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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dream Diary: Dream Lover

This past week has been very depressing. My one-year time limit on love work is ending in September and so I have been doing a lot of love-drawing work but not seeing any results. I placed ads on a few dating sites to increase my chance but have experiences a lot of rejection by a number of men, or those who did respond were not desirable due to age, location, or incompatibility. 

On my way to work, I had a "conversation with God" and explained that this constant hoping and trying only to be rejected and hurt is too unhealthy. I am not strong enough to keep going through this kind of hurt. I asked God for a sign that love is not only still possible but also obtainable for me. If no sign was forthcoming, I made the decision to stop now despite my time-limit and just give up forever. 

It was really busy at work and I didn't have time to really think about my prayer or even actively look for a sign. Looking back on my day, I cannot recall anything in particular that could have been a sign. On my way home from work, I stopped at the grocery store. In the back of my mind, I thought maybe....just maybe...something will happen. My great sign would be found, or a boyfriend would mysteriously manifest. Nothing of note usual. 

I came home and had my supper. I got really bored and frustrated so I went to bed about 7:45 pm. During the night I dreamed I was back in my old house in South Carolina. It was very late at night, about 11:40 p.m. A female friend was visiting me but was leaving about midnight to go pick up someone and then return to her own home. 

Three young men showed up. One was tall and blond, the second was a short man with black hair, and the third was brown-haired wearing a tank-top and had a large tribal tattoo on his upper arm. It was clear from the dream that these men came to my home expected to have sex. It was simply a matter of waiting for my  female friend to leave so we can begin. 

The following morning I got up and checking facebook, this was the first status I saw that day:

Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: Six-Gun Tarot

  • Author: R.S. Belcher 
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765329328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765329325

Six-Gun Tarot is a unique and  astonishing story that combines elements of fantasy, Western-Adventure, and steampunk in the tradition of "American Gods" and "Good Omens".  Eastern philosophy and Western religious mythology are powerful elements of the narrative with nods to "Frankenstein", "The Call of Cthulhu", and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"  thrown in the mix for good measure.

The first half of the book introduces the many characters including a Sheriff who seemingly cannot be killed, a deputy who is part coyote, a trained assassin masquerading as a housewife, a Mayor entrusted with keeping God's treasures safe, a lonely angel charged with watching over an ancient enemy, and a young boy running from his past as he clings to a prize more valuable than even he realizes. 

Each character has their own  part to play in the story and hence there really is no central character except for the town itself. Golgotha, named for the biblical place where Jesus was crucified, is a haven in the desert for the blessed and the cursed; a place of secrets where everybody knows everything and nobody knows nothing; where evil crouches in the darkest corners and flawed heroes come in unexpected shapes and forms. 

Whereas the first-half of Six-Gun Tarot sets the stage for the story, the second half  allows the plot to unfold as the various elements are woven together. Some readers may be put off by the slow pace through the first half of the book as the various characters are introduced and story elements are laid into place. At first, the many concepts introduced may seem contradictory, however, the author did an excellent job of combining them into a cohesive story. I especially liked how the author chose to explain how the many Gods and Spirits can exist in the same universe without endorsing one belief system over another or without invalidating one another. I especially liked the inclusion of at least one positive gay-character who was neither a stereotype nor a victim.

With a title like Six Gun Tarot, you would think that the story would involve tarot cards in some way and although they do appear briefly in one scene they do not play even a minor-role in the over-all story. The title of each chapter, however, is named after a tarot card and hints as to the personality of a character or some action involving the plot. With Six Gun Tarot, the author has laid the ground work for a rich and imaginative mythology that hints at past adventures as well as future ones. With the success of this book, it has been reported that a sequel is already in progress. 


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jack Balls

Although they resemble a pendulum, jack-balls are similar to mojo bags in that they each hold objects which are believed to attract or repel certain influences. In this way they are both a type of containerized spell, much like a bottle-spell, or a honey-jar.  Whereas a mojo bag is thought to be a spirit in and of itself the jack-ball, however,  is more an extension of one's own spirit, will, or consciousness.

Mojo-bags are fed a condition oil or a form of alcohol (usually whiskey) on a regular basis to keep them strong and working for you. They are also kept on one's person in a pocket, purse, or pinned to the inside of one's underwear. The Jack-Ball, by contrast, is proactively worked by swinging it by its tail to build up and release energy towards the accomplishment of your goal.

How to Use a Jack-Ball

Jack Balls can be used like a pendulum to divine yes/no answers to questions which are put to it. The types of questions your jack-ball will answer may depend on the type of jack ball you have created. For example, you make a jack-ball to protect your child which includes his or her personal concerns. Therefore, this jack-ball will only answer questions about your child and his or her safety and well-being.

However, unlike a pendulum a jack ball can also be used in magic to exert an influence over people and things. For example, a person may make a jack-ball to dominate their lover (see instructions below) and work it by swinging it around and around in a clockwise circle while making their prayer or petition. In another instance a person may make a money-drawing jack ball and operate it by swinging the ball by its tail toward them calling money to them as they do.

By focusing one's attention on the swinging ball, I believe that the operator goes into a light trance conducive to exerting their will onto the external world.

Naming Your Jack-Ball

Jack-Balls, like mojo-bags,  are believed to be living entities and as such they are often given a name. The name you chose to give your jack-ball is entirely up to you, however, it is traditional to name your jack-ball after the person it is meant work for or the person it is intended to influence.

Nonetheless, I often give my jack-balls (and mojo-bags) names based on their intent or purpose. Such names often come from the Bible (Sampson for a protection mojo) or they are given the name of a fictional character such as Gigolo Joe for a sex-drawing mojo bag.  The jack-ball photographed above was created for a client looking to draw a new love and as such she was named Yenta, a name synonymous with "matchmaker". These are just a few examples of how I assign names to jack-balls and mojo-bags.

How to Make a Jack Ball (Video)
© 2010 by Carolina Dean

Monday, June 17, 2013

Dream Diary: Of House and Home

Until recently I was never particularly interested in my dreams. They were sporadic, fleeting, and too surreal to clearly decipher. Beautiful homes, teeth falling out, sexual encounters, bouncing through the air, and an inability to run in my dreams have been common themes over the years. In addition, I have always experienced seeing visions, hearing voices and feeling physical sensations of falling asleep. This will be the first in a series of blog posts in which I explore the contents of my dreams as I think they may hold a message for those other than myself.

Dream Landscapes 

Houses and homes are common settings in my dreams. Sometimes it is a beautiful and elegant mansion. At other times it is a high-rise apartment with a breath taking view of a metropolitan city; or alternatively it is over looking the sea. Still other times it is an ordinary home, trailer, or even actual houses in which I have lived at one point or another.

In each case they have a few things in common. They are almost always beautifully decorated with "a place for everything and everything in its place"; they are always unquestionably mine; and they always have unique features like remote control windows.

Many dream books state that houses in our dreams represent the state of our lives---and reflect how our lives are or how we wish them to be. My "house dreams" are somewhat literal and somewhat symbolic. For years I have wished for home-ownership because of the freedom and stability that I believe it offers. At the same time I fear the commitment it takes or not being able to keep the house.

In many ways, I've always been searching for the place in which I belong; the place that belongs to me. My dream-home is a reflection of that desire.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: Hoodoo Honey & Sugar Spells

Sweet Love Magick in the Conjure Tradtion 

  • Author: Deacon Millet  
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Lucky Mojo Curio Company (April 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971961247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971961241
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches 

They say that you can't judge a book by it's cover, but it also goes that there's an exception to every rule. Such is the case with Hoodoo Honey and Sugar Spells.  It is clear that a great deal of attention-to-detail went into the book's design and no where is this more evident than with the cover-art. At first the art work seems simple, but a closer look reveals tiny details such as the bee and honeycomb motif along the edge and back cover that creates a sense of quaintness in keeping with the down-home origins of the subject matter. 

The contents of Hoodoo Honey and Sugar Spells is no less impressive. The book opens with a brief overview of what Hoodoo is as well as what Hoodoo is not. From there it goes into specific details regarding the various types of sweeteners and how they are used in the practice of Hoodoo. This, in turn, is followed by a plethora of recipes, spells, and "tricks" for a wide variety of purposes (including a few for which one would not naturally think to include sweeteners). The remainder of this little tome is filled up with a large section of frequently asked questions pertaining to Honey Jars and Sweetener-Spells taken from the Lucky Mojo forum. In many cases, the reader is given several answers representing different perspectives as represented by forum moderators and options related to their question. 

Hoodoo Honey and Sugar spells is written in an easy-to-understand style with brief but clear directions for each spell or concept given such as the section on how to write petitions.  Deacon Millet has done what many other books on magic and the occult so often fail to do in that he doesn't just tell you what to do to lay your trick but also why you do what you do; which is an important factor in allowing the student to both understand the importance of tradition and increase his or her chances of success. It is clear that the subject matter of Hoodoo Honey and Sugar Spells is one close to Deacon's heart as his openness, kindness, and generosity of spirit really comes through in his writing. There is very little, if anything, I can point out which is erroneous or lacking in this book except that maybe it is too short! Do yourself a favor, add it to your book-shelf today!

Carolina Dean 


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Using Word Art to Create Sigils

Preliminary: I'd like to preface this entry by stating that the process I will be sharing with you today has its origins in a lesson that was once taught to me by one of my favorite teacher's Mrs. Ferrel. Mrs. Ferrel was both my Elementary AND High-School art teacher and is a great source of inspiration in a lot of my artistic work. In fact, many of you don't know that I attended college in hopes of becoming an art-teacher myself but life had other plans for me. 

It's been 20 + years since I graduated High-School but what reminded me of Mrs. Ferrel's lesson today was a conversation between Kast Excelsior and Cat Yronwode on today's episode of the Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Radio Hour.  I'm not going to go into the details of the show but you can click here to listen to the today's episode in the archives. 

What are Sigils? 

Cross Marks have Many Meanings
It has been stated that "magic speaks in the language of symbols" and if that is the case, then sigils are the unlimited alphabet of that language. They represent our ideas, our goals, and---most importantly--- our needs; and they are believed to have the power to manifest our desires. Sigils take many forms from simple designs like an "X" mark or a "five-spot" to the Seals of Solomon and Veve's found in the religion of Vodoun. 

Some sigils have universal meanings such as a simple heart design with an arrow drawn through it which is commonly associated with love and the heart's desire; or the dollar sign ($) which speak of money and wealth. Other sigils are highly personal. For example, it is known that Elvis Presley adopted the symbol of the lightning bolt after his favorite hero Captain Marvel adding the initial's TCB to the lighting bolt, which stands for "Taking Care of Business".

That is not to say that sigils are limited to the practice of magic. Sigils are all around us in our everyday lives.  Corporate logos, street signs, even emoticons are all symbols used to communicate an idea or to influence yo in some way (buy my product, be happy, etc...) 

How are Sigils Used in Hoodoo

Sigils are very similar to written petitions in how they can be used in the Hoodoo Tradition. They can be placed under candles, included in mojo bags, placed in dolls, carried in one's shoe or wallet,  etc... In addition they can be printed out and glued to Vigil Lights or spell bottles, they can be drawn on fixed candles or painted on magic boxes.

Creating Sigils: Two Methods Explained

Square of Saturn
There have been several methods devised to create sigils. One of the most famous methods of creating a sigil developed by Austin Osman Spare (1886 - 1956) consists of writing your goal on a piece of paper as briefly as possible. 

The next step is simply to eliminate any letters that occur more than once in your statement. Finally, you take the letters that remain and using your creativity combine them into a cohesive symbol that is pleasing to the eye. 

Another popular method of creating a sigil makes use of Kameas, or magic squares. There are 7 squares which correspond to the 7 classical planets and their spheres of influence. For example, the Sun for success; Venus for Love; Saturn for Protection, etc...

To create a sigil using the Kameas, write a key word or phrase which best describes your goal. In some cases you can actually use a person's name to influence them. For example if you wanted Billy Jones to love you, you would create a sigil of his name on the Square of Venus. The letters in the words are then replaced by their corresponding numbers. For example, let's look at the word "lover" and draw it on the Kamea of Saturn.

                                                                     L   O   V   E   R 
                                                                     3    6    4   5    9

Finally, you would create your sigil by drawing a line on your sigil in the same order as the numbers as they appear in the word. Therefore the sigil for "lover" on the Square of Saturn would look like this:

Creating Sigils Using Word Art 

A fairly creative method of creating a sigil using word art is as follows. Write down a keyword or short phrase which represents your goal. Let's use "love" as an example.

Next, you would turn the word counter-clockwise so it stands straight up. 

Then you would create its mirror image and place them side by side like so.

If you wish you can then remove portions of the symbol divide it into sections and re-arrange them. For the purpose of this blog, however, I will not be doing that.  When you are done, you can add a bit of color to your design.

Finally, you can then leave the sigil as it is, or add additional symbols that have meaning to you and your purpose. For example, I have added symbols below which speak to a finding love that will lead to a happy marriage.


Carolina Dean

Monday, June 3, 2013

Mailbag Monday: A Curse for Incompetent Co-Workers

Dear Carolina Dean, 

I enjoyed your recent article on Prescriptive Bible Rites, and was wondering if you could help me. I work in an office environment in which we recently hired a new co-worker whom I will call Rose. Rose is not qualified to do the job for which she was hired. She makes a lot of mistakes and does not take responsibility for them but rather shifts the blame to others. To make matters worse, our boss treats her like a Princess and does not hold her as accountable for her mistakes as he does others in our office.

I was thinking about quitting my job but then I thought "why should I quit a job that I enjoy except for this one person?". I had planned on hot-footing Rose but then I decided to give bibliomancy a try. When I asked for the best method for dealing with Rose I received Psalm 89:39, which reads "Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground."

I must admit that I am at a loss as to how to interpret this message. Can you shed some light? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


Milton Waddams 

 Dear Milton, 

Thanks for your question. Reading the Psalm as given, the words that stand out to me are "profane his crown by casting it to the ground." What this says to me is that rather than hotfoot Rose out of the office, you need to knock that crown off her head (metaphorically speaking) and  rob her of her success

Therefore, my recommendation to you is that you should write Rose's name backwards on a piece of paper 13 times then cross and cover this with the word "FAILURE" across this in big, bold letters. Anoint the four-corners and center of the paper with Crossing Oil. If you have Rose's personal concerns (hair, nail clipping, etc..) place this in the center of the name-paper.  

Fold the paper away from you three times saying: "With God's blessings, just as I fold this paper away from me so may success turn away from Rose and all her works come to naught.  May her allies withdraw from her so that she alone is held accountable for her transgressions. May her path to success be blocked by failure until such time as she does right by those whom she has wronged.  In Jesus name. Amen."  Set the paper aside.

Take a purple-candle and butt, or flip it; then write Rose's name on the candle backwards. Anoint the candle with Crossing Oil by stroking the candle over Rose's name moving your finger away from you and saying:  "With God's blessings, as I stroke this candle away from me so may success turn away from Rose and all her works come to naught.  May her allies withdraw from her so that she alone is held accountable for her transgressions. May her path to success be blocked by failure until such time as she does right by those whom she has wronged.  In Jesus name. Amen."

Set the candle in a holder and place your petition underneath. Light the candle and say: "May the light of truth overcome the darkness of ignorance so that Rose's transgression are seen by those who have both the power and the inclination to make these wrongs right again. In Jesus' name. Amen"

Spend a few moments in prayer reciting Psalm 137:7-9. Where it states "daughter Babylon", insert Rose's full name. Pay particular attention to the last verse which states:  A blessing on the one who seizes your children and smashes them against the rock! In this instance, remove the word "children" and replace it with the word "crown", (success). As you pray the Psalm, imagine a crown being ripped off Rose's head and broken against rocks (obstacles).