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- Spiritual Baths: Some "Next Level" Cleaning
- Dressing and Fixing a Vigil Candle
- The Care & Feeding of a Mojo Bag or Gris-Gris
- A Little Dab Will Do Ya — Easy Patch Testing
- Using Black Cat Curios Conjure Oils
- Using Black Cat Curios Conjure Powders
Spiritual Baths: Some "Next Level" Cleaning
These directions are not meant to be all encompassing or authoritative beyond my own experiences and what I have learned through trial-and-error and other instruction. As is the case with many things in life, one should feel free to "keep the best and leave the rest."
The Bathing Process
- The proper timing of the spiritual bath should be the first consideration. Set aside at least an hour during which you can relax, focus, and work without interruption. You may also wish to take into account timing correspondences such as the phase of the moon, the day of the week, or the date. However, none of these is as important as listening to what your gut tells you is right or the possible need to act quickly on an issue.
- Take a shower or bath like that which is already a part of your normal hygiene regimen. This will get you physically clean and ready you to get spiritually clean. (I usually shower and then take a spiritual bath.)
- Determine what type of spiritual bathing preparation you will use. Should you choose to use bath crystals, a ready-made liquid bath, or a mineral-only type of bath mixture, then you can add them directly to the bath water. Alternately, any herbal bath blend teas will need to be prepared ahead of time and then added to the bath. (Please see below for instructions on preparing an herbal tea for your spiritual bath.)
- Do a quick scrub on your bathtub with a small amount of vinegar, salt, lemon juice, or ammonia. Rinse the tub thoroughly and then draw yourself a bath. You may wish to do a quick scrub again, after your spiritual bath, if the purpose of the spiritual bath was to remove something.
- Add to the bath water your choice of spiritual bathing preparation. Stir the preparation into the water with your dominant hand. Stir clockwise to draw things to you and counter-clockwise to remove things from you. Pray or recite words of power over the water. If you have a petition, and have not already stated it, then go ahead and do so at this time. Recite your petition the number of times that corresponds to the goal you want – three, nine, or thirteen times for protection, uncrossing, the removal of evil, or other such banishing works, or three, seven, nine, eleven, or twenty-one times for good luck, love, healing, justice, and other such drawing works. Be sure to maintain number consistency as you complete the rest of the steps. Be sure to maintain number consistency as you complete the rest of the steps. You can read more about utilizing numbering here.
- On whichever side it is that you approach the bathtub, place a small white candle to your left and to your right in such a way as to create a little gateway through which you will step in and out of the bath. Light each candle. You may also choose to light incense at this time; any incense that will help you get into the proper frame of mind or something that is condition-specific would be appropriate.
- Undress and step forward into the bath through the candlelit "gateway."
- Once in the tub, remain standing if the point of your bath is to remove something from you, or sit down in the water if the goal is to draw something to you (or you could also just remain standing). The idea is, if you want to remove something from your person, then you don't want to be sitting in whatever is being removed (even though the purpose of the bathing preparation is to help neutralize it). If you are trying to draw something to you, then the more contact with the water, the better, but it will work either way.
- Take a moment to gather your thoughts and focus. If you are trying to remove something and are standing, or are trying to draw something and are standing, the process will be the same. Take a small bowl, dip it into the water, and pour the water over your head and body. Do this the number of times that corresponds to the goal you want – three, nine, or thirteen times for protection, uncrossing, the removal of evil, or other such banishing works, or three, seven, nine, eleven, or twenty-one times for good luck, love, healing, justice, and other such drawing works. If you are sitting in the water, you can use a bowl to pour the water over your head the prescribed number of times, or alternately, submerge your body/head that number of times.
- Once you have finished this series of pours or submersions (as the case may be), find your bearings and then stand up (if you are not already standing). While standing, sweep your hands either down or up your body – sweep down your body to remove something from you or up your body to draw something to you. If your goal is to remove bad things from you, e.g. danger, crossed conditions, or bad habits, then sweep from the top of your head to your neck, down and under your arms, down your torso and legs, to the soles and toes of your feet. Conversely, if your goal is to draw good things to you, e.g. love, money, or success, sweep from the toes and soles of your feet, up your legs and torso, under and up your arms, to your neck and the top of your head. While sweeping your body, back up your actions with words that declare what you want, for example, "Money comes to me quickly and easily" or "I remove this condition from me; I am restored and made whole."
- Before stepping out of the bath and letting the water drain out of the tub, collect a cup of the bath water and set it aside for later.
- Carefully step backwards out of the tub, back through the candlelit gateway.
- You will need to air-dry after exiting the tub. This does not mean you have to walk around with swampy nether regions, by all means, take a towel to them! However, you do want the bath water to dry on the majority of your body, so try to refrain from toweling-off too much. To do so would effectively remove the positive benefits of the spiritual bath, thus negating all of the work you have already put into the process.
- So, what will you do while you are air-drying? Ideally, you will pray, recite intention-specific Psalms, or recite other words of power. (Perform the recitation of Psalms the same number of times as you performed your petitions and submersions or pours.) Whatever you choose to say, get into it! Testify! Fill your voice with conviction as you speak aloud what you want. Know that what you want is yours! Believe it to receive it!
- Once you are sufficiently dry, snuff out the candles. (Reuse them during another round of spiritual bathing, assuming it is for the same intention.) At this time, you may choose to reinforce your work by dressing your body with condition-specific conjure powders and anointing oils. Clothe yourself in clean, light-colored fabrics. Something white and natural, like cotton or silk, would be best. If that is not possible, then at least wear light-colored undergarments and natural fabrics on top of them.
- Pick up the remaining cup of bath water and walking out of your front door, take it to the edge of your property or to the nearest crossroads.
**Once there, face the west and throw the bath water over your left shoulder towards the east. Finish the act by saying a short closing prayer or words of power that complete the bathing rite. A simple, "In the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, this work is complete" or "I release this work to the Universe" will suffice. Then, without looking back, walk directly home the way you came.
**I learned to always throw towards the sunrise (towards the east), unless performing a work that required I do otherwise. The "sunrise method" as I call it, is traditional, consistent, and easy. It has not always felt correct to me, and that probably has something to do with my evolution as a worker. If for you this is also true, you can try this variation: to draw something to you, face the west and throw the bath water over your left shoulder (towards the east). To remove something from you, do the opposite — face the east and throw the bath water over your right shoulder (towards the west).
**Yet another technique you could try involves the use of the front and back yards of your home. You would throw the bath water for things you want to decrease, more away from you, or get rid of, in the front yard and throw the bath water in the backyard for things you want to grow, bring to you, or keep. (I think of it this way: I set my trash out front to be taken away, but I grow vegetables in my garden out back.) Essentially, it is a matter of what works for you, what feels right or comfortable. Since spiritual bathing should be something you do on a regular basis, you will have plenty of opportunities to figure that out for yourself.
- As an alternative to just disposing of the remaining cup of bath water, you could use it to do some needed spiritual house cleaning. Add the remaining water to your wash bucket, and then once done cleaning house, the wash bucket water can then be disposed of via one of the methods described above.
- Be sure to properly dispose of the other components of your spiritual bath: candle remnants, spent herbs, incense ashes, etc. They should be disposed of in a manner that is respectful of the fact that they were used in a spiritual work. You can learn more about the disposal of such items here.
- Be sure to repeat spiritual baths as needed the number of days that support your intention (same number of petitions, same number of submersions/pours, same number of recitations, etc.), with the least amount of days being three. Also, never underestimate the power of the occasional or monthly cleansing bath to keep you free of spiritual crud; it cannot help but do you good.
Planning & Preparation
Taking the Bath
Drying & Recitation
Dressing, Repetition, & Disposal
Taking a Spiritual "Bath" In A Shower Stall or Galvanized Tub
- Shower Stall: Place a white candle on either side of the shower entryway. Light the candles. Prepare the spiritual bath in a wash basin and bring the basin into the shower with you. Gather your thoughts and then pour the preparation over your head, catching some of the water in the basin as it runs off of your body. Put the basin aside, and then sweep up or down your body with your hands (as detailed above in Step 10). Continue with Steps 11 through 19.
- Galvanized Tub: Prepare the spiritual bath in the galvanized tub. Place a white candle on either side of the galvanized tub. Light the candles. Step into the tub. Gather your thoughts and then utilize a small bowl to pour the preparation over your head and body (as detailed above in Step 9). Continue with Steps 10 through 19.
Preparing an Herbal Tea for a Spiritual Bath
- Prepare a tea from your choice of herbs by placing them in a muslin bag and then placing the bag in a pot of water that has just begun to boil. You can also skip this step and just put the herbs directly into the pot of water, but remember to strain them out later before adding the tea to your bath.
- Turn off the heat and let the herbs steep for about 30 minutes. The herbs can steep longer if you wish, but certainly, no less than 30 minutes to make sure that their essences have had an opportunity to infuse the water.
- Pray over the herbal tea as it steeps. Ask that the herbs help you in accomplishing whatever goal you have in mind. If you have a petition, then recite it as well. (Recite petitions three times or more depending on the intention and, frankly, how much work you want to put into it. The important thing is consistency throughout the process. See steps 10, 15, and 18 above in regards to this.)
- Once the bathing area has been prepared, strain the tea and add it to the bath water. If a muslin bag is doing the straining for you, it can be taken out of the pot and set aside, or it can be transferred to the bath along with the herbal tea.
- Later, remove the spent herbs from the strainer or muslin bag and place them under a bush or tree, with your thanks.
Dressing and Fixing a Vigil Candle
The process of preparing a candle to burn for a magical purpose is a personal thing. Everyone has his or her own technique. I offer here a quick list of steps to get you started.
- Clean the candle with alcohol, lemon juice, or Florida Water.
- Trim the wick, and if necessary, reposition it.
- Inscribe the name/s and birthdate/s of the person/s who need the work.
- Poke four or more holes in the top.
- Load the candle with herbs, roots, minerals, and symbolic items.
- Write out your petition and place it under the candle just before you light it.
- Pray your petition into the candle.
- Dress the candle with oil.
- Light the candle.
- Repeat your petition/pray over the candle, daily.
- Interpret the burn.
- Repeat the burn as necessary.
The Care & Feeding of a Mojo Bag or Gris-Gris
Please note that the care and feeding of a gris-gris is the same as that for a mojo.
Now you have your very own mojo bag. You will need to establish a bond with it by "working" it. The best way to work a mojo bag is to think of it as a living thing. You should talk to it and tend it as if it is a beloved little friend.
- Keep your mojo a secret.
- Keep your mojo in a place of honor when it is not being carried in your pocket, purse, or bra, or hanging on your neck or from your waist.
- Name your mojo.
- Call your mojo by name and speak to it on a daily basis. Talk to it in loving and encouraging tones. Talk to it about what you would like to accomplish and thank it for helping you.
- "Feed" it once a week with an appropriate dressing oil or with some other traditional "food," e.g. whiskey, Florida Water, Hoyt's Cologne, incense or tobacco smoke, or your own body fluids (urine, semen, vaginal fluids, or blood). Feeding should take place on a day of the week that is appropriate to what the mojo is for, e.g. Sunday for protection or Crown of Success, Thursday for gambling luck, or Friday for love or money-drawing. Likewise, the "food" offered should be in keeping with the intention of the mojo – condition oils that match the bag's intention, whiskey, Hoyt's Cologne, or urine for gambling luck, semen or vaginal fluids for sex and love-drawing, etc. Place a dot of oil or fluid in each corner of the bag and then a dot in the middle to feed it. Alternately, the mojo may be fed by passing it through incense or tobacco smoke.
YOU SHOULD NOT:
- Let anyone see or touch your mojo.
- Let your mojo get wet or become heavily soiled.
- Disrespect your mojo by playing with it like it is a toy, dropping it on the ground, or forgetting to pay attention to it.
- Take it apart.
If someone else sees your mojo, remove it immediately from his or her sight, and then keep it next to your skin at all times for the next seven days – feeding and talking to it each day – to reinforce its bond to you and to keep it working strong.
Please be aware that the life force of your mojo goes "dead," and it stops working, if someone else touches it or it gets wet (e.g. it gets thrown in a pool or sent through the washer). You will need to have a new one made in the event that either of these things happen.
You can work a mojo well for about a year and then they need to be "recharged." We are happy to do this for you. Just mail the bag and fresh personal concerns to us and we will redo your bag for a $15.00 fee. Enjoy your new mojo and do let us know if you have any questions!
A Little Dab Will Do Ya — Easy Patch Testing
We always recommend that you do a patch test before using any of our products next to your skin. Apply a small amount of the conjure powder in question to the inside of your wrist or elbow and leave it, uncovered and unwashed, for 24 hours. If no sign of itching, redness, or swelling occurs after the 24-hour period, it should be safe for you to use the conjure powder. However, if a reaction does develop, discontinue the use of the conjure powder and seek the advice of a physician.
Using Black Cat Curios Conjure Oils
Black Cat Curios dressing and anointing conjure oils have a variety of uses. The anointing oils may be used on the skin and the dressing oils are meant to be used on objects. This is not to say that a couple of drops of a dressing oil cannot be placed on your palm to be transferred to your target when shaking hands. It just means that the ingredients in the dressing oils are harsher and therefore, are more likely to cause a reaction should they come in contact with the skin.
- As a rule, when using conjure oils, you dress up you body and towards you to bring things to you, and down your body or away from you to remove conditions or send things away. In addition, it is common to dress the area of the body where the effect of the oil is most needed. For example, to apply uncrossing oil, you would start at you head and work you way down to the bottom of your feet. For oils associated with love or money start at the soles of the feet and work upward to the top of your head.
- Oils that are associated with the head or affect mentation are applied to the crown of the head and third eye, for example, Crown of Success or King Solomon Wisdom. Rejuventaion and Blessed Healing oils are usually applied to the affected body part and the indentation and round where the back of the head and the neck meet. (Spiritually speaking, this the most vulnerable part of the body.)
- Sexually-oriented oils like Fire of Desire, Follow Me Boy, Double Venus, and Double Mars can be applied directly to the genitals, in a drawing fashion.
- Oils meant to be helpful in gambling luck, for example, New Orleans Red Fast Luck or Black Cat, are usually applied to the hands, dice, or slot machine before gaming.
- Besides dressing your hands, you can also dress your feet. Try making a cross with Uncrossing, Evil Eye Protection, or Fiery Wall of Protection oil on the soles of your feet or the bottoms of your shoes before heading out for the day.
- Speaking of protection, use our Safe Travel, Fiery Wall of Protection, or Evil Eye Protection oils to dress the tires of your car, the steering wheel, the door handles, or the rear-view mirror. Dress the windows and door frames of your house to help keep out thieves and other undesirable people.
- Dress your folding money and you wallet with Mean Green Money Drawing Oil to keep money with you and to attract more.
- Dress your lottery tickets and bingo cards with Black Cat Oil before playing.
- Dress your boss' mouse with Boss Fix oil and your office nemesis' with Bend Over oil.
- Obviously, there's really no end to the ways our conjure oils can be used, so don't limit yourself to just dressing candles, petition papers, mojos, and anointing roots!
Using Black Cat Curios Conjure Powders
Conjure powders, AKA sachet powders, are great as a follow up to a spiritual bath. In fact, layering a spiritual bath with conjure powders and conjure oils is the best. But that is just the beginning! Conjure powders are used much the same way as conjure oils, but they do not leave an oily residue, which makes them even easier to deploy. Try them on important papers, or transfer them onto people's clothes when brushing by them. Sprinkle them across thresholds and onto sidewalks. Dress playing cards, birthday cards, and business cards. Use them in all of your works – sprinkled on candles and petition papers, or spooned into dollies, jars, mojos, and packets. Our conjure powders make it so easy to be sneaky, you'll have a hard time stopping yourself!
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