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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In Review: 2013

The Wheel of the Year has come full circle one again. With the end of another year comes the need to pause and reflect on one's life, all that has occurred in the previous year, what one has learned and look forward what will be in the near year (but that will be the subject of another blog). 

2013 In Review

In the beginning of the year, I performed a tarot reading for myself which stated:

"With the end of one cycle comes the beginning of a new one and you have the good fortune to be possessed of a great deal of potential. You are surrounded by strong allies in both human and spirit form who are willing to assist you. However, your advancement forward can often be blocked by an oppressive force, do not let it distract you and drain you of vital energy causing you to make poor choices. Instead keep your eyes on your goal and keep your thoughts, words, and deeds consistent with who you really are. Soon you must evaluate the wisdom of holding on to that which does not serve to uplift you so that you that you can keep and protect that which reflect your true-values as well as that which is necessary in order for you to grow. Nurture your creativity and talents and your efforts will be richly rewarded!"

Commentary

This has been a really great year for me. My career as a writer has grown thanks to the support of my friends and fans. My conjure practice continues to grow slowly but surely (as is my preference) as I split my time between my conjure practice and my day job in the non-magical world. I have grown closer to the spirits with whom I work and our relationship continues to unfold (super)naturally.

However, even as I have grown close to my spiritual allies, I have grown farther and farther apart from those who I once counted as close friends. Over the summer, I had to walk away from a years long friendship due to the individual's constant drama and need for attention. I realized that I spent so much energy and attention supporting her and attempting to help her "fix" her life that I completely neglected my own.

In addition, for all the support and encouragement that I gave her, I got very little in return. In fact, it was revealed to me that this person did not want me to advance or improve my condition in life because she felt that if I met someone or made other friends that I would no longer be available to her when she needed me, which was pretty much all the time. Looking back, it was a difficult decision and one that I put off longer than it needed to be. However, the universe stepped in and gave me the precise opportunity to address this issue and make the cut. Fortunately, despite this individual being a complete drama-mama, the split occurred with very little drama attached and hopefully we are bother better off for having put such distance between us. I know I am.



Unfortunately, I must not have learned my lesson with the drama-queen because as the year comes to a close I find history repeating itself in the form of another friend and business associate who for the past year has taken every opportunity to attempt to embarrass, humiliate and disrespect for in the most harsh manner. The change in our relationship occurred slowly over time, so slowly in fact that I really didn't realize just how much she had change and how abusive our relationship had become. Even as I write this I really do hope for a healing between us, because I do respect the person that she was and the value the friendship that we had. Even so I am prepared now to walk away from the relationship if need be, however, because this person is not only a "friend" but a business associate and  has a certain financial foothold in my life it will take time to sort out. Perhaps this will give us the needed time to heal our relationship or not...only time will tell.

Blessings


Monday, December 30, 2013

Mailbag Monday: Burial of Ritual Remains

Today's question comes from M.B. who writes...

Hi Carolina, I've been spending lots of time on your site and have been getting a lot of information too. Thanks for this site. I however am wondering about the candle disposal. If I don't have a yard at all and live in an apartment, can I dispose of my remains in running water? Or to the east? 


Merry Meet,

Thanks for your question. First, let's review the theory and purpose behind the proper disposal of ritual remains. Many people think that a spell is complete once the candle is spent, but this is not the case. A spell is not complete until  its magical remains (i.e. candle wax, petition, herbs, etc...) have been properly disposed of. This is especially true in the folk-magic tradition of Hoodoo where disposal of magical remains has a direct symbolical bearing on the work at hand. 

The intention of your spell often has a direct correlation on how you dispose of magical remains. Below you will find a general guide-line grouped by intention/goal to help you determine how best to dispose of magickal leftovers. 

  • To Attract Influences- If the work was done to draw something to you such as prosperity, a new lover, or good health,  the remains are buried on your property, often near your front door or under your front doorstep. 
  • To Keep and Maintain- If the work was done to keep something with you indefinitely such as a straying lover, the remains are buried in your backyard.
  • To Move Away- If the work was done to move something away from you such as a jinx, an enemy, or a negative condition, the remains would be buried off of your property. Choices for burial include 1) tossing in running water  or 2) burying at a crossroads.
  • To Increase- If the work was done to create or increase a condition such as prosperity or good health, bury or throw it toward the East so that its strengthen with the rising Sun. 
  • To Decrease- If the work was done to end or weaken a condition such as an enemy's good luck, ill-health, etc.. bury or throw it towards the West so that it will diminish with the setting Sun. 
As for your original question, I have no idea what option would be proper in your situation as you failed to explain the goal/intention of your spell. Disposing of ritual remains in running water is done to move something away from you that you wish to be free of, whereas disposing of something towards the East would be symbolic of drawing something to you or to manifest some type of increase in a condition (as in the rising sun).

However, I can tell you that I too live in an apartment. My apartment is on the ground floor and I have a row of bushes along the front of my apartment and a good piece of a backyard including two trees where I am able to bury items. If your apartment isn't on the ground floor, like mine, you have a few options to consider. 

  • Potted Plants- If you don't have a yard connected to your apartment you may want to place potted plants in your home and use them to dispose of ritual remains. However, you will have to make sure that those remains are such that they will naturally break-down in the soil or they will just build up over time.  (Note: Soy, Paraffin, and Beeswax candles are biodegradable).
  • Adopting Land- Find a place which is 1) easily accessible to you and 2) reasonably private which you can adopt to be your special place for disposal of ritual remains.
  • Storage-  This option may be considered unorthodox, but it is one that I have used myself at certain times in my life.  Obtain some decorative jars which can be placed on a shelf in an inconspicuous manner.  Dedicate each jar to a specific condition (prosperity, love, protection, health). Store your magical remains in its corresponding jar until such time as you feel it is no longer needed or can be disposed of in a more traditional manner.
 I hope that you have found this information helpful to you along your spiritual journey.

Blessed Be!

Do you have a question that you would like me to answer in a future installment of the Mailbag Series? Email me at carolinadean@gmail.com



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review: Anansi Boys


Review: Anansi Boys
By Neil Gaiman

· Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
· Publisher: HarperTorch (September 26, 2006)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0060515198

If Shakespeare was correct that “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players” then Charlie Nancy would much rather be a passive viewer sitting in the dark corner of a back row in the theater of life. Charlie is so self-conscious and awkward to the point that everything and everyone (including himself) is a constant source of embarrassment to him. The main source of his embarrassment (other than himself) is his father, a man who loves (and is much loved by) women and who never seemed to hold down a job or had any visible means of income.

Mr. Nancy, Charlie’s father, gave him the nickname of ‘Fat’ Charlie at a very young age; and despite the fact that Charlie isn’t fat or even pudgy, that nickname has followed him throughout his life and everywhere he goes, even as far as England where he now lives and works. Despite his poor self-image and low self-esteem, Fat Charlie has managed to find gainful employment with the Graham Coates Accounting Agency and become engaged to Rosie Noah, who works for a charity.

As the story opens, Rosie has reluctantly convinced Charlie to invite his father to their wedding only to discover upon attempting to contact Mr. Nancy that his father has died. As his father’s only son, Fat Charlie travels to Florida to do right by his father and get his house in order. True to form, Fat Charlie is late to his father’s funeral and ends up causing a scene by giving a eulogy to his father at the wrong funeral!

Later, after the funeral, Charlie is visiting his old neighborhood and while talking with some of his father’s friends, four elderly black women, learns that his father was, quite literally, a God. At first Fat Charlie doesn’t believe the women and humors them, but they insist that Mr. Nancy was a God. In fact, he was Anansi, the Spider God, a trickster who own all stories. Even Mrs. Dunwiddy, at 104 the eldest of the women, remembers Mr. Nancy being a man when she was but a little girl. In addition, Fat Charlie is surprised to learn that he once had a brother, who inherited his father’s god-like powers, but who was sent away by Mrs. Dunwiddy many years prior after he broke her garden gazing ball. Before leaving to return to England, Caroline Higgler (Mr. Nancy’s neighbor) tells Charlie that if he ever wishes to meet his brother, just tell a spider and that he will get the message.

On his first night back in England, Charlie’s girlfriend is startled by a spider in his bathtub and asks Charlie to take it outside. While removing the spider, Charlie remembers Mrs. Higgler’s instructions and asks the spider to pass a message along to his brother. Not long after, Spider Nancy shows up at Charlie’s door and Charlie must give Spider the bad news that their father has died. Spider promptly disappears through a photograph to verify his father’s passing for himself leaving Charlie to wonder if their meeting had actually occurred. When Spider returns, he takes Charlie out for a night on the town to mourn the death of their father and celebrate his life with ‘wine, women, and song.’

Charlie drinks too much and embarrasses himself at a karaoke bar, only to pass out and be taken home by Spider and Daisy (one of many women that Spider charmed into tagging along on their night out). The following day, Charlie oversleeps and wakes up in bed with Daisy. He learns that Spider has gone into his office pretending to be him, although Charlie doesn’t quite understand how every would believe that Spider is Charlie. Spider actually does a very good job impersonating Charlie, in fact his was too good at his job.

Spider discovers that Graham Coates, Charlie’s boss, has been embezzling funds from his client’s accounts and has been doing so for some time. When Graham Coates calls Spider (who he thinks is Charlie) into his office to terminate his employment, Spider reveals he knows all about Graham Coates’ embezzlement without making a direct accusation. Graham Coates then gives Charlie two weeks off with pay and a bonus, which he believes will get Charlie out of his way until he figures out how to deal with the situation. Graham decides that the best solution to his problem is to make Charlie the scapegoat for his crimes and sets about covering his tracks and planning his escape. Before he can complete his plan, Graham is forced to murder a client who has discovered his theft and confronted him with the evidence.

Spider begins to discover that he actually likes being Charlie, and so he slowly land deliberately begins to take over Charlie’s life and identity. However, it is when Charlie discovers that Spider has slept with his fiancĂ© Rosie, he resolves to get rid of Spider. Charlie returns to Florida where he seeks the advice of the four elderly women whom he compares to the witches in Macbeth. He convinces the women to help him and they perform a ritual which sends him to the Beginning of the World, a magickal place inhabited by animal totems. Here, Charlie travels through a series of caves meeting with various human/animal hybrids seeking their assistance in getting rid of Spider.

Charlie strikes a bargain with Bird Woman offering her Anansi’s bloodline in return for her getting rid of Spider. At this point the action really begins to accelerate as Spider begins to be attacked by birds everywhere he goes and Rosie discovers Spider’s deception. She declares that she won’t have anything to do with either Spider or Charlie, who has been arrested for suspicion of embezzlement. In an effort to distance herself from Spider’s betrayal as well as to examine her feeling, Rosie goes on a cruise with her mother. Spider is captured by Bird Woman, stripped of most of his powers and left at the mercy of an old enemy; while Rosie and her mother are captured by Graham who wishes to take his revenge upon Charlie by killing them. With Spider unable to assist him and without Rosie’s support and encouragement, Charlie is forced to embrace his heritage and save the ones he loves.

The characters in Anansi’s Boys are multi-dimensional, colorful, full of personality, humorous, flawed, and best of all human (even when they’re not). I really liked the inclusion of traditional tales and mythology concerning Anansi and the animal kingdom as well as the casual manner in which the elderly women in Florida discuss and practice magick. Neil Gaiman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Gaiman’s love of writing and passion about his subject matter clearly shows in the details which make up his stories; which makes him a story-teller worthy of Anansi himself.

Carolina Dean 

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Triple-Strength Mojo Hands



Trio-Hands

I first heard of “trio-hands” on the Lucky-Mojo website and later Miss Michaele (of the HoodooFoundry) shared a recipe for one such hand herself on an edition of the Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Radio Hour. A “trio-hand”, or Triple Strength Hand (as I prefer to call it) is a type of mojo hand that is comprised of three packets of three herbs/roots each and which are prayed over three times. The three packets may be placed into the mojo bags separately, or alternately each packet may be made up of the one which was created before it in the same manner as nesting dolls.

Today, I will describe a triple-strength mojo hand which I created for a straight-female whose desire was to manifest a long-term relationship and who recently wrote to me to tell me that she has “met the man of her dreams”.  Such a mojo bag is not limited to heterosexual couples and can easily be adapted for use by gay or lesbian individuals who are searching for love.

Triple-Strength Mojo Hand for a Love

To create this mojo-hand you will need the following:



  • Flannel / Red Thread
  • Bible
  • Red Pen and White or Pink Paper
  • Red or Pink Candle
  • Love-Drawing Incense
  • Adam and Eve Oil
  • Haitian Lover Oil
  • Amour Oil
  • Come to Me Oil
  • Hair from your Head
  • Hair from your Pubes
  • Hair from your Underarm
  • Adam and Eve Root
  • Coriander Seed
  • Sampson Snake Root
  • Catnip
  • Damiana
  • High John Root
  • Queen Elizabeth Root
  • Rose Petals


Working the Root: Begin by dressing a red or pink-candle with Come to Me Oil and light it along with some  love-drawing incense. Next, take out your Bible and turn to the book of Genesis and using your pen write down the verses which describe the creation of man (And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.) If you are a man or a lesbian seeking to attract a woman you would substitute the verse where Eve is fashioned from Adam’s rib.  As you write these words, think about the type of man that you would like to attract. 

When you are done anoint the four corners and center of the paper with Adam and Eve Oil. Place some hair from your head in the center of the paper and fold it towards you three times saying:

“As I fold this paper towards myself, so may my lover come to me now. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Dress the Adam Root with Adam & Eve Oil and place this on top of the petition, then anoint the Eve Root with the oil and place it next to the Adam Root. Finally, sprinkle some Coriander Seeds over the roots. Fold the petition towards yourself creating a little packet and secure it with red-thread.  Anoint the packet with Adam and Eve Oil and smoke it in your incense as you make your prayer or petition saying:

“With God’s blessings, as Eve was created for Adam in like fashion so may my lover manifest for me.  In Jesus name. Amen.”

Set the packet aside and take out your Bible again. This time, turn to the Songs of Solomon and write down the verses wherein the bridegroom’s handsomeness is praised (My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand…) Again, as you write these words, picture your ideal mate and imagine your life together.  

When you are done anoint the four corners and center of the paper with Haitian Lover Oil. Place some hair from your pubic area in the center of the paper and fold it towards you three times saying:

“As I fold this paper towards myself, so may my lover come to me now. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Anoint the Sampson Snake Root with Haitian Lover Oil and place this on top of the petition, then sprinkle some catnip and damiana over the roots. Place the first packet from before on top of this and  fold the second petition towards yourself creating a little packet and secure it with red-thread. Anoint the packet with Haitian Lover Oil and smoke it in your incense as you make your prayer or petition saying:

“With God’s blessings, as Sampson loved and desired Delilah, in like fashion so may my man love and desire me. In Jesus name. Amen."

Set the packet aside and take out your Bible again. This time write down the verses found in Chapter 8 of the Songs of Solomon (Set me as a seal upon thy heart…). As you write these words picture your ideal mate and imagine your life together. When you are done anoint the four corners and center of the paper with Amor Oil. Place some hair from your armpit (which is close to your heart) in the center of the paper and fold it towards you three times saying:

“As I fold this paper towards myself, so may my lover come to me now. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Anoint the High John Root with Amor Oil and place this on top of the petition, then anoint the Queen Elizabeth Root with your oil and place it next to the High John Root. Finally, place a few dried rose petals over the roots. Place the packet from before, which contains the first packet, on top of this and fold the petition towards yourself creating another packet and secure it with red-thread.  Anoint the packet with Amor Oil and smoke it in your incense as you make your prayer or petition saying:

“With God’s blessings, as every Queen must find her King, so may I find my lover and make him mine. In Jesus name. Amen"

Place this packet in a red or pink mojo-bag and dress it with Come to Me Oil. Alternately, you can wrap this in red-flannel and secure it with thread, yarn, or ribbon.  Smoke it in the incense and make your prayer or petition saying:

“With God’s blessings, and by all the powers of attraction and desire which are His to command, I now grant life and strength to this mojo-bag so that it may serve to draw unto me a man who loves me as I love him, who needs me as I need him, who desires me as I desire him.  Grant me the wisdom to recognize him when he appears and the courage to allow him into my life and into my heart when he does. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Leave the mojo next to the candle until it burns down to nothing. Thereafter carry your mojo with you next to your skin for at least a week. Feed your mojo bag Come to Me Oil each week to keep it strong and working for you. When your lover manifest, you may then feed the bag other condition oils as appropriate such as Follow Me Boy, Cleopatra, Stay With Me, etc....

Blessings, 

Carolina Dean 

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Hey, Don't Look Me Over

This spell is used to draw the attention, interest, and admiration of others so that they don't look your over (i.e. fail to notice you). To perform this spell, you will need:


In addition, you will need a condition oil such as Bewitching, Cleopatra, Follow Me Boy, Follow Me Girl, or Chuparrosa  (available at Creole Moon). 

To begin write your name nine times on the back of the 3rd Pentacle of Venus with a red ink pen. When you are done, dress the four corners and center with your chosen oil and fold it towards you three times saying:

"With God's blessings, as I fold this paper towards myself I now attract the attention, interest, and admiration of [here you may insert the name of a specific person or type of person(s) you wish to attract]. In Jesus name. Amen."

Set the petition aside. Next, mark the red-human figure candle with your name. If you like, you may dig a little hole in the base and load this with your personal concerns before re-sealing the hole with wax. When you are done, anoint the candle with your chosen oil stroking it towards yourself and saying:

"With God's blessings, as I stroke this candle towards myself, I now draw the attention, interest, and admiration of [here you may insert the name of a specific person or type of person(s) you wish to attract]. In Jesus name. Amen." 

Set your candle in a holder and place the Third Pentacle of Venus underneath the candle holder. Light the candle and repeat your petition following by the 23rd Psalm.

When the candle is spent, remove the pentacle from underneath the candle-holder and place this in your right shoe.

Blessings

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Pow-Wow or Long Lost Friend

 
Published by John George Hohman in 1820, this tome is the quintessential grimoire of Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Magic and Healing.

Rooted in the Christian faith, this book contains many spells for binding, protection, finding thieves, etc.... Most of the charms take the form of prayer which is followed by making the sign of the cross. In addition, it contains a wealth of information on herbal remedies for the health and well being of men and animals alike. For example,

  • A Charm To Stop Blood

A certain Remedy to stop Bleeding, which cures, no matter how far a person be away, if only his first name is rightly pronounced while using it:

Jesus Christ dearest blood!
That stoppeth the pain and stoppeth the blood.
In this help you [first name] God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost. Amen.


  • How to Obtain Things that Are Desired

If you call upon another to ask for a favor, take care to carry a little of the five-finger grass with you, and you shall certainly obtain that you desired.

  • To Compel a Thief to Return Stolen Goods

Early in the morning before sunrise you must go to a pear tree, and take with you three nails out of a coffin, or three horse-shoe nails that were never used, and holding these toward the rising Sun. you must say:

"Oh, thief, I bind you by the first nail, which I drive into thy skull and. thy brain, to return the goods thou hast stolen to their former place; thou shalt feel as sick and as anxious to see men, and to see the place you stole from, as felt the disciple Judas after betraying Jesus. I bind thee by the other nail, which I drive into your lungs and liver, to. return the stolen goods to their former place; thou shall feel as sick and as anxious to see men, and to see the place you have stolen from, as did Pilate in the fires of hell. The third nail I shall drive into thy foot, oh thief, in order that thou shalt return the stolen goods to the very same place from which thou hast stolen them. Oh, thief, I bind thee and compel thee, by the three holy nails which were driven through the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, to return the stolen goods to the very same place from which thou hast stolen them. + + + “

The three nails, however, must be greased with the grease from an executed criminal or other sinful person.

The book itself is a powerful talisman for protection against one's enemies, accidental death, and persecution owning to the following statement found therein:

"Whoever carries this book with him, is safe from all his enemies, visible or invisible; and whoever has this book with him cannot die without the holy corpse of Jesus Christ, nor drowned in any water, nor burn up in any fire, nor can any unjust sentence be passed upon him. So help me."

Like the spells that it contains, the talismanic powers of this grimoire requires nothing more to activate that the power of belief. 
Blessings,

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