The entire world has heard of black magick, or magic (see my definition here), and see it as the most evil practice in the wiccan community. Performing black magick will surely bring the destructive power of The Rule of Three upon us, therefore we all swear to only perform white magick. However, most apprentices don’t realize that there really is no such thing as a white witch.
A mentor once told me that there is no such thing as a white witch; that anyone who practices the craft properly* is, in fact, a grey witch. Before you new witches freak out about this in fear of the law of The Rede, let me explain.
*Properly, meaning following The Rede and The Rule of Three; not using black magick.
Unless your practices are strictly for the good of others with no intention of influencing your own life, you’re a grey witch. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either. It simply means that before you cast any spell, you need to carefully evaluate your intentions and possible consequences of your actions.
The best example of grey witchery is using a love spell. A harmless little spell to find love seems pure enough, right? Actually, depending on your intentions, it could come back to bite you. If you’re using magick to make a certain person fall in love with you it can, and probably will, backfire. If you’re not compatible The Rule of Three will take effect, resulting in a dysfunctional relationship and eventually heartbreak. The same goes for the blind love approach; practicing spells simply for someone to love you can result in gaining the affection of someone you don’t want.
In order to cast a spell properly, you need to meditate on whether or not you can handle the possible consequences of your actions. Magick shouldn’t be your answer to every problem, it’s a last resort when you have nothing left to do. In the case of a love spell, if a person doesn’t love you back, you’re using your power for selfish manipulation. Instead, consider the barrier preventing you from being with that person; if there’s no physical way to remove that barrier, you can use magick to push the process along (provided it harms none).
The whole point of witchcraft is to honour nature and all her beauty. However, you can use your power to bring about desirable outcomes when all else fails. Simple remember the Rede; what you put forth comes back to you threefold.
Practice magick responsibly, apprentices. There’s little harm in being a grey witch.