The responses given really depend on what each person believes concerning magic.
I personally don’t believe one person is more powerful than another person. We are all equals given different talents and skill sets in every facet of life. These talents/gifts are given in order for us to both live our own truths and to help others along their paths.
It is my understanding magic is not something that can ever be controlled. It is something can we tap into. I imagine this because the universe is far too vast and far too powerful for me to agree we have control over anything within it.
IMHO to think we have control over our lives, smacks of hubris because it’s scientifically debatable if we can even control our own thoughts. When I research concepts like
- free will is possibly an illusion
- our motives are formed after we commit actions
- our brains decide what actions it will take perform before we’re consciously aware of these choices
I can’t escape the truth that we don’t even know ourselves, let alone other people or reality.
In case anyone reading this has an existential crisis about whether or not faith means anything at all, whether they should even be practicing magic, or believing in anything is worthwhile, please remember that we are pattern finders that require ritual in all aspects of our lives. Without these daily rituals and the search for patterns and meaning we would be unable to process anything of the world around us. This also doesn’t exclude concepts like magic, faith, or deities. My point is that in knowing all of these things it is hard for me personally to justify a position that we can control magic.
Apologies for writing a book as a response to your question. I say we can’t control ourselves therefore we can’t control magic. We tap in to that wonder around us that the universe provides. We see miracles because we are in tune with what the universe wanted to do anyway and we become vessels or tools that the universe uses to achieve the goals it would have achieved regardless of our involvement. It could just as easily pick someone else to be that same tool. This means that two witches cannot ever use magic against each other because the universe will never be against itself.