In the broadest sense, Magick is any act designed to cause intentional change. This term is often spelled with a terminal “k” to differentiate it from other practices, such as “stage magic”. Magick is not capable of producing “miracles” or violating the physical laws of the universe (i.e. it cannot cause a solar eclipse), although “it is theoretically possible to cause in any object any change of which that object is capable by nature”. Aleister Crowley saw magick as the essential method for a person to reach true understanding of the self and to act according to one’s True Will.
For Crowley, the practice of magick—although it equally applies to mundane things, like balancing the checkbook—is essentially to be used for attaining the Knowledge and Conversation of one’s Holy Guardian Angel. Since achieving this state with one’s ‘Silent Self’ can be extremely arduous, magick can be used not only to reach that particular goal, but to clear the way for it as well. For example, if one needed a particular dwelling to perform the operation, one could use magick to obtain a suitable home. Crowley stated that magick that did not have one of these goals as its aim was ‘Black Magick’ and should be avoided.