PBN Blues Series: “Michigan Water Blues” by Jelly Roll Morton

We return to our series for the Pagan practitioner with another PBN Blues Series installment. Did you miss us? We missed you.

*We would also like to remind you, Flint, Michigan still does not have clean water.

There are time when the only way to break a streak of bad luck is to shake it off and seek new places and faces. Changing the mind can change the world. But if roots are being done on you locally, booking a flight or hitting the road, may be the answer, if viable. In these circumstances, clients are known to come for insight and work to prepare their route and “traveling mercies”. As a business person, you want to retain clients, but you also want to be of service to them as well. How you handle referrals is delicate and important.

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Traveling on, but not without baggage

Curtis L. comes to you with his “I just quit another job” shirt on his back, pressed and fresh. A customer from your early days of business, he has stuck with you for 20 years. Traveling where the work will take him, he drifts from town, and state to state. His flashy watch matches the shine in his eyes, and you anticipate new employment status, and newer lady friends, in some place at the other end of a tank of gas. You mentally prepare to gather his usual assortment of spell components.

Curtis L. surprises you this time, though. He tells you that this is probably the last time you will see him for some years. It seems that he has a job up  in Michigan, and a plethora of opportunities. He is asking you not for his usual small kit, but simply a travel protection root bag and the name of a good shop or worker in Detroit.

Now, Curtis L. has been as dependable as the rains in fall, and the earth underfoot. His regular business has often meant the difference between being able to be in the black at the end of a month, and counting a loss. His word of mouth also keeps a steady stream of wealthy ladies finding your shop and lining your cash register drawer. Even his church friends come for blessed Seals of Moses you get from Sleeping Gryphon.  Yes, indeed, Curtis L. is a valued customer.

For this reason, you decide to sabotage his move. In your opinion, the relationship is too beneficial to both of you. You decide to fill the order, but nullify it with your own work. You then set lights for his job to fall through before he has been there a week. You will break this man for both of your sakes. In your view, no other worker can look after him like you, anyway.

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You smile, and lie through your Fashion Fair coral lipstick and tell him you know not one authentic practitioner, sorry. You wish him well and watch him walk through your door, knowing he will return a broken man. But you also know you will then keep Curtis L. just healed enough to ensure your prosperity for many years to come. With this decision, you now have changed the course of your practice, but you are fine with that.

 

Fond Farewell, with some stories to tell

Curtis L. comes to you with his “I just quit another job” shirt on his back, pressed and fresh. A customer from your early days of business, he has stuck with you for 20 years. Traveling where the work will take him, he drifts from town, and state to state. His flashy watch matches the shine in his eyes, and you anticipate new employment status, and newer lady friends, in some place at the other end of a tank of gas. You mentally prepare to gather his usual assortment of spell components.

Curtis L. surprises you this time, though. He tells you that this is probably the last time you will see him for some years. It seems that he has a job up  in Michigan, and a plethora of opportunities. He is asking you not for his usual small kit, but simply a travel protection root bag and the name of a good shop or worker in Detroit.

Now, Curtis L. has been as dependable as the rains in fall, and the earth underfoot. His regular business has often meant the difference between being able to be in the black at the end of a month, and counting a loss. His word of mouth also keeps a steady stream of wealthy ladies finding your shop and lining your cash register drawer. Even his church friends come for blessed Seals of Moses you order from Sleeping Gryphon.  Yes, indeed, Curtis L. is a valued customer.

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You will feel the loss of Curtis L. both emotionally and financially. His custom and referrals contributed to the success and popularity of your business. He sees you as a trusted fictive family member, and you are honored to be held in such esteem. You hold his trust sacred, and it is with this in mind, you prepare with care his last package.

You are a member of the Pagan Business Network, so you know the way to find the people he needs to know and how to place him in touch with them. You also know that a quick free divination will aid him to avoid any unforeseen trouble with the new employer. You give him this free of charge.

With a final goodbye, you send an email to the businesses you recommended, with his permission, with an introduction. He will never forget you, and will no doubt continue to sing your praises. Word of mouth on social media makes his continued referrals very probable for local clients.

Curtis L. sends you a chat message three months later. He is doing very well. That last parting gift of Boss Fix was just what he needed to foil a coworker’s plot to undermine him. His new local worker has a great relationship with him, and you and she often refer clients to each other for online customers. His reviews on both your sites is like honey to bees. Your choice to give a hand up instead of a pulling back, lifted you both.

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Looking at Life

Your honor and business reputation are your most bankable asset. Without them, you have nothing. There is no lesson greater than this.

PBN Blues Series: “Bad Penny” by Rory Gallagher

by Kenya Coviak

Thank you for joining us, once again, for our PBN Blues Series.  This entry will address a common working requested by clients that you may run into from time and again.  The subject addresses how to help a client who has turned their life around to a positive path only to find that they cannot get a member of law enforcement to let them move on.

As a practitioner in the business of dealing with the magickal/spiritual world, you will encounter clients from all walks of life.  Pillars of the community will have their names mixed with the criminal on your roster.  It is up to your own conscience what sort of services you provide.  In this example, the business owner is open to performing work for all clients without judgment, so this particular customer felt comfortable in bringing this matter to the counter.

Jodi W. has a problem.  She at one point was a member of a notorious and violent street gang.  Several years ago, she had a life changing epiphany and decided that her old life and associations were no longer for her.  A moment of clarity, and  gunshot wounds to the chest, gave her a “change of heart”.

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But the aftermath of her redirection has taken her into a world of fear and harassment from  her former gang to resume her old activities. Also, a police duo that has made it their personal mission in life to bust her.  Neither group believes that she has really changed.

Jodi W. comes to your shop for help in getting peace in her life and ending the constant intrusions on her life.  Upon further discussion, you find that moving away is not an option.  She is the caregiver of an ailing family member.  So the solution must address this as well.

 

Quick cash, but is it thorough

You decide to give her a Law Stay Away Candle, and some Compelling oil.  The first for the police, the second for her former constituents, in order to keep them away.  You advise her how to use them, and tell her to come back in two weeks to resupply.  Your client leaves, you count your money, and end of the tale.  This is all she could afford today, so this is all the service she will get from you.

 

Perhaps a bit more care and a bit more customer service

Jodi W. has a problem.  She at one point was a member of a notorious and violent street gang.  Several years ago, she had a life changing epiphany and decided that her old life and associations were no longer for her.  A moment of clarity, and two gun shot wounds to the chest, gave her a “change of heart”.

But the aftermath of her redirection has taken her into a world of fear and harassment from  her former gang to resume her old activities. Also, a police duo that has made it their personal mission in life to bust her.  Neither group believes that she has really changed.

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Jodi W. comes to your shop for help in getting peace in her life and ending the constant intrusions on her life.  Upon further discussion, you find that moving away is not an option.  She is the caregiver of an ailing family member.  So the solution must address this as well.

This is where looking at the whole scope of what is going on in her life comes into play.  Several factors are in this case.  The use of candles is an option here, however, since there are layers of issues it would be appropriate to work on many layers of defense and protection to fix this.

Because you are actually engaged with the client, you have been able to reason out and prioritize what  concerns are most pressing.  This is a multifaceted set of circumstances.  You explain that it has to all be handled in little bites.

Jody W. may not be able to afford everything at once.   You set up an approach that can accomplish things little by little over time.  This is where understanding how to assess the client’s conditions are important.

First issue at hand is that of the police.  A casual observer might have placed this concern after the gang members.  But this would be a mistake.  The organization wants her to return and work for them, so they are not currently as threatening to her movements.

The team, let’s call them Officers Wilson and Pickett, are actually really good people.  But good people can become jaded in  any profession.  They have seen it all, and don’t like any of it.

So over the years of dealing with the person that she once was, they have placed her into a box in their minds that identifies her as criminal for life.  And with the powers that have been entrusted to them comes a lot of leeway for being overly zealous for her “type”.  Driving by her home every shift, stopping her randomly to ask her what where she is going, and them randomly showing up to her job has become a living nightmare for Jody W.  She has even lost employment over this pattern of behavior.

So the first priority is to secure her home, person, and workplaces from torment.  You suggest a penny spell as quick perimeter ward for her home.  A combination of oils, including Law Stay Away, is added to her supplies along with appropriate candles.  Finally, as a first step, you decide to help her put together a banishing work to remove their influences.

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Jody W. expresses concern that her past associates will eventually get tired of waiting and may turn violent in their insistence.  She lights a cigarette in the back parlor of your store, and you allow it as you are zoned to permit this small calming practice.  You let her take a moment, and then get calmly proceed to address the protective workings that are on the list you  completed at the counter.

In the matter of the gang members, you list a set of workings that included banishing, red brick dust, protection, and a shut up spell for good measure.  Being a bit proactive, you also suggest poppy seeds and calumus root be added to a component list in order to confuse their efforts.  This will take time, and the client has been instructed of this.   You also suggest she work with whatever spiritual guardian energy is in accord with her new belief system.

For later visits, you have assorted components for bettering her employment situation.  Boss Fix mixed with Bend Over oil is at the top of the list, of course.  You make sure to voice your support for her decision to leave the old life, without being judgmental.  A smile and a good word are worth more than you know, and genuine good will helps to create a good place in her mind regarding you.

She purchases what she can afford, and makes a shopping list.  You duplicate this list and keep it at the counter, so that steps and purchases can be marked off as they are picked up.  You set a small box to the side that has her initials on it.  This contains her items so that they will be ready for pick up.  This is possible because you have a rapport.  Jody W. leaves, and you have served your client in a reasoned fashion.

There were a multitude of ways to handle this client’s issues.  This way is not the only way, and may not be one of the best ones out there.  However, it does take the time to look at all the parts of the case so that the client has the best outcome possible.  Sometimes it is not about “cash and dash”.  Especially when dealing with the people from the past who keep showing up like bad pennies.