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What about this magic thing? What do you mean by that? What kind of magic?
Magic, in a Wiccan context, could perhaps best be defined as an active form of prayer. Instead of merely asking the gods to do something for us, while we remain passive and uninvolved, we ask them to help empower us to do it for ourselves. This practice is rooted in the immanent view of divinity we already described: since the gods reside within the natural world including within us we all share to some degree in their power, and can learn to use it to affect our own lives and the world around us.
Wiccans work magic alone and in groups, in formal rituals and informal spell work, for a wide variety of purposes: physical and emotional healing, self-improvement, spiritual growth, attracting positive influences into one's life such as love or prosperity, protection from negative influences, and so on. As a general rule, though, Wiccans do not use magic to harm others, for reasons that will be made clear a little further on.
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