Here it is, another edition of Questions You've Asked Me.
Q: Is there a best time of day to cast love spells? Just any generic best time, no moon cycle, no planet hours or planet days, - just "best time of day."
A: Yes. The Venutian spirits (spirits of Venus) are most active between dawn to noon, and even moreso if the day is bright and clear (as opposed to overcast or raining.) Obviously, not everyone can work during these hours due to work obligations, overly intrusive family/housemates, or etc, but generically-speaking, this is the best time of day. Planet hours, sun cycles, moon cycles, planet days and all that other jazz you wish to not acknowledge are all helpful, though, so I wouldn't discredit them. ;)
Q: I want to get suitable revenge on another person, but find myself concerned about causing this person physical harm. Is there anything I can do to ensure they are not maimed, killed, or made physically sick?
A: Certainly. I would be sure to NOT INCLUDE rust or iron in your spellcasting. Also, when saying your chant or your command, you should say that the consequences of the curse not cause physical harm or death to any person or animal. For example, if I want Fred to lose his job, I would say "Fred's employment crumbles and falls away and he finds himself bereft of income or employment, yet let no person or animal be harmed or killed by this curse." I understand that there is a negative (no/not/never) in that command, but it's OK to use a negative occasionally. ;)
Keep in mind, the most effective curses are free of too many exceptions, and often do cause physical harm, as well as emotional, social, and fiduciary harm. While I would say it's less likely than you might suspect that you cause physical harm without the intention of causing said harm (but when having forgotten to add a "no physical harm" clause,) it still remains a possibility so long as you have not stated that no physical harm be caused. So, if I did not add a "no physical harm" clause to the spell above where I want "Fred" to lose his job, Fred could easily just have a blow up with the boss (a verbal argument,) lose his job, and that could be all that happens. However Fred might also develop a severe cocaine and hookers and drinking problem, thus causing him to be physically ill with sexual diseases, heart trouble, as well as being unemployable.
I've said before, when it comes to curses, even if you don't physically harm someone, there is nothing "nice" about it. It is NOT about one-upping someone or putting someone in their place because they were sort of bitchy to you one day. This should be on par with being willing to physically attack or socially attack someone without spells. You're only using the spellwork because there are so many legal and social ramifications to attacking someone in the mundane.
Q: I need money in the next hour. What spell should I use?
A: You should probably call your friends and/or family for a personal loan, because I do not trust any spell to work in an hour or less, no matter how fabulous it is. If I need money RIGHT THIS SECOND OR ELSE, that's what I do, and I've been spellcastin' longer than at least 1/3 of my readers have been alive. ;)
That said, if you need money SOON (just within a day or so,) you might try praying to St Expedite.
Q: Help! I made a jerk love me! Now he/she won't go away!
A: I'm pretty sure this is a rite of passage for many of the spellcasters I know. ;) So, you didn't listen to my advisory that just because a jerk loves you, that doesn't make them not a jerk, and lo and behold, now some jerk is following you around all drooling with love and passions just for little old you. :/
NORMALLY, after a little rejection (polite rejection) in the mundane, this jerk will leave you be. They will not be drooling with love and passions for you forever and ever and ever. So, if you just wait them out for a week or so, every time telling them, you're sorry, you just don't think things will work out, they should go on their merry way (and stop asking you to please go out with them.)
BUT SOMETIMES you just so happened to find an obsessive jerk...and once that jerk feels love for you, they never wanna let you go. :( So, you've tried politely rejecting their advances, but they still stalk you, and won't stop stalking you...what can you do?
Try ritually burning the name paper/s (if the spell contained the use of namepapers): Find your namepaper, and burn it saying "I release you (full name of target) from any and all effects of this spell, and burn away all this energy that this spell no longer effect anyone involved."
If that doesn't work, you may have to try a break up spell or hot footing, - or even try getting your target interested in someone else using magic. And learn your lesson - just because a jerk loves you, it doesn't make them not a jerk! ;)
Q: Do you curse last-minute cancellations and people who "promise to pay at some ridiculous later date"?
A: No, they've already wasted my time (when time is money,) so I wouldn't bother wasting money on spell supplies to deal with someone who is obviously their own worst enemy, seeing as they are irresponsible and dishonest. I'm actually rather generous with people when they are upfront about their financial circumstances or when they have unforeseen difficulties in making an appointment, so please don't think I'm lumping everyone in with the time wasting asshats. Time-wasting asshats are people who want free consultations, don't read all of the available information on the website, drop off the face of the planet and do not communicate when it comes time for their appointment/payment....it's a certain breed of person, and one that I'm sure is going to fail at life if this is how they conduct themselves.
There are good people, people who I respect greatly, who occasionally run into financial circumstances or life circumstances that might cause them to be incapable of paying their bills or making their appointment. They conduct themselves in a far different manner than someone who is just wasting my time.
And I wouldn't curse either group. It's not cheap to curse people and I'm not that petty.
Q: I was told to fold a name-paper three times and you only fold it twice to quarter it. Who's right?
A: I remember a year or so ago, another occultist whose main traditions ARE NOT Hoodoo said as much to me, and the amusing part of that was that him correcting me was a contumelious attempt at pretending to be my superior. Were it anyone else voicing this, I'd concede that there is "more than one way to skin a cat" (an idiom meaning there are many ways to do something right,) but instead he proceeded to pompously be the authority in Hoodoo to someone who has studied it and practiced it for most of her life while insisting I'm absolutely wrong (because a guy who took a correspondence course once totally knows more about Hoodoo than someone who's been practicing it for over 25 years, right? Er....) :P
The reality is that....
Either method works. In fact, I've taught Hoodoo for years and found the "quartering method" to be very widespread among hoodooists far older than myself (who learned Hoodoo from childhood, and have practiced longer than I've been alive,) and that it works quite well to use the quartering method. If you prefer to fold your name paper three times, though, I don't see any problem with it...that is, until you become smug, and your life-study has NOT been hoodoo and you tell me that I'm wrong to use my method and not the one you were taught a handful of years ago when you dabbled in Hoodoo that one time. Then I'll tell ya to go to hell. ;)
Q: I saw that Mike Cecchetelli recently posted that you guys have a book coming out....wow! Yay! When! WHEN!? WHEN, GODDAMN IT!?
A: Hahaha, well, our book was to come out after Winds of Wisdom, so I have to assume (having some knowledge but not tons) that it will be out in the next few weeks from this writing. Small publishing houses often run into snags here or there, which can delay publication dates (because smaller publishing houses don't have tons of money to rush things through,) and I realize it's been awhile where I've been telling you that this is coming out. Mike C and myself are not messing with you. We totally wrote a book together. For reals. And this book is dedicated to love and seduction magics. Mike C has been plugging this book super hard in the last month or so because it's actually just about here. I promise to post a link, to have a blog contest giveaway, and to make sure everyone gets an opportunity to purchase it. I realize it's been like...a year of me saying this, but, like I said, this wasn't done in any way to tease anyone. We expected it to be out a bit sooner than it will be, but then me and Mike C are impatient people, and would gladly have rushed this through if we could have. ;)
Q: My break-up spell is not manifesting! I've smacked this couple at least three times with this stuff! What's going on here!? HELP!!!
A: First off, it could very well be lust for results holding back the outcome. If you're checking through friends and through social media, cut that out. ;) Try to LET GO of the situation. We've been over it in here before myriad of times, but lust for results is the most common source of spell failure. Also, sometimes you create a situation where when you DO let go of the situation, and do stop lusting for results, everything hits at once. So...you might have an epic break up between those two happening when those three spells hit them all at once. :)
Secondly, and I realize this may not be true outside of this season (please see date in the title,) the holidays can both help and harm you with this kind of working. Some people will get aggravated by the holidays which will help break apart the formerly-happy couple, while others don't want to break up a relationship around the holidays. :P
Third, remember not everything happens overnight! I am sure I have more than one audience member giving a disgusted sigh (not least of all because I've said this many times before,) but I had an ex that would take 60 days on the nose to react to anything I did. I could set a watch by him. I can't imagine what sort of assholic-ness I'd have reduced myself to (I actually wouldn't, since I had been spellcasting for over 10 years by that point,) if I had someone to complain to frequently because it wasn't happening fast enough. :P I've had a few clients come back after getting on my case frequently to tell me something did happen....just that it took time...just like I said...oh, and that they are sorry for constantly getting on my case since it worked out. ;) So, maybe this is your problem - you're impatient (see lust for results,) for the end results, and it very well is ABOUT TO HAPPEN.
But, if you're pretty sure you've kept all of the above in mind, ask yourself the following: 1.) are there economic reasons for the couple to stay together? It might be harder to separate lives and houses even if the romance between the couple has failed, and therefore the actual relationship might be over, while both parties are remaining together for reasons having more to do with economics (and sometimes children.) In this case, using work to make one party move away can be helpful, making the less desirable party become crazy (yep, there are spells to make people crazy,) might also do what you want.
2.) Does the couple thrive on adversity/fighting? Sometimes this is the case...the more people feud, the more attracted to each other they can become. Do work to draw out sexual excitement, to sour their feelings for each other, and to cool off their emotions towards each other.
3.) Are they together because they are both overly concerned with what others think? Do work to make one (or both) of the couple's friend's turn against their partner.
If these three suggestions don't help, perhaps breaking these two up is something you need to wait for...I know you don't want to hear this, of course, so you could also just keep cursing the party that you detest. ;)
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