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Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Year End Review

2012: In the Cards
This will be a year in which you re-evaluate your thoughts, beliefs, and your personal reality.  It is now time for you to put your knowledge and experience to practical use. Frustration and anxiety results when you take on too much responsibility for the spiritual growth and education of others. Though you can advise, and lead by example, it is important to remember that your journey is yours alone and you must make time to nurture your own spirit. 2012 promises to be a year in which you complete many major projects which will lay the foundation for great success and prosperity for years to come. However success can often breed contempt and jealousy, so keep your wards up on all fronts and trust your spirits.

Commentary: At this beginning of the year, I did a tarot-reading for myself and a numerology report to see what 2012 had in store for me. Had I known exactly what kind of year it was going to be I would probably have just hid under my covers until mother-nature birthed 2013. 

The year started off very hard for me. I had been on unemployment for almost a year and a half and was working at a job that I absolutely hated but one which I have very grateful to have. As much as I hated my job, I worked hard and did my best even as I attempted to find something better and further my writing career. I did find another job which offered me better hours and more money unfortunately, however, they couldn't afford to hire me full time for a few months. So for two months I found myself working two jobs 7 days a week and working on the premier issue of The Hoodoo Almanac in what little spare time I had left. 

Eventually, I was able to quit the job I hated, but that didn't mean that I had it easy for the rest of the year. My new job was in an industry that was completely foreign to me, I had to work hard to grasp new ideas, gain new skills, and adopt new procedures. Nine months later, I have come a long way in my new career having taken on more and more responsibilities. In addition, the Hoodoo Almanac was a huge success and we are currently working on the 2013 edition which will be available for pre-order next month. And finally after being single for some time now I have been steadily seeing a handsome, younger-man for a couple of months. 

Clearly, balance was the theme for my year because I would not have been able to do everything that I accomplished without maintaining balance and harmony in my life. Speaking of balance, with the sweets come the sour, with success---contempt and jealously. Boy did the cards not lie about keeping up my protections! As some of my loyal readers are aware, I have recently come under attack by a former associate who has chosen to hate me for reasons only they are aware. However, that is neither here nor there. I am not going to address the conflict but wish her well in her endeavors as I myself move on to bigger, better things and a brighter, happier, healthier future!

I would like to thank you all for the support you have shown me both openly and in private; and may 2013 bring you, my loyal readers, all the love, happiness, joy, success, health and prosperity you are due..... AND MORE!

Bless you all, 

Carolina Dean

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Reverse-Evil Mojo Bag

In Review: Reversing and Reversing Candles 

Reversing is exactly what it sounds like, it is the act of sending evil back to the one who sent it to you. The evil may take the form of curses, hexes, spells, gossip, backbiting, etc....

Reversing is usually done with Reversing candles, a special type of candle which are comprised of two layers of wax. The inner layer is red, while the outer layer is black. However, they are just as often sold commercially in the form of what appears to be two joined candles. The top portion is red while the bottom portion is black. They are used to send evil, curses, and general negativity back to the sender. When burned the red wax melts down on the black wax symbolically overcoming the evil.  

To use a Reversing Candle, take a sharp knife and cut the wick off the top portion of the candle, turn the candle upside down and carve a new tip on this end. This is sometimes called flipping or butting the candle. Next, carve the name of the enemy on the candle so that the letters are reversed. Anoint the candle with Reversing Oil, or lacking that use Olive Oil that you have prayed over for this purpose.

Set the candle in a holder and place the candle holder on a mirror. If you have a photograph of the enemy, write your petition on the back of the photograph and then place it under the candle-holder face down (so their evil will be reflected back to them). If you don't have a photograph, write a petition on a piece of brown grocery sack paper that you have cut into a square with scissors. Finally, light the candle and strongly pray that all the evil that has been directed at you be returned to its sender. When the candle has run its course you may inspect any left over wax for signs on the outcome of your work. 

Reversing Mojo Bag 

As you can see, reversing is a form of protection. However, lighting candles may not be as efficient or as convenient as having a spirit ally in the form of a mojo bag to protect you from enemies and send their evil back to them. 

To make this mojo bag I would recommend that you begin with a cleansing spiritual bath that includes hyssop. If you can't get hyssop, then make up the following cleansing bath:

  • 1/2 Cup of Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Pine-Sol
  • 1 Tsp Ammonia

When you are done, dress a reversing-candle with reversing oil saying:

 "With God's blessing may all the evil directed at me now return to its source, that I may enjoy all the good that I am due. In Jesus' name. Amen." 

Place the candle in a candle-holder and then write your name 9 times on a piece of paper torn on all four sides by hand. Anoint the four corners and center of the name-paper with Reversing-Oil and place your personal concerns in the center of the paper. Fold the name-paper away from you three times and set this under your candle. All the while you are doing these things, your thoughts and prayers should be focused on the intent of turning evil away from yourself. If it helps, repeat the prayer above over and over as a mantra.

Light your Reversing Candle and one by one place the following items in a mojo bag. As you place each item in the bag speak to it and tell it what you want it to do. In the case of the "hard" items such as the Silver Dime and Roots, anoint them with the reversing oil as you speak to them.
  • 9 pieces of Devil Shoe-Strings
  • A Silver Dime
  • Peony Root 
  • Crab Shell Powder
  • High John the Conqueror Root
  • Rue 
  • 3 Black-Eyed Peas
  • Solomon Seal Root

When you are done, anoint the bag with reversing oil and smoke it in incense, repeating the prayer above. Place the mojo bag near the reversing candle and earnestly pray the 34th Psalm several times with your intent in mind. When the candle is spent, remove the petition from under the candle, place it in the bag, and tie off the mojo-bag.

Carry the mojo-bag on your next to your skin for at least a week. Several times throughout the day touch it and repeat your prayer. Feed the mojo-bag a drop or two of Reversing or Protection type oil every Saturday.

Happy Hoodooing


Monday, December 24, 2012

Mailbag Monday: Enemy Jar

Dear Carolina Dean, 

I did a enemy spell jar on Monday at 10am. I buried it in my back yard is that fine or did I do it wrong?


Tony Nelson

Dear Tony,

Thanks for your question. Before I get to that I would like to address your first statement regarding your magickal timing.  Did you start your spell at 10 or did you finish it at 10? Many folks who observe times in the performance of their spells will do spells of an uplifting or drawing in nature when both clock hands are rising; conversely, spells done to move things away and keep enemies down will be done when both clock hands are falling. However, they will not typically perform spells when one hand is rising and one is falling, unless they are moved to do so by spirit or some great emotion (i.e. striking while the iron is hot). 

As you can see, if you started your spell at 10, it means that one hand was rising and one was falling.  If you finished your spell at 10, then chances are you started while both clock hands were rising and this is traditionally a time when you do work of an uplifting nature. That's not to say that your spell will automatically fail but that that was one more thing working against you in this matter. Again, if you were moved by spirit or emotion then chances are good that you did the right thing by being in the moment.

As to your question regarding the burial of your jar I am going to repeat what I have said previously. The intention of your spell often has a direct correlation on how you dispose of magical remains. Below you will find a general guide-line grouped by intention/goal to help you determine how best to dispose of magickal leftovers. 
  • To Attract Influences- If the work was done to draw something to you such as prosperity, a new lover, or good health,  the remains are buried on your property, often near your front door or under your front doorstep. 
  • To Keep and Maintain- If the work was done to keep something with you indefinitely such as a straying lover, the remains are buried in your backyard.
  • To Move Away- If the work was done to move something away from you such as a jinx, an enemy, or a negative condition, the remains would be buried off of your property. Choices for burial include 1) tossing in running water  or 2) burying at a crossroads.
  • To Increase- If the work was done to create or increase a condition such as prosperity or good health, bury or throw it toward the East so that its strengthen with the rising Sun. 
  • To Decrease- If the work was done to end or weaken a condition such as an enemy's good luck, ill-health, etc.. bury or throw it towards the West so that it will diminish with the setting Sun. 

Although you didn't mention your specific intention/goal with your enemy jar, I suspect that your plan was not to keep him or her around indefinitely. If it were me I would dig it up and dispose of it in a manner more consistent with the nature of the work and your ultimate goal. Finally, a word of caution. It is very important that, as far as possible, you perform a divination prior to any spell work to avoid mistakes and get yourself on the right track. Had you performed a divination before you did your spell you may have been able to make these changes in order to increase your spells effectiveness. 

Happy Hoodooing


Do you have a question that you would like me to answer in a future installment of the Mailbag Series? Email me.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MLAAW: Blood-Spell

How a Mojo Bag Saved My Life...

As I shared in an earlier entry, magic has always been a part of my life even before I knew very much about it, how it works or how to do magick. However, I credit the idea of, belief in, and practice of magic with me being the person that I am. Today, I would like to share with you the story of how a mojo bag saved my life. 

I was always a shy, introverted child. I didn't have very many friends growing up. I was often picked on by my peers for being different (i.e. gay). As a freshman in high school, when many teens are discovering themselves as sexual beings, I became a regular target of bullies for my perceived homosexuality. I was a young lad of 16 and even though, deep down inside I knew they were right about me I wasn't ready to admit it to myself let alone anyone else. 

Having inherited my love of reading from my mother, I often retreated from the harsh cruelties of the world into my own fantasy world through books. Whereas my mother read romance novels, I leaned toward fantasy fiction. As I grew older and my interest in the occult became more prevalent, I began reading about ghosts, witches and vampires. I became intrigued with the idea of becoming a vampire myself. I believed that if I was a vampire then I would have the power to make the bullies stop hurting me; that I would have the power to hurt them, and that I could make the boys that I like, like me in return. Later I would turn to witchcraft for the same reasons.

One particularly harsh month the bullying got worse than ever. I felt like I couldn't turn to anyone. School officials either wouldn't or couldn't do anything and my home life wasn't ideal either.  I began to realize that my fantasy of becoming a vampire had very little chance of becoming a reality and that's when I began to entertain thoughts of suicide. I just wanted everyone to leave me alone but it seemed like the more I tried to will it to stop the worse my situation became. 

Then one day at the library I was reading a book about vampires and came across an entry about Elizabeth Bathory. I had heard of Elizabeth Bathory before and read accounts of how she had murdered virgins and bathed in their blood to stay young and beautiful. However, this book mentioned the Countess' involvement with witchcraft and mentioned a charm she carried for protection. According to the story, Elizabet carried a small leather pouch inside of which an incantation was written on a piece of parchment (although some accounts say it was the skin of a unbaptized baby). The incantation read:

'Isten took nine stems of glory
And he killed the serpent which split into nine pieces
Since then the nine herbs have had power against the nine evil spirits,
Against the nine poisons and the nine infections,
Against the red poison, against the disgusting poison,
Against the white poison, against the purple poison,
Against the yellow poison, against the green poison,
Against the black poison, against the blue poison,
Against the brown poison, against the crimson poison,
Against the prick of the serpent, against swelling by water,
Against the thorn and that of the thistle,
Against swelling from ice and against that from poison.'

An so believing that if vampires couldn't save me, then perhaps witchcraft could I copied the incantation down precisely as it had been written in the book. When I got back home, I stole a little leather pouch that my grandfather kept in a junk drawer and inside of which he kept some poker dice. I snuck a candle and some matches into my room for my little ritual. 

That night, I waited for everyone to go asleep and then I lit the candle. I read the incantation over and over several times asking God to save me from my bullies and give me the strength not to take my own life. Thinking that the spell needed something more, I pricked my finger and drew a pentagram over the prayer in my own blood and then folded up the paper with a bit of my own hair inside of it. I tucked the paper in the little leather pouch and asked God to keep me safe at least until my birthday which was just a few weeks away. Somehow I believed that if I could just stay alive until my birthday everything would be all right. 

Even as I write these words I cannot remember exactly what occurred in the days after I made my little mojo bag (and I know that technically it wasn't a real mojo bag). I don't recall if the bullying eased up or I got stronger or what. All I know is that something changed for the better because I am still here...and you don't see any bullies around here do you?

Happy Hoodooing


Monday, December 17, 2012

Mailbag Monday: sWITCHed!

Dear Carolina Dean, 

May I ask, it is possible to use magick to switch bodies with another?


Caroline Ellis

Dear Caroline,

Thank you for your question. Characters exchanging minds/bodies is a trope that has often been seen in works of fiction including television, movies, books, and comics. The exchange usually occurs through the use of spells or rituals (All of Me) or other form of magick such as talismans, amulets (The Hot Chick), a powerful wish made by one or both parties (FreakyFriday), or some unknown force (Switch); or it may occur through the use of advanced science or technology (Freejack).

The body-switch usually involves character of different ages, races, gender, or social classes (Skeleton Key). In some cases it may involve the enemies switching bodies (Face/Off) with both characters trying to undermine the other’s plans while also trying to get back in their own bodies.

This type of plot device usually serves to get one or both characters to “walk a mile in each other’s shoes”, that is, to put themselves in the other person’s situation, to develop empathy for one another. These situations often arise when one character is incorrectly judging another, for better or worse, without knowing the whole situation.

In either case, the switch usually resolves itself by reversing the spell, usually by attaining a deeper appreciation for one’s own life as well as respect and empathy for the other person’s life; or, if the switched occurred through some technological device or procedure, then the procedure is repeated again to put both parties back in their own bodies (Scooby Doo).

Though scientist have experimented with transplanting the head of one monkey onto that of another with limited success almost 40 years ago, to date, the ability of humans to switch bodies with another through science or magic remains in the realm of fiction. 

However, if you are desperate you may want to try the Body Switching Spell (Charmed) or the Algurian Body Switching Spell (Angel the Series). If that doesn't work for you, you can always seek out Zoltar.

Happy Hoodo-ing 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday Hoodoo

I was shopping in the thrift store yesterday when I came across these cute ginger-bread men candles and it occurred to me that I could use these candles in the same way as regular old human-figure-candles.

Human Figure Candles are those candles which have been molded in the shape of a nude male or female figure and are often used to represent a specific person. They come in various colors including black, white, green, and red. Just as in general candle-burning practices, the color of the candle should be in harmony with the goal of your spell. 

Typically, the name of the person the candle is intended to represent is scratched across the chest of the doll. The individual’s personal concerns, when available, are ‘loaded’ into the base of the candle. Once prepared the candle may be burned, either alone or with other candles.  These types of candles can just as easily be used in the same manner as a waxen image, because that is exactly what they are! To prepare such a candle as a doll-baby you can simply scratch the person's name across the chest of the doll. If you have personal concerns, or wish to incorporate herbs and roots into your doll, the candle will have to be loaded. To load the candle, bore a hole in the bottom and fill this with your herbs, personal concerns, etc.. and then fill the hole back in with wax to seal it. 

In the case of the candles pictured above, I would more than likely scrap off the outer layer of decoration and wipe them down with ammonia to cleanse them before using them in any such spell. 

This idea, however, got me to thinking "How can I use other holiday related items in the practice of  Hoodoo?" And so with that idea in mind, below you will find my Top 10 tips and tricks for conjuring up your own Holiday Hoodoo© !

  1. Mistletoe is traditionally hung about the home, usually just inside doorways, and anyone caught standing under it is kissed. There are many different theories associated with the origin of this practice but most agree that it has to do with bestowing fertility and protection. In the Hoodoo Tradition, mistletoe can be dried, powdered and mixed with Verbena and Elecampane to make a love powder. When burned with Oak Wood and Rue, it drives away evil and mistletoe makes a good addition to any mojo bag or herb packet for love or healing.
  2. Live Pine Trees often act as Christmas Trees and their needles can be saved and used in recipes for baths and floor washes to spiritually cleanse the home. Pine needles are also used in workings to draw in money, drive out evil spirits, and remove negativity. 
  3. There are many things that you can do with Holiday Cards which are both given and received.  Whenever I receive Holiday Cards I always make it a point to gently tear off the portion of the envelope where the sender signed his or her name and address. These can be placed under candles, in dolls, or mojo bags as personal concerns. Before you send out your own cards I always suggest a) printing your return address, etc... from your computer and b) using a moist sponge to seal the envelope rather than licking it and giving away your own personal concerns so easily. In addition, your cards can be dusted with Hoodoo Powders or smoked in incenses to have an effect on the receiver for good or bad. For example, you can dip the four corners in powdered sugar so that the card will be received with affection. Just be sure to blow off any excess powder so the person you send it to wont' be suspicious.
  4. Christmas Stockings  usually hung over the fireplace for Santa to put smaller gifts and treats can be used in the same manner as a person's sock. In many cases, they also have the person's name embroidered on them.  Let's say that your boyfriend broke up with you right before Christmas or your mother-in-law swore she would never come to your house again since you didn't name the new baby after her father and you want to Hot Foot him or her away for good. Take the person's Christmas Stocking and stuff some dried hot peppers, powdered red pepper, black pepper and their personal concerns down in the toe. Next, beginning at the toe roll the stocking away from you making your prayer or petition for them to go away. Tie up the stocking with some cord or thread (you probably have some left over ribbon somewhere) and toss it in your burning fire place to really light a fire under them! Alternately, if you have a family member who will be asbent or traveling during the holidays you can put items down in the toe of their stocking such as peony (for protection) or safe travel (comfrey root).
  5. Gift-Wrapping paper can often be found all over the house on Christmas morning, especially if you have small children or childish adults! I know many people who try to tear their paper off carefully so it can be reused but for our purposes this isn't necessaryGift wrapping paper, especially those in solid colors (green, blue, pink, etc..) can be saved and used to tie up herbal packets along with any left-over ribbon. As far as possible, try to coordinate the color of the paper to your goal. For example green paper and gold ribbon for a money herb packet. In addition, smaller pieces can be saved for writing your petition papers on the reverse side (which is usually white). 
  6. Holly-Wreathes can often be seen on doors and over mantles this time of year and this is a holdover from Northern Europe when holly was hung on doors and windows to prick evil spirits and keep them out of the home. Holly is also considered very lucky for men and so a holly-leaf can be hidden in a man's suit or coat pocket for protection and good luck. When the holidays are over, three leaves from a holly wreath can be placed behind the sill over doors and window for continued protection. 
  7. There are many things that can be done with Tree Ornaments, for example those that take the form of humans (and animals) can be used in the same manner as a doll-baby. Before hanging them on the tree, name them after family members and anoint them with Peace Oil so that your holiday will go off without any family squabbles. In addition those shiny ball ornaments can be utilized as a temporary reverse mirror-box to keep friends and family safe through the holidays. Just write out your petition paper and fold it around a protective root, such as peony, and slip it inside the ornamental ball. To do this you will have to gently remove the hook and then glue it back on. 
  8. Children the world over often put out cookies and milk for Santa but you don't have to be a child to petition the "real" Saint Nicholas who is known as the patron Saint of children, sailors, fishermen, merchants, broadcasters, the falsely accused, repentant thieves, pharmacists, archers, pawnbrokers, and prostitutes. He can be petitioned for prosperity, protection (especially sailors, business owners, and prostitutes) as well as for general wishes. To petition Saint Nicholas you can simply light a candle next to a Santa Claus figurine (we'll know who it really represents, wont' we?). It won't hurt to put out milk and cookies either. To honor the spirit of Saint Nicholas or thank him for his blessings, make an anonymous donation to a charity that benefits children or buy a toy for a child whose parents cannot afford to buy him or her anything. 
  9. Speaking of cookies, there are all kinds of holiday-foods that can be used in a magickal way to bring you success, money, love, etc... Gingerbread men cookies can be used in the same manner as a doll-baby. Got an enemy you want to get rid of? Name a gingerbread man cookie after him and break off one piece a day for several days. Crush the piece to a powder and leave it at a crossroads. Do this every-day for 13 days as the moon wanes. Want to draw a lover to you? Name one cookie after yourself and another after your love (or simply "my lover") and bind them together with red ribbon. Place them in a special box (maybe one of those boxes that christmas chocolates come in) and sprinkle it with cinnamon, sugar, and ginger. Need money? Sprinkle a little cinnamon powder over a pecan pie in the shape of a dollar sign as you make your petition. As you eat the pie, imagine your bank account becoming as fat as your Aunt Ethel! Finally, don't forget to save those turkey bones to conjure up some fowl-magick!
  10. Finally, if you grew up in a Christian household at one point or another someone probably sat you down and read the story of the Nativity to you. This was usually done before bed on Christmas Eve to teach the children the true meaning of Christmas. In light of the recent massacre of 20 children in Newton, Connecticut, I suggest that at some point this week you take a few moments to sit quietly and meditate on Luke Chapter 20. Pay special attention to verses 40 and 52 and make this wish for all the children of the world. If you are a parent, you may wish to anoint your own children with holy oil while praying these verses to that they grow strong is spirit and filled with wisdom and the love of God. 
Happy Holy-Days!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Use of Hand Gestures in the Practice of Occult Magick

Mano Cornuto
As humans, we use our hands everyday but little do we actually think about how special they really are. For instance, unlike most other animals, human thumbs are opposable which means that we can grasp objects by pressing them against the rest of the hand or finger(s). 

The freeing of our primitive ancestors hands from walking, much like apes do today, is probably the most important factor that lead to the opposable thumb. Scientist believe that this also later lead our evolutionary ancestors to walk upright and the development of larger brains.

The Latin word for hand is manus, which shares the same root with several words in English including manufacture (to make), manifest (to create), manage (to direct). In Germany, the word hand is thought to be related to frahinthan (to seize, or pursue), Swedish hinna (to reach) and English hunt (to seek). Taken together these associations give us several clues as to the nature and function of our most expressive of body parts.

Legerdemain, the magic performed by illusionist, is often described as sleight-of-hand and depends on the magician’s manual dexterity to accomplish. By contrast, in occult magick, hand gestures are used for several purposes. They include:

  • To communicate secret messages.
  • As symbols of power.
  • To direct and channel magickal energies.

To Communicate Secret Messages

Vulcan Salute
In everyday life, we often use our hands to communicate feeling and ideas to others. While some gestures are considered universal such as the Okay Sign, others such as the mano fico mean different things to different cultures. In magickal circles, hand gestures often act as a short hand to communicate secret messages which are understood only by the initiated. An example of such a gesture may include a secret handshake identifying one’s self as a member of a certain tradition or order. In his writings, Scott Cunningham shares a story in which he met one of his first magickal teachers after flashing a hand-gesture to her which he had seen in a book on the Supernatural.

In other instances, hand gestures are used to communicate with deity or spirits. For example, when most people pray they adopt the common practice of bringing their palms together before them near the chest or lips. In ritual magic, sacred symbols are drawn in the air, in part, to communicate our desires with the spiritual world.

The meanings of such gestures are usually considered to be a part of that traditions sacred teaching and are not generally reveal to outsiders. However, they are occasionally revealed to the un-initiated either by accident or design. In fact the Vulcan Salute, one of the most famous hand gestures in science fiction, came about because Lenoard Nimoy’s grandfather took him to an Orthodox Synagogue. In his biography, I Am Not Spock, Nimoy reveals that during the period in which the Rabbi gives a priestly blessing while the congregation bows their heads he peeked and later recalled the Rabbi’s gesture when he created the salute we are familiar with today.

Symbols of Power

Mano Fico
Various parts of the human body, such as the heart, eyes, or genitals have developed symbolic associations with concepts like love, or protection. The hand itself symbolizes power and protection as evidenced in the Hamsa, or Hand of Fatima, popular in the Middle East and North Africa.

Over time different beliefs about the left and right hands have developed. In the Jewish mystical Kabbalah, God’s right hand is thought to represent mercy while his left hand signified justice. Generally speaking, the right hand is associated with cleanliness and benevolence, whereas the left hand is associated with filth and evil. For example:

  • In some parts of the world it is considered an insult to offer someone something with the left hand.
  • The Left-Hand Path is a term used in magickal circles associated with black-magick.
  • The word left, comes from the Latin word sinistra which means evil.
  • Spiritual blessing are given with the right hand.
  • In court, we raise our right hand to swear an oath to speak the truth.
  • The pledge of allegiance is often recited with one’s right hand over one’s heart.

In addition, the hands can be used to make certain symbolic hands gestures in order to channel magickal energies. In these cases, positive energy is generated with the right hand, while negative energy is generated with the left hand. Below are a few of the most popular magickal hand gestures, what they symbolize, and how they are used.

  • Benediction- This gesture, formed by raising the right hand with the ring and pinky touching the palm and the middle and index finger raised is taken from ancient Roman iconography for speaking (similar to raising one’s hand to speak today). It is used by Christian clergy to perform blessings.  It is often used to make the sign of the cross and, with the thumb out, the three raised fingers are said to represent the Holy Trinity.

  • Mano Fico (Fig-Hand) - A gesture made by clenching the fist with the thumb protruding between the first and middle fingers. While its origins are unknown, it is though to resemble symbolic the female genitalia or a fig (which itself symbolizes virginity). In some parts of the world it is considered a lucky sign used to ward off evil, while in other parts it is obscene.

  • Mano Cornuto (Horn Hand) - A hand gesture with a variety of meanings and uses. It is formed by extending the index and little fingers while holding the middle and ring fingers down with the thumb. This gesture is widely used to prevent bad luck or avert evil. In Peru is it usually shown while saying contra (against). In Chocolat, a fictional novel by Joanne Harris, the lead character often gives the mano cornuto while saying avert. In some parts of the world it is considered a vulgar sign. The mano cornuto has also developed associated with the devil in the heavy metal subculture where it is known by many names though it is commonly referred to as the devil horns.

  • Finger Point- A gesture formed by extending the forefinger while the middle, ring, and little fingers touch the palm and the thumb covers the middle finger. This gesture is often used in magick to direct energy or to draw magickal symbols such as the Invoking or Banishing pentagram or certain Runes in the air, over people, or objects.

  • Triangle of Manifestation- This gesture is accomplished by forming a triangle with the forefingers and thumbs of both hands. The three points of the triangle are said to represent the three things necessary to manifest our desires, time, space, and energy. It is often made over an object while the magician raises energy and visualizes his desire within the triangle.

Directing and Channeling Magickal Energies

Traci 13 casts a spell
We often see fictional characters on television shows, cartoons, and in comic books make hand gestures to cast their spells. As I stated in a previous blog entry, magick as portrayed in these works of fiction often have a basis in reality. We have seen how the hands are used to convey messages and symbolize power for various purposes. These gestures often act as psychological triggers which put us in the frame of mind to perform successful magick.

These magickal gestures have acquired power over time by the sheer number of people who have used them down through the ages and the people who believe in them today. When invoked either in ritual or spontaneously to cast their spells, the magician taps into that pool of power adding it to his or her own.

Gestures need not be limited to magickal ones to work. There are many gestures used all over the world that often carry a universal meaning. For example, you can cast a money spell by chanting an incantation and making the money-sign which entails rubbing the tips of your thumb, middle and forefingers together.  Casting a spell for safe-travel? Invoke the hitchhiking sign. Throwing a minor spell of bad luck on an enemy? Throw the loser sign by forming a reversed capital L with your right hand and place it over your forehead. facing out. Are you trying to get someone to call you? Use the Call Me gesture by placing your thumb to ear and little finger to your mouth as though they were a telephone receiver.

These are just a few ways in which you can use universal hand gestures in magickal ways. By using these gestures in our spells and rituals, we are tapping into the world’s shared belief in and understanding of them.  

Carolina Dean 

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