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Sep 2 2010

“Crossing” an Alcoholic Who’s Making Your Life Miserable

My friend Patty Bogus sent in this Hoodoo style hex designed to take care of a drunk who is disrupting your peace and happiness. It uses a poppet and requires some emotional investment by you, but it works. I can already feel some of you gearing up to wag a finger so I’ll tell you now, don’t bother. No Witch worth her salt let’s people walk all over her.

The spell, as I said before, requires some emotional investment from you so as you prepare really think about all the things this no-good drunk has done to you. Get angry! This will be the “fuel” of this work.

The process of designing the spell is also interesting so I’m actually going to print a couple of verbatim paragraphs here. Beginners should note how Patty works in many correspondences to help empower the spell. Pay particular attention to the days of the week (and the powers associated with them) as well as the thought that went into designing the doll.

Also note that when she wasn’t getting the results she wanted she wasn’t afraid to adapt and “tweak” the spell. Magic is both an art and a science, and a spell is like a poem. You may sometimes get better results when you go back and change a few things so don’t be afraid to:

I made a doll baby of her out of black polymer clay. I bend her legs backwards so I could “trip her up”, and intertwined her hands together behind her back so she could no longer “grab hold”. After she baked and I baptized her, I began the ritual. I took a jar with a fitted lid and filled it half way with vodka (her drink of choice), while cursing at her and yelling that she will drown in her drink. I filled the jar the rest of the way with vinegar and while cursing and yelling at her, I told her she would drown in her own venom, her demise would be of her own doing. I added red pepper, black pepper and valerian root for the obvious cursing, negative powers. Then I put the doll baby into the jar head first while yelling at her that if she didn’t stop her manipulative ways, she would cause her own demise, drowning in her drink, venom and filth. I lit a black candle on top of the jar and continued to curse her. I light a black candle every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on top of the jar while cursing her. At different times, if I’m walking past the jar and think about it, I shake the jar hard and curse her again.

Originally, I wasn’t having many results. I ended up adding a picture of her with my petition on the back. (Took the picture, turned it over. Wrote her name 9 times on the back while picturing her. Turned the picture 1/4 counterclockwise and wrote my petition over her name 9 times. Then I wrote the petition in an unbroken circle around the name/petition. Very important – do not lift your pen until it is completed. Go back to dot i’s and cross t’s.) I flipped the picture back up facing me, then added more black pepper, red pepper and valerian root to the front. I folded it away from me, turned 1/4 way counterclockwise, folded again, turned again, folded again, for a total of three folds. I put this under the jar every time I light the black candle.

A picture is a really nice “link” to someone and photos of people factor into many curses and bindings. This spell actually is both a curse and a binding which is why it’s so impressive. Note that once the doll is made the Witch treats it as if it is that person, talking to the poppet the way you would if the victim was standing there. Also the energy is maintained not just by regular “feedings” of the spell where the curse is renewed, but by abusing the doll periodically too. This is reminiscent of the Hoodoo “Honey Jar” spell where a desired one’s name is written on a popsicle stick and put in a jar of honey sweetened liquid. Whenever the jar is shaken the desired target thinks sweet thoughts of the caster.

I’m sure the thoughts of the lush are anything but sweet when the jar is shaken!

Obviously this spell has limited uses, but you should study it anyway to see how a spell is constructed, performed and maintained. This isn’t some Barnes and Noble spell written by a model hired to pretend she’s an author, this is the product of knowledge and experience. It is quite elegant (as are most Hoodoo charms) despite how crude it may seem to the outsider.


Aug 30 2010

Hymn to Saturn and Saturn’s Seal of Protection

Sorita d’Este posted this nice translation of the Orphic Hymn to Saturn which I believe is from Thomas Taylor’s under appreciated translations of The Hymns of Orpheus so I thought I’d print it also and give readers an idea of a magical use for it:

Etherial father, mighty Titan, hear, great fire of Gods and men, whom all revere:
Endu’d with various council, pure and strong, to whom perfection and decrease belong.
Consum’d by thee all forms that hourly die, by thee restor’d, their former place supply;
The world immense in everlasting chains, strong and ineffable thy pow’r contains
Father of vast eternity, divine, O mighty Saturn [Kronos], various speech is thine:
Blossom of earth and of the starry skies, husband of Rhea, and Prometheus wife.
Obstetric Nature, venerable root, from which the various forms of being shoot;
No parts peculiar can thy pow’r enclose, diffus’d thro’ all, from which the world arose,
O, best of beings, of a subtle mind, propitious hear to holy pray’rs inclin’d;
The sacred rites benevolent attend, and grant a blameless life, a blessed end.

Taylor was a poet at heart and though he takes some artistic liberties his versions of the Hymns keep the inner meaning of these prayers to the gods intact. For purely religious uses Taylor’s translations are excellent, it is essentially a prayer book for Pagans.

I have used the Hymn to Saturn when creating what some call the Seal of Protection from Sudden Death but others know simply as The Saturn Seal of Protection or some variation thereof. Creating seals is a process that requires a little more depth than a blog post but for a quick and dirty how to I recommend Anna Riva’s Secrets of Magical Seals which will have you up and running within a day.

I often include this seal in charm bags I make, or sometimes I simply put it in my wallet when I know I’ll be in some rough areas. I draw it on a small square of good quality paper (parchment is expensive, but purists can actually get the real stuff made by taxidermists) in Dragon’s Blood ink. I am usually burning some sort of protection incense when I do this because it’s part of a larger ritual, but if you’re just dashing off the square a Saturnian incense is appropriate.

I put my name, birthday and magical name on the back of my seals, but that’s just how I learned to do them. I then anoint the seal with an appropriate oil. The anointing of seals is not optional. While this is done the Hymn to Saturn makes is a powerful incantation to help “charge” the seal.

The Zazel written up top is the “Spirit” of Saturn which is kind of the blind “force” that we are imbuing the seal with, the essence so to speak. Agiel is the ‘Intelligence” of Saturn which is a sentient manifestation of Saturn energy which directs or allows the use of this force.

I hesitate to claim this seal will or won’t protect you, mainly because there is at least one person out there litigious enough to sue me after putting themselves in harm’s way while carrying their poorly constructed seal. However I have lived in some bad neighborhoods, I have been shot at once, had guns pulled on me three times and jumped, chased etc. I’m still here so … probatum as they say.


Aug 22 2010

The Book of Werewolves

Since people have been recently enamored of the subject, and there seems to be growing “werewolf” sub-culture among kids I’m going to post this preview of what I consider to be the Bible of Lycanthropy, Sabine Baring-Gould’s The Book of Werewolves. Along with Montague Summers’ The Werewolf in Lore and Legend, Baring-Gould’s study of the history of werewolves and their practices will be your go to guide book for all things lycanthropic.

I own a copy and for this particular book I urge you to eventually do the same, as you will find yourself quickly thumbing through it for references throughout your association with the Arts. Unlike Summers’ otherwise excellent tome The Book of Werewolves has no theological ax to grind but presents a history of werewolf lore through the ages along with studies of actual cases. Once you read Baring-Gould’s book you will realize that the werewolf has never disappeared, but is simply reimagined in our overly psychoanalyzed culture as the serial killer. I urge all people to in particular look at the case of Ed Gein after reading The Book of Werewolves, keeping in mind that it is rumored that during his confinement Gein was said to act out popular werewolf myths, such as howling at the full moon.

For younger visitors whose image of werewolves has been shaped by White Wolf, horror movies and certain book publishers eager to take advantage of pop culture these books will delve into unfamiliar territory. The traditional occult view of werewolves is that they practice a kind of Witchcraft or Sorcery. Some ancient myths tell the tale of men cursed by the gods to walk as wolves, but from the fall of Rome until now all werewolves actively sought out the transformation of mind and body through ritual. Trials of werewolves (which Baring-Gould covers) from the middle ages show that people who we would now call sexual sadists – cannibals, necrophiliacs and child murderers- were termed werewolves but few actually admitted to being such until tortured. We can infer from this that in the middle ages violent predators in general were lumped in with petty sorcerers who sought out ‘The Black Rider” to learn the secrets of shape shifting.

The aforementioned teen werewolf sub-culture becomes more worrisome for the occultist when you are familiar with the practices of the werewolves of old which include wearing wolf skins. Today’s Hot Topic werewolves have taken to carrying fur tails of animals as fetishes and at least one of these young people has already publicly displayed the traits of the European werewolf.

But rather than read my theorizing here’s Baring-Gould himself:

There are cheap Kindle editions available online so there’s really no excuse for not owning this one. The above preview is missing a hundred or so pages and frankly you could simply scour the web for those missing pages but is all that time really worth ten bucks?


Aug 21 2010

A Quick and Dirty (and Smelly) Exorcism for Your Home

From Donna Rose’s hard to find The Magic of Spells and Curses. My version is a 1984 edition from Mi-World Publishing and is simply a cheaply made pamphlet which cost all of $4.50 which I purchased from Magickal Childe when that Mecca of metaphysics was still open. This was probably in the late 80s or early 90s.

The cheap exterior hid a real gem however, a grimoire of Hoodoo(ish) spells and charms for almost every occasion. Rose’s little pamphlet has consistently outperformed most other so-called grimoires in my experience, and if you can grab a copy do so. You can risk buying one on the Amazon marketplace but first try any local Botanicas or metaphysical shops. The latter won’t carry it unless the owners are truly “old school” but the former will usually have one if they cater to English speakers.

This spell is quick and not so easy as it involves burning sulfur, then getting your hands on wolfsbane and mandrake. All are surprisingly easy to find, especially in the Internet age but can be expensive so if you find a good deal stock up. It also involves rosemary, which can be so easily grown and harvested I’m unsure why anyone would need to buy it, but good quality (and overpriced) rosemary can be found in the spice aisle of every grocery store. I grow a drought tolerant variety of Rosemary known as Gold Dust which survives even the un-greenest of thumbs.

The spell calls for sulfur candles which, also surprisingly, are not that hard to find but the regular sulfur you get from science supply houses burned in an incense dish works as well, and will have the added benefit of killing pests in your house as it is not only fungicidal but known to kill mites and ticks. Do not stay in the house while burning large amounts of sulfur.

Wolfsbane is poisonous, as is mandrake. Please be careful with them. I’ve always been under the impression that Wolfsbane and Monkshood were basically the same plant, but some say they are in the same family but are actually different plants. I’m no expert so I’ll just say I am fairly certain Wolfsbane blooms in the mid summer.

Needless to say, this process will be extremely unpleasant to the senses so it should be something you only pull out in emergencies.

To Exorcise Your Home

One of the strongest methods of clearing out the home is to burn sulfur candles in each room. (Please – the fumes from sulfur are often irritating, and in concentration, can be injurious). This will remove any evil spirits or any negativity which may have been implanted in your home by your enemies

In addition to this, a mixture of Rosemary, Wolfsbane and Mandrake scattered around the house will keep it clean and will allow no negative forces to penetrate again. This should be reinforced on a monthly basis.

This is a good spell for those who lack the confidence to do a proper banishing, as it relies on the materials itself and their ability to dissipate negative manifestations and not the will of the magician.


Aug 4 2010

The Master Grimoire of Magical Rites and Ceremonies

At fist glance this little gem tends to remind people of those awful books on Wicca by the Frosts which were mainly collections of made up anecdotes and moralizing (ironically) but once you get past the pretentious essay on Black magic, the good and bad kinds of Satanism (LaVey good, Devil Worship bad) and the author’s nihilistic declarations that all people are fundamentally and unalterably evil you’ll find the rest of the book to be an incredibly useful grimoire. There’s some blarney in it to be sure, but the spells themselves are passed around to this day despite the, shall we say liberties, the author takes in describing how he came into possession of these spells.

Make no mistake, this is what mainstream Neo-Paganism calls “Black Magic”; spells and rituals intended to help you get rich, get laid and get over. And despite the author’s insistence that this is a book of Ceremonial Magic this is Witchcraft and Sorcery which at places aspires to be Ceremonial but is still down and dirty rituals that takes little more than an alter and a little privacy to perform. If you still believe in “The Three-Fold Law” or think the attainment of material wealth and power is a “misuse’ of magic you’ll want to skip this one.

The Master Grimoire of Magical Rites and Ceremonies is a couple of decades old and was released by Finbarr books which may or may not still be operating, but if they are, they have steadfastly refused to open their business online. There are rumors that the author, Nathan Elkana, is the pen name of Finbarr resident occultist Basil Crouch (aka Basil La Croix) who has written some other interesting books such as The Dark Side of the Moon and The Secrets of a Lifetime. But this rumor may have been started by a review of The Master Grimoire that circulates online which posits this tidbit without much proof.

You can get a used copy of The Master Grimoire on Amazon … for $350. Or you can read through this Scribd version and copy the spells you need into your grimoire before Natha/Basil/Finbarr catches on:

Elkana, Nathan – The Master Grimoire of Magickal Rites & Ceremonies


Aug 2 2010

Paul Huson’s Mastering Witchcraft

If you were only to own one book on the practice of Witchcraft (not the religion of Wicca) Paul Huson’s Mastering Witchcraft is the reference you wold want. Not for the faint of heart and definitely un-fluffy this book is a grimoire unto itself and you could legitimately build your practice just around the information in these pages.

Huson’s Witchcraft is sort of a Paganization of a very simplified (and effective) Ceremonial Magic. There is a religious position taken in the book which may be uncomfortable for modern Neo-Pagans in certain respects and will offend Christians but for the Witch or Warlock interested in the practice of Witchcraft there is no better introduction or reference. One of the few books I’ve read that contains effective curses and bindings and it even has a section on running a coven, though the covens here are not your Wiccan covens of today.

It is currently available online but like all such things it will likely be removed once some publisher realizes they’re losing money. Get a copy from Amazon if the Scribd version is taken down, or if you want to support a great author. Like many online text this one is lousy with affiliate links so if the thought of some tool uploading Huson’s work as a scheme to make money offends you scroll through the document, don’t click the links:

Mastering Witchcraft

Paul Huson has a website. Visit him.