Nov 23, 2014

Fixing Your finances, the Hoodoo style

     Holidays ahead, and our wallets are probably going to get shocked. And badly. It’s only normal, of course, as it is only human to want some additional income to heal Your finances afterwards, or prepare for extra spending. I’m sure we can all agree, that bills (and people, institutions and the very system behind them) care little, whether we had to buy presents for our family this month, or go on that long-planned holiday.

     Luckily Hoodoo is full of works and “spells”* for this, ranging from money drawing, over “money stay with me” type of work, to business and luck work. All of those, are rather different approaches to the same goal, than works with different aim. Or at least they can be.
     The lavish body of spells, tips, and works in Hoodoo, targeting financial gain, stability, abundance and increase, are probably the result of ingeniousness of African American slaves, who had to figure out new, resourceful ways to get money. The Code Noir, or the “Black codes” as known in States, pretty much restricted rights of African people, “blacks” if I must, to own property, conduct business, purchase or lease land… hence, really, limiting their income to what their “employer” was ready to provide, which was hardly ever enough for normal, human dignifying life. And human beings do amazing things, when they focus, or when they are forced to focus, on solving problems. That’s how we got on the top of the animal kingdom.

     With the arrival of the mail order suppliers, and later online suppliers, and even plainly with the right of literacy coming to power, money spells and works gained even more momentum in Hoodoo, and consequently became more popular, more “profotable” and, obviously, more complicated and demanding in the terms of ingredients. If You take a look on Gamache’s** candle spells, for example, they will often require, as absolutely necessary, at least a few types of candles and few types of oils, powders, incenses etc. even for the most simple works. This, in my humble opinion, is nothing but a faux notion of popular Hoodoo marketers, and their catalogues. More so when it demands strictly specific and targeted oils, powders etc. The truth is, If You want to do some kind of money conjure, You will either need formulas specific to Your case, or any of the general formulas. And hardly ever more than two types. If any kind of simple “hoodoo spell” requires more than 3, or 4 formulas, its strongest effects is probably to deplete You of Your money, or to banish that evil money of yours, from your wallet, and right into hands of marketers.

     Just think about it, If You are out of money, and in desperate need for some income, can You really afford Yourself to purchase around 100$ ( 75 Euros approximately ) worth of supplies, for one, or at best few rituals? I can hardly imagine it.

     It really does not need to be that complicated. Rather than obsessing about all the specific ingredients, it would be better to do some divination, and see If some kind of other type of Hoodoo work is also needed, or even better suited for the given case. Maybe You actually need help in finding a better suited job? Maybe someone had crossed your finances, in which case the money drawing magick alone, will do little, If anything, least You get uncrossing and protection first.
And in money drawing work You can use many things interchangeably, many formulas and curious. Maybe some spellbook, or the occult suppliers insist ( often aggressively ) that the money work can only be efficient with combining four types of their brand oils in candle dressing, but this is simply not true. You can use Bayberry root oil, Hoodoo Money drawing condition oil, Lodestone oil, Hoodoo drawing/attraction oil , heck even Fast luck, to dress Your lodestone charm for money. Any of the listed will work fine, and combining all five, won’t do better. Shi shi oil, is a traditional Hoodoo oil reputed to end poverty. If You can get that one, You can used it in plethora of different money works.

     So as I said, rather focus on divination prior to work (again, use what divination method You are familiar with, and apt in) and timing. Best time for preforming money spells are days and hours of Sun and Jupiter, and preferably  during the waxing Moon phase, or on the night of the Full Moon, If You adhere to the notion of Moon’s influence on spiritual work. Some Hoodoo practitioners do not, others do.

     Candles You would like to use are green, gold, yellow ( for let’s say success in Your business ), purple ( to sway Your boss to give You a raise, let’s say ), red ( for fast luck )  and alike, depending on Your specific aim and approach. Black green double action candles are ideal, If Your case requires uncrossing or banishing of evil influences, as You can save Yourself from the   trouble of doing the two works separately. Finally, a very traditional, and handy tool in Hoodoo money conjure working, is the green pyramid candle. It combines the auspicious color and shape that draw abundance and wealth.

     Some other traditional ingredients and curious You might consider are Green rice ( rice with addition of powdered/pulverized dollar bill/s ), Bayberry root, lodestones,  two dollar money “bills” and silver dime. All are rather easy to obtain, not overly expensive, and very helpful in most of the money works, that is they are very versatile.

     Now, when You have considered all types of work that need to be done, and perhaps chosen the beneficial timing, here are a few ideas to get You started, that do not require too much, but work just as fine, or even better that those 25-ingredients-listed spells.

     If Your finances have been crossed, You need to do some uncrossing work. Either general uncrossing work on oneself, or any kind of money uncrossing work. The following ritual I composed is aimed to remove money crossings, which are most of the times accomplished by “laying tricks” and are tied to Earth, most often the very ground in Your yard, and Your home/house in general.

To undo a crossing that has caused poverty in home


  • Flakes of Alkanet
  • Basil leaves
  • Mint
     Mix, and If You feel so inclined, powder the botanicals. Sprinkle the mixture throughout your house, and in your yard. The next day, sweep (with a broom) the mixture from Your house, moving towards Your front doors, as You speak some affirmation along these lines:

All the crossings killing my money have been destroyed, and as I wipe these herbs out, I wipe out misfortune from my home, and bring in the abundance, fortune, peace and stability. In the Name of God Father, God Son, and God Holy Spirit. Amen!”

     Then fumigate your home with mixture of Frankincense, Cloves, Basil, Blue flag root and Sandalwood. Or you can use “Money drawing”,  or “House blessing” (sometimes also known as “House dressing”) hoodoo incenses that can be obtained at occult suppliers.
To seal the work, after you have fumigated your home with the incense, light a white blessing or peace candle, around which you've placed four coins, each coin on one of the four cardinal directions.

     Following is a spell against poverty, a jar or bottle spell, and I really prefer for this type of work because it can be easily adapted into a continuous practice. All You need to do is to occasionally light another candle atop the jar and say Your prayers. Because it contains Alfalfa and Fenugreek, it will make money stay with You longer as well.

Hoodoo jar spell against poverty and to keep money staying with You

In a jar place the following:

  • Eight table of the Sun ( seal ) from the  Seventh Book of Moses, on the bottom of the jar
  • A blessed lodestone atop the seal, fed by magnetic dust and few drops of Shi Shi oil
  • Green rice, abundantly sprinkle over the seal and lodestone
  • Alfalfa herb
  • Fenugreek seeds
     Place Your palms atop the jar and pray for financial stability, and enough money to live peacefully and without debts. Close the jar and set a double action black-green candle atop it. Black part up, green part up. You can also plainly use a offertory green candle, but in case that Your condition is long standing, and possibly a result of bad luck or crossing, the double action candle will work much better. Either way, dress the candle with Shi Shi oil, and during the hour of Jupiter, light the candle and read the following:
Psalm 23rd
Psalm 37th verses: 18, 19,
     If You suffer from bad luck when it comes to finances, also add Psalm 57th
Let the candle burn all the way down. Keep the jar either in the kitchen or on some elevated spot in Your house.

     The following spell, is not Hoodoo spell sensu-stricto, it’s rather a spell that comes from Russian folk magick, but You will notice that it’s  quite similar to Hoodoo spells. Substitute the chant for Psalms, and Sesame seeds for Green rice, and You have a “proper” Hoodoo spells, If these elements bother You that much

Money drawing and stability jar spell

     This spell should be done between 2.30AM and 4.30AM, preferably some Thursday.
Have many metal coins which are used in your country (they can be the smallest value/denomination the actual value is not really important for the spell) ready, and a mixture of sugar, salt, garlic and sesame seeds.

     Now light one red and two green candles, and inside a clean jar, make a layer of coins, then sprinkle some prepared mixture over it, then atop it place another layer of coins, then sprinkle
with the mixture again and so on,  until You have almost reached the top of the jar.
As you do it, you may speak a soothing chant. For example:                            

As these items I know lay,
Money will keep coming my way!”

It serves to both draw the money, and keep it from abruptly going away. [1]

This  following, quite simple formula is intended to get You money swiftly when You really need it. I based it on Judika Illes’ suggestion.

Oil of need

In a base oil combine:
·         *  Basil, leaves or essential oil***
·        *  Bergamot essential oil
·         * Pinch of powdered Cinnamon
·         * OPTIONAL: Patchouli leaves or essential oil, few drops [2]

     It can be used to dress a green candle to be burnt on a square You've cut from grocery bag. On the square of paper should be written the amount of money You need, as well as Your name.  You can also lightly dress the paper itself, corners and central point, marking in thus in the quincunx pattern. The candle should be burnt 15 minutes per day, until it’s gone all the way. You can bury  the remaining  material ( from the ritual ) in Your yard.

Simple money mojo

In a green mojo bag, place a charged, fed lodestone around which You have wrapped a two dollar bill. Add also a pinch of  any of the following herbs:  Basil, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Bayberry root, Allspice berries, or a pinch of brown sugar If You lack those. Dress the mojo with some soothing condition oil, Holy water,  or plain Hoodoo all-purpose oil , or even with some whiskey, If nothing else is available to You at the moment. Carry with You. 

There, hope these tips can help You to get around the money Hoodoo “spells”, and perhaps even solve Your problem.

As a bit of lagniappe, there check out this traditional, and powerful “Hoodoo money drawing candle conjure”  by Momma Star, or the Old Style conjure. I know I will surely give it a try ;) 

Also learn how to fix the home to be blessed, happy, and abundant, doing a Hoodoo style, traditional ritual with the "Blessed home" Hoodoo formulas

Can Hoodoo help You win the lottery ? Well while the chances are  quite  slim,  I'd say, You could still give a read to this "Hoodoo spell to win the lottery", provided by lovely and cunning Miss Talia Felix, If for no other purpose than to read something interesting :)

Blessings and  lots of LUV

Shadow !

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

*While I use the term “hoodoo spell” quite often myself, even on this blog, it’s really a misnomer. Hoodoo people/rootworkers, do not cast spells, they perform spiritual work, or simply work, do conjure, or tricks etc. The term “spell” is plainly and simply inadequate to describe Hoodoo spiritual work, of any kind. But to keep it simple, and understandable to the broad public, it’s easier to use the term spell
**Henry Gamache, in case You do not already know, is a prominent occult and Hoodoo books  and pamphlets, 20th century author, especially well-known for his “Master book of Candle Bunring” ( 1942. ) , and “Protection against the evil”, the later originally published as “Terrors of the evil eye exposed”
***The formula allows use of Basil laves instead of essential oils, but, If You are in a hurry and need the oil right away, this is OBVIOUSLY not an option. Because raw material must be macerated in condition oil either for weeks in cold maceration, or for hours by warm maceration, that is using a double boiler. You can read about how to make spiritual oils on this very blog ++

[1] Adopted, and translated from occult magazine published in Serbia, Belgrade, called “Bakini recepti za srecu I ljubav” by myself. More about the magazine here: Currently, I can not recall the exact issue number, If I do, I will add it here
[2] Judika Illes, in her book “Magick when You need it; 150 spells You can’t live without” gives a spell called: “Shopping bag full of cash” where she suggests dressing green candle, in a similar ritual to  one described here, with essential oils of basil and bergamot ( “Dress a green candle with essential oils of basil and bergamot” ),  and the oil I provided here is based on that suggestion, with added Cinnamon for a touch of luck and speed, and optional Patchouli, both for stability and protection of the money, and for possible uncrossing. So while optional, the addition of Patchouli is quite helpful here. 

The first image is taken, and edited by myself. The second is edited and adapted by myself, from the  vintage mason jar image, public domain, courtesy of lovely Graphics Fairy, available here: 
The third image/artwork was created by myself, text and desing. 

Nov 13, 2014

The lore of Synaxis of Archangel Michael and other bodiless powers

Crop from Orthodox Christian icon Synaxis of Archangels 
The 21st November ( in Julian calendar, that some Orthodox Christian Churches still use, the date is marked as 8th of November ) in Orthodox Christian Church calendar is reserved for commemoration and celebrations of St Michael the Archangel and all other  angels. In Catholic Christianity this day is known simply as; Michaelmas, it’s celebrated on 29th of September,  and in European countries, it’s strangely tied to gooses, at least in folklore. It is a widespread Christian tradition (across the Europe at least) to catch a falling leaf, on this day,  while walking outside and make a wish.

St Michael the Archangel,  considered the Chief of Heavenly hosts, or the “chief commander of all the bodiless powers” [1] or Archistrategos (in Greek), is a well-known and popular archangel even to those that are not Christian. He is considered fiery, and terrifyingly powerful, but also extremely righteous and quick to help people in trouble, particularly life threatening situations. He is accounted for many miracles, some are documented in the Scripture.

Theologians think that the Angel appearing before Joshua  ( Joshua 5:13-14 )  was Michael, and that he was also the Angel who was helping Archangel Gabriel defeat the Persians, even though that Michael is not named in these instances.

The pillar of cloud ( by day ) or of fire ( by night ) that led Israelites from Egypt, during the Exodus, was in fact Archangel Michael, he is also considered to be the Angel who protected Three Holy Youths, Ananiah, Azariah and Misael ( Dan 3:22-25 ), and the one who transported the Habbakuk from Judea to Babylon to feed the prophet Daniel, while he  was in the lion’s den  (Dan. 14:33-37 ) .
Michael disputed with the De*il over the body of Moses, as we can see in the scripture

“Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” “( Jude 1:9 ) [2]

There are also many appearances, and miracles of St Michael, that took place all over the planet, and were recorded outside of scripture. Perhaps the most famous is the Miracle of Collosae (Chonae )  commemorated in September. 

But on this day (November 21st ) all the Angels are commemorated and their deeds celebrated, and in Serbia and Montenegro, this is also a “feast day” ( Ser. “slava” ). And even though that the celebration of feast days in these parts of the world, was  closely tied to several traditions and rituals, among other, the baking of special cake, cooking a special wheat meal, and ritual drinking or spilling of vine, during the “Synaxis of Archangel Michael and other bodiless powers” , these rituals did not take place. For the Angels neither have body (symbolized by the cake) nor the blood (symbolized by the vine).

However Angels, particularly Seven Archangels, were propitiated on these days and favors were asked from them, prominently. Seven candles   were lit, each dedicated for one of the Seven Archangels, oftentimes each candle also being lit to represent particular wish. [3] I have provided the ritual, in details,  in another article of mine, on this blog, also dealing with Michelmas.

The very Archangel Michael was often petitioned on this day, alone, particularly in rituals and spells against evil, to cure a longstanding chronic disease, or remove a longstanding persistent curses and crossings, end persecution, for justice and so on.

Christians traditionally pray for salvation of the their souls from sin, or the souls of their beloved ones who had gone astray ( for example turned to drugs or alcohol, gambling, or any kind of addiction or sinful lifestyle ) , for the Christians firmly believe that Michael will intervene and save them from sin, and guide them back to the path of righteousness. Among the Orthodox Christians he is often referred to as “Soul-saver” ( Serb. “dusovadnik” )  for this particular reason. 

The folk tradition insists that Michael must be “paid” for his services, and that in fact, after saying
Monastery of St. Michael the Archangel, Panormitis,
Dodecanese, Greece 
prayers to him  one is to promise some kind of token of gratitude, be it giving alms, lighting a candle in the Church for him, or leaving a broom as a present to him.  According to same tradition, the promise given to the Michel must be fulfilled, or else, the Saint will get angry and oftentimes even  openly show it through miraculous acts and appearances. According to the reports of pilgrims and local people, on the small isle of Symi in Dodecanese ( Greece ) :

The Archangel Michael is famous in the Dodecanese for his righteous nature. If you have made an offering to him and did not fulfill it, he will make it clear through various miracles that he is not pleased - until you complete your promise. One famous miracle that occurs often and to this day, is the miracle of the Archangel preventing the boats from leaving the dock. This has become such a regular occurrence, that the Captains of the boat will announce over the PA to the passengers that someone on the boat has forgotten a promise to the Taxiarch. Once this promise is fulfilled, then and only then does the boat's engines work.[4]

Taxiarch, is a Greek phrase for “Archangel”

Following are a few ideas for working with archangel Michael and other archangels and angels suitable for this day

Prayer in a bottle

Another Greek Orthodox Christian tradition, originating from the Dodecanese region.
Write down Your petition on a piece of paper and place it  in a bottle. If You are afraid that someone could find, and read it, You can  sign the petition with initials and date of birth, or add a personal concern of some kind to it. Pray to St. Michael for Your need, and promise something in return. Close the bottle tightly and place it into body of water, ideally into sea/ocean.
Fulfill your promise.

Celestial help, Angel invocation ritual

This ritual is best suited for Michelmas, though it can really be done anytime the need arises. However, this ritual should not be done for trivial things, or to fulfill our whims, instead the ritual should be done when there is objective or urgent need for help, or guidance. At least for a day before preforming the ritual fast, and abstain from intercourse. Also, if possible, take a cleansing bath prior to the ritual.

Place some metal objects (coins will do) in a larger white handkerchief, and tie the ends so that You get a nice, roomy pouch. Tie the ends with three knots. Alternatively, You can use a (previously properly cleansed) small bell.

Make some meringue cookies yourself. They should contain only sugar and egg white, though You can add cream of tartar, or salt so that they turn out nice. You will need four for the ritual.
Set four white or beeswax candles on four corners of the table, and next to each place a single meringue cake. Light the candles.
Ring the bell, or clank the coins tied in handkerchief. Some people do it on four  cardinal directions, others ring three times and so on.

State your petition, invoke angels to help and aid You with it. You can use something like this to invoke the aid of angels:

Angeli vos invoco, in hoc loco, in hoc tempore. Liberate me ab omnium malorum, adjuvate me, custodte et gubernate. Angeli, vos imploro, exaudite orationem meum! In Nomine Dei Patris, Dei Filii et Dei Spiritus Sancti! Amen!

( Hope my Latin was good there ) Once again ring the bell/clang the coins. Let the candles burn themselves out.

Instead of stating the petition, some people write it down on a piece of paper and leave it on the table, under a glass of water that they place in the center. Either way, remember You are not evoking angels, most likely You won’t actually see them, but You might experience all sort of “paranormal” phenomena.

Uriel’s Divination

Following is a peculiar little ritual I have found in a local occult magazine and translated for posting here. What the ritual is supposed to do is to invoke the Archangel Uriel, to give answers to questions. Basically, it’s higher magick type divination. The ritual is following:
Cover the altar or table with a white cloth. Place in the center a glass of pure, clean spring water that has not been used for anything else. Left and right from the glass, place and lit a white candle  ( so two candles altogether ) .  Sit, and in front of the glass, place a metal coin or metal disc that has Cross engraved* upon it. Dip the three prayer fingers ( thumb, pointer and middle finger connected with tops ) into the glass with water, and then sprinkle some of it onto the disc/coin, while saying:

Benedicto Dei Patris Omnipotens super vos, et maneat semper!”

Place the coin/disc underneath the glass, then kneeling in front of the table say the following:

All Holy Angels, White Angel, my good angel guardian, I pray to You all to remove anything that can prevent Uriel to show me what I wish to see and find out in whole truth, as it is truth, as it is true that G’d had sent You to be my guardians. In gratitude, I will read “Our Father” !”

Read/say  “Our Father” and then proceed with following text:

Holy Uriel, I beseech You, by the Living G’d, Who IS Your Lord as He  IS  also mine, with virginity and purity of St John the Baptist, and with virginity and purity I give to You through the staff of Moses, to come to this glass of water and remain there until You have responded to all the questions I will ask You. Ghalat, Ghalata, Kalin, Kala. Welcome, bring the Book of Moses with You, open it, put Your hand on it and swear to me that You will enable me to see, what I wish to see, and I will read  Our Father to Jesus Christ,  and Hail Mary to Virgin Mary.

When You start seeing something in the glass, say the following:

Holy Uriel, I beseech You by the Living G’d ; to show me what I will ask form You, I will read Our father and Hail Mary.

When You have gotten Your answer/s from  the Angel, release the angel saying these words:

Ite at pace, ad loca vostra, sit pax inter nos and vos” [5]

And that’s it. Does not really  seem to have a lot of merit J but it’s worth of trying, I guess.  If by any chance, You happen to know the source of this ritual ( I’m very curious about it ), please post in the comments bellow, or mail me.
Hope this post was interesting and that You have maybe learnt something new.
Blessings and luv

NOTES: This article was written and composed by myself , If You wish to use it elsewhere online, feel free, but add credits: Shadow of Shadows magick place, or a direct link to this post
*Allegedly the ritual dates back to Middleage, when a coin of 5 centimes that had Cross engraved on it was used. I don’t even know if such coin ever existed, but either way any round plate or metal disc with Cross will work. St Benedict’s Medallion for example.
[2] Retrieved from: for educational purposes, without ill will
[3] According to “Kalendar za srecne dane” ( lit. Lucky days Calendar ) by Jasna Jojic Pavlovski, more about the book here
[4] Retrieved form: , used here for illustrative and explanatory purposes
[5] Original text ( in Serbian )  found in “Bakini recepti za srecu I zdravlje” #18, 5th March 2013., more about the magazine here: 
IMAGE CREDITS: The first image is from : used here for illustrative purposes without any ill will.  The second image is from:  and is used here for illustrative and explanatory purposes, without any ill will

Oct 30, 2014

All Hallows eve when the veil is thin V

Not very cold and dark this year, at least here ( was 20’C yesterday and today, and sunny without a cloud in a sky ) but one can still smell that special  All hallows eve special   “scent” in the air. I guess it’s just that special energy, amassing just before one of the most magikcal, If not the  most magickal periods of the year.
All Hallows eve, or Halloween, or Samhain, starts around sunset on 31st  October and goes on until 2nd of November,  though in some places it can be celebrated even more, or later. In some parts of the Britain, the classical All Hollow’s eve Is “replaced” by Bonfire night, or Guy Fawke’s night, which even though commemorates a mundane, historical event, it incorporates many traditional elements of the Samhain celebrations like bonfires,   and  costumes.

All Hallows eve,  has even in Christianity came to be a  holiday, commemorating afterlife, and paying respect to  spirits of the dearly bellowed, or All the Saints together.   It Seems that the power of the day, when the veil between the worlds is literarily the thinnest through all of the year,  is known to all religions, or rather has been known for as long as men can recall. Some form of celebration of this day  was known even in prehistoric times.

I have written before, more excessively on significance and symbolism of this holiday, so for more information You can check out my other posts, which also contain spells, rituals and tips:

Let’s just briefly “revise” about magickal properties of Samhain.

It’s a time of great power, and all the magickal work  is more powerful when done on this day. That being said, it’s  the power of chances and opportunities, but also of great danger. Not only that the hostile magick practitioners ( humans, that is ) are more keen and apt in harming people on this day, but being that the  veil between the worlds is thin, all sort of supernatural creatures, many of which malevolent , roam the physical realm freely  on this night. It’s also the time when love divinations are traditionally done, necromancy magick performed, and longevity and power ( spiritual, magickal ) rituals are done.

Candles lit on All Hallows eve are those colored: black, pale blue ( for mind healing, removing mental conditions, strengthening the mind, releasing fears  etc . ) , dark purple, and orange ( for longevity, and immortality ) .
Herbs traditionally associated with Samhain are: Cypress, Ditanny, Nutmeg, Fern and Sage [1]
Some more correspondences You can find in my earlier post on All Hallows even 3 
Following are the ideas for two rituals appropriate for the All Hallow eve’s magickal workings

Ritual to conjure spiritual power

Cleanse Yourself and ritual space  prior to the ritual. You may burn some Frankincense, Sage and/or Sandalwood incense mixture for this. Have  a purple charm bag ready and any, or more of the items that represent spiritual/magickal power, let’s say a lodestone, a Labradorite or Spectrolite, a piece of Solomon’s seal root, Galangal root and so on.

Draw a symbol of Gnostic star, large enough  so that You can comfortably sit in the center, and on each of its 8 points, set a purple candle, each dressed with small amount of Master key oil.
Anoint Your body with the Master key, If possible the whole body, very lightly, or the pulse spots, heart area, back of the neck, and palms.

Light the  purple candles, one by one, clockwise. Hold the purple charm bag ( mojo bag ) open in Your hands, either  in fort  of You, or above You, and place the power item/s in it. As You hold it chant the following seven times ( You can also compose Your own suiting words  of power ) :

As above so bellow,
From North, East, South and West,
In this hour, I conjure the power,
For works of magick to be best,
From Earth, from Skies, and over the mountains,
And over the Sea, power come, and stay with me,
As I wish so mote it be!

Let the candles burn all the way down. Carry the charm with You for 7 days as much as possible ( preferably non-stop, hidden ) , and after that keep it somewhere safe, and hold or carry when You need some extra power.

Pumpkin and doll protection ritual

This ritual can really be done anytime, but All Hallow’s eve, is a great day/night to tap into powerful forces and deal away with some dangerous enemy’s magick wreaking havoc in Your life. And pumpkins are even more magickal on All Hallows eve. This is a traditional spell from Balkan peninsula magick system ( see credits for more ) :

Make a doll, out of old cloth, corn leaves, or wax, to represent Your enemy and dedicate it any way You find appropriate ( naming, adding personal concerns, consecration ritual etc. ).
Cut off the pumpkin’s top, and clean as much contents from it as possible, remove seeds in any case, and the “meat” from the middle. 
Then, pour some water in the pumpkin and toss the doll in. Also toss in some: salt, cayenne or chili peppers, Black peppers, Basil, Valerian root ( or whole herb ), and any other apotropaic agent If You wish so.
Then using Your athame*, or at least  a new, consecrated knife, “cut” the water in the pumpkin in various directions ( making sure not to cut, or perforate the pumpkin in the process ) as You chant:

All that You have sent;  I have covered with salt,  all that You have cast; I have burnt with peppers, From all that You have intended to do to me, I have defended myself. You could not do anything to me, You can not do anything to me, and You will never be able to do anything to me!

Cover the pumpkin with the top ( “lid” ) You’ve previously cut off, and store it somewhere safe, where it will last longer, for the spell lasts as long as the pumpkin does. [2]

Be safe, and have  a happy Halloween !  ;)

Love, Shadow

NOTES:  This article was written and composed by myself, hence If You wish  to use any part of it elsewhere online, feel free , but add credits: Shadow of the Shadow’s magick place, or a direct link to this post.
[1] Candle colors and  Herb correspondences according to Cassandra Eason’s   “Encyclopedia of magick and ancient wisdom”
[2] The original ritual is described in “Tradicionalno Balkansko vjesticarstvo”  by : Radomir Podunavski, page 177th, ID Esoterhia, 2007th, Belgrade; and is translated, edited and adopted for use here by myself, for  educational purposes. The whole book is available in English as of few years ago, it’s called “Balkan traditional witchcraft” and I warmly recommend it to anyone interested in either folk magick and witchcraft, European witchcraft , or both, and You can get Yours here
IMAGE CREDITS:  witch on a pumpkin is from used  here for  illustrative purposes without any ill will, Pumpkin with vines is from : used for illustrative purposes without any ill will