10 Common Misconceptions About Magick
Misconception #5 – You should always add “harm none” in your petitions
This is very directly connected to the third misconception. There is this idea that it’s possible for anything to be done -magical or mundane- that will not harm anyone.
The problem with this is that it’s not how the world works.
If you get a job then that means someone else didn’t.
If you are married then that means someone else who was in love with your husband/wife lost their chance to marry them.
If you win the lottery then someone else didn’t.
That’s how life works, and it’s no different when it comes to magic. You can’t just add “harm none” into a spell and think that’ll take care of it and bring you what you desire without anyone else ever losing anything. Magic doesn’t work that way because life doesn’t work that way.
Adding “harming none” or even worse “for everyone’s highest good” to your spell or petition is THE BEST way to ensure your spell will produce ZERO results. Magic usually works by influencing probabilities. Since those two statements (“harm none” and “for everyone’s highest good”) have a probability of zero, no matter what you multiply that zero with it will stay a zero. You just cast a spell and built it so it would fail 100%.
Misconception #6 – Real witches don’t curse/hex/use “black” magic
I’ve been seeing this one a lot in the last few years, especially on Pinterest.
Here’s the deal:
Real witches can and do curse if they see the need for it. Real witches have been cursing since the beginning of human history.
In fact if you divine all the ancient spells from around the world that we have discovered by category, curses will form the bulk of your collection.
This misconception most likely comes from the Wiccan Rede, which says “An’ ye harm none, do what ye will”.
Remember how we already discussed thought that magic and Wicca aren’t the same thing?
Wicca is a religion, and like all religions, it has certain rules and moral obligations.
Magic – on the other hand- is a neutral force (refer to misconception #3). There is no inherent limitation to how you can use it.
Think of it like a knife:
- You can use a knife to cut vegetables and cook a delicious meal
- You can use a knife to stab someone to death
- You can use a knife to perform surgery on someone to save his life or heal him from a medical problem
- You can use a knife to defend yourself or protect other people from harm
- You can use a knife to cast a magical circle
- You can use a knife as a decorative piece in your house or office
Is there a right and wrong use of a kife? No! How you use it depends on what you need.
For example, while performing surgery is a perfectly good use of knives, I’d never use a knife to perform surgery because I don’t have the training to do such a thing.
On the other hand, while you’ll never see me going around with a knife and attacking people, I would have zero issue with using a knife against someone who attempted to invade my house and threaten me and my loved ones.
Magic is like a knife. By itself, it’s neutral. You are the one who chooses how to use it, when to use it and for what purpose.
Maybe you’ll spend your whole life never needing a knife for anything else other than opening packages and cutting vegetables, and maybe you’ll spend your whole life without the need to curse anyone ever arising.
On the other hand, maybe you’ll spend several decades using knives to perform surgery on people because that’s your chosen career, and maybe you’ll use curses to curse your negative habits (yep, that’s actually a thing).
How, when and for what you use magic depends completely on you and you personal ethics and moral code.
But there’s no inherent limitation in magic itself, and cursing doesn’t make anyone any less of a witch.
Misconception #7 – Magic is unnatural and will always try to f*ck you up, so you need to be extremely careful what you ask for and throw in tons of caveats to ensure things don’t go horribly wrong
You’re not gonna hear this one directly as a statement, but it is evident in many books.
This basically comes down to a Hollywood/movie version of magic. Think “Once Upon A Time”.
Think of all those stories about someone doing a spell for $1.000.000 and then losing a loved one and inheriting $1.000.000 from them.
It is basically the idea that magic will always f*ck you up somehow so you should be extremely careful what you ask for and make sure you add a ton of specific ways you DON’T want things to manifest.
This is a very harmful misconception. Trust me when I say that the purpose of magic is not to punish you for doing a spell or for asking for what you want.
Do mishaps like the $1.000.000 from an inheritance happen?
Yes, sometimes they do.
I actually know two people who have had that happen.
But magic didn’t just go and off their relative so they could get the money. In both cases, their relative was an extremely old and extremely ill person who was expected to pass soon.
If you’re worried about something like that happening, just add “with no physical harm to anyone” or something like that instead of “harming no one”. Or maybe “in a pleasant way”.
Misconception #8 – You should ask for “this or something better” or leave it up to the Universe/the spirits to decide what’s best for you
Magic is all about power and responsibility. The only person that knows what’s best for you is you.
It doesn’t matter how benevolent or caring or whatever you think magic or the Universe or a spirit to be. They don’t know what’s best for you and it’s not their job to know what’s best for you.
Think of it this way:
Maybe you have a wonderful relationship with your mom and she usually gives the best advice. You know she has the best intentions for you and wants to see you happy.
Does that mean she always knows what’s best for you? Maybe she thinks that what’s best for you is to have 3 children and live in the suburbs, while you don’t want to have children yet because you want to focus on your career. Maybe she thinks her friend Mary’s son Adam would be the best boyfriend for you, but alas, Adam is a good guy but the most boring person ever and you can’t stay away while he’s talking.
The only person who gets to decide what you want is you.
Misconception #9 – If you do a spell you have to accept the results, whatever they are, as the best thing possible for you.
Again, this is closely related to number 4.
Many people think that when you do magic and don’t like the results, you shouldn’t try again because whatever manifested must be the best for you/what the spirits think is best for you.
Magic is one of the most helpful tools in refining what we want.
Say you cast a spell to find a job for X amount of money and you are offered a job for that exact amount. But you realize the hours are way too long.
You don’t have to accept the position just because it manifested as a result of your magic. You can turn it down. You can cast another spell or go to your spirits and say “thank you for this position, however I’d prefer something with the same pay but only X amount of hours per week”.
You don’t have to settle for what showed up. It’s 100% your call whether you like it and want to go forward with it, or whether you want to refine your petition and try again.
Misconception #10 – Magic always comes with a cost
This is only half-true.
The truth is, magic DOES come with a cost. It’s just not what people usually assume it is.
Contrary to what you see in movies, the cost is not something like your soul, your first-born child or anything sensational like that.
Magic comes with a cost in the sense that magic -when done right- will change things.
So if for example you do magic to get a specific job then the cost is that you have to wake up early to get to work every day, you have to work hard to keep your position, you have to fulfil your professional obligations etc.
Or if you do magic to find a new boyfriend/girlfriend, then you have to adjust to not being single anymore, to taking another person’s opinion and life into consideration etc.
Sometimes the cost is the ritual itself, and all the time and energy you pour into it, the cost of the materials, any offerings you promise to give to the spirits upon fulfilment of your request (candles, food, donations to charity etc).
Things can be confusing when you’re a beginner in magic. Hopefully this post helped you understand what’s real and what’s just a myth a bit better.
Is there anything you were told about that you later realised it was just a myth? Let me know in the comments!