The person who came up with this gem must have checked his reality at the door. If you have a date with a particular person, would it be wrong to prepare a meal that you know she is particularly fond of? Is it wrong to take her to a movie that she particularly likes? Maybe you overheard her talking to a girlfriend about her favorite scents. Would it be wrong to wear those particular scents? If it is not wrong to be particular in the real world, then it is not wrong to be particular in the magickal world because they are one in the same!
The real threat in casting love spells on a particular person is that you may achieve your goal. When it comes to love, we usually only think we know what we want. More often, it is our whim rather than our will. The result of a successful spell here is missing the lady of your will because you were busy with the lady of your whim.
Love is a curious thing. So much so, that when it comes to magickal ethics, more has probably been written about love spells than spells with any other focus. This is very surprising in a society where it is said that "all is fair in love and war." Again, we see the double standard. Is all fair in love and war except when using magick? How about electricity? All is fair in love and war except when using electricity? What about using fire and gravity?
In Chapter 2, I explained why spells you create tend to work more often than spells you take from a book. I saved a very important point for the discussion of warnings in this chapter. Using a spell you found in book can be very dangerous.
If you are not willing to take the time that is required to research and design your own spells, chances are, you have not taken the time that is required to determine exactly what your intent is. You will be positively miserable when you find out that your spell worked but you didn't really want what you thought you wanted. Acting on your whim with magick is as dangerous as doing the same in the real world because magick is real. How much damage will you do to your credit rating if you impulsively purchase something that you cannot possibly pay for? How much damage would you do to your soul if you fell in love with the wrong person? Before taking any serious action with magick, consider the potential outcome.
Even before considering the outcome of a spell, careful thought should be given to the practice of spellcraft itself. The largest danger in using spellcraft is not in the casting of the spells. It is in the crafting of those spells. Most people are very happy believing the world is as they have been told. They go out of their way to avoid noticing anything that indicates the world is not as it seems to have been painted. To conduct spellcraft properly, you must think outside the box and question what you have been told is reality. People who do so are not generally looked upon fondly.
As you start to observe the world as it really is, you will start to realize it just isn't what we have been told. When you first start observing the pieces that just don't seem to fit, you will be able to turn back, but only if you do so quickly.
If you do turn back, you will probably survive with your mind in tact. But you will never stop wondering what would have happened if you kept going. If you run forward, you may very well become emotionally crippled; you may also become truly great. Sure, you might be completely insane, but it will be an amazing insanity. Besides, once you arrive at the point of insanity, you will realize that sanity is simply a state in which your eyes were shut.
The different potentials depend on your ability to let go of the reality that has already been presented to you. Society has told you that your imaginary friend is not real and that magick is a pipe dream. If you continue to hold onto concern about the way the world appears to be, you will surely go mad because you will see that the world simply is not that way. Your imaginary friend was probably very real and magick is one of the only ways we can explain the tremendous discrepancies between the way the world is and the way the world is perceived.
In a workshop at the Real Witches Ball 2000, Patricia Telesco said that the most powerful magick is love. She wasn't speaking about the kind of love that casual flirts share, she was talking about the kind of love that causes a woman to lift a two ton automobile out of the rut in a railroad track to save her child. Such seemingly impossible acts occur with a frequency that forces us to wonder two things: If not for magick, how was it possible? Why didn't the parent lift the child from the car rather than the car from the rut? The practice of spellcraft includes developing this love.
When Native Americans and U.S. calvary clashed, some Native American tribes would send ghost dancers to the point between the lines. Amidst hails of bullets, these brave souls danced to bring the spirits of their ancestors to the battle. The majority of these great men were not shot while dancing because they trusted wholly that the sacred cloaks of the dance would protect them from all projectiles. The practice of spellcraft includes developing this trust.
How will society perceive you when you can love someone so much that the infidelity cripples you? What will your friends think when you conduct yourself with perfect trust toward a lover that has been unfaithful in the past?
The more spellcraft and magick you incorporate into your life, the more those who do not understand its principles will think you have gone insane. At the point when you wonder if you have crossed the line of sanity, you will have your assurance. You will start to realize exactly how sane you actually are and how crazy the rest of the world is. It is at that point that you will have demonstrated one of the first signs of mental illness: You will believe that you are somehow different from the rest of the world because you and you alone question reality. The secret is, you are not really alone. Society has just wanted you to believe you are so you would turn back.
So, did Pharaoh perform magick when the moon blocked the sun? Maybe and maybe not. Either way, one thing is clear: Pharaoh's ability to predict the moment the moon would pass in front of the sun was determined by someone's inquiry into how solar and lunar orbits work. That is exactly what mastering magick takes: a questioning mind. By questioning an event that you observed, you increase your level of understanding the event. The solar eclipse frightened the ancient people of Egypt because they had not sufficiently questioned the event. They accepted exactly what they were told.
The funny thing about Pharaoh's little trick is that if a slave would have questioned the orbit of the Earth around the sun and the moon around the Earth, the other slaves would have thought he was insane. After all, the reality of the day was that Pharaoh made it happen. The not so funny thing about it is that if that slave had mentioned his questions to one of Pharaoh's priests, the slave would have been put to death.
Things haven't changed much. For the most part, people are still sheep. They are content to believe the world is exactly as they are told. In so doing, they further a collective reality, which serves to reinforce the lie of how the world works. It is a classic cycle of victimization that leaves the individual virtually blind to the inconsistencies that point out how false the collective reality actually is. Challenge that view and you are thought to be insane. Do so to anybody that deliberately enforces the lie and you are put to death or otherwise stifled from spreading your inquiry.
With practice, it becomes easy to believe the lies. As a child, how many times were you told that your imaginary friend wasn't real before you started to doubt his existence? You are going to hate me for telling you this, but they lied to you. Your imaginary friend was real and you turned your back on him because someone else didn't believe in him.
When people encounter something that doesn't fit their model of the world, they have three options. They can completely ignore the event, they can notice it but blindly accept that it belongs, or they can question it. Most people will choose without conscious thought. They will automatically ignore or accept that which does not fit the collective reality. A very close friend named SUEZ once expressed this idea by explaining that there are three states in which a human can be found:
1. Aware—These are the people who question inconsistencies.
2. Unaware—These are the people who notice inconsistencies, but figure reality must be right because there it is.
3. Unaware of being unaware—These are the people who just don't notice a thing.
In Nazi-occupied Germany, these three groups could be seen acting accordingly. Group Three didn't notice the genocide. Group Two noticed but figured it was the way of things. Group One formed blocks of resistance.
If there is a gene for awareness, the herd of those who carry that gene has been culled. If it is a matter of nurture, social guidelines have clearly been set; believe what we tell you or you will suffer. This is of particular importance to Wiccans, as the burning times did not develop overnight. Before and after the Church turned its attention to Witches, it had its sights on heretics. Somewhere during the slaughter of millions of people, the lines between Witchcraft and heresy became blurred. At one point, the Spanish Inquisition considered the belief in Witches to be heresy in and of itself. Witches were said to fly, but God had never given anyone the ability to fly. Surely Satan could not give a power that God never offered, so there were no Witches. It didn't matter what religion you were; if you disagreed with the Spanish Inquisition you were usually tortured, tried, and often put to death.
History is filled with other examples of what happens when you do not believe what you have been told. To this day, many people believe Joan of Arc was put to death on a charge of witchcraft. She was officially put to death for the heresy of cross-dressing.
Both the Church and its bible stipulated that women must not wear men's clothing. Joan of Arc questioned that stipulation with both word and action, so Joan of Arc was put to death. Another interesting correlation here is that popular literature also gives the impression that she may have been quite insane.
her-e-tic (hr-tk) n. A person who holds controversial opinions, especially one who publicly dissents from the officially accepted dogma of the Roman Catholic Church.
(From The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition)
Although many people take comfort in the idea that the witch trials and Spanish Inquisition are in humanities distant past, it wasn't long ago that believing the Earth was round or that it rotated around the sun would result in your death. In the last century, questioning Hitler's genocide would result in the same verdict. Today, torture and death are often the rewards of anyone who questions the way dictators run a country. History has shown time and time again that if you ask questions or oppose the generally accepted way of things, you will meet your fate at the hands of those who want to perpetuate the lie. Further, most people will not even think to help you because they have decided to either ignore your persecution, or just accept it as the nature of things. Besides, isn't that someone else's job? Maybe your government's?
On June 4, 1989, in Tiananmen Square, China, hundreds and perhaps thousands of unarmed students and protesters were put to death because they questioned China's communist government. China retained its seat on the United Nations Security Council, the United States and several other nations expanded trade with China, and the same government that mercilessly killed its own people for simply questioning the world in which they lived is now a member of the World Trade Organization. Business as usual.
History has shown that if you question the world in which you live, there is a chance that you will meet a horrible death. Those who have walked that path before you have been burned at the stake, hung, pressed to death, drawn and quartered, gassed, machine gunned, and crucified. The most alarming part of this trend is that the world is mostly populated by people who will do nothing because they are either unaware of your persecution or they think that you must have done something to deserve it.
So why risk it? Because the world needs more Joan of Arcs!
The Chinese government has claimed that 200 students were killed in Tiananmen Square. The United States Secret Service has released documents that put the number as high as 2,600. With this in mind, please ask yourself how important that green money-drawing candle is? Sure, you might need the money. But should it be the focus of almost every spellbook that reports an association to our religion?
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