From magh- "to be able, to have power." From Persian magu "priest, one of the members of the learned and priestly class," from O.Pers. magush; Sanskrit mahas, "power"; Latin magis and German mebr, that mean “more.” The word magic is derived from the ancient word "mag" that means priest. Genuine magic is the power of a priest or holy person to help others. Real magic is the work of a priest. A real magician is a priest.
"Religion is magic santioned by authority." - Eliphas Levi
"Magic, according to Novalis, is the art of influencing the inner world consciously." - Samael Aun Weor, The Mystery of the Golden Blossom
"When magic is explained as it really is, it seems to make no sense to fanatical people. They prefer to follow their world of illusions." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub
"Those who believe that they can perform marvels with only the force of the mind are completely mistaken, because everything in Nature is dual. To think that all the works of practical magic can be performed with only the force of the mind is as absurd as to think that a man can engender a child without touching a woman. To think that we can perform all types of esoteric works with only the mental force is as ridiculous as to believe that we can write a letter with only a pen and no paper, or to believe that we can have light with only electricity and without the bulb . Everything in this ardent creation is dual." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose
"Without any doubt, love is the intimate ingredient of magic. It is clear that the marvelous substance of love works magically." - Samael Aun Weor, Parsifal Unveiled
White Magic: see Theurgy. Black Magic: see Goetia.