I am a writer of witchery and am interested in all aspects of religious history and expression.
Will Anything Bad Happen If I Practice Witchcraft?!
Witchcraft is to magick what the scientific method is to nature. When we use the craft, we are not manifesting wholly new truths. we are simply uncovering and manipulating the forces and realities that are already there. To use "dangerous witchcraft" is to tap into the depthless reservoir of knowledge and truth and power that is just waiting underneath the paper-thin surface of perceived reality.
One of the most common concerns of the uninitiated is, "But isn't magick dangerous?" My answer, simply and honestly, is yes. Magick is undeniably and unimaginably dangerous. However, so is the ocean. So are the caves beneath the surface of the earth we know and traverse daily. So is the magma beneath the earth's crust. Magick is dangerous because magick is in the earth, in nature, and nature is the most cataclysmically dangerous force in the universe.
How Witchcraft Really Works
The problem of understanding that makes people associate magick with only dangerous witchcraft is that they are accurately assessing the dangerous forces we work with whenever we do our rituals, incantations, and spells. Unfortunately, they mistakenly perceive the danger to lie within those rituals, incantations and spells, rather than within the very forces of nature we use them to call upon.
Consider for a moment the skydiver. He jumps out of planes on a daily basis, sometimes taking adventurous and unsuspecting tourists along with him for the ride. If all goes according to plan, his expertise and muscle memory gained from repeating the jump so many hundreds of time will serve him as well as his parachute. When the skydiver lands unharmed on the ground, we're all impressed. we have an innate understanding of the forces of nature he's overcome to complete such a task.
Now, consider the witch, the magician. If you've ever practiced "positive thinking" only to find the very blessings you instilled so much of your hope and imagination in manifest before you, you've practiced magick. Magick is the use of correspondences and objects imbued with certain energies to channel your intentions into the universe. The only way the universe can give you what you want is if it knows what you want, right? The most dangerous witchcraft is human desire.
Magick Is All Around Us
The underlying logic behind the belief that magick is dangerous is that using any force to get what you want is in and of itself a dangerous thing. Think about that for a moment, and consider whether magick is really any more dangerous than the spoken word. Surely, you have the ability to put your intentions out there with your voice. You can tell people what you think, even when the words you choose hurt them deeply. You can demand something you have no right to, but you are the one responsible for the consequences. We project our intentions onto others in the mundane world every day. Magick is simply doing the same thing with energy. Most of those who use magick do so with far more consideration and understanding of the potential consequences than most people ever show before speaking or acting in their daily lives.
Energy already exists. Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, your every thought and action results in some form of energy exchange. Isn't it safer to understand that cosmic currency and the rules behind its exchange than to wield it blindly? Knowledge is power, and a proper understanding of magick can be both empowering and sobering. One thing is for certain, and that is that practicing magick will give you a deepened appreciation of cause and effect in the universe and in your daily life.
Consequences and Conjurings
The simple answer to the age-old question is yes, dangerous witchcraft and magick exists. Like a sword or a pen, magick is as dangerous as the mind and hand that wields it. If you are a good person at heart and you project good, positive intentions out into the universe, you will better the world. If you are a good person and you speak kindness, you will do the same. Likewise, if you are a malicious person with no regard for the feelings or autonomy as others, you will do as much harm with your words as you will with a spell or a magic wand.
Gadfly from Olde London Towne on December 21, 2018:
This day marks the winter solstice here in 'olde London towne' ot the shortest hours of daylight.
Be very afraid.
Gadfly. on August 03, 2018:
Greetings my little Darklings.
Here in 'Olde London towne' i am fortunate to be influenced by a wise woman who has adopted me as her familiar. The scenario is that she, Sabine is her mononym, requires me to be her confidante in return for accepting her as the superior of us. The relationship is one of mutual trust and i receive snippets of wisdom along the way.
Sabine does not require any fees for her advice only dedicated loyalty.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 27, 2018:
Merrie we meet.
I prefer the term 'wise woman' to that of the wyche.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 24, 2018:
Article keeps getting blocked with some servers.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 20, 2018:
Merrie we meet
Many blessings to all kindred spirits.
Fat Albert on June 06, 2016:
The thing with magick is that you really can't control what happens. And if, just for argument sake , if the Bible is accurate, magick is something that could only be safely practiced by beings who aren't "fallen" ( effected by sin and the resulting imperfections that sin causes ). In a way, messing with magick could be like trying to operate a vehicle while intoxicated. You may have considerable problems controlling what happens. If you do not know EXACTLY what you're doing, .... !!!...
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on October 15, 2014:
Think of 'only good things happening to me' and stay in this universe.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 23, 2014:
Time to mention one of the most powerful practicioners of the 'craft' that i've ever met. Olga Dorne Sambell inherited clairvoyant powers through the matralineal line going back for generations. A poetess and accomplished illustrator this Wiccan High Priestess keeps a horde of cats among them her witches familiar Calpurnia. Psychic self-defence being the main form of protection she also holds the black belt in karate as back up.
Joey (author) on February 04, 2014:
Protection for pagans and/or witches against everything from physical harm and burglary to spiritual warfare. :) The video covers mostly Asatruar methods of spiritual protection.
Disappearinghead from Wales, UK on February 02, 2014:
Watched the video...well fast forwarded much of it. But protection from what?