January 13, 2020

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People get intense over pumpkin spice. I have nothing against the deliciousness of anyone’s coffee, but the same delightful flavors you love in your cup or doughnut, also pack a pretty powerful kind of pumpkin spice magick.

I know I’m not alone, but pumpkin spice is one of my favorite flavorings. I’ve joked for years in my workshops that it’s quite ironic that these delightful spices which are used for the Orisha Oshun have also been proven by science to mimic some of the chemical processes one has when in love. My fellow Patheos Pagan blogger Heron Michelle wrote about Pumpkin Spice Witchcraft in 2018. She talk about how “powerful blend of Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Allspice and Nutmeg bring the Four P’s: potency, protection, passion and prosperity.”

There are many herbs and spices that can go into a traditional pumpkin spice blend but the mixture usually includes –

Cinnamon– Cinnamon is hands down an herb of love. It also contains properties of healing, and one of my favorites invisibility. In my book Love Magic I write ” Cinnamon heats things up, and love and sex are no exception; it’s the rule. ”

Nutmeg– Nutmeg is known to help with dream magick, in fact in large quantities it is known to be both toxic and hallucinogenic( use with caution.) This common kitchen spice is also associated with love, relationships, healing, financial success, fidelity, strength, and divination and can make a welcome addition to your magickal spells and potions.

Allspice– Allspice isn’t actually all spices,  but instead the berry of a type of evergreen tree. Both Venus and Aphrodite are given this spice as offering.

Clove– Clove is a great spice for a variety of different things. These include healing, love, and stopping gossip.

Ginger– This spice is often used in love and sex magick, and also for healing.

All of these can all be added to your ritual bath spells, floor washes, and spell oils to spice up your magick. Or you can use this mixture which combines them all.

Pumpkin Spice Gris Gris Bag-

This gris-gris, or mojo bag, is designed to attract love and joy. As with all love spells, there can be ethical issues, so please be sure to focus your intent on bringing the best possible love for you directly to you.

1 teaspoon cinnamon, powdered

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

1/2 teaspoon allspice, powdered

1/2 teaspoon clove, ground

2 teaspoons red rose petals, dried

Glass or Ceramic bowl

Spoon for mixing

Small Red Cloth Bag

 

Place all the herbs together in the bowl. Mix well with the spoon. Place the herbs in the bag. Tie the bag shut and rub it quickly between your hands to charge it with your energy. Then carry the pumpkin spice magick bag in your pocket or place it under your bed to attract joy and love to you.

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July 8, 2019

Hoodoo Underwear Spells photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Underwear spells … yes, you read that right, this post is about spells using underwear and other items of clothing. In lots of ways Hoodoo and Conjure workings are about resourcefulness, and making magick with the items you have at hand. Footprints in the dirt, hair, fingernails, and clothes are often used in these systems to represent and connect to an individual.

Several years ago I had an interesting and eye opening experience when I went with a friend to clear out the storage locker of someone we knew who had passed away. Our friend had left us too soon, and we solemnly had gone to his space to clear out anything he would not have wanted his family to see. We found lots of interesting things. One of which I’m still laughing about almost a decade later, was a small treasure chest filled with women’s underwear and all kinds of mojo mixed in. There were big panties, small panties, obviously he was an equal opportunity panty spell caster.

There is certainly an ethical question that has to be considered when doing any kind of magick with underwear and other personal items. These types of spells are a kind of commanding and controlling, and those things always have consequences. I have heard of people wrapping up their hair and that of their partners, tying them together and then surrounding it with the underwear. Personally, I would never do such things without my lovers permission, in that way I know that everyone is a willing participant in the process.

The simplest type of Hoodoo spell work you can do with underwear is to use your own to attract love and passion. This type of working can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish to make it. You can use oils, candles, crystals, herbs, or any number of items as part of this process. In my book Love Magic I give a spell that would work well, namely the Happy Delights Spray.

Happy Delights Spray

You can spray this on your underwear, your bed, your pillow, and anywhere you wish to attract joyous love.

Ingredients:

1 ounce Florida Water

1 ounce Rose Water

3 drops Amber oil

1 drop Sandalwood oil

1 drop Frangipani oil

Glass bottle

Combine all ingredients into your glass bottle. Make the sign of the cross in the air with the bottle, then gently toss into the air and catch it. This will make sure it is charged and blessed by the realm of the invisibles. Now it is ready for use.

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September 20, 2018

Protection Spells photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The newly released Protection Spells by Arin Murphy-Hiscock addresses one of the most important areas of Magic today. Without adequate protection, Witches and other Psychic practitioners leave themselves open to unnecessary harm and chaos. This book contains over 100 different spells for defense and protection, so there is something here for just about everyone.

A large part of this book is concentrated on spells for children and young folk. There are spells here for general fears, anti-bullying, and also nightmares, things that can plague folks of any age, but are particularly troubling for youth. There are also simple ways to both ground and center yourself which can be helpful for anyone. A large part of protection magic is designed to provide comfort and security and that is what this book provides.

One segment that is particularly interesting to me is Protection Spells that revolve around magickal cleaning supplies. I have long advocated that people add charged crystals and/or ritual oils and waters to their cleaning supplies. Here the book tells us that ” Magically programming your cleaning supplies is one of the easiest ways to support the magical maintenance of your home.” The spell that follows allows you to charge whatever item you wish with an incantation, and spiritual focus.

I also really appreciate Protection Spells including workings for use while travelling. These include both a passport protection spell, and also a travel version of Florida Water. My own godson lost his passport on one of our trips to New Orleans ( always have a photocopy,) so this spell is dear to my heart and my history. And everyone knows I am a big fan of Florida Water, just look at all our posts about it here, and this recipe is a welcome addition to our travelling practices.

Arin Murphy-Hiscock is the author of the Way of the Green Witch, Pagan Pregnancy, Power Spellcraft for Life, Solitary Wicca for Life, Birds: A Spiritual Field Guide and many other titles. She’s been active in the field of alternative spirituality for over 20 years, and lives in Montreal, Canada. Murphy-Hiscock is also a 3rd degree Wiccan high priestess who has been teaching spell craft since 2002.

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August 31, 2018

The Book of Flower Spells photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The Book of Flower Spells by Cheralyn Darcey begins like any good spell book should. It has a description of various components that go into the making of a successful spell. It talks about the attributes of the days of the week, crystals, and the stuff this this book is about… Flowers. Flowers are magical, intoxicating, the stuff of life.

The spells in this book are numerous, and they’re not the usual once you see everywhere either. One of my favorites is the frangipani self-confidence spell. This talks about one of my favorite flowers. It even goes into some of the folklore surrounding this magical bloom. Darcy writes that “in Malaysia at the scent is said to accompany the appearance of the Pontianak – a female vampire.”

One interesting thing about The Book of Flower Spells is that the author give substitutes if you can’t find the flower you need for a spell. Magnolia is replaced by corn flour, lilacs are replaced by lemon blossom, and daffodils are replaced by petunias. As many of us know sometimes it’s hard to find the exact right ingredients for a spell, especially when the flower or herb is not in season. Fortunately Darcy provide solutions for us.

This spell book is well thought out and would be a useful addition to any beginner or experts library. The authors bio tells us that she is a “botanical explore, organic gardener, independent natural history scholar, artist, educator, and the author of several books and oracle decks. For more information see www.cheralyndarcey.com

In case you missed it, this blog also contains much more information about using flowers in your magick. Please see our Herbal Magick posts featuring : Hibiscus, Dandelion, Lily of the Valley, Primrose, and more. We hope to feature more of these in the future so please let us know which flowers and herbs you would like to see.

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January 20, 2017

Zora Neale Hurston photo courtesy of wikimedia commons.
Zora Neale Hurston photo courtesy of wikimedia commons.

There is a song in the air. People have been buzzing about it for weeks. It’s a song of angry women. Really it’s not just angry women, it’s an angry society that feels unheard and afraid. As I write this there are upwards of a million women and their allies preparing for the Women’s March on Washington this weekend for unity, protection, power, and progress . Speaking at the march are feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis. The other notables set to appear include Scarlett Johansson, Michael Moore, Gwen Carr, Uzo Aduba, Cher, and many, many more. Sister marches have rose up here in my hometown of NYC, and all across the world really including India and New Zealand. In the words of Zora Neale Hurston ” If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” The people rising up are proud and courageous, but in my sincerest heart of hearts I also hope they are protected.

Signs of protest photo by ielepaloumpis . All rights reserved.
Signs of protest photo by ielepaloumpis . All rights reserved.

There are many protection spells people can do to prepare themselves, and one is to carry rocks. No, I don’t mean for throwing but crystals for safety and protection. Some good crystals to carry in these protest situations would be clear quartz ( for blessings and clarity,) black tourmaline ( for protection and to transform negativity into positive change,) obsidian, carnelian, and turquoise.

Another good idea is to make a gris gris bag, or mojo bag, for protection. You can include your favorite power herbs and stones and whatever else you need. If you would like more information on making one of these, please see my video for Maman Brigitte.

Maman Brigitte is a loa of the Vodou and Voodoo pantheon who is seen as a wise and powerful grandmother to all mankind. Her sacred domain is justice. It is obvious why this is a particularly good protection spell to make up for marches. You can carry this bag with you, or even tie it to your protest sign. Luck and blessings to all who will be protesting, I hope to see you there !

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January 2, 2015

Vrouwe Fortuna photo by **AB**. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0
Vrouwe Fortuna photo by **AB**. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh go hand in hand with the holidays. They were said to have been the original gifts for the Christ Child, and they are still quite useful today … especially the Gold. Before Gold was a gift for a child, it was an offering worthy of the Goddess.

In the Roman pantheon Gold was the realm of the Goddess Fortuna. Emperors were said to keep gold statues of this goddess in their homes to bring them success and wealth. June 24- Midsummer was said to be Fortuna’s sacred day. Ritual Fires were burned and offerings were made. For modern day inspiration dailywicca.com features an interesting Fortuna candle spell with an invocation for luck and fortune.

The ancient Greeks venerated the goddess Theia. She possessed sacred sight and was known for her oracluar prowess, as well as her gift of bestowing gold on her patrons. Her otherworldly sight was said to be part of the power of the sun, use the following money spell to bring the gift of financial sunshine into your life.

Theia Sunshine Gold Candle

Ingredients:

1 Yellow or Gold Seven day pullout candle

Gold glitter

Gold leaf (if possible or shredded dollar bill)

Small piece of pyrite

Gold and Silver Oil ( use recipe below )

3 drops Heliotrope oil

 

Carve a sun, or other sacred symbol for money and attraction on your candle. This can be as simple as a dollar sign or as complicated as you would like to make it. Anoint with oil then rub with glitter and gold leaf. Place pyrite and a small amount of river water in the bottom of the glass. Place the candle inside the glass. Make the sign of the crossroads in the air with the candle then light on the full moon. For safety sake please never leave a burning candle unattended.

 

Oshun shrine candle photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.
Oshun shrine candle photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The La Regla Lucumi tradition, also known as Santeria, the Orisha Oshun is the energy, the embodiment of gold. She is the queen of it’s glittery goodness and it falls sweetly from her divine hips. Some believe her to be much more than a Goddess… she is a ruling force of the Universe. Either of the following spells can be used to connect with her and improve your chances of drawing wealth and success.

Silver and Gold Oil Recipe

Silver and gold are universal currencies. In Santeria, also more properly known as La Regla Lucumi, there is a popular formula to increase wealth called Oro y Plata. It includes both Old and New World ingredients to maximize your financial health. This Silver and Gold Oil recipe can be used to anoint candles, added to a bath, or worn to bring about financial success. Use the oil to anoint your hands and feet before going out to shop, anoint your wallet, a blank check made out to yourself and/or rub on prosperity candles and burn for added effectiveness.

 

Ingredients:

Gold and Silver glitter

6 drops Orange oil

6 drops Cinnamon oil

1 drop Clove oil

Sweet almond oil for base

Combine all ingredients in a small bottle and shake to combine while you focus you thoughts on bringing success into your life.

 

Oshun Bath

Pinch of Cinnamon

Pinch of Nutmeg

1 ounce Rose Water

1 ounce Florida Water

1 ounce River Water

Combine all ingredients together and mix well. Add to bath designed to honor this Orisha of love, money and gold.

 

55 Ways to Connect to Goddess by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

For more ways on connecting to these deities please check out my 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess.

Many blessings to you in the New Year, and if you enjoyed what you have read here please remember to share the pages and spread the wealth!

 

 

 

February 7, 2014

Trash Voodoo Art on Ouidah Beach photo by Willem Heerbaart. Photo cropped and text added. Licensed by CC 2.0

This is the continuation of my previous post about Voodoo Spells. Desperate people can be willing to sell their souls and empty their wallets for the mystical, magical Voodoo spell. It doesn’t have to be like that though. There are some basic Voodoo truths you need to know first, and I’m going to lay it all out for you.

6. Promises, Promises

Please keep your promises and ritual obligations. This goes without saying, but Voodoo and Vodou spirits are notorious for holding you accountable. On many occasions I have seen people forget to literally ” pay their dues” and the consequences are never pretty. If you are blessed enough to succeed in your magickal efforts, please be sure to give credit, and keep your Voodoo promises.

7. Chances are you need a psychic reading first, before you start ordering up voodoo spells.

This is like a spiritual diagnostic. Everyone, and I mean everyone should have divination readings done on a regular basis. One of my favorite “Spells Gone Bad” stories is about a woman who called me over two decades ago, when I was running Brawnen’s Pantry, my mail order and later online spiritual supply shop. It doesn’t exist anymore, but that’s another story. This woman had called me insanely obsessed with the desire to win the lottery. She had an overdue utility bill and had convinced herself that the only way it was going to be paid was if she “ hit the numbers.” I tried to persuade her to get a reading first, but she just wanted the spell. In the end she did win the lottery, in the amount of about $500, more than enough to cover the bill. The next day however, her husband had a heart attack and died. Now, I have never believed that the two events were related.

Voodoo doesn’t work like that.

 

Crowne-Gold-Silver-Bullion by Mark Herpel is licensed under CC by 2.0

I do however believe she had much bigger issues she should have been worrying about than lottery winning or an overdue gas bill. I’m also not saying his death could necessarily have been prevented. She could have at least maybe enjoyed the last few days she had with him, instead of worrying about something that seems unimportant now. A reading will always help you find out where to concentrate your attention.

8. Respect your practitioner and hopefully they will respect you back.

Don’t argue with them please. If you don’t agree with their rules and needs, find someone else. I have already stressed the importance of finding godparents in Voodoo or Haitian Vodou, but sometimes this is not possible. There are however, a lot of practitioners out there. Get recommendations and find one that’s a good fit.

9. Everything works better if you share the wealth.

Voodoo Sign photo by Dan Merino. Licensed under CC 2.0

I know psychic readers that have their medical bills paid by their more successful clients. One of my own godmothers even received an entire house as part of a bequest from a client. Unfortunately, I also know many individuals who received large sums of money, jobs, or healings from Voodoo or other spiritual practitioners who then turned on them, refused to pay it forward, or help the community. Please people, this is not ok.

It’s understandable that people might want or need Voodoo spells from time to time, but remember to use your head and consider these simple truths. Do you have wild spellcrafting stories? I’d love a good laugh, please share them below.

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