Did any of you watch Charmed? (Sorry... Pardon me a moment while I slap my self in the head for asking an obvious question.) Well, remember how Billie found a spell to take away bad memories/thoughts/feelings/etc.? Remember how it didn't work? That is one of the few times in popular culture in which someone turning to magic actually gets a semi-factual result.
In short: there is no magical cure for grief. And, honestly, I don't believe attempting to relieve the symptoms of grief by magic (strength, healing, etc.) does much good, either. Though, the theory goes - I suppose - that it cannot hurt. While that may be true, there is kind of a sense in the witchy community that anything can be solved by magic. There is a magical cure for everything, or at least a magical aide.
Are you constantly coming up short for money at the end of the month? Do a prosperity spell! Carry money-bringing-in talismans! Burn every green candle you come across! Pile your change into a jar with 9 anointed lodestones, each coated in money-drawing herbs!
Or, possibly realize you're living outside your means. Realize that you cannot spend $2500/month when you only bring in $2000/month. Find things to eliminate, up to and including selling that house that costs you $1500/month, and moving into a nice, affordable apartment until things improve.
I am often asked when one should do magic, and I am equally as often criticized for telling people I do not believe magic should be used instead of a better mundane situation. Obviously, it cannot ever hurt to summon up a bit of extra luck. It cannot hurt to brew yourself a healing tea when you are attempting to get over a great loss, but one thing we need to all remember:
MAGIC IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THERAPY!
Magic is also not a substitute for time and the manner in which only it can heal. Magic is not a substitute for the conversation you need to have with your parents about coming out. You cannot magically beam the information into their heads, nor can you occlude it from their vision forever. Magic will not get you an undeserved raise or fix your car.
When life happens, and you want to hurry up and get to the part where you don't hurt anymore or where things are better again or where nobody remembers that bad thing you did or said...you're going to have to wake up and realize that for all of our witchy powers, for all the rain we can summon and cards we can read...for all of the things we can do, we cannot fix, alter, change, or manipulate that which makes us human.
So, I do not disagree with the advice Brook gave. She did what she was asked. And most of us - myself included - would probably do the same if asked the same question. However, I do feel that, especially as of late, many of us forget to also give the caveat that while symptoms can be eased with a ritual burning of our ex's undies, the real healing takes time.
Love and Lyte,