Or to reflect the evil bad or use psalms. Frater Xavier (Mind&Magick on youtube) has a program in which you use the psalms and he mentions that you can hurt enemies with them without it being considered black magic(k).Then there's the passive-aggressive uncrossing, lol. That one's always fun to see unfold onto an asshole's life.
How do you go about that? I've always seen uncrossing as referring to getting rid of hexes. I can understand the basic idea - sort of like using a "blessing" of creativity on someone already overworked and over-extended - but how do you do it with uncrossing?Then there's the passive-aggressive uncrossing, lol. That one's always fun to see unfold onto an asshole's life.
So first off, it's because a properly done uncrossing gets rid of much more than hexes. It'd take a bit of an essay to explain what a "crossed" condition is, but here's what happens in a nutshell. Everything in your life that is blocking or stifling your path, both good things and bad things, gets taken out. Doesn't matter if you're happily married or in an abusive relationship, if it's holding you back then it will get eliminated. Anything you're currently doing/dealing with that's healthy or your fault, will get resolved, and your shit will get aired out in front of you. All your chickens start coming home to roost at once. Baggage will be dealt with, whether you like it or not. Even for those who cross all their i's and dot all their t's, things can and will get messy. So as you can imagine, the kind of folks who fuck others over without a second thought, will have a looooot of possible ways their life can get turned on its head as a result. This means that while technically uncrossing is supposed to be beneficial to somebody in the long run, they certainly are not gonna like it in the short term. Especially to assholes.How do you go about that? I've always seen uncrossing as referring to getting rid of hexes. I can understand the basic idea - sort of like using a "blessing" of creativity on someone already overworked and over-extended - but how do you do it with uncrossing?
I agree with the majority of what you've said, but I will say, in my experience, human motives are very rarely that simple. You speak of binding someone to get a promotion as malicious, but I've seen a lot of situations where it could be argued, with validity, that it was also an act of neutralizing a threat to yourself or a loved one, or to a community. I suspect anyone being truly honest with themselves would admit that, no matter how much they wanted to protect their community, the advantage to themselves was as strong a reason for doing whatever they did. Certainly anyone paying attention to current events knows that the fine line between anger at an injustice and the intention to change it can slip into the desire to see others suffer and the intention to take what you need for yourself in an instant. I do know, I can't think of any situation I've been in or could imagine when protecting my children wasn't accompanied by the kind of anger that would happily torture a person to a slow and lingering death. "I intend to protect my family" would be very true, and not merely the excuse for the malice, but the very reason for it.Most importantly to me and my praxis:
Whether or not a spell is malefic does not depend on the spell itself, but rather the intent of the user.
That’s a very “guns don’t kill people” statement, but it’s also the truth as I have experienced it quite consistently.
Binding someone from getting a promotion you are competing with is a malicious action, it’s not inherently more noble just because you’re not being more vicious with your curse. Refusing to “curse” someone, but rather bless everyone around them, is a malicious action because your end goal is still to see them suffer while everyone else prospers. Uncrossing someone because you’re angry at them is a malicious action. Doesn’t matter if they get on a better track and live a better life afterwards, if your goal is to watch their world burn down around them in the mean time.
Likewise, it is possible to use some rather ruthless spellcraft honorably and beneficially, such as in cases of neutralizing threats that have come upon you or your loved ones, or ruthlessly destroying a person or a system that is causing harm to your community. To be kind to your enemies is to be cruel to your loved ones.
The notion of inherently good or inherently malicious magic is a very….human notion. And a relatively recent one at that.
Your ethics, your character, and your honor are determined by your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
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Seems to me that the vast amount of political, philosophical, theological, legal, and occult thought dedicated to these questions across thousands of years by every group and subsection of humans throughout history disagrees slightly with that conclusion.These things are only convoluted if you make them so.
Seems to me that the vast amount of political, philosophical, theological, legal, and occult thought dedicated to these questions across thousands of years by every group and subsection of humans throughout history disagrees slightly with that conclusion.
Are you saying that "curse", as compared to a "hex", is an ethical distinction, rather than a magickal one?
Ok, fair enough. Legacy of a technical writer: I'm inclined to challenge any definition based on the subjective, rather than the objective. "Harm" is subjective, in the sense that it has to be experienced. As an ethical definition, rather than a magickal definition, that one's functional. In that definition, the recipients' experience, if I'm understanding you right, has absolutely nothing to do with whether something is a curse or not.Yes. This is the definitive, textbook, exact difference between a hex and a curse.
A hex is a spell.
A curse is a spell intended to hurt someone.
It has nothing to do with technique, has nothing to do with this or that tradition, has nothing to do with religion or anything else.
You either hurt someone or you don’t.
The rest is all a matter of strategy and tactics, motive and method.