But sometimes magic isn’t the perfect solution and as witches we need to realise this and use our common sense to discern when a magic based solution is the right one or when a mundane answer might be a better fit for a given problem.
I remember years ago reading about a witch who helpfully intervened when a work colleague was struck down with a bad cold. Without asking the person the witch went ahead and worked some effective magic to aid her friend’s recovery and help them back to work. Unfortunately their friend was furious. They had been working extremely hard and saw the cold as nature’s way of telling them to take a break. They needed those few days off for mental and spiritual recovery. The spell, albeit cast with the very best of intentions, wasn’t the right thing in those particular circumstances. And while we do learn the very clear lesson from this not to intervene without permission, we also learn that sometimes nature knows best and sometimes our meddling is neither needed nor wanted.
I was reminded of this the other day when my own personal life opened up into two clear and distinct paths. One way offers stability and security, the other offers opportunity and adventure. A close friend of mine who also practises the craft asked me curiously which path I wanted and which path I intended to bring about with my use of magic.
My initial response was to decide which of the two paths appeals the most and then take action to bring that event into reality. But then I got to thinking about the wider implications of this. The truth is that both paths offer me different things and both would benefit me in different ways. And not just different known ways, but many unforeseen outcomes and repercussions which would echo down my life path for many years to come.
I’m not in a position to know which fork in the road would make me happiest. I can guess with the limited information available to me but I have no way of knowing which direction would be better for me long term.
So I took, what is for me, the unusual step of letting the cards fall where they will. I’ve left things to the fates this time. I’ll see what the Universe has in store for me. And I must admit I am curious to see how this all plays out without intervention.
I’ll still involve magic of course. But rather than change the path I take, I’ll do magic to draw me toward what is the best outcome for me, even if at this stage I am not sure myself what that is. I’ll do some general work for health, wealth and happiness and hope that I attract the right choice for me.
Sometimes witchcraft isn’t about control. Sometimes being a witch is having the confidence to let situations unfold naturally in the full knowledge that you have the character and resources not just to cope with whatever life throws at you, but the ability to manipulate a given situation to work for you as an individual.
And sometimes the Universe does know best…