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"If you want a love that lasts, a faithful love, a love you can always count on to be true, you owe it to yourself to try Stay With Me. Sprinkle it in your bedroom, living room, and kitchen corners or use it to wash the floors. Stay With Me has a delightful, spicy scent that lets your mate know 'home is where the heart is'!"
-- The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. catalogue
Stay With Me is an old hoodoo formula for oil, incense, sachet powders, and washing products used in love spell that are believed to keep one's mate from wandering, engaging in adultery, or even going out on the road alone. Some say this formula works because it contains Rosemary, an herb alleged to "give women dominance" and, they claim, a man ruled by a kindly woman is always a faithful mate. Others say that the Blood Root, which strengthens "blood ties" is the active ingredient and works on both men and women. There are many folks who wash their floors regularly with Stay With Me and also spinkle small piles of Stay With Me sachet powder in the four corners of the bedroom, with a fifth small pile under the bed in a so-called "quincunx" pattern.
The labels shown here are from Lucky Mojo brand foil packages of Stay With Me sachet powders, Stay With Me incense powders, Stay With Me bath crystals, and a 1/2 oz. bottle of Stay With Me oil for anointing oneself or dressing candles or a mojo bag. Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, these products contain genuine reputed ove-enhancing and home-improving herbs and herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances. The ingredients in Stay With Me include Rosemary, Blood Root, and Coriander, 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 Stay With Me spiritual supplies can be as simple as wearing the perfumed oil as a personal scent to keep your mate from straying -- to laying down sachet powders in one's home to prevent wandering from the relationship or setting a dressed and prepared Stay With Me vigil candle on one's altar. When starting Stay With Me work, some people like to get things going with a full-blown magic spell and then continue to use the oil to dress themselves, their bed, or the bedroom in which they are trying to keep their lover faithful.
This magic spell is alleged to help you hold the lover you have, whether the two of you are married or not. All of the supplies listed here can be ordered separately from the Lucky Mojo curio Co. catalogue, or you can order the entirty listed here in the form of a complete Stay With Me Lucky Mojo Spell Kit
4 Black Cat Brand Blue Candles 1 packet Stay With Me Incense Powders 1 packet Stay With Me Sachet Powder 1 packet Stay With Me Bath Crystals 1 bottle Stay With Me Dressing Oil 1 pair matched Small Lodestones 1 packet Magnetic Sand 1 packet Magnolia Leaves 1 packet Periwinkle Leaves 1 Blue Flannel Bag with Metal Anchor Charm
In addition to the items here, you need an incense burner or brazier, 4 candle holders, a tray to hold the Lodestones, a nail to carve the candles , and two small pieces of paper. On one paper write your full name 9 times in red ink; on the other write the full name of the person you love 9 times in red ink. Something personal of yours and the one you love -- a photo, hair, or concerns of that nature -- will make the spell more powerful -- but since you are partners, it's best to get your spouse's sexual fluids or menstrual blood on a cloth.
Before dawn on the first day, dissolve Stay With Me Bath Crystals into a basin of hot water. Put a stopper in your bath tub and stand in it. Pour the water over your head as you say, "[Name of spouse], stay with me and be my faithful love," and bathe thoroughly, but only by rubbing your body upward (not downward). Dry yourself and collect the used bath water, which now has your essence in it. Dress in fresh, clean clothes, carry the basin of bath-water to your front yard and throw the water over your left shoulder toward the sunrise in the East. Walk back into your home and don't look back. You are now ready to start the work.
DOING THE JOB:
Carve the full name of your spouse and your full name on each of the 4 Blue Candles . Divide the Magnetic Sand into 7 portions. Divide the Stay With Me Incense Powders into 7 portions and make the first portion into a cone (use a twist of paper, pack the incense in with your finger, and turn it out of the cone) and place it on the brazier.
Set the Lodestones on the tray so the sides that attract are facing one another, with the stones as far apart as possible. Place the Magnolia Leaves and Periwinkle Leaves around the tray in a circle. Dress the candles with Stay With Me Dressing Oil and dust them with Stay With Me Sachet Powder. Set them up in a square around the tray.
Light the Candles and then the Incense Powders . Dress the Herbs and the Lodestones with Oil . Put your name-paper and concerns under one stone and the loved person's name and concerns under the other. If you are a woman, dress your Lodestone with menstrual blood or sexual fluid; if a man, dress your Lodestone with semen. Name the Lodestones with your name and the name of your spouse, saying, "This is [your name] and this is [spouse's name]." Sprinkle a portion of Magnetic Sand on both Lodestones, saying, "[Name of spouse], stay with me and be my faithful love."
Move the stones and items they are covering a little closer together. Let the Incense burn out and the Candles burn one 7th of the way through. Pinch them out; do not blow them out.
On the 2nd through the 7th days re-light the Candles and a new cone of Incense. Feed the Lodestones with Magnetic Sand, repeat the incantation, move the stones and items closer together, let the Candles burn one 7th through and pinch them out.
On the 7th day, the Lodestones should be touching each other. Take the Magnolia Leaves, Periwinkle Leaves, Sachet Powder, Magnetic Sands, and the cloth with your partner's dried sexual fluids from the tray. Place as much as will fit into the Blue Mojo Bag and dress it with a drop of Oil, saying, "Stay with me!" After the Candles burn out, put the two Lodestones, still on their tray, with the name-papers under them, beneath your bed, or bury them, still joined, in the earth at your front door. Dress your bed with Stay With Me Oil, sprinkle Stay With Me Sachet Powder at the four corners of your home, and sew the Mojo Bag into your mattress or place it between the box spring and mattress. You can also feed your spouse crumbled Periwinkle Leaves in his or her food.
Wrap up any left-over Candle wax, Incense ashes, and herbs in a blue cloth. Secure the bundle with white thread, tie it, and bury it in your yard. Use a sprinkle of left-over Bath Crystals in the laundry rinse water of your mate's underwear and socks, to cause him to stay with you.
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.
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.
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