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Saturday, February 27, 2010

MIPC: How to Alleviate a Curse Cast Upon You


Episode Synopsis: After a heated argument, Suzanne's maid, Conseula, puts a curse on her proclaiming that she will be dead by midnight. Meanwhile, the ladies of the design firm agree to help Mary Jo with her daughter's slumber party, which allows the opportunity for bonding as Suzanne tries to make her final moments count.

Towards the end of the episode we find out that unbeknownst to Suzanne, her sister Julia has conducted some research on her own and learned from her friend Clarence Otto of the Museum of Folklore that […the best way to alleviate a curse is to put your own curse on the cursor…] and that she has used a small cloth doll to place her own hex on Consuela. When Suzanne refuses to allow Julia to sleep on the couch, Julie threatens to remove the pin from the doll saying that […removing the pin from the doll leaves you very little protection…] at which point Suzanne gives Julia the couch on which to sleep.

Designing Women
Season 1 Episode 10, The Slumber Party
Original Air Date: December 18th, 1986

Commentary: Curses are a malevolent type of spell the effects of which can range from bad luck to death. Curses can be placed on people (Longinus), places (King Tut's Tomb), and things (The Hope Diamond). The motivation for cursing can include Envy (Snow White), Revenge (Tecumseh), Punishment (Angel, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), to Teach a Lesson (Brother Bear), or to protect an object--mostly from theft (Religious Idols and other Holy Objects) or places (Shakespeare's Grave).

The belief in curses can be found in virtually every culture and they are mentioned in the sacred texts of many religions. Most religions forbid the practice of cursing, while others, citing the use of curses in their holy books, utilize them to protect their selves from their enemies and other forms of evil. Every religion has a form of blessings intended to protect people, places and things from curses. Non-religious individuals believe that curses are a product of the mind and are psychological in nature. In a sense, people "curse" themselves because they believe that they are cursed.

Some curses include their own cure, for example in the Fairy Tale of the Frog Prince; the frog had to obtain a willing kiss from a Princess in order to become human again. In other cases, curses remain through the ages despite attempts to remove them. Most methods of removing a curse will fall into the category of a Cleansing, a Reversing, or a combination of each.

Cleansings involve removing the curse from the individual/object and keeping it from returning. In these cases the negative energy of the curse is often transmuted into positive energy. Methods of cleanings include but are not limited to the following:

  • Ritual Bathing
  • Visualization
  • Smudging with Incense
  • Anointing with Oil
  • Energy Work
  • Transference
  • Ritual Banishment
  • Petition to a Higher Power
  • Counter Spells
  • Use of Amulets or Talismans
  • Other

Reversing involves sending the curse back to its point of origin where it will play out as it has been directed when it was cast. Methods of reversing curses back to their sender include but are not limited to the following:

  • Petition to a Higher Power
  • Counter Spells
  • Use of Amulets and Talismans
  • Other

Finally, there are those rare methods that fall into neither category such as in the example given at the beginning of this article. In that example a person who has been cursed has been instructed to put their own curse on the person who has cursed them. This method seems to be neither a cleanings nor a reversing because the method does not remove the curse placed upon them. Instead we have what seems to be the magickal equivalent of blackmail, except that you do not have the psychological advantage of informing them that you have cursed them.
However, it could be argued that the method of cursing your cursor is both a cleanings and a reversing as your curse constitutes a spell in and of itself and may or may not call upon a Higher Power for divine retribution. The act of placing a curse on your tormentor can be very cathartic and may represent a healing for the individual. Some may argue that sending a curse back to its point of origin is a curse in and of itself.

In my research I found at least one instance of employing a curse against someone who has cursed you, although I am sure that there are more examples. Denis Alvarado in her book, Voodoo Dolls in Magick and Ritual states that “[one] way to reverse a curse is to create a voodoo doll of the person that cursed you.” She then instructs the reader to ritually burn the doll with the intention that as the doll burns away the curse placed upon you by the person will be transformed into “something harmless.”

That being said, I believe that it is possible to alleviate a curse by placing your own curse upon the person who has cursed you, however, before I attempted to do so I would attempt to perform a more traditional combination of cleaning or reversing.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Spell to Attract Those of Like Mind



A Spell to Attract Those of Like Mind



Note: This spell was written to be performed by myself and two members of my coven in order to attract potential new members to our group after the departure of one of our members who is in the military and who was transferred to a base outside the United States.


Preliminary: On a small scrap of paper write down the qualities that you desire in a potential new member to the coven. Be as specific or general as you like.






To begin, form a triangle of manifestation with drawing powder and mark the three points with white candles. In the center of the triangle, place the cauldron of transformation. Place the herbs known as cloves, basil, and sage inside the cauldron.


The candles are lit and then each person reads the qualities that they have written down, painting a picture of the type of person they would like to draw into the coven. When done, they light the paper on fire from their candle and drop it in the cauldron.


When all three parties have read and burned their petition papers, raise power with the following incantation.


“As these words of ours are spoken,

the circle is open but unbroken;

we now draw those of like mind,

who shall their way to us now find!”


The candles are allowed to burn themselves out and then the herbs and ashes are buried at the covenstead.

Carolina Dean


Saturday, February 13, 2010

MIPC Balancing the Bible

"They say that if you can balance a bible on end...that God is with you."

Seven Days, Season 2 Episode 2
Episode Title: Witch Way to the Prom
Original Air Date: May 3rd, 2000


Commentary: The Holy Bible has long been used in the practice of magic and to tell the future. Of all the books which make up the Bible, the Psalms are arguably among the most popular verses used in the practice of magic. These verses are often uttered in faith during the course of casting a spell. Typically, verses are often chosen according to tradition or for a personal interpretation of a certain Psalm (see links below).

The bible is also a popular medium used in the practice of Stichomancy, or divination by books, although any book can be used in this practice. Practitioners often have their own systems of operation but generally speaking a question is posed while holding the book, it is then opened to a random page with eyes closed and one's finger is also randomly placed onto a page. The passage on which one's finger falls is then read and interpreted.

During the Burning Times ( a period in history when Christians persecuted and tortured witches and alleged witches) many 'tests' were employed to determine a person's guilt or innocence. Many of these tests were death sentences in and of themselves. Tests were designed so that in order to prove your innocence you had to die, as in the infamous “swimming the witch” test. The test was performed as follows. An accused individual was bound, gagged, and thrown into a body of water. If, for whatever reason, the accused floated then he or she was found guilty of witchcraft and sentenced to death. However, if the accused sank he or she was declared innoncence but invariably drowned.

Another test involved weighing the alleged witch against a copy of the bible. If the accused was heavier than the book it was considered sure sign of their wickedness as their guilt was weighing them down. If, however, the bible was proved heavier they were declared innocent and set free.

In the magical tradition of the granny women of the Appalachian mountains if a girl wished to know if her boyfriend loved her she would hang a bible on a string and recite a Ruth 1:16-17 (where you go there shall I follow....) followed by the name of her beloved. It is said that if the bible turns on the string so that the open end would face the girl, then her sweetheart loves her and that they will one day marry. Similar procedures have also been reported for discovering a thief as well as taking off a spell.

As we have seen the use of the Bible in magic and divination is unquestionably a very old practice. Although I could not find the bible used exactly as described as above, I believe it to be a modern version of earlier practices. Symbolically to balance a bible on end would represent being in balance with the will of god or of being upright (i.e. morally just). Like any other form of divination I feel that it must be utilized by the individual to determine if this form of divination works for you.

Carolina Dean

Links:

See the scene (begins at 4:30)


Sources:

Secrets of the Psalms
(Lucky Mojo)
Bible Divination
Ozark Magic and Folklore, Vance Randolph © 1947 page 173



Monday, February 8, 2010

Astrological Correspondences: Calculating Planetary Hours

The term Astrological Correspondences refers to the exact window of time one should cast a spell or perform a working ritual in order to reap maximum benefits and ensure a more successful result. The correspondences work on the principle that certain energies of the Sun, Moon, and Planets are in sympathy with one’s goal.



Factors to consider when determining the correct astrological correspondences for a particular spell or working include the Phase of the Moon, the Moon's Sign in the Zodiac, the Day of the Week, and the Hour of the Day



For example, the New Moon is for fresh starts and new beginnings and Friday is associated with Venus, the planet of love; therefore, a spell to draw a new unknown lover to yourself would best be performed on a New Moon on a Friday, in the hour of Venus (see Planetary Hours)




This blog entry will focus on the calculation of the planetary hours, which involves consulting the Planetary Hour Tables. There are two such tables, one is for Sunrise to Sunset, and the other is for Sunset to Sunrise. It is believed that each hour of the day and night is ruled by a planetary energy, and in that hour events and activities often coincide with the energy of that planet. There are seven classical planets, which also correspond to the seven days of the week. They are:



Sunday----------------------The Sun

Monday------------------The Moon

Tuesday--------------------------Mars

Wednesday---------------Mercury

Thursday---------------------Jupiter

Friday--------------------------Venus

Saturday----------------------Saturn


To work with the Planetary Tables, you need two pieces of information, the time the Sun will rise and the time that the Sun will set on the day that you have chosen for your magical work.


How to Calculate the Planetary Hours


For the Day


(12.0-R)= S= HM [H X60 + M] /12=PH



Subtract the time of Sunrise from Noon, to determine the amount of daylight between those two periods, and add the time of Sunset giving the amount of daylight hours for that day in hours and minutes. Convert the hours to minutes by multiplying them by 60 and then add the minutes together, giving the amount of minutes in between sunrise and sunset. Since the Planetary Hour Tables are divided into 12 hours, you will now divide the minutes by 12 giving you in hours and minutes the amount of time that each planetary hour will consist of.


Number a separate sheet of paper from one to twelve. Because the first Planetary Hour will begin at Sunrise, write down the time at which the Sun will rise beside number one. Now add the previously determined amount of time of each Planetary Hour, in hours and minutes, to the time for Sunrise to determine when the first Planetary Hour will begin and end on that day and write that down. Continue this formula until you have determined the window of time for each of the 12 hours.


Now look at the chart HOURS OF THE DAY, for the appropriate hour. Some witches choose to work magick in the same hour that corresponds to the day on which they work their magick. For example, if you are doing a love spell you would do it on a Friday, which is ruled by Venus, in the Hour of Venus. However, there will be times in which you can’t do your work in the hour that you desire. In these cases, you may want to use the energy of another hour in which you do your magick. In the example above, you may choose to work your love spell in the hour of Mercury to open communication between you and another in order to obtain love.


For the Night


(12.0-S) + R= HM [H X 60 + M] /12= PH


Subtract the time of Sunset from midnight to determine the amount of darkness between those two time periods, and add the time for Sun rise. Since the Planetary Hour tables are divided into 12 hours, you will now divide the minutes by 12 giving you in hours and minutes the amount of time that each planetary hour will consist of. the following day, giving you the amount of night time hours for that day in hours and minutes. Convert the hours to minutes by multiplying them by 60 and then add the minutes together giving you the amount of minutes between Sunset and Sun Rise the following day.



Number a separate sheet of paper from one to twelve. Because the first Planetary Hour will begin at Sunrise, write down the time at which the Sun will rise beside number one. Now add the previously determined amount of time of each Planetary Hour, in hours and minutes, to the time for Sunrise to determine when the first Planetary Hour will begin and end on that day and write that down. Continue this formula until you have determined the window of time for each of the 12 hours.


Now, look at the Chart HOURS OF THE NIGHT, to determine the appropriate hour for your working.


Planetary Hours Chart



Day Hours
Hour
Sun.
Mon.
Tues.
Wed.
Thurs.
Fri.
Sat.
1 Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
2 Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
3 Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
4 Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
5 Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus
6 Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
7 Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
8 Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
9 Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
10 Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
11 Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
12 Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus

Night Hours
Hour
Sun.
Mon.
Tues.
Wed.
Thurs.
Fri.
Sat.
1 Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
2 Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
3 Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
4 Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
5 Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
6 Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
7 Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus
8 Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
9 Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
10 Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
11 Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
12 Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars

Example:


In this example, the Sun will set at 4 pm Friday night and rise at 7 am Saturday morning.


(12.0-4) + 7= 15 [15 X 60=900] /12= 75= 1 Hour 15 Minutes





Reviewing the chart above, we see that the proper time to cast our love spell on this day would be sometime between 6:30 and 7:45 pm.




Carolina Dean


Links:

Get Sunrise/Sunset Times Here

Planetary Hour Calculator