The ethics of witchcraft is a…. murky at best subject.
So maybe we should start by defining some things.
First, what are/is ethics? Do we define it my law? By religion? By morality?
Upon a quick search these are the kind of results for defining Ethics;
moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.
the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.
Ethics and morals are both used in the plural and are often regarded as synonyms, but there is some distinction in how they are used.
Morals often describes one’s particular values concerning what is right and what is wrong.
What does this mean? Well let’s jump into the fire head first and start right out with the best example.
Women’s Healthcare. Morally, many believe a little chunk of cells that will turn into a baby has more rights than the body hosting it- this is called the abortion debate. Religions have fought hard and fast to preserve the lives of babies, they feel it is their moral and ethical duty.
Legally, and scientifically, that small egg that’s looks like a snot ball at first, is not yet a baby, and legally we are supposed to own and control our own bodies making the woman’s decision to abortion her own ethical and moral decision.
As you see ethics are subjective based on legal status, personal conduct and beliefs, and where and who we are in this world.
I can’t and don’t speak for everyone but in general we all have a set ot ethics in one way or another. I respect life, I do not believe in tormenting, torturing, or harming animal life, or human … most of the time.
Catch that? There are loopholes. Rabid animals need quickly and humanely put down for people’s safety, in my opinion humans who behave like violent rabid animals should also be put down.
That can make this a tough and often heated discussion.
So…What exactly do I mean by witchcraft then?
Quick search and, Witchcraft;
the practice of magic, especially black magic; the use of spells and the invocation of spirits.
the art or power of bringing magical or preternatural power to bear or the act or practice of attempting to do so.
the influence of magic or sorcery.
fascinating or bewitching influence or charm.
Interesting, right? So show of hand when was the last time you sacrificed a goat, praised Satan, and ran around the woods naked and luring men to their death? No one? Me neither, what a bummer.
Witchcraft often has outdated and flat out wrong definitions.
For me witchcraft is working with spells, energy, vibrations, the supernatural, unexplained…and often include but does not require the worship of deities from non-Christian or other major religions.
Example; I lean towards Kemetic, and Egyptian Deities are who I have altars to and pray to. Others may be Greek or Norse deities, some it’s a simple sun and earth and moon, nature related essentially.
Witchcraft encompasses so much that you can’t really pinpoint one definition. As a clarification, though, it is separate from religion. Choosing to believe and warship in Egyptian deities is not witchcraft, but doing spells and invoking, that is. Be it with or without deities. Witchcraft is more about doing. Doing something, anything out of a standstill and pray mode.
Witches are often doers.
Doers may or may not consider the ethics of their actions.
I have done a lot of talking, and always encourage others to [calmly interact and have discussions, let’s talk it out not scream it out]
I believe animal sacrifice, and love spells are in particular wrong.
Harming sacred [already living breathing and feeling] creatures is torture to that animal. I also believe forcing a person to feel something for you is wrong it violates their right to their emotions, on the other hand— loophole— you can do a love spell to attract the perfect partner for you.
This is just step one of my musings.
Please comment, share, discuss,
What is your ethic code considering your practice of witchcraft?