I believe that effective Witchcraft involves understanding where things come from – as well as why and how if possible – before you make use of them. Otherwise you’re missing an important piece of the puzzle.
As a teacher, it’s an essential part of the job to guide folks to being able to best utilize knowledge and build a healthy practice. Basically I’m talking about that “give a human a fish, they’ll eat for a day – teach them to fish and they’ll be able to eat a lifetime” concept. Personally, I don’t eat fish, but I appreciate the mentality – as long as that proverbial river is clean and the tools accessible to all who need access to them. I also think it’s crucial to give credit where credit is due, because that shows respect and appreciation.
Sharing things without providing the important relative information or crediting the source is irresponsible. It breaks the threads that help the next person gain understanding for themselves, and lessens the intended effect and power. Especially when it’s so easy to find the source for something online in less than a minute. It’s frustrating to me as a magical practitioner and a teacher to see this happen. With every shared magic sigil, I take the time to make sure people know exactly what’s been put into them and give suggestions on how to use them. That is so that people can tap deeper into that wisdom, fully understanding what something involves before they start using it themselves.
Also, it’s rather annoying as an artist and creatrix to have work not properly credited. You’d think after a couple decades of having art and design passed around without credit or stolen I’d get used to it. But no, it still sucks. Support your creators folks! Also, don’t assume just because someone posts or shared an image, they created it (I see this all of the time). If they shared a link, read it! Take personal responsibility.
Tapping into all of these feelings, this episode is a wee bit of a rant, but I know some of you like those anyway lol. I didn’t even set a timer, and I kept this one under 6 minutes!
About Charging (actually there’s about 3 videos total you can follow for more about this): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF8DtPmpf6E
Shared Magic & How It Works: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2018/07/the-power-of-shared-magick.html
A Collection of Sigils for Change: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2019/06/a-collection-of-sigils-for-change.html