As you know, I am a priestess. Specifically, a High Priestess in the Aquarian Tabernacle Church tradition, a Wiccan church. Many people consider Wiccan to be synonymous with witch. (I haven’t decided yet where I stand on that – there is still a lot of negative connotation to the word witch.)
As we get closer to Halloween, all of the traditional sterotypes about witches come out – the women clad in black, wearing pointy hats, flying around on brooms, casting spells and mixing up potions over a bubbling cauldron.
In the past month, I have had at least three requests from strangers asking if I would do a spell for them. A couple of them offered to pay me whatever it would take if I would do a spell to get them what they wanted. And my answer every time is, “No.” (If I had less integrity I would take their money!)
I don’t do spells. Well, I rarely do spells for myself. I absolutely do not do spells for other people. And here’s why.
Spells work EXACTLY as you tell them to, which is not the same as the way you want them to. It takes practice, and work to get the words to clearly express what you are wanting. That’s challenging enough to do for myself, and I’m already in my own head and my own desires. Trying to sort that out for someone else…yeah.
I will not interfere with someone else’s free will. Even if it weren’t part of the laws of our tradition, (“Cast no spell for good nor ill, for or against, on or about another living person without that person’s knowledgeable approval, for it shall bear heavily on the heads of any not an Elder who does such an irresponsible deed.”), I don’t know that I could do it. I am not in their skin, I have not lived their life or experienced what they have. How can I possibly presume to know what is best for them? And even more so for someone I don’t know at all.
I don’t want to take on someone else’s karma. By interfering in someone’s life by doing a spell on or for them, you tie yourself to their karma. I have enough to deal with in regards to my own karma, I don’t need yours, thanks.
The Genie from Aladdin sums it up pretty well:
The main reason I don’t do spells for people is that 99.9% of the time there is a mundane solution to whatever challenge you are facing. Spells are a last resort, when all else fails. And even then, proceed with caution. You don’t know that something fantastic is just around the corner that you might mess up by doing a spell. Too many people think spells will solve all their problems, and really, it is a cop-out. It’s a way to NOT take responsibility for the things going on in their lives.
Now, I do magic all the time. Magic is shaping the Universe with my will. Another way of saying that is, “Belief creates reality.” Magic is similar to the Law of Attraction. Work on that before resorting to spells.