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RELATED PAGES: Recipes for Potions Used in Spell-Casting Tools and Materials Used in Spell-Casting Errata to the Herman Slater Formulary for Magic Spell Formulas Tips are in alphabetical order. ============================================ ALTAR WAS MESSED WITH In response to a question about what to do when a visotr disrepects on'es altar, snuffs out working candles, moves things around, and so forth, i created the heirarchy of Altar Messers. People who disrespect your altar work are not good people to have in your home or in your life. In my experience, there are several reasons people do this, and i will take them from the worst-case scenario down to the most innocent. As you read these descriptions, you can probably figure out where the person who disrespected your altar falls on the scale: 1) They are psychopathic / sociopathic threats who mess with everything of anybody's; they will rob, steal, rape, even kill with no sense of boundaries. What to do? Get them out of your life immediately. Do not explain, do not argue, do not attempt to influence them. Just get away. 2) They are generally okay with folks in society as a whole but they want to control, rule, or dominate you specifically; they have targeted you as a victim of mental or physical abuse, parental control, marital control, domestic battering, etc.; you will know of other ways in which they are seeking to dominate you, e.g. through the tyranny of food, through sexual control, through financial rulership, etc. What to do? Get them out of your life as soon as possible; this may require waiting until you come of age or can get a divorce or find a new home. Do not explain, do not argue, do not attempt to influence them. Just get away. 3) They are okay with society and okay with you, but due to indoctrination by media or an organization, they believe that either some or all forms of spiritual work are either "wrong" or "bad" or "not real" or "dangerous" and so they are only seeking to control, rule, or dominate you in this one sphere of your existence; they do not mess with your other possessions or try to dominate you in other ways. What to do? Speak directly to them and tell them to stop touching the sacred things on your altar. If they argue with you, stop the argument immediately and plan to get them out of your life as soon as possible; this may require waiting until you come of age or can get a divorce or find a new home. After your first polite request, do not engage in further conflict on the subject; do not explain, do not argue, do not attempt to influence them. Just get away. 4) They are okay with society and okay with you and they suffer no indoctrination by media or an organization with respect to your spiritual beliefs, but they are either mentally ill or they are intoxicated (with alcohol or drugs) in a way that renders them incognizant of boundaries and rules; they may have OCD, ADHD, alcohol or addiction issues, or other social-developmental problems that blind them to the fact that it is not okay to rummage through other people's clothing, jewelry, cutlery, books, electronic equipment, or mess wqith their pets or children; their focus is not on your altar per se; in the past they might also have handled or mishandled your cell-phone, your dog, or your collection of tea-cups. What to do? Speak directly to them and tell them to stop touching the sacred things on your altar. Listen to their temporized excuses (which might include terms like "oh, sorry, i just couldn't help myself" and when they are done talking, acknowledge what they said, then follow with a short, concise statement that you have rules about your altar which include no one touching it but you, and that you expect them to abide by these rules. If they agree to abide by the rules, then wait until they have gone away, cleanse the altar and re-make it. Observe them the next time they visit; if they follow your rules, all is well; if they do not, consider moving them up into category 3 or consider that their mental illness or intoxication is such that they are not reliable to be around, and remove them from you life accordingly. 5) They are okay with society and okay with you and they suffer no indoctrination by media or an organization with respect to your spiritual beliefs, and they are neither mentally ill nor intoxicated to the point that they fail to respect the property of others, but they suffer from a specific form of mentally ill hypervigilant compulsivity which leads them to believe that candles are "dangerous" and they will put candles out wherever they see them; they do this not only at your altar, but if you observe them over time. you will see them do this in restaurants as well as in the homes of friends and relatives. What to do? Speak directly to them and tell them to stop touching the sacred things on your altar. Listen to their temporized excuses (which might include terms like "oh, sorry, i just couldn't help myself" and when they are done talking, acknowledge what they said, then follow with a short, concise statement that you have rules about your altar which include no one touching it but you, and that you expct them to abide by these rules. If they say they cannot abide by the rules, because "candles freak them out" or some such excuse, ask them whether they can either control their impulses while in your home or if all meetings with them should be confined to rooms in which there are no burnin candles. Let them explore their options. If they agree to abide by the rules, then wait until they have gone away, cleanse the altar and re-make it. Observe them the next time they visit; if they follow your rules, all is well; if they do not, consider that their mental illness is such that they are not reliable to be around, and limit their ability to enter rooms with you in which candles are lit. 6) They are uneducated, ignorant children. What to do? Speak directly to them and tell them to stop touching the sacred things on your altar. be kind but firm. Use the same tone of voice you would use on a toddler who is trying to rev up a chainsaw. "No, honey, that's a tool, not a toy. That's not yours. Put it down and let's find you some toys to play with." Lead them out of the room, if possible. Also, if possible, give them something magical that is appropriate for a child: "Here, honey, this is a special scared stone from India, and you can keep it. It's for you. You can make a wish on it at night when you go to bed." There you have it -- cat yronwode's Six Stages of Altar Messers and What To Do About Them © 2010 catherine yronwode (firstname.lastname@example.org) ============================================ DOLL-BABY BAPTISMS When you create an effigy-doll to represent a person in a spell, you have to magically link it to the person whom it represents, Sewing a hair of the person into it, stuffing the person's name-paper into its head, or glueing a photo of the person'd face on the dollie's face are all valid methods of doing this. Then. once the doll is complete, it must be told who it is. I was taught how to do this years ago by a black guy named Luther in Oaklnd, California. He called it "baptising the dollie." He held the doll-baby in his left hand on its back, drew a cross over it in the air with his right index and middle finger (like a Christian blessing gesture), and then held his open, slightly cupped right hand, palm down, in the air over it, but not touching it, as he said: [John Doe] you are, [downward stroke of cross on name] And [John Doe] to me [cross-stroke of sross on name] You will always be. [hand pauses, then over dollie for next part] You will think what i tell you to think, Walk where i tell you to walk, Talk when i tell you to talk, Do what i tell you to, Go where i send you, And speak when you're spoken to. In Jesus' name, Amen." I typed it out as i did above, because there was a sort of rap-like cadence to it and a couple of off-kilter rhymes. Another time when i asked this man to repeat the spell, he baptised the dollie with a different speech, spoken with more angry conviction: [John Doe] you are, [downward stroke of cross on name] And [John Doe] to me [cross-stroke of sross on name] You will always be. [hand pauses, then over dollie for next part] From this time henceforward, You will go where i send you ... [pause] And i'm gon' send you to *Hell* In Jesus' name, Amen." Thus i came to underastand that after the first three spoken lines with the drawing of the cross, he improvised or rapped the rest of the baptism depending upon the circumstances. There was no one set way he would say it, as there is among the German and British folks with their carefully memorized spoken rhymes. I have adapted his form and i use it with success, modifying it on the spot as the need arises, to baptise both love-dolls and destruction dolls. And speaking of love-dolls -- that's something many folks don't know enough about, because the books on "spooky voodoo" focus mostly on sticking pins into dolls. Several years ago, i was taught a very nice binding love-doll spell by a young woman. She baptised the dollie by saying: You are [John Doe], in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Amen. Then she wrapped it up in her soiled underpants and, as she did so, she talked very sweetly to it like this, "[Johnny], honey, i'm gonna let you in my panties now. That's where you're gonna stay. I'm gonna cover up your eyes [covering doll's head with the underwear] so you can't look at no other woman. You just gonna stay in my panties, [Johnny], until i let you loose. " The underwear was tied in a knot around the doll and the doll hidden where the man could not find it. At intervals she would take the doll out, she said, and kiss it, sweet-talk to it, and rub it on her breasts to love it up. Then she would re-wrap it in the underwear and put it away. © 2002 catherine yronwode (email@example.com) ============================================ ERRORS IN RITUAL I: CONCENTRATION OF FOCUS Kristiane (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: > I started a Crown of Success ritual and I had a > couple of questions before I take it any farther. > The most important concerns the tossing of the > bath water at the crossroads -- I was so rattled > by the unexpected presence of quite a few people > that I actually threw the water in the wrong direction, > towards the west! Not knowing what else to do, I took > another basin of bath water and repeated the procedure, > correctly this time. So, have I irredeemably screwed up > or am I okay to continue? I am not one to say anything as anti-magical as "you screwed up" -- but you might note that you did let your will and your concentration be distracted by the presence of people. It is my experience that the most successful mages are those who do not let themselves be distracted. This takes practice for some people. However, once the spell is started, i would always encourage a person to complete it. A spell is not always a yes-or-no thing. Consider sports as a metaphor for magic: There are degrees of success and elegance in spell-craft, just as there are degrees of proficiency in, for example, track and field events. Sometimes just completing a race is a worthy goal, even if one does not win the gold or set a new world record. And the next race may be run in better time. In my experience as a root worker, one of the most difficult moments for me to retain full concentreation is not when i am ritually disposing of remains such as bath water -- it is during the simple act of lighting matches! I used to tend to break concentration as i fumbled around to find where i'd hidden the matches. I tended to form visual judgments about the artwork (or lack thereof) on the match boxes or folders as i picked them up. I tended to worry, very briefly (as a result of my having low vision and no depth perception), that i would miss the candle wick completely for several passes until the match went out or until it burned my fingers, or both. In order to overcome these tendencies for my will to be distracted at the moment of lighting candles, i have for the past ten years made a practice of buying a certain brand of wooden matches from Peru that are packed in graphically beautiful boxes. Because they are beautiful, i can leave them out on the altar where i can find them and i can enjoy handling them without making negative aesthetic judgements about the artwork. Because they are wooden, they strike well and stay lit for a long time so that i can put aside concerns about the flame dying out or my fingers getting burned before the candles are lit. It has taken specific effort on my part to get to a point where i can sail through the lighting of the matches without breaking the concentration i wish to develop when doing spell work. Just today all that came crashing down: My husband siva has a very cool red lighter with a picture of Chairman Mao on it that plays the Chinese national anthem ("The East is Red") when you open it. We recently ran out of my Peruvian matches (gotta order more ... maybe i should carry them in the shop???) and we have been using "The East is Red" to light our ritual candles for the past two weeks. Yesterday evening, while en route to a concert that Siva, his brother, and his sister were to attend (by a band called Yes, if it matters), we got stuck in a tremendous traffic jam on highway 101. What is usually a two hour drive promised to be a three or four hour drive in stop-and-go traffic that was piled up for a length of about thirty miles! To pass the time and set a limit to siva's fretting, we discussed several methods of spell work that might be used to extract us from the traffic jam, to break up the traffic jam, and so on. Eventually i said that rather than work on the traffic jam itself, i would suggest an ex voto spell or prayer asking for help so that Siva achieve his *true* goal, namely, to be at the concert venue and seated before the music began, regardless of what happened to the traffic jam. We discussed which gods or goddesses might "rule" the condition or situation at hand and i proposed that we petition two Catholic Saints -- Saint Christopher (patron of safe travel) and Saint Expedite (patron of speedy results) -- to intercede with God Almighty on Siva's behalf. We vowed to light two golden taper candles and to offer flowers before small statuettes of the saints if they would intercede on behalf of siva's petition to be at the concert and in his seat by the time the music started. Shortly after we spoke aloud our petitions, we took our designated exit to the Richmond-San Rafael bridge and left the traffic jam behind us on 101 -- and in due time we made it to the rendezvous point with Ken and June *exactly* as they were standing on the street about to get into a car to leave for the concert. I stayed behind with June's daughter Ariel, as planned, and siva left with them, and he did indeed get to the concert and into his seat before the music started. Thank you, Saint Christopher! Thank you, Saint Expedite! This morning siva got out the golden tapers and the statuettes and i picked a bouquet of roses and crocosmia flowers, and we set everything in place on an altar in the shop. Siva opened "The East is Red" and the music played -- but no flame came out! "The East is Red" was out of lighter fluid!!!! My old nemesis, the moment of candle lighting, had struck me again. Trying to retain my concentration, i stepped into the lab portion of the shop and got out the box of long wooden fireplace matches we use for lighting glass-encased candles. The very first one i touched BROKE in my fingers. Siva said he would use it anyway, but when he went to strike it, it broke again, leaving a little stub. This he struck and lit -- but it burned at his fingers before he could light even the first candle, and he waved it out almost at once. I went and got a second long match, trying very hard to keep my concentration through all these distractions (and not succeeding, entirely, truth to tell). Siva was rattled, too, and spoke aloud in commentary (something i don't like during ritual), saying "It'll be okay if i hold it up near the head." I wanted to respond, "No, that's not necessary -- the other match was just defective" -- but i didn't open my moth. However, the thought had intruded, and my concentration was shot for the moment. I then stood still and breathed slowly, finally regaining my concentration as he struck the match and, on his third attempt, got the candles lit. I tell this long story for one reason only -- as a practising mage or root worker, you may be faced with small moments of distraction almost every time you perform a spell. Some distractions from concentration may be the result of your own idiosyncratic mentality, such as your case, where you were letting the presence of people impede your disposal of the bath water, or my case, where i decades ago built up a "charge" around the lighting of matches. Some distractions from concentration may be the result of a series of unfortunate coincidences, such as we had with the lighter and matches this morning. Some distractions from concentration may be the result of a combination of those two factors, such as today, when my personal history of distractions around match-lighting were compounded by an actual series of failed lighter and match events. But no matter what, whenever you lose your way in the rite, it is in your best interest to pause, re-collect your concentration, and move onward. This was not the most graceful ex voto petition i have performed, but the saints DID come through for siva, and we DID fulfil our vow to them, and the altar DOES look beautiful with the flowers and candles and statuettes in place. Sometimes that is just good enough. > What happens if I should miss a day in the 9-day ritual? > For example, what if I forget to set the alarm and > miss the sunrise -- can I simply do the procedure later > that morning or will I have start everything from the > beginning? Such "misses" will tell you more about your concentration and dedication to the ritual than they will augur your eventual success. > And when one has to do something "at dawn" does this mean > at the precise moment of sunrise (in my case, 6:21 a.m.) > or does one get a certain amount of leeway? How much? As the old blues song has it, "Soon in the mornin' just about the break of day." > I hope these questions make sense because dawn is a very, > very desperately bad time for me and I'm not thinking > straight... The reason that many spells are performed at dawn is because they arose among sun-worshipping people. The sun's rise is a time of worship. That's all. > Thanking you in advance for your help, I hope i did help ... i mostly wanted to reassure you that, in my opinion, becoming an *effective* spell-caster is easier to accomplish than becoming a *perfect* spell-caster. Good luck, cat yronwode Hoodoo in Theory and Practice http://www.luckymojo.com/hoodoo.html © 2002 catherine yronwode (email@example.com) ============================================ ERRORS IN RITUAL II: COYOTE! [Another reply to the same query from Kristiane] When my circle does ritual, if we mix up a direction, or color association, or some such "rule", as soon as it is discovered we immediately say "Coyote!" (If you are not aware, Coyote is a trickster spirit.) This way, the error is acknowledged, but the "blame" is placed on an internal/external spirit whose nature is to trick and distract. Thus there is no break in the flow of the ritual work and there is no fear that we did something wrong that would interfere with achieving the intended result. The inevitable result of making rules is the potential to break those rules. This is part of the nature of the trickster spirit. As Catherine wrote, with a lot of practice you are less likely to be distracted, but you may be distracted no matter how practiced you are. (Again, the nature of Coyote.) We each have weak spots when it comes to rules, we have to learn how to move past them. So I encourage you to get in touch with the trickster spirit, enough so that you can acknowledge the moments of distraction without letting those moments ruin an entire working. The fact that you noticed your error and then repeated the act the correct way tells me that you empowered your ritual even more than if you hadn't made the error in the first place. It shows that you were not going through robotic motions, that you were paying attention enough to be distracted (that may not seem to make sense, but I'm serious) and to notice you were distracted, and that the trickster did not make you stop what you were doing and end the working. Good for you! In one ritual in a new apartment, a house blessing actually, the woman whose new home it was set all the directions 90 degrees off (east in the south, etc). We didn't realize this till the middle of the ritual, when we had a nice fire going in a cauldron in the center of the circle. We laughed and laughed and yelled "Coyote!", and then the fire suddenly got big and set the smoke detector off. "Coincidence"? Maybe, but we were sure the house was blessed. We choose to believe that the only reason why a woman who'd been practicing magick for 15 years would totally mess up the directions was because she was being directed by her trickster spirit -- so the house blessing wasn't ruined, it was confirmed. The spirits were there, and they were laughing. © 2002 firstname.lastname@example.org (mika) ============================================ ERRORS IN RITUAL III RESTORATION OF A MOJO BAG Caramel Amazon wrote: > > I ordered a triple-strength Red Clover Bag a while back. > It's gotten wet recently & has since dried. > Has its powers been affected at all? > Is there something that I should do with it? Folks often tell me that they've put a mojo bag through the wash and rinse cycle, so this is not a new problem, no matter how it happened :-) There are two aspects to the issue -- one regarding the physical integrity of the items contained in the bag, and the other regarding its power. In my opinion, the second aspect is conditional in part upon the first -- and also conditional upon your intention and concentration with respect to working with the bag. Physical Integrity: If it were me, i would open the bag, take out all the items and check them for integrity. If they just got damp, that's one thing -- if they were laundered, dried slowly and the herbs were mouldy, then that's another thing. Generally speaking, minerals like lodestone and hard roots like John the Conquer will be okay after wetting -- but fragile herbs, a personal item, or a petition-paper may decompose. You can replace them if you wish. If i felt the need to replace certain items, i would essentially be re-making the bag, but using the same hard / durable items and the same cloth. Whether or not i replaced anything, i would assemble all the ingredients again, breathe into the bag, tie it shut, smoke it in incense or over a candle flame, and dress it with oil. Magical Integrity: A mojo hand in essentially a magical spell or a paryer in a bag. Thus, your causing damage to to the bag is directly analogous to making an error while peforming a magical ritual. Depending on how the bag got wet, there may have been a lapse of thought on your part, a weakening of the will, so to speak. You don't tell us what happened, but, in my opinion, knowing the manner in which the event transpired is important in formulating a response to your question. For instance, if you put your mojo hand through the laundry with your clothes by mistake, i would consider that more dis-empowering to the bag than if you got caught out in the rain without an umbrella. My reasoning is this: Rainstorms may happen without warning, but putting a magical object through the laundry -- which could have been prevented with even modest forethought -- would signify your loss of attention to the magical work. If the bag was damaged due to lack of attention to the magical work, i would seriously consider starting fresh with a new bag -- but before doing so, i would take a moment to sit quietly with the ruined bag in my hand and to contemplate what happened. I would ask myself if i still really wanted to obtain what the petition in the mojo hand represented (for instance, love, money, career success). If the answer was yes, i would next ask myself if i was willing to engage in magical acts to obtain that goal. If the answer to that was yes, i would finally ask myself if i could take this event as a lesson to improve my attention to details. If the answer to that was yes, i would then either re-make the bag or obtain a new one, as i saw fit. Disposal: Any part of a mojo bag you do not wish to keep should be treated as a ritual remain. It may be buried in the earth; it may be thrown into a fire; or it may be thrown into running water. For more details on how to dispose of ritual remains, see my web page: Laying Tricks and Disposing of Ritual Remains in the Hoodoo Tradition http://www.luckymojo.com/layingtricks.html Good luck, © 2002 catherine yronwode (email@example.com) Hoodoo in Theory and Practice http://www.luckymojo.com/hoodoo.html ============================================ KNOT-SPELLS I: CHANT AND METHODS OF TYING [Knot spells are used for all sorts of work, including love, binding, tying up someone's nature, etc.; this information can be aplied to any knot-spell, no matter what its purpose. -- cat] The kind of knot spells that I do use the nine knot method... as you are tying the knots chant this... by knot of one, this spell's begun by knot of two, it cometh true by knot of three, so mote it be by knot of four, this power I store by knot of five, this spell's alive by knot of six, this power I fix by knot of seven, events I'll leaven by knot of eight, it wil be fate by knot of nine, what's done is mine. The knots I tie in a specific order, always tying the center of each division, for instance... 8----4----2----5----1----6----3----7----9 © 1998 Lord Dracoth (WITMAGE@rocketmail.com) ============================================ KNOT-SPELLS II: METHODS OF TYING Obviously there is no one absolutely set wat to tie knots in a knot-spell. For instance, i was taught by one person to tie a 7-knot love spell in this order: 6----2----4----1----5----3----7 -- but less than a year later another person, equally proficient, told me to tie a similar 7-knot love spell in this order: 6----4----2----1----3----5----7 Once i tried the second method, i found it so much easier to remember and perform (especiallly if the knots are to be made on successive days), that i now prefer it. According to this method, a 9-knot spell would be made as follows: 8----6----4----2----1----3----5----7----9 The chant given above by Lord Dracoth is, of course, optional. © 1998 catherine yronwode (firstname.lastname@example.org) ============================================ MULTIPLE SPELLS Derrick wrote: > Can I do a series of spells for the same purpose until I > get what I want, or will that mess things up? I was planning > on doing a different 7-day spell every week to reach my > desired goal, but someone told me that it is better to > perform one spell and then just wait to see if it works out. > Which method do you recommend? First, you are looking at the issue of "spells" from a perspective that assigns time values to all spells. This is not the case in hoodoo. Yes, there are spells that require certain amounts of time, and do take place at an altar (thus "booking" the altar space, so to speak) -- but a great deal more of hoodoo rootwork is accomplished on the fly, as opportunity presents, than at the altar, and such works cannot be categorized as a "7-day spell." So i shall not limit my response merely to jobs performed at an altar. That having been said, it is my opinion, based on personal experience, that -- for some situations, but not all situations (see examples maked "A" below) -- it can be advantageous to run two spells simultaneously, one "hot" and one "cold," one "carrot" and one "stick," one "sweet" and one "sour." Also -- again, for some situations, but not all situations (see examples marked "B" below) -- it is my opinion, based on personal experience, that it can be advantageous to "pile up" cumulative spells on one altar. Aside from those specific situations -- and those only! -- i would not do "multiple spells" in the way that you describe. I was taught, and have learned through long experience, to abide by the old conjure axiom to "lay your trick, walk away, and don't look back." In other words, i have seen that constant fussing can cloud the mind to the inner nature of the work and can muddy the results. My best spell-work is done by setting a job on the altar and then working small auxilliary tricks on the fly, when i can. Furthermore, it has been my observed experience that professional root doctors never fuss over their altar spells in the manner you propose -- and that amateur workers who impatiently run from spell to spell are often chasing a goal that they cannot and will not win. In my opinion, an amateur's ceaseless mucking about with spell after spell after spell may signify a spiritual denial of the fact that the case is hopeless. And now, for the two examples cited above: "A": I have found that it is almost always best to run two spells, hot and cold or carrot and stick, in court cases -- sweet for the judge and jury with you and your legal team, sour for judge and jury versus the opponent and his or her legal team. Run two bottle spells (honey jar and vinegar bottle) simultaneously or run a honey jar and a hot-sour freeze-out beef tongue spell simultaneously. Start the sweet at dawn and the sour at dusk, and work one at the East for gain and the other at the West for loss. In addition to these altar works, i would always keep the eye out for non-altar spells, such as dressing court papers with powders, chewing the root, etc. Similarly, a Reconcilliation with one's lover and a simultaneous Break-Up against one's lover's other lover can be run in the same manner. "B": When drawing in a lover, i personally like to double up and run a sexual attraction spell plus a love spell -- such as moving lodestone pairs plus a honey jar. The two jobs can be combined on one altar, since both utilize a candle. The way i teach it, the honey jar provides the base for the lodestone spell's candle, a single candle serving for both jobs. Bathing in love and sex herbs and dressing the bed, bedroom, doorknobs, and oneself with love and sex oils are small separate works, somewhat in the nature of side-spells -- as is feeding the target prepared meals with your personal concerns or dressing his or her clothing -- and all of those could be run as opportunity presented, in addition to the altar work, in an ongoing, daily way. Similarly, Money Drawing spells can be doubled up in this way on the altar and then accompanied by numerous small side-tricks. I hope this helps you. Cordially, catherine yronwode Hoodoo in Theory and Practice http://www.luckymojo.com/hoodoo.html © 2006 catherine yronwode (email@example.com) ============================================ SIGNS: WATCHING AND WAITING FOR SIGNS OF SPELL-CASTING SUCCESS OR FAILURE AbriL wrote: > Hi!! I hope that you understand my poor > English, i use a translator program. The translator program worked very well -- i understood you clearly. > I was wondering. Does it exist a period of time in the > one which, past this, is considered that the spell failed? > If it is this way, generally, in what time? I was taught -- in the African-American hoodoo system of folk-magic -- that after performing a spell (called a "job"), you should watch and wait for 3 days. During that period of time you will receive a sign or omen. It may come in a dream, or it may be in something you read, or it may be something someone says to you or near you. That sign will let you know if the spell will work or if it will fail. Here are some examples of good signs: Let us say that you wish to make a love spell on a man named Bryan. You burn a red candle for him and do some other things in the spell and then you watch and wait for 3 days. On the first day, nothing happens, but that night, you dream that Bryan is kissing you -- a good sign! -- the spell is working! The next day, you are watchying a movie and the credits at the end just JUMP out at you -- "Special Thanks to Bryan" -- and that's another good sign! Or, perhaps, on the third day, your best friend comes up to you and loans you a book. She says it is a great novel, and hopes you will like it -- and when you look, the name of the hero in the novel is Bryan -- a third great sign! You can be pretty sure the spell is working if you get fabulous signs like those. Even one of them would be enough; three is fantastic! Now let us look at signs of failure. This time let us say you made a spell to get some unpleasant neighbors to move out of your apartment building . And let's say their names are Eddie and Helen Jones. You burn a black candle and sress it with "Hot Foot" oil. The day after you do the spell, you turn on the radio and old rock-and-roll songs are playing and the first one you hear is "Along Came Jones" by the Coasters. That's a bad sign -- you wanted the Jones family to go away, but this song is about someone named Jones coming toward you! The next day you turn on the tv and the first thing you hear is a commercial with the words "Eddie, come here!" Bad sign. Eddie is not leaving. And to make things worse, the program you watch next on tv features an actress named Helen in it and the story is all about Helen and her neighbors in their apartment building! Bad signs -- Helen is NOT going to leave the aprtment! > I know that a charm can work on the following day of been > done, or more. But I don't know what is the 'limit' of > days that it has to work. 3 days to wait for a sign, i was told, is the limit ... with a few exceptions. One major exception is that if you are doing a banishing spell and you start it while the moon is waning (decreasing in size), you ought to wait until the New (dark) Moon, even it that is almost 2 weeks, before you give up on the spell working. After the sign, you may have to wait a bit more for "movement" but it should come within a month. If not, give up on that spell. One last thing -- others have said this too, but it is a good piece of advice to repeat: if a spell does not work for you, do not repeat that same spell for the same purpose. Try anpother spell. The same spell may work at another time or for another person, but never do the ssme spell twice in a row for the same situation. > Thanks in advance for your help, and, if you don't > understand what i mean, please be patient with me :( > and let me know. Well, now we'll see if your translation program could make sense out of what i wrote! cordially, cat yronwode © 1999 catherine yronwode (firstname.lastname@example.org) ============================================ TIMING OF SPELLS I (GENERAL) nagasiva yronwode (email@example.com) wrote: > while rituals will sometimes have required timings, from > what I have heard spells don't usually have them. sure, > there are times that INCREASE the chances of a spell > working, but the time seems more often to be less > important than the acts themselves. Timing is important in both African-American and European-American spell-craft -- but not ALL spells include timing. I am not going to give multiple examples, because this is the stuff of ddoctoral dissertations, but, in brief: CALENDAR DATE: European folk magic sometimes includes the CALENDAR DATE as part of a spell. For example, there is a class of spells used by young women to see a vision fo their husbands-to-be -- and these spells (which involve performaces such as paring an apple in one pass, sleeping with certain things under the pillow, etc) often are said to only be effective when performed on the preper caledar date (e.g. New Year's Eve, Saint Agnes' Day, etc.). If this is unfamiliar to you, please see me about some books that contain references; i have noting on the subject online, but my library contains many examples. MOON PHASE OR SIGN European magical traditions also often emphasize MOON position (waxing or waning, full or new, or, in Medival magic, lunar sign) with regard to timing a spell. This is so familiar that it is a convention of "witchy" fiction that much European miagic is performed at midnight on a full moon -- that is, when the solar power is the weakest and the lunar power is the strongest. See below for an example of lunar timing in refard to the magical aspects of hair cuts. SUN POSITION African-American folk-magic (hoodoo) incorporates some European moon-lore, but also places particular emphasis on SUN position -- especially the time "'fore day" or "soon the in the morning" -- that is, just before dawn. Many hoodoo spells require the work to be done soon in the morning and completed precisely at dawn, at which point there is performed a vestige of African religious ritual -- a salute to the rising sun -- which is often reduced to a formulaic "closing" action such as, "...then you take the water that you washed in [as part of the ritual or spell] and go to a crossroads and throw it out of the basin over your left shoulder toward the rising sun and walk away and don't look back." Cordially, catherine yronwode Lucky Mojo Curio Co: http://www.luckymojo.com/luckymojocatalogue.html © 2000 catherine yronwode (firstname.lastname@example.org) ============================================ TIMING OF SPELLS II (HAIR CUTS) Timing one's haircuts by the moon's phases is something that most folk-magicians know about. Basically, the rules are these: If you want your hair to grow in thicker or faster, get it trimmed each time only right after the new Moon so that as the moon grows in size, your hair grows thicker and faster. Some people say that if the cut is made when the moon is in a water sign, it will be even better for hair growth. On the other hand, if you want a hair-do to last longer by slowing down hair growth, have the hair-cut made right after the Full Moon so that as the moon decreases in size, your hair grows in more slowly. Christopher Warnock (email@example.com) wrote: > Here is some traditional, i.e. pre-Enlightenment, > electional astrology from William Ramesey's 1653 > Astrologia Restaurata, for picking a time to cut hair. > > Containing the Rules of Election in the Cutting of Hair > > Always place the Moon in common [mutable] signs, well > dignified, but especially in earthy signs...some say Virgo > is not to be chosen; I conceive the reason was because it > was a barren sign; therefore in the cutting of hair, that > you would not have to grow suddenly, place the Moon in > either Virgo, Gemini or Leo, decreasing in light and > motion, and afflicted by Saturn. But if you desire your > hair to grow speedily, let the ascendant be one of the > fruitful signs; as also the Moon, viz. in Cancer, Scorpio > or Pisces; but let the Moon be increasing in light and > motion, and let her be in Sextile or Trine of the Lord of > the Ascendant or the party's Nativity, but have special > regard the Moon be free from the malevolent impedition of > Saturn or Mars for they will cause much scurff and > dandriff at the roots of the hair. But if you desire it be > thick, let the Moon be in Opposition of the Sun and the > ascendant and the Moon free from aspects of the malevolents. Be sure to eat lots of protein and vitamin A for normal, healthy hair growth. Some people also take gelatin to strengthen their hair and nails. Also consider your genetic background. A person who is from a scanty-haired family is unlikely to grow a full, bushy afro and a person with tightly kinky hair may find it difficult to grow it to a great long length, especially if resort is made to lye-based products, dyes, or red-hot irons, which can damage hair and make it very fragile. Be reasonable in your expectations, because the moon sign will not change your hair texture or be able to cover up for your mis-use of your hair with harsh chemicals. Finally, it is said that if you throw out your hair where birds can pick it up and build nests from it, you will get headaches. I know this to be true from personal experience. All my life i have always placed my hair combings and trimmings outdoors where birds can find them and i now suffer from migraines. Cordially, catherine yronwode The Lucky W Amulet Archive: http://www.luckymojo.com/luckyw.html check out news:alt.lucky.w for discussions on folk magic and luck © 2000 catherine yronwode (firstname.lastname@example.org) © 2000 Christopher Warnock (email@example.com)
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