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I know I've been telling a lot of my clients this but Venus Retrograde is starting on October 8, 2010 (and goes til November 18, 2010.) This is a fantastic time to work reconciliation spells. Use it to your advantage! :)
Even if you aren't looking to reunite with an old flame, you might want to keep in mind that Venus Retrograde also brings exs and old friends back in our lives even if we don't use spellcraft to bring them back. It's a wonderful time to re-establish lost connections with loved ones who have moved out of our lives for various reasons.
It's also a time to beware because if you're single and happy, sometimes you still manage to end up waking next to your ex one morning and suddenly remembering what sent you running from them so fast in the first place. ;)
A picture of Michael the Archangel placed over the door of your home will help keep troublesome spirits and those who would harm you away. When you place the image, you should say the St Michael Prayer:
"St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, thrust into hell Satan and all other evil spirits who wander the world seeking the ruin and destruction of souls. Amen."
This will work for you even if you are not Judeo-Christian or Catholic.
HOWEVER, this is not a cure against common sense. ;) Obviously, if someone is threatening you or trying to physically harm you, you need to call emergency services and/or police services.
Rationalizing why you did something to harm the spell or how you are somehow unaccountable for some action due to ignorance, mental fragility, or any other reason is not helpful. If you engage in this sort of thing, all you are doing is wasting your time. A spell is energy, and guess what? It doesn't have any pity for you because you made a booboo or had a bad day.
All too often I hear this, so let's do some examples...
Reconciliation "Well, I didn't behave weird or act uncomfortable for the reason you theorized, actually it was that I'd eaten some nachos, and I wasn't feeling so well, so (name some spell target here) may have seen my stabbing gut pains and immenent diarrhea as me acting uncomfortable, but its not like my not feeling well is my fault or that I should be in some form of trouble because I didn't feel well. If (name some spell target here) can't understand I was not feeling well despite the fact I never told him/her that I was about to explode in new and horrifying ways the moment I sat down on the toilet, then s/he really is just a jerk."
Job spell: "I think its pretty unfair to say that I didn't get that job through any fault of my own. I didn't realize that my cat, Fluffy, who was just a mere 17 years old would need a kidney transplant, and she died anyhow. I mean, I did bring my cell along, but I couldn't call in a timely manner because I was busy. If this effing job spell works so well, it would have extended the deadline for me to return Mr Employer's call by at least a day, so I could have dealt with the loss of Fluffy. I knew the deadline, but I'm human and I forgot because I was busy trying to figure out Fluffy's last wishes and she departed this earth only like a DAY before the deadline. So, whatever."
Love: "While I realize its bad to spy on people, how would I know that (name of target) put something on his/her Facebook page that made him/her able to see how many times someone looked on his/her profile? So I looked several times during the day... I mean, its embarassing and all that my target found out, but obviously, since I was unaware that its possible to do such a thing, its not my fault and the spell should just overcome that right?"
Its a little late for me or else I'd keep going. ;) I can do this all night for all types of spell...
So let's clarify:
*I do not blame you for having phsyical, emotional, or mental issues. I do not blame you for unexpected misfortunes. I probably feel rather badly that anything bad happened to you.
*My pity (or anyone else's pity) for your circumstances does not help you when it comes to a spell.
*Active spellwork has about as much care about you and your reasons or excuses why you did something as a fire has care about your reasons or excuses as to why you were accidentally burnt by it. It doesn't care. Rationalizing your behaviors to a spell only convinces you that you did nothing wrong and "deserve" a second chance even though you can't ask something without intelligent reasoning (such as a spell) for that very thing.
*It is usually not impossible to act against spellwork. If you do find yourself in certain circumstances where you are in a situation that you can't avoid acting against the work, I suggest being prepared to redo the work, and minimizing the damage by not engaging in bad behaviors like spying EVER, or in the case of diarrhea-recon, that you pointedly say something you ate is having a bad effect on you (JUST TELL THEM YOU FEEL SICK FROM FOOD, don't pretend nothing's wrong because its embarrassing for you to admit what is wrong,) and you DO NOT try to stand there and keep going with some conversation if you seriously feel ill.
Maybe because of my job, people feel explaining something to me when they mess up (through no fault of their own or simply because they didn't think it would have any effect,) will somehow free them of any bad effect. That would be wrong. I can't make your eff up be not an eff up. I can't change time backward so you can not eff up. I'm not a God, and... Guess what? I'm not your spell. I have emotions, I have feelings, I have pity. Your spell has no pity. It doesn't care. Its like...if you wanted to catch rain in a bucket to drink the water, and then you forgot you left something on top of the bucket and so the rain could not get in it, guess what? The rain, the bucket, and the rainwater don't give a fork that your bucket is empty because you made a mistake. Explaining to the sky or the rain or the bucket, that you MEANT to catch the water so can it please fill itself up now (or that you were just being spacey because your pet hamster was giving birth and you weren't thinking straight, etc,) is not going to fill that effing bucket with water.
Do not rationalize your behavior to me (definitely, because all you get from me is "Wow, that's too bad, sorry to hear that,") but also... You effed up, maybe it wasn't your fault, but you did. Admit to yourself "I effed up." Once you do that, instead of trying to make it "okay" by explaining yourself to anyone (including you) is a waste of time. We all make mistakes. Perhaps there is some value in examining why you did that, but its not going to change that you have done something to make your spell less effective or entirely ineffective. No amount of explaination or apology will change that fact.
I realize someone will try to bring up the use of spirit work, or similar, as a way to disagree, and that type of spellwork NOT WHAT I AM DISCUSSING. I am talking about spells which do NOT use spirits. ;)
PS- Get excited everyone, I'm doing a series in April called Reconciliation 101. Its going to kick the ass of all recon spell how-to's in existance.
PPS- If you email me and ask me if this post is about you or imply you feel its about you, even though its not, I'm just going to say "You know what? It is about you. Everything I write is about you. Hell, I'm staring at you right now through my secret camera, because you're all I think about." If that doesn't creep you out enough to stop emailing me, then I will just tell you not to email me anymore. No disrespect or anything, but I'm not writing about anyone in particular. If you've ever ticked me off, you know very well that I will tell you how I feel about you and what I think your issues are. If you've ever behaved badly, you also know that I will just spit out that you need to work on x or y issue, and I will say it directly to you. :)
Always beware of the newbie-counsellor. I see this problem WAY TOO MUCH. Basically speaking, a person who has been studying spellcraft for less than a year (often less than six months, and even less than 2 months,) decides he or she is now capable of instructing others, having cast like...oh, 4 spells or something. ;) Unfortunately some of these folks come of as authortative when they speak or write, and even more unfortunately, while their intentions are good, what they may be doing is actually MISINFORMING others, or MISINSTRUCTING others due to being relatively ignorant about spellcraft. :P So, if you have reason to question the length of time someone has been practicing or studying even though that person is trying to instruct you, you should probably get a second opinion (before you hurt yourself or others by mistake.) ;)
As for "Newbies" who give their advice. While what you are doing is well-meant, keep in mind that you are still a beginner. While your input could be very helpful, when you speak authoritatively, others who are just as newbish as yourself will find themselves thinking you are far more experienced than you are - which could be problematic if you misinstruct them or leave something important out, therefore possibly creating a larger mess. Instead of offering help like you're an authority on a topic you just got introduced to, you might say "Hey, I'm just starting out, but a little more experienced than you are, and..." then adding your advice.
Why do I ask you to do this? I'm tired of cleaning up messes made by well-intentioned newbs who, not even yet practicing spellcraft for six months, have mislead others (without meaning to,) and when these others were sent to me when problems arose (there is actually more than one of you, but a particular one person in this case,) these persons were quite vexed to realize the person who had initially instructed them started learning spellcraft this fall. :S
Personally, I'd say give yourself a year of practice at least before you think yourself ready to advise anyone. Its fine to be a newb (ie a newbie,) but its wholly different to be a NOOB which no one likes (a "noob" being the people who think they mastered spellcraft because they read a book once and cast a spell before.)
So, if someone on a message board is giving you advice, do try to keep in mind that this person could be just as green with spellcraft as you are. I've been practicing spellcraft for over 2 decades, and as memory serves, when I first started out, I was better than some of the newbies out there now, (and probably not as good as some newbs of today,) and still, I'd not have told myself to advise anyone (of course being a child at the time I started probably would have thankfully made others not listen to a freaking word come out of my mouth on the topic, hahahaha.)
****UPDATED TO ADD: A few of you wanted to know what specifically was the cause of this post. ;) Apart from the fact that I really think it makes an ass out of someone who has practically no experience with spellcasting (sorry, casting a few spells doesn't make you uber experienced) to give out advice like an old pro... What happened was that someone got the brilliant idea to start giving out advice on how to raise spirits (of an infernal type,) when they had never raised a spirit (they claimed a singular Intranquil Spirit spell as "experience,") and commenced to give the WORST advice on raising (very infernal) spirits I have ever had the misfortune to read. More or less, they wholly forgot to mention the dismissal of the spirit...so, the advised someone to open a portal, and let all sorts of bad things in, and never ever mentioned closing that door or asking the spirit(s) which entered to go back from whence they came. Soooo...someone came to your old friend Cat and was like "This person claims to know you and says you'd have an idea of how to make this spirit stop attacking me and growling at me," and I was like "Who said this to you? Oh dear, that person cast their first spell in November - I know this because I helped them with it." So...yep, that's the background there.
Pearl of Wisdom Summarized: Beware of random people giving advice because they may not know enough to advise you...and if you're a newbie, think twice before you give your advice.
If someone is trying to use spellcraft to get you to return to them, and you're aware of it and you wish to use spellcraft to keep their reconcilation spellwork from affecting you, I personally recommend that you DO NOT use reversing spellcraft to do so. Why? Because all you're doing by doing this is likely making them all the more crazy to get you back...since reversing their work back on them generally makes them get affected by their work, right? Right. ;)
To help protect yourself against harmful spells against you, keep a sprig of rue herb wrapped in a white piece of cloth in your left pants pocket. While this is not a guarantee against being harmed, it does really help...think of it sort of like a seatbelt in a car. It doesn't guarantee you're not going to get killed in a crash, but it can still save your life or lessen injury. Same here - its not the total protection against dark work, but it can lessen the effect or may even entirely prohibit the harmful energies from causing you any damage. :)
Oh, my little nit-pickers and over-analyzers... I was INSPIRED today by someone who was the literal living breathing thinking-it-to-death definition to point this out to all of you....
Sometimes people get very hung up on the little details...so much so that they can't see the bigger picture, but claim they are trying to by figuring out how the little things fit together...and they get so focused on those details they do not see the biggest picture.
Today our teacher is Seurat, the guy who used those dots to paint. Now, first, let's look at a Seurat painting and see the whole picture:
Why thank you Georges Seurat - what a lovely image of a 19th century day at the park we have here.
Some of you may remember this image from Cameron's freak out in the museum in Ferris Bueller's Day Off where he keeps looking at the painting, and he just starts seeing dots...which is bringing me to my point (I have one.) Here, let's take a close up of one of Seurat's paintings, shall we:
Now, I want you to, on your monitor, if you can, just focus on like a centimeter square of that image above.
If you do that, can you tell me what the fork you're looking at (had I not already made a point of telling you)? No? But those are the little ittle bittle details. Shouldn't you be able to tell me with your face mashed up really really really tight to that picture what you're looking at and how those dots correlate to each other to make a bigger picture, just from staring at one teeny centemeter of the image? You couldn't tell me then? I'm being mean, am I?
Stop giving me dirty looks, I'm teaching you something about life and using art to do so, and most people need to attend college for that. ;)
Now, lets break this down a bit more... Lets say there are three types of people. The first type can only see a centemeter of that painting at a time and they need to be uber close up to it. They struggle to figure out if this is an image, or if this is just a lot of dots. They struggle to figure out why this dot is here that color dot is there, but because they are so focused on such a small part, all they see is colored dots. The second type can see the picture as a whole, but finds themselves intrigued by its pointillism (such an annoying way to try to paint, been there done that,) so they do also look closer to see the dots, then back again to see the picture, then look at the dots, and then, giving one more appreciative glance at the masterpiece (the whole picture, not the dots,) has now an idea of how the painting was made, but also appreciates the picture for the image it is showing them (ie the whole compostion). Now the third type, they are too blind to see the dots - they glance at the picture, see the day in the park, and move on. They do not seek any little details, in other words.
Now, type one? They are neurotic worriers and over analyzers, constantly trying to pick out the bigger picture by too close of an examination. As best I understand, they feel that by seeing the teeny weeny details and not the big picture, that the big picture will, at some point, fall into place.
Type three is someone who is careless and unobservant to want to heed the little details. They do not interest themselves in anything. This person isn't highly neurotic like type one, but being so heedless is also not the best idea in life, as one day you might miss something interesting and important, and also, without taking any time to really observe, you're less apt to retain the information, IMHO. I would still say, being a type three is far superior to type one - type one is gonna be staring at the dots for the next 25 years and saying "I think maybe I get it!" whereas type three has left the museum 25 years ago and barely remembers seeing anything there. ;)
Type two is someone who can appreciate the smaller details, but understands to see the big picture, the whole picture, one must stop focusing on just the little details. They do know the dots (little details) are put together in such a way to create a bigger image, but that while this is interesting, its the whole picture which we are meant to see.
Listen, I know its difficult sometimes when you want to get the bigger picture and you think the little details are the answer. Sometimes there is a hidden gem of knowledge in those details, but usually its just like standing with your eye against a Seurat painting - you won't see anything worthy until you stop focusing tightly on the little whys and wherefores, and move back a bit to see the whole big picture.
If you choose to get so hung up on why, why, why, how, how, how, and what, what, what, you're going to be stuck like the type one person wondering why this dot is orange and that dot is green and how that fits together. You like to think things so unto death, that if you compare your life to what I'm speaking about here, you will reduce a masterpiece to nothing more than random colored dots on a canvas.
The type one person thinks their spellwork and their life to death. They wonder things like "If I went out 3 minutes later, would I have missed meeting so and so, and if I missed them, would I have ever met them? Would I have met them at this or that time? And if so, how? Would their attitude have been different then? And if it was why and how?" (This keeps going for an etenity.) This is so unhealthy. Its so bad.
With spells, when you act as a type one (but what will happen if I do this? And if I do this? And could this be the outcome of that, or will I suffer some dire consequence as an effect of these,) you're going to worry yourself into a corner. You're so intent on worrying something down to nothing, that if I compared your spells and life to a piece of fabric, you'd have rubbed that fabric apart til it was threads, then worried those threads apart to fibers, then the fibers unto dust. In the end, you get nothing, not even a lot answers. While a quick examination of the figurative piece of fabric we spoke of might have told you how it was woven or knitted together, and of what fiber content it was made of, instead its now ruined because you've rubbed and pulled and eyeballed because you could not just look at it for a few minutes. You needed to know if the fiber (say its cotton) was Egyptian or American cotton, and thought pulling and pawing would tell you, then you needed to know what state in America the cotton came from, and then what county, then what town, then what farm....all of this because you think it makes a huge difference, but when you really consider it, doesn't have much to do with much. ;) I'm presuming if you'd wanted to make that piece of fabric into a shirt, you've now more or less ruined the thing just for want of knowing trivial facts.
Let's go back to our type one staring at the painting for a minute. So, let's say the museum represents life in general, and we're all alotted say, 2 hours in the museum (a life span,) and our people (the one, two, and three,) represent our life energy and movement through life. Now, type one - their life doesn't go anywhere - they are to stuck on itty bitty details. They tend to have miserable lives that don't go very far and these are the folks I'm always telling you about who just make their lives turn into a big unchanging rut. They are stuck on the one place for wont of just absorbing the little details, so they often do not move to the other opportunities, the other great things around them. Type threes on the other hand, go through things so quickly, there is no appreciation and nothing learned. In essence, things slide right off their back, but they don't retain enough knowledge and often end up feeling life was rather hollow and unfulfilling. Type two likes to see the details, but also wants to see all the great things there are to see. If there's only 2 hours in a giant art museum, you gotta go see those Van Goghs (uh oh, type one THE LINES THE LINES, HOW DO THEY FIT TOGETHER, I'm stuck so close I only see lines!!!) and the Monets (LINES, MORE LINES!) and the Rembrandts...and lets get some really old masters in here.... the DaVincis, and the Giottos, and the Michaelangelos...and they also go off to see the Terracotta Army of Qin, and the amazing pieces that the museum is housing from the tomb of Tutenkhamen, etc. Type two is appreciative of the creating of a piece, of the details, of the history, but not to such a degree that they can't help but get stuck on a itty bitty tiny little spot for hours at an end. In the same respect, they are not so uncaring as to say "Hmm, pretty...what's next," for every display. They are interested in the things that life and the world have to teach them, and they want to absorb the information without becoming obsessed with the tiny details of one or two moments of life.
Are you guys getting what I'm saying? You can worry things to death so they don't happen or you manifest your worries for want of figuring out if the fact Janet had pepperoni pizza on a friday in 1998 might have somehow led to a course of events that now created her leaving you (type one,) or you can miss that manifestation happened altogether or how to bring the manifestation because you couldn't be bothered to take a moment to consider how to do it (type three) or you can just find a nice middle ground and focus enough to see the factors that created the situation, without focusing so hard you can't see the forest for the trees.
I hope I haven't confused you all more.
I guess in essence, what I'm trying to impart is, if you want to see the big picture, stop worrying so much about what itty bitty events led to the big picture. There will be times when you do see quite clearly the chain of events from the small to the large, but by constant over analyzation and too close focus, you never can see very well. There will be times for all of us when we focus to close and can't seperate ourselves enough to see what's going on, but those are the times to pull back, push the little details aside and look at the bigger picture.
Alright, well, hopefully I did help some of you. I could also apply Seurat to the bastardized ideals of karma most Westerners believe in, but I'll take pity on you and I pray you digest this very very large pearl of wisdom.
UPDATED TO ADD: Wow, okay that was fast. Alright, someone wanted me to clarify something, so I figure more of you might want me to. ;) Here goes... What I'm trying to impart to all of you is not that you will always be in one of the three "types" I listed. We all have type one moments even if we're not usually like a type one, and we all have type three moments even if we're not usually a type three. What I want you to understand is that if you can identify type one or type three behaviors going on in you, to try to remedy this and find a happier medium.
I would say when it comes to advanced algebra, I'm a total type three. You can explain and explain and I might get it for like ten minutes, but I really just can't absorb it. Its like I'm like "That's great. What's next?" I am also a type three when it comes to cars. I don't care about that make or model or anything. Its "Whoop de do, what's next" when we get to that topic, too. ;)
When it comes to Bourbons in the 18th century in France (I'm a huge history buff,) I'm a complete type one at times. I have to know what jacket the King wore to this fete, and I have to know who was sitting in the second row next to this duc or that comte. Its neurotic. Its a fixation. I do pull back enough to see the greater picture, but often I want to close in and know the motives and thoughts for everything about that time. I could bore you senseless on the whys and wherefores of people who've been dead for three hundred years. ;)
I try to remain a "type two" about my life in general and my spells. This doesn't mean I never work myself into a frustration and/or fixation and go all type one, and this doesn't mean I was never just cavalier and unobservant and going all type three about things in my life or spells...of course I have been. ;)
What I'm trying to point out to you is that type one people (if on average you are type one,) tend to get too caught up in the little things to really make any impact other than to worry things to death. They can't figure out the motives of something, so they have to pick it apart til they do. They can't bear to let a spell manifest, because they have to think about its impact and what MIGHT happen or what WON'T happen - its like an unreasonable level of analyzation, not like 20 minutes one day, you did wonder about something a bit and think about it. ;)
Type three (if on average you are a type three) tend to do stupid things with spells like "Oh, I couldn't be bothered to find this or that item, so I omitted it, and then I couldn't be bothered to check what the effect of using this might have, so I just did it, and now I can't figure out why my spell didn't work,) or in life they can't be bothered to remember that...oh, that they learned once that so and so had a really bad experience with a guy in a ski mask, so they are dumbfounded when so and so gets upset when Mr or Ms Type Three picks them up wearing a ski mask...because they couldn't be bothered to retain the information or analyze that actions have consequences, etc.
Am I confusing people more? Perhaps...
Dumbing it down as far as I can, I'll put it like this: find a happy medium where you pay attention, but not to the degree that you can no longer tell what you're paying attention to because you're too focused on the little things.
Working a sweet jar on someone you live with or are dating is a great idea to help avoid Holiday-season blow ups in already-strained relationships. :) If you feel like your relationship with someone is on shakey terms, or that you're about to get in a fight, use the sweet jar before things get even uglier. :)
Constantly asking practitioners for substitutes is sometimes a bit ridiculous. ;) Check the spell you want to cast and if one of the ingredients seem pretty important, and you, for whatever reason, cannot get ahold of it, try picking a different spell. I can't count the number of times someone said "What can I substitute for x" when the "x" they wanted to sub was likes asking me "What can I substitute for meat when I'm making a meat loaf?" or "Is there a sub for flour in this bread?" ;)
Furthermore, while this is not always true, more oft than not, getting a certain ingredient is just a matter of making some effort to get it, and not any impossibility. If it really just means you have to problem solve to get the ingredient, then I recommend using that grey matter in your head (remember that brain thing? Its, like, good for thinking on your own, and like figuring stuff out on your own using logic and stuff like that?) to problem solve as to how you're going to get the ingredient. ;)