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Ancient Love Spells for Conjure, Hoodoo, Wiccan & Pagan Rituals

Posted on July 04, 2015 by AUTHOR (edit in theme settings)

Love Spells and Rituals are nothing new. In fact, history tells us they have been performed for centuries. For those of you with a strong inclination towards hoodoo, you will clearly see many similarities in the following spells. These spells are based on a number of resources. They have been modified and altered in order to make them more practical. To review the spells in their original forms, I have added their sources and encourage you to look them up.

 

Spell to Summon a Woman

Ancient Egypt (from the Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden, Verso Col. XVI)

 

The intention of the following spell was to summon a female from her home and make her love a male. Of course, I assume this is referring to something entirely sexual but it can be used in many ways. I also believe this may be worked in the same way for a woman who desires to summon a male.

Obtain a clean strip of linen and myrrh ink (you can make Myrrh ink by mixing myrrh resin in olive oil). Write out your petition on the linen with the myrrh ink. Take your strip of linen and place it in a clean oil lamp. If you obtained a hair from your object of desire, attach it to the wick. Light it from evening to morning.

Source: Budge, E. A. Wallis, F. Ll. Griffith, Herbert Thompson, and Aleister Blackwell. Ancient Egyptian Spells Not to Try at Home. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. 

 

Love Spell of Attraction with the help of heroes (or gladiators) who have died a violent death.

Ancient Greece (from the Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, PGM IV 1390-1490)

 

To perform this spell as dictated by the original text, you would most likely need to fly to Rome and seek out an ancient amphitheater. However, some modern practitioners may simply advise you to go to your local graveyard and seek out the grave of a soldier to aid you.

 

Take a bit of bread from something you have eaten. Break up the bread into seven pieces. Go to the place where hero has died or was buried. Say your spell (petition) to the pieces of bread and throw them. Pick up the dirt from the place in which the ritual was performed. Take this dirt and throw it on the property (or in the home) of your object of desire.

Source: Betz, Hans Dieter. The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation: Including the Demotic Spells. Chicago U.a.: U of Chicago Pr., 1986. Print.

 

A Spell to Arouse Love In Another

(Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Fold Religion, Pg. 102)

 

To perform this spell take a hot bath. After you bathe, cover your entire body with flour until you sweat. Wipe the sweat off with a clean white piece of linen and wring the sweat into a dish. Mix in an egg, and a bit of nail clippings and hair from the entire body. Burn these to a powder. Add this powder to a dish and serve to your desired love object. As noted in the original text, the following spell most likely originated out of medieval Germany. The significance of this largely reflects the influence of the German culture of this time.

Source: Trachtenberg, Joshua. Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion. New York: Behrman's Jewish Book House, 1939. Print.

 

European Potion to Make you Irresistible

(from Witchcraft, Magic & Alchemy as translated by J. Courtenay Lock, Pg. 187)

 

Take elecampane root (preferably gathered on St. Johns Eve) an orange and ambergris. While mixing these together add in a piece of paper with the word “Sheva” on it.

*Interestingly, the word “Sheva” may has it's origin in the Old Testament. It may refer to the name “Sheba”, perhaps a possible connection to Queen Sheba.

 

Simple European Spell to Gain the Love of Another Person

(from Witchcraft, Magic & Alchemy as translated by J. Courtenay Lock, Pg. 190)

 

To get another person to love you, simply rub your hands with the juice from vervain and touch the person you wish to love you.

Source: Givry, E. A. Geillot De. Witchcraft, Magic & Alchemy. London: George G. Harrap, 1931. Print.

 

A Pawnee Love Charm

(from Magic Medicines of the Indians, Pg. 63)

 

There are two versions of a particular love charm that I am familiar with. The first is referenced in C.A. Weslager's Book entitled the “Magic Medicines of the Indians”. 

Get the root of a Cardinal Flower. Clean it and rub it all over your body to attract a new love. Some are even known to talk to the root and ask it to aid them in the search for love. 

Another simple to technique mentioned in Donald Watt's book, “The Dictionary of Folklore”, is to take cardinal root, American ginseng, wild columbine and carrot leaved parsley to make a love charm. I would suggest powdering them together and then wrap the mixture in a piece of fabric. Carry it on you to attract love.

 

Sources: Watts, Donald. Dictionary of Plant Lore. Amsterdam: Elsevier/AP, 2007. Print.

Weslager, C. A. Magic Medicines of the Indians. Somerset, NJ: Middle Atlantic, 1973. Print.

 

 

 

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Working with a Talisman, Seal, Sacred Object or Spirit Box in Conjure

Posted on January 12, 2015 by AUTHOR (edit in theme settings)

Over time, I have had many questions regarding the use of icons, amulets, talismans, seals, dollies, and saints. After all, these symbols and representation still play a large role in contemporary magic, particularly in hoodoo, conjure, voodoo, and paganism. To truly understand the basic use of symbolic representations, it may be best to take a journey to the past to help you understand the fundamental theory of this type of ritual practice. For the new practitioner it is sometimes helpful to get a broader understanding of a certain function in magical observances. Working with metaphors and symbolism can prove to add a powerful component to any to of ritual, especially magic!

 

When it comes to prayer and ritual, it is not uncommon to work with icons, statues, seals, amulets,spirit boxes, or even labeled candles associated to a saints and deity. This remains the case in many types of divination and worship. This type of worship devotion has occurred throughout time and was employed by a vast array of cultures. For a deeper understanding of such practices, one may choose to go back in time, to the roots of all ancient magic.

 

The Sumerians, for example, carved the names on of the Gods on simple stones. In affect, these were the first early talismans. They also created clay figures, not unlike the early ushabtis of Ancient Egypt, that had magic infused into them through certain spells and rituals. Magical seals were also created by carving images of a particular deity with an inscription. In some cases it was merely a symbol.

 

Like the Sumerians, the Babylonians also held symbols and icons in high regard. Take for example, the universal image of the dove. Today, we associate it with peace, love and the Holy Spirit. But the symbol of the dove dates much further back then Christianity official Roman stamp of approval in 300 A.D. It is frequently mentioned in the Old Testament and the early cultures of Mesopotamia. In Babylonia, the image of the dove was linked to several deities and would eventually come to symbolize the mother goddess. During the reign of King Hammurabi, stone steals were made that illustrated specific curses on those who chose to rebel against his laws. Remember, eye for an eye? Necromancy was also a widely practiced as the Babylonians believed that the dead were far more available to the living than their deities. They too had magical talisman such as dead bird heads and stones. Stones could be used as talismans and figurines that were believed to hold magical power. Furthermore, the Babylonians created great temples, and in some cases entire cities would be deemed holy. The Babylonians were also the great “star gazers”. Stones could be associated with certain powers as the Babylonians believed that their powers came from the stars.

 

However if you truly wish to understand the use of symbolism and iconography, the Egyptians refined this practice. There is no question that their influence on the ancient Hebrews and African significantly contributed to their religious views and rituals. The Egyptians are really the great instructors on how to work with this type of ritual particularly when it comes to your own practice.

 

The Egyptians would take their rituals very seriously. Their deities were depicted by stone, wood or clay statues, sometimes large, sometimes, small. Every day they would wash and oil them. They would then offer them food and drink, wine being the most common. It was believed that this provided the gods nourishment. Prayers and incantations would be made. They Ancient Egyptians had a strong belief in the afterlife. They worshiped their ancestors. Like the Gods, spirits of the dead could do good or cause harm. They believed their ancestors  could continue to have influence in their lives. As a consequence, burial rites held great importance. Much care was taken in the burial of their loved ones as they believed it ensured their ancestors a safe journey into the afterlife. Mummification was reserved to only those who could afford it. The commoner was buried in the ground with his most important personal items.

 

When embarking on a ritual that involves the use of a symbolic object, I suggest learning from the Ancient Egyptians. Offerings should be made. The item should be cleansed at least once a week. If your item is a bowl or box that holds a spirit, make sure you feed it some whiskey or blow a little cigar smoke into it once a week. Anoint you object with holy oils. Talk to it. Pray for it's help. The more you do this, the more life and power will bloom from it. This may seem somewhat of a pagan experience to you. If your are Christian of Jewish like myself, try working with a saint or archangel. The Old Testament is a sacred object in its own right as are the psalms. It's a wonderful way to make an invocation and proves to be quite effective.

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