Okay, so we’re a pretty diverse group of people reading/writing/commenting on this blog. Some of us work with deities, some of us don’t. Some of us are Wiccan, some of us aren’t. Some of us work with spells, some of us don’t.
In the interest of appealing to as many of us as possible, it’s about time we touch on the subject of magic, doncha think?
Mousie & I were talking the other day (if you haven’t noticed, an awful lot of these posts will have this sentence in them somewhere. Most of my ideas either come from or are molded by conversations I have with Mousie!). She’d been to a fancy-schmancy “occult” store (as opposed to metaphysical or botanica…they each have their own “flavor” of merchandise). There were items the store was selling; they called themamulets (I think we’re going to save the amulet/charm/talisman/gris-gris/mojo bag/medicine bag debate for another time . We’ll probably get to it, though). These amulets were made by one of the workers at the store. She was informed that they would last a year and given a list of do/dont’s that went with the item in question.
So the first question…
Does spellwork have an expiration date? If you cast a spell today for…whatever, do you have to reinforce that spell in another year/month/week/whatever? Or once it’s done, it’s done? Does the expiration date only apply for one form of work and not another…for instance, many of us reinforce any wards on personal space/vehicles regularly, often yearly. Is that necessary, or does it just make you feel better? Are the rules different with items that are charged…say amulets and jewelry and such?
The second question is…if one person made it (or in some cases it’s made by slave labor in Taiwan. You never know) and energy has been properly exchanged (in the case of purchasing something, the money has exchanged hands), does that mean the original rules still apply? After all, it’s yours now, right? If you’ve been instructed to never let another person see it, but it’s yours and you want to hang it off your rearview mirror, is there a problem with that? And if, in the case of an item like the above-mentioned amulet, you take it home and consecrate/bless/charge/bespooken it according to your own Traditions and recipes, do the prior laws still apply at all? And would that invalidate any prior-existent expiration date?
And the third question. You cast a spell…say for money. And it doesn’t work. Or it doesn’t seem to. Do you have a set time-frame that you wait before attempting again? Or do you assume that’s it, it’s some gods will, it’s just not going to happen and give up? Or…do you wait patiently, knowing that what seeds you’ve planted will eventually grow, but might take longer than you’d anticipated? Is there a certain element you work into your spell work to ensure that things happen when you need to, not when whatever lines up…? Or do you throw your hands in the air, bury your head in a pillow, cry yourself to sleep and give up entirely? Has that happened (you’ve given up) and just when you’d given up all hope, has the spell work unexpectedly produced results?
I’ll probably think of more as soon as this is posted, but it’s plenty for us all to chew on at the moment!
Okay, you guys are incredibly groovy and you know the rules. No snark, no sneak attacks, no opinionazis, no below-the belt insults, no above-the belt insults. Just lots of wonderful discuss among many great minds. Question, respond, question…you know how this works by now! Play nice!
…okay, talk amongst yourselves…