Reclaiming the Ancient and Secret Tradition of Christian Magic
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the Order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 5: 7-10
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew magic was real. Samantha Stevens was my hero and I knew it was my mission to grow up and be just like her – smart, sassy, independent, a little bit sneaky, a devoted wife and mother, active in my own creative endeavors, and magic. Like Samantha, I knew that life was a little boring without a splash of magic. Magic made the mundane interesting and gave color to the drab.
Samantha was just the beginning. As I grew up, I found myself drawn to the mystical and magical – the rituals, smells, and bells of the Catholic Church in which I was raised, fairytales of Fairy Godmothers, witches and warlocks, the tales of King Arthur and Morgan LeFay, The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, the gothic classics of Shelley, Stoker, Wilke, Bronte and Hawthorne; the music of Stevie Nicks, Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, Practical Magic, Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, and most recently, The OA.
All of this became inspiration and fodder for my own mystical quest. Specifically, to locate and then harness the magic that I knew dwelled within me – the magic that I also knew existed within every human being, if we would only take the time to find it and overcome the socialization that has caused us to fear our magic – based mostly on the ecclesial ban condemning magic as “the work of the devil.”
The great irony is that it was not in Wicca, Neo-Paganism, neo-Shamanism, the reclamation of Native American practices, or even in the Golden Dawn or the Goddess movement that I found my magic. Instead, it was right there in the depths of the Catholic Christian tradition in which I was raised. It was right there in the person of Jesus and in his most devoted disciple, co-minister and beloved partner, Mary Magdalene that I found my magic.
This is not the magic that turns bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, neither is it the magic of doing spells for the sake of “getting what we want.” Instead, this is the magic that arises naturally out of each and every one of us when we remember our Oneness with the Divine and offer ourselves in service to the Divine mission of Love. This is the magic that empowered Jesus to feed the hungry, give sight to the blind, heal the sick and set captives free. It is the magic that allowed Mary Magdalene to bear witness to the risen Christ. Not everyone will be able to walk on water or raise another from the dead(because if it isn’t in our Soul’s purpose, these skills will elude us), but each, in their own unique giftedness will be able to perform miracles in their mission of being and bringing Love into the world.
This is the magic that was embodied in Jesus, fulfilled in Mary Magdalene and which has been part of the Christian tradition since its inception. This is also the magic that has been rejected, demonized and condemned since the Christian movement sold out to patriarchy. Millions of women and men have died at the hands of the Institution for practicing the very arts that Jesus himself modeled and then taught his disciples. The witch hunt continues as the Catholic Church issued its prohibition against Reiki (2009), a form of hands-on-healing similar in form and effect to what Jesus himself practiced.
My mission with the Order of Melchizedek is to restore the magic of the Christian tradition to its rightful place – in the hands of the women and men who are called to fulfill Jesus’ mission of being Love in the world and who feel called to complete this mission with the support of rituals and practices that support their journey of and on behalf of Love.
Union is the goal of true magic – union with the Divine, union within ourselves, union with each other and union with all of creation. The Order of Melchizedek provides the tools and resources to support you in experiencing this Union. Here is where the miracles and magic happen!
Lauri Ann Lumby, High Priestess of the Order of Melchizedek
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