Originally posted by half_minded
Do you guys believe in black magic or any other kind of magic in general. Know of any stories of black magic affecting people?
Well, HM, I don't know if this is the answer you are looking for. A lot of other people here have much more interesting and fanciful answers than
myself. I can, however, promise you that you're getting as unbiased an opinion as you'll probably get here. As with anyone
here, you should
take my answers with a grain of salt, and balance them against what your instinct tells you.
1.) Magic exists, but it's no different than any other force of nature. Gravity, radiation, etc, all exist. It is neither good, nor evil. It is
neither white, nor black. It is simply a poorly understood force that in time will be referred to as another field of science but for now is relegated
to the farthest, most frayed corners of credability. Regretfully, this is mostly due to the fact that the people most inclined to practice it (or say
they do) are often nutters, who would be considered wierd even without the aid of paranormal means.
2.) Much like a sharp, pointed stick, it is not the stick that has morals, but rather the person using it. What determines a positive or negative
effect of a spell/ritual/prayer, etc, is the intent modified by the method of implementation. If you need a hole to be dug, is that white or black
intent? If the hole was meant for a body, does that change things? One might ask where the body came from in the first place, or how the hole will
come into being. Will you use the stick, in your hand, to poke at the ground and break it up to make digging easier? Or will you use the stick to
threaten someone else into digging the hole? Will the body be that of a freshly stuck pig, to feed your family, and it is a baking pit, or is the body
that of the person you are forcing to dig the hole? There's no ethical dilemna, nor moral imperative to magic, but rather in the 5 W's that surround
any situation. Who? What? Where? Why? hoW?
3.) Usually, what you can accomplish with magic, you can accomplish by mundane means much more quickly and easily. There seems to be a fanciful
thought that once magic is learned, one may sit back and relax and delegate chores to magical winds and beasties. On the contrary. Try using magic to
do housework, and you'll find a very messy house indeed.
4.) As best I can tell, magic, prayer, ritual, meditation, chanting, etc, are all various means to achieve the same goal: redirecting energy towards a
5.) Before you fully condemn your aunt, ask her about what she does. Often times meddlers are seen as good-for-nothings, when in fact, they are
actually trying to help those who don't want their help. Some people see their talents as an obligation to try and make the world a better place.
This doesn't mean they are actually doing
more good than harm, but if their heart is in the right place, then often they can be convinced to
take a different approach.
6.) As for a spell having been cast on you by someone. Ask them, to their face, if possible. You will almost certainly know right away. Seeing the
face of the person who cast something upon you, in a dream, is rather common. Especially if they fell asleep in the middle of the casting, or didn't
finish up before going to sleep. I learned that one the hard way. However, the sheer shock of having your castee walk up to you and ask if you cast a
spell on them is usually too great to manage a convincing lie.
7.) There is also the possibility that the person who cast it on you meant no ill will, but rather their implementation of trying to cast on you
brought about a negative effect. This is most often seen when the caster neglects to get the permission of the target of the spell. If your permission
was not granted, by the way, that's pretty much an automatic out. It may prove difficult, but I've yet to see a spell that could "stick" very long
to someone who did not at least tacitly give their acceptance of it. Your body's own... wossname... "morphogenic field", for lack of anything
better to call it, will eventually reject anything you do not accept as a part of it. This is part of the reason for the saying about how curses
cannot affect those who do not believe in them (the other being psychological in nature).
I hope this helps.