The scientific practice of Evil. Black Magic is a necessary function of Evil, for without it, Evil could not exist. Black magic involves the misuse of God’s energies for any purpose that is inconsistent with the will of God. It is employed for (1) gaining ungodly control over the manifestations of God, and (2) securing for the finite self, by fraudulent manipulation of cosmic law, the things of this world and the next—money, fame, the power to manipulate men and nations, and the use of advantages gained to place obstacles in the pathway of those who aspire to do the will of God.
This comprehensive definition is by no means universally accepted—for people in general are not eager to admit that they, in their own hatred, fear, slander and disdain, are perpetuating the energy veil that, like a spider’s web, snares innocent souls. This too is black magic—very much so.
One source defines black magic as “the use of supernatural knowledge for the purposes of evil, the invocation of diabolical and infernal powers that they may become the slaves and emissaries of man’s will; in short, black magic is a perversion of legitimate mystic science. This art and its attendant practices can be traced from the time of the ancient Egyptians and Persians, from the Greeks and Hebrews to the period when it reached its apogee in the Middle Ages, thus forming an unbroken chain; for in mediaeval magic may be found the perpetuation of the popular rites of paganism—the ancient gods had become devils, their mysteries orgies, their worship sorcery.”
The reason people turn to black magic is that they want results without attainment, powers without grace, phenomena instead of communion with heaven. Not satisfied with simply being the beloved Son, they refuse to surrender the ego and want to control forces to be thought wise. They are too proud to see that their talents are not their own but the Creator’s, which he has given and which he may take away.
For more information
Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path of Christ or Antichrist, chapter 2, “Black Magic”
Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path of Christ or Antichrist, pp. 84–85.
- Lewis Spence, An Encyclopaedia of Occultism (New York?: University Books, 1960), p. 68.