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The Crafting of the Jinx

As some of you know, I’m not afraid to talk about cursework to college students. Everyone likes talking about cursework. It’s exciting, it’s sexy and it shows that you’re not afraid to get all honey badger on someone’s ass.

I maintain that it’s not a great idea to talk about personal cursework/occult fight club publicly but it’s a good idea to know a bit about cursework in my opinion.

1. Are you being cursed?

No.

Okay, unlikely at best. You are way more likely to have either: made poor life decisions, have shitty luck or be experiencing crossed conditions.

If you think someone is working on you, ask yourself if they have the time, energy and resources to be doing so. Then ask a few trusted confidants. Then do a reading. Does that person have access to your personal concerns? That ups the chances somewhat.

If despite all odds, you are being worked on, either get an adult or do a working like something suggested here. Is the person magically inclined or have access to someone who is? No? Most likely it’s the evil eye and it’s not even on purpose. Here’s how to break that.

2. Do you think you’re a nice person?

If being thought of as a nice person by yourself and others is important to you, this isn’t the best path for you. Make no mistake about what you’re doing – you’re intentionally harming someone. It is not a nice thing to do to someone. You are also binding yourself up with that person more closely due to the ties you’re creating with this magical working. Even if you use hyssop powder. Even if you understand that karma works over life times and isn’t an easily charted tit for tat process. You don’t get a secret gold star for doing nasty acts on a person. It doesn’t make you a “real” witch any more than anything else does. So if you’re not sure . . .don’t. Instead I suggest a freezer spell while not exactly a positive energy spell but not exactly. . . not either. It’s a light shade of grey.

It’s also hard to know when to stop. Why? Because you’re mad, obv. If you’re mad enough at a person to want to work The Dark Arts on zir, you are probably not going to be in the best position to judge when enough is enough. Sometimes you get so mad at a person that even if s/he were eaten alive by a pack of dingoes that were on fire, it still wouldn’t be enough. You need a few days (or weeks) to cool off before you do any jinx work so you can assess if this is worth the aggro. I cannot stress enough that in Hoodoo jinx work is called a mess for a reason.

If you want to have any kind of relationship with this person, you should not be performing hex work on zir, just like if you want a relationship with a person forgiveness is critical. Otherwise you are creating a horrible toxic mess. If you need to seriously manipulate someone who is in your life in a family, friendship or romantic capacity for things to go smoothly, you need to do some serious thinking chair thinking as to why you are willing to do that over cutting that person out of your life and moving on.

Finally, once you’ve created this mess, if you get in over your head, good luck finding someone to help you out of the goodness of their heart. Most occultists shy away from helping someone with a mess they’ve created for themselves, unless it’s for money. Serious money. Myself included.

3. I am sufficiently angry and motivated to move forward and deal with this aggro.

Alrighty then. I’m only going to take you so deep into the woods because I am only personally comfortable with going so deep. You’re welcome to do whatever you would like on your own time.

a. Spell Bottle

* Enlist the help of your own personal deities and spirits, especially those who will be likely to be sympathetic to your case. Make them offerings. I’m assuming you’re not doing this on the regular, so make sure they’re good offerings (or one half of a good offering with the promise of the second half upon delivery). State your case to them and state your intention. Be specific enough about what you want and why but leave some room. I promise you that the gods/spirits will be far more creative than you.

* Get a bottle. If there is a kind of booze/beverage your target hates, so much the better. If not, there are a lot of really good named beers and wines that have “witchy” names. I just saw a Hex beer two days ago. Pour out the contents as a libation to your spirits.

* Add nasty things like nails, needles, broken glass, vinegar, hot sauce, hot peppers and bits of items that the person hates.

* You need a good personal concern from the target for this. Not a picture, not handwriting, something good. Good is defined as blood, spit, hair or semen/vaginal fluid. If you didn’t have the foresight to have some of that on hand before the work and/or you don’t have the chutzpah to find a way to get it, you have no business getting involved in cursework. Sorry.

* Seal the bottle up.

* Piss on it if you’re so inclined.

* Shake the bottle once a day every day for at least three days while asking your spirits for their help in what you want to happen. Make it a good speech.

* Take it to the woods and hang the bottle upside down in a tree. Walk away from it and don’t look back.

 

b. Mirror Box Spellwork

* Enlist the help of your own personal deities and spirits, especially those who will be likely to be sympathetic to your case. Make them offerings. I’m assuming you’re not doing this on the regular, so make sure they’re good offerings (or one half of a good offering with the promise of the second half upon delivery). State your case to them and state your intention. Be specific enough about what you want and why but leave some room. I promise you that the gods/spirits will be far more creative than you.

* Make a very small poppet of the person, dressing it with personal concerns. Again, you need a good personal concern from the target for this. Not a picture, not handwriting, something good. Good is defined as blood, spit, hair or semen/vaginal fluid. If you didn’t have the foresight to have some of that on hand before the work and/or you don’t have the chutzpah to find a way to get it, you have no business getting involved in cursework. Sorry.

* Get a small wood box from a craft store. Glue tiny mirrors from the craft store inside the box.

* Bind the poppet up with some string and tell it why you are mad at the target. Tell it that every time the target speaks badly of you or tries to do something bad to you that their words/actions will be reflected back at the target. Some people say that this will make the person crazy if it gets reflected often enough which is why it’s not a nice thing to do.

* Put the poppet in the box. Go to the woods. Find a large rock or brick and put it on top of the box and put your foot on top of it. Say, “I have you [Target's full name] under my heel.” Walk away, don’t turn back.

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Deborah Castellano is a frequent contributor to Occult/Pagan sources such as Witchvox, PaganSquare and Witches&Pagans magazine.  She blogs regular at her blog, Charmed Finishing School. Deborah's book, The Arte of Glamour is available for purchase on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Her craft shop, La Sirene et Le Corbeau specializes in handspun yarn and other goodies.  Her Craft shop, The Glamoury Apothecary specializes in handcrafted items for your magical/occult practice.  Both can be found on Etsy.

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