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In the interest of adding to discussion and knowledge about
the use of Job's Tears seeds in a wishing ritual, i am
extracting the following from e-mail (minus the sender's
name), with my reply:

> i have seven job's tears, but i have heard to sew them in
> my pillow, then to carry them in a red flannel bag. would 
> they be too old by now?  it's still the same wish. [...] 

The manner of using 7 Job's Tears seeds for wishes varies a
bit from place to place: 

Some say you must carry them on you (in a red flannel bag or
in your pocket) or keep them in your pillow until your wish
comes true.

Others -- especially in the African-American hoodoo
tradition -- say you should carry 7 Job's Tears on your
person for 7 days and on the 7th day you must throw them
into running water over your left shoulder as you make your
wish 7 times and then walk away without looking back.

I think that if you already have 7 Job's Tears, you can do
whichever seems best to you. They are a grain and really
won't get "too old." A lot of folk magic is improvised and
changes depending on where you live and who teaches you. The
major thing is that you must use the spell or ritual to
concentrate on your desires.

If anyone else has heard other variations of the Job's Tears
spell, please let me know.

© 1996 catherine yronwode



To perform this spell, you must find a suitable shell in
shallow water. Take the shell and dry it thoroughly. Next,
place a symbol of your desire upon the surface of the shell.
The symbol must be made with a substance which will easily
wash off in water. 

Place the shell upon the shore, so that the Tide will bring
waves across the shell. Take care to note the phase of the
Moon (waxing moon for the gain of something, waning for the
dissolving of something). When the shell is in place, draw a
triangle in the sand, enclosing the shell completely.

The symbol upon the shell must be facing upwards (toward the
Moon). Meaningful words, or phrases, may be placed upon the
shell also, or simply written in the sand (inside the

Finally, give the words of enchantment: (toward the moon)

    Goddess of Moon, Earth, and the Sea,
    Each wish in Thy name must come to be.
    Powers and Forces which Tides do make,
    Now summon Thy waves, my spell to take 

Leave the area now, and the spell is set. Once the waves
come, then your wish will be taken out to the Old Ones. It
will usually take about 7 days for a Lunar spell to begin to
manifest, but can take as long as 28 days.

This type of magic is what we call "little works", and
belongs to the folk-magic level of Witchcraft. There are, of
course, much more involved spells, and such. But, I do love
the simplistic beauty of a spell like this.

© 1997 eliza (


Hi I want to share this spell with the people:

Put three candles in the highest place you have at home,
inside a plate with sugar all around the candles. Light 
the candles. Ask for three wishes to your guardian angels

Ask one wish for business, one wish for love, and one
impossible wish.

Publish this spell on the third day after you requested
the wishes [by mailing it to another person, posting it
to a usenet newsgroup, or announcing your thanks to the 
saints in a newspaper classified ad] and see what happens 
on the fourth day...

(poster wished anonymity.)

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