What is a Curse?
What is a Curse precisely. In its most common form, a curse is something which would cause something bad or negative to happen to a person through the use of magic. When people talk about Black Magic they are generally talking about cursing, although summoning spirits and demons would generally fall into this category as well. General cursing is the most predominant form of Black Magick performed today. When spirits are summoned to aid someone in the art of cursing, this too would definitely be classified as cursing.
There are three schools of thought when it comes to cursing. The first manner of cursing is the most common and consists of intense anger focused at the victim of the curse. The second is through the use of a poppet or Voodoo type doll of the person and consists of harming the doll in some way, which is mirrored by the victim of the curse. The last method is the invocation of demons or deities to carry out the curse on the intended victim.
The use of focused anger or hatred, while sounding easy, is perhaps the most difficult manner by which to curse someone. The reason is that the emotional force brought into play must be vastly more focused and acute than what we feel under normal circumstances. This anger must be contained without release until the moment that the curse is unleashed. The most challenging part of this is that it differs remarkably from emotional repression. The person that is going to perform this curse must not allow themselves to feel the emotion at all, repressed or otherwise, until the actual release. When a person has mastered this manner of cursing they are truly a dark force to be reckoned with, as they can effectively curse with a glance or a simple spoken word.
The second manner of cursing is through the use of a proxy, or image of the person or part of the person that you wish to cause effect upon. Cursing by proxy is the oldest form of magic. There are recorded instances of cave men destroying clay bison in order to assist them in hunting. The philosophy behind this kind of curse is anything but simple. The premise of this is these items, people, and animals have a mirror or double in the spiritual plane. When change is enacted to an item that has been related to the spiritual manifestation of the victim, then harm is caused to the item, it will be reflected on the material plane in the same way. A very common manner of doing this is the sticking of pins into a doll, known commonly as the Voodoo Doll. The exact effectiveness of this method depends entirely upon how strong the link is with the spiritual plane, and the ambitions of the person performing the curse.
The third method is the invocation of forces outside of the practitioner in order to cause the desired effect. This involves summoning a demon in order to carry out the intended effect, or beseeching a god to cause the effect. This method depends not on faith or belief, but in the ritual itself. It assumes that the demon or god has a desire to assist, or in some way is forced to assist the practitioner.
All three methods of cursing involve significant peril to the person performing the curse. In the first instance they may not be able to handle the psychological effects of the emotional manipulation that is required. In the second they must realize that on the spirit plane, ‘like’ attracts ‘like’ and by releasing vast amounts of negative energy that they are themselves becoming a vortex for negativity. They may invoke a force that they are ill prepared to deal with, and thusly, place their self directly in spiritual or physical danger.