For two thousand years we were in the Age of Pisces. This was the Age of the fish and Christianity. During this age mankind for the most part man had go betweens ( priests, rabbis etc.), between himself and the "god force".
For the last fifty years we have been in the Age of Aquarius. The Age of Aquarius is still in it's infancy, still holding on to much residue from the Age of Pisces. But we are just coming to realize that we need no hierarchy, and no single person acting as a link or pontificator between ourselves and our deity. This is the age of Quantum Physics where we are just beginning to get an inkling that our thoughts are "things,"what we perceive with our five senses is perhaps not all there is. And that we are capable of performing "magic".
When people turned from their pagan religions, weather freely or by force, they were robbed of much of their spirituality. And they gave up their control. This in turn left them feeling lonely and separated. People began to feel desperate and disconnected. Religion went from something within peoples grasp to beyond their reach.
I believe that the Age of Aquarius and it's direct connection to the god-force will return man to peace and integration with oneself and one's planet. And that matters of religion and one's interpretation of it should be a personal choice.
Doing Magic is about taking back control of your own life. You were born with many powers, but powers are innate and must be developed in order to benefit our selves and others. Your psychic and other powers are a "gift" that through your free will you choose to develop. When you do magic you are employing your innate psychic powers through active training that enables you to apply your power under your conscious mind.
Your ancient tribes and shamans knew about this magic and the honing of these abilities. Magic is about rediscovery of these gifts and taking back our birth rite.
Brightest of Blessings