Discussing the difference between white magic and black magic, Bonewits noted that:
Members of both groups eventually destroy themselves with their own negativism, simply because skill in magic requires a sane and well-balanced personality powered by a mature and intelligent mind. To become an "adept," to develop your talents to the fullest, you must have a positive attitude to life. Remember that it is your physical body, modulated and controlled by your personality, that is responsible for your talents. If you hate your body and mind, if you are unbalanced, and without self discipline, if you are unable to retain sanity and flexibility, if you cannot adapt to sudden changes, you will kill yourself. . . . Morals and magic do not mix. Magic is a science and an art and, as such, has nothing to do with morals or ethics.
Victor Anderson made much the same point when he said that "White magic is poetry. Black magic is anything that actually works."
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."