Let me start by saying that this is an oversimplification but it's a start to knowing where you want to start on your spiritual journey.
Ceremonial magick and natural magick are two distinct practices that have been used for centuries to achieve various goals and outcomes. While they both have their roots in ancient magickal practices, they are quite different in their approaches and philosophies.
So what’s the difference between the two? I will try to explain and give some context.
Ceremonial magick is an organized system of magickal practices that involve rituals, symbols, and elaborate magickal tools. These rituals and symbols are used to create a specific outcome and are often done in a group setting. You could practice on your own but the whole thing about ceremonial magickal is that the spells are rigid and almost set in stone, this is to emphasise the more scientific approach to magick and since most spells require many participants it's very hard to change the spell to only accommodate one person.
The purpose of these rituals is to bring about a desired result, whether that be physical, spiritual, or emotional. The tools used in ceremonial magick can range from incantations, candles, and wands, to swords, knives, talismans, and other rare items.
While the goals are varied, ceremonial magick is most commonly used to aid in healing, protection, success, and the achievement of prosperity. in other words, the spells are for personal and earthly desires like becoming rich, powerful, more beautiful and healthy etc.
Groups of like-minded individuals often gather to perform these rituals, as the power of their collective energy has the potential to increase the efficacy of the magickal process.
The origins of ceremonial magick can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where priests and priestesses used magickal rituals to heal the sick and bring about prosperity. Over the centuries, these practices were adopted by other cultures around the world, such as the Celts, the Greeks, and the Romans.
The modern practice of ceremonial magick can be largely attributed to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which was founded in the late nineteenth century by William Wynn Westcott. This organization popularized the use of rituals, symbols, and tools in magickal practices and helped to spread the knowledge and understanding of ceremonial magick around the world.
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was also responsible for popularizing some of the most prominent figures in ceremonial magick, such as Aleister Crowley and S.L. MacGregor Mathers. Crowley, who was the leader of the Order, is widely considered to be one of the most influential figures in modern magick. He is credited with popularizing the practice of ceremonial magick and developing the philosophies and rituals that are still used today.
Natural magick on the other hand is an organic approach to magickal practice that works with the elements of nature to bring about desired outcomes. It involves meditation, chanting, and working with herbs, crystals, and other magickal tools to create healing, divination, protection, abundance, and good luck.
This type of magick is often seen as a way to bring balance and harmony to life, as it is an extension of the energy of the natural world.
While the philosophy of ceremonial magick is to bring prosperity to oneself, the philosophy of Natural magick is that prosperity in all things only happens when there's balance in the universe and communion between the self and the divine and the goal is to become one with the divine, the universe and nature.
Through natural magick, practitioners can tap into the power of the elements and use them to manifest the changes they wish to see in the world. It can also be used to heal the environment, create peace, and promote greater awareness of the importance of taking care of the planet.
In the continent of Africa, as seen in many countries and cultures within those countries, natural magick is often practised by healers, sangomas, gangas amaxwele, ngaka and much more. These healers use a variety of tools and techniques to connect with the spirit world and bring healing and balance to those that need healing. These tools include chanting, prayer, meditation, and the use of medicinal plants, minerals and much more
In India, the practice of Ayurveda is an ancient form of natural magick. Ayurveda is a holistic system of health and well-being that uses herbs, essential oils, and other natural remedies to bring balance to the body. It is believed that by restoring balance to the body, one can bring balance to the mind and spirit, as well.
In the many cultures of Native American tradition, natural magick is often practised using the power of the four elements: fire, earth, water, and air. These elements are used to bring about desired outcomes, and rituals often involve chanting, drumming, and the use of herbs, feathers, and other objects.
In China, the practice of feng shui is an ancient form of natural magick that uses the energies of the environment to create balance and harmony in the home and workplace. This practice uses the placement of furniture, plants, and other objects to create a flow of energy that can bring about desired outcomes.
Ceremonial and natural magick have been used as powerful tools to help people with their goals for centuries. Whether your goal is divination, protection, healing, or abundance, each of these practices can provide you with a unique approach to manifesting your aspirations. If you are interested in exploring the potential of magick, it is worthwhile to investigate both ceremonial and natural magick and discover which approach works best for you.