Seven times I pierce my heart/ Now I feel the magic start . . .

Kenaz had a great post on Cursing and RO followed up with a great post on personal responsibility and cursing.

Dark secret time: I am a complete pussy when it comes to cursing.

It’s true! I was raised Catholic where God was supposed to dyg (do it your godself) all your cursing for you and you were supposed to turn the other cheek like a Certain Awesomely Chill Child of the Big G. And then, I was Dianic Wicca where it was all, rule of three! Rule of three! Fingers point back to you! Black magic is for Bad Ponies!

Then I started hanging out with the bad kids or at least more magically neutral kids over at GoG and our Señora Druid said, some of the worst things I’ve done magically was to try to help other people and some of the best things I’ve ever done was in being selfish or doing “gray area” magic. And I started thinking, hmmmmm. Maybe cursing is something I should be able to do.

But I hesitate. I’ve done a few things that can be construed as “light grey area” stuff, but how does one go from a Good Girl Catholic/Wiccan to a Curse Slingin’ Dilettante? That was always what caught me, okay I do totes agree cursing is a sometimes food, but when exactly is that sometimes?

After pondering both K & RO’s entries, I came up with a model that works for me. Now, those of you who don’t know me, I am a *huge* crime show/Judge Judy junkie (hey! we’re here to bitchily judge my magical practices, not my tv consumption).

My model is sort of L&O based and as Jason cautioned us both on modeling and what happens when you drink & blog, it’s subject to change.

1. Egregious crime is committed!
2. Investigate said egregious crime, what happened? What evidence is there that this person’s narrative sounds right? Is my own narrative correct? Ideally cross check with someone.
3. Prepare case to go to gods “court” with.
4. Go to trial! (i.e. commit curse)
5. Await judgement by the gods to see if this was a correct action or not.

So okay, in this scenario, I’m one of Jack’s omg hot, young, plucky ADAs. Since I’m young and boffing Jack, I need to really genuinely believe in my case because I’m young and passionate and still have morals and shit and have not yet been broken down by the system. If I really believe in my “case”/curse, I can go in with mundi manus, clean hands, in my own eyes. If I really believe in my own case (i.e. I’m not just mad and being ridiculous) or someone else’s case, I really feel like then I am willing to commit the curse because I’m willing to put my own ass on the line with my gods and do the work to make sure this is the right thing to do.

Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  

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