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Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Talisman for Safe Travel




When the Full Moon hangs in the air on a Wednesday, mark the four points of a magick circle with the elements at their corresponding cardinal points. Next, draw a sigil of your name on the Magic Square of Mercury located in the center of the talisman. When you are done expose the talisman to the four elements saying at each point.




Powers & energies of Mercury divine



infuse thyself within this sign;



from all the dangers of the road,



shield car & driver, passenger & load!



When done, this talisman can be tucked in a mojo bag along with mint and comfrey root, placed under a burning candle for the same purpose, hidden in your car, or even suspended on a length of thread from your rear-view mirror.


Links

How to Create Sigils with Magic Squares See the section on Talismans.

Carolina Dean

Thursday, September 17, 2009

MIPC: To Make Oneself Invisible




Selena: Such a pretty world, I can't wait until its all mine.

Nigel: The only way to to rule the world is to become invisible my pumpkin.

Selena: Invisible? You'd almost know how to make me invisible wouldn't you?

Nigel: Oh I do know. Take five black beans and the head of a dead man. Place one bean in his mouth, two beans in his eyes. Then...."

Selena: (annoyed) Nigel....

Nigel: But it works, you can get anywhere, do anything!

Supergirl (1984)


Commentary: Invisibility has been on humanity's wish list at least since Amon-Ra, a deity who could disappear and reappear at will, joined the Egyptian pantheon in 2008 BC. With recent advances in optics and computing, however, this elusive goal is no longer purely imaginary. In spring 2001, Susumu Tachi, an engineering professor at the University of Tokyo, demonstrated a crude invisibility cloak. Through the clever application of some cheap technology, the Japanese inventor has brought personal invisibility a step closer to reality.

Tachi's cloak, a shiny raincoat that serves as a movie screen, showing images from a video camera positioned behind the wearer, is more gimmick than practical prototype. Nonetheless, from the right angle and under controlled circumstances, it does make a sort of ghost of the wearer. And, unlike traditional camouflage, it is most effective when either the wearer or the background is moving (but not both). You don't need a university lag to check it out: Stick a webcam on your back and hold your laptop in front of you, screen facing out. Your friends will see right through you.

An old rite to make oneself invisible and which is referenced in the movie mentioned above states that one should collect seven black beans. Begin the ritual on a Wednesday before sunrise. Then take the head of a dead man and put one of the black beans in his mouth, two in his eyes and two in his ears. Then make upon his head the character of Morial. Afterwards bury the head with the face upwards, and for nine days before sunrise water it each morning with good brandy. On the eighth day you will find the spirit mentioned, who will say to you: 'What wilt thou?' You will reply: 'I am watering my plant.' Then the Spirit will say: 'Give me the Bottle, I desire to water it myself.' In response, refuse him, even although he will ask you again. Then he will reach out with his hand and will show you the same figure which you had drawn upon the head. Now you can be certain that this is the right spirit, the spirit of the head. There is a danger that some other Spirit might try to trick you, which would have evil consequences—and in that case your operation would not succeed. Then you may give him the bottle and he will water the head and depart. On the next day, which is the ninth, when you return you will find that the beans are germinating. Take them and put them in your mouth, or in that of a child. Those which do not confer invisibility are to be reburied with the head.

A process has been prescribed in the Srividyaarnavatantra (Hindu Text) for making oneself invisible to others. With five wicks, one each made of the fibers of arka (Calatropis gigantea), shaalmali (Salmalia malabarica), kaarpaasa (Gossypium heraceum) [i.e. cotton], patta (cloth), pankaja (lotus) [dipped in] narataila (human oil i.e., oil extracted from a corpse) one should kindle five lights. These should be placed, one by one, on five human skulls. Then the combined black ashes, obtained from the above lights, should be applied to the eyes while one is in a temple of Shiva. The ashes are first consecrated with the following mantra, recited 1008 times:

Om hum phat kaali kaali mahaakaali maamsa-shonitam khaadaya khaadaya devi maa pasyatu manuseti hum phat svaahaa.

Modern witches have learned to make themselves invisible by other means including but not limited to the following:

1) Herbal lore dictates that fennel carried in one's pocket will hide you from evil.

2) So long as you hide an opal in a fresh bay leaf it will keep you hidden as well.

3) Many witches visualize themselves fading out of their own surroundings until they are not there at all, when done properly they often find that others do not notice them. This is also the form of invisibility that many modern spells for this purpose will offer.

Finally, in the Hoodoo Traditions, there is speak of the black cat bone which when ritually harvested is said to bestow upon its bearer one of two powers. The first is said return a lost love and the second is said to confer invisibility when placed beneath the tongue.


Carolina Dean

Links:

Supergirl (wikipedia entry)
See the Scene (Video)
Supergirl at the Superman Home Page
The Book of Ceremonial Magic, A.E. Waite

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Carolina Dean's Birthday Ritual




First I'd like to thank everyone who has wished me a happy birthday, you've all made this a very special one with your well wishes and good cheer.

Now, as to my ritual. I've been doing this for the past five years or so. It began with me doing this for the baby, and then I began doing this for myself.

I always purchase the numerical candles that reflect my age and make my wish as I light them, not when blowing them out. Once the candle have been allowed to burn for a brief time, i use a small birthday candle to hold the flame and pinch out the flames of the numerical candles.

The numerical candles are then transplanted onto a saucer and relit where they are allowed to burn down in their own time. When this is done, I inspect the wax for signs of what may transpire for me in the coming year. Sometimes I look upon the symbols I find as indicative of the theme for the coming year, the lessons I will face, and challenges I must overcome.

Later, I always leave a slice of my birthday cake by my front door as an offering to benevolent spirits that they may bring me good luck in the coming year.


Carolina Dean

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Review: Angelique's Descent



Review: Angelique’s Descent


Author: Lara Parker
Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Harper Entertainment (December 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061057517



Written by the actress who played the evil witch Angelique on the daytime soap-opera Dark Shadows, Angelique’s Descent tells the story of how the woman became the witch we loved to hate.

The story jumps intermittently between the present (1971) and the past, roughly 200 years prior as Barnabus Collins reads Angelique’s journal which he found at the ‘old house’ as it is often referred to in the series. The first half of the novel describes Angelique’s early childhood in late 18th century San Martinique. When we first meet the young Angelique, she is a child of the ocean spending her days swimming among the sea life and exploring caves near her mother’s island hut. We learn that her mother was a native-healer and her father, a white Englishman, the owner of a sugar plantation.

Angelique’s mother is tricked into sending her away to live with her father who promises a life of wealth and ease for Angelique. In truth, Angelique’s father suspects that she has inherited a portion of her mother’s powers and plans on using her as a pawn to keep his slaves in line by having Angelique impersonate the voodoo Goddess Erzulie. What Angelique’s father learns, albeit far too late, is that Angelique is far more powerful than he could have imagined. Along the way we learn of Angelique’s earliest meeting with a young Barnabus Collins and their eventual love affair before Angelique becomes a servant of the rich and powerful Du Pres family.

The latter half of the book will be familiar to anyone who watched the series as the author describes the events which played out on screen using dialogue from the original scripts. We are also treated to events that occurred ‘off-camera’ filling the blanks between scenes. Having escaped her past, Angelique becomes a maid to Josette Dupres to whom we learn she has a profound connection. Barnabus and Angelique are able to consummate their love-affair, however due to constraints of society at the time, they are unable to wed. Ultimately it is Josette to whom Barnabus becomes betrothed, inciting Angelique’s wrath. Angelique calls upon her sorcery in attempt to undo their love and reclaim Barnabus for herself, resulting in Barnabus becoming a Vampire.

The author’s style of writing is easy to follow. The story is well-thought out and faithful to the established characters and plot made famous in the television series. Although described as an erotic tale, I found the few scenes describing Angelique’s sexual liaisons quite tame.

My biggest complaint with the story is the lack of realism in Angelique’s flavor of witchcraft. In some instances she uses actual magical theories (such as sympathetic magic) while in other instances she chants gibberish which I take as lazy writing.

Parker did an excellent job of portraying Angelique a sympathetic villain. Having learned of the violence and betrayal of which Angelique was the victim one cannot help but empathize with her and understand why she did what she did….for love.

Carolina Dean

Purchase the Book




Friday, September 11, 2009

How to Shape Loose Incense into a Cone

This is something that I had a bit of trouble with, so I decided to write this blog to help others who may have had this problem.

To begin you will need:


Pen and Paper
Tape
Compass
Scissors
Loose Incense
Saucer



STEP ONE: Using your compass, draw a circle on a sheet of paper. For the purpose of this article, I created a circle by tracing a standard coaster on a sheet of orange paper. Cut the circle out of paper and then cut a triangle shape whose apex is the center of the circle. When you are done your piece of paper should resemble Pac-Man.



STEP TWO: Point Pac-Man's "mouth" towards you. Bring this "lips" together allowing them to over lap a bit. This will give you a wide code. To make the cone more narrow tighten the paper until the cone is the size that you desire, then use tape to secure the cone.








STEP THREE:
Pack your your loose incense into the cone.





STEP FOUR: Holding your little cone up so that no incense spills out, place a saucer upside down on top of it and then turn it over. Place your saucer on a flat surface.




STEP FIVE:
Gently tap the cone and then slowly lift it up revealing your incense cone!




You can now light your incense.

Carolina Dean

References

How to Make Incense Powder and How to Light Them

How to Make a Funnel from Paper

Monday, September 7, 2009

MIPC: A Money and Luck Drawing Mojo Bag

“…get a small bag made of the skin of chamois. In it place this piece of lodestone and John Conqueror root. Tie it with a piece of devil’s shoestring and in your right hand, sprinkle five drops of holy oil. Keep the bag next to your skin”

Eve’s Bayou (1997)


Commentary: Set in Louisiana in the early 1960’s. Eve’s Bayou tells the story of the Batiste family from the perspective of Eve, the youngest daughter of Louis and Roz Batiste. Louis makes his living as a doctor, and has a penchant for seducing his attractive female patients. One night unbeknown to Louis, he is witnessed by Eve being intimate with a woman who is not his wife. This incident shatters the idealistic image Eve has of her father and sets off a chain of events that will affect the lives of the entire family.

The most interesting character in the film, in my opinion, is Louis’ sister Mozelle. Louise and Mozelle are a study in contrasts, though they have been described as being “just like one another.” Where Louis appears to be a stable family man, Mozelle’s every relationship ends in tragedy. Where Louis is a man of science, who believes in logic and the knowledge of his medicine; Mozelle is a woman of Spirit possessed of a powerful psychic gift. Throughout the film, Mozelle receives clients in her beautiful home to whom she provides psychic consultations.

In the scene mentioned above one of Mozelle’s clients, Madame Renard, learns that she has been swindled out of her life’s savings. Madame Renard comes to Mozelle seeking hope and reassurance only for Mozelle to confirm that the money is “all gone.” In order to give Madame Renard an inkling of hope Mozelle prescribes the recipe given above.

Chamois has long been used in the making of mojo bags and is the second most prescribed material called for when making one, behind red flannel. Lodestones have been used for centuries to attract one’s desires, in this case money and power as evidenced by the inclusion of the High John Root as well (the only other curio Mozelle directs Madame Renard to actually place in the bag.)

According to Cat Yronwode in Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic, “carrying a whole High John the Conqueror Root will never be long without money or a lover and that they will be extremely lucky in games of chance and highly successful in all business and financial undertakings.”

Finally, Devil’s shoe strings have been used for the purpose of protection from evil influences and malicious gossip. It also has the reputation for drawing money luck.

In addition to the ingredients, Mozelle instructs her client to anoint the bag with Holy Oil and to keep the bag next to her skin, which are traditional beliefs associated with the mojo.

Although I am surprised that Mozelle doesn’t mention anything about feeding the lodestone, smoking the mojo in incense or offering up a prayer I believe this to be a decent beginnings of a money and luck drawing mojo bag. However it would benefit from the addition of money drawing herbs such as chamomile, mint, and cinnamon; as well as money drawing curious such as buckeye and two-dollar bills.

Links:

Eve's Bayou (Trailer)
See the Scene (begins at 4:10)

References

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic, Cat Yronwode (Hardcover Edition)
www.luckymojo.com
herb-magic.com

Carolina Dean