To curse or not to curse that is the question. There are many who practice modern magick in some form or other, who would immediately claim that laying a curse on another is not a proper use of magick. On many levels, I will agree with that statement and yet there are times when laying a curse on another is an appropriate step to take.
Although there are many curses to be found in books and on the internet, it is best to take some time to assess the situation before deciding a curse is the best course of action. In most instances a curse is not appropriate and should be avoided.
So... what is a curse?
A curse is energy that is working in a way that causes harm or misfortune.
Curses can be intentionally cast or lain on another, but can also be a strong energetic of ill will towards another that was directed in the “heat of the moment”. Similar to pointing a finger at another and wishing or stating something as innocuous as “I hope you get sick”. Another example of an unintentional curse is the gestures, angry words and faces exchanged between drivers.
Sometimes a curse can actually result from a spell that has not worked out well or has just gone terribly wrong somewhere along the way.
There is nothing wrong with protecting yourself or others through the use of magick. It is important that you and those who may have requested your help in cursing or using magick in a way that is intended to cause directed harm at another(s); be reminded the spells you cast tend to have a rippling effect and those who you hadn’t thought would be affected, may end up affected. While considering who is potentially effected by magickal energy, don’t forget to consider yourself and/or whoever requested the spell be cast.
There are many Wiccans who believe in the three fold law or some version similar, and this concept is valid if you believe that which you cast will return to you through the ripples of energy moving throughout the universe. This is reflected in the Wiccan Rede.
Not all Pagans or Magickal workers work within these guide lines. I tend to believe that when Aleister Crowley stated in his Thelemic Laws; “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” … He was alluding to the concept that when people know and follow their true wills, they would then be in harmony with the ebb and flow of the universe. If you have taken the time to really assess what this represents to you and you are willing to pay the piper… so to speak…or understand that following your will is not in direct conflict with another.... then by all means… cast away…
Have a Wicked Good Day!