When hearing the term 'witchcraft', some of our minds automatically take us to this dark place. We see witches with pointy hats on, riding broom sticks, human sacrifices and things like that. Hollywood sure has done it's part to create a stereotype for magic and witchcraft. In this article, I will be explaining my opinion on witchcraft, giving the definition of what witchcraft means in the dictionary, and a few examples of witchcraft good and bad.
In Wikipedia, witchcraft or witchery broadly means the practice of and belief in magical skills and abilities exercised by solitary practitioners and groups. Witchcraft is a broad term that varies culturally and societally, and thus can be difficult to define with precision, and cross-cultural assumptions about the meaning or significance of the term should be applied with caution. Witchcraft often occupies a religious divinatory or medicinal role, and is often present within societies and groups whose cultural framework includes a magical world view.
The practice of magic and witchcraft has been around much longer than any other practice, such as Christianity. There are ancient religions such as Paganism and Druidry that are based around nature and it's energy. It is my belief as not only a practitioner, but also as a psychic, that magic and witchcraft are neither evil nor good. As the movie The Craft says:
True magic is neither black nor white. It's both because nature is both, loving and cruel, all at the same time. The only good or bad is in the heart of the witch. Life gives a balance of it's own.
It is your intentions that can swing energy from positive to negative, such as the intent to hurt someone, kill someone, break up a relationship for selfish reasons, curses, hexes and so on. There is a such thing as doing black magic in my opinion that is not evil. I had a friend years ago who was in a horribly abusive relationship. She wouldn't leave him because she loved him - yet he cheated on her, raped her, got her pregnant just to make her miscarriage, beat her and so many other things. She wouldn't leave.
She had come to me for help knowing that I was a talented practitioner, but the thing was - I never perform magic for anyone other than me and my family, and doing it for someone outside that circle was just something I didn't do. Magic is sacred and shouldn't be thrown around like that. Yet she was a close friend and I couldn't sit around anymore and let her go through this. We tried to take it to the police first - yet in a messed up town, the cops don't help at all. I had to act - and it had to be quick.
I ended up doing a binding work of magic on this man. It was a darker energy, that is true, yet sometimes you have to fight darkness with darkness. It didn't make me dark, it was a last resort and I was doing it to help her get out of this situation. Anyhow, the binding was set by an energy called the law of three. To make a long story short - within three days from the binding, he had already packed up his belongings, left - and she hasn't heard back from him. That was just one scenario where even dark magic isn't dark. Magic is nature - it is how we use it and our intentions that can throw it off balance.
To cast a spell, you don't have to be a practicing Pagan, Wiccan or Druid. Not at all. According to Wikipedia, probably the most widely known characteristic of a witch was the ability to cast a spell, "spell" being the word used to signify the means employed to carry out a magical action. A spell could consist of a set of words, a formula or verse, or a ritual action, or any combination of these. Spells traditionally were cast by many methods, such as by the inscription of runes or sigils on an object to give it magical powers; by the immolation or binding of a wax or clay image (poppet) of a person to affect him or her magically; by the recitation of incantations; by the performance of physical rituals; by the employment of magical herbs as amulets or potions; by gazing at mirrors, swords or other specula (scrying) for purposes of divination; and by many other means.
I only resort to magic when it is something that energy work cannot do. I always prefer to do energy work opposed to magic, because it just feels more natural to me and effortless. I don't need candles, incense, books, crystals or anything. With energy work I use my mind, and my mind alone. When I do spells, usually it is for something more fun. I like playing with weather magic such as making it rain, snow or sunny. Changing the temperature is also fun. A more serious ritual based spell I recently did was to protect my business. I had been receiving some pretty serious threats from another online psychic platform and blog. They didn't like seeing that my brand was launching way past theirs, and they started threatening me with magic. They were telling me that if I didn't shut down my website, they would have all of the spell casters on their platform cast against me.
Naturally I was not afraid. I receive a lot of threats from competition, but I love what I do. I love my clients, I love my blog readers and I am not just going to go away. So, the magic started. My website rankings started dropping, I started getting less readers and clients. I made the decision to do a ritual based protection and reflection on my business, brand and website. It required a talisman, several different herbs, an energy charged candle and a few other things including a ritual bath.
The ritual took three days to complete - and by the time the third day came to it's end, my rankings were back up, clients were back - and the blog was picking up again. The point I am trying to get to, is that it isn't the magic or witchcraft that is evil or good - it is nature. It is the caster that has the evil or good intentions, and it is their opinion on how to use their magic. At the end of the day, the choice is ours, but magic is and will always remain in a neutral place. It is ancient. It is powerful. It can be dangerous and it can be wonderful. Only those who abuse it face it's consequences. Just be careful when using it - when you take something away from someone, nature balances itself back out: it will take something from you. If you use it to help someone: nature will in return balance out and help you. As they say: be careful what you wish for.
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