Originally, I promised you an article about morality in witchcraft and what is acceptable/unacceptable but I realized that first, I need to talk about the nature of magick and it's own unobjective morality and how witches typically look at magick from a moral/philisophical perspective. Before I discuss the moral expectations of the witch, I want to establish the moral nature of magick and the misconceptions that have been created.

There seems to be this understanding that magick that results in a positive outcome is 'light' or 'white' magick and magick with negative results is considered 'black' or 'dark' magick. This idea is completely false and it stems from a few misconceptions. The first is the thought that magick itself has a moral alignment. It doesn't. Magick is a fact of life, a force of nature not unlike gravity. Gravity has a perceived positive effect when it holds you to the ground and a negative effect when you are falling. However gravity is neutral. It does not become 'good gravity' when you need it and 'bad gravity' when you don't. Magick, like gravity has a neutral moral alignment. Another issue with the "dark/light" magick theory is that it makes a statement about the nature of 'dark' and 'light'. To say that 'dark magick' is immoral and evil implies that darkness is equally immoral or evil. Witches believe that this isn't the case. Darkness is just a natural state (like magick) and we typically don't believe that natural states/systems have moral alignments.

Now one term that is more often used and perhaps more correct is the term 'grey magick' that maintains that magick is a neutral force- unaligned to good and evil. Tomorrow I'm going to go over the moral expectations that witches do/do not have because although magick itself has no moral alignment, the decisions of witches do. Magick is the tool of the witch, it is the witch whose actions are varying degrees of morality.