posted on Oct, 4 2012 @ 10:08 PM
This is a very cool topic. I've been wondering a lot about this myself.
Wicca/modern witchcraft: From what I understand, some "curses" or sympathetic magic spells of a dark nature, often do demand a sacrifice of some
I read on multiple sites that for these spells (lightweight curses), and for fertility spells, some "witches"/"wiccas"/"practicioners"/etc. use
things like menstrual blood (instead of killing something to obtain blood) and/or plant material/candles from animal fat etc. as a sacrifice.
I guess the sacrifice is for getting the spirits' attention, i.e. letting the powers know that you are serious now and that the expression of your
will is to be carried out literally (or as closely as possible within the bounds of fairness) and you are done being schooled and ready to teach
someone else what for. LoL!
IMO there are many types of curses and people should be careful to understand why type they are invoking or crafting:
Ancestral -- these curses could be tied to bloodlines, names, places, or objects. They could also be tied to events, i.e. government changes or
theatrical productions. These can be seemingly random events, or very serious events with an objective; i.e. a spirit who won't rest because it died
unpleasantly or in prison, or an object that seeks to be returned to the land of its nativity, etc. A good example of an ancestral curse could be the
struggle between the Scottish clans Mac Beth and Mac Duff, who warred for the crown in the 900s-1000s iirc.
Circumstantial -- because a human event or natural disaster (like a war) has produced negative energy and it seeks a balance. I.E. oil companies
ruining the environment, followed by earthquakes and volcanoes sympathetic to human and animal suffering. In most cases the people targeted by a
circumstantial or unconscious curse deserved it. Wars and other evil events can start the chain of circumstantial curses. I think the universe builds
those in to get our attention when we unbalance our environs.
Willful/Malicious -- making an educated stab at someone with the use of a manual, guide, book of shadows, i.e. some form of written or spoken ritual
advice. The person may or may not deserve the bad energy. This is the most obviously understood form of cursing and is of questionable effectiveness.
After all, why would the spirits bother with petty human misunderstandings? They would rather you tried to win love than revenge.
Vengeful -- not a good idea, but different from Malicious because vengeful curses are always laid with the assumption that there is already a victim
and a perpetrator of misery involved. I.e. cursing Bill Gates for force-vaccinating Uganda, i.e. cursing the U.S Military because of a miscarriage
related to military sacrifice.
Joke/Prank -- i.e. the Bloody Marys of our childhood horrors. Bloody Mary is actually a very unhappy spirit, but trying to call her into your bathroom
mirror won't do you any good or her either. It will just make you both upset if you try it and it works.
Superstitious -- i.e. walking under a ladder and then walking in front of a bus. Completely silly.
Hope that helps a little. I don't know much about magic.