Cursing is an extremely common thing in all walks of life. We hear people doing it all the time; for some folks it is almost impossible to say anything without some cursing going on.

 

At this point the question may arise as to whether we are talking about swearing or cursing. Again, as in the comparison between a spell and a curse, the difference between swearing and cursing is often almost impossible to establish.

 

In ordinary speech swearing or cursing is mostly used in emphasis of certain words, expressions or statements. It accentuates any form of emotional turn of phrase; everything from heartbreak to humor. It is a spirited precursor to various forms of denial or refusal and denotes eagerness and agreement in other examples. It can be very funny, or very offensive and insulting.

 

And so we arrive at anger – and here we take in account all the various degrees of this particular emotional state. For the sake of neatness I would like to mention the parameters: from slight annoyance to blind rage and hatred. I also point it out for the reason that the degree of fury determines the level of brutality in the swearing or cursing that comes as a direct result.

 

We have all, at some point, experienced anger, or witnessed someone else’s, where the forcefulness and swear words that came out were so shocking that it stuck in the memory, and later when discussed, it is recalled in embarrassment and amazement. It is often accompanied with statements like: Wow, I really don’t know where that came from. I did not know I, or so-and-so, even knew words like that.

 

Then what of the party on the receiving end of that torrent of venom? As we have seen in the section dealing with bad thoughts and ill wishing, it most certainly arrives with the person it is directed to, and produces who knows what result.

 

So, the way that bad thoughts and ill wishing is often expressed is through swearing and cursing. Yet, this way of expressing, we could say, is only the beginning of this particular minefield of voiced intent. Cursing goes a lot further; it also has no good side, as compared to a “good” spell.

 

There have been many examples where hatred for someone became so intense that a curse was laid not only on the particular person, but also on his or her children and their children, and so on. We even read of such things in the Bible.

 

This kind of curse does not necessarily imply an act of black magic – yet. It can be uttered as a spoken intent; but at this time it means spoken with every fiber of someone’s being. Here a really superior degree of hatred is necessary, and it is also the compelling force for such an all-overriding act. It is dredged up from the darkest part of humanity and spat into existence. Some people use the expression: the darkest part of the soul. I wonder if the soul has a part like this.

 

The recipient of this particular kind of utterance then starts to experience the results of this mania, and later, of course, their children too, and so on. It becomes a monster that feeds itself over time, and often it happens in more or less the following way.

 

As we have seen in the section dealing with ill wishing and bad thoughts, it is possible to ill wish yourself, and so, in an attempt to try and avoid or alleviate their miserable lot in life, they tend to curse themselves and their circumstance in the vain hope that the situation will somehow improve.

 

Sadly, I do not understand how bad thoughts added to the bad intentions of another can possibly produce a good thing. Therefore, the situation is perpetuated over generations and the very suffering of those afflicted keep it in place.

 

Earlier I mentioned that such a curse may not have been made with an act of black magic – yet. Nevertheless, it may just as well have been, and that would have meant the curse would have worked more quickly, but may not necessarily be of a worse kind. The decision of the one who curses determines the severity of the act.

 

Sometimes the act of black magic involves a blood sacrifice, which makes the whole thing more horrible. It also says something of the level of pure hatred the antagonist may have for his or her enemy, being willing to bind themselves so fatefully and irrevocably to something so negative. This was discussed in the section dealing with spells.

 

For those who know of the workings of the concept called karma, it becomes clear that there is a mess in the making when this kind of activity becomes the chosen means.

 

This particular kind of curse is sometimes known as a family curse as it is inherited by, or carried over, to the offspring of the victim. There are, however, variations on the theme. There are things like a bloodline curse – which is self explanatory in that it affects those born in a specific bloodline. Also, name bearing curses; meaning those who inherit certain family names. There were cases in history where this was done to noble families where, of course, family names often denote certain titles and rank.

 

For that matter, there is also a thing called a death curse. Here the name speaks for itself yet again. The victims of this affliction usually suffer a premature and unnatural death.

 

It becomes clear that the kind of curse can be called whatever the result determines it to be. One thing is for sure – there aren’t any good ones. They can be simple or complex in their function and their intent always originate in some form of hatred.

 

A curse can be understood to be the opposite of any form of kindness and sympathy. It excludes any form of blessing or good wish of hope and joy. It is meant to hurt and destroy with single minded purpose. It solves no problem, it heals nothing. It also implies an awesome responsibility for the person who curses another.