Feb 26, 2015

Magickal tips against procrastination and sloth

     Sometimes, with the spring, seasonal depression or CFS kick in… ironically, when everything around us is waking up, and becoming more active. It could be just that… sometimes we might feel as If we cannot keep up, or we get scared we will not be able. The result is often lack of willpower,
procrastination, and becoming overly introvert. Consequently, people put their lives on hold, and miss out on opportunities, and plainly waste their time. I had this happen to me, though more often just before summer. I don’t like summer that much, Mediterranean summer can get extremely harsh to the point of where You have to stay inside to stay healthy.

       Anyhow, the spiritual people, in their “unconventional” wisdom; at least from the perspective of science, always had their fixes for these type of conditions.  

     Additionally, doing any kind of spiritual work against laziness or procrastination, is de facto a proactive behavioral pattern, which additionally helps from a psychological side as well. 

Materia magica and timing


     Be it CFS, depression, laziness, procrastination, weakness, meekness and timidity, from a spiritual perspective, we can say that they all have the key element in common, lack of energy, or energy imbalance. 

     Various things can cause such state, from a spiritual perspective, from plain spiritual exhaustion to attack of energy parasites  . 
     Yet be it spiritual, or plain mundane cause behind it,  procrastination can be dealt away with same spiritual methods, that base on balancing, infusing with energy and sometimes spiritual guidance  ( if the condition is longstanding and particularly strong ) too. 

      So the best time to preform rituals and spells for energizing, and balancing are the days and hours of Sun and Mars, and best days for performing banishing rituals, to banish the bad habit of postponing, and succumbing to the idleness are Saturn, Moon, and Mars days, and hours. 

      Solar, Martian and Fire element correspondent herbs are particularly useful for states like this, as well as some Saturn herbs, and likewise is the case with crystals. Of particular use are the courage inspiring herbs such as Borage, Thyme, and the empowering Ginger rhizome and roots. The conquering root, High John the Conqueror root, will instill in wearer the power to conquer and rule the adverse influences behind the condition, or the ones perpetuating and feeding it.  And it will also bring luck along the way. Similarly Masterwort, or the Master root ( Imperatoria ostritium ) will provide mastery , bot over one’s own weakness, and  the adverse condition. Consider wearing them in a mojo bag. Roots in general, are good for grounding and empowering, so it makes sense for them to be the first choice among the botanicals, for this type of work. And also, some Mercurial plants, like Mint, or Celery (seeds in particular) will provide clear and sharp mind in times of fogginess and confusion. 

     In the mineral kingdom, there are many good choices, but  following are several, who are good for empowerment and balancing both from perspectives of crystal therapy and magickal gemology, respectively: 

Sunstone – for overcoming fatigue and depression, and gaining energy and strength 
Carnelian – it helps weak and insecure find the strength to come into their own, and also gives warmth and energy. Also good for athletes, as it boosts endurance  
Kyanite – Mental booster, and spirits lifting stone, also mental and energy balance
Black onyx  - The  Elixir is a mental tonic, and the stone itself, when carried helps one through tribulations and times of difficulty, acting like an advisor, councilor and supporter. Hildegard fon Bingen ( in her work “Physica” ) suggested depressive people to hold an onyx for few moments in the mouths and then remove it to stop depressive crisis.  
Kunzite – cures depression, consequences of stress, and unhooks energy imprints, like those coming from energy vampires or just annoying or unpleasant, or severely ill people
Sugilite – Brings light to the soul, illuminating and giving power and hope to the wearer. It helps with understanding “the big” questions in life. Very uplifting stone. It’s helpful to the alienated and those feeling alone.
Fluorite -  Particularly Green fluorite or Rainbow Fluorite, will bring one wisdom needed to defeat procrastination, what more, how to turn it into something constructive. It will also boost mental power and concentration, which are rather scantly while feeling “low” , “lazy” or all-over-the-place mentally  
Pyrite – Can be used to create energy shield and stop energy drainage, or to boost greatly both physical and metal energy and vigor. Infusing with energy and balancing energy. 
Mahogany obsidian – is amazing for all sort of nervous conditions, but particularly laziness and procrastination, as well as depression.
Ruby -  A fiery gem correspondent to Fire, Sun and Leo ( zodiac ) will give courage, strength and physical power to face any adversities, and will also enrich blood with oxygen, which is below normal concentration in the blood of depressive and tired, which helps the condition to endure, physiologically. Also amazing for treating and curing anemia, which could be the reason behind someone feeling down, and fatigued. 
Garnet – Cures anemia, fatigue, CFS, blood conditions, illuminates, empowers and gives courage and fiery qualities.  * 

     Now, let’s proceed to few examples of practical work.

     Before it, just  one note of caution, even though it should be obvious to a sane and rational person. Fatigue, depression, procrastination… may be symptoms of some serious medical conditions. While the methods and tips discussed here, will help with these, in case that they are the symptoms, these methods will not necessarily also treat the root, or the condition causing them (!!!) . Hence, it goes without saying, that a doctor checkup, and medical therapy, even If it’s just to be sure You’re ok, should never be plainly substituted with these methods.  They are not replacement for a medical treatment, rather they will fill up the holes of medicine, and ensure that the homeostasis is restored completely. 

     Candle spell for personal power

     Dress a purple candle, with “Power oil”, or “Magnet oil”, and sprinkle it with some powdered Ginger. If you wish, you may place a few Sugilite or Charoite stones (Sunstone can also do in a pinch) around the candle. Bellow the candle, place some personal concern (a hair will do) or at least a name paper. 
     In the hour of the Sun, light the candle and read:

Psalm 10th
Psalm 11th 
Psalm 15th 
Psalm 50th and
Psalm 112th  ( which can be read more than once ) 
     
     Let the candle burn all the way down. Take a bath with Laundry bluing, or If You lack that infusion of Fenugreek, Basil and Thyme. If You used the stones, take and carry one of the with You often.

Courage and strength oil

     In the base of Olive and Almond oil mixed, combine: 
Basil
Borage
Thyme
Sage
Black pepper

     A small chunk of Ginger rhizome may be added to the bottle of oil made, but that’s entirely optional.   
     Read over it Psalms 11th, 69th  112th , every now and then, while the herbs are infusing. Then after two weeks, or more, carry some of the oil with You and dress temples, forehead, and pulse spots when needing extra courage. You can also wear a small vial of the oil as a charm. Add a personal concern in it, and a red Aventurine stone chip, or Garnet stone chip. 

     Dress red candles, and burn atop Pentacle of Mars, in the hour of Mars to vanquish fears, insecurity, and empower oneself, as well as raise courage. 

Herbal Alchemist’s healing philtre

     Following philtre, described in “The Herbal alchemist’s handbook” is intended mainly for healing. But the herbs used are also empowering and thus very suitable for this kind of work. In fact the author says following about Solar herbs: “Solar herbs restore equilibrium to the entire physical system, often serving as tonics to the heart and promoting the free flow of vital energy”  [1]

One is instructed to mix Calendula (Marigold), Chamomile, St. John’s worth and Juniper berries, for following reasons (according to the author) : 

Calendula for the intake of vital force and energy;
Saint-John’s wort for confidence and mental/emotional equilibrium;
Chamomile for calmness and serenity;
Juniper for expelling any negativity or imbalance [2]

     So as we see, such philtre has tonic, uplifting, energizing and healing properties, which is exactly what an exhausted, fatigue, idle person, prone to procrastination needs. 

     Additionally, author states that one can add a soothing gemstone such as Sunstone, Golden Topaz or Diamond. I myself, would rather skip the Diamond, because it’s energy cutter, and could potentially shred the energy of the mixture itself. Instead I’d go with the Sunstone ( as suggested ), or even Ruby, Garnet or Carnelian
     So about a teaspoon of each herb mentioned is added, and covered with no less than 5dl ( approximately )  of water, and left to infuse, on Sun, for 24 hours. Strain and then it can be drunk, or used externally, or in baths…, in fact one can keep it in fridge for 3-4 days and use each day a bit, which would be ideal here. 

Spell to banish procrastination

     The following spell is adapted from the original written and posted by Samantha Mars (see footnotes)

     Best time to perform this spell is when the Moon is waning. 

     Using mortar and pestle, grind: Rosemary, Pepper, and Clove. One might, optionally add some Juniper berries, or even Camphor or Eucalyptus ,  but it’s certainly not necessary. Alternatively You can just crush a bit, the herbs with your warm hands until they become fragrant, or You can use essential oil.
     
      Get a black candle.    
  
     If using oils, you will dress the candle, spreading the oil on it from top to bottom, or rom centers to the end. If using raw herbs, arrange them around the candle, let’s say on a coffee cup plate, or in a small bowl. 

     Now having done all that, light the candle and say 9 times: 

Release procrastination from mind, 
my slow state I leave behind. 
Empty now all negativity 
and leave only peace and clarity. 
I work with speed. This is my will so shall it be, 
harm to none, nor return on me” 

     The author of the spell then suggests   that we blow the candle out. I myself would rather suggest letting it burn all the way down and then disposing of it, in running water or crossroads, at Sunrise. 

     Also, one could affix the candle to the bottom of a bowl,  and then add the herbs and pour a tad bit of water in the bowl, just enough to cover half an inch of the candle, and then leave the candle burning after ritual until it extinguished in the water, to symbolize quenching the power of procrastination, and releasing thus the bad habit that it is. [3] 

     Roots of power mojo
     
     In a purple mojo bag combine:

St John The Conqueror root, or  the Master root ( chose one )
Sampson snake ( Echinacea ) root
Master of the woods herb  ( Galium odorata )
Ginger rhizome piece
Personal concern 

     Read over it Psalm 69th and say personal, heartfelt prayers. Feed the mojo with “Crucible of Courage oil”, or “Power oil” and carry on oneself and feed regularly as You would do with any other mojo. You can also use the Courage and strentgh oil formula given earlier in this article. 

     This mojo is extremely good also for physical endurance, and even male virility, the latter more so If You opt for High John the Conqueror’s root, instead of Master root.

     High John the Conqueror is also used to draw luck and money, love encounters ( especially by men ), gain mastery,  and strengthen male virility, but it needs to be whole, undamaged piece  [4] among other things.

Hope You find this helpful and/or  an interesting read.
Blessings!

Shadow 

NOTES: This article was written and composed by myself, If You wish to use any part of it elsewhere online, feel free, but do add credits: Shadow of the Shadows magick place  , Shadow-333@hotmail.com or a direct link to this post 

* The crystal suggestion is composed by myself, cross-referencing sources I deem trustworthy in regards or Crystal healing and magick, for this occasion, namely: Judy Hall ( “Crystal Bible”, “Crystal prescriptions” and few other books ) , Gerina Dunwich ( “Gemstone sorcery” ), and various information from this site:  http://crystal-cure.com/ , but also Melody , and Cunningham Scott

CREDITS AND  REFERENCES: 
[1] “The Herbal Alchemist’s handbook”  page 4th ( chapter I ), Karen Harrison , 2011th , Weiser Books publishing
[2] as under [1] 
[4] According to “Hoodoo Herb and Root magic; a materia magica of African American Conjure”  by Yronwode, Catherine 

IMAGE CREDITS: The image, depicting Tarot card strength is from : http://astrologyanswers.com/site-assets/blog-images/JAN8StrengthCardTarot.jpg
 used here for illustrative purposes without any ill will

Feb 8, 2015

Magick potions for Valentine's day


"I'm Living for love
Not gonna stop
Love's gonna lift me up"

Madonna "Living for Love"

     Do you have Your Valentine already, or are you about to find one? For If You do not, keep in mind that the love is a far more complex concept than having someone on that one particular day, s which is a commercial holiday, anyway. And it’s neither bad luck, nor lame to not have a romantic partner on Valentine. Insipid people will say, that anyone supporting such viewpoint, does it only because they themselves have no Valentine. Absolute nonsense. Not only that It’s logical fallacy (correlation and causation), but it’s plainly incorrect, as many happy couples do not celebrate Valentine day, but rather chose to show love to each as often as possible.

     
     I have written about the dubious history behind the “chocolates and roses holiday” on this blog before (and let me tell you it’s murky and vague loll).  I have also written about many “love conjurations”   that can be used, should you be so desperate to feel that you absolutely need someone else, on Valentines, to justify your own existence.

     But there are some nice things about the holiday as well, such as Valentine’s folklore andlove divination. And the fact that If You truly see it as holiday   celebrating love, try to expand Your concept, and broaden your understanding of love, further from romantic love,  to philanthropic love, caring and humanism. Heavens know we lack those, badly, these days.

     In any case, following are some love potions, or “philtre” formulas, which I composed for posting here, as a small tribute to my readers, as well as to illustrate at least three aspects through which romantic love can be seen. The lust philtre illustrates, that "down to earth", not to say profane, “love”, the potion to heal the broken heart, illustrates misguided, and hurtful, non-productive infatuation, and gives a solution to it, while the third potion illustrates, gentle romantic love, or even philanthropic love and is a formula used to draw it.
     Hope these will be of use to you. Happy Valentine, and lots of LUV to You. J


Lust “philtre”

     Take some Coriander seeds, and beat them in mortar and pestle, or in a bowl with the knife’s handle, while calling the name of the one you desire to feel lust towards you. Heat some red wine and pour it over the seeds. Let it sit for about an hour then strain.
     Next, put the water to the stove, and as you wait for it to boil, mix some Hibiscus tea, Damiana seeds, and few Juniper berries. Beat them up, like you did with Coriander seeds, and call the name of the one you wish to feel lust towards you as You do it. You can envision them being stricken with lust and infatuated with you, while doing it. When the water has started to boil, add the herbs to the water, remove from heat, cover and let sit for about 20 minutes, than strain.
     Mix the wine and the herb infusion, and add to it; a single teaspoon of Carrot juice. If you want to “disguise” the potion as a glass of wine, add much more vine than tea infusion, and vice versa. You may sweeten it with honey. Traditionally, one would finish this by adding a drop of their own blood, from their ear. Also a pinch of Cinnamon can only benefit a potion like this, but is certainly entirely optional. 
     Then, give the potion a few final stirs, as You chant something along these lines:

Magick essence of carnal desire,
Ignite in those that drink you lustful fire!”

     Prepare some Friday, during the Mars hour, or if You are in a hunrry prepare any day in the Venus hour.
      I do hope it’s redundant for me to say, that inducing lust in someone is a form of confusing and controlling them, and is thus hardly ethical. Also, this will probably not work on chaste people.

Potion to heal broken heart and love pains

     During the waning Moon phase, and day and hour of the Sun, combine the following:

·         * Water from the spring, preferably taken either prior to the Sunrise, or during it ( about 500ml )
·         * Rose hips, white and Red rose will work fine, about two teaspoons
·         * Violet leaves, a few
·         * Lemon balm ( Mellissa )  herb, a teaspoon
·        *  Heartsease herb, a teaspoon
·         * Horehound
·         * OPTIONALY: pinch of Marjoram
·         * Some honey to sweeten it up

     If it is warm enough, place the herbs in a transparent glass container, pour the water over them, and let them sit for 6-12 hours, If possible in direct sunlight, stirring occasionally. If You are using this method, You can also add any of the following crystals to the water: Rosequartz, Watermelon tourmaline, or Green Aventurine.
If not, pour the boiling water over the plants, cover, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then stir a few times.
As you stir, you can chant something along the lines of this:

Injured heart that aches in pain
Love has hurt, and left without gain
Cleanse it from the love that should not be
Restore it, heal it, and from pain set it free

     Strain, sweeten with honey and drink, in three partitions, on each 9 hours ( refrigerate if You wish ).

Potion to draw positive love
     
Mix the following:

·        *  Rosewater, preferably one You made Yourself
·        *  Lemon balm tincture
·       *   Lovage tincture or, a few drops of essential oil
·       *  A tablespoon of Rose Quartz essence

     Mix the ingredients, just mind that If you are to bottle and use it for longer period of time, or keep it, the alcoholic content ( tinctures mixture, or tincture with few drops of essential oil ) should make up for at least 70% of the potion, whereas Rosewater and Quartz essence should make up for 30% ( or less ) of the potion.
     Pour in a clean spray bottle, and shake a few times as You chant: 

Beneficientia, sympathia, at amor  leni
Mihi  cursim veni.

( “Kindness, sympathy and gentle love,
To me swiftly flow” )

     Spray on Yourself, like You would do with a perfume. You could also pour it in a nice glass bottle with a cap, or dropper and use it as cologne, applying a bit on Your neck, or hair, or even hands. 

So don't forget, don't  go trhough life seeking justification and confirmation through another, don't live for a or the partner, rather start Living for love ;) Happy Valentine, LUV ya all :) 
Shadow



NOTES: This article was written and composed by myself, so should You wish to use any parts of it elsewhere online feel free, but do add credits; Shadow of the Shadows magick place, Shadow-333@hotmail.com  , or a direct link to this post

IMAGE CREDITS: Images used are photos taken and edited by myself

Jan 30, 2015

The Light of the World, and Candlemas

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle"

St. Franics of Assisi, "The little flowers of St. Francis of Assisi "



     On the 2nd of February, Catholic Christians, and some Orthodox Christians as well ( along with Copts and Armenian Christians  ) celebrate the holiday commemorating the presentation of the 40 days old infant Jesus, our Lord, to the temple and purification of the Virgin Mary.

Presentation of Infant Lord Jesus , at the Temple
with Simeon and Ana, the Light of the World




     The holiday has varying names, in different Christian denominations, and different parts of the world, such as :  “The presentation of Jesus at the Temple”,  “Meeting” ( Greek Orthodox Church, originally; “Hyapapante” ), “Feast of Purification of the Virgin”, or as commonly called among the pious; “Candlemas”.

     Among Eastern Orthodox churches that use Julian calendar, Candlemas, often called “Meeting”, or “The Meeting”  is celebrated on 15th of February ( according to Gregorian   calendar ).
     For Pagans, the whole 3 day period, between 31st of   January and 2nd February ( sunset ) is a sacred period, called Imboloc, orOmeilc   ,  celebrating the lengthening of the days, arrival of the spring and the  conception of their chief solar, male deity, by a  goddess Brigid. They customary   offer this goddess  with milk, or butter during these days, and make special beds, that they “dress” ( pour on them ) with milk and honey.
     Christians, similarly, on 1st of  February, celebrate the Saint Brigit ( or St. Brigid, sometimes ) of Ireland, a saint reportedly brought up by the druids, but who had, even as a child, feel drawn by Christianity, and reportedly, after hearing  St. Patrick’s sermons, got baptized herself. She founded a group of monasteries in Kildare, she was famed for her   profound spirituality, and devotion, as well as charity. Legends speak of many miracles performed by St. Brigit, from the miraculous spreading of her veil, over the enormous   partition of certain King’s land, to rendering apple trees infertile, or wondrously fruit-bearing double fruits.  Her patronage is over: blacksmiths, Ireland, workers in dairy industry, babies, farmers, poor and needy,  children whose parents are not married, scholars, to name a few.
    
     The Holy Light of the world

     Candlemas, commemorates the presentation of the baby Christ, in the temple, as well as purification of the Virgin Mary, 40 days after the birth. This was a custom, or rather a ritual law, according to Mosaic laws, given to people by G’d over the prophet Messiah. According to Mosaic law, a mother who had given birth  to a “man-child”  was deemed unclean  for 7 days, and had to remain ( after these 7 days ), “in the blood of her purification” for the next 3 and 30 days ( so 33, plus 7, 40 altogether ). In given time period, the new mother, was forbidden  to  step foot in sanctuary,  or even touch holy things. After the given time period, she was to present her child in a temple, bringing with her, an offering, to be prayed over by the priest, in form of young ( one year old ) lamb; “for the holocaust”, and a “young pigeon or turtle  dove for sin”. If the mother was unable to provide a lamb,  the two pigeons or turtle doves, were used instead. Having the priest pray over these “sacrifices” the mother was rendered pure again. [1]
     In case of The most Holy Theotokos ( Virgin Mary ), and Jesus, the son of Lord, fulfillment of these laws was not needed, for the Virgin was pure ( regardless of what protestants try to argue, pointlessly I must add ), and the Lord knew His Only Son,  but  the Virgin and her Son, the Savior, have fulfilled the Mosaic law requirements regardless.
    St. Simeon the righteous, prayed over offerings of Virgin Mary, and then proceeded to relay to her a prophecy, about the destiny of Her Son, the Savior, as well as the sorrow she will feel one day for losing him. In the temple, at this point was also the Prophetess Ana, who immediately started offering prayers and praise to Lord for  Jesus, and speaking to everyone  about Jesus and his role in the  salvation and redemption of Israel.
    The scripture describes the event this way:

34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed— 35and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
      36And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:34-38)  [2]

    Simeon, who had been promised that he will not see death, before he had seen the Savior of the human race, at that point, also said a prayer, which has later became known as “Nunc Dimmitis” ( or also, “The canticle of Simeon” ) and is as follows:
Latin:

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

English ( “Common worship” 2000. ):

“Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.” [3]

     The same prayer is sung, as the blessed candles are distributed to the clergy and the pious, in the temple, during the Candlemas’ service ( mass ), by the choir.
     Adressing to the infant Jesus, as the light to the  revelation of Gentiles, Simeon affirmed that Lord Jesus, is The Light of the world, or the Holy Light of the world, of which we are reminded on Candlemas, and which is embodied in symbolism of blessed candles.
     This is also, why Candlemas, in Christianity, and Christian spiritual practices and  lore is a day of purification and illumination.

     Beliefs, lore and symbolism


     There are many beliefs associated with Candlemas, but some of the most beautiful and well recorded include those about the Blessed candles, Snowdrop flowers, and pancakes ( crepes ).


      Holy ( Blessed ) Candles

     It is a tradition to bless the candles, on Candlemas, both those from church and those brought from homes, by  the pious people, but it is required that the candles are made of beeswax.  This is really essential, being that it bears an important symbolism. Beeswax, created by bees, by collecting juices and nectar from the flowers, symbolized the  virginal, and pure flesh of the baby  Christ,  because he had not broken Virgin Mary’s purity, neither by conception, nor by birth. The candle’s flame, is symbolic of Light that illuminates the darkness of the world, which Lord Christ is. [4]
     According to the Saint Anslem of   Canterbury, there are three aspects of Blessed candle to observe, the wax, representing Lord Christ’s virginal body, the wick, representing His Soul , and the  flame, representing His Divinity. [5]
     The candles obtained at the mass on Candlemas, are considered particularly holy and powerful, and are this preserved by some   folk throughout the whole year (or as long as they last) and are lit in times of great need. Particularly when one needed to defend themselves from thunder, wolves or evil spirits. By merely lighting the wick, such candle was believed to dispel evil, banish and protect from storms and wolves, and all kind of enemies ( even humans ), or heal, but oftentimes,  the act of lighting and burning it was accompanied  by a prayer, such as the following:

Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace.+ God became man, + and the Word was made flesh.+ Christ was born of a Virgin.+ Christ suffered.+ Christ was crucified.+ Christ died.+ Christ rose from the dead.+ Christ ascended into Heaven.+ Christ conquers.+ Christ reigns.+ Christ commands.+

May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning. + Christ went through their midst in Peace, + and the Word was made Flesh.+ Christ is with us with Mary.+ Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Juda, the Root David, has won.+ Holy God! + Holy Powerful God! + Holy Immortal God! + Have mercy on us. Amen
.  [6]

    Sometimes people will even divide the candle ( cut ) in pieces, and burn the whole pieces when needed.
    While it’s not exactly the same, You could bless Your own beeswax candle, and If done on Candlemas, obtain a powerful tool of magick, at least for apotropaic work. You can bless it, as it’s suggested to be done in Solomon’s key ( The Greater key of King Solomon, or “Clavicula Solomonis” ). If You are going to make it though, You will be needing a virginal beeswax  , that is the wax that the bees had laid for their first time. Otherwise, You can purchase a waxen candle from the Christian church.
    Then You’d proceed with saying the specific conjuration, reading a set of Psalms ( around 17 Psalms, I think ) and, finally a prayer:

I exorcise thee, O creature of wax (or of Earth), that through the holy name of God and his holy angels thou receive blessing, so that thou mayest be sanctified and blessed, and obtain the virtue which we desire, through the most holy name of ADONAI. Amen “  [7]

    By sprinkling the candle ( or  was You are going to use to make it ), You’d be done, that is according to The Greater Key of Solomon. I’d also cense ( fumigate ) with incense, as that’s what the Christian priests do with  the Candlemas candles. In fact the candles are being fumigated as they pray, specific five prayers. The Catholic priests have set of 5 prayers they use to bless these candles.
    If then, You’d wish to dress this candle, You have made Yourself, You could dress it with “Essence of light” oil formula, I composed ( see the formula bellow in the text ).
    There is also a prayer used for blessing the candles by Catholic Christians, and it goes as follows:

“Lord  Jesus,
You are the Light of the world:
we praise You,
and ask You to guide our steps each day.
Help us to love You and serve You faithfully,
and to carry our daily cross with You.

Bless + this candle,
and let it always remind us
that You are our Light in darkness,
our Protector in danger,
and our saving Lord at all times.

Lord Jesus,
we praise You and give You glory,
for You are Lord for ever and ever.

Amen.”  
[8]

     I am not certain, however, should this particular prayer be used only by the clergy  ( priests ) like in the case of those used for  creation of the Holy water, but it’s certainly befitting to be added, as a part of Your consecration ritual.

     Crepes

     While in Mexico, tamales and chocolate sauce are traditional food for Candlemas, and are prepared by person who found the coin ( or whatever was placed inside ) in the King’s bread on the feast of Epiphany  , in Europe it’s commonly the Crepes.
     This has also due to the belief that they stand for abundance, prosperity and wealth. There is even a belief in Europe, You should make and stalk Crepes, as the Church bells are sounded on mass some Sunday in January to ensure the prosperity through the year.
     On Candlemas, this belief would be befitting too. Fill the first crepe You make with  some Honey, roll it up, read Psalm 23 over it, and then eat it, so that You will never be hungry, but instead prosperous  in  the  upcoming month of the year.
     I use this amazing recipe for crepes    found on BBC’s website , and they always turn out amazingly.

     Our Lady of Sorrows / Softener of the Evil Hearts

     Virgin Mary, is sometimes depicted with swords piercing her  heart, in accordance with St. Simeon’s prophecy. It’s reffered to as : “Our Lady of Sorrows” or “Our Lady who softens evil
Orthodox Christian icon, from Russia,
depicting Theotokos ( Virgin Mary )
with  swords piercing her heart; "Softener of
the evil hearts"
hearts”  ( in the Eastern Orthodox Christian   Church ).
     The latter, “Our Lady who softens evil hearts” , or “Softener of the evil hearts” or “Simeon’s prophecy”, is also the  Theotokos miraculous Russian icon, which is also commemorated  on the 2nd of February by Eastern Orthodox,  and some Eastern Catholics too.
     Among the Eastern Orthodox Christians, it’s customary to pray in front of it, to soften the hearts of our enemies, or even someone from whom we seek forgiveness, or even favors ( authority figures, teachers, bank clerks etc. ). Often the part
     If You wish to pray to the Mother Mary for such, in front of mentioned icon, light also a beeswax candle, and You can very lightly coat it with honey. Bellow it You can place a name paper with the name of the person whose  heart You wish softened, although this is not necessary. After a heartfelt prayer You may wish to add these words:
Rejoice, much-sorrowing Mother of God, turn our sorrows into joy and soften the hearts of evil men!”

     Snowdrops or the “Candlemas bells”

     The Snowdrop flowers,  are traditional symbols of Candlemas, in Europe, as they represent  hope, light and purity. They often bloom on Candlemas, even though that some varieties can bloom earlier, later or the whole winter, as a matter of fact. They are mentioned in apocryphal Christian legend, which speaks of how Eve was frightened and devastated because of the snow, she had encountered after the banishment, but was comforted by Angel, who had miraculously made the Snowdrops appear, in some version from the snowflakes, comforting Eve thus.
     While Snowdrops  are bad luck to take in home before the  Candlemas, brought into home on Candlemas they will bring purification, illumination and luck to home, and banish evil from it.
     The poem  “Origin of  the Snowdrop”  ( by George Wilson ) illustrates nicely the beliefs about snowdrops:

"And catching, as he gently spake,

A flake of falling snow
He breathed on it, and bade it take,
A form, and bud and blow;
And ere the flake had reached the earth,
Eve smiled upon the beauteous birth,
That seemed, amid the general dearth
Of living things, a greater prize
Than all her flowers in Paradise.

And thus the snowdrop, like the bow
That spans the cloudy sky,
Becomes a symbol whence we know
That brighter days are nigh;
That circling seasons, in a race
That knows no lagging, lingering pace,
Shall each the other nimbly chase,
Till Time’s departing final day
Sweep snowdrops and the world away
"

Retrieved from http://www.perilousadventures.net/blog/?p=1453 , for illustrative and explanatory purposes

Essence of light oil

My own formulae, suitable for use as a devotional oil on Candlemas, and in any spiritual work associated with illumination, purification and uncrossing.
Combine:

·         * Angelica roots
·         * Rosemary branch
·        *  Frankincense tears
·         * Chamomile flowers
·         * Calendula/Marigold flower

All in base of Sunflower and Jojoba mixed oil. Jojoba alone, Sunflower alone, and even Almond oil will work just fine.


Hope this was informative and inspirational for You
If I don’t post anything before it… Have a Blessed Candlemas
With luv… Shadow J




NOTES: This article was written, and composed by myself. If You wish to use any part of it elswhere online, feel free, but add  the  credits; Shadow of the Shadows magick place,  Shadow-333@hotmail.com or a direct link to  this  post 

CREDITS AND REFERENCES: 


[1] According to the Catholic Encyclopedia ( online ): http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03245b.htm
[5] According to: “The Liturgical year” by Prosper Pascal Luis Gueranger (   abbot of Solesmes )
[6] Prayer retrieved from  the source listed under [4] , for educational, and illustrative purposes,no ill will
[7] Retrieved from: “They key of Solomon” S.L. MacGregor Mathers’ edition



Jan 15, 2015

Contained jar spells, and spirit jar traps

      When placed in a jar and hung  by a window St. John’s wort protects  against thunderbolts, fire, and evil spirits
Cunningham, Scott
     
     
     Much like the bottles used in magick, that is “spell bottles”, or sometimes also referred to as “witch bottles”, jars serve the purpose to contain physical ingredients used in spell casting, and thus effectively became vessel for the spiritual and physical part of magick work. 

     Bottle and jar spells, are usually described by a single term,  such as “container spells”, or “contained spells”, whereas  the very bottle or jar used, is a spell container ( in that it contains a spell, obviously ).  While both can be versatile, it’s the spell bottles that are often used for everything and anything, from drawing and attaining love or money, to “draining someone of power they have over You”*, which is tad bit ironic, in all honesty. Since the use of bottles in spell rose with the popularity of “witch bottles”, which are traced up to few hundreds of years ago.  What more, despite what the name might have one thing, these were actually spiritual “devices”, tools If You will, devised by Inquisitors, and folk magick practitioners, to avert witches and trap the attacks and evil spirits they send to harm one. So essentially, the bottles became a prominent tool in magick of various traditions, modeling after an aportropaic, Christian, and folk magick, spiritual tool. 

     With that being said, spell bottles that appeared later, are a modern “product”, which was derived from the witch bottle, and adopted to work on other magickal aims, besides protection.The jars however, have been used both as traps and spell containers since early antiquity. Today, we mostly see “spirit pots”, used in Santeria, palo mayombe or other African-derived magicko-religious systems, taking forms of bottles (often extremely decorative ones too ), however, what traditionally was used, are the earthenware pots, or jugs with a lid. Pretty much the ancestors to the glass jars which are modern commodity, and a common household item.

    Jars are preferred by modern practitioners in two cases mostly: when adding items ( botanicals or animal or mineral curios ) which are too large to fit through the opening of the bottle, and when casting Hoodoo trademark, Honey jar spells, that use a literal jar of honey ( sometimes also sugar and molasses, more details will be given later in the text ) as a spell container.

     Jars are also prominently used for creating spirit traps. Sure, bottles are used abundantly for this too, but in a less specific manner. People will hung open, cobalt blue bottles around their houses, or on trees in their yard, to capture malicious spirits, or spells. Such practices are said to originate from Congo region of Africa, where the cobalt blue glass containers were placed strategically around the house, or hung on tree branches.  Thus, not unlike the use of witch balls, popular in central, northern and mainland Europe. In fact, some claim that the custom of witch balls derives from the older, African tradition. [1] Both bottle trees, and witch balls can be found in Eastern and Mediterranean Europe, while in the Americas, bottle trees are much more common. But jars, or at least jar-like vessels and dishes have been used  form the  Biblical times,  and earlier,  to contain and entrap spirits. King Solomon was famed to had a jar in which he had managed to contain spirits by the means of miraculous seal, which was embedded on the lid.
In folk magick of Europe, as well as in modern Neo-Paganism, bottles are often used,  also as traps, to contain misfortune, illness and negative energy, with the help of knotted threads, yarn, sand, stones, earth, salt, lodestones, lodestone dust, and other.

     Finally, very small jars, are often made into charms, worn as pendants, or carried on one’s behalf, to serve as amulets and talismans.   The fact that they are generally wider than the bottles comes handy, If You wish to place certain items and curios inside.  Vials are most often used for this, but jars and even bottles are also used. Examples of charms, contained in a bottle or jar, are  those Latin American flask charms. [2]

     Jars are also more convenient, for ongoing, active altar works. Fine example are honey jar spells, where smaller candles, like chime candles, are often burnt regularly, or from time to time atop the lid, whereas in the case of bottle spells, candles can be lit and burnt mostly once, and that is it. That’s because, in the case of bottle spells, candles are lit in the mount/opening of the bottle, and once they burn all the way down, they seal the bottle, both physically ( the wax ) and magickally.  Finally, there are some spells,  typical for New Orleans Voodoo, as well as Hoodoo, supposed to turn around the situation, reverse the spell, or even cross someone, confuse them etc., and these require candle to be burnt on the bottom of the overturned  jar. The same would be awfully impractical, if attempted to be done with a bottle.

     But, as we see, bottles and jars, can be used pretty much the same way in magick, it just happens to be so, that sometimes one or the other are more desirable and pragmatic to use. So to summarize, before we proceed to illustrate these methods with a few examples, let’s summarize the possible uses of jars in spell casting as;

·        - Containers for a specific spell
·        -  Vessels for spirits or spirit trapping containers
·        -  Honey jar spell containers, for sweetening and influencing people
·        - As charm containers, to be carried on oneself, or placed strategically in home

Also, there are no “rules” or “regulations” about working with bottles in spell work, at least not sensu stricto, but there are some guidelines,  that  many Hoodoo practitioners, my minority included, observe and follow ;

·        -  Jar spells, just like bottle spells require some shaking done.  On a basis You find agreeable with You, but it should not be every single day. Once in a three day is all that it’s needed really, even in the case of crossing work. Shaking is done either vigorously and in a “wild” manner, or gently few times a day. The first method is usually employed when trying to cross someone, particularly to induce pain or confusion. The second method is used for influencing, benevolent work, or drawing things to You.
·        -  When You shake the jar, You call out the name of the person, to whom it’s intended, following it with explaining and stating the desired outcome, in a “toasting” or “rapping” fashion.
·        -  Jar spells can be opened, once You’ve created them, and prayed over, only if You are doing some kind of general jar spell, that is, when it does not contain name papers or personal concerns of anyone else but You. Charm vials, or bottles may be opened and things added as needed, but admittedly this should not be done too often.  Let’s put it this way, even if the specific work You are doing, allows You to re-open jars, then do it as little times as possible. Some conjurers / Hoodooists  believe, that once created, bottle spell contains a part of the  spirit of person to whom it’s intended, or for whom it’s made, and thus should not be opened, or it will release the sprit, and  cause the work to fail.
·        -  If the jar ( or bottle ) spell breaks, for any reason, accidental or not, cleanse immediately, dispose of the remains, preferably by burning them in fire, or by throwing them in flowing water. Then cleanse oneself, and a room where the jar broke. If possible, set a blessing or Van Van light in given room too. If it was a crossing type of jar spell, perhaps it’s time to reconsider what You’re doing.
·       -   You don’t want to keep crossing   spell jars near You, least You’re asking for trouble. They should be buried somewhere far from Your home (preferably in the victim’s yard where they will walk over it), after You’ve finished praying over the jar, and lighting candles over it. Jar spells are convenient for “left path” working, because, when you decide that You no longer wish to torture the person, You can dig up the candle, open it, pour the contents in running water saying: “I release You from this crossing. Be well and blessed from now on, as far as I am concerned. In the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen!

Those of course, are the methods we practice in hoodoo/conjure/rootwork. Old folk European jar spells, as well as Neo-pagan spells, don’t seem to have any particular rules, certainly not  some which would consistently appear. The exception being, in creation of spirit traps, or jars to absorb evil and misfortune, once closed, You should never open them again.
Now, here are few examples

Hoodoo honey jar spell

Hoodoo honey jar spell, can be used to either draw someone romantically, or cause them to think “sweetly” of You, or to influence someone to be more friendly and nicer to You.
The basic “procedure”  is rather uniform, what differs is the things and words You will write on the petitioner’s paper, and botanicals and candles You will use. Since honey jar love spells seem to pop out from all magick related websites and blogs online, I will rather focus on Influence or sweeting someone to You variation.  A boss, a teacher, a landlord, the bank clerk…. What have You

1.       On a petitioner’s paper, write the person’s name 3 times and cross and cover it with yours. Now, around it, in  a continuous,   undisrupted writing,  with a short phrase or word, describe the desired outcome. For example “agreewithme” or “domeafavor” etc. You may repeat the phrase as many times as You need to complete the circle, but You must not make spaces between the words, and You should do Your best to not lift the pen off the paper, while doing so.


2.       Sprinkle the petitioner’s paper with small amount of suitable herbs. For example, to make someone agree with You more readily, sprinkle some licorice, five finger’s grass, and brown sugar. You can add three small pinches. Fold the petitioner’s paper accordingly to the need, that is folding towards or away of oneself, and rotating it for 90’… the standard deal.

3.       Open your honey jar. Take three tablespoons of honey, and before You take each, say something along the lines: “As this honey is sweet to me, so will N.N. think of me favorably, and sweetly, and will agree with me and do me favors”.

4.       Now, having done that, place the petitioner’s paper in the jar, close it tightly, shake few times, calling the N.N.’s name, and speaking of desired outcome. Now, atop the  jar, light a yellow candle, dressed with some suitable oil ( for example “Influence” or “,  “Agree with me”, use some milder formula, as opposed to something like “Essence of bend over” or “Command and compel” ), light it and say Your prayers.  Psalm 5th Is really good to use to make an authority figure or boss be kind and favorable to You, for example. Psalm 32nd is   another great choice. Also 47th Psalm, which is amazing to make people in power do You favors.

5.       When the candle had burnt all the way down, either place on Your altar, or somewhere where it will not be disturbed. Shake the bottle from time to time ( as described in the step 4. ) and burn a candle once a week, saying prayers or reading psalms ( as described in the step 4. ), until You’ve accomplished Your goal.

Sand Trap Spell and Ritual

The following spell is provided at Spelwerx site, and illustrates so finely that European folk magick style use of candles to trap negative energies, and spells

Sand Trap Spell and Ritual - Used for trapping negative energies.

You will need:
·         A small glass jar with a lid
·         Two different colors of sand (can be as simple as darker and lighter)
·         A single beeswax candle
After the sun has set, light the candle and place it on a flat surface, such as a tabletop. Place one color of sand at your right hand, and the other color at your left hand on the table. Place the jar between the sand in the center.
With your left hand, take a small amount of sand from the sand on your left and sprinkle it into the jar — less than enough to cover the bottom. Now, focus on the candle's flame and speak aloud the following words:

Candle's flame that lights the night,
 Candle burning, hot and bright,
 By your flame attract ill will,
 From this night, so dark — so still,
 Trap it in your molten wax,
 For your good, evil attracts,
 Bind it, keep it — cold, alone,
 In this prison — grains of stone.

With your right hand, take the candle and drip at least three drops of wax into the bottom of the jar — more is fine — but no less. Allow the wax to mix with the sand. Return the candle to its original position on the table. Allow the wax to cool and harden — this should only take a minute or two.
Again with your left hand, take more sand and cover the wax. Once the wax has been covered, begin filling the jar with the sand from your right hand side. Continue to fill the jar until it is full to the top. Place the lid on the jar. Extinguish the candle. Place the jar in a dark and secret place and leave it undisturbed. Never open the jar and never remove the sand. This spell may be repeated as needed, should you again feel the presence of negative energies, but new materials should be used each time.” [3]

Bound evil and illness jar spell

This particular spell is a rather common, traditional, folk spell, known throughout the Europe, and much like the previous, serves to trap misfortune, evil or illness.  What makes this particular spell unique is that it’s pretty much one time – use, jar spell, hence, once the spell is completed it’s best to dispose properly of the jar.

So one is to take yarn or thread, the color does not matter, although I myself have used black. It does not have to be a whole thread, in   fact, it’s better to have it chopped into pieces. Then, while knotting the thread, each one several times, You chant an appropriate incantation, something along these lines:

With/In this knot tie the harm,
With/In this knot tie the illness,
With/In this knot tie misfortune, and bane
With/In this knot tie evil, and pain,
Trapped thus, never to return to me
Tie them all up, and set me free!

Once you’ve finished with the chanting, and knotting, drop the knotted piece of thread, into an open jar. Now repeat the process, as many times as possible. Tradition (folklore) suggests this to be done until the jar is almost completely full. It’s thus, quite time consuming, and requires great effort and concentration, but then again, the tradition does not specify how   large the jar should be (wink wink lol). Once done with filling up the jar with thread, close it tightly with a lid, and dispose of it.  I’d suggest in crossroads, or even in the graveyard, and would also suggest to return home via circuitous route. This way, If the jar was ever to be somehow opened, be it even accidentally, what’s trapped inside would not be able to find the way back   to You.

Jar spell to trap an evil spirit

Here is an example of a strange spell to trap an evil spirt in a jar. This is not how I myself would do it, in fact, I’d use something more elaborate, including  the use of spiral made from powdered eggshell, which would lead into the jar, with items meant to draw in and constrain the spirt, for example, lodestone,  D shoestring root’s, whiskey, a bit of graveyard dirt etc.,  … for example.
Yet this spell seems rather simple and straight-forward, probably a bit new-age influenced, so I decided to reproduce it here, for illustrative purposes. And who knows, maybe it works just great, it seems to combine the symbolism of the witch’s bottle, with the belief in  the   power of seas (and ocean) to trap evil spirits, and destroy them

This traps an evil entity or evil spirits and prevents any harm being done.
You'll need:
•Salt water - 1 part Sea salt to 8 parts of spring water.
•1 dried Rose
•13 Rose Thorns
•1 Small Glass Jar + a tightly fitting lid
Put the Rose Thorns into the jar one at a time and as you do this and drop one in, chant the following words each time:

"Thou Demon presence. Be no more!"

Crush up the Thorns in the jar and then crush up the Rose petals and add them to the jar, slowly add the salt water. Keep the jar open overnight. The next morning before the sunrise close the lid. All the evil should now be trapped inside the jar. Cover the jar with a cloth and bury it far away from the house in a place that has no buildings nearby.” [4]

Protection and energy jar spell

Now here is another one from the Spelwerx website, and this one is also quite interesting. Not only that it  does not say You should not re-open the  jar after the spell, it in fact instructs us to do so, to add stones to it followed by chanting.
This is however, pretty much a large talisman bottle, so in this very case it makes a lot of sense. And it has that lovely, renaissance-cunning-folk  magick “signature “all over it, and it seems quite powerful.

Jar of Stones Spell - A magic spell of protection and power for the home. This simple spell provides both protection and energy for your home. It is a spell that constantly grows in strength and can actually be done daily.

You will need:

 A glass jar
 A small amount of clean sand
 A beeswax candle

Find a glass jar that you would like to use for your spell (a quart canning jar is a good choice). Wash the jar thoroughly inside and out with warm water and soap. Dry the jar completely. Light your beeswax candle and drop a few drops of molten wax onto the interior bottom of the jar. Next, place about one inch of sand in the jar.

Place the jar near an entrance door to your home. Every time you find a small stone, drop it in the jar. Any type of stone will do, so feel free to be creative with the stones used. You do not have to put a stone in daily, they can be added as frequently as you wish. It is important though that you put them in one at a time and the spell works best if you put no more than one stone in per day.

As you add each stone, speak the following words aloud:

Snare the evils, bring them woe,
Where they wish, don't let them go,
 Evil from this place be banned,
 By this wish, by this command!

Once the bottle has been filled, put the lid on and leave it by the door. You can make as many of these as you like and place them by every door. Touch the jar and repeat your chant at least once a week to reinforce the power of the spell. This spell will help defend your home and family fro the negative energy that uninvited visitors and negative thoughts can produce. It also introduces power and energy into the home and revitalizes a family's strength.  “ [5]

Hoodoo spell to get rid of an enemy

This one comes from the beautiful and informative “The Voodoo Hoodoo spellbook” by Miss Denise Alvarado. It’s paraphrased and edited for use here; to illustrate one of those type of jar spells, where the jar is inverted and candle burnt on the bottom ( now the top ), to remove some bad condition;

You begin by writing a name of the person on a piece of paper, and tying the piece of paper to three sticks of ArtemisiaBlood weed** or Sage. Then You place this “bundle” in a jar, pour vinegar to fill it up, close the lid tightly and  turn the jar upside down.

Next, You are to tie a black ribbon around a black candle, and chop of the top of the candle to flatten it, so it could stand on it when inverted, invert the candle, but out the wick from the bottom, and carve it into the top ( much like You would do with the double-action candles ), and place it atop the inverted jar ( hence, on the bottom of the jar, serving as “top” ). Light the candle and say:

As Jesus turned vinegar into the water (???)***, so shall ( name of enemy ) turn  into nothing, so that they go far away, and so that I will never have to see them again

When the candle burns all the way down, one should dispose of the remaining in graveyard along with nine pennies, as the “payment”  [6]
Now, I kept the original “words of power” intact here, but I don’t really like them myself ( see the footnotes, for explanation ), and would either adapt the text, or use Psalms 1st or 125th; 3-5 instead.

Hoodoo move away spell

There is a traditional Hoodoo spell done with both with a bottle or a jar, to make someone move away, let’s say a nasty neighbor or banish them away from You. From personal experience I can tell You, it packs a lot of power, and it’s fairly simple. There are few variations of it out there, but the key thing is to throw a jar with personal concerns and name paper of the person and vinegar ( some use Four thieves vinegar, but the common household vinegar works excellent too ) into the running water, preferably during the  waning phase of the Moon. This is how I was taught to do it:

1.       Practitioner first creates a name paper with the person’s name written nine times, and then crossed nine times, with the words “move away” or “go away” or “stay away”. If the practitioner has some kind of personal concern, like hairs, he adds those, placing them  atop the paper. If one feels so inclined, he/she may sprinkle some Hot foot powder over it as well.
2.       Paper is folded in half “outwards” ; away from the practitioner,  then rotated for 90’, counterclockwise, and then folded outwards again. This action is repeated until one is nolonger  able  to fold the paper.
3.       A whole Red pepper, preferably Cayenne pepper, or Red hot chili pepper, is then cut on one side, just enough  to put the prepared paper in. Then the pepper is placed in a jar, large enough just to fit the pepper in, preferably.
4.       Next, one is to fill the jar with Vinegar or “Four thieves vinegar”, not completely full though, and close it tightly.
5.       Take it to a river that flows away from town, throw it in the water and say: “As this jar goes away, so will the ( Name ) move away/ go away/ stay away from me! In the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Amen!”
And it’s done.

A little bit of Langiappe

Check also some useful suggestions by Momma Star of the old star conjure on making and using  Hoodoo contained, or jar spells, http://www.oldstyleconjure.com/conjure-jar-spells.php   and an amazing spell by Denise Alvarado employing a doll babie, or voodoo doll in  a bottle/jar spell, http://creole-moon.blogspot.com/2014/01/bottle-spell-to-get-rid-of-troubling.html  to get rid of troublesome people. I’ve posted a two jar spells for money, one Russian folk magick spell, and one Hoodoo in my post on Hoodoo Money conjure on this blog, so You can check those  out as well  http://shadowsmagickplace.blogspot.com/

Hope You’ve found this informative and helpful, many blessings and Luv, and may this year be great to You!

With luv, Shadow J


NOTES: This article was written and composed by myself, hence If You wish to use   any parts of it elsewhere online, feel free, but add credits: Shadow of Shadows magick place, Shadow-333@hotmail.com or a direct link to this post ( page )
CREDITS AND NOTES:
 *a common Hoodoo spell, often done with ketchup, or rather Hot sauce  , where the lid, usually a cork lid is perforated so that the contents of the bottle slowly ooze or drip  out, the bottle inverted upside down, and buried that way or thrown into a  body of water. It is said that as the contents leak and drain, so will the person on whom the bottle spell is used be drained of power to hurt someone specific, for example. 
**I think the “Blood weed” might be referring to the species: Asclepias curassavica
***Maybe I’ve done a not-so-good job of reading the Good Book ( “Bible” ) but at what point had the Lord  turned  vinegar into water ? Maybe the spell meant “water into wine”… Anyway either change that in the text, or use Psalm 125th ; 3-5 instead
[1] Read more about the  bottle trees  here : http://www.appalachianhistory.net/2010/10/bottle-tree.html
[2] More about Latin American flask charms, as well as bottle spells You can read in this amazing Lucky mojo com article: http://www.luckymojo.com/bottlespells.html
[3] Retrieved from : http://www.spelwerx.com/collections/sandtrap.html  used here for explanatory and illustrative purposes, without any ill will
[4] Retrieved from: http://www.everythingunderthemoon.net/spells/trap-an-evil-spirit.htm used here for  explanatory   purposes,  without any ill will
[5] Retrieved from: http://www.spelwerx.com/collections/jarofstonesspell.html  used here for explanatory and illustrative purposes, without any ill will
[6] Spell in its original form can be found in: “The Voodoo Hoodoo spellbook” by Denise Alvarado,   243th pg; Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, 2011th edition. I warmly suggest the book to anyone interested in Hoodoo
IMAGE CREDITS: Image/s used are my own, taken and edited digitally by myself