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Blessings, Banishings, Bindings and Curses
By Lillee Allee
“I never saw no miracle of science
That didn’t go from a blessing to a curse…”
You may run across those in the occult who will tell you that blessings, bindings and curses are very different forms of magic. While the result may be different, the intent, which is the crux of magic, is the same. One cannot do magic with the intent or will to visualize the results. Further, while it can be argued that some intents can be seen objectively as harmful or beneficial, most are subjective to the individuals involved.
Two examples of an objective intent would be “I hope you feel better,” or “I hope you die.” While most people would see one as a blessing and a positive projection, and the second as a harmful projection, these must be taken in context. If “I hope you get better” is said to someone who wants to die due to an incurable disease, some could take this as a negative projection, where as “I hope you can die” would then be seen as positive to the individual. Basically, whether the intent is positive or harmful will depend on the two individuals involved, the sender and receiver, their personal situations and cultural context.
The next myth is that blessings are always good and not manipulative. All magic involves manipulation and ego, The experienced practitioner knows there must be will and belief for any spell or prayer to work. This is where the ego fits in, if you believe for example, prayers are not heard by deity, then what would be the point of praying? Secondly,
If your intent involves another individual or thing, you are seeking to manipulate the situation. This is true in the most innocuous sounding prayer “I hope that Joe Smith gets the job he wants,” to “Joe Smith must fall in love with me.” While the manipulation is obvious in the latter example, it is also present in the prayer. Why? The intent being sent out is that Joe Smith, not Jane Doe or Will Jones, will get the job. While this is wonderful for Joe Smith, what about Jane or Will? This is not so much an ethical concern, because Joe does need a job, but recognizing that due to the law of cause and effect, there will be effects whether Joe or someone else gets the job. This is often why you will find that genuine practitioners may not do magic for others, First, the practitioner may not want involvement in another’s business, and second the practitioner may not be able to summon the same intent as Joe himself would.
With this in mind, lets look at some definitions. A blessing, (also used to refer to bestowing of such) is the infusion of something with holiness, divine will, or one’s hopes. (Wikipedia). Prayer is the act of attempting to communicate with a deity or spirit. Purposes for this may include worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins, as an act of reparation or to express one’s thoughts and emotions. The words of the prayer may take the form of intercession, a hymn, incantation or a spontaneous utterance in the person’s praying words. Secularly, the term can also be used as an alternative to “hope”. Praying can be done in public, as a group, or in private. While 99% of the time a blessing or prayer will be with good intention, one has to account for the fact that it may be meant to be manipulative. An example would be to use prayer to try to change another’s religious view.
In his book, Magick in Theory and Practice, magician Aleister Crowley describes “magick as “the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will.” While other great practitioners have added to this definition, it still remains as one of the best definitions today. Crowley always added a “k” to discriminate between occult/ceremonial magic and stage magic. To do a working there needs to be: thought (air), action/will (fire) emotions (water) and silence (earth). It is easy to see how intent is creative and used.
A curse is any manner of adversity believed to be inflicted by any supernatural power (such as a spell, a prayer, an imprecation, an execration, magic, witchcraft, a god, a natural force, or a spirit.) The forms of curses found in various pre-scientific cultures comprise a significant proportion of the study of both folk religion and folklore. While many forms of magic allow for curses, the fact is that it takes a lot of energy to create the force to make it work, and further one has to be sure that the law of cause and effect does not cause it to “bounce back” on the practitioner. In general, the use of a curse must be well thought out and the practitioner must weigh the benefits versus the liabilities of such a working. The Law of Cause and Effect still applies.
There are however magical remedies to help oneself or another with so called “negative” experiences. Banishings would be an occult solution for change to Banishings are a form of prayer, projection or spell to magically and willfully end something or remove the unwanted energy or remove people, things, thoughts of influences, or clear an area, aura, situation or mind of unwanted influence. This is done most often by using sympathetic magic. Sympathetic magic, also known as imitative magic, is a type of magic based on imitation or correspondence. Imitation involves using effigies or poppets to affect the environment of people, or occasionally people themselves. Correspondence is based on the idea that one can influence something based on its relationship to another thing. (Wikipedia). Imitation can also be affected by putting that energy into a photograph, verse or written statement of name or through candle magic itself.
this is a general word also for what I call the four Bs :buring, binding burning and brrrring (or freezing). Any of all of the elements can be used. (lca)
BIND: A spell that willfully, purposefully and magically restrains, wraps up, or contains the energy or influence of a person, place or thing, often using the energy of air. (lca)
BRRR or FREEZE: A spell that willfully, purposefully and magically restrains, wraps up, or contains the energy or influence of a person, place or thing. This is done often by literally freezing (putting in a freezer or a body of water that will freeze over) the person, plae or thing, using sympathetic magic. This is often done using the energy of water. (lca)
BURN: A spell that willfully, purposefully and magically ends the connection to a person, place or thing using sympathetic magic. This is done often by literally burning a likeness and containing the ashes. Note: one can also burn projections as sympathetic magic used to effect a spell, often done using the energy of fire and/or air and/or earth. (lca)
BURY: A spell that willfully, purposefully and magically ends the connection to a peron, place or thing using sympathetic magic through burning a likeness or effigy or even the thing itself. This uses the power of earth (lca)
Allee, John D. and Lillee C. (2007) Right and Left of Center. Outskirts Publishing
Sumner, Gordon.(1993) “If every I lose my faith in you.” Song lyrics. Retrieved from Lyric Find: http://www.bing.com/search?q=Sting+If+every+I+lose+my+faith+in+you+lyrics&form=APMCS1