A Wiccan Journey: Spell-casting and curses.

AWiccanJourneyThere are two words people associate with Wicca; spells and curses. They instantly bring to mind bubbling cauldrons of foul-smelling liquid, or old women with warts on their noses muttering in some ancient language and pointing a bony finger. While these images will always be around, in reality spells and curse make up a small part of the practice. I liken them to prayers with other religions, and like prayers it’s up to the individual on how to use them. Let’s take a deeper look.


There are as many types of spells and they can be as intricate or as simple as you please. My simplest definition of a spell is a series of words-spoken or written, which focuses personal energy to fulfilling an achievable goal. Most revolve around acquiring love, wealth and happiness, while others are more for finding harmony within oneself. There are two minds within the community on if/when one should cast. On one hand you have the saying ‘do what you will, so long as it harms none’; this allows for all sorts of spells to be cast for just about anyone. Cast whatever spell you want, as long as no-one gets hurt. Makes sense.

Others see spells as something more personal; that should only be done with the intent of good and not for any sort of gain. That there is a morality to spellcasting that can’t and shouldn’t be ignored, and there are consequences attached to the spell (Law of Three). Spells also require a lot of personal energy, time, and focus. Three reasons that some feel negates any reason for casting beyond a personal endeavour.

I feel spellcasting boils down to the caster. Myself, I don’t do a lot of spells. I think I’ve done a total of three in the last fifteen years. All three times were during low in our life and we needed a little extra to carry us through or protection. I don’t think I would ever do a spell for someone else. Like I stated, it takes a lot of personal energy and focus, and many times non-magic folks just want a quick fix to their problem or situation. While a wave of the wand works in Harry Potter, that doesn’t work in the real world.


Curses are strictly cast for revenge or what the caster would perceive as justice. Unlike a spell, there are no positive side-effects of a curse. You are sending out negative energy into the world, and according to the Wiccan Rede and Law of Three, what comes around goes around, and will bite you hard in the ass when it does. My personal take on curses is that they are done so in desperation; which can make them all the more powerful. All magic evolves around energy-all forms of energy, and the more energy you have to put into a curse, the more power it will have.


Whether you cast a spell or a curse, please be away of the intent around it, for once it goes out into the universe, you can’t take it back.

About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to A Wiccan Journey: Spell-casting and curses.

  1. mariazannini says:

    That was a well thought explanation. I especially liked how you compared spells to prayers. How true.

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