Most Harry Potter fanatics have grown up without enrolling in witchcraft school, just as most Star Wars followers have never sought to obtain the force within them. High school girls have graduated without being Charmed by any other than the cute guy who moved in across the street and no matter how Practical it may be we haven’t heard of any women using magic to resuscitate an abuser. Wait a minute… you say, these are things the enemy uses to lure you into his trap. Really? Or perhaps it’s the illusion he creates to keep you focused on fighting fantasy battles rather than engaging in the real spiritual war.
I grew up enchanted by the same games as so many others; The Magic Eight Ball was much heavier compared to the plastic replica today but it gave the same yes, no and maybe answers to any question you asked. Who knew for sure if The Ouija Board was moving by another force other than the person next to you? Of course with young girls, the highlight of sleep-overs was the haunted stories and attempts at levitation. But I can honestly say that none of that enticed me to seek out the magic that would later become my lifestyle.
Being a good Christian mom when my kids were young, I forbade them to play with any of those same devices believing they were toys of the devil. I went further than that, forbidding He-man, Smurfs and even a few of those Care Bears! Dare I blame their not walking in Godly ways on those wicked toys! Honestly… I later became involved in real magic during my witchcraft years and I actually brought my kids to rituals, drum circles and even introduced real magic to them. Guess what… none of them became witches or followed any other pagan path. Praise God!
It may surprise you but the popularity of movies with witchcraft or magic themes didn’t send serious seekers flocking to our circles. It did do well for business as people just had to have a magical wand or a book that read “Book of Shadows.” There may have been one or two who were intrigued enough to come to an open circle but they didn’t stick around for long. Real magic, isn’t child’s play and contrary to popular opinion, even witches don’t believe the craft is for everyone.
So… what does lure one into a path of magic and witchcraft? I remember having a book on the shelf that hadn’t interested me for years and all of a sudden my interest was sparked. The book wasn’t The Mist of Avalon; rather it was a Christian testimonial. I can almost hear you say, “Nay… you’ve got to be kidding?” Truth is… I’m not kidding. It wasn’t the book, rather my heart attitude. It goes back to that ancient garden of old when the serpent twisted God’s word and Eve doubted its truth. Like Eve, I doubted the word of God for my life which led to my fall.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not encouraging toys or movies with magical themes, I’m well aware that some classic games such as, The Magic Eight Ball which was invented by Albert C. Carter and was inspired by the “spirit writing” device used my his clairvoyant mother would in your best interest be avoided. However, I can tell you that it’s highly unlikely that you’d find The Magic Eight Ball being used as a divination tool in a ritual. That being said, any deemed toy that engages you in spiritual contact or divination is certainly not a choice for your child’s next birthday gift but I’d advise against calling the deliverance team because your young teen was found sharing ghost stories at her friends sleep-over. It would be a wonderful opportunity to share the facts without the frenzy and realize that most grow up and leave the magic dragons behind. You can never go wrong with prayer if something is disturbing your spirit… so by all means pray. Be careful though not to get so caught up in defending your faith against fantasy that you miss the real dragon.
© S.A. Tower, 2012