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Vengeance Spell Sources

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic,alt.witchcraft
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Vengeance Spell Sources (was Joel needs a spell)
Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2001 00:07:01 GMT

[M] wrote:
> catherine yronwode wrote:
> > We only archive spells, not self-deluding fantasies
> what is the difference, specifically?

a) In my opinion, spells consist of instructions for performing an act
of magic, with or without a list of ingredients needed, with or without
personal experiences appended, with or without an account of the
tradition from which the spell derives and/or the person from whom one
learned it. The more data included (ingredients list, procedural
directions, traditional history, author or source, personal experience,
magical record), the more likely i am to archive it.

b) In my opinion, the creation of a self-deluding fantasy may be
suspected when one is told about a fabulopusly powerful spell but no
spell is given; when unsupported and unwitnessed statements are made by
a person claiming to be involved in performing truly extraordinary
magical acts (e.g. claiming one has been magically attacked, claiming to
have vanquished a magical foe); when the statements do not take the form
of a magical record of the act of magical performed; when no source or
raditional system for the spell -work is mentioned, when no list iof
ingredients or method of proceeding is given. The more data NOT included
(ingredients list, propcedure, traditional history, author or source,
personal experience, magical record) and the more the story resembles a
plot from RPG or fantasy fiction (e.g. witch-wars, evil sorcerers), the
more likely i am to consider the account unarchivable as a spell. 

Remember the "the method of science, the aim of religion"? Well, not
every act of magic has "the aim of religion," but "the method of
science" is a good rough guideline to separate the archivable from the
unarchivable, in my opinion. 

cat yronwode 

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