Grovedaughter Witchery

Curses

Note: Curse magic can be a dicey business, less because of any cosmic retribution (not all of us believe in the Rule of Three), and more because the magic by its' very nature is difficult and temperamental. Curses are fueled by rage, and this can cause the spell to backlash in peculiar ways. It is best to know exactly what you're doing before you cast a curse, be willing to accept the consequences, and know how to protect yourself if the worst should happen.

Magical Mud-Slinging: How to Protect Yourself from Backlash

A question that I get asked very often (by which I mean about once a week) is some variation of "How do I protect myself from the backlash of casting baneful magic / perform cursing without consequences?"

Well, the truth is that there is no way of performing baneful magic without incurring consequences. As I’ve so often said, “You can’t sling mud without getting your hands dirty.” But just like with mud, there are things you can do to mitigate the mess.


Step 1: “Wear Gloves.”

Protect yourself with a personal ward before you begin. Try to limit the number of tools you use to put the curse together. Cast a protective circle, if you feel the need. Prepare materials to refresh your household wards, if you have them, because they’ll need boosting after you’re done.


Step 2: “Wash Your Hands.”

Once you’ve finished whatever it is you set out to do, cleanse EVERYTHING. Yourself, your tools, your home…everything, top to bottom. Take a shower with a bit of Simple Jinx Remover to keep the magical “sludge” from sticking to you. Refresh your household wards. If you don’t have them, a simple sprinkling of salt across doorways and windowsills will do the trick.


Step 3: “Pay the Price.”

It’s important to know that there is a cost to everything. “All Magic Has A Price.” With baneful spells, the effect is more severe because of the intent of the magic involved. It can range from just having a couple of bad days to a full-on backlash where the curse you threw boomerangs around and bites you square in the ass. Whatever you do, no matter how well you prepare, there will be a cost to cursing. You need to realize and accept this, and if it’s not something you’re prepared to deal with, I’d suggest finding another way to get things done.


Note: These spells are the original creations of the witch known as Bree NicGarran. If you choose to post them elsewhere, please give credit.
Please note that these spells are meant as curios and are not guaranteed to work for everyone, or to be substitutes for practical action.
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