How do you know when you are dealing with real (bad) magick and not a combination of bad energy all roiled up by the negative thoughts and unknowing energy of those who dislike you? Is there any way to tell the difference between a targeted attack and an attack that appears more or less organically (for lack of a better word) simply due to the ongoing negative energy of those in worldly positions of power in your life?
This can be kind of a tough one. Sometimes, you know that you’ve been targeted by magic just as a result of your general intuitive sense. However, it can be easy for someone with a magical mindset to jump to that conclusion in response to what is actually just a bad run of luck, or as you said, general negativity being sent in your direction.
One way to make a determination is sort of by process of elimination. If you believe yourself to be the target of negative magic, you can always do your own working to counter it, and see if it stops. If you cast a protection spell or reflection spell, intended to shield you from magical attack, and the symptoms you’re dealing with subside, you have your answer. Unfortunately, some negativity, dislike, etc. are just a part of life, so no magical protective measure will eliminate those entirely. But if what you’re dealing with truly is magical in nature, putting the right shields in place should help eliminate a fair amount of it.