The Pagan community is fond of debating the ethics of spell-casting.
One thread that runs throughout most flavors of Paganism/earth-based religion is the idea of karma. To quote from my own tradition:
- “Do as thou will, an it harm none.”
- “What you send out returns to you three times.”
- “Be careful what you wish for – you might get it.”
The particular expression of those thoughts might vary in your tradition, but we all tend to ascribe to the idea that what goes around, comes around.
Because of that, many Pagans are unwilling to hex. The thinking is that any “bad” juju you work against anyone else is just going to rebound on you, so better to avoid the whole messy thing, and concentrate on white light or only the positive or ceremonial magic or the high holy days or whatever.
There’s another school of thought, though, that goes something like this: “A witch who can’t hex, can’t heal.”
The world isn’t all sweetness and light. Shadows exist, and we need to be willing and able to work with them. Evil exists, and we need to be willing and able to fight it. Darkness and light can’t exist without each other. Every positive has a negative, and vice versa.
“But I don’t want to get my hands dirty! I don’t want to risk something bad happening to me! Can’t I just light some candles and celebrate Imbolc and Brigid and creativity with my circle in peace?”
Look, I get it. Hexing is hard, dangerous work. You need to think carefully about what you’re doing, and plan, and be ready to accept consequences, because there will likely be some. It’s not for everyone.
But if you don’t think the other side is doing this work, you’re deluded. They might call it “prayer,” but they’re still doing energy work to try to influence outcomes, and it ain’t all sweetness, light, and love, y’all. They are working actively against us, and while they’ve convinced themselves that God’s on their side, that doesn’t mean She is. Look at the poisoned fruits of their efforts: Keystone XL. DAPL. Reinstating global gag orders on abortion information. Gag orders on scientific agencies, and requiring political review of scientific information. Actual Nazis in the White House. Threatening a major US city with martial law. Disenfranchisement of voters of color in 2016, and lies about voter fraud since the election setting the stage for more. The goddamn stupid border wall with Mexico. Targeting immigrants and sanctuary cities. Starting the process to strip health insurance from MILLIONS of Americans. Jeff Sessions. Betsy DeVos. Rex Tillerson. Andrew Puzder. Tom Price. Steve Mnuchin. Scott Pruitt. Rick Perry. Carl Icahn. DONALD FUCKING TRUMP. (Oh, and Bernie-or-Busters: they’re coming for your pot, so have fun with that.)
So as I said, hexing requires wisdom, and skill, and care, and experience, and most of all, courage. Not everyone has that. But more Pagans need to dig deep and find this within ourselves, now more than ever. Resistance isn’t just about letters to Congress and marching and tweeting and donating and blogging and knocking on doors. We’re being clobbered on the etheric plane, and it’s time we fight back. Will you join me?
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