i just have to say, screw the f*cking rules. In magic there are no absolutes. 3 fold is specifically Wiccan guidlines...wicca is a religion all for love and light and harming none and things of that nature. the free will argument is all well and good but you should know that not everyone adheres to such undertakings.
from a logical point, the people who feel those things are wrong, wouldn't've made the rules if there weren't people already going against the pre-conceived ideaologies of morality and ethics...you want to do something then do it, but there are always consequences however small and large. Everything has consequences and no im not talking about 3 fold.
If your wiccan and working spells like this, then odds are your not a very good one
but other than that do as you please so long as you can make peace with it!
Excellent reply and one I agree with wholeheartedly.
There are consequences for every single action we do on a day to day basis...you'd turn yourself into a raving loony if you actually sat there and pondered each action before you carried it out.
While the wiccan ethics, like the christian ethics, are all well and good and very nice, not everyone adheres to such beliefs. You will allways get people who are out for their own and I don't see anything wrong with that from a fundamental point of view.
Live your life how YOU
see fit. If you think something's wrong then don't do it.
All spells could be classed as messing with someone's free will.
If I cast a spell to get myself a job, then consequently I could be altering the cause and effect of stopping someone else from getting that same job.
Have I messed with the free will of the person offering the job by manipulating them into giving it to me?
Have I messed with the free will of the other person going for the same job?
I'm prepared to face whatever the consequences are
You have to have a basic understanding of what magic means to you and how you wish to incorporate it into your life. You have to set your boundaries and your expectations, otherwise you are going to be sorely dissapointed.
If you expect to cast a spell and it come "true" the next day/week/month then you are setting yourself up for some serious let downs.
All magic is, is tuning yourself into the natural energies that surround you anyway. Become aware of the signs and signals that the universe gives out to you. It's no good casting a spell to get a job if I ignore the job classifieds in the paper.
Similarly you have to accept that higher powers have different things in mind for you
Personally, I do not believe that anything will happen against the will of The Most High.
This is something I beleive in totally and no amount of spell casting will change things directly.
Maybe this is where the true magic lies.