Before I begin my post, I want to start with a declaration on how I feel about cursing. To me cursing is like a fine wine. It is not for children, witchlings or novices, there is a time and place for a fine wine and its not every day and its not all the time. Too much wine, like too much cursing can be a really bad thing, and depending on what you are working you can get a magical hangover. Drink wine, or curse all the time be prepared for your body to begin to fall apart, but there are benefits to wine and cursing as well. Doctors recommend a glass of wine here and there for health reasons and as such I believe that cursing can be incredibly healing when used in the right context and I don’t believe that if you do ABC to a person that you will receive ABC back. Cursing can be used for social justice, for the abused and trampled on. It can bring empowerment and it can bring back power where it was once taken and it can liberate. I personally have cursed a handful of times for very specific and empowering reasons and so the blog that follows comes from this perspective.
When I post on Facebook about “cursing,” many people try to “curse shame” me. I strongly believe that a witch has the right to curse, and that when she or he feels it is wise and necessary, they should do so. I don’t personally believe that if I curse or bind someone, it will be reflected right back to me, or that I will get some type of karmic back lash.
Here is the deal: Magic always has a price. Some prices can be paid upfront. Others not so much. When the price is high it may not be a set number. It can change at will. Like that time you had dental work done and they quoted you one price, and then two months later you find out that the insurance company didn’t want to cover it all.
So yes, I support those that want to curse. I have quietly engaged in these types of activities. But I threw shade at the Cursing of Trump.
I spoke out as to why I wouldn’t be participating in this single act and I was shamed for that as much as I had ever been for supporting curses. You can’t make everyone happy, but you can make change. Many people who spoke out about not participating in this one act were shamed, and it was largely taken out of context.
There are those that fly the “Harm None” flag, and there are those that were raised on the three- fold law as dogma. They were there too, but this is not who I am talking about. I’m talking about solid, grounded leaders who said “Hey guys! This isn’t a great idea! They have our playbook, they know what we are doing, and they have already made their own plays to counter it.”
So I decided to write this post in response. There have been many blogs about this topic but I want to be a little more constructive and provide solutions, cautions, and encouragement.
1) Do our work secretly and silently.
I can’t say this enough. We all need to revisit the Powers of the Sphinx. It doesn’t matter what path we follow, it is a good system to follow and there is wisdom in it. For those that don’t know the powers are: “To know, To will, To dare, and To keep silent. Remember; Dion Fortune sent private letters out to gather those that wished to focus on stopping the German invasion. She didn’t put an advertisement in the newspaper. Keeping the silence helps the energy to hold in tight and to be controlled and more focused.
2) Stop advertising our playbook to the enemy
This is common sense. I don’t know anything about football, but I did watch enough of the Super Bowl to know that if the team that lost had been given the playbook before the game well then it would have had a different outcome. Same thing with military operations. Sure there are leaks here and there, but the entire operations are not handed over to the enemy before a strike. It is just counterintuitive. In the case of this specific spell, the entire thing was printed for all to read.
3) This particular working got so much publicity that other groups began organizing counter attacks.
The “Chaos Magicians for Trump” were actively working against the rest of the witches in the world trying to curse/bind Trump. This is a witch war. The enemy wants us divided, they want us waring with each other so that we don’t focus on them. Yes, we are actually engaging in a witch war when we do this. Have you been in a witch war? When a student, friend, or someone begins throwing curses at you? Plain and simple, it sucks. It really does. Malicious spells aimed at harming another person do just that.
You may argue that they are not “one of us,” but never in our history have we had open witch wars advertised on social media and being reported by news media. Take a moment and let that sink in. The news media wrote articles and reported on us fighting each other. Seriously let that sink in. This is a whole new ball game, folks, and we need to sit down with the playbook and rethink how we are going to tackle this in the future.
Engaging in chaotic mass cursing are kamikaze missions. They may hit him, but at what cost? Is a scratch worth a good portion of our collective energy? What if we worked smarter and made more of an impact? Just remember that dividing us serves to distract from what is going on. Don’t spend your time looking at what everyone else is doing and fight about if it’s the right thing or not. Pick up your wand, do the work, and do it well.
4) Magic is not about seeking 15 minutes of fame.
There is something that I can’t quite place my finger on. It feels wrong, and it has nothing to do with the act of mass cursing, or the act itself, but the celebrity of it. Each mass hexing/binding/cursing that has taken place in the last few years has gotten major media attention. This sky rocketed the organizer to the front of the stage, where the light shines bright and brings attention or celebrity to these people. While this may not have been their intent, I strongly worry that over the next few years we will see hollow group spells and rituals that do nothing but bring the poster to celebrity and further demonize us. How then do we gauge if this was for the limelight or for the actual cause?
Another thing that is problematic, is that until recently cursing and binding have been an underground thing, something that intermediate and advanced witches who have been trained, or are being trained by a grounded teacher are silently engaged in. Private emails and phone calls are sent and witches gather in secret and get the work done. However possibly for the first time ever, cursing is available to baby witches, and it is widely being encouraged. I am just not sure it is in their best interest to fast track them to this type of magic, skipping over essential foundation material just to mess with Trump.The other thing is the whole social media “look what I’m doing” thing. I fear there are many that want to look cool, or like they are being part of the cause so when these things come around, they light a black candle, take a photo and say “OHH LOOK AT ME” but did they really do anything? Why is this the only time we hear from these people and their black candle photos? Why are they not engaging with their deity every single day? Why are they not already in pacts with their spirits to do this work? And by the way, how do those spirits feel about you posting their hard work on social media so you can receive accolades? I also have a hard time with people who post these hollow photos but aren’t doing other work. Just do the work, and stop worrying about who is watching.
No I’m not saying don’t post things on social media, because if you have followed me for a while you see many of my photos on there, most of which have some connection to the work I am doing. However if you look closely, they are usually acts of devotion, and honoring of my deity I post it because it widens the scope of my worship and brings ideas to others who might want to worship. I tend to only post spells on the internet if my intent is to use the image to project it (because that is a thing) but on the other hand often times posting images makes the energy leak out. So sure there are genuine people out there doing this work and posting it, (I’m not talking about you) I’m talking about the half assed attempts. Just do everyone a favor and examine your heart and its intent before advertising it. If it genuinely is an attempt to spread the energy and broadcast the spell, then awesome. If it’s for back rubs and to make you feel good then EFF OFF.
5) Witch wars and spiritual battles are utterly exhausting and serve no purpose
Have you been watching Emerald City? If not you should be! It’s an adult version of the Wizard of Oz (from the books, so if you haven’t read the books the characters might not make sense, go read the books you will love them) Glinda doesn’t play an all “good” witch, rather she is a representation of the light, of ice and the harshness of unbending will. In the show she is secretly making witches, which at first you think is a great thing! Till Dorthy is captured and placed in Glinda’s stone white jail. Once Glinda finds out that she can heal (in the show she had some medical background before she was tornadoed off to Oz) she is placed in a room, there are many girls, all who are now ill, injured, comatose, and mad. In Glinda’s quest for dominance and taking the oppressive wizard down she burns out these little ones, children. It states in the show they were pushed past their limit and broke.
While this is a fictional show, it has a good point and magical burnout is a thing. We will be no good if we are all broken, comatose or mad! And I think that this illustrates my point perfectly. We need our precious witchlings and if they are pushed too hard past their abilities or before they are ready, we will be left with a mess that is OUR fault. Rather we need to grow a garden of witches, venefica witches, but they need time to grow before their poison can be used properly and to make good change. Lets try to preserve and nurture these souls so they can continue our work, rather than throwing them in with the sharks and hoping they make it out alive.
I was raised by someone like Pence. They are cruel, and mean and so is their god. I mean just look at the bible; don’t do what gods wants and he will kill all first born male children, annihilate cities, tell people to sacrifice their children. This is the god of the Christians, and these are the people we are up against. People who think it is ok to wipe out entire populations for their own god. So have you ever had to do magical and spiritual battle with Christians? I have and I absolutely hate to say this, but they know what they are doing. They know how to wield power and they will not deal kindly with us in spiritual battle. In fact, if you look at some of the prayers, it could be considered that they actively engage in curse work, and their god has a track record for the same. This isn’t grandma praying over Sunday dinner or a follower of the Christ energy; these are paranoid people, who believe our deities are real and consider them demons (yes even the benevolent ones), they speak of spiritual battles, and battles over the souls of their children (I know, I used to listen to them, I just realized that I was on the wrong side and so I am a Witch, I couldn’t possibly serve such a destructive and hateful god). They understand energy, though they describe it differently, and they worship in the masses a god who brags about war and destruction. Sadly we went to war with this god once, and we lost. I hate it, but it is true. They didn’t eradicate us, we survived and so did our gods, but let’s try to remember who we are dealing with, and how it didn’t work well for us before. What can we do differently this time? Well first off this isn’t the middle ages, so we do have THAT working for us, but we need to be asking what are we going to do different this time?
6) Our own magic is now being used against us.
Going on a mission when the enemy has our play book and has been briefed on our plan of action is going to cost more than we think, and if we are going to make real change, we need you. We need you to have a strong mind, strong spirit and not to be bogged down by weird curse energy. We don’t need a room full of overworked witches and inexperienced blow outs. Sadly, because of all this publicity, not only were their active prayer groups and Chaos Magicians for Trump countering us, there was a report of a Christian mystic at Trump tower with a mirror saying prayers to reverse our work.
You guys! They are using our own magic against us. Mirror spells are our thing are they not? Well now the enemy knows how to use our weapon. How long till there are hundreds of Christian prayer groups praying with mirrors against us? While I don’t believe that if I curse XYZ that I will then be cursed, but it is foolish to think that if I curse XYZ at the same time as a mystic is praying with a reversal spell that I won’t feel some of the effects of that. Because that is how the mirror spell works, and yes protections and all, but not everyone is a master witch, even some of those have suffered greatly because of their work. Sometimes it is worth it, but that is a choice you need to make and it needs to be an educated one.
Stay tuned, next week I continue my rant and focus on what we can do to make change and how we can stop bickering and come together to do work that will make change and not injure us and our community in the process.
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