I was reading a witchcraft article on witchvox "Love, Lust and the Natural Order of Things
" and it stirred up some ideas regarding spellcrafting when it involves - other people.
I dont agree with everything the author of that article says, but do agree with some of it.
Most of the time we do spells that are for our OWN benefit, protection, prosperity, knowledge etc. Eventually we are compelled to do spell-work that in some way involves other people. Whether is is for protection, healing, love or more- we do a spell on behalf of another, or a spell that includes someone else.
The main issue is, could the spell impede free will? I usually advise people never to do a spell ON someone without their explicit consent. This generally resolves the issue... So what about healing spells. Most people dont think it is wrong to do a spell to heal the people living in a disaster zone for example. The question is, if the act of doing spells is prohibited in another person's religion, is it wrong to perform a spell on them that is to their benefit?
Like prayers... I don't personally mind people praying for my health, wealth, or happiness, regardless of thier religion. But it really BOTHERS me when family members pray to "save my soul" or "bring me back to Jesus". I know they do, and they do it without my blessing or consent. It isn't that I am fearful that they will take away my ability to choose, it is just the obvious misguided inability to accept that I can find solace in a different faith. It creates a rift where there wouldn't be one if they could simply "agree to disagree".
So when we do spells on people who don't believe as we do, are we doing the same thing? Even if it is a "blanket spell"? I don't know. Certainly we cant petition every single person... Is it negligent to refrain from praying or casting when people need all the help they can get, energetically or otherwise?
And what of spells that change someone else's perception of US? I make a spicy lust oil that fires up the libido of me and my husband. He knows i have it, and I know he likes ANYTHING to get us out of the living room and into the sack... but do i tell him every time i dab some on? no. That would be like announcing your birthday wish after you blow out the candles.
And what of "communal spaces"? My house is protected by charms, and I certainly feel that it is for the benefit of all who dwell. I know hubby doesn't mind, but I cant exactly "ask" my 18 month old. I feel that because she is my daughter I can cast as much protection and loving spells on her as I want, at least until she tells me otherwise. I think children qualify under the "Parental Rights and Responsibilities clause".
What about if someone desperately wants or desires something and you KNOW that they do. Can you help them with "non invasive" magic to give them a little "good luck"? Is that taboo unless you ask them? If a loved one is dying from cancer, should you do a healing spell even if they don't ask for one? Is it negligent to NOT do it if it is within your abilities?
All in all where do you draw the line? When your intent is to do good for someone else... is it selfish to assume, or selfless to give? Where does free will end and public benefit begin. Should you help those who don't WANT your help?
I can't say, what I can say is that *sometimes* I explore the territory. What do YOU think?
Blessed Be and Good Luck on Your Journey!