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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Doll to Trip Up Thieves

Here's a little doll I've made for business-owners who have had problems with thieves, robbers, and shop-lifters. It can easily be used in one's home as well to protect your dwelling from the same. 

To begin, simply make yourself a doll-baby by cutting out two human-shaped pieces of cloth. Sew them together and stuff it with cotton bunting, pete-moss, etc...In addition to the stuffing you use, include the following items:

  • Dried Red Peppers
  • Vandal Root 
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt 
  • Devil Shoestrings 


I usually place a whole dried red-pepper down in each leg near the foot to hot-foot the criminal away. The Vandal root is used partly because vandal is another word for someone who willfully destroys your property, but it also keeps out unwanted visitors (thieves, criminals, robbers, etc..) The salt has the duel task of protecting your home/business and keeping unwanted visitors from coming back. Black-pepper also has a reputation for preventing unwanted visitors. Finally, the devil shoestring will cause them to "trip-up" and make a mistake that will get them caught.

As you place each item inside the doll, speak to its spirit asking it to do perform its specific function and to work with the other herbs and minerals.If you wish you can write a petition on a piece of paper and place this inside the doll as well. This could be something as simple as "This doll represents any person that would enter my home (or business) to rob or steal from me." When you have completed the doll, smoke it in incense to bring it to life and assign him his task. 

Take the doll and hang it upside down from a piece of string by one leg over the front entrance to your home or business. Each time you successfully catch a shop-lifter, avert a robbery, or catch a thief take a pin and stick it in the doll to ensure that the charges are successfully "pinned" on him or her.

Carolina Dean 

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

9-Day Ritual to Drive Out an Evil Spirit

Part of my ancestry is Jewish in addition to being Irish and Native American. However, I grew up in a Baptist Household in which we were told that we were white and that's what we were told to say when people asked or we had to fill out forms. At one point in my life I sought spiritual fulfillment outside of Christianity which lead me to a Jewish-Mystic who shared the following ritual with me. 

To perform this ritual, you will need the following:
  • Twenty-Seven White Candles 
  • Sea-Salt
  • Earthenware Bowl 
  • Spring Water 
  • Run Devil Run Oil  
  • Holy Bible

Begin this ritual early in the morning just before sunrise. Set up your altar in the area where the evil spirit is most active. Draw a triangle on your work area in salt. Anoint three white-candles with Run Devil Run Oil and place them at the three points of the triangle. Place some spring-water in the earthenware bowl and add 9 drops of Run Devil Run Oil. saying:

"May it be your will, O Lord, God King of the Universe that this water be clean and pure and drive out any and all demons, devils, and evil spirits which may be about this dwelling. Amen."
Place the bowl in the center of the triangle.  Light the candles saying:

"Blessed are thou O Lord, our God King of the Universe who hath sanctified us and instructed us to light candles. Amen" 

Meditate on your desire to be rid of this evil spirit. When you are ready, fervently pray the 29th Psalm over the water 9 times and allow the candles to burn themselves out. 

The following day, and each day thereafter for a total of 9 days, anoint and light new candles and pray the 29th Psalm. However, the second day you will pray it 8 times; the third day you will pray it 7 times, the fourth day you will pray it 6 times, etc.. until on the 9th and final day you will only pray the Psalm once.

Over the course of the 9 days, DO NOT add water to the bowl. By the end of the nine-days the water will have evaporated and with it the evil spirit will be gone! If there is still water in the bowl after the 9th day, let it remain on the altar until the water has fully-evaporated and then take the bowl and bury it in a graveyard or at a crossroads. 

There are actually two forms of this ritual. One is to drive an evil spirit out of your home (given above) and one is to drive an evil spirit out of one's self. The ritual to rid yourself of an evil spirit is slightly different in that you are to bath yourself with the water after praying the Pslam each day. Replace the water along with the candles each successive day, disposing of the bowl as described above.

Carolina Dean


Saturday, October 16, 2010

MIPC: A Powerful Spell of Attraction and Desire

In a small cottage deep in Sherwood Forest, a woman sits before a fire with a female-doll and a cord in her lap as she cast the following spell over a male-doll she holds in her hands.

…”who are Princes residing in you. I conjure you that you send down to obsesses, torment, and harass the body, spirit, mind and five senses of he whom I desire; and that he shall have no friendship for anyone in this world other than I, Lilith, your servant. So shall he be obsessed and tormented and look on no other than me nor find any love or comfort with anyone but with me, I conjure you to accomplish this my will and I, Lilith, do promise to satisfy you duly. By Hermes the Thrice Great, by the Shield of Solomon [Lilith takes up a female doll in her right hand representing herself and holds it up facing the male doll in her right hand] by all the power of the Lords of Darkness… Creature of Earth, I name thee Herne’s son, Robin Hood… now thou art he! [Lilith brings the two dolls together and binds them with what appears to be a knotted length of red cord, she then holds the bound dolls over her fire] So shall it be! Come to me…Come to me!

Robin of Sherwood, “The Enchantment”
Original Air Date: March 30, 1985

Commentary: This is actually a combination of two spells 1) an incantation and 2) an old sympathetic magic spell that have been pieced together from different sources. The incantation is based on a spell titled To Cause a Girl to Seek You Out However Prudent She May Be which can be found in the Book of Ceremonial Magic written by A.E. Waite and is itself based on older Grimoires.

In this spell the magician is instructed to draw a specific talisman (see image at right) on paper incorporating the name of the intended into the talisman and writing certain sacred names on its reverse. He must then venture outside between 11 pm and midnight with his talisman, and a candle. He places the talisman on the bare ground, with his right foot on top of it and his left knee bent to the ground. With the lit candle in is right hand he looks to the Moon and then seeks out the brightest star in the heavens and repeats the incantation given below three times; after which he places the candle on top of the talisman until it is spent. Thereafter he places the talisman in his left shoe until the one he desires comes to him.

I salute and conjure you, O beautiful Moon, O beautiful Star, O bright light which I hold in my hand! By the air which I breathe, by the breath which is within me, by the earth which I touch, I conjure you, and by all the names of the spirits who are Princes residing in you; by the ineffable Name ON, Which hath created all; by thee, O Resplendent Angel Gabriel, together with the Prince Mercury, Michiael and Melchidael! I conjure you again by all the Divine Names of God, that you send down to obsess, torment and harass the body, spirit, soul and five senses of the nature of N., whose name is written here below, in such a way that she shall come unto me and accomplish my will, having no friendship for any one in the world, but especially for N., so long as she shall be indifferent to me. So shall she endure not, so shall she be obsessed, so suffer, so be tormented. Go then, promptly; go, Melchidael, Baresches, Zazel, Firiel, Malcha, and all those who are without you (sic). I conjure you by the great living God to accomplish my will, and I, N., do promise to satisfy you duly.

The second part of the spell, the binding of two dolls together, is one of the most ancient forms of magick known as 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. 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. The most popular and well-known form of Sympathetic Magic is the use of poppets, or dolls.

Although a spell such as the one described above can be worked with any number of items in place of the dolls it will have a greater chance for success if those items incorporate the personal concerns of the two individuals. I have personally seen a spell of this type performed with 

·        Two sticks
·        Cologne/Perfume Bottles
·        Chess Pieces
·        Salt/Pepper Shakers
·        Two Lodestones
·        Candles
·        Underwear (tied together) 

In each case the spell followed the same basic format. First the items were named after the two people concerned. Second they were ritually brought together. This could be done all at once or over a succession of days. Finally, the two items were bound together with red cord of thread. The belief was that as the two items came together and bound, those the items represented would come together by the powerful force of magnetic attraction and be bound together (usually by love, or desire). 

That being said, I believe that the spell cited at the beginning of this entry has all the ingredients to be successful. However, if I were to consider casting this spell myself I would change the verbiage of the spell so as to avoid any debt to a higher power to which I hold no allegiance. Furthermore, in place of the fire I would burn a candle prepared with herbs and oils that correspond to my goal. 

Carolina Dean

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How to Read Tarot: A Basic Guide

In the past several weeks, I have been approached several times from people interested in learning to read the Tarot. Many people are intimated by the tarot due to the mystery surrounding the cards. Some people may be interested in the Tarot but the only thing they know about it is what they have seen in movies. They may be confused by the lack of clear history of the Tarot, the multitude of meanings assigned to the various cards, or they may not understand how the Tarot works. 

This entry is my effort to answer some of the questions a student of the Tarot may have based on my experiences with these individuals. Obviously I cannot answer all these questions in one blog entry, however I hope that it will serve as a start for those interested in reading Tarot Cards.

How I Learned to Read the Tarot

I was fascinated and intrigued by the mystique of the Tarot from an early age. I have vivid memories of Candice Bergen reading the cards as Morgan Le Fay in the 1985 movie Arthur the King. However, I think my biggest inspiration for wanting to learn to read the Tarot was Jane Seymour's portrayal of Solitaire in the 1973 film Live and Let Die. Within the movie, Seymour plays a tarot reader in the employ of a gangster who retains her prophetic powers so long as she remains a virgin. 

Throughout the late 80's to mid 90's TBS annually had a James Bond Movie Marathon and I always made a point to watch Live and Let Die. However, it wasn't until the summer of  1991 that I was given by first deck of Tarot Cards, the Rider-Waite deck. The deck came with the Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite and The Mystical Tarot by Rosemary Ellen Guiley.

I spent the entire summer of that year memorizing all the meanings of each card (upright and reversed). I would study one card per day, memorizing its meaning and making notes in a notebook about the various colors found on the card, symbols, body positions of the figures on the cards, etc... Several times a day I would take my tarot deck and turn over the cards one by one reciting the meanings for each card for its upright and reversed positions that I had already learned, skipping those I had not yet learned. I did this every day for months as I continued to study the cards, until the various meanings were ingrained in my mind. 

The main problem with this strategy is that I tended to lock myself into using only those meanings which I had memorized and sometimes I found it difficult to interpret a card in relation to the spread or question asked with only those meanings that I had memorized. Once I learned to relax and let go of interpreting the cards within the rigid confines of the meanings I had memorized the information began to flow more easily.

I began reading the cards for myself using spreads such as the Three Card Spread (past, present, future) the Clock of Horoscope and the Celtic Cross. To gain more practice I would do absent-readings for public figures and make notes of my 'predictions' for that person. There was a Presidential election in November of 1991 and I vividly recall predicting that Bill Clinton (the King of Cups) would win the three-way race. Once I got comfortable reading for myself, I began reading for family and close friends before moving on to strangers.

How I Suggest You Learn Tarot Cards 

First, I suggest that you find a Tarot Deck with which you feel you have a close connection.  For me, that deck was the Rider Waite---however not everyone will feel called to work with this deck. The right deck should speak to your spirit on some level. The artwork will be pleasing to your eye and should not make you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. The deck will feel right in your hand and emanate a positive energy. 

While there are "traditional meanings" associated with each of the Tarot cards that are generally accepted by the Tarot community, they are not necessarily the correct ones. These meanings are simply associations that previous writers have assigned to them and later writers simply repeated them. Therefore, I do not suggest that you go out of your way to memorize these traditional meanings however it would probably be a good idea to familiarize yourself with them. I have provided two links on the bottom of this page that will assist you.

Since the tarot is a largely visual medium that speaks in the language of symbols, their various meanings are often subjective to the individual. Therefore, rather than learning what someone else thinks a cards means, I would suggest the new student of the tarot begin their education by taking the Fool's Journey

The Fool's Journey 

The Fool's Journey is a metaphor for the journey of the individual through life. However it is also an allegorical story found in the 22 cards of the Major Arcana. It begins with 0 The Fool and each successive card represents a stop along that journey ending with 21 The World. In the study of the Kabalah, this is known as the Path of the Serpent and each card represents one of the 22 paths on the Tree of Life. The serpent (the seeker) sheds his skin (transformation) as it travels these 22 paths towards enlightenment.

The Fool's Journey also refers to an individual's study of the tarot. To take this journey you will need 1) a deck of tarot cards and 2) a notebook. Beginning with 0 The Fool and progressing through the Major Arcana and then the Minor Arcana, contemplate one card per day. In your notebook, you will want to take notes about the following things 

  • Picture of the Card
  • Description of the Card 
  • Symbols on the Card(animals, trees, mountains, etc...)
  • Dominant Colors 
  • Body Language
  • Facial Expressions
  • Activities being done

You can also make note of anything else that you notice or want to remember. Save room to add more information later. Whenever you're having trouble trying to decide what a card means for you, you may want to imagine yourself as one of the people in the cards. Put yourself in their place and imagine what you might be feeling and thinking if you were in their position. In other instances I've told students to imagine the specific card as a work of art hanging in a museum and think about what they believe the artist was trying to convey with the imagery of the card. 

I do not suggest that you contemplate more than one card per day. If you find yourself getting frustrated or overwhelmed with the study, it is perfectly all-right to skip a day here and there. However, once you start the journey I believe that it is important that you finish.

Once you have contemplated the entire deck, you can begin to do small readings for yourself. Keep your notebook near you for reference and write down anything new that you learn about a card during the course of your readings. Once you get comfortable reading for yourself, you can begin to try more advanced Tarot Spreads as you  move on to read for family and close friends. 

Carolina Dean 

PS: If you are a member of Facebook and would like to learn more about the Tarot, please consider joining the Carolina Dean Fan Page. Beginning this Friday, October the 15th we will be taking the Fool's Journey as a group.  I, along with other students and readers, will be commenting on the cards and offering our insights into their various meanings.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Miss Cleo & the Four Doors

Miss Cleo

You may not remember her, but Youree Dell Harris was something of a minor celebrity of dubious reputation in the late '90s. Operating under the name of Miss Cleo and claiming to be a Jamaican Shaman, Harris appeared in late-night infomercials as well as several 30 second commercials for the Psychic Readers Network. As the spokesman for the network, Miss Cleo offered psychic advice and predictions based on Tarot readings while a prominent 1-900 number appeared on the screen inviting listeners to call in for their own reading at .99 cents a minute or more. 

While some believe that the calls were scripted or that the callers were actors who were hired to "play along" with the readings, it is clear that Miss Cleo had some knowledge of the Tarot. Her warm, friendly and inviting manner with her callers made her a magnetic and charismatic figure later parodied on shows such as The Simpsons, MadTV, and Angel to name a few.

At the height of her popularity, a Miss Cleo Power Deck was put on the market. The cards were basically a Rider-Waite clone with an Egyptian theme that also included some minor changes from card to card. It is interesting to note that Miss Cleo actually used a Rider-Waite deck in the infomercials (see picture at right). The deck came with a 30 minute VHS video of Miss Cleo explaining the upright and reversed meanings of the cards as well as a brief description of three tarot spreads including the Past, Present and Future Spread, the Four Door Spread (see below) and the Celtic Cross Spread. 

Several lawsuits were filed against the Psychic Readers Network and Miss Cleo herself  in 1999 over deceptive business practices, which included spamming and false-advertising.  The lawsuits were later settled out of court, but not before much of Miss Cleo's claims regarding her past had been discredited. During this time it was revealed that Miss Cleo was actually Youree Dell Harris, who was born in Los Angeles and who is not Jamaican.

It was later reported that Harris had previously created a version of  the character of Miss Cleo for one of her self-penned plays Women Only: A Celebration of Love, Life and Healing in which she played the part of Miss Cleo. After settling the lawsuits filed against her, Harris went into private practice as a shaman and spiritual-adviser through a company located in Florida. In October of 2006, Harris came out as a lesbian in an issue of The Advocate. Harris also claimed to be a survivor of domestic abuse.


For many people interested in the Tarot, Miss Cleo's infomercials were the closest they could get to seeing a reader actually ply her craft.  Despite claims that the infomercials were scripted I never saw an instance where I felt that Miss Cleo gave her callers bad advice. Despite her previous past, it is clear that Miss Cleo was responsible for introducing the Tarot to a whole generation of individuals.

The Four-Doors Spread

The Four-Doors is a Tarot Spread utilized by the character of Miss Cleo in her many infomercials which appeared on late-night television in the last 1990's and early 2000's. It can be used for specific questions or general readings.

The Four-Doors spread is a pretty straight-forward spread, however some readers may be intimidated from using it as the card positions do not have any designations as in other spreads (the past, the present, how you feel, the near future, the outcome, etc...). Without designations for each position in the spread, the reader is forced to look at the cards before him or her both individually and as a whole to intuit from them the information the cards are attempting to communicate. However, as with any tarot spread, your accuracy with using the Four-Doors will depend on your level of understanding of the Tarot, your skill-level, and your amount of gifted-ness with reading cards in general.

1) The spread begins by shuffling the cards. When you are done they are cut into four stacks before you.



2) Next, turn over the top card in each stack and place it face up above its corresponding stack. 




3) Finally, turn the top card in each stack over and leave it on top of its corresponding stack. 







The cards are then read from left to right beginning with the first card on the top row and ending with the last card on the bottom row.  

Carolina Dean

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