ok, here's a situation: let's say this person is curious about magick, and does research through many books, to make sure that he's not getting in over his head and doing something that is not for everyone. he learns from various sources that magick: is basically like prayer, that anyone can do it, and that it is mainly your intent that powers it... the materials used and all that aren't totally necessary, they just help you focus. the books sound very positive toward anyone wanting to get involved (they are aimed at people who are new to the magick/wicca stuff), and contain simple, positive, harmless spells for beginners. he learns about the 3-fold law and that as long as your spell is not harmful to anyone, and you remember to include in your thoughts that the spell should be for the good of all who may be involved, things should be ok. and he learns that spells should not be used for controlling others or for greedy, selfish motives. the person decides to give it a try, since wicca sounds very positive & spiritual, and in touch with nature and he would like to try a spell and see if it works. he decides to try a spell for better luck, since he tends to have not such great luck. he finds a simple spell, where you light a candle at each direction of the compass, and say a "prayer" at each point. the very next day, his luck goes totally downhill. his house gets flooded while no one's home from a broken pipe under the sink, and a few days later a family member dies a very sudden, unpredictable death, and there's no improvement of his crappy luck in sight.
is this just mere coincidence, or did something go horribly wrong w/the spell? was it possible for things to get twisted around into something horrible, and a spell for good luck got changed into a curse? is it possible that some negative spirits could have stepped in and ruined things? or is it a karma thing? or could there be something wrong with this person spiritually that could have tainted his attempt? or maybe he's being punished? cursed by someone else? now, i know that sometimes when bad things happen, sometimes it turns out for the best. but nothing good that could happen could ever be good enough to make up for the death of a loved one. was this just one big case of pure coincidence, or what? he kind of feels that it may not have been his fault, but he still gets kind of worried that maybe something did go wrong. needless to say, this person is afraid to touch another magick spell again!