From a cute little kids game that some of us have played to causing bad luck, a jinx is considered to be a pretty serious event.
Just a quick search on Google will show that not only is a jinx taken seriously; it’s also something that we need to work to remove. I found spell kits, ritual baths and jinx removing wash all available for purchase. Just look at what’s available on eBay.
Jinx is defined two ways. First as a noun, it’s a person, think or influence to bring bad luck. As a verb, jinx means to bring bad luck, for example: “Steve has jinxed my trip this weekend.”
I was surprised to find out that some believe that the word jinx might have originated from a cult associated with my Goddess Hecate. There are many pages on the net that reference the following quote:
One interesting passage exists suggesting that the word "jinx" might have originated in a cult object associated with Hecate. "The Byzantine polymath Michael Psellus [...] speaks of a bullroarer, consisting of a golden sphere, decorated throughout with symbols and whirled on an oxhide thong. He adds that such an instrument is called a iunx (hence "jinx"), but as for the significance says only that it is ineffable and that the ritual is sacred to Hecate.
Hecate and jinx magic seem to be go hand in hand. This page references the “Iynx” a magical wheel named for the daughter of Pan, which is also linked to Hecate. Included is reference to the 3rd century poem by Theocritus where both Hecate and the Iynx are combined to jinx another.
One cannot have a discussion about magic and jinxing without someone bringing up the rule of three. I’ll just comment as I have heard so many times.
“A witch that cannot hex cannot heal.”
If you believe that jinxing is black magic or a part of something “darker” one could say that it’s not really that much different than a hex. In my opinion it falls in the same category. I would say it’s no different than binding or blessing. Basically we’re using our energies to change an outcome. By definition a jinx would be a “bad” outcome. However I believe that no matter what magic you practice at some point someone may be “harmed” by that magic. Much like beauty, it’s all in the eye of the beholder.
Namaste and Blessed Be