We who have been practicing our Craft for a number of years are often approached
by those requesting that we send them all of our spells. When we decline to provide
this information, the seekers are often confused and angry, feeling that we are somehow
hiding knowledge from them that they have a "right" to know.
fact of the matter is that for many of us, magic is only a part, and often a small
part at that, of our religion and our way of life. We do not engage in magical workings
for frivolous ends..such as changing our eye color, or for selfish reasons..such
as making a certain boy fall in love with us. And we do not substitute magic for
plain hard work and effort to gain our desired ends by mundane means. One could think
of magic as being a form of prayer, a request to the Gods for aid. Taken in those
terms, to use magic for silly or selfish reasons is an insult to the Gods
are not like baseball cards to be traded at the drop of hat. The power of a spell
is not in some gibberish written on a page or copied from a website. It is in the
focus and intent of the caster and their ability to manipulate the energies around
them to acheive the end they desire. To simply read words off a page and burn candles
or incense will avail you nothing. To be truly effective, a spell should be crafted
by the individual requiring it, shaped for a specific purpose, empowered with the
caster's will, and sent on the way with focused intent and desire. If that is not
the way it is done, it is unlikely that any result will occur.
to consider here is that all actions have consequences, even magical actions. And
you are responsible for the consequences of your actions, whether intended or unintended.
It does no good to say "I didn't mean...", the damage is done and you are
now responsible for cleaning up the mess you made. If I, as an experienced practitioner,
hand over a spell to a beginner who then uses it wrongfully, I am just as much responsible
for the outcome of that usage as is the person who cast the spell. It would be no
differnt than if I put a gun into the hand of a child and they then shot the neighbor.
In fact, I am more at fault because I knew and understood the possible consequences
of my actions and they did not. For this reason you will find few experienced practitioners
who will hand over spells unless they are confident in both the ability and ethical
training of the person to whom they give the spell.
Finally, Witchcraft and
magic is not a role-playing game or the kind of thing that one sees on TV. It is
serious business, and the misuse of magic can have serious consequences. If you want
to play at being a Witch, fine. If you want to learn and grow and be a Witch, then
start by finding out more about what it is all about before you begin spellwork and
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Last updated July 26, 1999