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« Reply #23: September 16, 2007, 11:14:48 pm »

okay...here is my problem with this attitude...how does that help your house from not getting broken into in the first place? Isn't that what you really want, for your space to be inviolate? As a person who has had her grandmother's pearls stolen when someone broke into our house (actually just walked in...if you really want people to not break into your house, please remember to lock your doors *and windows...*all the windows) I was not doing any magick at the time, but i can tell you for sure that even though I was very angry, and violated and done wrong by, I fail to see how setting it up so the person would be injured would ultimately prevent the robbery in the first place. Or do me any good. Seems to me that setting appropriate protection around you house would not need that kind of violent intent, in fact it would really be superfluous. And for magick to be really effective, ime, it is better if it doesn't have a lot of unnecessary, emotional additions attached to it.

I think I'd better clarify myself too, and not try a tongue in cheek post for a change.  Smiley

When I jokingly said what I did about the home intruder, what my intent was, is indicating that my personal ethics are the same as my magical ethics. I would be prepared to defend my home and the safety of its occupants to the level where I whalloped the intruder with a golf club and contacted police. What I didn't mention was that said intruder would have plenty of notice from me yelling to get their backside out and save their hide.

In terms of this relating to a home protection spell (if I chose to do one - I haven't yet, but am planning to soon, probably at the same time I plant out my garden with herbs), I guess the magical equivalent would be to create a spell with that level of deterrence. Not necessarily one to injure the intruder, but if you were a thief and knew that you'd get beaten silly if you tried to break into a certain house, would you try to break in? Not unless you're very determined, or have a gun up your sleeve.

I suppose it equates to me creating a house protection spell that might function similar to a guard dog. If you take the warning of the dog growling and leave, you'll be fine. Ignore the growls, and it's your own darn fault if you get bitten. But, if you were doing something wrong in the first place, that's your fault.  Tongue But the intent isn't to cause injury, but rather to deter potential thieves/wrongdoers from coming in in the first place (rather like with a guard dog).

I do live in Australia, where we DON'T tend to get sued if someone injures themselves trying to break into our property. They generally just go to jail instead, and the injury is tough luck. Grin

Would this have karmic repurcussions? Probably. But I'm not planning on putting a spell on the thief AFTER the fact, but putting the spell on the house of equivalent strength as a deterrent, to stop them coming in in the first place.

Does that make any more sense?  Huh
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