Black Magic is defined as the use of magic or supernatural powers for evil and selfish reasons. While it is not always the case that black magic is used for malevolence or wickedness, it is generally understood that the use and practice of black magic is selfish. Spells that are black in nature are used for the betterment of the self, for the self to attain something or change something, and not for the betterment of the world around them or for others. And while not black magic does not require one to be a satanist, the two certainly go hand in hand as Anton LaVey said, “Satanism is not a white light religion; it is a religion of the flesh, the mundane, the carnal...” and such selfishness is certainly the foundation of black magic. It is also important to note when discussing black magic that Voodoo is not inherently black magic. Voodoo comes from it's own culture and has a rich, deep history all its own. While many of the practices used in voodoo such as hexes and curses may seem similar, there are deep differences.