Frequently asked questions:

Does witchcraft have a standard set of ethics?

The short answer is no.

You have to follow the Wiccan Rede, right?

No. I’m not Wiccan. I’m a witch.

Let me further explain. Wicca and witchcraft are NOT the same thing. Wicca is a religion, witchcraft is a craft. Some Wiccans practice witchcraft, yes. Some Christians practice witchcraft. Some people practice witchcraft separate from a religion, and I’m one of those people.

By definition of rede (counsel or advice), it’s not a law, and Wiccans don’t have to follow it either.

Part of the Wiccan Rede states “An’ ye harm none, do what ye will.” What counts as harm? This is debated, even by Wiccans. It’s a sticky topic, and I prefer to avoid sticky topics.

Another part describes the “Rule of Three,” in which what you do comes back to you in threes. Nope, I still don’t give a floating banshee, because I’m not Wiccan.

Well, what about karma?

This one annoys me to no end, and drives nails under my skin. Karma is not a Western term. It does not mean “What goes around comes around.” Karma is an Eastern term. I’m not going to explain here what karma actually is, instead – Read this and learn something. 

Yes, I’m telling you to do your research. Use your critical thinking skills. Don’t stop at one source, go find your own sources, and question everything.

Do you curse people?

Dictionary.com defines curse as:

  1. the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc.
  2. a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another
  3. the act of reciting such a formula

Have you ever said, “Oh, I wish they would crash into a ditch!” ? What about, “I hope they trip and fall!” ? Perhaps, “I wish their internet would stop working so they couldn’t complete that paper that’s due tomorrow!”

You have? Then technically, you’ve cursed someone. I’m sure most people have at some point, without even thinking about it. So yes, I curse people too. Like that person on the highway who cut me off, I hope they get an expensive speeding ticket. That person who was a jerk to me, I hope their favorite chair breaks. You get the idea.

May your soda always be shaken enough to explode on your freshly shampooed carpets.

Why do people curse?

It’s different for everyone. Maybe it’s for justice, maybe it’s just because they feel like it. Stop curse-shaming.

Someone might curse a person for calling them a hurtful name. Another person might curse their rapist. Are you the universal ethics police? No? Then who are you to judge? Each person has their own individual set of ethics.

So, do you practice white magic, or black magic?

Are you concerned about whether I practice the “good white magic” or “bad black magic?” If so, you should probably ask yourself about your thought processes. Really analyze them, because you might be thinking like a racist.

I don’t label magic with colors, and I don’t label it as morally good or bad. Magic is magic.

Are you a good witch, or an evil witch?

I don’t believe in labeling people as “good” or “evil”. The acts of people can be seen as “good” or “bad” through different moral and ethical systems, sure. However, I don’t find use in creating an ultimate for people. We’re human.

So, I am neither a good witch, nor an evil witch. I am simply a witch. I am human.

What are your moral/ethical beliefs?

I do as I please. I look at each situation individually, and I do what I believe to be the right thing. Keep your ethics out of my cauldron.

 

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