While the Internet is full of foolishness (anyone can post a web page), you HAVE to do research before jumping into magic. This includes reading TONS of things online and going past page 1 of Google. This also means reading the books people refer to online as well. Read OLD books. Read old journal articles, dissertations, and other research projects. Talk to workers in the tradition young and old. Ask/research the same questions. Like my mentors told me, LOOK FOR THE CONSISTENCIES! Use your discernment. Don’t be so anxious to do spellwork or take clients until you know what you are doing!
There is nothing worse than seeing someone running a Conjure group (or any other topic for that matter), and they have no idea what the hell they are doing. Contrary to what you see on TV, magic is NOT FUCKING ABOUT INSTANT GRATIFICATION! You ain’t gonna twitch your nose like Tabitha and BOOM shit happens. If that was the case, I’d be the fuck out of here post haste and on the beach somewhere with a big ass spliff in my mouth!
STAHP PLAYING, SITCHO ASS DOWN AND GET TO WORK!
As you read, talk to people. Ask questions. If you want to know about the magic of your culture, the logical thing to do is to ask LOTS of people from your culture. If you are not from the culture, or you ask someone from outside your culture, the odds that you will be lied to or ignored are way higher.
People don’t understand that this stuff is considered OCCULT (e.g., hidden) for a reason. If someone will not share information with you, it may be for a very good reason. Maybe you ain’t got no business doing the work.
Maybe you have to be part of someone’s family/culture to have access to such knowledge.
Ain’t everything for everybody, and while being an American conditions many to think they can take whatever they want without close attention to what they are pinching off of in the first place, you will fuck yourself up if you follow this train of thought.
There is nothing respectful about coming into a tradition (white, Black, or whatever) and trying to make it fit what YOU want it to be. You don’t like a tradition/religion’s rules and history? FIND ANOTHER ONE! Ain’t nobody got yo ass tied up! You are not a hostage. Don’t try paint something white and still say it is Black. Don’t try to paint something that was originally Black and say that it has always been white. FOH sell that shit to someone else!
Grown ass people with a world of knowledge at their disposal will not get a pass from me.
Do you pass your classes if you don’t study? How about science classes that have labs? If you don’t PRACTICE in a lab, do you learn? Do you pass? Magic is SCIENCE AND SPIRIT! KNOW this first and foremost. Magic helped build western medicine. It was the only medicine we had when we got here.
It’s funny that people can research whatever the hell else they want, but “have problems finding someone Black who is reputable” when it comes to their spiritual life. People spend more time researching a car or home purchase than spiritual teachers.
Hell no. This needs to stop. It needs to stop now. If you cannot tell this shit ain’t legit by their name or their “butter” workings, you need to work on your sense of discernment. It is too soon for you to consider magical workings.