Magickal disciplines have been around for centuries, all except this one. Why? The Internet in its current form has only been in existence for about 15 years or so, making this a still budding discipline.
Yes, it is possible to cast a spell on someone whom you know only as a screen name and/or IM buddy. It’s not that much different from affecting someone who is standing next to you in real life.
You need no tools, no props, no special ceremonies or special words of power. All you need is your trained will. As always, this is the key to successful magick.
And now, allow me to give you some theoretical background. When you cast a spell, what do you do? You raise the power, you chant the chants, you channel that into your desire, you add any emotions you may be feeling, you state your purpose and you send that energy off. But where does that energy go? Is it a physical thing? Does it actually drain out of you?
It has been theorized by magickians and alchemists that there is a plane that lies right on top of ours called the “etheric” plane, that this plane is part of the physical world, but that it connects everything on this plane with everything else. It is the Etheric plane that makes things like telepathy and precognition possible, that made people like Edgar Cayce capable of doing cold readings on people he never met. The Etheric is an energetic plane, meaning that it is composed of energy, transmitted and stored energy. Changing the state of the energy HERE has a ripple effect on all the rest of the energy on the Etheric, just as pouring water into a bowl changes the volume of water in that bowl. Or how moving your hand quickly underwater will cause a wave that can be felt by someone several feet away.
When dealing with cyber realms however, you must keep in mind that the place you are interacting in is a fiction of your mind. As a place in space/time, it does not exist. It is only a “room” that exists as far as your mind is concerned. If believing that it is real helps you interact with someone the it’s a good thing, but you and the person you are with are NOT standing in a room talking with your voices. What is it then?
It is electricity. Electrical impulses flow from your computer to another’s computer, and it goes back and forth like that. The information, idea, you type on your keyboard creates a digital and binary counterpart in cyberspace, which is then sent through the electric matrix of the Internet to another’s computer when that electronic counterpart is displayed as part of their screen. In the process, it may pass through thousands of miles of cable, copper, fiber optic, telephone, electrical, maybe even a satellite bounce or two, or a microwave transmission. If you are lucky enough to have wireless communication, you don’t even have to plug into anything. Just think, all around you could be hundreds of conversations of things like boyfriends and Insurance going on right now.
Are you seeing the comparison yet? If we treat the Internet as the old magickians treated the Etheric plane, then we have a ready-made connection to each other that has been explored for centuries. All we have to do is cast our spell and add it to the æthers. It’s an energetic structure specifically designed to facilitate transmission of energy from one person to another over great distances without signal loss. In other words, the perfect medium for spells.
Many people (including me) have noticed a similarity between electricity and magickal energy. If one were to feel the metaphysical qualities of electricity, the results could be shocking. <Wink> Seriously though, I want those who are reading this to reach out with a mental hand toward the closest electrical outlet right now. This should be the same sense or “hand” you use when judging your own energy work in ritual and so on. What you should be feeling is a stronger energy, a LOT stronger, more ordered, more “tame”, certainly more forceful and better organized than the usual magical energy you are use to dealing with. If I were to describe it I might say that energy raised in a ritual using standard Wiccan techniques may be a lake, but this would be like standing in the way of a fire hose stream of water. That can be used when casting spells on the Internet.
Think for just a second. If you send a letter through the Internet, it has to go through something like 20 computers and possibly up to 40 routers (a computer who’s sole function it is to direct Internet traffic) to get to the destination point. Each of those is powered by electricity. Simply having the spell pull a few kilowatts from each point and add that energy to itself will harm nothing while increasing the power behind your spell. Heck, if you look, many files can be spells on web pages, operating in just this manner, but hidden from many who would be looking for them, adding energy to itself every time it’s accessed.
For instance, you create a web page in HTML. That page resides in ones and zeros on some server someplace. In that file you add some strings of text that are commented out (so the browser doesn’t display them to the viewer) but each time that page is accessed, it tracks over that commented section and reads it. Each time it’s read, a little energy gets added to that spell. With a popular enough site, that could add up to hundreds of thousands of reads of that one spell a day, each adding just a little power to the spell, but over the course of a month, that really adds up.
I have something like that on my site. It’s a ward. Simple and effective, it prevents idiots from coming to my site. It makes sure that only those with an open mind and intelligence can find Daven’s Journal. I really hate dealing with fuckwits, and this repels them.
I know of one lady who has wards cast around her Yahoo Group, and effective ones they are too. She keeps the “shape” of the group in a “pattern” and outside that pattern are the wards that keep those who won’t fit that pattern out. Even those who find the group subscribe and so on, one of two things happen, either they change to fit that pattern or they leave. And what is a spell ultimately except a consciously chosen mental pattern?
These are just a few examples of spells on the Internet. Now, to explain how this can affect people on the ‘net.
Let me ask you, when you do a spell on a person, what are you affecting ultimately? Is it their name? Their hair? Their body (sometimes)? Or in the long run is it their spirit and soul? Most people will answer, the soul. Okay, if that’s the case, then where is the Soul? A-ha! Got you.
A soul is basically treated, for purposes of this, as just another component of the Internet. I mean, a soul has no substance, you can’t point to it and say “That’s a soul.” and you can’t weigh it. So, in concept, the soul is just as etherial as the Internet. Yes, a soul also exists on the Etherial plane and can be affected through the æthers just like any other substance or chance or fate.
So, casting a spell ON someone is simply a matter of targeting the soul instead of the physicality of that person. Instead of casting the spell and directing it by means of a fingernail or a hair, you cast it and direct it at the persona or personality of the person.
If I were to cast a spell on a friend of mine, Grinwithin, I would direct it at her scintillating personality, her high intelligence, her relationship with BatCat_dom, her as a follower of Sakhmet, organizer of the New Jersey Pagan Pride, one who is being stalked, non-Wiccan. All those make up the person I know of as Grinwithin. It is nowhere near close to all she is, but it’s close enough in this case that the spell will take affect on her. That isolates her from the mass of humanity who may have similar qualities, but being that precise will mask out others.
From there, it’s simply a matter of Will again, like every other spell. All this applies to spells via Astral Projection as well. The SAME arguments I just gave you for an Internet spell also work for an Astral spell, with the sole exception being the digression on electricity. In this case, a spell on the Astral Plane can simply be hooked into the Astral Plane, and since that’s where all the magickal energy comes from in the first place, it’s kind of a moot point.
I hope this article has helped you to understand that it’s not distance that matters, it’s not meeting the person in the flesh that matters, it is the willpower of the caster and some kind of knowledge of the “target”. Granted, it helps immensely if you have met a person in the flesh, but ultimately it’s unnecessary. Why do untargeted love spells work? Why do untargeted spells like wards and shields work? It is the same reason, you don’t have to know or meet a person in order for them to have been affected by a spell.
I have personally participated in Cyber Circles, online Healings and other spells and rituals done in Cyberspace. In one AOL chatroom, a lady we all cared for had a huge back problem, we all got together and directed energy at her, specifically at her back to heal her. After about 10 minutes of this, she related to us that she nearly passed out from the sheer amount of energy bombarding her. There were about 30 of us in the chatroom at that time. Two days later, a slipped disk (requiring surgery) inexplicably slipped back in place and fixed itself.
In another incident, my wife and I were chatting with a mutual friend in a private chat room. We cast a cyber circle, and did an initiation on him. He (who had been a practicing pagan for better than 20 years) said that it was THE most powerful ritual he had ever been at, he came close to blacking out.
Both my wife and I had the Gods descend and participate. I was channeling Herne, my wife Rhiannon. He also had about 5 MAJOR omens hit him within about 20 minutes afterward. One of them was a 20-point deer walking up to the window he was sitting at, look in at him and staying there. When he saw the deer, his reflection in the window showed him wearing the deer’s antlers. Major stuff.
So, yes, this is a powerful thing that can be done, penultimately effective if you want it to be. It’s not something to be played with, but it can be one of the most powerful rituals there is.