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Monday, May 27, 2013

New Love Honey Jar

Loyal readers of this blog will recall that I have written about honey jars in the past. Honey Jars are among a family of spells which have been coined as  Sweetener Spells and they are used to sweeten someone to you, to get them to like you, to favor your petition, and generally help you. 

Suffice it to say that Honey Jars have a wide range of applications from getting your boss to treat you with respect, to get a judge to rule in your favor, to entice a straying lover to return to you, etc... What these honey jars have in common is that they are used to have a sweetening affect on a person or person(s). 

However, in the modern era, a certain divide on the subject of honey jars has developed. On one hand you have folks who are trying to sweeten things to themselves other than people, such as money for example; while on the other hand, some folks believe that money, being a non-sentient concept, with no emotions or feelings cannot simply be sweetened towards you. Personally, I have never done a such a honey jar, however, I will not discount it as impossible. 

New Love Honey Jar

Construct this Honey-Jar when you wish to draw a new, unknown love to you. You will need:

  • Honey
  • Coriander Seed 
  • Lavender Buds
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lodestone 
  • Magnetic Sand
  • Pen and Paper
  • Love-Drawing Oil of Your Choice
  • Red-Candle 

Working the Root: Begin on a Friday when the moon is Waxing and when both hands on the clock are rising. Pour your honey into a jar that has a metal lid and set it aside. Write down all the qualities that you desire in your lover. Be specific as possible and include both physical (tall, dark skin, good hygiene) as well as non-physical (non-smoker, good sense of humor) qualities. When your list is complete, turn it 1/4 turn and sign your name across the list 9 times.

Next, dress the four-corners and center of the petition with your chosen oil. If you are gay you may wish to use Lavender Love Drops, if you are straight you may wish to use Come to Me Oil. Place your lodestone in the center of your petition and dress it with a few drops of the oil as well. Feed it some magnetic sand and say "As I feed you so will you feed me and draw my love to me just as this sand is drawn to you. In Jesus name. Amen."

Fold the paper-petition around the lodestone and place it in the honey jar. Next place your herbs in the jar calling on their individual spirits to help you with your goal. For example, you might say "Coriander Seed which draws new love, draw a new love to me. Amen."  All the while you are doing this your thoughts should be on the qualities that you wrote on that paper and the wo/man that will possess them. 

When you are done, seal the lid on the jar. Now, mark the red candle with your name and the words "new love" and anoint it with your chosen oil. Affix it to the top of the lid by melting the bottom of the candle and holding it to the lid until it hardens. When you are ready, hold your hands over the candle, focus on the qualities  that you wish your new love to posses and say:

"With God's blessings, drawn to me, new love, is what I wish for you to be, new love; and drawn to me, new love, is now what you are, new love." 

Make the sign of the Cross over the candle three times saying: "In the name of God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit. Amen." 

Finally light the candle and Pray the 23rd Psalm, or a prayer of your own design. Let the candle burn out on its own and inspect any remains for signs when it has done so. Repeat the candle burning procedure each successful Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Blessings


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bible Spells & How to Find Them

How to Prescribe Spells Based on Random Passages in the Bible  

Overview: Divination by the Bible
 

The Bible, the holiest of books in the Christian faith, has a long and varied history of influence in world events, politics, culture, science, law, religion, war, morality, sexuality, and even magic! In fact, there probably isn’t one aspect of our daily lives that hasn’t been influenced in some way by the Word of God.   

Of all the books which make up the Bible, the Psalms are arguably among the most popular verses used in the practice of magic. These verses are often uttered in faith during the course of casting a spell. Typically, verses are often chosen according to tradition or for a personal interpretation of a certain Psalm. These verses are typically prayed with focused intent and/or conviction. They may be prayed at the altar, over candles, baths, or other objects. In addition, verses may be written on paper and placed under a candle, in a doll, a mojo-bag, or simply carried in one's pocket.

The bible is also a popular medium used in the practice of Stichomancy, or divination by books, although any book can be used in this practice. Practitioners often have their own systems of operation but generally speaking a question is posed while holding the book, it is then opened to a random page with eyes closed and one's finger is also randomly placed onto a page. The passage on which one's finger falls is then read and interpreted in relation to the question asked. 

Bible Spells 

Divination by the Bible is not limited to simply answering questions in a oracular fashion, in fact, you can use random bible passages to prescribe rites for your specific issue or condition. The Bible itself contains several instances where magic is performed and spells are prescribed. In the book of Leviticus 16:21-22 , the High Priest ritually passes the sins of the people of Israel onto the head of goat which is then sent out of the city into the desert where it will presumably die taking the sins of the people with it. 

A more complex spell occurs in the book of Numbers 15:12-31 a spell is given for a man who believes that his wife has been unfaithful to him which consist, in part, of the Priest gathering dust from the temple and mixing it with holy water. The Priest makes the woman swear an oath that if she has been unfaithful that the water will enter her and become bitter. It will cause her thigh to rot and her belly to swell. The curse is written down and washed away with the water and the woman is made to drink the water. Thereafter if the woman was unfaithful the curse will unfold as described; however, if she was not then no harm will befall her


The process for divining spells out of the Bible is precisely the same as that of divining answers to one's questions as described at the beginning of this article. The only difference here is that certain key words or phrases found in the text will will serve as the inspiration for a spell or ritual. For example, let's say that you are interested in starting a romantic relationship with a certain person. You take out your Bible and ask the question "How can I gain (N's) attention and affection?". You open the Bible at random and blindly put your finger on Genesis 1:27 which states: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

It isn't hard for the reader to draw a parallel between the creation of man by God who gathered dust, formed it into a man and breathed life into him and the process of creating a doll-baby and naming it after the person concerned. Therefore, based on this passage alone you may decide to construct a doll baby of both yourself and the object of your affection and ritually bring them together over a number of day, possibly even seven. The ritual could be accompanied by the burning of red-candles and love-drawing incense.

In another instance, let's say that you have a client who comes to you believing that they have been crossed up. They complain that their luck has turned sour, they can't hold on to any money, and their relationships are no longer satisfying. Once again, you go to your Bible and ask "Has (N) been crossed up and if so, how can he find relief?" and this time your finger lands on Psalm 108: 9 which states: Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph.

The words that stand out to me in this verse include "washpot" and "cast out my shoe", which to me is a sign that perhaps someone had thrown for this person by possibly putting down powders that they had walked through. Therefore I would advise the person to burn their shoes and dispose of the ashes at a crossroads. I would also prescribe a foot-washing if not a series of uncrossing baths.
Finally, let's suppose that you have a friend that comes to and says she loves her job, she loves what she does but that her co-worker is just overbearing and is harder on her than other employees. She wants to know what she can do to have a better working relationship with him. You question your Bible and your finger lands on Psalm  Psalms 104:34, which says: "My meditation on him shall be sweet, I will be glad in the Lord."   

In this example, the Bible is practically screaming honey jar! However, based on the word "meditation" and "be glad", I would also recommend that she refrain from having negative thoughts about her co-worker and his or her behavior. Instead I would recommend that she always greet them with a smile, and to simply expect to have only positive encounters with her co-worker.

Of course these examples pre-suppose that you already have a basic understand of spells, and how to construct them as rarely will a passage simply say something such as "at sunrise light a red candle anointed with Lavender Love Oil and pray Psalm 23 over it nine times...." The best way to get Bible verses for your own work is simply to read your Bible. When you read a verse or passage that speaks to your spirit, inspires a working, or provides a remedy for a current (or even past) situation then write it down.

In Conclusion


The Christian Bible is more than a mytho-historical mixture of accounts of God’s relationship with humankind. It contains a plethora of information regarding an array of subjects, which has influenced modern western civilization and world culture. In the practice of conjure, the Holy Bible serves many purposes such as being a tool for divination, a potent talisman, and a source of spells as well as prayers. As the practice of conjure and rootwork continues to fascinate the minds of a new generation of seekers and would-be practitioners we have only begun to penetrate the ancient secret hidden within the Word of God. 

Blessings, 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

How to Bless Your Reading Cloth (Tarot)

A Multi-Colored Reading Cloth
Loyal readers of this blog will recall that I have written about the importance of blessing your tarot-cards as well as given a ritual for this purpose. 

However, today I would like to talk to you about your reading cloth. A reading cloth is the cloth in which many readers wrap their tarot-cards, or other divination tool and which serves serves two main purposes. They are:
  1. To protect your tarot cards from dirt, dust, and negative energy when they are not in use. 
  2. To provide a clean, safe surface on which one's cards are laid during the course of a reading. 
Among the many superstitions surrounding tarot cards, one of the most often shared beliefs is that one's tarot cards "must be wrapped in black silk" and stored in a wooden box (never metal). The presumption here is that if you do not wrap your cards in black silk and store them in a wooden box, then they will get contaminated by ambient negative energy and no longer work properly for you.

In my personal practices, I have never fully done this myself. My cards have been stored in their original box, in wooden boxes, or even in a large cardboard box. The cloths I have used have been made of silk, cotton, and synthetic cloths and they have come in a wide range of colors; and I have not found that the manner in which I store my cards have had any major negative effect on my ability to read with them. 

It is my personal belief that such superstitions surrounding the tarot add to its mystique and that they are only valid if you believe in them. That is not to say, however, that those who wish to incorporate rituals into their process cannot or should not be allowed to do so. With that in mind, I'd like to share with you a method for which I prepare the cloths in which I store my tarot cards and lay them upon during readings.

  • a clean white handkerchief or napkin.
  • spring water
  • kosher salt
  • Psychic Vision Oil

First, take a clean white handkerchief and soak it in spring water to which you have added half a cup of kosher-salt and 9 drop of Psychic Vision Oil. Let the handkerchief soak in this salted water overnight, during a Full Moon.

The following day, gently ring out the handkerchief and place it outside where it will dry in the clean air and sunshine. When the handkerchief is completely dry, add a drop of Psychic-Vision Oil to the four corners and center of the cloth. Finally, wrap your tarot-card in your newly prepared cloth and store it away when not in use.

If you choose, you can enhance this ritual by the lighting of candles, incense, chanting, prayers, etc...but this is not required. Symbolically, you have surrounded your cards with a "white-light" of protection, in more practical terms, however, the residual salt left in the handkerchief will act as a shield against negative energy and the psychic vision will imbue the cards with a pleasant aroma which overtime your mind will associate with the practice of reading your cards enhancing your experiences with them. 

Blessings, 

Click here to read more about Tarot and Divination. 


Monday, May 20, 2013

MM: That Darn Joker


Dear Carolina Dean, 

I am interested in reading playing cards and have been studying a lot of different systems to get a greater understanding of the art. My question to you is, is there a use for the Joker in a playing card deck and if so how is it used in the process of reading playing cards?

Signed, 

Simone Latrelle 
 

Dear Simone, 

Thank you for your question.   The Joker is something of an enigma among card-readers and carries his own mystique. He is not associated with any suit and, therefore, stands alone and apart from the royal court.

The Joker, is thought to have derived its name from Jucker which is the German word for Euchre. Originally it was called The Best Bower and later it was known as the Little Joker or the Jolly Joker. Suffice it to say that the Joker is akin to The Fool in the tarot deck, and they have several similarities which is as it should be.

The Fool tarot card precedes the Joker by several hundred years (the Joker being introduced around 1860 by Euchre players who had modified the rules of the game) and The Fool is theorized to be the inspiration behind the Joker being depicted as a court jester as tarot decks at that time often depicted The Fool as a harlequin or a buffoon.  In the modern era, the Joker (along with the Ace of Spades) is specially designed as part of the manufacturer's brand (see image at left).

Some readers make use of this card and some do not. Of those that do, it is used in one of two ways. The Joker is used to represent the querent in the reading, that is, the person who is receiving the reading. In this instance, the Joker is either removed from the deck and placed on the reading surface before hand and then the querent shuffles the cards; or some readers make a habit of having the querent hold the Joker while the reader shuffle the cards herself, only stopping when directed to do so by the querent. The Joker is then placed on the reading surface and the cards laid out around him.

The Joker is left in the deck to act as a wild-card. In this instance he is said to represent everything and nothing. Cards that surround this card are usually said to represent what is close to the querent's heart. He can represent folly, and the results of poor decisions. Then again, he can represent fresh starts and new opportunities. Then again, he can represent the attainment of desire or simply the unknown. It is up to you, the reader, to decide if and how you wish to make use of the Joker in your playing card readings.

To learn more about the art of reading playing-cards, click here

Blessings, 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Let Go and Let God Ritual

It has been observed that the best of friends often make the worst enemies and there comes a time in everyone's life when you realize that your friend is not your friend, or your lover is only true as long as they can get what they want out of you whether it be money, easy sex, or attention.  

Parting ways with someone to whom you were once so closely connected can often be a difficult process. Many times, being able to move on is hindered by a need of one or both parties to confront the other. This is often done out of a desire to either show the person how much they have hurt you, and thereby get them to understand why you wish to no longer be their friend, or to hurt the other person in return.

Such confrontations often consist of one or both parties explaining what a burden the other person's friendship was, how lucky one person was to have the other, or how much one person did for the other, etc... These conversations usually devolve into personal attacks and judgements about an individuals life choices, mistakes, etc... whereas before the end of the relationship this person was perfectly accepting and supportive of you.

The sense of hurt, loss, and betrayal can be overwhelming and for some people, they need a little something extra to move on with their life. For those people, the following ritual is recommended. 

Let Go and Let God Ritual

At your altar, butte, or flip,  a yellow candle and mark it with the name of the person (written backwards) from which you wish to disconnect yourself. Anoint the candle with  cut and clear oil and light it saying:

"With God's blessing, as this candle burns down to nothing may any feelings I have for (N) or any connection I still have to him / her now burn away til nothing remains. In Jesus name. Amen."

Using a pen, write the name of the person you wish to completely let go of on a fresh lemon. Holding it in your hands, spend a few moments thinking about your desire to free yourself of any attachment or connection to this person. Now take that lemon and beginning at the top of your head and working down to your feet rub the lemon away from your body. Take your time as you do this, and pray the 54th Psalm.

When you are done, place the lemon by the candle and let it remain until the candle burns itself out. When the candle is spent, place any remains in a paperbag along with the lemon and carry it to the nearest crossroads and leave it there as an offering to the Lord for delivering you. Alternately, you can bury the lemon in the earth some where off of your property. As the lemon rots and waste away so will your feelings and connection to the person. 

Blessings, 

The Use of Photographs in the Practice of Hoodoo

With apologies to Channing Tatum
As I have previously discussed within this blog, one of the means by which folks successfully work magic is through a process called Sympathetic Magic and the use of Personal Concerns. Sympathetic Magick works on the principle that ‘invisible bonds connect all things’. 

Sympathetic Magic can be divided into two categories, Homeopathic Magick and Contagious Magick. The Scottish anthropologist Sir James G. Frazer first described these types in his book The Golden Bough (1890).
  1. Homeopathic Magic holds that “like attracts like.” A classic example of this type of magick is the melting of a waxen image of an enemy resulting in his or her death.  
  2. Contagious Magic holds that “things once in contact with one another continue to exert an influence on one another after they have been separated.” Tying up a man's nature by anointing a length of string with his semen and then ritually tying it in knots is one example of Contagious Magic. People who believe in contagious magic fear that an enemy can gain power over them by obtaining parts of their body, or personal concerns. Therefore, they carefully dispose of their nails, hair, teeth, and even their body wastes. 
In the modern era, the use of photographic images has become extremely popular with the rise of social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. However, the use of photographs are not new to the practice of Hoodoo. 

In volume 4 of the Hyatt Material, a number of  spells and procedures are given that make use of photographs or photographic plates. Some examples include:
  • Placing a person's photograph upside down in a basket to bring them misery.  
  • Sleep with a person's photo under your pillow at night so that they will think of you. 
  • Placing a person's photo behind the headboard to make that person follow you. 
  • Placing a absent person's photograph in a white handkerchief and then placing it in a bible to bring them back after 9 days.    
  • Placing a person's photograph upside down in a bottle and burying the bottle upside down in the earth, as the photo swells so will the person swell and when the bottle breaks that person will die. 
  • Burning a person's photograph resulting in their death. 
  • Leaning a person's photograph against a glass of water upside down and burning red candles arranged in a triangle around this to cause the person to love you. 
Many modern practitioners recognize that just about anything that can be done with a doll-baby can also be done with a photograph. In some instances, folks have even cut a person's face out of a photograph and attached it to the face of a doll rather than including it in the body of the doll. This often helps a person to make a strong connection in their mind between the doll and the person it is intended to represent. 

Because of their two-dimensional form, photographs can also be used as written petition by writing your petition either across the actual photograph of the person or on the back of the photograph. Such petitions have many uses such as adding them to bottle spells. They can be rolled up and inserted in all kind of bottle spells such as Hot Foot Bottles, Break-Up Bottles, Vinegar Jars, and even Honey Jars. In addition, they may also be taped or glued to Vigil Lights to represent the person the light is for or who it is to affect. 

A photo may be substitued for a doll in a mirror box, you may write your own name across the forhead of a person's photo to make them think of you, etc...the possibilites are endless. 

Photographs aren't just limited to people either. They can represent anything that you wish to draw to you or move away from you. A popular spell given by Cat Yronwode, and which I recently used with success, calls in part for placing a photograph of any material object you wish to manifest on a plate and placing a lodestone on top of the photograph. The photograph can be dressed with any type of attraction or drawing oil and the lodestone is fed everyday along with your prayers or petition to bring about the thing in question. 
  
Methods of Preparing a Photograph 

In addition to the few spells given above, there are also a number of ways to prepare a person's photograph for use in magic. In the Hyatt material, there are a few instances in which the corners of the person's photograph are either cut off and thrown away or singed with fire. In some instances all four corners are cut / burned, in other instances only two of the opposite corners (top left and right bottom, or vice versa) are treated in this way. The theory is that by cutting off or burning the corners it keeps the person's spirit from escaping the photograph. 

In other instances the eyes of the photograph are crossed out with a large X or cut out to either harm the person (i.e. cross them), in the case of a curse; or to prevent them from having eyes for anyone else in the case of love spells. Finally, vertical lines are often drawn across the person's mouth to mimic it being sewn shut to stop gossip and lies.  I must admit that preparing a photograph in this manner makes a dramatic statement and summons up the necessary energy to enact powerful spells of hate and revenge.

Digital Magic

The modern era has given us not only greater access to the photographs of others, but it has also given us new tools with which to manipulate those images. With programs like photoshop or paint.net, the modern worker can now digitally transform photographs to reflect what they wish to occur to a person or individual.  

With a basic understanding of these programs you can take a photograph of a person and alter their looks by making them appear to be sick, injured, or even dead. You can copy their face and paste it on the body of another person, for example, placing the face of a physically fit person onto the body of an obese person or vice versa. You can take a photograph of them holding hands with another person and exchange it with your own. You're limited only by your imagination.

 Conclusion

As you can see, the use of photograph in the practice of magic is probably as old as photographs themselves and they have a wide variety of uses.  

Blessings,

Carolina Dean

Thursday, May 16, 2013

9 Day Reversing and Road Opening Ritual

Preliminary:  If and when this ritual is necessary, timing is really of no importance as the need for the ritual will outweigh the need to wait for the correct moon phase, that is, the time is NOW! Before beginning this 9 day ritual to reverse evil and open the way it is important that you put your house in order by first physically and spiritually cleaning your entire house as much as possible.
  • Wipe down the walls with hot-water and a few drops of Chinese Wash. Pay close attention to those rooms in which you conduct your business, do our own spiritual work, and your bedroom.
  • Sweep the house from back to front and out the front door.
  • Throw some baking down on the carpeted areas, let them sit to absorb for about 30 mins and then vacuum them up.
  • Mop those areas that are not carpeted with hot-water and Chinese Wash or ammonia. Throw the wash water out your front door. 
The next step would be to cleanse yourself. The following morning and for 9 days in a row---just before sunrise, take an "Uncrossing Bath" consisting of the following ingredients:
  • ¼ Cup Kosher Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Chinese Wash
  • 1 Tbsp Ammonia
As you bathe, Pray the 37th Psalm. When you are done, step backwards out of your tub and pass between two lit white candles. Wrap your head in white and dress in white clothing. Carry some of your captured bath water to the nearest crossroads and toss it over your left shoulder towards the East. If this is not possible, pour it over the roots of an strong, old, tree. 

Working the Root

Basic Altar Layout

After your first bath and you have disposed of your bath water. Go to your altar space where you have collected the following items:

  • Orange Candle
  • Black Candle
  • Sharpe Knife
  • Road Opening Oil
  • Reversing Oil
  • Pen and Paper

Set the Orange candle on the right and the Black candle on the left. Place the sharp knife  in between the two candles with the sharp end of the blade facing the black candle.

On  a piece of paper, write the words “the evil done to me” 13 times in small letters with no caps. Turn the paper ¼ turn and write the word REVERSED in big bold letters also 13 times. Fold the paper away from you three times saying “With God’s blessings, as I fold this paper away from me so does all the evil that has been done to me now turn away from me. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Butte, or flip, the black candle and write the words “the evil done to me” on it backwards. Dress it with reversing oil stroking the candle away from yourself saying “With God’s blessing, as I stroke this candle away from me, so does all the evil that has been done to me now turn away from me. In Jesus name. Amen.” Light the candle and pray the 37th Psalm with conviction.

Take another piece of paper and write the words “all the good I’ve been denied” 13 times. Turn the paper ¼ turn and write the words “OPEN ROADS” across it also 13 times. Fold the paper towards yourself and say “With God’s blessings, as I fold this paper towards myself may all the good I have been denied now come to me. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Mark the orange candle with the words “the good I’ve been denied”. Dress it with Road Opener Oil stroking it towards yourself saying “With God’s blessings, as I stroke this candle towards me, may all the good I’ve been denied now come to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.” Light the orange candle and Pray the 23rd Psalm as you focus on your intent to draw unto you all the blessings that you feel you have been denied.

After a few minutes, snuff out both candles starting with the black candle first and then the orange candle. The following day and each day thereafter for a total of 9 days you will:

  • Take your morning “uncrossing bath”
  • Dispose of your bathwater
  • Go to your altar, light the black candle and say “With God’s Blessings may all the evil that’s been done to me now return from whence it came. In Jesus name.” Followed by Praying the 37th Psalm. Then, you will light the white candle and say “With God’s Blessings may all the good I’ve been denied now come to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen” Followed by praying the 23rd Psalm.
  • After some time you will extinguish the black candle followed by the white candle.
On the 9th and final day, you will allow the candles to burn out on their own. The remains of the black candle and its petition is to be disposed of off of your property. The remains of the orange candle are to be buried near your front door. 

Blessings,