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“So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”
I am going to take this time to write about a topic that I think is long overdue. I admit that the idea for this blog was not solely mine; a Sister Witch and I were having a discussion about it, I am only going to skim the surface of this issue, hopefully one day her book on the subject will follow. I warn you now that this may cause you to feel some type of way—good, bad, offended, empowered, I don’t know, this piece can and will be taken many different ways.
I am going to be addressing Morals, Ethics (what they are, how they are different) Magickal attacks and how they all effect each other.
Before we get started, for those of you who are new to the blog, page, my writing in general, I am a Luciferian Witch who incorporates many aspects of different traditions into my Magickal Castings and personal Philosophy. I am not part of a group, coven, sect, or any other social organization, I am firmly against it, actually. I do not believe in “do no harm” and as I have stated many times in the past, those who cannot curse, cannot cure; you cannot do one without efficiently being able to practice the other. I know many have just scoffed at such a concept but it’s true. When you are being attacked by a Spirit, fellow Witch, or an onslaught of negativity from wherever or whatever, you let me know how well that “do no harm” works for you.
I am not trying to mock another path but there are times when Wiccans become the Christians of the Witchcraft world and either judge us (those who will hex, curse, defend themselves) or condemn our personal decisions, as if they are the morality police.
A Witch is free to do what She/He sees fit without being judged by others for it, however this is where it becomes blurred. It seems as though some people have lost all sense of ethical thinking, and have absolutely no moral compass.
So, on one side we have people (not necessarily just Wiccans) finger pointing for our decisions to do harm if the need arises, and then we have others in our own group, for lack of a better term, who have absolutely no sense of “right” and “wrong”, “good” or “bad”—no matter how subjective they may be.
It’s like we are suddenly defending ourselves from all sides. Note: When I say ‘our’ I mean those who will hex, curse, harm, etc. like myself; there are so many of us who fall under that category that I cannot describe it any other way.
Now, let’s talk about morals and ethics and how they are different.
Morals: The rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group or culture.
Ethics: Principles or habits with respect to right or wrong conduct. While morals also prescribe dos and don’ts, morality is ultimately a personal compass of right and wrong.
Get it? Ethics are based upon an external source or influence, be it society, peers, or just your general environment (nature/nurture, type thing). Morals are your personal compass of how YOU, as an individual, view right and wrong, good and bad (or evil, interchangeable in this context).
As a Luciferian I am all for the individual, but I am not for the individual who is a douchebag playing with Magick, attacking fellow Witches all because they have Ego and are oozing with jealousy; the weak always feel the need to prey on the strong, which is the dumbest logic ever.
Newsflash, there will ALWAYS be a stronger Witch out there, deal with it, accept it and move the fuck on. I dodge attacks left, and right, and yes some DO get through. That does not mean I am weak nor does it mean that I cannot protect myself, it means I was caught off guard. Apparently after talking to a few fellow Witches, strong ones at that, I found out that “Witch Wars” (as they referred to them) are actually really common. I was shocked, and almost horrified; I have only recently discovered this firsthand when some Witches had the gall to come after me.
I am not suggesting that we all begin to think the same way, but I do believe there needs to be a baseline established of what is and is not acceptable conduct for a Witch. I look out at our community, and the behavior I see is absolutely disgusting.
Whether you believe in do no harm, or will fuck someone up with a hex, just because you CAN do Magick, doesn’t always mean you should. Unless someone has attacked you first, unless you are under direct threat, there is NO need to send Daemons, bind Spirits, or attempt to hex another Witch.
Drop the egos, and jealousy; that is usually where Magickal attacks stem from, rarely are these Wars actually warranted, or have any merit whatsoever, but the aftermath is tangible.
Is it really worth it? Are those few minutes, hours, possibly days draining another Witch of Her, or His energy really worth the wrath that will be unleashed when they come back to full power?
Just because a Witch has no coven, does not mean that Witch has no backup. Like attracts like: Strong Witches attract other Strong Witches, unfortunately we also attract parasites. It is a fine art to be able to decipher the two. For me, I know a strong Witch because I will not like Her or Him when I first meet them, if I “click immediately” I know something is wrong; I have always been proven right with this theory of mine, not suggesting it works for everyone.
When we attack our Sisters and Brothers it is like spitting on the Craft itself, on our Ancestors and all they fought and potentially died for. I am not saying we need to be all peace and love, blessed be, and full of light, but goddammit stop attacking each other without reason.
When you become power hungry in the Craft, that power will consume you, it will be your downfall.
As I mentioned above, there will ALWAYS be a Witch stronger than you. Stop poking your wands where they don’t belong or you might poke a Beast you cannot put back to sleep.