Well, given this important and unfortunately always misinterpreted term we want to be a little more detailed here:
You all surely know sayings of the so-called “black-and-white thinking,” like, for example, “Who is not for me, is against me” or “Good and evil magic.” The so-called black magic, as well as also the white magic, exists for the most part (more detailed below) only in the minds of those who strive to base their ideals and dislikes, based on selfish dogmas. It may frighten you, but there is no white or black magic, just magic. The operating magician instrumentalized it into something “good” or “bad” ’cause of his established paradigm, depending on his ethics and morals that have been acquired and lived on. Likewise, there is neither a “good,” “loving,” nor “evil” God, or whatever one may call “it.” Compare this with the antique Greek concept, meaning, and significance of the words “demon,” “agathodaimon,” or “cacodemon.”
Magic is always one with itself, a reality beyond space, time, and causality. Dualistic divisions are fictions of our mind, “things” for us, but never in themselves and a compelling necessity of multiplicity to act and interact in the physical world.
Responsible for this “black-and-white thinking,” by the way, in the long-ago Persian “Zoroastrianism,” named after its former founder Zoroaster or Zarathustra. Also, the many gods “known” to us are – in Old Testamentary spelling – only Elohim (Hebrew), literally translated: “sons and sisters of the gods” – thus to be considered neutral in value and as emanations of the cosmic One, of the primordial cosmic ground, of the incomprehensible.
Many of our students, therefore, see themselves in this context as agnostics, but not as atheists or nihilists, and can only gain little from religions concerning fundamental ideological questions and the associated dogmatic commitment – replacing religious belief with knowledge, for Christians a blasphemy.
It should also be noted that – as the name itself already says – black magic involves the use of the black and not the dark grey hue. What does that mean? Well, “true,” i.e., an earnest and philosophically, intellectually founded black magic means a complete absence of the cosmic solar principle and thus also a constantly growing and passing rhythmical law of life. It is, therefore, the opposite of light, rebels against the cosmic act of creation as well, the creative, the unfolding of sight, the sustaining of life – which by the way does not yet imply a general theology, although it is assumed!
Everyone should, therefore, learn to distinguish between the black magic and those magical states which are supposed to be black, i.e., only seem to be black, but are not, because in them (as a result of their soul) there still is a spark, a glow that is ready to become a fire and light.
What is meant by this? In more straightforward and more contemporary terms: Black magic is not practiced by externals, like dressing in black or dark colors, by hanging an inverse pentagram around one’s neck to pay homage to a so-called “Lucifer” or “Satan,” outside at night in cemeteries: By the way, black magic is just as rare as white magic. Unfortunately, these two names of the supposedly “evil” and “good” are so firmly attached to the inner and outer life of society that, until today, it hardly makes sense to want to change this.
Or, to put it another way: the qualities and intentions of a so-called “black magician” are far more dangerous and life-threatening than those of an invented devil and his demonic army, who, out of weakness, are dependent on a monotheistic pathological group soul.
A ritually active black magician is always out to consciously advocate the spread of so-called “anti-cosmic structures” on the material plan of a human world, usually trying to promote his survival, also at the expense of other beings and that at any price (e.g., pacts with demonic entities). He works to bind other mortals to a structure, which leads them to their final destruction while he is convinced that he does not have to share this fate, since he, for example, has placed himself in the service of a “prince of hell,” works for or through him. Simply put, a deal, a sale.
The experienced magician, on the other hand, takes less notice of theatrically staged versions of black magic, such as the “Satan’s Mass,” the “Black Mass” or a “Witches’ Sabbath,” unless he is more interested in finding suitable beginners and victims, by confusing, bewitching and enchanting: the classical vampirism. The black magician active in the 21st century prefers to use mass-production methods that appeal to the mass spirit; his “white opponent,” by the way, proceeds in the same way.
Question: But how can a magically, practically inexperienced person keep the activities of both camps apart? Our answer: only the procedural structures and symbols used to provide information about this, as do the rituals practiced. The following applies: no party can adopt the basic ritual structure of the other party since this would thwart its own goals, and yet a structure can be reversed or twisted by changing its order since this is a very double-edged matter because both possibilities always remain open.
Here is another example: The inverted upside-down cross on a “Satan’s altar” can turn back at any time and restore the cosmos it embodies in this position, as long as it is a passion cross and not an isosceles sun cross. It is the duality of most symbols that prevent them from being used exclusively cosmically or chaotically; to refer to the old proverb: “daemonus est Deus inversus” (the devil is an inverted god). The legend of the devil who fears the sign of the cross is true when the sign of the cross is understood to be the cosmic cross and not the passion cross, which is known to be reversible.
For expert Cabbalists: explore the analog illustration of black magic at the mirrored Etz Chjim (the cabbalistic Tree Of Life), the map of the so-called “Qliphoth” or “Kelipoth.”
But also more complex and corresponding symbols, such as Etz Chjim, the “ten-step” cabbalistic Tree of Life, can be turned by 180 degrees. Intelligent black magicians, however, would probably not do this for symbolic-logical reasons, since through only a “fleeting shift,” this qliphotically structured antithesis would suddenly transform their chaos into cosmic order. For this, only the tenth sphere, the sefira Malkuth = the realm), the material appearance of the world, would have to be moved to its rightful place which it occupied before the “fall,” namely to the “empty space” occupied by the pseudo-sefira Da’ath (knowledge), and the Tree of Life would be generated into an irreversible cosmic structure.
But one will also notice that with every attempt to reverse Etz Chjim, the material sphere would become “top-heavy,” and, if it finally and subsequently “fell” for the second time, would return to its original place and form a kind of “critical mass” of the cosmos, thus vice versa concerning chaos. It would “unite” the cosmos in such a way that asymmetry would arise between the inner and outer modes of existence that would be directly interchangeable. In this state, man would be naturally aware of the inner world in the external world, and the “kingdom of heaven” would be – in the truest sense of the word – “on earth.” Moreover, meditations on the perfected Tree of Life, its paths and structures have strong positive effects on the spirit and soul of man. Even its numbering can be changed; it can be turned and turned as one likes, it will always appear cosmic or holistic.