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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Service Review: Readings with 53rd Spirit

Note: This is the first in a series of blog post in which I will give an honest and fair review of the services of various Readers, Rootworkers, and Spiritual Practitioners with whom I have either bartered or traded spiritual goods and/or services.

Who is 53rd Spirit?

Let me begin by saying that I will not use her real name in this review as 53rd Spirit advertises her services as a Tarot Reader under that name and so I will refer to her as 53 in my review. Before anyone asks, I once asked 53 about the meaning of her name and though she told me I have forgotten. I believe that it is a reference to one of the Solomonic Spirits, but you'll have to ask her yourself if you're especially interested.

I first met 53 on a social networking site designed for Rootworkers and Spiritual Practitioners and though I found her a little unapproachable at first I later discovered that she was a very warm, friendly, and knowledgeable individual. After we both left "the site" where we originally met, our friendship translated to Facebook where we continued to get to know one another as much as one can on Facebook. 

I am a very open person, but being somewhat in the public eye there are certain details of my life that I prefer to keep private. In fact, 53rd Spirit is one of the very few people that I have allowed to have my personal residential address. We have routinely traded birthday and holiday cards and have both sent and received packages from one another, although I have to admit, I have been much more richly rewarded in that regard with her generous gifts or old and rare tarot decks which I have added to my collection. And I hope that she knows how much I have appreciated those gifts. 


Having read that I am sure that you, my astute readers, can tell that this review will be positive in nature. However, to be honest, as far as I can recollect I have only had a handful of readings with 53 but I have to tell you that this lady was spot on! 

In 2011 I had to defend myself in a court case over an unemployment issue. Basically my employer said I quit and I maintained that I was not scheduled to work and therefore did not show up. I was very worried about the outcome because if I lost the case I would lose my unemployment benefits and probably lose my home as well. 53 did a reading for me that quelled my fears by prophesying my victory. And what a victory it was, but that's another story.

Months later I was depressed over the fact that I had been on unemployment for over a year and 53 did another reading for me of her own volition. She predicted that I would be getting a job in a career that was totally foreign to me. Later, when I got a job stocking the frozen food section of a local grocery store I thought this was the job she had foreseen. I had worked in grocery stores before as a bookkeeper but never as a stock-boy. It was only later when I got a job in the moving-industry did her prediction make sense. 

As 53 states on her website, "All personal card readings are private and done by me with tarot cards or regular playing cards. I do NOT read for "entertainment purposes," but rather to reveal options as presented in the cards and to help you understand the options as we see them together." and I have to agree with her wholeheartedly. 

My readings with 53rd Spirit have always been honest, insightful, and accurate! I highly recommend getting a reading from her today!



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Box Fix Honey Jar

Honey Jars: A Review

Honey Jars are a type of container-spell which uses sweeteners such as honey, syrup, molasses, etc… in conjunction with the burning of a series of fixed-candles for the purpose of compelling an individual to favor your petition in business, love, or court-cases.

A typical honey jar is created using a small glass container, such as a baby-food jar, that has a metal lid and filling it with honey. Depending on your specific intent as well as what herbs, curios, and/or personal concerns you have available, additional items may or may not be placed inside the honey. At the very least, a written petition should be placed inside the honey. The jar is then sealed and a prepared candle is affixed to the top of the lid.

The candle is lit as one’s prayer or petition is made and then allowed to burn itself out. The following day, and each successive day for a total of seven days, a new fixed candle is burned on the honey-jar to heat up the situation and get movement on your issue. After the first seven days, a new fixed candle is burned three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 
As most honey jars are worked for love and friendship, the burning of the candles on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays is to communicate the emotion of love and friendship to the individual and have those feelings returned in the form of having one’s petition granted.

How to Construct a "Boss Fix" Honey Jar
"Boss Fix" is an old Hoodoo Formula used to make your boss your ally rather than your enemy, to put an end to problems on the job with your boss or supervisor, and the promote your own success in the workplace. It is sold by various retailers in the form of oils, powders, and incense.

To construct your jar, you will need the following items:

  • A Jar with a Metal Lid 
  • Honey 
  • White Taper Candle 
  • Three Tea-Lights 
  • Boss Fix Oil 
  • Promotion Oil 
  • Peaceful Home Oil 
  • Licorice Root
  • Five-Finger Grass 
  • Devil's Shoe String 
  • Pen and Paper 
The Job:  Begin your working on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. If you are able to get your boss's signature off of a piece of paper and are computer savvy, then you can create a name paper simply by scanning the signature into your computer and pasting into a text-box nine times. The petition can then be printed out and the lines of the text box can be used as a guide for tearing out the name paper-by hand. For example, see the petition paper below which was created using the process described above.
Next, you can cross and cover your bosses name with your own name. For example:

Finally, you would write your specific wish in a circle around the two names without lifting your pencil from the paper. For example, you might write "support and favor me" over and over around the names until it forms a complete circle.

If you have your bosses personal concerns, such as a hair, nail clipping, foot-print, this in the center of the paper and fold it towards you three times saying: "[Name] support and favor me in all our workings!" If you do not have any personal concerns, then place a little bit each of the licorice root, five-fingered grass, and devil's shoe string in the petition and fold it as described.

Place the name paper in the honey, then either using your finger or a spoon, taste a bit of this honey and say: "[Name] as this honey is sweet to me, so will you be sweet to me so that you will support and favor me above all others in the workplace. In Jesus name. Amen."

Place three drops each of the Boss Fix, Promotion, and Peaceful Home Oil in the honey jar and then seal the jar. Mark the white candle with your Boss's name on one side and your own name on the opposite side. Anoint the candle with the Boss Fix Oil and make your petition once again. Affix the candle to the lid of the Honey jar and then surround the jar on three sides with the three tea-lights. 

Place three drops each of the Boss Fix, Promotion, and Peaceful Home Oils on the tea-lights and then light them in the name of "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost." Finally light the candle that is fixed on top of the honey jar and pray: "[Name], with God's blessings may you support and favor me above all others in all our under takings so that we have a healthy and productive working relationship. In Jesus name. Amen." 

Follow up your prayer with a reading of Psalm 27 and then let the candle burn down on its own. Burn a new candle on top of the remains of the old candle each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Honey Jars are notoriously slow-acting so don't get discouraged if you don't see results the first week or so, just continue to burn your candles and watch for a positive change in the way your boss treats you. 
  2. When in doubt, consult your divination. 
  3. I have found it helpful to light my candles early in the morning before leaving for work. I don't usually like to burn candles when I am away from home and I have found that burning birthday-candles on  my honey-jar are ideal as they typically burn down in 20-30 minutes. 


Monday, February 25, 2013

Mailbag Monday: Killin' the Hand

Dear Carolina Dean,

I made a [mojo bag] for a co-worker, but his room-mate intercepted the mail and handled it. Does this mean that the items inside are ruined? Do they need to be disposed of or can they be reused ?


Confused in Kentucky

Hello Kentucky and thank you for your question, 

Fred Sanford showing Lamont his Mojo-Bag
First of all, it is my assertion that the admonition against anyone seeing or touching your mojo bag comes from a time when slaves could be beaten or killed for possessing such an item. 

By telling an individual that their mojo (something they likely paid a heft price to obtain) would lose its power if anyone saw or touched it would ensure that the individual will keep the mojo hidden. In addition, if a slave were to be found with a mojo-bag, then surely it stands to reason that someone likely made it for him or her  which could lead back to the mojo-maker being beaten or killed as well (and probably not before he or she is forced to reveal the names of their other customers.)

Curiously, the rule against anyone seeing or touching your mojo-bag does not seem to apply directly to Nation Sacks as Cat Yronwode illustrates here how a woman allowed her daughter-in-law to retrieve her Nation Sack from where it was hidden and bring it to her.  In this case, one woman is allowed to both see and touch another woman's Nation Sack but not any men.

Therefore, it is my belief that a mojo is not automatically "killed" if another person sees or touches it. However, should this occur you will have to test the mojo. Ask yourself, does my mojo bag feels different? Has my luck (or whatever) change for the worse? If the bag feels different or you're unsure, then a divination would be in order. This can be done simply enough by holding a pendulum over the mojo and ask a few question, such as:

  1. Is this mojo-bag still alive?
  2. Is it strong enough to continuing working for me?
  3. Does it need to be reconsecrated?
If the mojo bag needs to be reconsecrated, I would ritually smoke it in incense, and feed it some condition oil along with my fervent prayers. As part of the rite, I would burn an appropriately fixed-candle and leave the mojo bag in the glow of its flame until the candle is spent. 

If your mojo-bag needs to be redone, I would dispose of any soft items (herbs, powders, petition, etc...) and wash any hard items (roots, coins, etc..) in whiskey, Florida-Water or Hoyt's cologne and remake the bag from scratch. 



Sunday, February 24, 2013

How I Conduct a Rune Reading

The Runes: A Review 

Unlike the Tarot, whose exact history cannot be traced back to a specific culture, the Runes comes to us directly from the Norse/Germanic people. It has been expressed by some authors that only those whose direct lineage includes Norse, Germanic, of Scandinavian can work with the Runes, however, this is a misnomer, and there is no reason why anyone cannot learn to use the Runes.
The exact age of the Runes cannot be accurately gauged. It is a common concession among scholars that the Elder Futhark is the oldest Northern European magickal system for which we have definitive evidence. This form of the Runes dates back to circa 150 Before Common Era, and it shows a fully developed and stable system, which leads us to believe that it had been around for a few centuries before that time.

However, what we know as the Runic Alphabet seems to have developed from two distinct sources. Evidence indicated that the Runes had a magickal purpose as well as a practical one. The Runes were used as an alphabet, a written form of communication, and as a form of short hand. Nonetheless the Runes were also used as a tool for divination (most commonly in the form of casting lots) and self-empowerment, as well as a focus for spells, and carried as talismans.

Few practitioners actually study the system in depth. Most people see the Runes as a simple divination system that has no history, cultural context, or deeper magical/religious meaning. The mythology of the culture which gave us the Runes tells us that Odin, a powerful figure in Nordic Mythology, found the Runes while hanging from the Tree of Yggdrasil. The Runes are certainly not the innocent fun often implied by popular runic manuals. To see the ambivalence, fear, and respect felt toward Odin and the Rune Masters, we need only to read the ancient mythological stories of the Nordic people. To study the Runes is to journey into self in order to face your darkest fears, to question everything that you previously believed in, to step off the cliff of ignorance into the abyss of knowledge. 

The classical, and oldest, Rune alphabet, the Futhark consist of 24 letters and begun with the letters ‘f’, ‘u’, ‘th’, ‘a’, ‘r’, ‘k’., much like ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’ in the American English alphabet. The Futhark is divided into three groups or eight, called families, with each family being named after the first Rune in that family. They are Feoh, Haegl, and Tyr.

Additionally, Runes are divided into pair, which are positioned side by side within each family, called Pair Runes. Pair Runes relate to one another either by contrast or contradiction.

Runic Divination

As we have seen in part, the Runes are a tool of divination, but which also has other uses, similar to the Tarot. The difference between the Tarot and the Runes is that Runes are a set of 24, although some say 25, stones or wooden tiles, instead of 78 cards. A relatively new trend on the market is the production of Rune Cards, which are drawn in the same style as Tarot Cards. The reason for the difference in the number of Runes (24 verses 25) is that some practitioners make use of a 25th blank Rune, which represents the unknowable, or that the outcome has yet to be decided by the powers that be. The student must decide for himself if he wants to utilize the extra Rune of not, it is a personal choice.

There are several ways in which to utilize the Runes for the purpose of divination, and each person will over time develop his or her own style. Following are a few more popular ways in which to use the Runes for the purposes of divination. Rune cards can be used in the same manner as Tarot Cards (see Tarot) Rune stones and tiles can be kept in a bag and drawn out, using Tarot spreads as models for interpretation, or you may only draw one to three Runes for a quick answer. 

How I Conduct a Rune Reading

STEP ONE: Some individuals prefer to “throw” them only a special cloth. To do this, the Runes are laid out on a cloth face up to give each Rune an equal opportunity to be land upright or upside down.

STEP TWO: Next, I gather the four corners of my cloth and shake it up very good while concentrating on my question or the matter at hand. I then place the cloth back on my table and lay it out flat to see how the Runes have fallen. 

STEP THREE:  The runes which fall face down are moved off to the side and the remaining runes are all turned to their upright positions as I do not ascribe any meaning to the Runes in a "reversed" position.

STEP FOUR: I then mentally divide the Runes into three sections. The Runes closest to me represent the Past; those in the middle are the Present, and finally, those runes farthest away from me represent the Future.

STEP FIVE: The runes are physically moved into these three groupings (Past, Present, Future) and guided by my own intuition I pay special attention to how close they fell to one another. The Runes are read according to 1) Their position in the "timeline" and 2) Whether they stand alone or a part of another group. 

Each Rune carries with it associations which have been assigned to them by those who have gone before. The exact meaning of the Runes can only be found through meditation on each Rune. The meanings provided here are not absolute, there are other valid meanings. Meditating carefully on each Rune will help you achieve a true understanding of what that Rune means to you. 


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How to Create an Ancestor Pot

Review: The Ancestors 

Many Root-Workers start out working with spirits of the dead in the form of the Ancestors, the spirits of the dead connected to them by blood. It is believed that the dead don’t die, but rather ascend to another level of being, from which they can look on and assist us. From this higher level, the Ancestors can guide us in our daily lives, intercede with the Godhead on our behalf and protect us in times of need.

The process of working with the Ancestors begins with the construction of an Ancestral Altar. Before I go any further, I’d like to point out that many root-workers are Christian and adhere to God’s commandment in Exodus 20:3 to “have not other gods before me.” Therefore, root-workers do NOT worship the Ancestors inasmuch as they venerate them. The Ancestral altar is the place where this veneration  ritually occurs.

 Setting up an Ancestral altar is beneficial for many reasons some of which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • It allows you to make a spiritual-connection with the other-side.
  • It allows you the opportunity to develop a relationship with spiritual allies.
  • It confers a certain amount of protection on you by inviting the spirit of loved ones who have passed to be an active part of your life.
  • It allows you greater access to information in the form of your ancestor’s wisdom and experience, especially if they were a spiritual-practitioner as well or had a special talent or ability.
  • It prepares you to work with other types of spirits and spirits that are not connected to you by blood.

Setting up an Ancestral Altar is fairly simple and there is no standard layout for one. Like other altars they will often grow and change in relation to your personal belief-system, your understanding of how to put those beliefs into practice, the items you have and/or can obtain, and sometimes by request of the Ancestors themselves.

The Ancestor Pot 

The Ancestor-Pot is a sacred tool that allows you to make a physical connection with your ancestors on a deeply personal level. It consists of a pot into which a portion of dirt from the grave of one's ancestors has been gathered. In the modern era, when people die they are often buried in steel vaults, if they are not cremated.  Before this time, they may have been buried in pine boxes or simply a winding sheet. Over time, their bodies decomposed and returned to the earth. Therefore when dirt was taken from a grave, it was believed that one wasn't simply taking dirt but rather the essence of that person's body that had become a part of, and not apart from, the soil. 

In another time, an individual's ancestor pot may well have included the bones of of their ancestor, however, many modern practitioners have taken to including a ceramic or crystal skull in their Ancestor Pot as a substitute for their ancestor's bones. Small libations of water or whiskey may be poured over the skull to "feed" the ancestor or it may be anointed from time to time with oil. In addition, some folks even include dirt from an unused portion of the cemetery to represent the "unknown" ancestors as well as samples of dirt from various places such as banks, post offices, jails, hospitals, crossroads, etc.... to empower the dirt with the force of energy of that place. 

Using Your Ancestor-Pot

My Ancestor-Pot is the focal point of my Ancestor-Altar. Being the dwelling place of the ancestors in the physical plane, it is the place where I focus my eyes and direct my words when I am conversing with them. In fact, I often get ideas, inspiration, and direction from them.

For example, at one point I had a money mojo that was working very well for me. Things were going so great I didn’t think I needed to carry that mojo around anymore so I put it away in a little box where it was promptly forgotten. When my money luck soured I pulled the little mojo back out, tried to feed it and get it working for me again to no avail. Finally, I was having a conversation with my Ancestors who instructed me to place the mojo inside my Ancestor Pot for three days. After three days I removed the money-drawing mojo-bag from the pot and it worked stronger than ever! In fact, the same day I received a substantial windfall.

Sometimes when a spell is finished and I think it needs a little more oomph, I will take the petition that I created for the spell and place it in the Ancestor-Pot, rather than disposing of it.  The same can be done with talismans, jewelry, and other objects as well. In other instances, if I feel that someone or something is interfering with my working, or it needs more power I will remove a candle from the altar where it is burning and place it directly on the Ancestor-Altar. If I have an enemy working against me, or someone is bothering me I will take their photograph or name paper and place it directly under the pot face down and ask the Ancestors to keep them down.


Your ancestors are those spirits connected to you by blood and are your most powerful allies in the spirit world. Working with the Ancestors begins with the construction of an ancestral altar which consists of white candles, flowers, a glass of water, and mementos of deceased relatives. This altar is where you make periodic offerings to the Ancestors, as well as communicate with them on a daily basis explaining what is going on in your life, your needs, and your desires. If you choose, an Ancestor-Pot can become the focal point of your altar where you direct your attention and interest when communicating with them. By placing items in or around the pot you can directly incorporate the energies of the Ancestors into your workings.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chakra Cleanse (Wiccan)

Chakras (N): Seven major energy vortexes in the human body. Each is usually associated with a color. These vortexes are: crown-violet, forehead-indigo, throat blue, chest-green, naval-yellow, abdomen-orange, groin- red.

Life is energy and energy is everywhere. It is that which connects us all.  When energy is flowing smoothly and freely then health is maintained.  Think of a river. When it is allowed to follow its own course without being dammed up, diverted, polluted, etc. then the river flows free and sustains not just itself but the plants and animals which rely on it's bounty. 

However, when it is blocked in some way the result can be a fetid river lacking enough oxygen to keep even a few fish alive. So it is true with our bodies. When we are flowing easily health is maintained, but when we experience a block in our energy the system begins to break down leading to emotional problems and eventually physical illness. The Chakra system offers a way to check the energy so we can understand what is happening in our body and become aware of blockages before illness results.  

Just as there are several methods to cleanse your aura, there are several methods which have been devised to cleanse and balance one's chakras.  The most common methods employed uses burning sage and smoking the body. Beginning with the Crown Chakra and moving down to the Root Chakra, visualize each of the chakras one at a time. Mentally scan the chakra and visualize the cleansing smoke driving out all impurities from the chakra and charging it with energy and zest.  If you desire you may wish to chant a little charm or diddy such as the following:
White, purple, blue and green,
yellow, orange, and red –unclean;
I call on you to cleanse your hues,
and shine with a strength renewed!
When you are done, strongly visualize each of the chakras spinning along your spine, glowing brighter than ever before.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Mailbag Monday: Maintaining a Discrete Wiccan Altar

Dear Carolina Dean,

I’ve been interested in Wicca for a while now, and have just started to learn and practice as I learn. I’m trying to set up a small healthy alter that I can construct and deconstruct everyday in my dorm room. I was wondering if this was a bad idea or not, and if you had any tips about the most important things to keep on an alter. I’m sorry to ask but everywhere I search I come up with different answers.

Please help me?
Stuck at Shiz

Dear Stuck, 

A witch's altar is is the focal point of many spells and rituals. It can be any size or shape, depending on the needs of the individual, what materials they have available, and the amount of space in which they have to work.  Some Witches use an altar cloth, and others do not, this is a personal choice. Of those that do use an altar cloth, there is a tendency to change the color of the cloth to reflect the season, Esbat, or working.
There are two main schools of thought regarding alignment of the altar.  Those who follow a predominantly ceremonial path align their altars towards the East and the rising Sun. Others align their altars to the North, for several reasons. Some put forth the theory that "everything comes from the North," while others point out that maps are aligned towards the North, and magnetic lines runs towards the North and therefore the flow of energy around and/or through the ritual area will be more in harmony with nature.
Overtime, you altar will absorb the residual energy from your magickal working, becoming a storehouse of power from which you may draw at will.

In a perfect world you'd be able to keep your altar set up all the time, or at least a small shrine where you can meditate and perform devotions. Due to space limitations and sharing your environment with someone who may not respect, tolerate, or understand your religious choices it is perfectly okay to set up your altar when it is needed and put it away when it is not. 

That being said and to answer your questions the only thing you "need" on your altar is what you think/believe you need in order to practice the craft as you know it and you believe it. For some folks that will mean an image of the divine (God, Goddess, or both) and the four elements or at least special candle holder and incense.  For others it may mean this as well the elemental tools, a crystal ball, incense holder, and a full array of other sacred objects.

Being that your space is limited and you share it with another person you have a few choices that can function as your altar. They are:
  • The top of a chest-of-drawers can cleared off and an altar erected on top of it. Your sacred items can be stored in the top drawer when not in use. 
  • A trunk at the foot of your bed can contain your altar tools, candles, herbs, books etc... and your altar set up on top when you wish to meditate or perform ritual. 
  • The same can be done on a smaller scale with a shoe box or other containers stored neatly under your bed.  
  • A small wall altar can be constructed by putting a shelf up on a wall where you store a collection of objects that you find sacred such as holed stones for the goddess or pine cones for the god, or an animal figurine for your power-animal-- and where incense and scented candles are burned in their honor.  
These are just a few examples of how you can maintain an altar in a limited  space or in a situation in which you share your space with someone who does not respect your understand your religious beliefs and practices.

Blessed Be, 

Carolina Dean