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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Prescriptive Rites: Case Study 2 (Vicky Victim)

Preliminary: Prescriptive Rites is a series of blog posts in which I share hypothetical case studies with you, my readers, and walk you through the process of prescribing spells. If you would like to read my previous entries in this series, please refer to the links at the end of this article. 

Your client today is Vicky Victim. Vicky is a single-woman in her early 40's. She has an active social life and often goes out on dates---sometimes with married men. Vicky's best friend is Barbara, a married woman about her age. Until recently, Vicky and Barbara had a great friendship. However, Barbara's husband, Bart Bully does not approve of Vicky's "lifestyle" and has actively interfered in their friendship driving a wedge between them. Vicky was devastated at the loss of her friendship with Barbara and would like to know how she can use Hoodoo to take revenge on Bart Bully. 

The Reading 

  1. The Past: The Two of Cups here indicates the profound nature of the friendship that existed between Vicky and Barbara. Fiercely protective of one another, these two women would have considered themselves "sisters" at one point. However,  there is also a hint that Vicky was somewhat jealous of Barbara's relationship with her husband and Barbara didn't completely trust Vicky (who is known for dating married men) around her husband. 
  2. The Present: In his upright position, the King of Swords represents a just man who gives good council. However, in the upside down position as it appears in this reading, he represents someone who judges others too harshly on unjustly so. This card could represent Bart Bully and the prejudices her holds against Vicky. However, in another light, it could also represent the unspoken resentments that Vicky and Barbara have against one another despite their friendship. 
  3. The Future: The High Priestess is a wise woman of power. She knows when to speak and when to keep silent. Here she is a reminder of the importance of discretion and urges Vicky to acknowledge her own role in the decline of her friendship with Barbara.
  4. The Outcome: The Chariot is a card of success in one's endeavors and often represents movement on the question that is being asked. 
Spell Recommendation 

The trick to prescribing spells based on divination is not only to know the basics of spell construction, but also to be able to think of the symbols and pictures of the Tarot cards as spell components themselves. Just like other aspects of divination, however, you will also have to tailor the spells to the clients situation and needs. The pitfall with using these techniques it NOT to automatically think of the same spell every time a certain card appears. 

Vicky's reading seems to suggest that although she and Barbara were very good friends, there were some unspoken resentments / fears that were not addressed for some time. It appears that Bart Bully used those fears and resentments to drive a wedge between Vicky and Barbara. The Chariot (outcome) is driven by a soldier, an agent of law and order.  Based on this reading I would say that Vicky is somewhat justified in her desire for revenge against Bart Bully but that she should also do something to protect herself as well. There are several clues, however, in the reading that suggest the form which her revenge should take. Let's take a look at some of these clues. 

  • The High Priestess: Protection and Reversal
The High Priestess sits between the Black Pillar of Severity (Boaz) and the White Pillar of Mercy (Jachin). In her lap rests the Torah, or Law of Moses. Given that The Chariot (an agent of the law) appears next to the High Priestess, I would interpret this as meaning that Vicky should tread carefully here and do the right thing by finding that place between revenge and forgiveness which is often called justice. Therefore I would recommend the following reversing ritual be performed on the first night of the Full Moon. 

Take a jumbo reversing-candle and flip it, that is, cut off its head, turn it upside down and dig a new wick out of its foot. Some workers also refer to this process as butting, but I prefer flipping. Take a pin or needle and scratch your enemy's name on the black portion of the candle so that it appears backwards (as in a mirror). Next, scratch your own name on the white-portion of the candle in the normal correct manner. (See illustration above.)

Anoint the black portion of the candle with reversing oil, stroking it away from you. Make the following petition as you do so:

"(N), with God's blessings may all the wickedness and evil that you have done unto me now be visited upon you. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Anoint the white-portion of the candle with the oil, stroking it towards you and make the following petition. 

"With Gods' blessing may all the blessings that have been denied to me, come to me now as quickly as possible. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Place the candle on top of a mirror and underneath it place a photograph of your enemy face down. Spend some time before you altar praying the 52nd Psalm.

  • The Chariot: Road Opener 
The message Vicky received to do the right thing did not simply apply to this one incidence, but rather was a warning to reassess the other relationships in her life. Specifically, she should stop seeing married men and begin to work on finding a compatible lover who is available.

The Chariot is a person who is both in control of their self as well as their life. The shield on the front of the Chariot (see picture at left) hints that a new relationship with a compatible mate is entirely possible. Taking a literal approach to the cards, I would predict that Vicky will meet a tall, athletic, physically active,  man (possibly younger than her) who drives a nice car and who owns at least one dog. 

I would also suggest that, once Vicky successfully sends back the mess that has been directed at her, she set some lights to open the way for healthier relationships. I do not see anything in the reading that would indicate that Vicky do specific love work. There is a man out there, she doesn't need to draw him to her but rather remove those obstacles standing in her way so as to make room for him. The work should begin on the following new moon. The new moon is traditionally observed as a time of fresh starts and new beginnings. Many spiritual practitioners often begin works of drawing love, prosperity, success, health, etc...towards themselves or their clients during the period between the New Moon and the Full Moon so that their blessings grow with the moon

Begin by cleaning a yellow offertory candle with ammonia or holy water and then inscribing the words "open the way" in large bold letters on the candle. As you fix the candle, focus your thoughts completely on those objectives that you wish to accomplish in the coming month. Bring a vision into your mind's eye of your goal successfully manifesting.

When you are done, place the candle in a holder and anoint it with Road Opener Oil. Set the candle in a holder, Light it and pray Psalm 25:1-5.

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
Shew me thy way, O LORD; teach me thy path.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Repeat the ritual at each New Moon until your goal manifest or you feel that it is time to reassess the situation through divination. 


Vicky checks in with you three months later. She tells you that Barbara has had enough of her controlling husband and has initiated divorce proceedings. Vicky and Barbara are getting to know one another again, albeit slowly. In other news, while jogging in the park Vicky met an attractive single man exercising with his dog  and they have been seeing one another on a regular basis.


 Happy Hoodoo-ing


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