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Notorious Religions That Use Magic Spells

Just a couple of days ago, I published a hub on some of the weirdest religions in the world. Today, I am publishing a hub on some of the religions that use magic spells actively. Or at least they are notorious and known by their supposedly “black magic spells”. For most people who don’t know about my tastes, I am a person whose hobbies also include researching religions, occult sciences, mysteries, the paranormal, psychology and the sort.

A few days ago, I stumbled across a hub that spoke about a commonly known religion that is feared by its dark magic rituals. My curiosity was rekindled after a long time and I started my research on more of these kinds of religions, where magic spells are at least known to be an active part. So, here is a list of some religions that use spells as a part of their rituals. I would however like to clear the air that all magic rituals are not dark/bad. A magic spell is just as bad as a practitioner’s intention. A magic spell is just a spell which can be used with both good as well as evil intentions.


1) Voodoo (Vodou)

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we talk about voodoo? I bet that it is either zombies or the dreaded voodoo dolls to which witches prick needles to kill your enemy slowly and painfully. As I said earlier, all magic rituals are not bad. Believe it or not, voodoo uses magic rituals to even remove black magic spells. I am sure that many of you didn’t know that voodoo is not a religious ritual but actually a religion of which, magic is only a small part. When the African slaves were brought to the Caribbean islands and New Orleans, these slaves brought some of their magic ritual practice systems known as hoodoo with them. These practices later mixed with Roman Catholicism and Native American rituals to form voodoo. You can read more about Voodoo here.

  • Haitian Vodou: Introduction
    What is Vodou? Is it really how all the movies make out? Do Voodoo dolls hurt and control people at will? You can find the answers to all those questions and more, in this fascinating introduction to the world of Vodou!

2) Santeria

Santeria is another religion brought by the African slaves. It is an Afro-Cuban religion practiced by the African immigrants who were brought from West Africa (today’s Nigeria and Benin). Practitioners of this religion (Yoruba) believe that god Olorun interacts with humans through emissaries called Orishas (similar to Christian angels/saints). These orishas rule over the different forces of nature and various aspects of human life. Magic rituals in Santeria or La Santeria are based on the knowledge of interacting with these orishas. Again, these rituals can be used to invoke the deities either to cause health or harm to someone.

Here is a bit more about the religion.

  • BBC - Religion: Santeria
    Guide to the young, syncretic religion of Santeria, including history, beliefs, worship and rituals.

3) Wicca

This is a religion perhaps you have never heard of. But if you have heard of some candle magic rituals (search for candle spells) or certain white magic rituals, then you may have come across this religion. Wicca draws upon various ancient pagan religious motifs for its ritual practice as well as theological structure. Practice of magic rituals such as shamanism, witchcraft or ceremonial magic is an important part of this religion. Wiccan practitioners believe in certain pagan deities such as the moon goddess or the Venus goddess. Sun and moon cycles are extremely important for their magic rituals. Wiccan practitioners advocate the use of white magic that generates waves which resonate with universal energy to bring desired results.

  • BBC - Religions - Paganism: Wicca
    Wicca is a Pagan Witchcraft tradition popularised by Gerald Brosseau Gardner. It emphasises spells and rituals and honours a Triple Goddess and a Horned God.

4) Aghori

Aghori is not a religion in itself, but actually a Hindu cult. People belonging to this cult are called aghoris. Aghori practitioners are as feared in India as voodoo practitioners worldwide. They can instill fear even in the most courageous person you have seen, just by their appearance and practices. Hindu graveyards are their residence, ash from burnt dead bodies are their ornaments. A human skull (kapala) is their cup and saucer, and rotten meat and blood from dead animals/humans are their bread and wine. Aghori rituals and powers are as dreaded as their appearance. They are known to use animal sacrifices in their rituals. They are also known to be masters who know the dark art and the art of enslaving spirits/ghosts to do any bidding you can imagine.

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Whether you believe in magic spells or not is purely up to you. These are some of the religions that use spells, I have heard of. Do feel free to add any other religions you may be aware of, which use magic as a part of their rituals.


Lune Hiver on September 16, 2017:

Things like that don't work. One should not slander other people. That is worse than vodoo dolls. Cause Slander often works well.

Peter Rogers from Plymouth on October 25, 2016:

Old Witchcraft makes a number of good points, the key point, I think, is the number of religions that actively work against other religions, especially Wicca/Witchcraft, something those that lean to the occult generally do not do. These religions also seek to control their members, preventing them from looking to any alternative. Something else those that look to the occult do not do. But then the word 'occult' means 'hidden' and its clear these controlling religions all want to keep the truth hidden from their members. So they use threats and condemnation against any that stray.

Kelsey on October 23, 2016:

My boyfriend's family are Hispanic and faithfully catholic, but there are women known to be witches , or Burjas, in their religion. They pay the witches to bless their babies, do spells for luck, love, etc., cleanse their spirits, read their cards, and many other things. They are either feared or trusted depending on the person. Most of them believe that those things are true but that they should not be messed with.

Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on December 31, 2012:

Rookwood: As far as I know, it is indeed related to Kali. She is the principal deity. I think they also pray to Shakti (which is the supreme goddess, of which Kali is just one form) and Shiva (in his furious form). All these forms are known to give them the powers. It is indeed similar to necromancy and sorcery. They are known to be able to control and manipulate the fiercest of the spirits.

WiccanSage: Yes, the more I do research about them, there are more religions I am coming across that use magic(k).

Pamela Hutson from Moonlight Maine on December 30, 2012:

Wow. I had never heard of the Aghori. That is indeed a chilling form of magical practice. Here you might call that 'necromancy'. Does it have any connection to the worship of Kali? Just wondering.

People define magic in different ways but in general I think magic can be very powerful and can be used for good or ill. To take the dark path is something done at great cost though. I would not venture to go that way, but I do think it's more complex that it seems on the surface.

Great hub, thanks. :)

Mackenzie Sage Wright on December 29, 2012:

Good overview on some religions that openly use magic. I think you can find some magic in most religions, though; Judaism definitely has it's mysticism, Catholic novenas are essentially candle petition magic... it's fascinating to read about the different applications in the various world religions.

Peter Rogers from Plymouth on November 14, 2012:

The practice of any magic ritual can be described as a group of people gathering together to call on their god to do whatever, or to help them do whatever, so what is the difference between any Christian congregation calling on their god and any other group called pagan or any other derogatory name, other than the god they call on?

Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on September 29, 2012:

OldWitchcraft: Interesting facts they are.. I have read few books which actually contend the "holiness" of Jesus and also say that he wasn't the true messiah.. and so on.. I will go through the youtube links you sent.

OldWitchcraft from The Atmosphere on September 29, 2012:

People get upset with me when I call Christianity wicked, although the evidence is in their own book, but I think it is harder to argue with a Rabbi. I liked what Rabbi Felix Rogin had to say about Jesus, which is the same thing I say about him. He was a witch and a sorcerer - this was so well-known that (according to Gnostic and Biblical accounts) other witches and sorcerers in the region, like Simon the Mage, came to seek him out. I have nothing against the Jesus character because, clearly he was one of us, but I would like his followers to get out of my business, out of my personal life and out of politics.

Here's the rabbi:

OldWitchcraft from The Atmosphere on September 29, 2012:

The idea is interwoven throughout my article on "Witchcraft and Religious Tolerance: Do Witches Owe Tolerance or Acceptance to Christians."

I point out the horrible things in the bible and the duplicity of Christians, in general - their justification of rape, murder and enslavement of others, always claiming that it is the will of god, when questioned. I really believe that Christianity is an evil religion. When they can keep their beliefs to themselves, it' s not so bad, but they believe they have the right to control and even kill people who don't agree with them. The most extreme among these are some branches of Evangelicals. They seriously want to take over the country and do not recognize the separation of church and state and have even established their own universities and undertaken to re-write the history of the U.S. and make it a Christian one.

The following is a quote from my article in the section where I list organizations that are working against pagans in the U.S.:

"Generals International: - Cindy Jacobs' organization; Jacobs is one of the leaders of the DC40, which organized against witchcraft and paganism in Washington D.C. Oct 3 – Nov 22. They appear to be Christian black magicians who gather on pagan High Holy days to pray against perceived pagan deities. They appear to believe that the Statue of Liberty is a representation of a demonic pagan goddess."

The above-mentioned group gathers every Halloween and prays against pagans. A bunch of pagans have organized to curse them back! LOL!

Here is a link to an Evangelical black magician praying Psalm 109 - - Psalm 109 is an invocation of evil that is being used by Evangelicals against Obama. They pray for his death - listen at about 7:40 on the video. This is the nature of their praying, if their target doesn't conform to their will, they ask for "judgement," whether it be "sickness, death or financial despair."

Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on September 29, 2012:

OldWitchcraft: I read your hub about the Mormons and I did realize that you weren't being sarcastic.. The cult indeed sounds very creepy. Do you have any article about the evangelists as well? Thanks for sharing :)

Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on September 29, 2012:

kittythedreamer: I read your hubs about Wiccan craft.. Quite impressive. I do have a few queries about it. Hope you won't mind if I ask them through mail..

Kitty Fields from Summerland on September 29, 2012:

Very interesting article, never heard of Aghori, but I myself am a Pagan so I am very familiar with Wicca and somewhat with Vodou.

OldWitchcraft from The Atmosphere on September 27, 2012:

Here's an example of such an article here:

"Lives Destroyed by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)" - the author "Man from Modesto" is a Christian who has an understanding of what they're doing from his perspective.

NAR is just one name for these people - they have a bunch of names. I have them referenced in my article written to witches about the dangers of tolerating these Christians. They are about 30% of the population and more in some parts of the U.S. They have crept into politics in the past 10 or 15 years and have basically cannibalized the Republican Party.

Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on September 27, 2012:

OldWitchcraft: That is indeed interesting. I knew that Evangelists are bad in terms that they are there to brainwash you into following a "religion" called Christianity (I go to churches even though I am not Christian). But I didn't know that they really practiced witchcraft. I am definitely aware of demons, ghosts and exorcism. But I wasn't really aware of black magic in Christianity. I will definitely go through that. Thanks for sharing.

OldWitchcraft from The Atmosphere on September 27, 2012:

I am not being sarcastic and I have little sense of humor when it comes to either Mormonism or Evangelism. I am a Mormon cult survivor and I have written about the Mormons and their belief that they are gods on earth. And, I have a couple of articles here on the Evangelicals. I consider both of these religions to be a serious threat to civil liberties in the U.S.

There are other articles written by Christians about the practice of black magic within the Christian Dominionist movement. If you look up Dominionism here at HP, you are sure to find them.

Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on September 27, 2012:

OldWitchCraft: I definitely assume that you are being sarcastic, but you definitely have a great sense of humor :)

OldWitchcraft from The Atmosphere on September 27, 2012:

Good list, but you forgot the Evangelicals and the Mormons. The Mormon men have priesthood powers, especially those who are 2nd anointed, that allow them to curse people and "bind and loose" things in heaven and on earth. If you speak out about the Mormon cult online, they will try to hex or curse you with their priesthood powers.

The Evangelicals do imprecatory prayers. They have their own backwoods way of pronouncing the word. The Bible is full of very wicked curses, especially the Psalms. But, some Evangelicals go beyond just the cursing, they say that once they pray these prayers, if the person does not soon after conform to their will, they are to be killed. (These particular Evangelicals are among the Christian Nationalists and I have a couple of documentaries linked at one my articles on the subject.)

I, also, consider prayers by Christians to their demon god for atheists and anyone they disagree with to convert to their religion to be a form of a curse. It is not done out of love. When they say, "I'll pray for you," when you don't ask for them to do this, it is really a form of black magic. Whenever they threaten me this, I promise that I'll petition Satan on their behalf, as well, so they get an understanding of what sort of threat this is (maybe).

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