When someone mentions the word "witchcraft", many different images come to mind. Probably the most popular is that of the old hag with a wart on her nose, standing over a boiling cauldron, slowly stirring some sort of wicked brew. However, in reality, this isn't at all what witchcraft is truly about. Real witchcraft requires an open mind and a willingness to oppose ignorance. But what exactly makes witchcraft seem so scary to those outside the practitioner's circle?
First, we need to examine the fact that witches really do exist. While they may not be like the witches in movies and books, they do exist. And as with all things in life, there comes a balanced dose of light and dark with witchcraft. Many people call the darker side of witchcraft black magic, while the lighter side is known as white magic. Both sides have different purposes, but most of the time, black magic is what many people hear about. It houses many concerns with its practice and often warns people of its deadly effects. However, people enthralled with terrible emotions often resort to such things and end up reaping the consequences. Here are fifteen things you probably didn't know about black magic.
15 Black Magic Was Once Much Worse
The black magic most people practice today has various aspects about it which make the entire process rather creepy. However, far into the distant past, practitioners of black magic would often use live animals and even use their organs, as well as their body parts in various rituals and spells. It's obvious that today, black magic users have a lot to work with when it comes to casting spells and curses, but the black magic used in our deep history shows us that the practice itself comes from some very dark places. Sacrifices were very common and took places in heavily wooded areas, as well as other places of secret. Today, if you try sacrificing something in the name of a god, you can get into some very serious trouble with the law. However, not many people are sacrificing animals or using their blood for rituals nowadays. Luckily, that type of practice is very rare and only done by some very disturbing individuals.
14 Black Magic Is Considered Evil
While this little fact may be a given, especially for those who have never practiced black magic, for others it isn't so basic and laid out. The basis of black magic isn't the most ideal, and if you decide to take a stroll down that lane, it's simple fact that you will experience misfortune. Many people talk about how black magic will bring you great things, but the dark practice is full of deception. These spells and acts will promise you things but for a very deep price. Those prices can show up in your life in ways you would least expect in forms like depression, unexpected anger, misplaced emotions, problems at home, and in severe cases, eventual physical effects. It should be an obvious rule that black magic is a practice well worth staying away from, but people with their temptations and revenge plots simply cannot stay away from the enticing idea of the practice.
13 The Term Is Often Abused
We all have actions which we aren't proud of in life, but some people are demented or simply on the wrong path and use other means to explain away their actions. While the idea of someone casting a spell or a curse is not very common to hear in a conversation on the street, Witchcraft is actually on the rise, giving many with a new age outlook a better means of expressing themselves. And while we do have good witches, there are also the bad, and it's those we should be worried about. The main reason being that most people who use black magic, tormenting people and torturing them, use this as an excuse to explain away their actions and give their ill intent a higher purpose. These are the same people who believe what they are doing is the best option and that they are enacting their own karma onto another individual, sadly, this isn't how it works.
12 Black Magic Has Dangerous Spirits
Getting into the darker and more supernatural side of black magic, practitioners have been known to use many types of spirits in order to accomplish their goals. At the time of conjuring the spirits, this may seem like an ideal way to get what you want, but what many do not know is that once you summon a specific spirit to do your bidding, they almost always expect something in return. On the other hand, some are purely harmful and only seek to harm the person who summoned them along with the person which the spirit was summoned for. The spirit that most people talk about when it comes to summoning is almost always a Jinn. These spirits have often been associated with genies, however, they are not to be messed with by any means. In a sense, these spirits are like humans in the fact that they can be good, evil, or somewhere in between, depending on what type of spirit they are.
11 There Will Always Be Consequences
Many people go through life looking at black magic as a simple fairytale topic. Unfortunately, this "fairytale topic" is considered very real by those who practice it as well as those who believe in magic and other supernatural subjects. There exists a rule involving black magic, and if you are a witchcraft practitioner, you know exactly what that rule is. Anything that a user sends out will come back to them times three. That goes for anyone who is conducting dark rituals or sending out bad energy to people. Some have even said that doing any type of black can put your life in danger. Your health, finances, as well as your loved ones can all be affected by the use of a power that should never be picked up. Fortunately, when you're talking in magic terms, there does exist a great variety of protection spells which block against this harmful magic, making it even more dangerous to conduct, for when someone has cast a protection around them, this can deflect the negativity back onto the one who sent the bad energy out.
10 Food Is The Easiest Target
Black magic is performed in a variety of different ways, however, the easiest form of deception is with food. In many cases, the caster will put a curse on various food items. Once completed he or she will take the items to the victim, disguising their acts as a simple, kind-hearted deed. With this being the easiest form of deception, it is often the most popular of ways for black magic practitioners to distribute their curses and harmful energies. If you know someone who bakes a lot and is into a lot of peculiar and demented types of supernatural workings, it's probably best that you don't take a cookie from them, especially if they are constantly offering them. It certainly makes you think twice about the way we think of our grandmothers and other older ladies who have a knack for baking delicious goods, along with all the other bakers out there.
9 Unintentional Harm
Even if you don't believe in the effects of black magic, this doesn't mean that it isn't real. Black magic has affected many over the course of the last few hundred years, with people cursing objects and sending out harmful energy towards their enemies. But sometimes, practitioners will curse a specific object intended for a person. Unfortunately, the energy they send into that object is likely to affect anyone who touches it, not just the enemy they are trying to curse. This can lead to results otherwise undesirable and poses yet another reason why black magic isn't a good thing and should never be messed with. Just a few years ago, many looked away from such facts, simply because the times didn't call for such conversation, however, now we are in a new century and our minds have been opened to all sorts of things, including the possibility of magic.
8 Those Who Help Can Be Harmed
For those who have cast a black magic spell, their situation is already terrible enough. What's worse is that other people who try to help end the spell or fight against the effects of it often become a part of the spell, accidentally suffering the same effects as the victim. This in itself should be reason enough to never practice such things, however, certain people are never easily swayed, and this almost always leads to terrible happenings. But helping isn't always a bad thing. Spells for protection and healing can often be very powerful counter attacks for black magic spells, giving one hope that the dark energy coming their way can be avoided. But without the required knowledge, many do not know about the many ways the effects of these spells can be avoided. When facing magical deeds, it's always best to have all the information you can in order to perform the correct way.
7 Physical Appearance
Those who dabble in the affairs of black magic will often find themselves looking rather different. Normal appearances tend to go out the window once you devote your life to the dark arts. When it comes to casting dark spells, more harm than good is being done, and not just to the person that the black magic is being directed towards but for the caster as well. One would begin to notice that their health isn't exactly where it is supposed to be at. Feeling tired almost all the time is going to be a major factor in your life. Also, slowly, you will grow to look less appealing each day that passes. This is all due to the terrible effect that black magic can have on your body. As it was said before, anything that you send out will come back to you full circle. There are no ifs ands or buts about it. This is a sure way to obtain some negative energy, simply by giving it away to someone else.
6 Life After Death
People don't often believe that the effects of black magic are real, however, there does exist a rumor that states that life after death isn't possible for practitioners of black magic. This is certainly a scary thought. One that would divert many away from the idea, however, obviously this rumor can not be proven and as long as humans exist, we will be tempted to perform hateful energies towards others. But what if this rumor turned out to be true? If life after death wasn't actually possible for those who practice black magic, would this simply drive people away from it? Probably not. We are all human, and we are going to do what we think is right, even if that means that sometimes, we are going to be wrong and do the wrong thing. It's always best to keep in mind though, that the rules of black magic differ from everyday processes. Knowing this can keep you safe in desperate times.
5 Practitioners Are Servants Of Spirits
Some people believe that certain people who dabble in black magic are servants of evil spirits, devoting their life to harming people simply for the fun of it. While this isn't something that has been proven, it's enough to scare even the strongest of heart and has brought fear to a great many by telling various stories involving a witch who is out to obtain people's souls or even to kill for fun.
However, these accusations most likely come from early centuries when witchcraft wasn't fully brought to light, leaving many to assume that anyone who practiced magic was ultimately evil. Luckily we have moved into a new day and age when people look at these types of things with an open mind. Our new outlooks provide deeper insight into the supernatural offering more light on the subjects we need to know about most like spirits and summoning them in the dark arts.
4 Black Magic Can't Bring Back The Dead
In popular movie culture, black magic has been known to bring people back from the dead. In these movies, an elaborate ritual is played out, most of the time used with various items and complicated spells, and eventually, after much time, the person is brought back from the dead. In real life, however, this isn't the case. The balance of life is setup in a way where when someone has passed, they can not go backwards in the cycle. Everything moves forwards and that is simply how it is. But suppose we could bring someone back. Who is to say that they would be the same? In movies, whenever a person is brought back from the dead, they're usually not themselves. They are confused and unsure about the world and who they are. Other times we've seen them beg for death, simply because they aren't supposed to be back in the world of the living. But no one knows for sure, for these are simply guesses from movies, but one thing is for sure. No one can ever be brought back from the dead.
3 Black Magic Can Never Do Good
It's as simple as the title states. Nothing good can ever come of black magic. You come across people in life who believe that the process of black magic is a good thing considering the fact that we can't have light without dark. However, this is simply a fact. It does not make it right for anyone to practice black magic. Yes, it is true that we have our fair share of those that would harm others, and many would argue that this is just a part of life and that it is necessary for us to have the good things in life, but that doesn't mean it is right. We owe it to ourselves to be great human beings by trying our best to never harm another person. In a perfect world, we would never see the practice of black magic, but sadly that isn't how life works. Everyday we face different challenges of dark and light, even those of us who do not practice black magic are facing the daily struggles in which most of us must suffer through.
2 It's A Very Addicting Process
There's a saying that too much power can go to your head. This reigns true for those who practice in the realm of black magic. We all have a darker side to us, and while some of us don't embrace it, others have decided to take on their dark side full force, plunging into bouts of power and deception. But it's that power that drives people to become addicted to such acts. They start to become addicts of their own nature due to the fact that power can be a corrupt and devastating tool along with the deception that what they're doing is the right thing. These combined feelings and energies create for a very terrible person, hence the caution at practicing black magic. The outcome is obviously never good, yet still people do not listen and force themselves into these enraged ideas of power. Luckily one can come back from such use, but it requires an entire rewiring of the way you think along with many different lifestyle changes.
1 Most Of The Time You're Safe
As the title suggests, most of the time you are naturally safe against black magic spells, simply because spells require certain energies and concentration in order to actually work, and even then, there isn't a guarantee that they will work. The energy that is used in creating a bad spell comes from very terrible places like anger, hate, sadness, depression, sorrow, and so on. However, light magic is entirely different and comes from great places such as happiness and love. But sadly, there are those who end up with a vast amount of negative energy, and with the right amount of concentration, they are able to inflict terrible negative forces onto one another.