An Introduction to Practical Herbalism

There are many images associated with magic and witchcraft.  One of the most common ones is that of the witch in their garden or the woods gathering an assortment of plants for their work.  Today magical herbalism remains one of the most actively practiced magical and spiritual practices.  This is one of the practices that can be found across cultures.  It unites many forms of magical practices and cultures.  The more one studies and explores magical herbalism the more one realizes there is to know.

Like any field of magic there are no shortages of specific areas of study.  There are many different ways that you can practice herbalism and be a magical herbalist.  From hanging herbs and decorations around the house, to health remedies, tinctures, incenses, baths, and the food that you eat, magical herbalism is one of the most simple and effective ways of working magic there is.

Before we get into several different practices and herbs that you can work with its important to know what sort of tools you will need.  In general for magical herbalism there are not too many tools needed.  Scissors and a knife for harvesting are among the

Magical Herbalism is the most practical of all the arts out there.  What is more practical than adding a little magic into the food that you eat?  Through the art of kitchen witchery instead of sending the magic out towards the universe you are sending the magic into yourself.  You become the portal for your magic to manifest.   In kitchen witchcraft you have all the tools you need right in your kitchen.  From the herbs you will use to the tools to work your spells everything you need is right there.

In fact most magical needs can be met with only the herbs and spices that we use in our daily food.  Lets take a look at a few of the common spices found in many kitchens and their properties.  Aside from Salt, Pepper, Sugar, and Oil there are several herbs and spices that are found in most kitchens.  These spices are just as effective in magic as herbs like Frankincense or Myrrh and are often times not only more affordable but also easier to obtain.  Most of these can be found in your spice cabinet or fresh at the grocery store.

Common Kitchen Spices and their Magical properties

Allspice: Money, Luck, Healing

Basil: Love, Exorcisms,Wealth, Astral Travel, Rituals for the dead, House blessings, Ancestral work,Invoking Dragons, Protection, Attract money

Bay Leaf: Protection, Purification, Psychic powers, Strength, Wishes

Black Pepper: Protection, Exorcism

Cayenne Pepper: Fidelity, Hex breaking, Protection, Removal

Cinnamon: Sexuality, Lust, Wealth, Money, Consecration, Purification, Love

Garlic: Protection, Exorcism, Lust, Antitheft

Nutmeg: Gambling luck, Money, Fidelity, Prosperity, Luck

Oats: Money

Oregano: Keeps away the law, Joy, Strength, Vitality

Parsley: Underworld workings, Ancestor veneration, Healing, Fortune, Success, Lust, Protection, Purification

Rosemary: Cleansing, Draws the aid of spirits, Love, Mental focus, Protection, Lust, Exorcism, Healing

Sage: Spell Reversal, Guarding against the Evil eye (White sage): Cleansing, Purification, Make Sacred

Salt: Purification, Protection

Sugar: Attraction work (to bring something to you love, money luck etc), Favor gaining, “sweetening those”

As you can see there is a lot that you can do with the spices we use to flavor our foods and with items easily located around the house.  Do you need to cleanse your house you can burn white sage or culinary sage for that effect.    If you are trying to draw some customers to your business you could create a mixture of basil, sugar, and cinnamon to sprinkle around the registers or you could simply write your wish for customers and sales on the back of a bay leaf and place that in your register.  A good protection mixture would be Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, and Garlic powder and you could use that on your meats or veggies empowering you to feel more secure and safe.

 

Since we took a look at the spices we work with let’s take a look at some of the fruits and nuts found in our diets for further ideas.

Common Fruits and Nuts

Almond: Money, Prosperity, Wisdom

Apple: Love, Healing

Banana:  Fertility, Potency, Prosperity

Blackberry: Healing, Money, Protection, Return evil, Exorcism

Blue Berry: Protection

Lemon: Purification, Love, Friendship, Justice

Lime: Healing, Love, Protection

Nuts: Fertility, Prosperity, Love, Luck

Orange: Love, Divination, Luck, Money

Peach: Love, Exorcism, Longevity, Fertility. Wishes

Pear: Lust, Love

Pecan: Money, Employment

Pineapple: Luck, Money, Chasity

Raspberry: Protection, Love, Good luck

Strawberry: Love and luck

So now that we have some of these fruits lets look at some options for spells.  Lets say you wanted to increase some customers at an event or sales at work.  During your lunch break you could eat a fruit salad made up of a mixture of  Almonds, Bananas,  Orange, Pineapple, and Pecans.  Add cinnamon and sugar for further boosts.  If you like apple pie and want love you could make an apple pie and empower it with your desire for love.    If you want to cleanse and protect yourself a smoothie of Blueberry, Blackberry,Lemon,Lime, and Raspberry.  It is very simple and effective for you to work with these fruits.

Now there are many other plants that a person interested in magic can use.  The ones that we find in the kitchen and grocery store are only some of them.  The rest of them are outside in the wild or in our gardens.  The world of plants has much to offer.  So let us continue our journey and take a look at some of the plants in our gardens and in the wilds that we can work with.

  Many of the common weeds that we encounter on a day to day basis actually have several magical properties.  Learning which plants are local to you is a powerful way to work magical herbalism.  It’s easy to find a local guide-book with full color photos and identification.  The national Audubon society often creates several different books for each region.  These books are a must have resource for those interested in harvesting plants from the wild.

Wildcrafting is an excellent way for you to not only connect to the land that you live on but with the spirits of the land and the animals.  By learning which trees and plants are native to your area you can cultivate relationships that will last for a very long time.

Wildcrafted Magical Herbs and their associations

Black Eyed Susan: Cleansing, Releasing, Grounding, Integration, Mediumship, Connecting with the dead

Cedar: Healing, Purification, Money, protection

Cloves: Psychic abilities, Astral Travel, Protection, Exorcisms, Love

Crab-apple: Fertility, Healing

Cramp bark: Protection, Luck

Dandelion (flowers,leaves,and roots): Purify, Manifest Wishes, Enrich, Money

Daisy: Lust, Love

Goldenrod: Money, Divination

Goldenseal: Healing, Money

Mugwort: Strength, Psychic powers, Protection, Prophetic dreams, Astral projection

Mullein: Courage, Protection, Love, Divination, Exorcism

Nettle Leaf: Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Jinx breaking, Lust

Oak: Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck

Pine: Remove evil, Money, Cleanse, Healing, Fertility, Protection , Exorcism

Plantain: Healing, Strength, Protection

St. Johns wort: Health, Protection, Strength, Love, Divination, Happiness

Skullcap: Love, Fidelity, Peace

Willow Bark: Love, Protection, Healing

Wormwood: Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits

Yarrow:Psychic development, Courage, Love, Exorcism, Protection

Yellow dock: Money draw, Attract Customers, Love Draw

Many of the plants listed above are considered to be weeds to most modern gardeners.  In fact these wild plants and flowers are some of the most powerful plants known to witches.  These plants could be living right outside your door.  All you need to do now is gather them and start working with them.  With these plants you have a lot of different opportunities for different works.  Want to enhance your psychic abilities gather some catnip and mugwort to burn as an incense or drink in a tea.  Want to feel protected?  Carry an acorn in your pocket for protection.

Aside from working with the herbs in your kitchen cabinet and that grow wild many witches grow herbs in garden outside or in pots ins their home.  When you grow the herbs you work with in magic they have a deeper connection to you than plants in the wild you gather or get in the store.  These plants rely on you for all of their care and needs.    The following list contains plants commonly grown in gardens for witchcraft.

Common Grown Plants

Aloe Vera: Protection, Peace in the afterlife, Prosperity, Success, Love

Catnip: Love, Beauty, Happiness, Cat Magic, Break Spells, Fertility, Psychic powers

Calendula/Marigold: Money, Prosperity, Health, Psychic Development, Protection, Prophetic dreams, Legal matters, Psychic Powers, Healing

Chamomile: Protection, Luck, Money, Sleep, Peace, Purification

Echinacea: Strengthen spells, Offering to spirits

Ivy: Protection, Healing

Jasmine: Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams

Lavender: Love, Protection, Purification, Happiness, Peace, Healing, Meditation, Psychic abilities

Lilac: Exorcism, Protection

Lilly: Protection, Breaking Love spells

Lilly of the Valley: Mental Powers, Happiness

Morning Glory: Happiness, Peace

Orchid: Love

Orris (Orris Root): Love, Protection, Divination

Pansy: Love, Rain magic, Divination regarding love

Peppermint: Purification, Love, Healing, Psychic powers

Peony: Protection, Exorcism

Primrose: Protection, Love

Rose: Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Divination regarding love, Luck,  Protection

Snapdragon: Protection

Spearmint: Healing, Love, Mental Powers

Tulip: Prosperity, Love, Protection

Most every plant can be used for magical and spiritual work.  It is up to you to find which plants resonate best with you.  Here are a few examples of things you could so. So lets say you live in an area that has a poor reputation, and you have a yard.  One thing you might want to do is plant some flowers for protection like, Lilac, Peony and Snapdragon outside.  Inside you could grow some Aloe Vera for protection.  If you want peace in the home growing Lavender and Roses is a good idea.

Of this list some plants like Lavender, Spearmint and Peppermint can be easily grown inside in a pot.  Other plants like Lilacs require space outside. It doesn’t matter if you grown the herbs outside or in pots, these plants will be your allies for a long time to come.  If you raise them, talk to them, and show them love these plants will respond and shower you with their powers.  Learning about the plants through growing them and gardening will not only connect you with their spirits but also with the spirits in nature and with the tides of nature.

It has been my hope that though this article you have gotten some ideas of some plants you can work with that are commonly found in the grocery store, your gardens, and in the wild.  You don’t need to work with the exotic herbs like Dragon’s blood, Myrrh, or Frankincense to be a magical herbalist.  You can just work with what you have on hand and you will be a success.  Now if you want to work with some of the traditional herbs like Frankincense, Myrrh, etc there are plenty of places online where you can find them.

Here are some shops that you can visit to obtain herbs for magical and spiritual workings:

http://mysticechoes.storenvy.com/

https://3crowsmagick.com/

http://artesandcraft.com/

www.originalbotanica.com

A further list can be found at http://paganbusinessdirectory.com/businesses/magickal-supplies/

For further reading on the topic these  books are recommended:

The Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

Hoodoo Herb and Root magic by Cat Yronwode

Mastering Herbalism by Paul Husson

A Compendium of Herbal Magic by Paul Beryl

 

 

 

 

PBN Blues Series: “Bitter End” Rag’n’Bone Man

Friendships and relationships make the backbone of common casework for many practitioners. Beside money issues, they reign as the giants of the topics for concern for the professional practitioner. Clients are humans, after all, and they cannot avoid the interactions that come with the human experience. Because of this, relationship issues are bound to come up sooner or later.

As a practitioner, you could very well specialize in this field and make a pretty good income. It can make or break a career if you become known to either be successful, or abysmal, in this field. This is why it should be handled well, if at all. Matters of the heart are always delicate, and a attention to detail is important when deciding how to engage a case.

Cut and dried it would seem

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Photo: Tom Butler

Penzobia B. is a peer level practitioner. She is up there with the best of them, but for some reason she cannot seem to shake a spell of bad luck that seems to keep cycling. She performs road opener works consistently, yet nothing sticks. Divination is unclear in its results for her, and dream work is not lucid in this matter. She wonders if she has somehow just run into a bad patch, or if something else is going on in her world.

 

After speaking with Penzobia B., you find that she recently ended a friendship of many years. This person is also a magickal and spiritual practitioner. You ask if she ended the friendship in anger, and she states that while there was a anger on one side, she already detached from the relationship due to negativity on the part of the former friend, so she felt nothing insofar as emotional distress. In fact, she felt a bit unburdened by having to keep up her half of the relationship after years of swinging back and forth between betrayal and neediness.

You surmise that her bad luck stems from her own suppressed feelings of guilt. You tell her to forgive herself, and bathe in hyssop. You also tell her to write a letter to the Universe asking for release from her bonds with that person, then burn it. You sell her the bath, and go about your day.

From bitter endings 

Photo: Zack Minor
Photo: Zack Minor

 

Penzobia B. is a peer level practitioner. She is up there with the best of them, but for some reason she cannot seem to shake a spell of bad luck that seems to keep cycling. She performs road opener works consistently, yet nothing sticks. Divination is unclear in its results for her, and dream work is not lucid in this matter. She wonders if she has somehow just run into a bad patch, or if something else is going on in her world.

After speaking with Penzobia B., you find that she recently ended a friendship of many years. This person is also a magickal and spiritual practitioner. You ask if she ended the friendship in anger, and she states that while there was an anger on one side, she already detached from the relationship due to negativity on the part of the former friend, so she felt nothing insofar as emotional distress. In fact, she felt a bit unburdened by having to keep up her half of the relationship after years of swinging back and forth between betrayal and neediness.

Normally, you might suggest a simple purification, however you also know that when practitioners are involved, things get deep sometimes. Upon doing a reading, you at first have the same issues. Disjointed information and nonsensical lines. But you are not new at this. You know “work” when you see it.

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Photo: Simon Wijers

You cleanse the area, and client and self, with a blend containing eyebright and some other herbs, and try again. That is when it becomes clear. There is definitely work, and it is, indeed, the former friend. She, and an accomplice, are using a grey candle trap to avoid detection, and adding lavender to the works in order to lull the target into a calm state. This is an insidious form of magick, as it has a veil on it that make Penzobia B. feel nothing is really wrong, as she is always being soothed no matter how badly events occur.

Also, the spells have been formed in such a way as to reattach after being dismissed. They are feeding upon the continuous loop of doubt and fire magick. This is a tricky one, you will give her that much credit. Walnut shells are not the simple fix here.

You and Penzobia B. review the results of the divination and devise a case plan to dismantle, counter, and destroy the attacks. Because she was attacked, she decides that the “gloves are off” and buys spell components designed to twist a sufficient amount of curse work back to the assailant. She make her purchases, and you strengthen our professional networking relationship with her. You also do an additional cleansing and some grey work to deter mischief.

Herbal Lore

Written by: Rose Miller AKA Ravenwings

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For thousands of years, herbs have been used for medicinal purposes as well as cosmetics, aromatics, cooking, and even embalming. The earliest known medicinal uses were documented it an Egyptian medical document called the Ebers Papyrus. This document contains over 800 medicinal drugs that were used from herbs and dates back to 1700 B.C. The Chinese claim that their use is even older than the Egyptians. Traditional Chinese medicine dates back to around 2500 B.C. Their form of using herbs also incorporates other treatments such as acupuncture and even massage. To treat an illness is to treat the whole person, to restore balance and harmony so that the body can then heal itself.

Indian Ayurvedic medicine emphasizes that good health is the responsibility of the person. Herbs and diets are used to help restore a balance to the body in order for it to heal itself. The Greeks also believed in maintaining a balance for good health and incorporated herbal knowledge from Egypt, India and China.

Hippocrates – “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

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From Greece the medicinal practices reached Rome around 100 B.C. Medicine itself became a profitable business. Galen disagreed with Hippocrates idea of the body allowing to heal itself and reworked his ideas. Galen’s books became standard medical texts and his theories are still used in Unani medicine practiced by Muslims and even in India. Some of his theories are found throughout Shakespeare’s plays.

During the reign of Elizabeth I herbals were written by Gerard, Parkinson, and Culpepper. An herbal book that not only describes plants but, also shows how to use them. The herbal book was second only to the Bible at this time.

In an article in The Economist. 2002

“Chimpanzees suffering from intestinal worms in Tanzania dose themselves with the pith of a plant called Veronica. This plant produces poisonous chemicals called terpenes. The pith contains a strong enough concentration to kill the gut parasites, but not so strong as to kill the chimps (nor people, for that matter; locals use the pith for the same purpose).”

In the early days of medicine, drugs could only come from the plant. As society has changed and we have more scientific ways to find out what makes this herb do what it does. Then chemical structures can be identified and made synthetically. The active ingredient in Willow Bark is salicin, and was artificially made in 1852. In 1899 Bayer was the first company to introduce the aspirin using this synthetically made product. The problem with the synthetically made active ingredients found in these herbs have numerous side effects that using the actual herb does not have.

The use of herbs however over the thousands of years have been more than just for culinary and healing uses. In Rome the people actually paid their taxes with anise. Romans also used dill to make wreaths and garlands to keep away witches. In some places parsley was thought to repel head lice. There are some other great little tidbits about herbal folklore on http://www.almanac.com/content/herbal-folklore-and-old-fashioned-tips.

Whatever the reason we use herbs today it has all been tried and true over thousands of years by millions of people. So the next time you add oregano to a spaghetti sauce or take an aspirin, keep in mind that what you are doing is not new or unique, just a modern version of the days of old.

PBN Blues Series: Bring Me My Shotgun Lightnin’ Hopkins

As a practitioner and shop owner, times will come when your client will be in the wrong and in real danger.  Rational people take steps and remove themselves from harm as best they can.  But the anger that accompanies infidelity is a special threat and peril.  When partners live together, the flight from the situation is fraught with difficulties.

Being caught in the act leads to a phenomena called a “crime of passion”.  This can ranges from open murder to  any degree of attack leading up to it.  The threat of harm is imminent.  Caught between running and staying, they may come to you in the midst of their flight.

We will look at a particular scenario like this as we continue our series today.

Not a miracle worker, but someone forgot that

Angela M. is in a polyamorous relationship with her primary partner, Lukas H.,  and three metamours.  Everyone was happy with this arrangement until Phyllis T. came into the picture. Angela M. met Phyllis T. at an out-of-town business conference.  Sitting at the cocktail bar, she became swept away by Phyllis T.‘s wit and charm.  This developed into a relationship that would continue after she came home, since both live in the same state.  Eventually, this bloomed into a full on affair that led to a weekend getaway at an upper Michigan Bed and Breakfast.

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By Victor Olson – Beacon Signal Books, Public Domain

 

According to the relationship agreements that Angela M. has with Lukas H., she is allowed no partners who do not also partner with Lukas H.. Also, all her partners must be bisexual men, as all of her metamours are male.  Lastly, she was not to enter into any relationship without permission of Lukas H..  She has violated all the terms and followed her heart.

This would be an emotional only matter, except for the fact that Lukas H. is a possessive and violent man.  He is also in law enforcement and uses his connections to ruin people, and menace them. He has been known to beat his earlier partners, each time the connections to the “higher-ups” covering up the incidents.

Angela M. comes to you after driving for 6 hours on the road from upstate.  She and Phyllis T. were caught at the Bed and Breakfast by Lukas H. and two of her metamours.  They read Angela M.’s emails and decided to face them.  Violence erupted, as Lukas H.  pounded on the door to the room and then forced his way in past Phyllis T..  After being forcibly restrained from continuing his rain of blows on Angela M., Lukas H. told her that he will shoot her the next time he sees her.  She fled in terror back to her home.

She comes to you for protection work.

You decide to sell her a hellfire protection candle, tell her to create a servitor with your kit, and throw in a protection oil.  You send her out of your store, in the hopes that she does not bring the wrath of Lukas H. to your shop.  You return to your bookkeeping and listening to the latest soap opera in the background.  You never see her again. And no one you know does either.

 

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Escape and execution of a safer plan

 

Angela M. is in a polyamorous relationship with her primary partner, Lukas H.,  and three metamours.  Everyone was happy with this arrangement until Phyllis T. came into the picture. Angela M. met Phyllis T. at an out-of-town business conference.  Sitting at the cocktail bar, she became swept away by Phyllis T.‘s wit and charm.  This developed into a relationship that would continue after she came home, since both live in the same state.  Eventually, this bloomed into a full on affair that led to a weekend getaway at an upper Michigan Bed and Breakfast.

According to the relationship agreements that Angela M. has with Lukas H., she is allowed no partners who do not also partner with Lukas H.. Also, all her partners must be  bisexual men, as all of her metamours are male.  Lastly, she was not to enter into any relationship without the permission of Lukas H..  She has violated all the terms and followed her heart.

This would be an emotional only matter, except for the fact that Lukas H. is a possessive and violent man.  He is also in law enforcement and uses his connections to ruin people, and menace them. He has been known to beat his earlier partners, each time the connections to the “higher-ups” covering up the incidents.

Angela M. comes to you after driving for 6 hours on the road from upstate.  She and Phyllis T. were caught at the Bed and Breakfast by Lukas H. and two of her metamours.  They read Angela M.’s emails and decided to face them.  Violence erupted, as Lukas H.  pounded on the door to the room and then forced his way in past Phyllis T..  After being forcibly restrained from continuing his rain of blows on Angela M., Lukas H. told her that he will shoot her the next time he sees her.  She fled in terror back to her home.

She comes to you for protection work.

This is a dangerous situation.  Not only do you have a person in your presence who may, or may not, be truthful about being in immediate danger, you also have the threat of their death.  The stability and honesty of your client and the urgency of this situation can lead some to falter and seek the quickest way to be rid of her. It is at this moment that you have to decide what you reasonably are able to carry out in the face of the facts.  A quick use of evening primrose oil in the reading room will aid this goal.

A divination is the first order of business.  Not only will it give insight into the situation, it will also help you find out the honesty of the client.  Once this is completed, a course of action waits to be considered for advisement.

While she waits for you to ready the reading room, you notice her rub her fingers under her eye.  A landscape of bruises is just visible from the edge of her sunglasses.  Taking a sachet of mugwort from your supplies, you ready a poultice for her and have her apply it to help with the bruising.

After the reading, you and Angela M. have put together some advanced spell work components.  You have also referred her to a clergy person who has contacts in the legal profession that can help her file a restraining order.  Next, they will spirit her away to a women’s shelter.

The nature of this particular case is one that is beyond your capacity to handle because it is an ongoing case work style of situation.  In this case, it is critical to know when to refer your client to professionals in the mundane world.  It is also just as important to have heavy hitters in the magickal world who can stir the forces of the unseen to offer the size of spiritual force needed to keep your client safe.

KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME TO REFER YOUR CLIENT TO A SPECIALIST

You refer Angela M. to a priestess who deals with certain cases like this one.  A phone call determines that “intelligences” and discarnate spirits are in order in this matter to create a shield around Angela M.. Actions must occur that require offerings, possibly sacrifices, in a belief system that Angela M. has never been a part of before now.  She agrees and leaves to meet the lawyer, the clergy person, and the Priestess.

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© Jorge Royan

Your only monetary transactions have been the fee for the divination, and the cost of the protective talisman that Angela M. purchased on the way out of your store.  The priestess you referred her to will do the heavy work needed here.  By knowing that you were not the one to handle this situation, you avoided doing a disservice to you both.

What about Phyllis T. you ask?  She is not your client.  You must choose whether you feel a responsibility and a right to intervene to protect her.  This is a personal decision.  As for me, I choose protection. But again, it is a personal choice.

PBN Blues Series: “Garter Snake Blues” by Victoria Spivey

by Kenya Coviak

Sometimes as magickal/spiritual workers in the business of selling our services to clients, we find that we are helping folks who are generally not held in the best regard in society.  Cultural mores and standards can come into play when dealing with sensitive issues.  Infidelity is usually a topic that makes many people pause.  But if you are in business, and if you can separate your personal beliefs that may be opposed to the subject, then this installment of our series could be of use to you.

Various products exist to exact vengeance and the infernal fires of torment on the cheating partner and their paramour.  Gender roles do not matter, nor do sexual orientations.  Almost universally in the human condition, the heartbroken will seek compensation.

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However, what of the cheaters?  Where do they seek protection and service?  How do they keep the affair hidden in order to not cause harm, in  their minds, more than they feel they have?  This is when your door may open one day and in walks the proverbial “other man or woman”.  Now, this will take some turns, so let’s get started.

How to lose two clients

Floyd J. and Lynn N. have come to your shop on a mission.  They are there to seek the right wares and spells that will allow them to continue a clandestine affair without any problems from their mates.  They have been very careful, but Lynn N. believes that they may be nearing the end of their luck.  So they are looking for a way to keep the heat off of both of them.

At this point, Floyd J. chimes in and adds that there is another factor to this.  You see, both couples meet every Wednesday night and play Spades at the local bar.  So they are in close proximity on a regular basis.  Suspicious glances have begun to be shot their way by both mates during the games.  While it has remained friendly to this point, they are beginning to feel that they may be about to be caught.

You decide that the best thing for them would be to cease the affair.  They tell you that is not an option.  Both of them were swingers before they got married, and have continued their relationship in spite of their vows.  They have been together for over a decade.  But both have children with their partners and do not wish to break their homes.

After listening to their story, you decide that you will lecture them on why they are selfish and wrong.  You follow this up with advising them that they should ask for forgiveness of their spouses and come clean.  You conclude with an offer to give them a marital healing package for both couples so that they can start to regain their marriages.  And then you watch them walk out of your store and slam the door.

 

How to better handle a delicate situation if you choose to take this one

 Floyd J. and Lynn N. have come to your shop on a mission.  They are there to seek the right wares and spells that will allow them to continue a clandestine affair without any problems from their mates.  They have been very careful, but Lynn N. believes that they may be nearing the end of their luck.  So they are looking for a way to keep the heat off of both of them.

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At this point, Floyd J. chimes in and adds that there is another factor to this.  You see, both couples meet every Wednesday night and play Spades at the local bar.  So they are in close proximity on a regular basis.  Suspicious glances have begun to be shot their way by both mates during  the games.  While it has remained friendly to this point, they are beginning to feel that they may be about to be caught.

You ask them if this is a long-term situation, or if it is a fling.  This will help you determine what kind of work is needed.   They tell you that they have been together for over a decade.  They met while both were swingers.  Their only concern about being caught is to not break up their homes, as they both have children.

Because you have decided to take on this case, you have decided to caution them that no working is 100% fool-proof forever.  You make clear that they must be ready to take on the consequences of their actions if discovered.  The advice you give is that they should take all mundane precautions to guard against their exposure if they are to have a successful working.

For the secret itself, you have decided to suggest the Uranus Oil method to start.  To this you consult on how they can best avoid detection through both concealment, persuasive speech, and shut up work.  Finally, you strongly recommend components and workings to strengthen the relationships and familial bonds of both family groups.  You clients leave, and you close your till.

Because they like to play cards, you have also suggested that they might wish to reinforce their works with playing card spells.  This is a simple form of magick, and would allow you to custom design a blend of herbs to go with the spells.  No suspicion about carrying cards comes into play in this scenario, as practicing solitaire can be claimed.

In the above example, the shop keeper made a decision to provide services for persons who they may not have had an approval.  They kept it professional, and still offered counsel to the clients on responsibility and the limitations of spell working.  You might wish to consider what your personal practice will entail in regard to matters such as these before they come to your door and you find yourself unprepared with a response.

PBN Blues Series: “Manish Boy” – Muddy Waters

by Kenya Coviak

As magickal workers, it is not uncommon for us to run across every form of the human experience.  Love, money, success, sex, health, and more are equally likely to walk into our realm of client concerns.  Having a full line of product choices in stock, as well as individual tools and components, is beneficial both to us and the customer.

Today, we look at sexy times.  Dealing with sex is always fraught with emotions and esteem issues for the client.  The fact that they are coming to you is an indication that their desire has motivated them to the point of action on a potentially embarrassing situation.  Most times, they will simply grab a reference book or a kit and purchase it without commentary.  But other times, you will find yourself in the role of adviser and sex therapist (if you are unlucky).

By William Hounsom Byles (1872-c.1924 or 1940?) (Bonhams) [Public domain]
By William Hounsom Byles (1872-c.1924 or 1940?) (Bonhams) [Public domain]
So now, we look at a scenario that can go a couple of ways at least.  First we shall have a scene where it may not be the best course of action.  Then a scene where it may be a better course of action.  Here we go.

 

What may, or may not, be the best way to go about this situation

Jody D. is a regular client at your shop.  He comes in from the auto plant every other Friday with the same order for Steady Work materials, and Fast Luck.  You have a pleasant rapport with him.  However, on this day he appears nervous and fidgety.  Instead of his usual easy mannerisms, he hangs back until all the other customers have been served before speaking to you.

Jody D. explains that he is having problems with his “nature”.  He just cannot please the ladies like he used to do and feels his body has let him down.  He has seen the doctor, and has decided against the little blue miracle pill.  He has come to you for another solution in the spiritual/magickal realm.

You grab some some deer velvet, burdock, and a few other things and send him on his way, telling him to wear it around his neck.  Quick cash for you.  You also offer to sell him an oil to use to supplement the blend.  No further discussion needed.  You have made the sales, and he has gone about his way, never to speak of this between you two again.  But did you give the best service?

 

Now, let’s try this another way

Jody D. is a regular client at your shop.  He comes in from the auto plant every other Friday with the same order for Steady Work materials, and Fast Luck.  You have a pleasant rapport with him.  However, on this day he appears nervous and fidgety.  Instead of his usual easy mannerisms, he hangs back until all the other customers have been served before speaking to you.

Jody D. explains that he is having problems with his “nature”.  He just cannot please the ladies like he used to do and feels his body has let him down.  He has seen the doctor, and has decided against the little blue miracle pill.  He has come to you for another solution in the spiritual/magickal realm.

You know this is a delicate situation.  Your rapport is one you do not wish to jeopardize by being overly dismissive OR familiar with you client.  Respecting his emotional state, you come away from the front counter to another area of the store to give a greater appearance of  privacy.  You ask him how long this has been going on, and if there were any events that he can remember that happened around this time.

He does not really remember events.  But he does share how long.  You ask him to give you a moment to check on something in the back.  You do a quick divination, or intuition check, away from his presence so that you can be more objective.

After having a moment to think, you come back to Jody D.  and ask him what it is he is actually feeling he would like to do.  Would he like to burn candles, use oils, or use herbs.  If you offer the service, you may offer to do work for him, or let him burn the candles at your store altars.  You may also, if he is open, give him some affirmation, chant, or psalm, to work.  This depends on both your, and his, spiritual tradition.

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Under no circumstances do you guarantee results.  You tell him that he did not get this way over night, so it will not be solved overnight.  You stress that this is a continual working, and that only he can decide how effective it is, and how long it needs to be repeated.

But you also, as a practitioner, know the power of positive expectancy.  Therefore you let him know that the fact that he has chosen a course of decisive action and control will greatly boost his endeavors.  This will also restore some of his confidence.  Remind him that spiritual work also needs physical anchoring in the mundane world.  He is to make lifestyle changes that will facilitate good health.  He must research these, as this is empowering him as well.  You have also projected to him that he is strong in his conviction, and that this strength will make his work strong as well.

Jody D. leaves with his purchases that you have both agreed are within his budget and comfort zone.  You let him know that if he wishes, he can discuss this with you again in a few weeks, but you will not be prying.  He leaves feeling hopeful, and you have served your customer well.  It is hopeful that he will be successful in his quest to improve his “nature”.  A good song to play if you do a visualization for him would be “Manish Boy” by Muddy Waters.

 

(Special Notation for Blues Fans:  Some of you are doubtless familiar with the significance of the name Jody when talking about men and sexuality in the Blues music.  For those who are not, here is a bonus link to bring a smile to your face and let you in on the cultural reference that may have gone by you.  Enjoy by clicking here.)