Should Witches Sell Their Services? Mar 18, 2015 21:46:30 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Mar 18, 2015 21:46:30 GMT -5
Should Witches Sell Their Services?
People who practice witchcraft have been called many things over the years – add “principled” to the list. A writer for The Daily Dot recently received backlash from the online witching community after hiring a witch on the web to cast a spell in aid of her marriage.
According to a story on the news website, the writer was taken to task by one commenter, claiming to be a witch herself. “That was probably the dumbest thing you could have ever done,” the anonymous person wrote. “Speaking as a witch, I would never cast a spell for anyone for payment. That’s ethically wrong.”
The witch-for-hire business has had an online presence for several years and the service was banned by eBay in 2012. That year, eBay passed a rule that sellers could not sell services classified as “metaphysical,” including potions, curses and spells.
However, some practitioners of witchcraft still offer their services, sometimes for a pretty penny. In 2013, a self-proclaimed psychic of Salem, Mass., allegedly charged a person more than $16,000 “to have a shield placed over him to protect him,” police told the Salem News.
A Google search for “witch for hire” gets more than 15,000 hits including a UK-based woman who specializes in “love spell casting ... for anyone who is 20 years of age or older,” according to her website.
Although eBay banned the sale of spells, similar listings can still be found on Etsy and ArtFire. For instance, one shop on ArtFire offers customers a number of spells including hex reversals and weight-loss spells – to the tune of $49 each.
Source: Clint Davis, WEWS News, March 17, 2015.