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What do I mean when I say curse? Simply put, I define a curse as any magick which intentionally harms or hinders. If I were to use magick to stop the growth of a tumor by attacking it directly, I would in effect be cursing the cancer. I use this example because the rest of what I am going to say relates to how curses can be used for the greater good.
I was recently discussing the idea of curses with a trusted friend of mine. I was saying that there were times when curses were necessary, if not down and out required. She went on to remind me of the Threefold Law.
First of all, the Threefold Law is bogus.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If I punch a brick wall with 20 lbs of force, I get 20 lbs of force back against my fist. I don't get 60 lbs of pressure in return.
If I dig a hole one foot wide, one foot long, and one foot deep, the "Universe" doesn't fill in that hole with nine square feet of earth. As a matter of fact, the "Universe" doesn't even care about my little hole.
If I curse someone (for reasons I'll get to later), the magick is not going to rebound to me, bringing with it three times the doom and gloom I may have sent . Experience has taught me this is so. Some may say, "But wait! What about what you said about 'an equal and opposite reaction'?" Fair enough question. Let's say that the above mentioned brick wall will collapse if I punch it with 100 lbs of force. Let's also say that I have conditioned my fist to withstand 200 lbs of pressure, as well as being able to stand the rough texture of the bricks. I still get the reciprocated force, but it doesn't affect me, at least not like it does the wall. I felt some pressure, but the wall has collapsed.
What does come into effect, are the consequences of ones actions. If I destroy ten oak trees because I suddenly find myself in a fit of rage against acorns, that's no big deal (as far as the "big picture"). If I destroy all the plants on Earth because I hate flora in general, I will surely suffer from the loss of oxygen and ultimately die (very big deal). This isn't a response from the Threefold Law. My destruction due to rage didn't elicit the wrath of the "Universe", and result in the ultimate demise of yours truly. My death would be a result of my actions, as well as general stupidity.
The reason I was talking with my trusted friend about curses, is because I was saying how they could be used as acts of justice. If there is a serial rapist on the loose, would it not be the responsibility of those who can to stop him? What if your only method of stopping him involved whispering the Words of Darkness, and making his member shrivel up? Would it be justified?
I say yes.
During this same conversation, my friend mentioned that doing so may interfere with the rapist's karma. Perhaps he came into his current incarnation to learn what it was like to be convicted of a horrible crime, sentenced to prison, and so on. My problem with that is that it allows said rapist to continue his horrendous actions until said lesson comes into play. Who knows how long that might be? How many people must suffer just so he can learn?
I hear people--mostly New Agers--all the time talking of the "Journey of the Soul". This is the idea that, before we were born into our physical bodies, we chose what kind of life we would live, in order that we might learn spiritual lessons. These same people preach that it is wrong to interrupt someone’s Journey, as it results in the retardation of the soul's evolution. The problem here is that kind of thinking can lead to any number of atrocities. For example, the starving could be left to starve. After all, they knew what they were getting into, right? Who are we to interfere with their Cosmic Lessons? Murderers could go unchecked. Perhaps they needed to experience the taking of life. No?
Going back to our rapist-at-large, one could say that it would be wrong to interfere with his "Journey of the Soul", as he is simply following a path to spiritual evolution. If not, then karma will surely make things right. Equal and opposite reaction after all, right?
True. In order for that happen, though, you sometimes must BE karma.
I look at karma as the result of ones actions. Kill ten trees and you'll live. Kill them all, and you'll die.
Commit horrible acts, and you'll get cursed.
By no means am I advocating "casual cursing". There's a big difference between stopping a killer and killing your ex-boyfriend because he dumped you for your sister. The decision to throw a curse must be well thought out, just like any other form of justifiable punishment. Other methods of justice must be sought as well. Cursing can take time, and there are instances when a mundane method would have been more practical, not to mention faster.
However, if you're unable to stop someone from committing heinous crimes in any other fashion than by hexing, I say it is your duty to do so. To stand back and wait for something else to bring things to a halt is actually a promotion of the crimes. If the perpetrator had done nothing wrong, then they would not be the victim of the curse in the first place--provided you are an ethical curser. It isn't like they were just minding their own business when you decided to give them leprosy.
There are times for letting things be, and there are times for changing the course of the flow.
Just make sure your reasoning is just, and your fist is strong.
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