The idea of “free will” and if/how we can influence it (both in ourselves and in others) is a fascinating topic, and a very important one to consider when deciding what kind of magick aligns (or doesn’t align) with our personal ethical beliefs- thanks for bringing it up, @jada1!
As someone who studied both religion and philosophy in university, I can say for sure that fate and free will are very deep topics and exploring how you feel about these forces can help to bring direction and answers to both your magickal practice and your views of life and society as a whole
Some philosophers argue that there is no such thing as free will (also called “Determinism”), while others claim that we have complete control over our thoughts and actions- aka that there is no such thing as “Fate” or “Destiny”. This is the timeless Freedom vs. Fate argument.
If someone likes the idea of Determinism, then yes- to them, it would be impossible to take someone’s free will as everything is already written in stone and our actions have no effect
But to those who believe in the power of choice (whether it’s completely in our hands or anything on the spectrum shy of definite), it’s a lot more of a grey area.
I personally believe that our choices have value. And that all choices have consequences. Even something small can have a big effect on someone else’s life and the decisions that we make can have far reaching (and sometimes unintended) results- much like the butterfly effect !
Because of this, I’ve found that it is important to me to encourage positive things because I believe in the responsibility of my own actions. That my actions and choices have value- to myself, to those around me, and to the world . I think that responsibility and mindfulness of the results of our actions are important even for those who don’t believe in ethical guidelines like the Rule of Three or the Threefold Way or Karma.
A really wonderful topic to dive into and explore- ethics are a big part of determining our own personal spiritual and life beliefs. Thanks again for opening up this discussion, Jada!