Curses: Fact or Fiction?
By Marianne Spitzer
In my opinion, curses are neither fact nor fiction. Curses play out in the mind of the person cursed. For some people curses are a joke, nothing more than gibberish. For others, they are the absolute truth and will affect every aspect of their lives. Why? Perhaps we should delve into those two different opinions.
In my book, Gypsy Spirits, there is a Gypsy cure rattled off in the first chapter. The character “cursed” has a horrible day, blames it on the curse, and begs his wife to remove it when he returns home from his day of misery. Of course, this is fiction. The character can believe anything. However, those scenes in Gypsy Spirits actually happened in 1967 between my ex-husband and me.
Did I curse him when my anger spewed those strange words at him? Was he vulnerable because of his belief in aliens, government conspiracies, and my ancestors he thought were Gypsies? I am not sure to this day.
Curses have been around for centuries. If they are fiction why do people still believe in them? Is it just for fun or is there some reality to them? In my case, I believe it was due to my ex’s belief in anything and everything impossible, but there have been cases where curses have worked to deadly conclusions.
Most people believe in something. I don’t know where the “curse” came that morning in July, because I don’t believe in curses. I think it was my anger at being called a foul name. We sometimes lose our minds for a moment. I do trust in prayer and angels. I know a lovely lady who is certain of the power of healing crystals. Perhaps some also believe in curses.
If there is someone who believes, even a little, that another can curse them, then it might be possible. There are groups of people who have strong faith that their leaders have great power over them. If one of those powers is the ability to curse them, then they will believe it. There is more ability in the human mind than anyone knows. Does that mean a curse is just mind over matter? Could the cursed person believe it so strongly they cause the illness or mishap? Maybe? I do believe in mind over matter. I am not saying that is why a curse works. I also am not saying curses are fiction. I believe in ghosts--others may believe in curses.
Some people believe all forms of the supernatural are fiction. They don’t believe in ghosts, spells, much less curses. They are positive it’s all silliness and no one can change their minds. Either way you believe, it is the mind that plays a huge part.
Spirits? Madness? Which haunts Daniel? His teenage bride, Annamarie, must answer the question while she deals with her husband’s controlling behavior and abnormal fear of spirits he believes exist in the surrounding woods near their home. During an argument, her anger erupts and she yells a few odd words at her husband, Daniel, which she explains is her Gypsy curse. A bad day at work convinces him the curse is real, but after the brutal death of his best friend, his belief in the curse and his terror of the spirits escalates. Annamarie begins to have foreshadowing dreams of a young Gypsy girl who resembles her in every way. As the dreams become more vivid and frequent, Annamarie begins to fear her utterance of a Gypsy curse may have brought spirits into their lives. When they both have the same dream, she believes Daniel’s fears may be real. They feel they may be close to answers when a human killer enters their lives. With two battles to wage they must stand strong together. Frightening events spiral out of control and Annamarie must fight for her husband’s safety, his sanity and her own.