Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...

Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]

Views: 21,716,419

February 1st. 2019 ...

Paganism and Witchcraft in the Media

September 25th. 2018 ...

Understanding the Unseen

August 25th. 2018 ...

A Little Magickal History

Men and the Goddess

Back to Basics Witchcraft: Magical Creativity for Small Living Spaces

Kitchen Magic and Memories

Why the Faeries?

Magic in Daily Life

An Open Fire: Healing from Within

Cernunnos: The Darkest Wood in the Moon's Light

On Preconceived Pagan/Wiccan Political Affiliations

Gudrun of the Victory Gods

Ares and Athena

La Santa Muerte... The Stigma and the Strength

The Wheel of the Year in Our Daily Lives

The Lady on the Stairs

July 26th. 2018 ...

The Importance of Unification: Bringing Together Community Members to Invoke Cohesivity

May 29th. 2018 ...

Wild Mountain Woman: Landscape Goddess

April 20th. 2018 ...

Nazis Made Us Change Our Name

January 25th. 2018 ...

Finding Balance: Discipline Wedded to Devotion

November 15th. 2017 ...


September 30th. 2017 ...


August 31st. 2017 ...

The White Goddess: A Seminal Work in the Neo-Wiccan Movement.

July 31st. 2017 ...

Sin Eaters and Dream Walkers

July 2nd. 2017 ...

On Cursing: Politics and Ethos

A Distant Thunder: Should You Care?

June 1st. 2017 ...

Herbal Astrology

The Sacred Ego in Mediterranean Magical Traditions

April 30th. 2017 ...

Tarot Talk: the Knight of Pentacles

March 30th. 2017 ...

Tarot Talk: the Ace of Swords

January 10th. 2017 ...

The Gray of 'Tween

Becoming a Sacred Dancer

Little Dog, Big Love

December 9th. 2016 ...

A Child's First Yule

November 10th. 2016 ...

A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities

What Exactly Is Witchcraft?

What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path)

On Death and Passing: Compassion Burnout in Healers and Shamans

September 11th. 2016 ...

The Shadow of Disgust

September 3rd. 2016 ...

Nature’s Reward

August 12th. 2016 ...

Hungarian Belief in Fairies

When Reality Rattles your Idea of the Perfect Witch

Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament

Past Midnight

July 13th. 2016 ...

What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses

Magic With A Flick of my Finger

An Open Mind and Heart

Finding and Caring for Your Frame Drum

June 13th. 2016 ...

Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia

My Father, My First God

Life is Awesome... and the Flu

May 15th. 2016 ...

Faery Guided Journey

Working with the Elements

Magical Household Cleaning

April 2nd. 2016 ...

The Fear of Witchcraft

Magic in Sentences

March 28th. 2016 ...

Revisiting The Spiral

Still Practicing

Spring Has Sprung!

January 22nd. 2016 ...

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Community and Perception

December 20th. 2015 ...

Magia y Wicca

October 24th. 2015 ...

Feeling the Pulse of Autumn

October 16th. 2015 ...

Sacred Lands, Sacred Hearts

September 30th. 2015 ...

The Other-Side

September 16th. 2015 ...

Vegan or Vegetarian? The Ethical Debate

August 6th. 2015 ...

Lost - A Pagan Parent's Tale

July 9th. 2015 ...

Love Spells: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Magic of Weather

June 7th. 2015 ...

A Pagan Altar

A Minority of a Minority of a Minority

The Consort: Silent Partner or Hidden in Plain Sight?

May 6th. 2015 ...

13 Keys: The Crown of Kether

March 29th. 2015 ...

A Thread in the Tapestry of Witchcraft

March 28th. 2015 ...

On Wiccan Magick, Theurgy, Thaumaturgy and Setting Expectations

March 1st. 2015 ...

Choosing to Write a Shadow Book

February 1st. 2015 ...

Seeker Advice From a Coven Leader

January 1st. 2015 ...

Manipulation of the Concept of Witchcraft

Pagans All Around Us

Broomstick to the Emerald City

NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.

Article Specs

Article ID: 11879

VoxAcct: 292605

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 4,397

Times Read: 4,507

RSS Views: 39,731
The Bind That Ties

Author: Chirotus Infinitum
Posted: September 2nd. 2007
Times Viewed: 4,507

Many assume that bindings are preferable to other magical actions against potentially dangerous individuals because they do not cause harm to the target. I believe that this assumption is not accurate, and that binding spells have the potential to harm not only the target but also the person casting the binding. In most cases, such harm can come unintentionally and unexpectedly, which can prove even more dangerous and difficult to work with than an explicit assault.

I should begin by stating my theory on how binding spells work. It is my belief that bindings work by creating a bond between two people – the binder and the target. The target’s actions are controlled by this link to the binder, who now becomes partially responsible for his actions. Unfortunately, like any magical connection, the link can flow both ways.

If the binder is “stronger” than the target, then the effect most likely won’t be immediate, but over time a kind of “magical backwash” may result. If, however, the target is stronger than the binder, the whole effort can backfire, and the person intending to limit the actions of another may find his own actions limited.

Of course, as with any magical theory it is difficult to provide evidence to support this theory. The actual mechanics behind magic are unknown, and very little headway is being made into discovering them. Like many in my position who seek to avoid New Age pseudoscience and complex theoretical physics, I will share the personal experience that led to the development of this theory.

It all started with a particularly charismatic friend of mine, whom I shall refer to as “Pete.” Pete had managed to enthrall a small group of naive (and ultimately unintelligent) people, and developed what most people would probably refer to as a cult. The specifics of how he entrapped these people are unimportant, as are his motivations in doing so.

What is important is that Pete began exerting a great deal of influence over these people, making even small personal decisions for them. Once I found out that he was sexually exploiting some of the female members of the group, I started considering my options for intervening.

One of the girls in question, whom I shall refer to as Adrianna, approached me at about this time. She was breaking off contact with Pete and his “followers, ” as Pete had interfered with and dissolved her relationship with another member of the group. I contacted some others who also had issue with Pete’s actions, and as we hoped to salvage Pete and not harm him, we agreed that a binding spell was appropriate.

Ultimately, no one else was really in a position to help me, so I performed the binding myself. I acquired a magical object of Pete’s and used it as a focal point for the spell. Shortly after, Pete’s little group fell apart, and the people involved went their separate ways.

Pete eventually decided that he no longer had the inclination toward leading cults, as micro-managing the lives of gullible people proved too taxing for him. He gave up his aspirations toward godhood and became interested in participating in his community. His charisma became more refined, and he developed social skills that enabled him to interact with people without controlling them. It seemed that the binding had been a success.

It was not until several years later that I noticed that there had been significant changes in my priorities and behaviors, which started soon after I bound Pete. Some of these were positive changes, such as my desire to attend college. Some of these changes were not so positive, however.

My work ethic declined, and I began to use attending school full-time as an excuse to avoid holding a job, whereas previously I frequently worked overtime in any available job in an effort to get ahead. I found myself more ready to manipulate others to achieve my goals, and less likely to consider the thoughts and feelings of others. In fact, my ability to empathize with others, and to identify and express my own emotions, appeared to diminish. My ability to socialize with others, especially with regard to establishing romantic relationships, also suffered.

Physical changes began to manifest as well. I gained weight at an accelerated rate, despite a lack of lifestyle changes. I began to experience joint problems that had not been previously evident, and my mobility began to suffer, a problem that doctors could not readily explain. My digestion suffered as well, leading to several uncomfortable – not to mention embarrassing – health problems, which again had no apparent causes and followed no discernible changes in diet or activity.

Pete showed changes in behavior as well (beyond those intended by the binding). Where he had previously pursued higher education, he became complacent with what he had achieved, and did not aspire to higher educational goals. Instead, he focused on his occupation, settling in a decent and stable position. His habit of manipulating others decreased significantly, and his ability to empathize with others showed substantial improvement. He demonstrated an increased ability to express his emotions, and managed to establish a stable long-term relationship.

In short, our behaviors seemed to influence each other. Pete began to exhibit traits that I had previously shown, and vice versa. In addition, our life experiences seemed to be complimentary in many respects. For example, I was unable to establish a relationship, whereas Pete was – women I spoke with often described me as sending of a “vibe” that I was “taken.” I felt little inspiration to hold a job, but was motivated to attend college – Pete no longer pursued his education, yet worked steadily.

My empathic abilities declined, while Pete’s increased. Sure, it may have all been coincidental, but it appeared that we were living our lives as if they were connected, with the areas one of us showed strength in being neglected by the other, as if it had already been taken care of.

Conditions in both of our lives, however, tended toward limitation and blockage. Pete’s relationship was limiting in many respects, and in a way my lack of a relationship prevented me from moving past certain things in my own life. Pete settled in to a stable job that offered little chance of advancement, and I settled in to an academic lifestyle that resulted in severe financial restrictions. Many of my physical problems were also expressions of blockage or limitation of mobility.

At this point, I did a divination in an effort to determine the underlying influences of some of the problems in my life. All indications pointed to a force that was holding me back, and the binding that I had placed upon Pete – which I had not thought about for several years – immediately came to mind. Not sure why the binding would be related, I consulted a mentor of mine and reconsidered the nature of magical bindings.

As stated above, I came to the conclusion that rather than simply restricting the target, magical bindings create a link between the person performing the binding and the person being bound. In essence, by binding Pete, I had bound him to me. The negative traits that I hoped to curb in Pete seem to have been tempered not by some mystical or divine influence, but by the influence of complementary traits that I possessed.

Over time, the link began to work both ways, and some of Pete’s more negative traits began to express themselves through my behavior. In essence, it appeared that my energy was being expended to limit Pete’s actions, and Pete’s energy was being grounded through me. Both of us found ourselves feeling inexplicable effects of limitation, even beyond the intended effects of the initial binding.

It seemed that this binding had unintentionally proven less harmless than initially hoped, to me as well as Pete.

I decided that in order to move on with my life – and to allow Pete to move on with his – I needed to formally sever the binding. I managed to locate a copy of the original spell I had preformed, and constructed a ritual to counter-act it. Humbling myself before that very spirits that I had initially justified the binding to, I performed the ritual and waited.

Within a week Pete broke up with his girlfriend, and in doing so he removed a significant limitation to his decisions and actions. He has since established a relationship with a much more compatible – and less co-dependent – woman. He re-evaluated his goals in life and returned to college.

My health problems cleared up in a few weeks, with little medical interventions. Employment became a higher concern to me, and I made major progress in life by moving out of my parents’ house, where I had been living for some time. I found myself better able to relate to people, and finally succeeded in developing a serious romantic relationship. My empathic abilities returned, and I was able to express my emotions more easily.

In the end, things seem to have worked out. The binding seems to have held back some of Pete’s impulses long enough that he could grow beyond them, so that once the bind was removed he was less inclined to revert to his former mayhem. Hindsight, however, requires me to ask whether the apparent cost was worth it. True, Pete seems to have grown much more conscientious and responsible, but who is to say that he would not have done so anyway, and possible as a more rapid pace without my intervention?

Perhaps a direct confrontation would have had more immediate results that the action I did take. Looking at the stagnation that occurred in Pete’s life, it could easily be argued that I put him through a period of hardship that was just as bad as most curses I could have flung his way, not to mention the effects that I experienced as well.

I’m not going to advocate cursing or hexing, nor am I going to totally condemn binding spells. My point here is that bindings are not nearly as harmful as many are led to believe, and they are not always the most appropriate action to take when dealing with a potentially dangerous magical opponent.

Bindings can be just as harmful as full curses can, and can cause that harm in unintentional and unforeseen ways, to all parties involved. The full consequences of any magical action must be investigated and foreseen as thoroughly as possible, and care must be given to investigate repercussions that may not come to mind right away.

Magic should be used with great care, and the practitioner should be sure not only of what the possible results could be, but that he can live with worst case scenarios that he may bring about.

Copyright: Copyright 2007 Chirotus Infinitum. No reproduction without permission from the author.


Chirotus Infinitum

Location: Shawnee Mission, Kansas


Author's Profile: To learn more about Chirotus Infinitum - Click HERE

Other Articles: Chirotus Infinitum has posted 15 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE

Email Chirotus Infinitum... (No, I have NOT opted to receive Pagan Invites! Please do NOT send me anonymous invites to groups, sales and events.)

To send a private message to Chirotus Infinitum ...

Pagan Essays

Pagan Web
8,000 Links

Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.

80,000 Profiles

Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops

Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2019 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections
(including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.)
are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc.
TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World

Search Articles

 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide

NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).