Ethics In Magick by Warren Stott

A local group recently sponsored a seminar on the ethics of magick. I was unable to attend but heard the tapes of the session. Several people on this echo were present and had thoughtful things to say as did the others in attendance. I would like to address a few ideas that came up there and, of course, are significant to all people that work magick.

The question of hexing came up. A rousing chorus ensued saying essentially that many folks there felt their own ethical model does not allow hexing. Initially, I put myself in that group as well. I am not a bad person, I do not intentionally hurt people. After some thought, though, I asked myself this question.

If there is a conceivable ethical situation where I might sucker punch someone, why would there not be such a time to zap them with the same magnitude of magick?

If I punch someone when they have no known defense against me, I am opening the serious potential to harm them. My punch might not hurt them at all, it might surprise them more than hurt them, it might hurt them enough that they get the message I was sending, or it might blind or even kill them. I would not know until after the fact. If I felt justified in punching them, I would probably do it. If they turned and destroyed me, I would have to question my judgment afterwards. Likewise if I blinded them.

Acceptance of the karmic debt was raised as part of this justification cycle. By going ahead and hitting them, I tacitly or implicitly accept the debt. Personal destruction or harming the other guy, it is the same, I accept the debt by my action.

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3 thoughts on “Ethics In Magick by Warren Stott

  1. Coming from a European background, hexing and cursing even today is so prevalent that there is even a passage in the Christian Orthodox bible for Anti-Hexing, or removing the evil eye, something the Greeks call the Mati.
    Hexing in European culture has been practiced for millennia. Archeologist unearthing hexing and anti-hexing tablets dating back thousands of years.
    In the ancient times throughout the Mediterranean, Magick was simply part of every day life.
    I admit that it’s not something I readily practice, however out of protection, as a last resort and well being of my loved ones, I would not hesitate. We only get what we send out afterall, but as the article mentions there are some sacrifices that may need to be made for the well being and safety of others.

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    1. Hi, I had encountered this artical on another website. It was interesting how Mr Stott vacillated between the use of hexing being ethical or non ethical. I work in law enforcement and have learned a bit about the acceptable use of force, and please understand, the use of magic to negatively or positively affect another IS a use of force. There are times in which the question ethics must be laid aside to protect ourselves and our loved ones or our property. There are toxic people in the world from which we must protect ourselves. Gods forbid, but if I can use a nonlethal hex instead of a bullet, shouldn’t I? Isn’t the Karma of a bullet or a nightstick the same for a hex? The philosophy of force in law enforcement is “use the least amount of force possible to achieve the desired result, i.e. to make the scene safe. Their wheel of force begins with “presence” and “voice”. Should we not try to resolve our differences in a similar fashion? But, if all else fails, would we allow ourselves or our families to be harmed? Just a thought.

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      1. Hi, You take on hexing is a powerful one especially as you put your life on the line every day you wear your uniform and even when not in uniform. I agree to take the path of least harm to others even when protecting loved ones. Instead of a hex for people who try or have seceded in hurting a myself or my families I have written a Justice Spell, which does fall into gray magick I have been told, designed so that the person only gets back whatever they dished out. Now if someone killed a family member or our pets/familiars and law enforcement was having a difficult time in apprehending the perpetrator then and only than would I use a hex and that would be mild as so the police could find the fined. Remember as you read this article that it states in the Wicce (Wiccan) Rede what you send out comes back three times over. Hence the Justice spell is only giving back what had already been sent out. The final sentence of the spell is “Let Justice prevail lest it harm none.”

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