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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Guise and Dolls.....

The use (and misuse) of dolls in magic and witchcraft is an ancient practice. These dolls all work on the same principle 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. 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.

A doll can be made out of any number of materials from two twigs bound together and covered with Spanish Moss and wrapped in cloth, molded from wax or clay, or even from two pieces of cloth which have been sewn together and stuffed with cotton, moss, herbs, personal concerns, to name a few methods.

An easy, if not fragile, paper-poppet can be created drawing a human-outline on a piece of paper. The poppet is then cut out of the paper and named for the target. If you wish to incorporate color into your doll, you can use an appropriately colored sheet of construction paper to create your paper-poppet. The best paper poppet would be made from a letter written by the target as it would incorporate that person's handwriting or DNA into the body of the doll. Since it is made of paper, you can write the individual's name on the doll, sketch physical features, draw magical-signs and symbols on the body etc... 

These kinds of dolls are also great when you're dealing with a faceless institution such as your bank, school, or a government office. Just cut a paper poppet out of their correspondence to you and use it the same way you would use a doll to work on a specific person.

Paper poppets can be manipulated in ways that other dolls cannot. For example, one of my favorite banishing spells calls for making a paper-poppet of an individual and then tearing off a portion of the doll over 7 days as the moon wanes. The torn pieces are burned and the ashes scattered to the winds. In addition, paper-poppets can be rolled up and placed inside vials with a condition oil like Love Me Oil, or Just Judge Oil; or water such as War Water, Peace Water, etc.. depending on your purpose. 

To draw a lover, two dolls can be made to represent the interested parties. They can then be "glued" face together in the light of a fixed candle using honey as as an adhesive which serves to sweeten one to the other. The dolls can then be placed in an envelope with love-drawing and attraction herbs and placed under a burning candle, between your mattress and box-springs, or wrapped in your underwear in a drawer with your intimate apparel. 

A paper-poppet can be made of an enemy and placed inside a jar of vinegar or lemon juice to 'sour' their life. It can placed inside a freezer bag and placed in the freezer to cool a hot-temper or bind a person's negative behavior. The more heartless practitioner may place the paper-poppet in a jar of dirty water or moist earth. As nature breaks down the paper, the enemy is believed to sicken and die.

If you plan on placing pins in the doll, it might be a good idea to line the back with one or two layers of duct tape so that the pins won't slip out of the doll. If you want to incorporate herbs, powders, etc.. into your work simply turn the doll over face down, sprinkle a bit of your herb or powder on it and then cover with tape. Turn the doll back over and trim the excess tape.

Alternately you can glue the paper-poppet to a piece of Styrofoam like those used to sell pork-chops and other meats at the grocery store. Then use a penknife or box-cutter to trim the excess foam. Be sure to wash the Styrofoam off with warm, soapy water and allow it to completely dry before doing this.

These are just a few ways in which the magickal practitioner can utilize these simple, easy-to-create dolls for use in the practice of magick and witchcraft. As you can see, their use is many-fold and you really are limited only by your imagination.

Carolina Dean 


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mailbag Monday: Of Symbols & Sycophants.....

Today's email comes from darkladyinthemoon@gmail.com, who writes:

Hi. Thought I should let you know. You forgot to tell ppl that the symbols you put up were not necessarily the only ones. several of them have two or three (most of them actually) other symbols of similar nature. remember. diversity and acceptance is key when taking upon the sacred role of teacher. You actually left out the older symbol for Pluto in particular... so I am just saying. Feel free to contact me. Not bitching, just pointing out something. I will admit though, that picking at the "modernized" version of the path is something I do in my head quite a bit. Your symbol for Pluto also feels a bit off... I can't seem to remember something I should about it (at the moment), but you may wish to double check altogether. modern witches lack old knowledge (a product of the burning times... though a few teachings were taught and are still through the apprentice system). Magik is a wonderful thing... but done wrong can lead to catastrophic consequences. Runes and symbols may not be the worst in this area but they can still go wrong if done wrong. Magik is also about respect of the deities you follow as well as the world around us and should not be done lightly. please double check your symbols and runes in the future before you put them up for the young ones to see. thank you. 

MM Luna,

Firstly, your email did come across as bitchy, but I am willing to overlook that considering how easy it is to misinterpret something that is written and not spoken. Obviously you missed the part on my home page where I wrote
However, I do not claim to be an authority on the subject of Wicca, nor would I expect anyone to take anything that they read within these pages at face value. I encourage each one of you to think about what you read here, do your own research and find your own truth. "

While I am aware that there are other symbols for the planets, such as Pluto which originally looked like a combination of the letters P and L,  I shared the ones commonly in use today. Symbols, like pictures, can convey any number of meaning and messages and it would be impossible to list them all in their entirety. If those who come to my site want more information they are free to DO THEIR OWN RESEARCH. I did not forget to include any information. I purposefully left out some information, as many writers do, to encourage the seeker to do their own work.

I used to put in hours answering the many emails  I get on a daily basis including links and other resources for further study. Do you know how many times I got a response or even a thank you for all my hard work? Never. I feel that I have given enough good information for someone to get a basic idea of the craft and the subjects that I have touched upon. If a person is truly interested in these subjects they will seek out more sources and find their own truth.

I don't know about you  but I had to work for everything that I have. Nobody just laid all the secrets to the universe at my feet and I don't see why this next generation shouldn't have to put in the work also.

BB,

Carolina Dean 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mailbag Monday: Attracting Success in the Entertainment Industry

Today's question comes from Talented in Tribeca, he writes...

I love the way your website is so comprehensive ! That said, I am seeking to work regularly as a working professional Actor in prime-time evening television and then eventually major motion pictures! I am always getting my Acting training and working diligently towards my objective through performing in no pay or low-paying theater roles as well !

I expect to work extremely hard, however all I want is to have a well-respected, tough, influential
Talent Agent that will see me, meet me, and speak to me, and be truly excited about representing me for prime-time tv and major feature films ! I just want a Talent Agent that will believe in me and work extremely hard at pitching my talents to the right people to cast in major Acting roles on prime-time tv & major motion pictures !

Please advise me on what can be done.
 
MM Talented, 
This first thing I would recommend to you is the same thing that I would suggest for anyone who is trying to get ahead in the world today, especially with the present state of our economy, and that is to build an altar to your own success.  Find a spot somewhere in your home or apartment that you can dedicate to your own success and  fill this space with images, curios, and charms that speak directly to that objective.
You can start by dressing your resume/head-shot with Steady Work and Crown of Success Oils and then placing this in a nice photo frame. You can go an extra step by placing a small packet of success type herbs behind the photo in the frame. Next, you can obtain a lodestone and fix it to attract the best talent-agent for you. Write your desire for a suitable talent-agent on a piece of paper, then cross and cover this with your name written nine times. Anoint the paper with Attraction Oil and place it on a saucer with the lodestone on top. Anoint the lodestone with some Attraction Oil and feed it some magnetic sand asking it to attract the best talent agent for you. 
If you have a specific talent-agent in mind, obtain their business card, photo, trade-article mentioning their name dress this with attraction oil and place it under the lodestone as well. When you DO get a talent agent, obtain his or her business card and use this to create a honey jar on them so that he or she will like you and will want to do things for you to assist you in having a successful career. 

In addition, you can obtain and burn Steady Work and Crown of Success vigil lights at your altar and it would probably be a good idea to purchase a custom-mojo hand from a reputable company such as Lucky Mojo or Planet Voodoo for your specific purpose.

These are just a few things that can assist you in finding success in your chosen profession. As you well know, you have to have a thick skin to work in the entertainment industry so most of all don't get discouraged. Keep reaching for the stars....or you'll never be one. 

BB, 

Carolina Dean

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Crush

What a wonderful and curious man this be. His shape and essence a bright star beckoning me like a ship towards some undiscovered paradise. His face a poem of one word, daddy, written in the elegant and curving script of a master scribe. His body formed in strength, the essence of perfection, a temple unto itself, a masterpiece worthy of praise and admiration. His hair a crown of daylight, his eyes a window to a thousand possibilities, his smile a dream half remembered. His aroma a siren’s spell forever unbroken. His cock my own private god stretching forth sweetly to answer my prayers. Oh for an embrace to lose myself in him, o’ for a kiss to make him mine…..

Carolina Dean