Do You Have Any Ethics or Moral Codes That You Follow?
Part of the role a religion plays in a person’s life is helping to establish a code of ethics. While witchcraft itself isn’t a religion, it’s role in my life is linked to religion. When I was younger, I identified as Wiccan, and at the time followed the Rede. However, as I grew and went through what I had gone through, I began to realize that I didn’t identify much with the Rede or the Threefold Law.
So, I began to consider what I feel is important: -Rule 1: Do no harm, but take no shit. -Rule 2: Follow your heart and consider your feelings. -Rule 3: Consider others’ feelings and do what you can to help at all times. -Rule 4: Accept the fact that it is not in your power to fix everything. -Rule 5: Never stop learning, and resist those powers that would hinder free thought and education, the right to love, and the right to self. -Rule 6: We have one home - Earth. Care for her so that she may care for you, your children, and generations to come.
These six rules interact with one another on a daily basis, and form the framework for everything else I believe. Some are fairly self-explanatory, such as 2, 3, and 4. But the first rule is the one I’m often asked about, because I’ve mentioned it before.
What I mean by “Do no harm but take no shit” is that it’s unwise to ever intentionally seek out and inflict harm out of malice. I will never attack unless attacked first. However, if I’m attacked, I’m not going to just roll over and take it. I’m going to fight back. Thus, I do believe in working bindings and curses provided the situation calls for them, and I do heartily encourage joining in peaceful protests when the situation deems it necessary.
Nearly everything regarding my moral code has a central theme: individuality and compassion. Care for yourself, but also care for others. Educate yourself and follow your dreams, but also do what you can to take care of our home. It’s a code of balance.
If you’re a newbie witch looking to establish your own practice, consider what your personal code may be and how it relates to both mundane and magical life. From there, you can more easily discover your path!
While you partner is sleeping, pass 2 red chili peppers over them, never actually touching them to the person, as if you were vacuuming their aura. Concentrate on you partner’s rambling nature being drawn into the peppers, his inclination to wander terminated and his passion for you filling the void left by the disappearing desires.
When you’re finished, lay one pepper against the other to form a cross. Safety pin them together and when you have chance, hide them under your partner’s side of the mattress.
Powder caraway seeds, cumin, and licorice root and add to grapeseed oil. Carve a figure candle to represent your partner; dress with this oil and burn.
Hair Spell (Commanding/Compelling)
Obtain a lock of your lover’s hair. Sprinkle it with Command & Compel Oil. Place it in a small piece of white linen, wrapping it toward you, knotting it securely shut with blue, red, or gold silk thread.
Carry this in your pocket or a charm bag.
Hair Spell (Perfume)
Obtain two strands of your lover’s hair and tie them together with two strands of your own. Place these hairs inside a bottle of your favorite fragrance together with an Adam & Eve Root. Every morning, ideally before he or she awakens, place a drop of this fragrance under each of your arms.
Lodestone Fidelity Spell
Place two matched Lodestones and some of the botanical skullcap into a satchel. Be sure to add a lot of the botanical or several extra layers of fabric as Lodestones are hard and you want this spell to remain a secret.
Sew the satchel into your partner’s pillow.
So, there are a few more for the more practiced Witch. The Chili Pepper spell and the two hair spells seem like they would be especially powerful to me. Good luck and let me know if you ever need anything else.
Hexing is bad :(I wish that person wouldn't hex cause it will just come back ten fold.
Not every witch is Wiccan and follows those rules. By your logic, my abusive shit-hole of a father should be getting some negative things going his way. But guess what? NOTHING IS GONNA HAPPEN TO HIM. So until you walk a mile in mine or anyone else’s shoes, I suggest you go sulk and be entirely disrespectful elsewhere. This will be your only warning because next you’ll be blocked.
EDIT: I have not cursed/hexed him yet and plan on doing so on Father’s Day. I believe that it will help me gain justice for all that he has done to me.
A curse, or hex, is the willful direction of negative magick towards another person. Typically a curse or hex will develop slowly and gradually, increasing the individual’s suffering over time. A Pagan or Wiccan who is adept at shielding and magickal self-defense is far less likely to become a victim of a curse or hex.
Many magickal traditions forbid cursing or hexing, but in some, it is perfectly acceptable. For instance, in traditional Wicca, it is highly frowned upon to send forth negative energy to another being (the Rule of Three), but in some forms of Wicca, such as eclectic Wicca, there are ways to work around this rule.
How I Do It
Rarely. I like to keep curses out of my Book of Shadows because I don’t want that type of energy mixing with my other works. For curses, I have a separate book with lots and LOTS of sigils that ward against energy transference as well as sigils that alter energy alignment. (I call this book my Karma book.)
When using curses, my targets are people that, bluntly, deserve it. They are people that have set the balance of positive and negative energy out of whack–and I’m simply returning the balance.
I strongly believe in Karma, as well as the Rule of Three, and that is why I take special precautions when writing my curses. The idea is to transfer the negative intent into neutral energy/intent that will cause something to happen. You’re USING Karma itself. You’re basically speeding up the process.
So “dark magik” I am defining as what people would consider “evil” or “malicious” magik usage. Keep in mind that this is a super controversial subject within the Pagan/Neopagan, Wicca, and Witchcraft communities, so you’re always free to disagree with me.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF DARK MAGIK - PERCEIVED AND OTHERWISE
So there’s different terms floating around and everyone has a slightly different variation of it. I use “perceived” here because these words (espicially hoodoo and voodoo) are NOT inherently “bad”.
These are how I view these terms:
Hex: The “in between” of a curse and hex (dictionary shows it as a typically “evil magik” spell)
Curse: The “worst” you can do to someone, typically done for revenge purposes (dictionary shows it as spell to cause really bad things to happen to someone)
Jinx: “bad luck” someone might get (step on a crack, break a mirror, open up an umbrella inside, etc.) (dictionary shows it as a word that means a person and/or thing that attracts bad luck)
Voodoo: A religion with two main branches (at least in the USA)
Hoodoo: A type of folk magik that originated out of Africa (mild correction, I just found that apparently it lost is religious affinity in the late 1800s)
Satanism: A religious group that praises Satan, the “antagonist” in Christianity, modern day Satanists have different views of Lucifer, but do believe that Lucifer and Satan are the same deity
Luciferianism: A religious group that has different focuses on the sense of “self” when it comes to Satanism (I’ve found that Luciferianisms believe that Lucifer and Satan are two different entities)
*Insert any western “Evil” or “bad” deity like: Kali, Hades, Lucifer/Satan, Loki, among others*: I’m speaking as an American, but honestly, Western culture has bastardized and/or romanticized the original tales of these deities to Hell and back, it’s fucking ridiculous
*Please note that if I got information wrong on the different kinds of religions and beliefs, PLEASE tell me so I can learn, it was hard finding information on Satanism vs Luciferianism*
ANIMAL SACRIFICE & INGREDIENTS
We all know the (in)famous phrase “eye of newt and toe of frog” from the Harry Potter musical number (as well as possibly having had heard it in life in general). Some people use old recipes witches used to justify animal sacrifice, while scholars in the field believe that these were actually code words to hide “other” ingredients (different herbs, possible dyes, etc.). Some scholars believe that no animals were actually sacrificed.
Different religions and some witches do involve themselves with animal sacrifice, but overall (at least in the American witchcraft community) animal sacrifice is extremely unpopular (mostly due to ethical reasons). Many humane societies absolutely refuse to sell black cats during October, due to fear of them being abused and/or killed.
Blood magik involves using blood - whether that’s your own, another person’s, or an animal’s. Different witches have different beliefs and possibly cultural beliefs involving blood (some believe if you drink the blood of another person, you will acquire their memories and/or believe that your blood contains your memories). Blood substitute can be used, besides red kool aid! An example of a substitute would be: red dyed corn syrup, special effects blood, red whine, dark red food coloring in a liquid, and strawberry flavored things.
WICCA RULE OF 3
Many Wiccans use the “rule of 3″ belief to support never cursing anyone. The belief basically comes down to “Whatever you put into the world, good OR bad, will come back to you 3x as powerful”.
So we have color magik like “black magik vs white magik”. “Black magik” is generally associated with “evil” things while “white magik” is generally associated with “pure” or “holy” things. However, the issue here, is the fact that the psychology of color is totally cultural dependent.
Personally, whatever you do with magik, is up to you. Your perception of anything really shapes the world you live in. Honestly, my belief is that if someone thinks they’ve been cursed, 90% of the time, it’s freaking paranoia. Personally, I am ok with the concept of cursing someone (Hell, I’ve cursed a sexually abusive ex partner at least twice). I do want to encourage people to look at a supposed “evil” form of magik and look at it from all angles. Is there sick shit people do? Ab-so-fucking-lutely (like torture animals), but sometimes, curses are done because that person legitimately wronged the person who is placing the curse on someone.
A lot of ‘curses/hexes/jinxes’ and all that jazz is honestly played up in the media and people have allowed it to infect them with their perception of these things. They think it’s the absolute worst thing you can do to someone, when in reality, sometimes a person has legitimately wronged you (like abusers).
Unless you're a Wiccan, the three fold rule doesn't apply to you.
I like to think that Karma gives herself out in regards to the respective deed. So, say you kill someone with magic in cold blood. Two people you love might die. Maybe more. Karma is a fickle mistress, who subscribes to no rules but her own.
THE THREEFOLD RULE AND/OR KARMA AND OR ‘HARM NONE’ ARE NOT UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED BELIEFS AMONGST WITCHES.
I am getting SO tired of seeing Witches comment on curses or hexes that nobody should be doing those things because HARM NONE, and evERYTHING YOU PUT OUT COMES BACK TO YOU TIMES THREE.
Listen. What you’re doing is the Witchy equivalent of a Christian telling a non-Christian they’re going to Hell for their religious/spiritual practices/beliefs. And I’m sure we’ve all been there, right? Someone telling us we’re going to Hell for being a Witch, regardless of how ‘peaceful’ the path we follow is? Same thing.
There are SO MANY different beliefs and paths in Witchcraft. They vary greatly, and many of them do not believe in karma, or the threefold rule, or ‘Harm none, do what ye will” (which is SPECIFICALLY the Wiccan Rede, by the way, and if I have to remind you that THE MAJORITY of Witches ARE NOT Wiccans, then… consider this your reminder, I guess. Sure, many non-Wiccan Witches have adopted that Rede, but Witches are not at all required to do so, and it is NOT universal amongst us.)
Personally, I do believe in Karma, and I do my best to harm none. But I don’t, by any means, think that makes me a “better” Witch than anyone else, and it is not my place, nor is it yours or anyone else’s, to try to get other Witches to believe in the same thing. It is not our place to criticize someone for following a different magickal path. What an individual Witch chooses to do with their craft is no one else’s business.
“But it gives the rest of us a bad reputation!” Does it, though???? The vast majority of Witches who do curse and hex, they’re not running around in public chanting Latin and throwing pig’s blood at their targets. The people who condemn Witches do so regardless of what our craft entails - not because they have first hand experience with a Witch who curses or hexes, but because their own spiritual or religious beliefs tell them that Witches are inherently evil, no matter what we do or say.
TL;DR: There are many different magickal paths, and Witches are not required to believe in the same things, and THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE RULE OR BELIEF THAT IS UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED AMONGST ALL OF US.
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