Karma is a concept that originated in the Vedic traditions of India, and then got brought into Buddhism. During the English colonial era, there was some interest in the "exotic" spiritual traditions of India and the far east, and so many Europeans encountered those traditions, and brought their (often incomplete) understandings of those concepts over into the West. During the Occult Revival of the 19th and early 20th centuries you began seeing karma used a great deal more in esoteric writings in the West, and as esoteric ideas mainstreamed little by little over the year through groups like Theosophy which inspired many European and North American practitioners, the more you heard of karma in spiritual circles of all varieties.
Karma can sort of
be boiled down to "you reap what you sow", but really that is a very VERY over-simplified understanding that doesn't really even begin to encapsulate karma as a whole. Just as one example: there's no such thing as "good karma", as ANY karma that you accumulate keeps you on the wheel of incarnation, which the Eastern traditions have people trying to escape from. Karma is not just cause-and-effect, it also has notions of debt (which is accrued with both good AND bad acts) which must be eliminated/neutralized, and many many different types and layers of karma that one has to deal with - universal, galactic, global, national, racial, familial, and personal (this life as well as all your past lives). And that's really just the tiny tip of the iceburg of karma as it is originally exists in the Eastern traditions.
In conjure the ethical guideline is the Golden Rule - "do unto others, as you would have them do unto you", and also whether or not an act would be justified in the eyes of God. Karma just doesn't have a place in a system of practice which developed among Protestant Christians. Now, someone who practices conjure can believe in karma in whatever way they wish of course - but it's in no way traditional to the system, and since this forum strives to teach conjure in the traditional old style we keep on target and not get side-tracked into discussions that have no real bearing on hoodoo as it is traditionally practiced.
So, yes, it's very common to hear karma talked of in spiritual and psychic circles all over the Western world as a very basic "what goes around comes around" sort of way - but it absolutely originates in the East (karma is a Sanskrit
word, not English) and is really best understood by studying what it means in its original cultural context.
Hopefully that helps clarify why we're not addressing karma in regards to conjurework. We have provided all the information you need to work safely and responsibly within the hoodoo tradition.
Devi Spring: Reader & Rootworker - Proud AIRR member and HRCC Graduate.