Magickal Cleansing and Lifting a Curse
Recently I worked in a small office with many young women from very superstitious backgrounds. I was astonished at the number of them who came to me (once it got out that I was a witch) telling me that they were sure someone had placed a curse on them or their family, and asking me if I could do anything about it. In my opinion many of them were too ready to believe in a supernatural explanation for any small thing that happened to them, and because they believed they were cursed, they drew bad luck to them.
Please don't assume, just because you have a run of bad luck, that you've been cursed or hexed or ill-wished. It can lead to all sorts of nasty assumptions and accusations of (usually) innocent people. Even people who claim they have cursed you, or will do so, are often bluffing. (I know - I used to try and bluff my way past high school bullies with that one, and sometimes it did scare them off, at least temporarily. I never carried out the threat, though). If you've wronged someone in the past, even unintentionally, don't assume that they're behind your current misfortune; it's more likely that the law of returns is at work. Get out there and do something positive to change your luck for the better.
If you have been suffering from a series of mishaps or bad luck, there are things you can do to turn it around. The first thing I advise is to clean the cobwebs out - literally! Clean up your room, your office space, your whole house if you can. Do as much of the following as you can:
Get rid of clutter. It develops an atmosphere of stagnation and prevents movement, both literally and symbolically. Visualise yourself turfing out all the unwanted energies from your life, ridding yourself of negativity and doubt and fear.
Open up all your windows (and doors, if possible). It's best to do this on a sunny day, naturally. Throw them wide open to receive the cleansing and blessings of the sun and wind.
Wash down as many washable surface areas as you can with some kind of liquid on which a blessing has been performed. You can use an elaborate ritual blessing or something quick like 'Lady and Lord, bless this water for purification, protection and love'. Suggestions: water in which some chopped-up lemons have been steeped overnight, or rosemary infusion; either one smells good as well as adding a nice protective touch.
Next, cleanse the area with a purifying incense; you can use a blend, or one of the following alone: cedar, frankincense, copal, gum arabic. If you can't stand the smell of incense, use an essential oil burner, carried on a tray or in a baking dish to guard your hands. Use purifying and protective oils; I like a few drops each of sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh, and a drop of lemon. Walk through the entire area, holding the incense/burner up so that its fragrance penetrates every corner. I sometimes like to sprinkle blessed salt water about, and to set white candles burning merrily in every room (do this *after* closing the doors and windows!). You can add a chant while sprinkling/fumigating/lighting; I like 'Banished be, negativity!', it's short but to the point.
Finally, when the area smells all clean and holy, looks clean and is blazing with light, sit down and enjoy. Eat something, preferably something bready; you'll need it after all that work, and it'll help ground you in your newly cleansed space.
Once all this is over and you've recovered from the work, cast a few spells to get things moving, and to pull some good fortune your way... such as my Good Luck Spell.