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When inexperienced witches feel entitled that their insecurities and lack of control over their spell work is somehow the laws and workings of magic that applies to everyone.
Look, if you keep on saying that everyone must be-careful with magic because you never know what consequences and sources of power you are calling upon … that’s not how magic works, that’s your own lack of control.
And I highly doubt the solution is to do less magic … but maybe … oh I don’t know … figure out where you are drawing your power from and remedy any set backs?
And be clearer in your spell work, and how you are going to map out things in cause and effect.
Since when did the solution to inexperience and unpredictability become just not do the thing rather than working on refining it? And even more so tooting that as some high moral law that applies to all magical traditions. A proposition that is in reality a direct conflict with historical records seeing as most cultures with folk magical and religious practices used their arts frequently and when desired and needed. Needs and desires which are not regulated by some twenty step self assessment questionnaire found on the back of a Llewellyn book. A questionnaire filled with over generalizations, contradictions, erasures of other paradigms, and victim blaming.
It’s possible and quiet practical really from my experience to be precise and accurate with your magic … well at least more precise than those 101 books give you credit for … don’t believe the new age books that toot all about “oooo awesome power that can’t be controlled and regulated and balanced” as the only mode to how magic will work.
Most of those authors likely can’t charm themselves off of a pedastool and are depending on you to buy their books and look to them for a sense of security so they can fill their pockets.
Not saying that their or our possible poverty as authors and writers are somehow automatically our fault alone rather than the societal situations that we live which do not value our work unless it fits a quota.
But really, their way of remedying their poverty by pushing for this paradigm of “unpredictable, uncontrollable magic” where they are set up as the authority to look to for control is not a ethical manner of empowering young witches.
It just builds the cycles of fear and dis-empowerment.
You are better off joining a fear mongering, fundamentalist religion.
You’re a witch. If you aren’t good with your witchcraft and only “do it ever so often because you can’t control it” as the reasoning for your use or lack of their of for your art …
Then why the hell are you a witch?