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Witches Selling Spells Online Spark Ethical Debate

03/24/2015 06:27 pm ET | Updated Mar 25, 2015

Enterprising witches, wiccans and occultists are setting up shop online, where customers can pay a fee to have a spell cast remotely on their behalf. Jaya Saxena, a writer for The Daily Dot, gave it a try when she bought a spell for better sex for $25 on Etsy. She sent her money along with her and her husband's names to a witch in Wales, who provided photos of the spell being cast.

But the very idea of monetizing witchcraft has conjured a tricky ethical debate. Saxena received so much negative feedback that she wrote a follow-up about the "schism in the witch community" over whether witches should be charging for their craft. There's also the issue of whether witches are "scamming" customers who buy something that isn't tangible and can't be proven effective; "metaphysical" goods, like spells and potions, are outlawed on eBay, for example.

HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri dug into the issue on Tuesday during a panel discussion with Saxena, Wiccan high priestess Darla Wynne and Mitch Horowitz, the author of Occult America.

Check out part of the discussion in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about online spell sales.

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