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

Dec 28, 2014

Space cleansing tips , for a better year

    Small token of gratitude for you, because you read what i write ;) 
   
     It’s that transitive time of the year, once again.  The point in time, at which we all, despite its festive tone, feel the extra stress, and the extra burden. We long to release the ills and pains, misfortune and fails, and jump right on the success bandwagon. Should we fail, we easily fall into depressive mood and then self-pity ourselves in desperation.  The truth is, life is complicated and it rarely comes out all perfect just at the end of December, to conveniently make this transition pain-free and all “birds and bees” as it were.
Holly attracts  benevolent spirits to the house

    
     Once we fall prey to such, mass-produced and vulgarly perpetuated elusive and counterfeit notions, we can and will only harm ourselves, preventing the actual grow and success. It’s like the notion, that If You don’t have a Valentine, on Valentine’s day, You are an epitome of failure.
   
     So rather than obsessing with where You will spend New Year, what to wear, and will You have someone to call “yours” on that particular eve, focus on harnessing the power of the moment.  Tune to the spiritual forces of new beginnings, blockbusting and road opening, hope, chances and opportunities. It’s not really that hard.   But to be successful in something, You ought to make sure that there are no things dragging You back, pulling You down, like rusty, heavy chains. Spiritual cleansing and clearing, is something people foolishly neglect, particularly at this time of year. You would not keep Your physical body grimy, filthy and unpleasantly smelling, but You are ok with all kind of spiritual debris, and impurity? I don’t think so. What You don’t see, can definitely harm You, and badly too. 
     
     In fact, many people who come to spiritual workers seeking uncrossing, need cleansing badly.  Spiritual filth accumulates, chocking Your subtle bodies, and deflecting the positive energy coming Your way. Likewise is with Your home or working place. Bad energy lingering around, equals bad productivity, and ultimately, frustration.
     
     Even If You don’t “have it all” this December, cleanse Yourself and Your home, and then You will have incomparably higher chances to attain what You desire. To accomplish your goals. To live prosperously, find a new lover, get a better job, move to a better place, get recognition and respect… You name it J
     
     This is the best (!!!) time of the year to not desperate, but instead deal away with, and cut ties with things, emotions, and conditions keeping us down. Here are a few tips.

Physical cleaning

     It may seem like common sense.   And it certainly should be, but why do majority of people then have problem of disposing of the things that not only have no  use anymore, but are maybe even horrid mementos to  the bad things that happened to us?  Prior to the New Year, do Your best to clean away the clutter in Your home, workplace, etc. As thoroughly as humanly possible. Dispose of the old, unnecessary thing that take space, and poke the eye.   If You have some clothes that You can’t force Yourself to get rid of, find a way to do so. I can not tell You what are the things which are obsolete in Your case, but there is a popular rule of thumb, as it were, saying that If You have not even though about something, let alone used it in  six month, it’s more than likely  something You need to let go off. Of course, this  is not physics, and we can not take this  concept as a “law”, but If You think of it, it does make perfect sense when it comes to things we like to hoard.
     
     In short, physical clutter, draws, and creates spiritual clutter. Spiritual clutter pulls You down and keeps You from progressing. Think about it, the next time the though: “oh I might need this, I can’t  toss it away… “ crosses Your mind. Hesitate, and it’s only going to get worse.
     
     Much like You will be bathed, and perfumed for the New Year’s eve, make sure Your house, bedroom, workplace etc. is as well. Filthy windows, dirty floors, dust covering the furniture, are all “bad Feng shui” y’a know J
     
     You can combine methods of physical cleansing with those of spiritual cleansing by using formulas and products, such as Chinese wash, or Florida water. A candle can both cleanse the air ( if beeswax, at least ), aromatize, as well as cleanse and bless spiritually, You just need to use it properly. 


Deep spiritual space cleansing

     Following are some tips, for cleansing tricks that usually require 3, 7 or more days to complete,
and require items to act as sponges, as it were, for spiritual energy. You arrange them strategically, allow them to drain, accumulate and trap every single particle of negativity and then dispose of them. This type of spiritual work should follow the physical cleansing to “seal the deal” and ensure that You are welcoming the new year with enough space and potential for positive energy. So without further ado; here are some practical tips, for this is a practical blog after all lol ;
·         Place a bowl of white rice in a room where You feel negative or unproductive energy might linger. Replace weekly, until you feel it has been enough.
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           To swiftly sponge-out bad energy from a room or a house, chop unpeeled onion into quarters, and place each piece in a corner of the room. Allow them to stay overnight, then bury them in the ground the next day. Do this for 5-7 nights.
·         Similarly, people place a whole brown chicken egg in each corner, but keep them there for seven days. Then they either flush them down the toiled or bury in the ground.
·         Dissolve a small square or chunk of Camphor into metal pan of water and keep under bed for seven days. This is particularly beneficial in case You have troubled sleep or visitors from   the   other plains of existence.
·         Keep a cup or bowl of Vinegar with a pinch of salt in it, as close to the center of the room as possible. It might smell   not-so-good, but it will clear away unwanted presences, and bad energy. Replace weekly.
·         Slice lemons in half. Place them on plates with salt, and arrange strategically  throughout the room or house. Some of these will go bad after 24 hours or even less, and these should be replaced immediately. The lemons that go bad in such  short time  indicate a lot of negative energy, in place where they stood, but it also means they’ve absorbed and neutralized a good deal of it. Few more lemons with salt on the same place, and it should be cleared. If they don’t go bad for seven days, You dispose of them.
·         Pour some salt in four corners of the room, each room in house should be treated separately, if possible. You can place some salt in those small, disposable plastic coffee cups. Dispose of after 5 or 7 days, and repeat few times If You feel the need.
     
     Also you can arrange, and place Hematite, Quartz or Selenite, the more of them the merrier, somewhere in the room, to cleanse the stale energy, bring fresh one, stir things into motion and dispel negative energy.

Bath for cleansing and leaving the bad behind
     
     Combine:
·         Slices of Lemon
·         Salt
·         Florida water, or Holy Water
     
     In a bath, and take it sometime prior to the New Year ’s Eve. You can even make it into aerosol (dilute in water, obviously), take a shower, and then spray it on oneself and leave it to air dry. You can use this as a room spray as well, spraying around house to remove  the negative energy.

Draw luck floorwash

     After You have cleaned and cleansed Your home, early on the 1st January ( ideally, but this can be done on 2nd, 3rd and so on ) pour some Conjure water in a bucket of spring water, add a some cinnamon infusion and a smallest pinch of brown sugar, and scrub the floors from the front door inwards to draw fortune, and abundance in Your home.
    In case You don’t already know, Conjure water, is what they consider to be the most popular formulae in New Orleans style Hoodoo, and is a 10% solution of Essential oil of Citronella , in alcohol. It’s both a powerful cleansing and luck drawing agent.

Well, I hope that You will have a wonderful upcoming year, that You will be healthy, happy and prosperous. May Your wishes and dreams come true, and may G’d bless you. Thank You for reading, and  many blessings!

With love, Shadow J

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

IMAGE CREDITS: The first  image is a courtesy of the  amazing and lovely Graphic’s fairy http://thegraphicsfairy.com/victorian-christmas-clip-art-holly-with-bright-red-berries/ , used here for illustrative purposes without  any ill will