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"Sometimes you don't care what it takes or how much trouble you cause -- that couple has got to break up, for the sake of your future happiness. It is our belief that Heaven does not favour those who tear love asunder without good reason, and we hope that these products are only used when the case is justified, but if you have been deceived or hurt by adultery, or if your marriage partner still keeps drifting back to his old time used-to-be -- if you want to put an end to the problem, then BREAK UP spells are traditional, effective, and, God willing, just and fair to all the parties involved."
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Break Up is an old hoodoo formula for oil, incense, sachet powders, and washing products that are designed to cause pain and anger between a couple and force them to break up, divorce, or stop seeing one another. They can be used to break up a couple you hate, to destroy your own marriage or, as is most often the case, to cause your spouse to stop seeing an outside lover. Sometimes Inflammatory Confusion is added to Break Up products to increase the trouble suffered by the couple. For those wishing a more amicable split-up, a related formula, called Separation is used instead of -- or in addition to -- Break Up.

Break Up is available in foil packages of Lucky Mojo brand Break Up sachet powders, Break Up incense powders, Break Up crystal salts, and a 1/2 oz. bottle of Break Up oil for anointing oneself or dressing candles. Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, these products contain genuine reputed break-up herbs and herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances. The ingredients in Break Up include Red Cayenne Pepper and Sulphur, plus other herbs and essences. Lucky Mojo labels are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.

Using Break Up spiritual supplies can be as simple as dressing black Divorce candles with the oil -- to laying down sachet powders in the couple's home to cause them to fight. When starting Break Up work, some people like to get things going with a full-blown spell and then continue to use the sachet powders to dress the places where the couple will walk over them.




There are many forms of break up work. The first and second given here are different from one another, and the third is a synthesis of the first two. The fourth is in a class of its own as well.


Drive Away and Break Up Spells with container are very popualr. To make such a spell, a natural container such as an egg, a lemon, or a lime., or a manufactured container such as a bottle or a jar is prepared, containing names, red pepper and other break up, separation, or hot foot ingredients to separate or drive away a couple.

To deploy the fixed containers, it may be shaken, thrown into running water, thrown into a corssroads, buried under the doorstep or walk-way path, thrown over their roof, broken, or, in the case of a lemon, cut and the juice squeezed behind the one you want to have get away.

A typical break up spell in a botle is described in full below.


Spells to harm an indiividual or to break up a couple can also be made with feces, which are a form of personal bodily concern.

Typcially, a name paper is written with the two people's names on it, then cut in half to separate their names. The papers are then smeared with feces. If the spell to harm an individual or break up a couple, as when wiping one's behind with a name-paper. The paper is disposed of in the toilet.


Some Break Up Spells use LIVING ANIMALS to effect the break-up by having them consume a prepared or fixed food item (generally an egg or a lemon). For instance, one common form of this class of spell consists of burying a prepared Break Up egg in an ant's nest. A second version involves feeding the two halves of a prepared hard boiled egg to a black dog and a black cat, or, feeding a prepared lemon to the maggots that live in an outhouse. The deployment of the spell occurs when the animals eat apart the contents of the egg or lemon, thus symbolically destroying the relationship.

A gentler drive-away and spearation spell performed with a living animals entails capturing a cooter (a kind of river turtle) and writing the name of the person you want to see gone from the relationship on its shell, then releasing the cooter back into the river. This breaks the couple up by driving the unwated person away.




Divorce candles, Bride and Groom candles, Adam candles and Eve candles, or Clothed Men candles and Clothed Women candles are popular figural candles used in the performance of Break Up spells.

Stationary or fixed figural candle spells for breakups may employ black Divorce figural candles, which show a man and woman back-to-back, or black Bride and Groom candles, which show a couple side-by-side. In either case, they are burned down until they are close to finished and then whacked in two with a knife, a machete, or a butcher's cleaver.

The other figural candles mentioned are used in spells which combine the two ideas of breaking up and drawing back by using a traditional, old-fashioned moving candle spell to send the intruder away from your target and at the same time attract or draw the target back to you or your client.

Start by selecting figural candles of the proper gender and intimacy-level for each person, and make sure that they are each of an appropriately symbolic candle colour for the work, such as red for love, pink for friendship, or black for the intruder. You will also need the proper conjure oils and some magical herbs or sachet powders to sprinkle on the candles once you have oiled and dressed them.

Lucky-Mojo-Curio-Co.-break-up-spell-with-figural-candles Shown here is a version of this general family of spells using Break Up Oil, Stay With Me Oil, Love Herbs Mixture, a red Adam candle, a red Eve candle, and a black Eve candle and a love lamp to back up the work between sessions of burning the candles in sections. You can change the genders or the intimacy-levels of the candles to suit your situation and also change the rootwork oils around as you wish, for instance, by using Break Up and Return to Me or Break up and Reconciliation, or you can combine your own blended mixtures of conjure oils, sucha as Break Up plus Separation and Return to Me plus Stay With Me. When the figural candles are dressed with appropriate hoodoo oils, front and back, they are used in a double-purpose spell to break up a relationship while returning a straying lover.

Set the candles up as shown, and as they burn, walk the intruder away from the target and walk the target toward your (or your client's) candle. You may beurn the candles in sections over the course of 3 or seven days while doing this, or you may stay up with them all night for a marathon job of work. If you burn in sections, you can keep a love lamp, filled with red kerosene, going the entire time to carry the work on while the candles are resting. Once the target's candle is back where he or she belongs and the intruder's candle is a good distance away, place a sharp-edged tool, such as a knife or pair of scissors, between them to prevent their symbolic reunion.


Here is a magic spell you can work to break up a couple. It is what one might call an all-purpose spell because there are many variations that can be improvised from it. Note that this spell is not designed to break up a your lover and his or her outside partner and then bring your lover back. It is only a BREAK UP spell, not a break-up-and-reuiniting spell. If what you need is a Break Up AND a reuinion, i recommend either a different spell -- one which employs candles to represent every party in the matter, including you -- or working a two-part spell, first this bottle spell and then a reuinion or Reconciliation spell for you and your lover.



1 black figural Divorce Candle
1 bottle Break Up Dressing Oil
1 packet Break Up Sachet Powder
1 packet Break Up Incense Powders
1 packet Hot Foot Powder
1 packet Goofer Dust
1 bottle containing
        9 Pins, 9 Needles, 9 Nails,
        Black Dog Hair, Black Cat Hair
1 packet Devil's Shoe Strings Curio
1 packet Devil Pod Curio
1 packet Hyssop Herb
2 white Offertory Candles





This spell is presented in several degrees of severity, allowing you to choose just how much trouble you want to make. In addition to the items here, you will need something personal from both parties, such as their hair, footprint-dirt, photos, business card, or body fluids like menstrual blood or semen. The more intimate the better. In addition, you should symbolically write their full names on two pieces of paper 9 times. Use black ink for the one you want to have get away and red ink for the one you want to stay near you. Use black ink for both, if you want both to get away. Whatever item you use, those things, plus the name-papers, will be referred to as "the couple's personal items." Not everyone works by Moon phases, but if you do, then perform this spell during the waning of the moon, so the Moon grows smaller while you work, symbolizing the diminishment of their relationship.


Make the Break Up incense powders into cones (use a twist of paper, pack the incense in with your finger, and turn it out of the cone) or place it loose on a brazier. On the Black Divorce Candle carve the couple's full names with the words BREAK UP between their names.

Dress the candle with Break Up oil and sprinkle it with Break Up sachet powder. For each of the next seven days burn a portion of the incense and one section of the candle. Pinch the candle out between times, never blow it out. During these 7 days, you will work the spell itself.

The bottle contains 9 Pins, 9 Needles, 9 Rusty Nails, the Hair of a Black Dog, and the Hair of a Black Cat. These are to cause pain, anger, emotional incompatibility, distance, and quarreling between the couple so that they will "fight like cats and dogs" and seek to part from each other. You have 3 types of powders. Each is alleged to produce a certain result. The more you use, the more mischief is believed to result. Break Up powder is to cause the couple to fight. Hotfoot powder is to drive one or both parties away. Goofer Dust is to mess people up seriously, even unto death. Choose 1, 2, or all 3 powders; blend them together if you want.




Mix the couple's personal items with the sachet powder(s) you have chosen, then put the mix in the bottle with the pins, needles, nails, black dog hair, and black cat hair; if you wish, you can fill the bottle with Four Theives Vinegar or plain vinegar to "sour their relationship."

Stop up the bottle and bury it under their doorstep where they will have to step over it. As you do this, pray aloud for their anger break-up in your own words; ask in the name of your God or Saint. If you can't put the bottle under their doorstep, hide it in a hollow tree where they can't find it, or carry it to the nearest graveyard and bury it (praying for the death of their relationship), or carry it to a crossroads and throw it into center of the road (praying for them to travel apart from each other), or throw it into running water (praying to have them both carried out of your life), or mail it to another city (praying for them to move away).


It is important to properly dispose of ritual remains. Wrap up any left-over candle wax, incense ashes, and unused materials in a piece of black cloth. Secure it with black thread and tie it. Throw it out at a crossroads or bury it in a graveyard.


Because breaking folks up is an Enemy Trick, you must cleanse yourself and protect from retribution. To take off your sin, prepare a bath by steeping the Hyssop Herb in a pot of boiling rain water or spring water. Light the two white Offertory Candles , stand between them, and pour the Hyssop bath over your head while reciting the 51st Psalm ("Cleanse me with Hyssop; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow"). For protection, drive the 9 Devil's Shoe Strings into the dirt across the path to your door-step to tangle up anyone who may try to retaliate and cross you up. Put the Devil Pod outside or behind your front door to repel any evil work that may be directed toward you.

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