Lately it seems like binding spells have gotten a bad reputation. Far from being merely used for cursing, binding is an essential part of all witchcraft, beyond restraining undesirables or compelling a lover. We bind the ingredients in our spells to each other, to objects, to ourselves and others. All witchcraft, at least the effective kind, is spellbinding.
I recently wrote about the truth of the statement, “a witch that can’t hex, can’t heal.” In that article I talked about the widespread misrepresentation of hexing, especially that this type of witchery should be avoided. Binding is often viewed as part of hexing or cursing, but it’s so much more than that. Why is it that this type of powerful witchery that’s been around for thousands of years has gotten a bad reputation? Perhaps it’s because binding magick has received so much attention throughout the centuries where it has almost unanimously been seen as evil. If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that the more evil a form of witchcraft is perceived by the power structure, Christian or otherwise, the more powerful it is. Added to this is that the way it’s portrayed by the power structure is usually an attempt to vilify what works by twisting it into so many knots that it’s hardly recognizable by practitioners of the craft. Those knot spells of ours are mighty, indeed. Terrifying to some.