by Kenya Coviak
A spiritual worker for hire should never be so obsessed with money that they lie to their clients. When deciding how to proceed in a job, it is of utmost importance to remain focused that it is exactly that, a job with a finite amount of involvement in this client’s life. One should never make a career out of an client’s life path.
That being said, one of the ways that integrity shows is to be truthful with your client. Be mindful that you are not overly offensive or blunt, but speak plainly and with compassion. Seek not to inflame, nor to exert negative influence. Be impartial, yet always on track for the best possible choices and paths for the client.
As we will often do in this series, let us entertain two examples of a situation.
A way that may not be the best for the client
Messilina T. walks into your shop and has an issue. She is in the middle of a dispute involving a roommate. Both sides have become angry and are not seeing eye to eye enough to even speak to each other at this point without screaming. She has decided to hex the roommate in order to make her complacent and bend to her desires. She has come to you for your advice on custom work. You agree that she should do this.
You find, after speaking with her at length, that the issue is that she has decided to adopt a pet. The roommate is allergic to pets. She has decided to overpower the roommate and force her to live with the situation and abide. She eyes the calamus root, a skull candle, and some other wares. You encourage her in the situation, add your own spin on the working, and sell the collection of tools.
Two weeks later, the situation has become more volatile. The roommate has blown up and they are almost at blows. You decide to amp up the spell work and advise her how to do so. It continues to escalate, and then you have an unhappy customer, one with a lump on her head and a restraining order.
A way that may be a bit more desirable
Messilina T. walks into your shop and has an issue. She is in the middle of a dispute involving a roommate. Both sides have become angry and are not seeing eye to eye enough to even speak to each other at this point without screaming. She has decided to hex the roommate in order to make her complacent and bend to her desires. She has come to you for your advice on custom work. You ask more about the situation and state that it is important to hear the whole story, since she has decided to come to you for custom work.
You find, after speaking with her at length, that the issue is that she has decided to adopt a pet. The roommate is allergic to pets. She has decided to overpower the roommate and force her to live with the situation and abide. You ask her if she has considered that the addition of a pet could be harmful to the roommate, and asks if she has gotten a divination on the situation in order to examine her choices moving forward. You explain that divination could give her a clearer focus. She does not agree.
As a responsible worker, you know that the situation will escalate, as a normal person will not agree to allow something that will bring them harm. In this case, the roommate would not sanely comply with the addition of a pet that would compromise their health. Therefore, it would be better to do a work on how either the living condition can be changed, possibly a St. Expedite Spell.
It would also be important to work on the income and money management of the client so that she will have a choice in whether to stay or go. You attempt to explain that magick cannot turn people into mindless zombies, and that she should consider what is doable in the current situation if she stays. And lastly, you may also suggest a reconciliation working in order to normalize communication in the home to mend the rifts. (This would be followed up by a clearing and blessing of the home).
Messilina T. may not want to hear this. She is angry, hurt, and a little bit selfish right now. There is a strong chance she may reject your counsel. At this point, your can proceed to serve her or turn her down. She is free to do her own work, of course. Or she can find another worker.
She decides that she wants to banish her roommate. She purchases a bottle of Four Thieves Vinegar and a multitude of bottles. Her plan is to clear out the roommate and anyone else who is on the roommate’s side. You complete the transaction and watch her leave. Ultimately, it is her decision.
The important thing is that you have maintained your integrity, as well as ensured that the caliber of your work is not compromised. Your wisdom in understanding that doing futile working will damage the client and your own reputation has saved you unneeded drama. And this is all achieved by telling it like it is, being forthright, and being a better magickal business person.
As a trade, we do not sell morality. At our best moments we can attempt to educate the client so as to assure a desirable outcome. But never forget that they have not come to the shop in search of morality lessons. Just serve the truth and let it ride.