots are in the medieval renaissance, when "magick" practicers ruled with nearly as much authority as the church. Certainly, in those times they ruled with more authority than scientists.
Magical abilities could be learned if a person holds “the gift,” or more commonly, if they were born with a hereditary power. Natural-born witches have a stronger grip on their powers and can easily create spells. Witches traditionally belong to a coven, a sort of family of witches with similar beliefs or practices, and are most commonly female. They tend to use herbology, homeopathic medicine, and other alternative remedies in their practices.
Males are most often wizards, although gender does not matter. Wizards use spells that call upon gods and goddesses to harness their power. They often belong to a “Wizard’s Circle,” similar to a witch’s coven.
The most famous wizard is probably Merlin, the advisor to King Arthur. He is rivaled by Albus Dumbledore, Voldemort, Gandalf, Sauron and Saruman thanks to modern literature.
An evil male witch is called a Warlock, while an evil female is usually called a dark witch or wicked witch. A person born into a line of Warlocks will not necessarily be evil, although it is more likely. Warlocks tend to call upon demons for their power.
Modern magical practices are most commonly found in wiccan religions, which uses incantations, rituals, divination, summoning, charms, potions, and calling on deities.