The Ethics of the Occult Market

I wrote:

…In my opinion, if your magic worked in a reliable way such that you can teach others reliably, you can conjure the possibility of more income without needing to charge people. In other words, I’m of the mind that if you’re magic worked, you wouldn’t need to charge people to make a living. I believe deciding who does and doesn’t get access to magic based on money implicitly implies social class because it implicitly means only those that can afford it have access. I don’t believe wealthy people should have magic just because they’re wealthy, so I don’t exchange money for magic.

In other words, sorcerers who can teach money magic don’t need to charge you for courses because their money magic works for them.

In your case, if your magic worked well enough for you to ethically charge people, this implies it will work for you. So, use your magic to get past that wall. If you can’t, this means it likely isn’t reliable enough to sell. This means you would be fraudulent if you sold a service that you knew was not reliable.

In my case, my magic is reliable enough to sell; however, because it is reliable, there are ethical concerns about who does and doesn’t get access to power. Magic is the ability to change and influence things. That’s power. By tying magic to money, you are making the statement implicitly that magical power should be based on economic power. That says that class divides should exist. The issue is the potential for corruption…

…My magic works reliably, but people tend to want to dominate others in some way or form where they believe implicitly money entitles them to this. Requests I turn down revolve around politics, sex, or vengeance/justice. Exchanging money for magic is implicitly stating those with money should be able to dominate others so long as the sorcerer profits. Nowadays, political influence is the theme now…

Considering most occultists who sell things have no real power in the sense of having the potential to influence real things, corrupt magical influence isn’t too much of a worry. The ethical concern is fraud, but unethical marketing is part of about every marketing niche. So, unethical occultists don’t worry me too much because the possibility of harm is minimal.

But, if your magic doesn’t work for you reliably, it likely won’t work for others reliably, so a business based on that wouldn’t be based on any integrity. It would thus intrinsically be a corrupt business.

I have no problem with selling magic in ethical and moral ways, so if class issues are considered and it works, I have no problem with it. The problem is most occultists are unethical people, so most occult products are unreliable and overpriced.

I have no problem people teaching spirituality for money so long as what they’re selling is correlated with an increase in pro-social behavior. If it isn’t, this means they’re selling a product that doesn’t work. That’s unethical.

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