There is no end to the number and kinds of spells you can learn to cast. This work has been a guide to get you started. This chapter includes a miscellany that may interest you. The spells listed here fall into no real category, yet they have been used successfully for many years by the practitioners who taught them to me.
SEVEN KNOB WISHING CANDLE SPELL
This is a means of fulfilling a wish which you know is possible to bring to fulfillment. Wishes that are not possible are usually not worth going after. It is important to know what you want and go after it. If you have a clear idea of what you want, and if it is something that it is possible for you to have, you can usually get it.
First purchase a seven-knob wishing candle at an occult or curio store. This is a candle with seven distinct knobs on it, usually all of one color.
Second, write out your wish, as simply as possible, using as few words as possible. The candle should be rubbed with a bit of cooking oil to which you have added a drop of your favorite perfume.
When the Moon is new, place the candle on the paper with the wish, light it, and let the first knob burn down while you concentrate on your desire. Repeat this for seven days, burning one knob each day while concentrating on your desire, your wish.
For the next seven days the burned-out candle is left on the paper on which the wish is written. At the end of the week, the wish is usually on the way to fulfillment and the candle remains and the paper may be discarded.
FOUR THIEVES VINEGAR
Four Thieves Vinegar is one of the tastiest salad dressings you'll ever experience. It also has a wide-ranging reputation for healing and practical magic. For healing, it is used as a preventative tonic against all sorts of diseases, although its reputation was gained as a preventative against the bubonic plague in the Middle Ages. It was also used as a wound dressing in the old-style treatment of gangrene, having been applied to the wound after the maggots have eaten off the dead flesh. It is not recommended for healing anymore, as there are more conventional ways of treating these illnesses.
To make the original Four Thieves Vinegar, peel a number of cloves of garlic. Place the garlic in a clean glass bottle. When the bottle is full of peeled garlic cloves, pour wine vinegar over the garlic until the bottle is full. The bottle can then be capped and placed in the refrigerator, root cellar, or spring house for a week or so. The vinegar should be used a little at a time, with new wine vinegar added as some is drawn out. It will last a year or so before a new batch needs to be made.
Purists use a red Bordeaux wine, and wait for it to turn to vinegar before using it. With modern pasteurized wines this may take some time, so wine vinegar is a faster starting place. Apple cider vinegar is not the “real thing” but it works just as well in magic and better for some healing work.
Four Thieves Vinegar Tonic
This is a spring tonic which is also good for occasional use in the heat of the summer. It adds potassium to the system and is supposed to clean the blood. It is definitely a home remedy curio—and is not included here as a serious medical recommendation.
Take a tablespoon of Four Thieves Vinegar, place it in a small glass or cup. Add a teaspoon of honey and mix. Then add a tablespoon of hot water and drink it.
Four Thieves Vinegar Spell
This spell is used to keep a person from drinking. Mix one of his or her favorite drinks, and place some of it in a small bottle which has a secure cap. Add the same amount of Four Thieves Vinegar to the bottle while you pray that his or her drink will turn sour in the mouth and sit uneasily in the stomach. Then cap the bottle and seal it with tape—cellophane tape will do fine.
Lastly, pray that the person—call him or her by name—will be unable to drink the drink so long as the bottle remains sealed. This spell is one that is used quite often, but it has a remarkable disadvantage. If the person is a committed drunk, you will now have to find out what his or her new favorite drink is!
Four Thieves Vinegar Rub
Combine one-fourth cup of Four Thieves Vinegar and three-fourths cup water. Using a washcloth, wash yourself down with the mixture from head to toe after a cool shower. This is a particularly good rubdown for the first shower after a debilitating illness. You may wish to shower again after the rubdown, however. It assists in removing dead skin and negative vibrations, so it has both a cosmetic and an astral cleansing effect.
MOVE OUT OF MY LIFE SPELL
Place the name of the person you wish out of your life in a small bottle. Fill the bottle full with Four Thieves Vinegar and cap it securely. Throw the bottle into a river while praying that the person will leave your life.
Lodestones are natural magnets. For many years they have been used in all sorts of spells, primarily to attract things to the one using them. We met them first under magnet oil in the section on oils. Because lodestones move without being touched, they seem to be the best example of living beings in the mineral world.
They have been used in magic by a number of cultures. As a result, they have accumulated a wide range of spells around them. Most of these spells are based on the property of the lodestone to attract small bits of iron. Many modern magicians prefer the more powerful alnico or ceramic magnets available today, but any of these may be used to good effect for the following spells.
Lodestone Good Luck Charm
Keep a lodestone in a covered earthenware dish. Once a week, on the same day, take it out of the dish and place it in a glass of water. Let it sit in the water for a few minutes while you thank it for its help in attracting good things into your life in the last week. Then take the lodestone out of the water and drink the water. Dry the lodestone and place it back in its container, sprinkling a few pinches of “magnetic sand” (iron filings) over it, and put it away in its container until the next week.
You must keep the lodestone out of sight, usually in a closet or other private place. You can tell the lodestone just what you want by “programing it” with symbols. For example, to gain increased income, place a silver dime in the container with it. For love, you could put a photo of someone in the container. The purpose of the lodestone is to assist you in drawing to you those things you want to have in life.
Lodestone Healing Spell
I must admit that I have only met one person who could use this spell successfully. She was an old woman who did root working in the Sweetwater, Tennessee, area in the late 1930s and early 1940s. I will tell you the procedure she used and hope that you also can do it.
Pray over a lodestone, which is kept in a red charm bag and used only for healing. Tell the lodestone you want it to remove all sickness from the person, naming the person by name. Then take the lodestone and pass it over the person's body from head to foot, one stroke at a time. After each stroke the stone is to be dipped in a bucket of cool water. This requires about fifty strokes, from the center of the head to the toes and then to the bucket of water. If the person is bed-ridden, he or she is turned over to allow the magnet to stroke every part of the body. Once the stroking is completed, the lodestone is thanked and replaced in the bag. The bucket of water is emptied in the middle of a road. Be careful that it does not splash on the person who empties it.
Lodestone charms are occasionally made into charm bags. In this case they are usually “fed” with iron filings on a regular basis. In addition, the charms are usually made with herbs or some form of symbol to indicate just what is to be drawn to the wearer. I know a young man who had one made up with a tiny automobile figure to assist him in obtaining a car. He was able to buy the car he wanted after wearing the charm for a month or so.
Bath salts are often used for protective or healing baths. They are easy to make, and you can save a lot of money by making your own rather than buying the prepared product at an occult or curio store. The result is a product which may have a spiritual effect, by cleaning away some astral detritus when you use it. However, it doesn't work for everyone. If you don't like swimming in the ocean, you should not use this type of bath.
Place a cup of salt in a coffee can or a container which has a lid and is big enough so you can shake the salt thoroughly.
In a measuring cup place a teaspoon of water. Add twenty drops of food coloring to the water and mix well. You can color the salt according to the following color scheme. Use red food color for love, vitality or rejuvenation. Use blue for calm, tranquility, and peace. Use green for health or healing—you should advise the person to see a physician as well. Use yellow for mental stimulation. Combine fifteen drops of yellow and five drops of red for prosperity or success in business.
Add whatever herbs or perfumes you wish to add, finely ground, to the measuring cup, and mix up again. Now add the contents of the measuring cup to the salt. Place the lid on the salt can and shake it thoroughly. If you mix it well, you will have a nice even color all over the salt crystals. If desired, you can dry the salt before using it. It should have a fairly uniform color, with bits of the herbs sticking to some of the salt crystals.
I use a half teaspoon of ground cloves in the red salt, a half teaspoon of ground rosemary in the green salt, and a quarter teaspoon of mint in the yellow salt. It is also possible to add baking soda if you desire to raise the vibration of the mixture a bit.
THE OBI STICK, OR STAFF OF HERMES
The Obi stick, or caduceus, or staff of Hermes, as it is variously known, is an emblem of power and the control of power. It is a “magic wand” in the literal sense, and specifically signifies the ability of its user to control the universal life force. It is thus a potent tool for an aspiring magician or witch to prepare. Its obvious use requires no explanation, as those who cannot immediately think of uses will probably not be able to use it in any event.
The method used to prepare one of these wands is the best kept secret of the various practices which use them. In the Obeah practice of Jamaica, the secret of the Obi stick is very carefully protected, so much so that most of the better practitioners will only make one to hand on their power to a successor.
Many years ago, when I lived in a back-country area, I had occasion to make two or three of these wands for students. I made them according to the following method, and as they were well received and put to good use, I have no hesitation in recommending the method, although, so far as I know, it comes from no practice of which I have received formal training or informal knowledge.
The finished wands have a very good feel, and once they are consecrated, they may be put to good use. I have even had a Jamaican Obi man ask me how I had made such a powerful stick! The ritual of producing the wand takes a long time, but the result is well worth the effort.
First, enter a wild place, preferably deep in the woods, and find a young oak tree or a swamp oak. Locate two good ivy vines, in the same area if possible. Make friends with the young oak tree and ask its permission to become a wand. This usually takes several weeks of conversation and discussion with the spirit of the tree. Unless the tree is immediately willing to become a wand, it's worth spending some time with the tree discussing just what you have in mind for the wand. The time will not be wasted in any event. I have had a tree point out that the wands I was looking for were in process of being naturally made only a few feet away from where we had been talking.
The tree, once it has given permission to be made into a wand, should be watered with a solution made of a half cup of blood meal, a quarter cup of bone meal, and a cup of good nitrogen fertilizer to about three gallons of water. This should be done in the fall, after the autumnal equinox. This is the usual price for the wood and is a good fertilizer.
The following year, around Candlemas, visit the tree again, and find the branch you desire. It should be a fairly low main branch about an inch in diameter, although a three-fourths inch diameter is all right. Transplant some ivy vines to the base of the oak as soon as possible, and cover the area around the base of the tree with small pebbles to keep bush growth away from the tree and the vines.
After the vernal equinox, or as soon as the ivy vines are established, tie the vines to train them to the oak. You want to train the vines to your branch as directly as possible. At this time, you may want to prune the tree, taking care to discuss this with the tree in advance. Prune just enough to eliminate suckers and dead wood.
By midsummer the vines should have reached your branch, and be well-trained to the tree. Twist the vines around the branch to form a helix (or spiral) and tie them in place if necessary. The vines must be tight to the branch.
From this point on you must check the tree every month or so. Keep the vines tight to the bark of the branch, the excess vine and tree well cut back, and the vine and the tree healthy and well-contented. This process continues for two or three years.
In time the vines will strangle the branch in the pattern of the helix, and there will be a definite marriage of the two in the process. Once the branch is about an inch and a quarter in diameter at its smallest end, and the vine from a quarter to three-eighths inch in diameter, the branch and vines are ready to be cut.
The permission of the tree must be obtained again, and the vines should also be told that their purpose has come to an end. The actual cutting should take place between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. First the growth end of the vine should be cut. Then the vines themselves, which hopefully you have kept from spreading, should be uprooted and cast from the tree to ensure that the tree will not be strangled by the vine after it has yielded the wand.
The growing end of the branch is now severed from the tree's main trunk and your branch is at hand. The wound on the tree should be dressed, covered, and patched so the tree will not rot. It may be necessary to warm pitch for this purpose. All trimming of the tree should be done at once, and the tree should also be pruned to remove suckers and dead wood. The object is to leave the tree in as healthy a condition as possible.
The finished branch should be between three and four feet long, with the two helical vines which have impressed themselves into the bark of the branch for about half their diameter. As mentioned, all the cuttings of the branch and the tree prunings should be left at the base of the tree. Thank the tree for giving you the branch.
The trimmed branch must then be dried for a while, at least until the vernal equinox, before it is worked for use. You might wish to glue the vines to the branch—a wise idea—and either fish glue or hoof glue should be used. Casine or plastic glues will change the feel of the wand. The gluing should be done before the consecration, which may be done according to any method you prefer.