How to break a curse for the beginner
What is a curse?
A curse is a spell that is directly targeted at a person or place and is meant to cause harm.
There are many such spells, but they can be broken down into categories.
The entropy or chaos curse: This spell simply causes probabilities to vastly tend
to do the target harm, ranging from bad luck to death. The trademarks of this
curse are that there is no rhyme or reason to the harm caused, they just result from
things generally «going wrong». If a whole string of things just keep going
spectacularly and improbably wrong, there is a good chance there is an entropy
curse at work.
The binding: This spell causes an inability to act in the target. It may manifest
psychologically as depression or anxiety, or it may operate by simply making
none of your plans come to anything. If you find yourself drastically unable to act
upon your choices in the world, then you might be under a binding.The lesson: Some users of magick want to dispense justice, and whether this is
right or wrong, they are willing to use magick to do it. The specifics of these
curses are always retributive and the casters of them love to «make the
punishment fit the crime». Thus when the target is a thief they will be stolen from,
a user they will be used, etc. If you find yourself suddenly and consistently a
victim of «your own medicine», you might want to look around for a nearby witch
with a good-guy badge.The special-purpose curse: This is a catch-all category for things like «a sending
of rats» or the «evil eye». These spells are usually specific, have a great deal of
lore associated with them, and are generally spectacular in their results (there is
nothing subtle about your house being infested with dozens of rats). In this case,
each spell has its own hallmark signs, but they are all very spectacular. If you start
having stuff out of a horror movie happening, you have a special-purpose curse.
How do I know if I am cursed?
People who are simply having a bad time in their lives often think they are the victims of
curses. Knowing whether you are, in fact, cursed requires some careful self-examination.
You must ask yourself if you are being honest and whether what is happening is just
coincidence or self-sabotage. If, after that, you really believe that what is happening
might in fact be caused by magick, there are ways to check. If your area has an occult
store or local pagan group, you might be able to find help there, or use the simple
divination method below (Note: this method uses the same principle a Tarot deck, but
uses a normal deck of playing cards. If you want to use Tarot cards, simply remove the
Major Arcana and use the same method with the remainder).
Sit down with a desk of playing cards. Take the jokers out and set them aside.Shuffle the cards slowly, not using the normal method of card-game shuffling.
Shuffle intently and focus on all of the reasons why you think you are cursed,
remembering everything that has occurred. After a few minutes of this, focus on
your question: «Is what is happening to me the result of a curse?» After a little
while of this, stop shuffling.
Deal out the cards in this fashion: start pulling cards from the top and laying them
out in a pile. If you pull an ace or reach a stack of ten, stop.Do this three times for a total of three stacks. You will end up with 0-3 aces.If you have zero aces, you are not cursed (yay!). If you have one, there is a one in
three (33%) chance you are cursed, two aces a two in three chance (66%) and
three aces means you are definitely cursed (100%).
What to do?
If you are cursed, then it is most likely low-end magick practiced by an amateur.
Professionals are generally occupied with more important things. However, amateurs can
have a lot of raw power even when their technique is lacking, and their curses can be very
dangerous. There are a couple of ways to deal with a curse. The first one is to become an
initiate in some tradition of magick and learn to protect yourself. This is not for everyone
(no matter what some of the books may say, not everyone is suited to magick) and is
extremely time-consuming, difficult, and brings its own dangers. The second way is to
use a simple spell that anyone can do without real training.
* Items needed: the target, a tub of water large enough to submerge and wash the
target (or enough water to wash down the area if a location), a large quantity of
* Best times: New Moon, a Thursday, noon, midnight, dawn, dusk (any time
associated with transitions)
Fill the tub with water. Temperature should be comfortable for a long soak if the
target is a living thing.Open and hold up the container of sea salt.Clear your mind and say the following words while concentrating on what they
mean to you. Say them slowly, confidently, and meditatively: «In the names of
my ancestors, my gods, and myself, I call upon thee, oh creatures of Earth and
Water. Come forth, cleanse «name of target» of all evil and alien magicks, and
restore them (me, it) to balance and health. By our wills combined, so mote it be.»Pour the salt into the water. Use a lot.Keeping your mind in that calm and meditative state, submerge or wash the target
slowly. If you are the target, get in the tub and simply lay back and soak. Relax.
Let everything slip away.Do this for at least ten minutes. When you are done, drain the water away down
the drain and rinse it off the target. It is absolutely necessary that all of the
saltwater is washed off of the target!
When you are done, say the following in the same way you did step 3: «I thank
thee, oh creatures of Earth and Water, in the name of myself, my gods, and my
ancestors. Be released to your homes, doing no harm on your way, and return to
me with glad hearts when next you are summoned. By our wills combined, so
mote it be.»
The downside of this is that it is limited in its scope and power and that sometimes it
won’t be able to defeat a more powerful curse. If this happens, seek a professional to help
you, because you won’t be able to deal with it without real training.
A curse is serious business, and dealing with them can be scary for a person not used to
the world of magick. The good news is that magick is just like any other technology for
causing change and its principles can be learned and taken advantage of without
becoming an expert. Just like it is possible to diagnose and medicate your own headache
without being a doctor, it is possible to apply simple magickal techniques to help you
protect yourself and take better control of your life. Good luck!