Uncrossing Spell and Whatnot

17-7-22Uncrossing

By the light of moon’s wane
Cleanse my soul of this stain
Let the spell be reverse
Lift away this dark curse
As I enter sacred space
Return my soul to grace
I forgive what was done
Let the spell be undone
By the dark and the light
Your spell ends tonight

I received an interesting phone call the other day. Big Red’s friend found himself in an interesting conundrum of which he wasn’t familiar. My son listened like a good friend and admitted it was something that would be more up my ally, so they called.

The friend, I’ll just call him The Poet, was informed by his ex that she put a binding spell on him and he wanted to know what to do to take it off. His time with this woman had been chaotic which is why they’re not together but he still wants to have some kind of peaceful working relationship because they have a son together.

Yes, this is more up my ally that Big Red’s. Yes, I’m familiar with binding spells. I’m quite comfortable with magical self-defense and protective spells. However, being as I’ve been practicing as a solitary and pretty picky about whom I let get close, I’ve never had to perform uncrossing spells.

Before I make any suggestions, I asked more questions, I want to get a feel for his beliefs, his understanding and experience of magic. I want to know what he feels about this situation.

Let’s face it, most people are skeptical at best. Hell, I’m skeptical when a non-magical person says they’ve been cursed or they saw a ghost or had some kind of magic work for them. And I’m on the believing side, I’ve had magic work for me, I talk to ghosts and spirits regularly, I’ve known things I have no business knowing. But skepticism is healthy and normal so I really want to know where he’s at and how open he is to any of my options.

I was told the baby-mama confessed she put a binding spell on him to protect him from himself but he feels like it was more likely that she bound him to herself.

The Poet explained that he was seeing someone else when this alleged spell was cast and that new relationship just dissolved for no apparent reason, the two of them just drifted apart.

Around the same time, he ran into an eccentric woman who told him he had a hex on him; she could see it in his aura.

He believes in magic and finds it kind of amazing and scary at the same time.

He’s also walked away from two car accidents in the last month, both times the car was totaled and both times he was traveling with a car charm that I gave Big Red.

(I sprout new grey hair every time I think of my son driving)

He’s taken up a daily meditation practice where he seeks a sense of peace in his relationship with this woman. And this is why I believe his version of the spell.

When we meditate regularly, we open our 3rd eye, strengthen our intuition and find ourselves ‘knowing’ things. Trust that!

I suggested that in his meditations he should visualize the cord connecting them and imagine cutting it. And then imagine the two of them floating away from each other peacefully.

Ideally, we would all do that when relationships end but usually we’re either too sad or too angry to sever those cosmic ties neatly. It’s okay if it takes you months or years to get to that point. When you’re ready, do it!

I had to do some research on the rest so I got back to him the next day.

Most hex-breaking or uncrossing spells involve sending the curse back. A lot of the spells involve mirrors to reflect the effects of the curse back to the sender. The rebound effect is pretty wicked. I didn’t think he wanted that for his son’s mother. Whatever her intentions were, he didn’t believe them to be malicious.

So my next suggestion was a poppet. I like poppets but they required some work. I can only do so much of the magic; he would have to do the rest.

A poppet can act as a stand in for the person in question. In The Poet’s case, it would stand in for him, to ‘catch’ any spells, curse, hexes or negative energy sent in his direction. It would then dissipate the energy. I made the poppet, stuffed it with wormwood and rue to break the binding spell, coffee to neutralized harmful or unwanted energy, and hyssop to ward off negative intentions.

It will be his responsibility to add a part of himself (hair, fingernails, blood, sweat, etc) , sew up the doll, name it and give it instructions.

He’ll keep it hidden until such time as he feels it’s no longer needed. At that point I highly suggest he burns it. I know some practitioners suggesting burying or tossing in a garbage far away from home but I feel like it’s a part of you and you wouldn’t want that in someone else’s hands….

I also suggested a talisman. A talisman is a magical object empowered with a certain intent that helps you keep certain energy about you. It should be carried at all times (or you know, as often as possible) In this case I would keep it simple; I would sew up a little black square of fabric with the fore mentioned herbs as well as gemstone chips. I feel like jet and obsidian to banish negative energy, quarts to amplify the energy of the herbs & stones and rose quartz or rhodochrosite to fill the space with loving intentions.

This could be carried in his wallet or pocket during the day and kept on a bedside table, or under a pillow at night. I would also encourage him to spend some time focusing on his intent; to break the binding spell and repel any other magic sent his way.

Witches can do magic for you, they can cast spells on your behalf but I feel like it works so much better if you add your own intentions and energy. Even if you’re just buying a talisman or gemstone or piece of jewelry, it’s a good idea to set your intentions and charge it with your own energies.

I like using charged jewelry as talisman, it makes it easy to always carry when you need it, but in this case I really want to use the herbs.

Another option is a ritual bath, adding in curse breaking herbs as well as salt and anything else that strikes you as beneficial, like lavender for peace or rose petals to add love to the situation. Imagine the bonds of the curse dissolve as you soak.

Once you feel the curse or hex is lifted, it’s important to set up some protection spells to ward off any future curses.

I’ll leave that for another day.

The poet has options now, and he’s feeling better about the situation. If nothing else, that alone will help to shift his energy and make life better. A magical practice is all about self-empowerment.

Update: August 2018, (one year after the original post): The Poet has peacefully severed the connection with his ex and is in a fresh new relationship with a wonderful and supportive woman.

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Making and Using Poppets in Magic

17-7-24Poppets

Poppets!

I’ve been making dolls since I was just a little freckle-faced kid. I guess it was because I could. I saw faces and personalities in everything.

I made pompom dolls with yarn.
I made corn husk dolls.
I carved faces in apples and let them dry.
I wrapped dried corn cobs in long grass.
I saw people in the shapes of flowers and trees.

I made paper dolls and cloth rag dolls. As an adult I’ve made art dolls, mixed media, beaded, assembled, folk dolls. Most recently, I make Spirit dolls.

So of course I make poppets.

Poppets are awesome little tools with a wide range of uses.

When people see poppets (or any other folk art doll) they think voodoo doll. They’re not wrong…..poppets can be used in voodoo but voodoo has negative connotations. Voodoo Dolls are scary.

For the purpose of this article, let’s just move forward with the assumption that we’re practicing beneficial magic with good intentions.

Magical practice is all about intent! A poppet can be used to harm others or it can be used to heal yourself. (I’m not a big supporter of using magic on others, especially without their permission, I prefer to use magic to adjust the energy around a situation)

A poppet stands in for a person. Usually it’s a cloth rag doll with some basic rudimentary people features; eyes, mouth, heart. It can be as detailed as you want.

It can be stuffed with doll stuffing or herbs or both. You can add gemstones by either stuffing them inside or sewing chips outside. You can add ‘clothes’ by wrapping them with cloth, write words on them on them or decorate them in anyway you see fit.

When you’re happy with your doll you need to add a bit of yourself (or the person the poppet is representing). It’s best to add this inside the doll with the stuffing.

Hair or fingernail clippings are usually the easiest to access. Blood, sweat, spit or other body fluid would work too. If all else fails, a scrap of clothing, an small object that belonged to the person or a picture of the person will work in a pinch.

Once you’ve added the personal touch, sew the opening closed.

Now you need to ‘wake ‘ the doll, give it a name and a purpose. First “breathe” life into it. (I’ve always interpreted this as blowing into its face) Then say something like this:

“ Wake up little poppet. You are complete, I will call you _______. You job is _______.”

So….what kind of ‘jobs’ can you give a poppet? It can be anything you feel is necessary. Healing, love, peace, protection.

Healing Poppets are common and convenient. You can make one to stand in place for a distant loved one who may need healing. (Get permission first) You can perform healing spells or Reiki on the doll, stuff it with healing herbs, anoint it with a healing oil and it will send the energy to its human equivalent.

Do you or a friend needs courage during a trying time? You can stuff it with herbs for courage and instruct it to absorb some of your fears.

Do you need protection from psychic attacks? Add some protective herbs and stones and instruct it to absorb and dissipate any negative energy coming your way.

Do you seek peace? Want more love in your life? Looking for some good luck or more prosperity? You can create a poppet for any of these by adding the right colors, herbs, stones, oils and then giving your poppet a job.

Can’t sew? It’s cool, I can. Check it out.

If you wanted something more personalized, shoot me a line (either here or on Facebook)

Egg Shell Chalk –

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A quick google search on egg shells + magic will net you a huge list of sites and references to cascarilla powder. The powder is supposedly made from egg shells and is used for protection, purification and cleansing. It’s use is attributed to hoodoo, sanitaria and other Afro-Caribbean religions

I don’t practice hoodoo. I have a limited understanding of it but I won’t claim to be an expert at practicing it. It’s kind of the same way I can explain the concept of taking communion in the Catholic Church although I’ve never done it because I didn’t go through the sacraments necessary for being able to enjoy the privilege.

I’ve come across practitioners of hoodoo who say it isn’t used in Hoodoo, but it is used in Santeria. It claims cascarilla represents sacred white earth of Africa called efun and is used to keep negative energy away. .

I’ve also come across a plant called cascarilla, from Tropical regions, whose bark is powdered and used in similar rituals. The bark has a number of medicinal qualities in and of itself.

I suspect that over the years as white earth of Africa and the bark of the cascarilla plant were not available. Locals substituted what they did have on hand; Egg Shells but didn’t change the name.

Witches, no matter what pantheon you follow, tend to be a resourceful sort.

That being said, egg shells are by no means limited to only Afro- Caribbean versions of the craft. My Western European ancestors and Irish grandmothers were reliant on birds, their eggs, and the shells left behind. And being resourceful witches, they used what they had on hand in whatever manner they deemed fit.

Egg shells, yep, egg shells.

They’re kind of magical, if you think about it. Egg shells act as protection for the growing embryo inside. That’s the concept I consider when using egg shells in magic.

I have used it a lot like black salt by sprinkling it around a space, across thresholds and window sills. But I’ve also made egg shell powder into chalk and used it to make sigils for a variety of reasons.

Egg shells have other practical uses in general but the magic part is more fun.

How do you use egg shells in everyday magic?

So if you’re like most people, you crack an egg and toss the shell in the garbage. If you had a grandma like mine, you wash your hands right away.

Maybe you throw those shells in the compost bin instead of the garbage and I applaud you! In the compost the crumbled shells act to keep the heap from getting too compacted as they very slowly break down releasing their calcium into the earth. The calcium is necessary for helping plants grow strong roots.

Perhaps you already know that and as an avid and thrifty gardener you help Mother Nature out by grinding down your spend egg shells into a powder and adding it to the garden soil. Or maybe you just use the crumble egg shells to keep slugs and snails away from your precious vegetables.

But let’s talk about making chalk? The calcium that benefits your plants is the same thing that leaves the chalky mark. All chalk is made from some sort of calcium combination. {insert fancy chemical compound names I can never remember}

The first thing to do once you’ve crack the eggs is to rinse them out and remove the membrane. Collecting egg shells is more of an after thought for me. I’m using the eggs in cooking and baking so I don’t really have time to peel the membrane off right away. I’ll soak them in a bowl of soapy water until I’m done cooking.

When I am ready to process the shells, I’ll rinse them again and gently peel the thin film from the inside of the shell. It’s kind of pinkish in the right light. Just be careful because that membrane is what gives the shell it’s real strength. Once you start pulling it off the shell will start to crumble. I know that’s the point of this craft but it’s a pain in the ass to collect the tiny shell pieces.

Once the shell is relatively membrane free you can leave them to air dry, *which is what I usually do* or put them on a baking sheet and stick them in the oven at 250 for a half an hour or so. You want them really dry and brittle.

So now comes the fun part!

I’ve dabbled and played with a number of different ratios and have come up with a mix that works well with making egg shell chalk. I know a lot of recipes start off with the number of egg shells you need. But seriously folks, eggs come in different sizes; medium, large, extra-large. And then there are duck eggs and pheasant eggs and ostrich eggs. The number of egg shells means nothing to me.

I tend to collect egg shells for a week or so before I grind them in the coffee grinder and store the powder in a glass jar. I have it when I need it, whether to make chalk, add to a garden or to provide a magic barrier.

Some people prefer grinding egg shells in a mortar and pestle. I’m not knocking it. The time and energy it takes to grind up an egg shell into a fine powder gives you a chance to put your energy and intention into it. It’s just more convenient for me to use the coffee/herb grinder. I’d rather add my intentions when I’m ready to use it.

  • 1 tablespoon of powdered egg shells
  • 2 teaspoons of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of hot water.

Mix the flour and hot water in a small bowl. This is going to active the gluten in the wheat flour. The gluten is what keeps the chalk together. Think of gluten as glue….ya, I know, I’m lame.

Once you have a gooey paste add the Tablespoon of Egg shell powder. Mix and press until most of the powder has been incorporated into the paste. It’ll be a bit doughy now. Kneed the mix together, collecting all the crumbs until it forms a ball in your hand without crumbling apart. This kneading and forming part is where I add my intentions to the chalk.

If it’s too crumbly add water a drop at a time until it forms. If it’s too wet and sticks to your hand sprinkle more egg shell powder until it’s pretty solid.

When it is well mixed and forms a ball that doesn’t crumble apart, you can mold it into a cylinder or whatever shape you want and wrap it in paper towel. Let it dry for about 3 days depending on how dense your shape is. Alternatively, you could pop it in the dehydrator for a couple hours.

Here’s a neat little trick also, you can add other powdered herbs to enhance or specify your intention.

Add about a teaspoon of the powdered herb when you add the egg shell powder and slowly add more warm water to accommodate.

For example you could powder basil or mint for prosperity, rose petals or jasmine for love spells, sage for protection…the possibilities are endless.

You can also add a few drops of essential oils to the paste to give your chalk an enchanted aura. I personally love patchouli for the magical feel but add the magically appropriate essential oil of your choice. It’s good to layer your intentions.

Now that you have your magical egg shell chalk you can use it in ritual or draw protection sigils around your property. It works really well on sidewalk concrete and bricks. It didn’t do much more than scratch the aluminum siding of my house although the magic is in the intention more so than the chalk Also I wouldn’t use it on windows. I would opt to make blessing oil and anoint the windows with that.

Not keen on making your own? I made extra. You can find patchouli infused Egg Shell chalk here.