As opposed to the harsh magics of the Black Mage (not a true Mage, but rather only etymologically), the White Mage (likewise, not a true Mage) is focussed on only those things which are necessary to protect, heal, and those things which work for the greater good of humanity and the individuals therein. The nature of a White Mage must be pure, or the magic will not work. It stems from the inner being, and the powerful force of love and justice. There are many deities which are used by White magicians that support this cause and the principles of it. It is called "The Great Work", and is based on a complex system of justice and morality which is aided by the use of advanced protective magics. The principles of using this advanced protection, and the rare circumstances under which a White Mage can use "offensive" magics will be described at length. Note that this page will cover only the casting aspects of White magic and will virtually ignore the many religious shells that are placed on this type of casting.
First off, one must understand the ritual as is propagated by the study of magic. Magic can be used in any way the caster deems fit. Many casters have different mindsets, and thereby branch into many arts. The mind of the White magician is one of peace. A White Mage will never seek revenge, per se, but will simply seek to be left alone by uncouth casters. Being the most non-intrusive of magical types, White magic is based on the use of defensive, healing, and augmentatory spells.
The defensive aspect is one that makes White magic so distinct from every other type. The tenet of White magic theory that most exemplifies this is: "It is easier to create one solid defence than to destroy a multiplicity of enemies" -- Common Saying. Using this logic, the White Mage practices the use of shielding methods, creating barriers around themself and friends for protection, the creation of protective servitors, and many other methods that prevent the "bad energies" of other magicians or a hostile environment from altering their course or magical alignment/attunement. In persuit of this goal, White Mages (chiefly, among all casters) creates nodes of power where no other magical energy can interfere.
Another skill of the White Mage is the ability to perform minor healings. Now, of course, these healings are not nearly of the same caliber as a Healer, but they are nonetheless effective. Much like a Black Mage borrows from Necromancy, so does a White Mage from Healing. The purity of the nodal environments made by a White Mage allows them to sufficiently amplify their power enough to perform spells which are slightly out of their category. One method used by White magicians is a Wicca technique called "The Cone of Power". Details of this procedure can be found at many different web sites and should not be too hard to hunt down (I'll provide a link if someone takes the time to point a good one out to me).
The last landmark ability of a White Mage is the ability to help those around them. A White Mage is dedicated to helping humanity and ensuring that people around them are benefitted by their presence. More often than not, they use their unique powers of prayer and blessing to increase the success, happiness, or general well-being of those around them. The White Mage can create nodes of blessing in another person's home to bring them good luck, can bless their objects and make them somewhat enchanted in that way, and a host of other blessings that can improve the life of themself or someone else.
The final aspect of White magic that should be mentioned is the fact that White magicians, though primarily defensive casters, do have very rare moments when they are allowed to use "offensive" spells. These are not offensive spells of the same class as Black Mages, obviously, but rather forms of magic that halt an attack from its source. This sort of spell would be one of the rare occassions when a White magician is strong enough to cast a Mute spell on the powers of an aggressive and persistent magical attacker. While being offensive and taking proactive measures to halt another's spell, no damage is done to the target. This is the acceptable use of "offensive" magic by a White Mage. It keeps the purity of White magic while halting a problem at the source.
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