I am referring to a very interesting little comment by ‘Morgan’ on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn blog in response to my views on the revival of modern paganism. Scoot on over if you can be bothered. I am not sure if it makes interesting reading but does show two things. Firstly, how emotive some pagans can get over this issue and secondly how readily a few pagans resort to the concepts of cursing and retribution. Now of course the pagan traditions are not alone in having a few nutters in its midst who do curse; all religions and spiritual traditions do. Paganism, Wicca and the magical traditions however are unique in providing the concepts and in some cases the means by which to curse as part of their outer tradition and practices.
Now, to paraphrase the great Adrian Mole, I’m no stranger to curses. I was first cursed years back after writing an article for a local Perth Wiccan newsletter on, yes, the pagan revival. Nothing much changes. Of course I felt nothing and went along my merry way, writing more articles. This of course led to more curses, a few nasty phone calls and much venting. And I still felt nothing. Over the years as I pissed off a few more nut-case Wiccans and magicians I supposedly received more curses and yes, felt no ill effects.
I could go into the whole inner dynamics of cursing and why of course I would not be affected, pointing out the various subtle levels, openness, integral protection, magical links, blah blah blah. Of more interest however is the concept of cursing itself and how it sits or does not within magical and pagan traditions.
I am aware that a few pagan traditions curse rapists, even suggesting they are good to practice on (practice for cursing whom, I wonder). Most traditions however do not practice or teach curses for anyone and I have yet to see any Golden Dawn group legitimise the practice. This is one of the reasons I like the Golden Dawn and love the ethic ascribed to Christ of turning the other cheek rather than fighting back. And this of course is the ultimate “protection” against any curse.
From my understanding cursing, and even preparing for a curse, damages the curse placer far more than the person who is being attacked. It certainly did in my case since I felt nothing. One of the most accurate descriptions of the effect of a curse is described by Evan John Jones in his ‘Witchcraft: a tradition renewed’. Here Jones describes how even though his group felt the curse was needed and justified it led to the break-up of the group and took years to shake off its damaging effects. This is what happens when we consciously fill our sphere with damaging energy.
OK…mini sermon ended, thanks 🙂