Satan Exists! The Deceptive Guise of White Magic

Referring to Harry Potter: The Origin of
All Occult Powers is the Demonic Realm.

The Reality of the Devil

by Father Andrew McNair, LC: National Register ~

The new millennium marks for many teens and young adults a renewed interest in spirituality.

What type of spirituality? Christian? No. Islamic? No. How about an Eastern spirituality like Taoism? Wrong again.

Try Satanism.

That’s right. The occult movement of Satanism ranks number one among teens and young adults as their preferred spirituality.

We could dismiss the ascendancy of Satanism in the United States as a fad of the young; something they will grow out of with time. In others words, it’s nothing to worry about.

In my judgment, that’s the wrong approach to the spiritual and cultural phenomenon of Satanism. People need to understand that Satanic spirituality leaves deep spiritual and psychological scars on its victims.  Christians should know how to recognize and combat satanic spirituality.  Where do we begin?

Let’s begin by reaffirming a basic truth: Satan exists. His demonic minions exist. Scripture and Tradition depict Satan as the supreme evil leader of the fallen angels who seek to disrupt God’s plan of salvation for humanity.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church points out: “Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. Scripture and the Church’s Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called ‘Satan’ or the ‘devil.’” The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: “The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing” (No. 391).

St. Peter the Apostle warns us, “Keep sober and alert, because your enemy the devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

Yet despite warnings from Scripture and Tradition about the lure of Satanism, teens and young adults see involvement in Satanic occultism as an acceptable cultural and social option. Why?

Satanic occultism wears the deceptive guise of white magic.

White magic employs the use of occult powers to do good. Black magic, on the other hand, uses occult powers to do evil. The entertainment industry cleverly hammers the notion of white magic in inattentive minds.

Take for example, CBS popular TV program, “Ghost Whisperer.” The show tells the story of an attractive young woman that chats with the dead. She uses her occult powers to help the dead finish pending matters with family and friends in this life before helping them cross over to the other side. Viewers can’t help but think this a wonderful way to help others. But is it really?

Another very popular CBS TV program called “Moonlight” throws a positive spin on the occult. In this program, a tall imposing vampire works as a private detective to make amends for past crimes he committed as a vampire. He no longer sucks blood from the necks of the innocent. He now keeps a stock of fresh blood in his fridge to quench his thirst. How consoling.

On the literary front, we find an entire plethora of books, magazines and columns that speak highly of the occult. For the last few years, the No. 1 best-selling novel in the United States and abroad narrates a story about a young boy wizard that uses white magic to duel the most powerful and evil wizard ever known.

Millions of youth, worldwide, look up to this courageous wizard as a perfect role model. Can a sorcerer or warlock be a role model?

The overall message of the white magic argument is clear: Magic is not bad in itself. It depends, like many things, on how you use it. In view of this assertion, white magic wins approval and respectability in the minds of many. Here, we need to make an important moral clarification.

The difference often made between white magic and black magic is woefully erroneous. The goodness or badness of an act of witchcraft or magic is not determined by the purpose of its use. Its moral quality comes from its origin.

The origin of all occult powers is the demonic realm. Consequently, all magic involving the use of occult powers is intrinsically evil. The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes this point abundantly clear:

“All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others — even if this were for the sake of restoring their health — are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons” (No. 2116).

The best defense against the lure of Satanic influence is an intense life of grace. In the words of St. Paul, the Church invites us to “Put on the full armor of God so as to be able to resist the devil’s tactics.”

This will permit us to utter effectively the powerful words of Christ in the hour of temptation, “Get thee behind me, Satan!”

Legionary Father Andrew McNair is a theology professor at Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island.

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15 comments to Satan Exists! The Deceptive Guise of White Magic

  • susan

    Thank you. God bless you.

  • susan

    Learned that persons are being infected with mental telepathy
    without their permission. Could you please comment about this?
    How is this related to occult? How often is it being done?

  • Angelique CHAUVIN

    Hello Angelique!

    Thanks for coming here and leaving this heartfelt comment. My answers are in bold.

    God bless you,
    John Quinn

    Are there any instances of white magic that does not employ the use of occult powers? No, absolutely not! I am a devout and practicing Catholic but thus far, my prayers have gone unanswered so I am considering magic to transform myself and my life. One cannot be a devout Catholic and use magic. No exceptions.

    I suffered from ‘mild’ depression in the past but this is the first time my depression has gotten so bad, I am entertaining thoughts of death. I am so sorry to hear this. We will pray for you. At 45 years of age, I have failed to attain normal life milestones: fulfilling career, marriage, house… Are you married, divorced, single? Have you discerned what God’s vocation is for you? Despite all the advantages of an ideal childhood, upper middle class background, superior education and an abundance of talent, intelligence, good looks and virtuous character. My poor parents are at their wits end, as they continue to ‘rescue’ and support me financially. Everyone thought i would become even more successful than my high- achieving parents and brothers but alas I never attained career success, let alone held a steady job longer than two years.

    Obviously, I tried medication, therapy, life coaching, and all forms of religious aids: prayers, rosaries, holy water, pilgrimages to Rome, Lourdes, Lisieux and Mont Saint Michael. I even did the once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Oberammergau to see the Passion Play and walk in the footsteps of Pope Benedict. Recently, I received the sacrament of the sick but after all these futile attempts I have reached the end of my rope. Wonderful, keep it up! Don’t give up.

    To give an example of the types of white magic I wish to practice, there is a spell for getting your old boyfriend to call you. Does this desire of yours match God’s will for you? Was this a chaste relationship? It involves writing his name on fine parchment while you visualize his face and your desire that he call. Then you pierce his name with a needle and place the paper by the phone. No, it is a grave sin. Never!

    Sounds harmless to me… Remember, Eve thought the same thing about the apple.

    Here are a few of many reasons that prayers go unanswered:

    1. The answer is “No.”

    2. God hears the prayers of a righteous person. Are you obedient to the teachings of the Church, to the laws of the country, ….

    3. Are you in a state of grace?

    Of course, there are many other reasons. It could be that God is testing your patience and perseverance. Many Saints fought depression and most were not successful in the worldly sense.

    The good news is, if it is #1, your problem could be that you need to focus more on God’s will, rather than your own. #2 is a choice. And, #3 can be remedied with a contrite heart and frequent Confession.

    May God bless you!
    John Quinn

  • Sandra Miesel

    Catherine, that “Letter from an ex-Witch” is, in my opinion, a crude, ridiculous fraud designed to appeal to fearful fundamentalists. (Also note that the site posting it belongs to an extreme sect that thinks the pope is antichrist and that Sunday isn’t the Lord’s Day.)

    One doesn’t have to go to anonymous exposes to find out what Wiccans do. Modern Wiccan founder Gerald Gardner and his first high priestess, Doreen Valiente wrote about their Craft. So did other early Pagans, Raymond Buckland and Leo Martello. Wiccan rituals were published as LADY SHEBA’s BOOK OF SHADOWS. Other rituals and spells are given in Margot Adler’s popular survey of American Paganism, DRAWING DOWN THE MOON, and in books by Starhawk. (These bear no resemblence to Harry Potter spells: Wiccans don’t flick a wand and say a Latinate word to work magic.) Good academic histories of Paganism have been wriiten by Ronald Hutton and Chas Clifton. Academics who’ve studied and observed Pagans include Tanya Luhrmann, Helen Berger, and Sarah Pike. Pagans have hundreds of newsletters and website. It’s really not difficult to get accurate information about Pagan practices, none of which include deliberate Satan worship because they don’t believe in Satan or demons. (That Satan believe in them is another question.)

    I’ve been writing about Paganism for the Catholic press since 1983 and have known practicing Pagans a decade longer. Try googling my name. Being an exorcist confers no special expertise in literary criticism nor should exorcists take any statements by demons as true. Catholic reactions to HP were muddied from the beginning by misrepresentations and misunderstandings that unfortunately seem impervious to reason or accurate data.

  • Dear Sandra,

    I’m sorry my comments seemed vague. I was speaking directly to you, not past you. I was, and still am, very interested in your thoughts about how so many Exorcists, Priests and former occult members could all be wrong about the pure demonic influence of HP. If they or I am missing something, please enlighten us. If you have new information concerning the work of exorcists, how/why children have become demonically oppressed after reading these books, or a deeper insight into occult practices and how the former occult members are all wrong, please tell me.

    Thank you and may God bless you,
    Catherine — A Spiritual Mother

  • Sandra Miesel

    Clearly, we are talking past each other. Nothing I could say here would make the slightest difference.

  • Dear Sandra,

    I am curious to know how informed you are about the work of Exorcists? Are you aware that Roman Catholic Exorcists are have expelled demons that have the names of the characters in HP? Are you aware that young girls in Europe tried the spells in HP and started a house fire because they were real spells from an occult book of spells? Don’t take my word for it, listen to the Priests speak of it themselves. This is just one sermon, if you search this site, you will find many more.

    I have taken an excerpt from a letter written by a former practicing witch and posted it below. The link to her full letter is here.

    After you read this, could you please tell me how so many Priests, Roman Catholic Exorcists and former occult members could all be wrong? Are they all just making this up because they don’t like children reading these books? What purpose would they have in making up stories about expelling demons with the names of HP characters? I look forward to your answers.

    May God bless you
    Catherine — A Spiritual Mother

    “The titles of the books should be warning enough to make us realize how satanic and anti-christ these books are. The afore mentioned title of the first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, was a real give away.

    The second book was called “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, while the third book was entitled “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Nothing could be more obvious than that Harry Potter books are pure witchcraft and of the devil.

    This is the oldest con game ever hatched out of hell. As a real witch, I learned about the two sides of “the force.” When real witches have sabats and esbats and meet as a coven, they greet each other by saying “Blessed be”, and when they part, they say “The Force be with you.” Both sides of this “Force” are Satan. It is not a good side of the force that overcomes the bad side of the force, but rather it’s the blood of Jesus Christ that destroys both supposed sides of the satanic “Force.”

    High level witches believe that there are seven satanic princes and that the seventh, which is assigned to Christians, has no name. In coven meetings, he is called “the nameless one.” In the Harry Potter books, there is a character called “Voldemort.” The pronunciation guide says of this being “He who must not be named.” On July 8 at midnight, bookstores everywhere were stormed by millions of children to obtain the latest and fourth book of the series known as “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” These books were taken into homes everywhere with a real evil spirit following each copy to curse those homes. July 8th was also the 18th day (three sixes in numerology 666) from the witches’ sabat of midsummer. July 8th was also the 13th day from the signing of the United Religions Charter in San Francisco. Now we have learned that the public school system is planning to use the magic of Harry Potter in the classrooms making the public schools centers of witchcraft training.”

  • Sandra Miesel

    Sorry, Catherine, but Gandalf does pick up the ring in Tolkien’s book. The film makers are the ones who realized that he shouldn’t do so. JRRT discusses magic in his collected letters, where he denies an intrinsic distinction between black and white magic, only in magic’s intention and use. (This is the same position as in HP.) The same “technology” that produced Sauron’s One Ring also made the 19 other magic rings in LORD OF THE RINGS, even though the Dark Lord’s own hand did not touch the three Elven Rings.

    I keep pointing out that LOTR itself inspired conversions to Paganism, starting with its US paperback appearance in 1965 and continuing to this day. It was a favorite book of the Counterculture in the ’60s, when many young Americans explored Eastern and primitive spiritual practices. Since then, we’ve seen the New Age and a growing interest in all manner of occultism. Such waves crop up periodically across the centuries in Western civilization. Neither Tolkien nor Rowling should be blamed for how others receive their work.

    Yes, the Church properly forbids us to practice magic, divination, and other occult arts. But she does not forbid me to make assumptions contrary to fact and write fantasy fiction on such bases. You’re equally free to reject fantasy fiction for yourself and your children but the Church does not require or even advise this. The moral status of a book or film is not dependent on the presence of magic within it.

  • Dear Ms. Miesel,

    You are absolutely correct. We cannot be too careful! I’ve been following your comments with interest. A quick question for you, did you read what Fr. McNair actually said?

    Here is the quote

    The difference often made between white magic and black magic is woefully erroneous. The goodness or badness of an act of witchcraft or magic is not determined by the purpose of its use. Its moral quality comes from its origin.

    The origin of all occult powers is the demonic realm. Consequently, all magic involving the use of occult powers is intrinsically evil. The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes this point abundantly clear:

    “All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others — even if this were for the sake of restoring their health — are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons” (No. 2116).

    The distinction of the source of magic is made in Tolkien and Lewis, for sure. There is no blending of “white” and “black” magic. Note that Gandalf would not so much as even touch the ring. Now, I do not claim to have your training or expertise in medieval literature or literature in general. I am just a mother of young children who wants to protect their developing consciences.

    What is so wrong about being careful when it comes to regard the programs and literature to which Fr. McNair is referring? I am trying to wrap my mind around the argument that this stuff is harmless, but I cannot. If, as parents, we are held accountable for how we raise our children, and we very much are, what are we to tell God when their souls are lost due to the influence of some “harmless” literature or other form of “entertainment?”

    How do you account for the dramatic increase in occult and Satanism in teens and young adults They were introduced to it or desensitized somewhere. If these sources that Fr. McNair has shown us are completely innocent, could you please show us the real reasons behind this obvious normalization of the occult in our society?

    I eagerly await your response. Thank you and God bless you.


  • Sandra Miesel

    If we must absolutely avoid all literature where magic is used, bye-bye Tolkien, Lewis, Baum, Shakespeare, Malory, Chaucer, medieval romances, traditional fairy tales, classical epics, etc etc. Can’t be too careful, can we?

  • Gene

    Also, read, another commentary by Fr. Andrew McNair from Oct. 28, 2007 entitled “The Reality of the Devil. We should not underestimate our enemy because he comes at us in many deceptive, in ways we think are harmless until step by step they lead us astray as we get more and more comfortable fellowshipping with him and his ways. We should not seek “harmless” entertainment for entertainment’s sake because there really is nothing of the sort. It is either good or bad, either life giving or life stealing, either helpful or harmful. The grey areas are roads to the evil one and you may claim time and again it is not harmful, it is only fiction. The truth is that you are drinking from the devil’s cup not the cup of Life and the one holding your hand leading you down this path step by step does not have your best interests in mind. I don’t believe there is too much believe in things good and too much disbelief in things bad. Anything else is playing with fire and sooner or later one is led off the main path down a path of destruction. These are harsh words but are the only answer to words of pooh poohing the devil and his deceptive and harmful ways.

  • Gene

    To get an idea of how deceptive satan is and how he infiltrates even well-meaning Bible study groups with his followers and ways view the following video interview of a satanist who converted first to being a Christian and then to a Catholic because he needed the Eucharist and a taste of God every day! –
    This interview was taped by Fr. Christopher Crotty of the Fathers of Mercy ministry of Auburn, Kentucky who also founded IHS. He lectures on real life experiences people have with the Holy Trinity encountering evil and overcoming it with the overwhelming, irresistable, unstoppable and everlasting loving power of God!

  • terrig

    Even though it’s “fiction”, it impresses kids and young people. They see as nothing wrong with it. When I objected to my grandson having a T-shirt with a supposedly “cute devil” and the saying “Mischief” on it, my son said “it’s just a shirt”. I don’t see anything cute about the devil. I’ve read that’s how you can invite Satan in. Thank you, Father for this article. (By the way, my son gave me the shirt and I burned it.)

  • I agree that persons should not partake in practicing magic in real life as it is not of God. However, to read a book as fiction, (“fiction” meaning never going to happen) is not bad. It would be like reading a book about time travel, or a super hero or anything of that cannot actually happen. Reading a good book shows the wonderful work of God to endow a person with such a wonderful gift to be able to tell a story so well. We focus on giving God the Glory any way. Too many Catholics give the devil too much credit and focus.

  • Gene

    God Bless you! Stand up for God and against the evil one in all his deceptive ways. Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Find light and life in Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the saints. They lead us to the Father along with the good Counselor, Comforter and Advocate within us, the Holy Spirit. After losing your way and finding you want to rest, then seek out the Son and His love, let Mother Mary be your guide, seek her virtues and she will mold into being like the Son. The Son will then lead you to the Father and ultimate peace and joy that last forever. A peace beyond understanding and a joy that can not be described.

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