The site supposedly being taken down by a hex led to me talking to a friend, who told me about their incredibly unlikely amount of bad luck. Like the universe personally hates them amount of bad luck.
It got me thinking, how would one identify a hex or curse (not sure if there's much difference, I apologize)? I mostly focus on Direct Magick, specifically Psionics, but I am curious. Are there generally ways to identify such things? Where would be the best places to read up on such information to learn more and possibly break them?
In my experience, coming under attack from hexes or curses is rare. The people who are willing to cast them often lack the focus to preform them correctly because they are blinded by anger, jealousy etc. etc.
Curses are more likely to recoil on the caster before they do any damage out on the intended target. Often you need only to look into a mirror to see the cause of a 'curse'. Personal experience.
It is interesting to note that, while following the Path of the occultnik, how easily paranoia can set in, especially when one is taking their first steps. One bad week becomes some sort of harrowing cosmic initiation, or the work of some cult trying to kill you.
This is rarely ever the case as occultniks, like ourselves, are few. That, and many of us are so caught up in our own lives to worry about exacting revenge for every small slight committed against us. Those who do go on the attack for every transgression, often isolate themselves and go mad.
Personally, the best way to avoid curses is to look at oneself. Are you preforming rituals correctly? Could you have offended spirits by not making the proper offerings, or using the wrong incantations? Are you not taking care of yourself, your health, or your mental well being? If the answer is no to all of these, then I would consider the likelihood of having been cursed.