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Ethics of Spellcasting
I recently has a student of mine
question me on the "ethics" of spellcrafting or the
art of casting a spell. During the course of our conversation
I realized how much our society has been programmed by shows
and movies that portray spells or the use of spells in an "evil"
From the time I began my journey,
I was taught that casting a spell is a form of prayer used only
for the aid of myself, or someone and for their highest good.
Spells were cast only with the Highest intention and Highest
good. Never, was I taught to cast with malice, anger, or with
the intent to harm someone, or forcing my "will" or
"control" onto someone else. If I chose to go that
route, i.e. casting for the above mentioned negative reason,
I was stepping out of my Sacred intention to do the work I was
called to do, and to be prepared for the ramifications and consequences
of my actions.
I get requests all of the time from
people to "gimme a spell to do this to someone" or
" can you cast a spell to do such and such". People
get very upset when I tell them "no" or "I don't
do that kind of work".
Being a witch, I have been well schooled
in the "dark arts". For me, it was part of the education
I chose for myself. Being schooled and having the knowledge,
also means for me, a definite choice of which path I choose
to walk. Having the knowledge and how to DOES NOT mean I do
it. On the contrary, it confirms my absolution and conviction
that spellwork is my form of prayer, and it is sacred. Have
there been times when I could have used those dark arts to vent
my anger or frustration on someone? Absolutely. But it all comes
down to a choice. The choice to "go there or not",
is a fine line we as witches must walk. It is a test of control,
and sometimes a test of faith and values, that Truth and the
Highest Good will prevail.
I view any kind of spellwork as
sacred prayer. A celestial contract I have made with myself
and the Universe to manifest the needs and desires I have for
myself. I do cast for others when asked, but only with their
explicit permission. And many times, it is my requirement to
have the "requestor" present at the ritual when I
do cast. I do not cast to harm anyone or "to do" things
to people. That for me is out of the question. A matter of ethics...both
as a High Priestess, teacher and as a basic human being. Again-
that is my choice.
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