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Thankfully, few of us in modern times have had a dead chicken left on our doorstep or found a wax doll pierced with pins, containing strands of our hair, wrapped in red cord and hidden under the sofa. However, sending ill-wishes or curses through an object is still very common. We may receive the artifact unexpectedly, even as a gift, apparently sent as a peace offering from someone known to dislike us.
In many ways, a negative sending is nastier even than the Evil Eye of envy or a spoken curse. This is because we keep and may touch or use the cursed item regularly—especially if it is beautiful. Each time we do so, we activate the bad energy that was put into it deliberately (or, less frequently, unconsciously) by the ill-wisher. The negative thoughts that have become attached to the object become attached to our energy field. To add to this, the nastier the curse, the more dramatic and long-lasting the effects.
How to Tell if a Gift Is Cursed
As a rule, be wary of unexpected gifts from someone you know does not like you, especially if the gifts are personal items like jewelery or artifacts. If you want to keep the item, cleanse it thoroughly (keep reading for those methods). Be particularly cautious also of acquiring magical objects or those portraying unknown deities or spirits from other cultures, especially from ancient times or spirit-worshipping peoples, as these can hold a curse quite powerfully from the original creator or those who have used them for less than positive purpose.
Cursed Objects that Bring Nightmares
That night I had a nightmare that was so vivid it was like a living experience. In the dream, a car smashed into me; the next moment I woke to an intense cracking sound. I was lying on the floor, in terrible pain, and with blood pouring from my nose and face, which did not stop for more than a half hour. I had two black eyes and I had badly damaged my legs and arms. I have never fallen out of bed, not even as a child. I was also on the ninth floor and in a locked room, so no one could have entered and attacked me. I might have dismissed the experience as coincidence, but a day or so later, in another nightmare, I received a huge punch to the jaw; again no one was there and the pain was terrible. As I woke I saw the old woman's face sneering and I tried to rip the bracelet from my arm, but it had sunk into my skin. At last I cut it free, and as soon as I could next morning, threw the red wool into running water. There were no more incidents.
The Cursed Shell
Bill went to Australia on business for a couple of months, stopping en route to visit his mother. He phoned Julia upon reaching Australia to say his mother had a marvellous cowrie shell that was also a musical instrument, and she had given it to him for Julia. To Julia, it sounded hopeful if Bill's mother was sending her presents. Bill told Julia that it was so beautiful that he didn't want to wait till he came back for her to have it, but it was too delicate to post. Luckily, a friend of his who was coming back to England that week would drop it off at her apartment.
Julia was away when the shell was delivered. On her return, she took it out of the box and into her hands. It wasn't at all pretty, like Bill had told her, but wide, deep, and ugly. She put it to her left ear to listen for the sea, and a tendril of black smoke rose. The walls and ceiling of the room seemed to close in on her, and it became incredibly hot.
Julie knew instinctively that she had to take it to the water. She threw it into the Thames, and as it landed in the water, she could see flames rising from it. It then sank without trace. As soon as she'd thrown it, she'd known it was nasty magic from Bill's mother.
Months later, a friend of Bill's from the West Indies told Julia that Bill's mother had gone to a woman in one of the outlying villages and paid her a great deal of money to put a curse on Julia and get rid of her. The relationship broke up anyway, as Bill had changed so much after seeing his mother.
Casting unwanted sendings into water, burying them at a crossroads, or burning them are effective ways of breaking the link.
Preserving Cursed Objects
In this case, you do need to cleanse them thoroughly using a powerful herb like hyssop, the ultimate cleansing herb, or by smudging using sagebrush or cedar herb sticks or a pine or sage incense stick. The power of hyssop, Hyssop officinalis, goes back to Biblical times: Psalm 51:7 says, "Purify me with hyssop and I shall be clean, wash me and I shall be whiter than snow."
A Hyssop Infusion Spell for Removing Bad Energies from a Cursed or Unlucky Object
Timing: Friday morning, the day of Anael, archangel of love and beautiful things
Stir nine times clockwise and then nine times counterclockwise, saying,
"Hyssop, hyssop, remove the pain.
Cover the brew and leave for five to ten minutes, and then pour the liquid into a small jug, after straining off the herbs and discarding them.
Stir the strained liquid again nine times clockwise and nine times counterclockwise, saying the words again.
Sprinkle the infusion counterclockwise round the item if it is delicate or would mark the object; otherwise, sprinkle the infusion on top of the item saying,
"By this hyssop, the evil goes.
Wash the remaining infusion away under a running tap, repeating the second set of words.
Items with Bad Energy
Jewelery you buy from pawn shops or antique stores may also have negative energies if the owner had a sad life or was forced to part with her treasure for financial reasons.
If the item is large, like furniture, set a green, thriving potted plant on it in the center for twenty-four hours to the same effect, and if possible, set a circle of nine small amethysts around the plant on the furniture item.
Spell to Remove Evil from an Object or Yourself
Ingredients and Tools
Timing: Tuesday, the day of both Samael andanother fiercely protective archangel: Camael, the archangel of Mars and courage.
"I call upon Samael to purge this curse away.
Hold the smudge in each candle flame in turn, blowing the tip so that it glows. Say for each,
"Samael, by the power of air,
Spiral the smudge in counterclockwise smoke around the outside of the candle circle nine times, saying,
"Be gone, be done.
Finally, stand in the center of the candle circle and turn in all four directions counterclockwise (west, east, south, and north). Raise the smoke or incense stick in a counterclockwise spiral in each direction, then raise it above your head, towards any photos and finally point it to the ground. As you do so, say at each direction,
"Above, below, and all around,
Blow out the candles, quickly and counter-clockwise, saying,
"None may do harm within Samael's guardianship of fire.
Take the smudge outdoors and leave it to burn through.
If you don't have the space to make a candle circle large enough for safety, stand outside the candle circle and move and smudge round the outside it.
If You Have Destroyed the Artifact but Still Feel Spooked
Eggs are traditionally used for removing the Evil Eye of envy, but this anti-curse and Sending Spell Removal using eggs is one of the simplest and most effective of which I know. In fact, if the curse was motivated by jealousy, then the spell also blocks the cause of the curse, therefore removing both curse and background Evil Eye. This spell does not send the curse back, but disposes of it by putting it in the egg and symbolically washing away the residue of the curse. Therefore, it does not compromise your integrity.
Ingredients and Tools
Timing: Seven days in the morning beginning on Saturday, the day of the Saturn archangel, Cassiel, who sets limitations and draws boundaries to exclude harm
"Take from me this ill-wishing sent;
Add four tablespoons of salt to the glass of water and stir well counter-clockwise, saying,
"Cleansed be of this negativity.
Place the egg in the glass of water and, just before sunset, remove the egg from the water and throw it against a tree so that it breaks, saying,
"Fair is foul and foul is fair;
Wash out the glass well with hot water.
Repeat the spell for seven days, but on day seven, rather than breaking the final egg, bury it in a place where no plants are currently growing.
Cassandra Eason (London, England) is the international bestselling author of more than sixty titles. She lectures, broadcasts, and gives workshops around the world on all aspects of spirituality and magic. ...