The range of understanding of the definition of a spell is vast. Each person who is familiar with spells and the like will have a different explanation; not one of which would be incorrect.


For the sake of this purpose and in very broad terms, let us settle for this: a spell is an overlay of one, or more, person’s intent and purpose over that of another. This is usually done unbeknown to the victim, although a warning is sometimes given in the form of a threat. If successful, the victim usually experiences a greater or lesser degree of loss of control, or an alteration, in their understanding of reality in their life, or a certain aspect of it. This is usually done for a malicious purpose.


It is also usually done with an act of magic. This term also requires a certain amount of clarification. Let us exclude the definition of stage magic and illusion and all the harmless and highly entertaining inferences that the word “magic” may bring to mind. What is meant here has to do with what is often termed as “the dark arts”, or any of the other equivalents, like “black magic”.


Are all spells bad? Well, perhaps not. Yet, even a “good spell” is still reckoned as meddling and may well be unwanted; the result being distrust and resentment if found out, as nobody likes the idea that someone else has the know-how to manipulate their lives in such a way, whatever the conclusion. They are never grateful to the sender of such an act.


Then there is also the aspect of perspective to keep in mind. If a spell is meant to be good, then good for whom – the sender or the receiver? What qualifies the sender’s opinion, or intention, to determine if the spell is good or not for the receiver? If the receiver was not consulted in the matter, and he or she was not involved in the decision to do it, then it is unwanted and unwelcome and an intrusion best left alone.


Spells are done for many purposes and in many ways. They are not all intended to hurt or destroy, but sometimes to manipulate and control, or conceal agendas and secret schemes or deeds. There is, for example, a spell that is often done to employers or supervisors of certain business that “closes the eyes”.


This usually results in that he or she often become unable to see, or find out about certain activities and crooked behavior among staff, or individuals with whom they have to interact on a daily basis. It is often done to hide criminal activities.


It is also frequently done as a form of retribution. It is commonly perceived that if somebody can be punished for an offense of some kind, the offended party will feel better for it. As we have seen with ill wishing and bad thoughts, the victim sometimes may actually deserve it, but it never really serves the ultimate purpose because the intended victim seldom if ever learns their lesson in this way, and the person responsible for the spell never really manages to get past it because they never actually feel better.


People who put a spell on others, or spellbinders, as they are known, always intend to get away with what they are doing because of the secrecy of their actions concerning an unsuspecting victim, but they cannot forget their victim.


The reason for this is that they bind a certain amount of their own energy to the receiver of their actions, and find that they become fixated with that person.


Some even make use of a third party for their spell binding, thinking that this may create sufficient separation between themselves and the receiver of their intent, but this does not work. Either way, they find it impossible to forget the victim. They are still responsible and it tends to eat away at their quality of life and peace of mind, because they incessantly wonder about their victim.


Another way to look at it is that a spellbinder assumes responsibility for a certain aspect of another’s life because their actions override that person’s intentions for their own life. This is a workload that is too much to bear for most people. As can be seen, a spellbinder may get him or herself into an emotional and mental mess in this way, especially if they have done this to more than one person, which is very often, I dare say mostly, the case.


Spells, bad thoughts and ill-wishing have a lot in common. They all work in their objective; although a proper spell done with an act of black magic tends to work more quickly than the slower build up of prolonged mental and emotional “hate mail”, if I may call it that.


Also, it may be assumed that someone who has a spell put on another person has been having a lot of bad thoughts about their victim over a period of time, which aggravates the matter to a degree, as the thinking was already loaded with venomous intent and therefore makes the spell somewhat worse in effect.


Sometimes spells and curses are thought to be the same thing. This is not entirely accurate, although they may share a lot of common features. Some spells, for example, can be exactly the same as a curse and some curses exactly the same as a spell. Their major differences lay in the principle of the thing. This will be expounded in the section relating to curses in additional detail, but let it suffice to say that a spell, in principle, is imbued with a greater degree of intelligence than a curse. More thinking usually goes into the creation of a spell, and it can induce variations in its results, according to how and why it was constructed. It may be active in certain circumstances, and inactive in others. This is not a common feature of a curse.


Again, this comparison is in very broad terms and exists in the massive gray zone of the overlap region between the two. It is only in the absolutes of examples where there would be a clear difference.


To conclude, in my perspective, the opposite of a spell, or a curse for that matter, would be what is commonly known as a blessing. It is something that can be freely given, and forgotten about, so that its result may come in any way that can be received, uninterfered with by anyone.


Also, it comes as an act of love; therefore it is free of preconceived plans and ideas. Its result is always a delight and is easy to talk about. Often, like a spell or curse, it also finds its way back to the sender, and this is a very good thing to keep in mind.