This is not a post on checking your sources when researching stuff. That’s a rant for another time.
Once in a while I get people who are legitimately under a curse. They or someone they’re involved with show all the classic signs of possession, obsession, manipulation, brainwashing, the whole shebang. And when my guides blast further information into my head that the client then confirms, ok yeah time to call it a duck.
Then she throws a curveball at me: “It’s from the Philippines.”
My magical areas of study extend to the America’s, most of Europe, and the more significant differences between the larger AD traditions. If I can identify where a curse came from, then we have a roadmap on how to break it, or at least I can send them to a professional in that field.
Why not tackle it yourself? Aren’t you a powerful witch? Why send Work away to someone else? Why should anyone come to you in the first place?
Because I know my limits.
I know my strengths, and I know my weaknesses.
I know my areas of consistent results, and I know when a situation is out of my league.
I also know who can get a client better results than I’m equipped to handle.
It’s like the difference between going to a Walk-in Clinic , and seeing your PCP or a specialist. The level of damage you’ve sustained will indicate where you go for treatment. They don’t (or can’t) perform surgery to repair a torn ligament, but hey you were able to get a diagnosis or a reference to a specialist who can then work to fix the problem. But if you’ve got a case of strep throat, one rapid test and a course of antibiotics is easier to obtain from a walk-in clinic.
My magical diagnoses and treatments are the same way; I can definitely help a lot of things, but I know when a situation is over my head. I make no pretense that “Oh I’ve been a student of the occult for 17+ years, I’ve heard of this blahblahblah.” I’ve been a student of a very select line of information and IT HAS SERVED ME WELL. I don’t know a damn thing about any magic from the Philippines, but there’s some key aspects and methods that are known the world over, and they’re SUPER EFFECTIVE at causing the type of disturbances this client was describing. So while I may not know exactly WHAT was done or HOW it was performed, I knew enough not to mess with it.
Instead, I threw out a few resources I knew for her to find a reliable, ethical, and specialized professional.
And in the meantime, I told her some practical steps she can take for her own peace of mind and protection. That’s one area where I have confidence in my abilities, knowledge, and techniques.
Know where you’re coming from. It makes no sense to me to over-reach into an area you may not know well enough, just to impress a client. That way can lead to getting one’s ass burned. But hey, if you’re a professional who likes a challenge and will take on exotic curse-breaking methods, don’t let me stop ya.