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I saved this for last not only because it’s sadly common, but also because it’s dangerous and leads far too many unhappy people to Paganism, when it’s not truly their path.
There are countless claims across the world that magick and spells can fix anything. Did your partner leave you? There’s a spell for that. Are you sick? There’s a spell for that. Are you poor? There’s a spell for that. Do you dislike a classmate or neighbor? You guessed it, there’s a spell for that!
Here’s the truth: yes, you can find a spell for just about anything you can think of, or instructions for how to write one. However, not all spells work, and some are just wrong or dangerous to even try. Just because a spell exists, doesn’t mean that it’s going to do what you want or that you should be messing with it.
You’ll find that most Pagans will be quick to tell you to use magick with caution. Spells can fail, or worse, backfire. They’re not meant to be a quick fix. You can’t do whatever you want and then use a spell to change things you don’t like. It doesn’t work that way. Pagans believe in personal responsibility and using mundane methods before resorting to spells and magick.
Spells cannot magically fix everything. They can’t right all the wrongs, they can’t make you rich and famous. They are not this all-powerful toy box that you can reach into and get whatever you want. Spells can be powerful and they can work, but they’re not meant to be the first thing you reach for.
If you’re coming to Paganism thinking that it’s going to be a way to learn spells and turn your life all around, think again. Spells are just one part of a larger system, and they are not to be played with. Magick should be respected, and you always have to remember, Paganism is a spiritual belief system, not just a means to an end.