Ill-wishing

ill-wishing A Curse that is the product of envy, revenge and anger. In earlier times, people commonly blamed their misfortune on the ill-wishing of others. If two people argued and then one suffered a mishap, became ill or had other problems, the other party was suspected of ill-wishing them. remarks such as “You’ll be sorry” were taken seriously as a form of negative witchcraft.

If someone enjoyed a great deal of good fortune or prosperity and then suffered a setback, they believed themselves to be the victim of the secret ill-wishing of envious neighbors. The remedy for ill-wishing was to seek out a witch, a Pellar or a cunning man or woman (see Cunning Man / Cunning Woman) and have the ill-wishing broken or neutralized with a ChArm. If the identity of the ill-wisher was not known, magic or Divination was performed to expose them.

See also : blAstIng; hex; spell.

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The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca – written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Copyright © 1989, 1999, 2008 by Visionary Living, Inc.

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