A binding spell is a spell that symbolically ties the target up restricting his, her or its actions or keeping him or her (or it) tied to another individual, object, place or situation.
A binding spell can be positive or negative.1.
A positive binding spell joins two things together. For example, if you were particularly fond of a ring, you might bind it to you so that it wouldn't get lost or would always return to you. You could bind a pet to you, to be a familiar or just a lifelong companion. Or you could bind a spirit to an object (like a genie in a lamp). You could bind yourself to a place so that you will always return there or you could bind yourself to your job, so that you do not lose it. Two people can be bound together as well. One form of this is known as handfasting.
A negative binding spell is one that takes something away, usually someone's ability to do something. Someone may cast a binding spell on someone who is hurting or harassing them to make them stop. You may cast a binding spell on yourself to help you break a bad habit, to stop calling that guy who is just using you, to stop going to the bar, to stop biting your nails.
Whether a binding spell is black magic or white magic depends on the action and intent of the spell and your perspective. A binding spell always involves restricting or controlling someone's actions but in some cases everyone involved have consented and in other cases an individual may be deemed dangerous enough that restricting his or her actions is a necessary evil. Some traditions forbid binding spells altogether while others embrace them wholeheartedly.
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