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Sunday, January 31, 2010

MIPC: How to Kill a Witch

Conspire to steal a blouse or dress which belongs to the witch in question. Place this upon a dressmaker’s mannequin and pierce the heart with a silver pin.

The Twilight Zone
Episode Title: Jess Belle
Original Air Date: Feb 14th 1963

Commentary: I think that it is fair to say that this is a straightforward example of sympathetic magic. Sympathetic Magic works on the principle that ‘invisible bonds connect all things’. It can be divided into two categories, Homeopathic Magick and Contagious Magick. The Scottish anthropologist Sir James G. Frazer first described these types in his book The Golden Bough (1890).

Homeopathic Magick holds that “like attracts like.” A classic example of this type of magick is the melting of a waxen image of an enemy resulting in his or her death. Visualization is a form of sympathetic magick, instead of creating a physical image of your goal, you create a mental one.

Contagious Magick holds that “things once in contact with one another continue to exert an influence on one another after they have been separated.” An example of Contagious Magick from a folk magick remedy to cure a wound would be to rub some medicine on the object which caused the wound in the first place. People who believe in contagious magic fear that an enemy can gain power over them by obtaining parts of their body. Therefore, they carefully dispose of their nails, hair, teeth, and even their body wastes.

The most popular and well-known form of Sympathetic Magic is the use of poppets, or dolls. It’s not surprising that the heart must be pierced by silver since silver has long been prized for its protective qualities. Owning to its shiny-ness, silver is said to confer protection by deflecting negativity back to its source.

In addition, silver is known for its purification abilities. People once drank from silver chalices in the belief that the silver would negate any poison. Sailors used to place silver coins in water to keep it from becoming stagnant.

It is interesting to note that in the story quoted above the witch in question was once a mortal girl who became a witch to gain the love of a certain man. Once she gained his love, she discovered that the price was her own soul resulting in her becoming cold and heartless. During the episode when the pin is struck into the heart of the witch’s garment, she appears inside the dress and then fades away dead. This could mean that the silver inserted into her heart purified her soul and allowed her to find peace in the afterlife.

As I have said above, this is a fairly straightforward spell, one which I feel has the capacity to be successful when performed by the right person under the right circumstances. There is a correlation to this spell in the Hoodoo Tradition whereupon a rootworker was known to drawn the silhouette of the person who allegedly put a hex on his client. He would then attach the drawing to a tree and have the victim shoot the drawing with a silver bullet. While I cannot, at present, find the exact page at lucky mojo in which I read of this practice, I am fairly confident that it was quoted as having appeared in the Hyatt material.

Carolina Dean

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tarot Spread: Building a Psychological Profile

I'd like to begin by stating that the process I am about to describe for you is not one of my own creation. Unfortunately, I cannot remember if I learned this from Mary K. Greer or Eden Gray both of these authors were a huge influence on me in my early days of learning the tarot in the late 80's early 90's.

To begin, read over the chart below and remove the twelve cards indicated from a deck of Tarot Cards.

As you can see from the above, each of these cards are assigned to one of the 12 signs of the zodiac. Beginning with the Sun and Aries and going all the way around to Pisces with the Moon. To begin the actual spread you will place the card that corresponds to the individual's Sun Sign at position one (see chart below), with the other cards following in the order given above. For example, if the person is a Virgo you would put The Hermit as position 1 and Justice at position 2, etc... 

1) Self Identity, and ego.
2) Money and material matters.
3) Communication, siblings, short journeys.
4) Home, family, early childhood.
5) Love, children, and creativity.
6) Health, work, and pets.
7) Marriage, agreements, partnerships.
8) Birth, death, sex, and regeneration.
9) Personal growth, exploration, and long journeys.
10) Career, ambition, profession.
11) Friends and associations.
12) Secrets, sorrows, and self-undoing.

The next step is to either have the individual shuffle the remaining cards or shuffle them yourself while focusing on the individual who is the subject of the reading. Cut the cards and put them back together. Finally deal the top twelve cards from the remaining deck (however, advanced readers may want to use up to 3 cards for each sign) out beginning with the card that corresponds to the person's sun sign. You can now blend the meanings of the two cards in each position to build a basic profile for the individual who is the subject of the reading.

This is a really great spread for those who have an interest in astrology and psychology. I've used it for several years and have found it to be quite accurate. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.

Carolina Dean

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

MLAAW: The Exorcist

I was an Assistant Manager for an industrial cleaning company which operated in a textile mill for seven years. The work was hard, required little training, and we had a high turnover. Often when we hired someone we had no idea how long they would stay and sometimes we'd hired someone we knew would not last just to cover a job for that day.

A high percentage of our employees were developmentally disabled, had prison records, were on welfare, etc... and our company was given financial incentives for employing them. When Rosemary (not her real name), an African American woman in her mid 40's, was interviewed she seemed normal and stable enough. However, after she was hired she began exhibiting strange behavior.

One day she accidentally dropped a bottle of cleaner and exclaimed "The Devil DID that!" I didn't think anything about it at first, but later on I noticed that she blamed the devil for all kinds of things. She was late because the devil messed with her alarm, she forgot to fill the toilet paper in the ladies room because the devil was hiding in there to scare her, she didn't take out the trash because the devil hid it from her.

It was strange, but she did her work for the most part so we let it pass. Then one day I was walking her route with her checking her work and she pointed at an older white man and said that that was her son. I pointed out that the man was much older than her and white. She began to tell me how the devil came into her bedroom at night and raped her and got her pregnant. She explained that he would come back a few nights later and steal the baby from her, but whenever she saw one of her children she would know them. This happened several times, she kept pointing out more and more people that were supposedly her children with the devil.

I was a practicing Wiccan at the time and often wore my pentacle outside my clothes, but I began tucking it in my shirt around Rosemary because I didn't know how she would react to working with a witch. One morning I was sitting at my desk waiting for the morning shift to come sign in for work, collect their gear and head to their stations. Some of the early comers were sitting in the office with me and we were chatting. Rosemary came in with a bible in front of her and something behind her back. She began loudly reading a passage from the bible and before I knew it she reached around her back with a large cup of water and threw it on me. She was trying to exorcise me!

I stood up but Rosemary ran out the door and never came back to work. All I could figure is that at some point someone told her I was a witch and she began to believe that I was possessed.

Carolina Dean

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Review: Rosemary's Baby (Book)

By Ira Levin

Hardcover, 245 pages
Publisher: Random House ©1967
Language: English

Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young woman named Rosemary and her experiences living in an old Gothic New York apartment complex with Guy, her struggling actor husband. Before moving into the Bramford, as it is called, they are warned by Hutch (a family friend) about the strange history of the building which includes a high incidence of cannibalism, murder, and witchcraft.

Despite the disturbing history of the Bramford, the couple decides to move into the Bramford and are quickly befriended by their eccentric neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet. Though Rosemary wants to have children, Guy would rather wait until he is more successful in his chosen career. Over the course of the story, Guy becomes increasingly attached to the Castevets whereas Rosemary finds their attention somewhat meddlesome and suffocating.

Guy’s career begins to take off after his rival for a small but important part in a play is struck blind and he agrees to conceive a child with Rosemary. Guy and Rosemary plan to attempt to conceive after a romantic dinner one night. However, Rosemary mysteriously passes out shortly after dinner and what follows is a surreal dream which causes Rosemary to question her reality. Shortly thereafter, Rosemary learns that she is pregnant.

Several weeks go by whereupon Guy becomes increasingly distant to Rosemary, while she becomes more and more isolated in her apartment with only the Castevets for support. Several weeks pass and Hutch pays Rosemary a visit while Guy is out. Hutch is noticeably alarmed at Rosemary’s change in appearance and through his conversation with her becomes suspicious of Roman and Minnie.

Rosemary receives a warning from Hutch before he falls strangely ill and later dies. She follows the clues left behind by Hutch and confirms her suspicions that the Castevets lead a coven of satanic witches and believes that they intend to sacrifice her child to the devil. What follows is Rosemary’s attempts to protect her child and convince the world that not only do witches exist and are in league with Satan, but they are also after her unborn child.

Truth being stranger than fiction, after the birth of her child, Rosemary discovers to her horror the coven’s true reason for desiring the baby. Though the book’s plot is rather infamous now, owning to the faithful adaptation of the movie and its success, the ending presents a twist of apocalyptic proportions.

At roughly 250 pages Rosemary’s Baby is a quick read. Some characters are more fleshed out than others, with only a minimal back story. The plot is simple and quite compact, albeit somewhat slow at times. Told from Rosemary’s point of view, the plot keeps you guessing as she attempts to unravel the central mystery and the reader often wonders if she has been driven mad by her raging hormones?

Carolina Dean

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Monday, January 4, 2010

How to Prepare Vigil Candles for Magic

Today I am going to share with you how I prepare Vigil, or Glass-Encased, candles for spells and magic. I can always order Vigil Candles from a reputable dealer, but I always like to buy local or work with what I have. Therefore, I will often purchase and use Vigil Candles from my local supermarket. Although some of these candles come plain with no label, they often have images of Saints such as St. Expedite or The Virgin of Guadalupe on them.

In these cases I will often remove them by placing the candle in a tall glass of water overnight. The following morning the label will fall off of the candle and leave no remains of glue or paper. Once I have the old label off, no offense to St. Expedite, I dry it off with a cloth and then wipe it down with a bit of ammonia to cleanse it of any and all previous energies. Once this dries completely, I glue my new label to the candle. As you can see, today I will be making a Money Drawing Candle.

Once the glue dries on the new label, I gather my equipment and materials including the herbs and oils that I will use. The first thing I do is combine my herbs in my mortar and grind them to as fine a powder as I can. In the photo below you can see ground cinnamon, irish moss, and chamomile. In addition I have carefully gathered some magnetic sand from my lodestone and added it to my powdered herbs.

Now, using a Philip's head screw driver used soley for candle-magic, I bore four holes at equidistant point around the center of the candle four being a number of stability. You don't have to use four holes, this is simply my preference. Some workers use six holes owning to the six points of the Star of David, and some workers use three holes (for manifestation), and still some workers use only one hole. Whatever you decide to do, I suggest that you use the same number of holes each time as it will become a part of your personal ritual.

The next thing I do is put about three drops of condition oil in each hole. I then carefully fill each of the holes with my chosen herbs. This is where I prefer to use herbs in their powdered form as they are much easier to get into the hole then coarser herbs. From time to time you will have to push the herbs down further into the hole and this is where the screwdriver comes in again. I've found that in some cases, I can put a bit of the powdered herbs in the candle place my hand over the top and gently shake the candle back and forth the herbs will simply fall down into the hole. When the holes are about halfway full, I place another three drops of oil in them, and another three drops when the hole is filled for a total of nine drops of oil in each hole.

Once the holes are filled, I then use something to anchor the herbs with. In the case of my Money Drawing Candle I used a hole dried chamomile flower which is roughly the size of a dried pea. I pushed one in each of the holes sealing in the herbs and oil. Other items I could have used to anchor the herbs and oils include, but are not limited to small chunks of lodestone, or pyrite.

Finally I anoint the rim of the candle and the wick with my chosen oil while making my prayer or petition.

The candle can then be lit and burned on your altar or shrine.

Things to Keep in Mind

Before beginning, turn off the television/radio, take your phone off the hook and eliminate all distractions. You want all of your attention to be on the task at hand and not be worried about who's sleeping with who on your soap opera or what the gross national product of Indonesia was in 1943.

Make sure you have everything you need before you sit down to make your candle. I was taught that once you sit down to start the process of fixing up your candle, you don't get back up till you're done. If you find that you've forgotten something you either leave it out, or don't do the spell or make the candle at that time.

In addition to herbs, you can place the personal concerns of the person the candle is to effect in the holes as well. I often make a point to save my toe-nails and whiskers for this purpose. I have also seen cases where a photograph of the person or person's the candle is to have an effect on has been glued to the candle on the opposite side of the label.

Once made, these candles can be burned in conjunction with special incense for the same purpose. You can place your hand-written petition under the candle as well.

Carolina Dean

Friday, January 1, 2010

Affirming the Future

Good Morning!

Welcome to a brand new day, a brand new year, and a brand new decade. At the ripe old age of 36 I had begun to think of New Year's Day as just another day, however by participating in the traditions of my culture I can definitely feel a powerful sense of freshness, renewal, and harmony in my home. There is no doubt in my mind that I AM attracting all good things!

I hope this coming year brings you all love, happiness, and success in all that you do! To that end, in the coming days and weeks I will be sharing techniques and exercises with you to help you have a better life, achieve success, and be the best you that you can be! I'll be there right along with you.

By now many of you have resolved to make some form of positive change in your life, whether it is to lose weight, save more money, spend more time with your loved ones, find a better job, stop smoking, attract a mate, etc... Many people start out the new year with lofty goals and while some meet with initial success, according to one study, after 6 months roughly 46 percent of those who made resolutions have kept them.

No matter what your goal is, the simplest thing you can do to help you achieve that goal is to change the way you think. One of the best techniques to change negative thinking is through the use of affirmations. Affirmations are defined as a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something. In magic, affirmations are often worded in a positive manner and repeated over and over to ourselves either silently, or aloud. The idea is that we focus on inwardly that which we wish to manifest outwardly. However, it is not enough to simply repeat these statements, but we must also believe them to be true.

Belief is perhaps the most important factor in magical thinking. If you don’t believe the words coming out of your mouth you’re not going to achieve any results. Affirmations help us build up our beliefs and make them more real. In fact, the word affirm come from the Latin word that means ‘to make solid’. When we are thinking positively, we are not thinking negatively; and in the absence of negative thoughts we grow to believe our words. With belief in our thoughts and words, comes the manifestation of our desires.

Writing Your Affirmations

While some people may have a difficult time thinking positively, it’s not very hard to write a positive statement. Here are some things to keep in mind when writing yours.

1) Begin your affirmation with the words I AM. For example, I am wealthy rather than I will be wealthy. By stating that you will be wealthy it places your intent in the future rather than the present and that is precisely where your intent will manifest in the future, always before you, always out of reach.

2) Make your affirmation active rather than passive. Directly after the words I am, include a word ending in –ing. For example, I am having, I am receiving, I am manifesting, etc…

3) Avoid negative words and contractions. For example, repeat I am patient and understanding, rather than I won’t lose my temper. The point here is to focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.

4) Be specific but keep it short. In order to get what you want, you must be clear about what you want. Avoid vague statements but keep your statement short as short affirmations are easier to remember.

Exercises For You To Try

1) Choose a goal that you would like to achieve. Write the goal on a 3 X 5 " index card. Below that goal, write three positive affirmations regarding that goal.

2) Put the index card in a conspicuous place where you will see it often. It can be placed on your bedside, taped to your bathroom mirror, taped to the dashboard of your car, placed on your refrigerator, or even placed on your shrine or altar. The idea is to put the card somewhere where you will see it everyday and it will serve as a reminder of your goal and what you must do to achieve that goal.

2) Practice repeating your affirmations to yourself silently and aloud throughout the day for as long as it takes to achieve your goal. Then choose a new goal and begin again. Record your progress.

Carolina Dean