Dec 27, 2010

New Year beliefs, customs and superstition

As I am writing this, the New Year approaches. It is 28th of December 2010th and I am thinking, about what spiritual work can be done on new Year. So many traditions, and  so many customs, superstitions, some similar, other completely different,  and seemingly having nothing in common at all. Nevertheless each fascinating and intriguing, and unique. Even the well known and worldwide practiced tree decoration has roots in ancient Winter solstice celebrations, but I am sure You knew that :)

Most of them are lots  of fun. Some may include some labor :-) nothing too hard though
You see, the  New Year is that time of Year that has no special place in any magickal nor Religious calendar, yet it holds great power. For Pagans , theWinter Solstice or even Samhain may be considered pagan New Year, but that particular day, that particular time between 31st and 1st of January is a time that holds great power. Humans all over the world are getting ready to “leave the old behind and welcome the new”, to leave worries and all ills and bad behind, and make resolutions   whisper wishes under the New Year’s eve sky.

So what kind of spiritual work is mostly done on New Year’s eve ?
Well I would say : cleansing , prosperity and wishes, sometime love too, though it's better to wait  Valentine’s  day for that last one ; D . Also, divination, like melting small lead petals and pouring them in cold water and interpreting the shapes obtained that way. A nice cup of warm tea just after midnight will both warm You, while the swirled resin on the cup walls, will speak brilliantly about the adventures that await for You in upcoming Year. Of course, there are blessings to be done , so hang a sprig of Holly above Your door lintel to invite blessings and helpful spirits into Your household and sprinkle all the house with blessed water. Burn white candles and Frankincense. Traditionally, blessing is done afterwards the Cleansing.


In many cultures this is the best time to leave something bad behind and perform spiritual cleansing.
The coming of New Year should be awaited in spiritually cleansed home, so that all that is negative may remain in past, never to come back, and so that You make room for the good things to pour in. I am certain that most of You who  read these lines are familiar with some method of spiritual cleansing, or better yet spiritual space cleansing, be it with tools such as incense, or candle or other, or simply ringing a bell and letting it’s harmonizing tones expel all negative. There ya go, some ideas already. Here is also a traditional Balkan witchcraft method, the cunning folk of Balkan peninsula use to clean the home on the 31st of December.

First the witch cleanses the home, physically, preferably expelling all old items, that he/she no longer uses, making sure the dwelling remains clean and neat

Than the witch takes her trusty broom, or simply a new one is made for the occasion. Birch branches binded together with three twines are often used for such/this occasion. The color of the twines are

- red , for protection
- black to absorb negative
- and white for protection and blessings

Should You use a purchased, everyday broom, or bunch of branches You collected Yourself, make sure You tie the twines around the handle, or to use twines ( or yarn ) to secure branches together.

Than the practitioner ( witch, or simply folk, as common folk were known to employ this simple rite ) cleanses the house, going towards the front door , room by room, sweeping and chanting

“ I cleanse not the mere dirt and dust, but I cleanse and chase away all the sickness, ill will, bad luck ( etc. add anything You wish to banish ) away from my home, never to return or bother me again!”

Any dirt, or other items that You may collect, are swept outside the house, and away from Your property.

The broom is then sprinkled with Holy water from the Church , and  placed behind the front door, but the black twine is sometimes burnt. Some witches burn the whole broom,  with all three twines.


In Ireland, people hit the walls, better said knock or bang with Christmas bread in order to chase away bad spirits and vibrations, while in same time attract abundance of food for the next year, so none from the house
Would be left hungry.

It is a worldwide spread superstition that one should hold something made of silver or gold when the clock sounds/hit s midnight. Celtic people would place a silver or gold coin at doors threshold or on windowsills of the house/apartment/other

A brand new bill or few coins can be placed under a green pyramid candle , which is to be lit a hour before midnight and left to burn all the way down, until it would put itself out. If the melted candle wax should form some auspicious shape, this is a sign of great fortune in year to come. Either way, put all in some green fabric, with a pinch of blessed salt if You have, and keep somewhere high above in house , or buried in Your own yard, to attract prosperity all year long.

Now here is something I like to do, just as passes Midnight or early in the morning of thr 1st of January, hold some Basil or Patchouli seed, and infuse them with Your desires to attain money and prosperity and plant them in a new pot with a fresh, new soil to which You have added few Pine needles and perhaps some dried Thyme in a pinch. As the plant grows, so will Your prosperity. I also write 3 letters of Hebrew alphabet considered to attract prosperity : Samech Aleph Lamed , and another good advice  s to read the Psalm 23rd over the pot.

The similar way, You may infuse flax seeds with Your prayers and needs , and sprinkle them in sweeping motion over the body of water ( best river ) , better yet,  if the Moon is crescent, speaking Your affirmations and /or Prayers as You release the seeds, with a sweeping clockwise motion, into the water.


Any whish spell will do. Here is a simple one, I wrote, based on old Roman practice

In red ink, preferably Dagon’s blood , on a larger Bay Laurel leaf write Your wish. Light a single white candle, near the foundation of the candle You may place some D Dandelion root, and on the canlde flame, set the leaf alight ( best to hold it with tweezers, so You do not burn Yourself ) and hold it over some container ( a plate, small bawl etc ) that will collect the resulting ashes. As the leaf burns You may chant :

“ I come asking for what I need tonight
Offering good will and candlelight
Blessed spirits hear my plea
And as I wish so mote it be ! “

When the candle burns all the way down ( chime candle is good to use here ), scatter the ashes in the wind or before Your front door, or in Your yard.

There, hope these ideas serve You and may inspire You to spend the New Year in safety and warmness of Your home, feeling the whole Holliday and not just spending time on some wild party, as You can do that anytime ;)
NOTE: This article was written and compounded by me, and the wish spell was written by me, inspired by an old Roman custom. If You wish to use them elsewhere, feel free but please give credits Shadow of Shadows magio place or , Image of Holly Branch and candle is from , artwork ( banner ) is made by myslef
Many Blessings dear Readers, and Happy holidays !!!

Dec 6, 2010

Aunt Sally and Lucky Dreams

Root doctors are famed , fo r their gambling spells and lucky dream spells ( among other things of course ). Such "lucky" dreams, in Hoodoo, are alleged to guide one to
money , love , treasure or even lucky lottery numbers. There are variety of herbs and products used to help in  having  such dreams . Aunt Sally's dream powder, for example,  a typical New Orleans brand,  is  used to induce precognitive , prophetic and lucky dream numbers. So with this powder ( or alike formulas ) , one may even dream of the lottery numbers combination , or betting combinations , but these still more frequently appear symbolic than like literal numbers, letters etc . That is where "Dream/Number Books" kick in. They contain interpretations of dream symbols that are then "translated" to their numeric equivalents, and easy to follow.

One of the most popular books of the kind is"Aunt Sally's Policy Players Dream Book" which consists of alphabetical charts , listing objects and situations one may encounter in their "lucky dreams", and how are they converted to numbers. Or simply , which lucky numbers correspond to which event or object that appeared in dream. Certain symbols, such as bullfrogs appearing
to the dreamer, are certain sign of gambling and lottery-related luck.

For example, should someone dream of glass of vine or opened grave, they should interpret the omen as number 7. Should You dream  how You washed Your clothes, make sure You add number 50 in Your bets and lottery numbers. Dreaming of Judge may also point out to number 50 or number 28 or 70, while the ladders "translate" to 31. These are just some examples. Many books that offer these types of "dream interpretation" may be found at occult suppliers, but Aunt Sally's is somehow, most familiar to "broad audience".
So an example of a dream, let's say You stole a vine glass in the dream, police chased You and You climbed the ladder, the numbers , following order of appearance  in the dream, would be something along the lines 4 , 7 , 31.
To dream lucky, rootworkers burn incenses that are used to induce lucky dreams, sprinkle bedsheets with "Dream lucky" or Aunt Sally's powder, dress themselves with oil for same purposes, take a "Lucky dreams" bath or simply place a mojo of same fashion ( Lucky Dream , Aunt Sally's ) under pillow. And how to make them ?
While I am not familiar with the original Aunt Sally's dream oil/powder formula, I can suggest some that will produce same effect. So they may not be titled "Aunt Sally's" per se,  but they will do the same thing. The reason behind this, is that Aunt Sally's products are indigenous to New Orleans type Hoodoo, so the actual traditional formula/s is/are little known, but they ought to contain lucky, sweet smelling herbs such as Cinnamon, or Citronella , Vertivert maybe Carnation petals ( common ingredient of "Algires" formulas ) , combined with herbs that inspire precognitive dreams and visions, such as anise sedds , or Yarrow flower heads or Flax etc.
So here are few of my own formulas for Your convenience:

- Star Anise seeds  or essential oil
- Poppy flower petals
- Calendula Flowers
- Bilberry or Huckleberry , also called Blueberry ( in Europe ) leafs , official taxonomic name is Vaccinium myrtilus
Place under pillow and record the dreams .

Above three ingredients could be added to Base oil with addition of some Jasmine essential oil, or Anise essential oil, to make up an oil of same purpose that could be dressed on blue candles burnt on night table , just next to Your "Night water" , or Incense of similar type. You could additionally place some Anise seeds under Your pillow, just an idea to boost the mojo's charm even further :)

Dream lucky powder #1

- Powdered Althaea leafs or root
- Calendula Flowers Powdered
- Cinnamon powder
- Unscented talk as a base
- Few drops of Jasmine essential oil
- Few drops of Lemongrass essential oil

Dream lucky powder #2

- Five Finger Grass leafs powdered
- Cinnamon
- Licorice
- Powdered poppy flower
- Unscented talk as a base
- Few drops of essential oil of Jasmine
- Few drops of essential oil of Anise

So there You go, dress Your forehead with Lucky Dream's oil, powder Your sheets, add oil to Your bath salts, burn incense before bedtime and dream lucky. For the Conjure doctors have a habit to say,  that a lucky dream
can lead to lifetime of happiness :)
Formulas for Mojo, suggestion of ingredients for oil, as well as powder recipes are my proprietary formulas. That being said You are allowed to post them elsweher online , however you have to give credits : Shadow of Shadows magick place or
Should You wish to use them in other medias ( books, magazine articles, and alike ) You have to ask for my permission first. Artwork is by me, the second picture is illustration of Cslendula, edited by me.Thank You for reading and have a blessed day !