If you talk to other Pagans about magick, one of the first things they’re going to drill into your head is that free will exists, and it’s wrong to mess with it. The vast majority of Pagans believe that using magick to alter someone’s free will is incredibly wrong and should not be done unless all other options have been exhausted, if at all.
This belief is very old, mostly born of fear because people didn’t understand witches, or found them alluring, and had to make up an excuse for being interested in them. What made it worse and keeps it going is the internet and the prevalence of love spells and binding spells. Spells that control other people do exist and are widely spread, but they’re rarely ever used by anyone with any sense or any experience.
Spells that control people almost always backfire, and it’s just wrong to use them. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a witch who will cast a love spell on someone, unless they’re a fraud stealing your money. Using a spell on yourself is your choice, but on another, it’s not acceptable. Binding spells are slightly different, and some witches will use them to keep a person from doing harm to themselves or others. Typically, this is an act of last resort, and not something they do without a great deal of thought and consideration.
There are spells other than the two I mentioned that are designed to control a person’s actions, but the fact of the matter is that you’re probably never going to run into a witch who would use them. Generally, people can’t be controlled for long, if at all. If it does work, there are usually very nasty consequences that come back to the caster, or even to innocent people who just happen to be in the wake of the spell. Pagans, for the most part, neither use nor approve of any spell that alters the free will of another human being.
*Disclaimer: I no longer practice Paganism, but I’ve left these Pagan Myths articles active because I believe they’re still valuable in helping people to understand Paganism and reduce negative stereotypes.*