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Witches & Wiccans: Right or wrong to accept payment?

I’ve read in Alexandrian Book of Shadows that it is wrong to accept payment for magic. Right? Wrong? Help!

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  1. I don’t see anything wrong with accepting money for providing a service. If a person wants to make a living with their craft, the skills they’re good at, I think they should be able to do that.
    Some people might have an obligation with their deity not to take money for their services, but that’s an individual matter.
    – Persephone

  2. I think it depends entirely on you- if you’re feeling bad about taking money, try asking for a gift instead. If you don’t want to do that either, my advice would be don’t accept money or anything else. That way your conscience will not bother you.
    Blessed Be

  3. Solicit, no, but gifts return after others are given. Rome didn’t fall in a day either. Feel free to believe a little ignorance can go a long way.

  4. It is wrong to charge for your magical services, that falls into personal gain but if someone offers a love gift out of gratitude, that is ok.

  5. Well, I do not follow the wiccan rede. I think it is fine to accept payment if you are doing a favor. I find nothing wrong with people who choose to make a career out witchcraft. Practicing magick is for personal gain…It’s not only helping others. If you dissagree, try going to work tomorrow and telling your boss that you wish to work for free.
    Blessed be.

  6. Accepting payment for that which you freely give is wrong. I have yet to see a basket being passed around at any ritual I have attended.
    Personal gain aside. If you are doing non magical acts, such as making candles or incense for people, or if you are an owner of a “new age”, metaphysical, Pagan, Wiccan or Witchcraft store. Then you would charge for those items that you make or have ordered.
    If you are performing a ritual such as a Wiccaning, or Handfasting, Life celebration, or performing healing, or such spells, no, it would be wrong to charge, not based on personal gain, (which is a Hollywood term), but based on the exchange of monies “cheapens” the energies you send out for such rituals, spells to work.
    I do counseling work, for local solitaire and some covens. I do not charge for my services, because it is part of my responsibility to assist. If someonewants to pay, and insists, I ask them to make a donation to a charity of their choice in their name. It helps them and is a tax break for them as well.
    As for reading a Book of Shadows written by someone else, to me that is a waste of time. This is your path, you should be writing what you become along it, not someone else. Your experiences, your travels. All of what you gain along this path, comes from inside you, with the help of your Diety. Reference is a great thing, but don’t rely on spells written by others, they do not carry the same impact as a spell or ritual written by you.
    Peace to you.

  7. right it is wrong to take money for useing magic on any one. harken not to others greed, that is what The WICCAN REDE says. and you must BIND IN THE YE MUST I PERFECT LOVE AND PERFECT TRUST.

  8. Per Western Hermeticism (sic?) there is supposed to be no
    money passed between others for “teachings”. But I don’t think
    they covered anything about services rendered. And it certainly
    doesn’t seem to cover “textbooks” or regalia.
    Native American Medicine Men (such as of the Souix) could and
    would accept payment for services rendered…esp healings (after
    all, they were the “ER” for the tribe).
    I understand that in the Orient, buddhist monks (temples?) will
    charge for services rendered (such as an exorcism of an
    apartment where someone was murdered, etc).
    HOWEVER in the United States we have a legal “thingy”
    called the Fraudulent Mediums Act which was put in place
    due to hucksters claiming to have messages from the
    dearly departed and preying on the gullible. The “gist” of that
    Act is that IF you are selling a “love spell kit”, it has to produce
    the results intended…otherwise you (the seller) have committed
    an act of fraud.
    This is probably why there’s a small notice in fine print on any
    “spell kit” sold in the US which states something to the effect
    of it being “for novelty purposes only”.

  9. I think it’s wrong to receive payment for the actual spell work, but if you require ingredients that perhaps are not readily available, you can require that you are reimbursed for said ingredients.

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