How many copies would you like to buy? Add to Cart Add to Cart. Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. Curses have given the world some of its greatest legends and folklore, and the more grisly and gory, the better we like them. According to the dictionary, however, a curse is defined as: To invoke or wish evil upon; to afflict; to damn; to excommunicate; evil invoked on another person. If this is the clear definition, then under what circumstances can we challenge this established way of thinking and ask ourselves can cursing ever be justified? And if we hesitate for just a moment, then we must ask the next question: Is cursing evil?
Like all aspects of life, however, it is advisable to put things in their proper perspective before passing judgement.
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Lucya : Badwitch Curses are a controversial subject among witches. Without doubt, the traditional image of the wicked witch has her cursing all and sundry - curdling the milk, blighting the crops and striking people down with horrible ailments just by muttering an ill-intentioned hex. It is a depiction modern day witches have worked hard to overcome. Wiccans, and most other neopagans, like to see ourselves primarily as healers and helpers. We cast spells for good, not to cause harm. Many believe Lucya : Badwitch Curses are a controversial subject among witches.
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Many believe that cursing is not only pretty anti-social, it is also dangerous because the bad luck can rebound on the caster Yet there are also those who say that if you can't curse, you can't cure, and that if you are going to master even the whitest of white spells it is useful to have a little knowledge of the darker arts. A new book due out this month, By Spellbook and Candleby Melusine Draco, explores that area of magic. I'm sure this book will find critics who feel the subject matter is one best left alone - that curses are invariably evil and so it isn't sensible to publish a book on how to do them.
Personally, I don't think such censorship is at all helpful. There is plenty of information on curses out there on the internet already for those who want to learn about them. Better to have a responsible book that explains the dangers of cursing and the ethical questions about them.
Personally, I hope I never feel the need to cast a curse on anyone or anything. But if I ever do, I want to know the best way to go about it. And this book would be a good one to turn to for that information. Nimue Brown The Druid Network This is a book as fascinating for the ethical and philosophical questions it raises as for its content.
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Melusine Draco puts cursing into its historical context — highlighting the widespread use across times and cultures. She offers examples of private, vengeful cursing, protective cursing, religiously underpinned cursing — as with excommunication, and formal, socially endorsed cursing. The ethical arguments for and against these variations could be discussed in a book several times the length of this one. The author makes clear that cursing has profound consequences and should never be considered lightly, but that there are times when to prevent harm or seek justice, it may be the only path available.
The traps of self importance and anger are flagged up, but it does all come down to the judgement of the individual. The history of cursing is a fascinating one though, laden with insights into other times and cultures. For that reason alone it is well worth studying. In terms of how people perceive pagans, curses have always been part of the image.
This is a thoughtful book, well written, full of interesting information and plenty of historical curses, as well as discussions of the context in which you may choose to use them.
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It asks some very interesting ethical questions of the reader. Would you? Have you? I have also, at times, sought to invoke the forces of poetic justice. All things considered, the consequences of such wishing could be quite harsh on someone who deserved it, but would hardly touch someone who was doing well. In comparison, the curses in this book are a good deal more complicated, both in terms of method, and possible outcome. This is important work, for what it tells us about magic, history and the human condition. Even if you have no desire to hex anyone, there are a lot of reasons to pick up a copy.
Michael Howard The Cauldron It is refreshing in these days of vanilla-lite witchcraft that someone actually acknowledges that modern witches can and do curse. After all the historical evidence is there in spades and the Church did not make it all up. What is pretty amazing, or will be for some people, is how many of the curses in the book have a Christian origin.
As well as cursing charms and rituals the book also covers the magical arts of binding, the use of the witch-bottle and returning hexes to their senders. Pentacle magazine Issue 38 This book describes curses from many different religions. It is surprising just how many are Christian in origin. Certainly many more than are Pagan.
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A fascinating book, full of curses through the ages. It is surprising how many there are recorded in ancient texts and folklore.
As well as curses and hexes there are instructions on making bottling and binding spells. This book asks are curses evil? And what the repercussions are not only for the person cursed but also for those making the curse. A fascinating and thought provoking book. Highly recommended. Marion Pearce - Editor.
Oct 21, Nimue Brown rated it really liked it Shelves: moon-books. The one thing that grabbed me particularly was the idea of community cursing. The general image of cursing is more of the solitary, perhaps shameful act of malevolence against another.
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Community cursing is a whole other thing, and this book flagged up a number of times and places when its known to have been carried out. The best know example would be the Catholic excommunication, the accompanying language for which is tantamount to cursing somebody. And what could be more damning than removing a person from the presence, and care, of god?
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