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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

MIPC: To Stir Lust in a Man

The red toad that lurks among the briars and brambles is full of sorceries. There's a little bone on it's left hand side that, when bound to a man, stirs up the greatest lust.

Supergirl, 1984


Commentary: As with other magical elements in Supergirl, this little gem is taken in part from The Magus by Francis Barrett. It reads:

The red toad (Pliny says) living in briers and brambles, is full of sorceries, and is capable of wonderful things: there is a little bone in his left side, which being cast into cold water, makes it presently hot; by which, also, the rage of dogs are restrained, and their love procured, if it be put in their drink, making them faithful and serviceable; if it be bound to a woman, it stirs up lust. On the contrary, the bone which is on the right side makes hot water cold, and it binds it so that no heat can make it hot while it there remains. It is a certain cure for quartans [a type of fever that reoccurs every four days], if it be bound to the sick in a snake's skin; and like wise cures all fevers, the St. Anthony's fire, and restrains love and lust. And the spleen and heart are effectual antidotes against the poisons of the said toad.

It is not unusual to see the use of animal parts such as bones, teeth, claws, feathers, feet, etc...in the practice of magic and the Hoodoo Tradition is no different. In the Hoodoo Tradition, the frog or toad is mainly associated with luck and money. In her book God, Dr. Buzzard and the Bolito Man Cornelia Bailey describes a ritual in which a frog is fed a silver dime in order to gain a lucky number to be played in the numbers game known as Bolito.

In China, the Money Frog is a three legged toad often shown sitting on a bed of coins with a coin in his mouth as well. He is arguably the most popular and powerful symbol of drawing wealth. For this reason he is often found on household shrines in china as well as near cash registers in various Oriental businesses.

I found reference to a Jewish belief in which the guts of a frog are smeared on a lock to open doors and break fetters and bands. In addition, in some instances European witches once used frogs in the same manner as a poppet in certain death spells where the animal was crucified upside down.

That being said, I don't see why the toad bone mentioned can't be used in the same manner as a Raccoon Penis Bone. It can be anointed with a condition oil such as Come to Me Oil, Kiss Me Now Oil, etc... and carried in a mojo bag along with other herbs/curios for this purpose along with your petitions and the individual's personal concerns.

In addition, because of the toad's association with money and wealth, I would venture to say that the toad bone can be utilized in a mojo to draw a wealthy lover, a general mojo for love and money, or even a mojo for money and wealth alone.

During the course of my research for this entry I could find no directions regarding how to obtain the bone itself. I would imagine that it would be done in the same manner as the Black Cat Bone, however, I myself would never torture an animal in this manner simply to obtain the bone when there are other means that can be used in its place. However, were I to find a frog or toad that is already dead I would not have a problem with harvesting the bone and burying the frog's remains with respect.



Carolina Dean

Sources:

The Magus, Francis Barrett (online edition)
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic, Catherine Yrondwode (Hardcover Ed. pages 98-99) © 2002
God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man, Cornelia Bailey © 2001
Hexcraft: Dutch Country Pow-Wow Magick, Silver Ravenwolf © 1995
Toad Bone Rite, Traditional Witchcraft Forum

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