Invariably when someone who is not already well versed in magic discovers I am a witch the first thing they want to know about is curses. In a close second come the questions about love magic and money magic. Information abounds on the internet about these last two, but the dark arts are skimmed over and neglected. Why is that? Most witches do not perform curses. In fact many will not even learn of such things. And yet there are many sects of the craft that exist outside of this morality. Some of the branches of magic often associated with malevolent spells include Voodoo, Satanism (both LaVeyan and original), Necromancy (in reference to the Necronomicon not the raising of the dead), Ouija, and many more. What is commonly misunderstood about Black magic and the Dark Arts is this: these forms of magic are not inherently evil, and there is certainly no harm in learning about them.
Many branches of magic that are left in the dust due to ignorance and fear, are indeed, not about inflicting harm or controlling other people in any way. Many of them refer to themselves as the “Left hand path.” As opposed to most magic left hand path magic centers on the self. Where more popular magic calls on the gods or the power of the universe, the left hand path calls upon their own power to perform magic ritual and spell casting. For many practitioners, most of their lives are spent in deep self discovery. It is in the belief that conquering one’s self will bring great power that these magics were formed. Meditation and dream incubation are essential to many of these sects. It may be because of this individualistic mindset that the dark arts have been hidden in the shadows. Not much first hand information is available, and from sect to sect, even witch to witch, the traditions and laws vary widely.
It is difficult, as a solitary witch, with few magic acquaintances, to really learn a lot about the dark arts. In most circles all that is said about curses is that they are forbidden. Here are a few things you won’t find in plain English anywhere else.
Which ones are real and which aren’t? Well it’s hard to say. There are cases for and against all those books claiming to be the foundation of the dark arts, but if you’ve read enough of them you will notice a few trends. For instance black magic books purposefully leave out a great deal of information to weed out those that are simply browsing from those who truly would like to learn. This information is either hidden and hinted at or missing entirely so that the reader will search for answers on their own.
You will also notice that once you’ve read and loved a black magic book for long enough it gains power. Most will tell you a mass produced publication can’t have magical power of its own. This is simply not true. If you have such a magic book lying around try the following. Once you have read the book through several times, studied it, really made use of it leave it lying out and invite over some less magic minded friends. Now you are saying, “Well, of course they avoided it, just look at the cover!” Indeed. I see your point. Try again, but this time wrap your book in a cover that hides the original one, or even hide it under a pillow. Do you notice that your friends subconsciously avoid the book still? The more these books are used the more power they hold. Of course, a book can’t do anything on its own. However, if you practice black magic you will notice still one thing further.
The more often you practice a particular branch of the dark arts, the easier your will is carried out. You may find you are using magic even without intending too. You will also notice the implements of black magic spells will learn to act on a queue. For instance, a ritual dagger used in accordance with the dark arts may start doing its job when handled while speaking. Don’t ever let company touch your magic implements. They may unwittingly curse themselves. It is common even among more innocent branches to find the belief that part of each spell’s magic is held in the ritual room, making the space more powerful with each use. With black magic however, it is not the ritual space alone that absorbs the magic. Cleanse your tools well, and bind them to you, lest they fall into the wrong hands.
Now because there is much in these dark arts that is hidden, one must learn about consequences for themselves. Some forms come with warnings and even safe guards built in, however not all do. You have to practice to know, and that is what black magic is about. It is for the fearless, but not the reckless. Tread wisely, learn much, and happy casting.