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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

MIPC: The Happy Housewives Love Drawing Spell


The following spell was given by Carlton Gebbia, the newest cast member of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Carlton is quickly gaining fame as the first practicing Witch in the Real Housewives franchise. 

During the course of the latest episode which aired November 25th, Carlton and Brandi were shopping  when Carton commented that she is a huge believer in visualization and on the subject of drawing a lover advised Brandi to make a very specific list of qualities that she is seeking in a mate (an intention list) and bury it with a crystal during the full moon. You can see their conversation here.

Commentary:  On the surface, I think this is a  simple spell that has the potential to be quite powerful, however (as Carlton mentions) you have to invest some time and energy into the process. Magic really is all about defining for yourself what it is that you want, desire, need, etc... and then taking steps to bring it about. 

Writing down one's goal is a powerful act and is the first step in taking one's wish out of the realm of thought and into the concrete realm of the physical. Quartz crystals have been used in magic for hundreds of years to magnify or amplify other energies. The moon rules one's emotions while the earth element provides stability. The act of burying one's intention list with the crystal at the full-moon pulls in both the energy of the earth and the moon to help manifest and solidify one's desire.  In this case, however, I would use Rose Quartz which specifically vibrates on the frequency of love. Furthermore, I would perform this rite on a Friday (which is ruled by Venus, the planet of Love) in the planetary hour of Venus.

From a Hoodoo perspective, however, I would make a few changes. First of all, I would cross and cover my intention list with my own name written nine-times. I would then five-spot the paper with an appropriate condition oil such as Lavender Lust or Adam and Eve Oil (available at Creole Moon). I would then fold the intention list around herbs and roots known for drawing love such as coriander seed, lavender, catnip, lemon balm, etc.... This, in turn, would be folded into a flannel packet and bound with red yarn or ribbon into which you have tied your wish.

Finally it would be dressed with your chosen oil. If you desire, this could be done in the light of a fixed candle for the same purpose. When the candle is spent, I would bury the packet near my front door OR in a potted plant in my home so that my intention to draw love to myself would radiate from the plant as it grows. Each time you water your plant you can reaffirm your wish for love, and perhaps sprinkle a little bit of the dirt from the plant near your front door to draw your new love to you.

Blessings, 


Friday, November 22, 2013

MIPC: The Fourth Nail

“Have you ever heard the legend of the fourth nail?”

Kojak, Queen of the Gypsies
Original Air Date: Jan 19, 1975

Commentary: The legend of the fourth nail is a very old story told among Gypsies and it has many variants. The story goes that a very long time ago a traveling blacksmith was working in the holy land. One day, a soldier came to him and placed an order for four nails. That night the blacksmith had a dream in which an old man directed him to make four nails but to only give the soldier three of them, saving the fourth one for himself.

Taking the dream to be a sign from God, the following morning the blacksmith wrapped three nails in a cloth and gave them to the soldier. It came to pass that the nails were intended for the crucifixion of Christ and the fourth nail would have pierced his heart bring instant death. In return for sparing Jesus the pain of the fourth nail, God granted the blacksmith and all his descendants the right to steal. The blacksmith was a gypsy.

In some stories the blacksmith has a daughter whose gift of foresight allows her to see the true purpose of the nail and begs her father to only give the soldier three nails to which he agrees. In this instant God not only forgives the gypsies for their petty crimes and theft, but also grants the gift of prophecy to them. In other stories, a gypsy steals one of the four nails and uses it to repair his wagon. God curses the gypsy to roam the earth for the sin of stealing, but grants them the right to steal in order to survive.

Carolina Dean

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: Like Water for Chocolate



A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies


By Laura Esquirrel
· Paperback: 256 pages
· Publisher: Anchor (October 1, 1995)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 038542017X
· ISBN-13: 978-0385420174

I first became aware of Like Water for Chocolate when the movie became a selection on my cable company’s free movie menu. The description of the movie seemed interesting and I watched it, even though it was Spanish with English subtitles.

Like Water for Chocolate takes place on a large ranch during the Mexican Revolution (think Pancho Villa) and concerns the life of Tita De La Garza, the youngest daughter of the clan. Due to the shock of hearing that her husband has died, Mama Elena (the matriarch of the De La Garza family) gives birth to Tita prematurely. However, Mama Elena is unable to breastfeed Tita and so she falls under the care of Nacha, the ranch cook, who nourishes her with teas and broths in lieu of milk, and teaches her the lessons of life in a way only the kitchen can.

The fact that Mama Elena is unable to care for her daughter is ironic in that as the youngest daughter, Tita is bound by family tradition to never marry or have children in order for her to take care of her mother until the day Mama Elena dies. Mama Elena firmly believes in her family’s traditions and takes a special delight in ensuring that both recipes and the rules of proper society are followed to the letter. She rules her family with an iron fist and frequently abuses her disobedient daughter both verbally and physically.
When Pedro comes to ask for Tita’s hand in marriage, Mama Elena refuses citing the harsh family tradition. In order to remain close to Tita, Pedro decides to marry Tita’s older sister Rosaura instead. Forbidden from being near the man that she loves, Tita expresses her desires and pleases him in the only way that she can…through her recipes.

The story takes on an almost surreal quality as Tita’s thoughts and emotions while preparing meals seem to imbue the food with magic that has a profound effect on the hearts and minds of those who consume her dishes. In one instance, Tita is forced to prepare all the food for her sister’s wedding banquet. Mama Elena tells her that she must do this and show no emotion,” not one tear.” However the wise and sympathetic Nacha allows her to cry, knowing that Tita must release her pain over her lost love. Unfortunately, Tita’s tears fall into the cake batter and when the guests take their first bite of the cake they become overwhelmed by the memories and heartaches of their own lost loves. In addition, they also become violently ill leading Mama Elena to believe that Tita put an emetic in the cake to purposefully make everyone sick out of spite. Mama Elena beats Tita so badly that she has to stay in bed for a week to recover.

In another incidence, Pedro gives Tita a bouquet of roses the petals of which she uses to make a sauce for roasted quail. Tita’s passion and desire for Pedro pours into the sauce and when it is consumed by her eldest sister Gertrudis she becomes enflamed with passion. So much so that when she attempts to cool her passions in the outdoor shower the water evaporates before it touches her skin, and the wooden shower itself burst into flames. Ultimately, Gertrudis runs naked from the shower and is swept away by a revolutionary drawn by the powerful scent of roses emanating from her.

Throughout the story Mama Elena does everything that she can to keep Tita and Pedro apart. Similar to her own birth, Tita becomes the primary caregiver for her sister’s son, Roberto, after her sister is unable to care for him to due to a difficult birth and Rosaura’s inability to breastfeed. Sensing that Roberto is drawing Pedro and Tita closer, Mama Elena sends Pedro, Rosaura and Roberto away to live with distant relatives. Unfortunately, Roberto dies and Tita blames Mama Elena.

Tita becomes even more rebellious and locks herself away in the dovecote and refuses to come down or even speak. Mama Elena, believing her daughter has gone insane, arranges for a doctor to come to the ranch and take Tita to a mental hospital. The doctor, John Brown, takes Tita to his own home instead where he allows Tita to heal in her own time and in her own way. During her recovery, Tita is visited by the spirit of Dr. Brown’s grandmother, Kikapu, a wise Indian herbalist, who offers her a delicious tea and establishes non-verbal communication with her. It is here that Tita gets her first taste of freedom and finally gets the opportunity to decide for herself what she wants to do with her own life.

Dr. Brown falls in love with Tita and then she must decide if she loves him enough to marry him, if her heart still belongs to Pedro, or if her destiny is to deny herself love all together in order to take care of her mother. Along the way the spirit of both Nacha and Kikapu is there to guide and support her.

As the title states, Like Water for Chocolate includes recipes, romances, and remedies. Each chapter begins with a recipe as Tita expertly prepares the dish in question. Some of the recipes explore the traditions behind the meals. In addition, the healing power of soups, teas, and even barks are discussed and even a little bit of science and medicine is included. At only 256 pages, Like Water for Chocolate is a quick read and can be completed in only a few hours, however it is a story that stays with you long after the last page is read, the book is closed, and returned to the shelf.

Carolina Dean

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Taking Off the Evil Eye







Items needed:


a potato that has 'eyes' on it

pins or needles

knife or scissors

black sharpie



The Job


Begin by writing the name of the person whom you believe jinxed you with the evil eye. If you do not know the name of the person, just write "the person who jinxed me" Next, impale each of the potato's eyes with a pin to remove their power over you and finally pass the knife or scissors over the potato to sever the ties that bind victim to perpetrator.

When you are done, take the potato and bury it on the West side of your property so that the evil will lessen each day with the setting son and the perpetrator's power will rot away as the potato rots in the ground.


Carolina Dean

Friday, November 8, 2013

MIPC: Death Spell

Affix a candle to the inside of a glass jar. Light the candle and put the lid on the jar. Focus on your enemy and chant "take his/her breath" several times over and over. As the oxygen contained in the jar is burned up by the flame the person will begin to choke, when the flame dies...so will the target of attack."

Monsters
Season Two, Episode Five: Love Hurts
Original Air Date 10-29-1989






Commentary:

Before I begin my commentary, I'd like to say that the source material for Magic in Popular Culture (MIPC) includes works of fiction. I am sharing these spells here to examine how magic is portrayed in works of fiction such as television, books, movies, and comic books. In many cases the villain of the story is often a magical practitioner and therefore some of the spells and rituals I will be examining will be of a darker nature.

It is not my intention to share this information for the purpose of promoting the un-justified use of these types of darker spells and rituals. I am simply examining their symbolism and offering conjecture on how I think they would operate in the real world of witchcraft, hoodoo, and rootwork.

That being said, the symbolism behind this spell is quite clear. However, if I were to attempt to cast this spell I would change a few things, for example carving the name of the intended victim on the candle, which would be black, and anointing it with a specific condition oil, such a D.U.M.E. Oil

I can tell you from several attempts at taking the above picture that I would also use the largest jar that I could find. A larger jar would contain more air and therefore it will take much longer for the candle flame to die giving you more time to focus and pray.

This spell may even require you to light the candle each day for several days, perhaps when the moon is waning and in an hour when both clock-hands are falling.

Carolina Dean

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Alchemy Of Fear

I must not fear.

Fear is the mind-killer.

Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.

I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.

Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.

Only I will remain.


---Litany Against Fear, Frank Herbert's Dune


Fear is a basic survival mechanism which takes the form of an emotional response to a perceived threat such as pain or the threat of danger. Fear often triggers a release of chemicals in the brain that cause an accelerated heart beat and shallow breathing also known as the fight or flight response.

Like other emotions such as happiness, jealousy, joy, etc... there are degrees of fear which range from moderate (caution) to extreme (terror). Fears can either be rational such as having a fear of death; or irrational such as a fear of long words (called Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia).

Paranoia is a form of fear that falls in the irrational category. It is defined as a chronic perception of being persecuted. It is an extreme emotional state in which a person had deluded themselves into believing that they are in danger.

There are certain universal fears among human beings such as a fear of speaking in public, rejection, terrorism, snakes, success, etc...Scientist believe that certain universal fears where a result of evolution in response to situations that were believed to bring about harm. For example, being in an enclosed space makes one more vulnerable to predators and other enemies. Other fears are a result of mimicking our parents fears, or of experiencing/witnessing a frightening episode such as being caught in a burning building.

Anxiety is distinguished from fear in that fear is a response to a direct threat while anxiety is a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune. I have personally always been an anxious person. My anxiety often takes the form of anticipating what might happen.

My anxiety has been both a blessing and a curse. On one hand I'm often prepared (both mentally and physically) when something bad happens; on the other hand I've often missed out on a lot of opportunities because I was afraid of looking like a fool at a party, or having a car accident because I wasn't sure how to get to a certain destination.

Over the past few years I've challenged myself to overcome my fear of the future with a simple technique. Whenever I feel myself becoming anxious about something, I simply tell myself that I'm not afraid, I'm excited! When you think about it, excitement and fear are a lot alike, they both occur in response to an outside stimulus, both are marked by biological changes such as shortness of breath and an accelerated heart beat. So, I keep telling myself over and over that I'm not afraid, I'm excited until finally I transmute my fear. When fear becomes excitement, you're not afraid anymore.

I challenged myself everyday to do something that I otherwise would not have done. Each day, I took a different route to or from work; I would break up my routine and go shopping during the busiest time of the day; I would make it a point to smile and say hello to a stranger. I sang karaoke, I danced. I shared a deeper part of myself with the world. Because of this I have been able to learn more about the place in which I live, met a lot of great people, and begin to live the best life that I can live.

And you can too! So tonight, I am challenging you, my readers, to break out of your comfort zones and do something you've always wanted to do but didn't because of fear. Tell me your story......

Carolina Dean

Friday, November 1, 2013

Review: Anna Riva's Candle Burning Magic


  •  Author: Anna Riva
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: International Imports; Anna Riva's Candle Burning Magic: A Spellbook of Rituals for Good and Evil [Paperback] Anna Riva edition (October 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943832063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943832067
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches 

Anna Riva is a name that is well known in the magical community as the author of a number of spell-books as well as the manufacturer of a line of spiritual products, including oils, and powders.   Folks either love her or hate her. However, few know the story behind her [in]famous brand.

Born Dorothy Spencer in 1923, Anna’s pen-name is derived from a combination of her mother’s and daughter’s first names. Spencer began writing as Anna Riva in the late 60’s and in the early 1970’s, her company International Imports began publishing a number of spell books such as Modern WitchcraftSpellbook (1973) and the VoodooHandbook of Cult Secrets (1974) among other popular titles. Many of these spell-books recommended the use of spiritual oils that International Imports also manufactured---so the books were akin to advertisements for the oils.

In the late 1990’s Spencer retired amid rumors that she was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and sold her company to Indio Products who continued to publish her books and manufacture her oils, incenses, and powders. Spencer ultimately died in 2005.

Anna Riva's Candle Burning Magic begins with a very brief introduction on candle magic and its basic rules followed by a list of color correspondences and a very well thought out and detailed section on figure candle.  Next, the author gives details on how to construct an altar, duration of candle magic rituals, how to time your spells and finally she instructs the reader in how to prepare of dress you candles.  What follows next is a series of 125 candle magic spells.

Each spell has a picture of the prescribed altar layout complete with the correct candles, oil(s), incense, and a brief affirmation to be recited before, during, and/or after the spell. The remainder of the book is taken up with a an overview of how to perform a novena, prayers to various saints, and psalms for various goals, as well as a list of Seals and Magic Squares that can be used in conjunction with your spells. The book ends with a succinct article on Ceromany, or divination by wax.

I really like this little tome of candle-magic. It is, however, only an overview of candle magic and gives the briefest details on the subject. Nonetheless, it provides a powerful foundation on which to build your own candle-burning practice. In fact, the spells given can be personalized based on the individual and/or situation. Some folks are put off by the fact that the author calls for her own Oils, Incenses, and Powders for use in her spells, but these products can easily be substituted with similar ones for the same purposes.

I do wish that the author had included diagrams of the seals mentioned, however, these can be found easily on the internet or in a copy of the Sixth and Seventh Book of Moses. In fact, I often use Anna Riva's Candle Burning Magic in conjunction with other books such as the Sixth and Seventh Book of Moses, or Power of the Psalms to write and perform powerful spells...and YOU can too!

Blessings,

Carolina Dean