Curse of the Mirrored Box (Hoodoo)

The curse of the mirrored-box is a very old type of reversing spell used in folk magic traditions to send evil back to its source. The source is usually another individual who is attempting to work evil upon a victim. Interestingly enough I first heard of this type of spell on an episode of Baywatch Nights..


There are several methods of constructing a mirror box. The most traditional method I know consists of purchasing, or otherwise obtaining, a new mirror. It is very important that you do not allow this mirror to capture your own reflection because you don’t want to get any part of yourself mixed up in the spell. However, it can be very difficult (almost impossible) not to allow this to happen….unless you are invisible. The mirror is usually covered with a cloth and broken with a hammer or rock.  Finally, the individual pieces are glued inside a box. The box can be made of anything such as a cheap chipboard box like those found in craft stores, a shoebox, a small jewelry box, etc….I have even known crafty practitioners who make their own boxes to resemble tiny coffins in which they place dolls.
Other methods of creating a mirror box include, but are not limited to, gluing one small mirror to the inside bottom and inside lid of a an altoids can, constructing a box from 6 mirror tiles (four walls, a ceiling, and floor) with the mirrored side pointing inwards. Alternately, if you are in a hurry you can simply press a person’s photo, hair, name-paper, or other small personal concerns between two mirror tiles. The tiles can then be bound with cord, twine, or even tape (yes duct tape has its uses in the magickal world too.)
From there, The curse usually consist of ritually placing a prepared-doll, photograph, or other representation of the individual inside a mirror-box. The ritual can also include the burning of reversing candles and should be accompanied by one’s sincere prayer that any evil the perpetrator is sending against you be directed back at him or her. In my own personal practices, I burn a prepared reversing candle on top of the box itself saying something along the lines of “[N], may all the evil you send to me now and forever return to you!” The candle is then allowed to burn down over the box, sealing the person inside, and setting the curse.
Some practitioners choose to only keep the person inside the box until they feel that the danger is passed or until the individual learns his or her lesson. In these cases, the doll is removed from the box and the box is destroyed. Other practitioners go a step further and take the mirror-box to a graveyard where they petition a spirit to guard over the box and keep the individual “down”. Once a spirit has agreed to these terms, the box is buried at their grave along with payment.
As is the case with many curses, in the Hoodoo Tradition, it is very important that you consult with your divination tool, spirit guides, etc… to determine if this method is justified in your situation before you decide to invoke the Curse of the Mirrored Box.
Now, I can’t share the Curse of the Mirrored Box with you, without also explaining the Reverse-Mirror Box Spell. The Reverse-Mirror Box Spell is similar to the Curse of the Mirror-Box in that it is a box which has been decorated with mirrors on the outside, rather than the inside.  Some individuals create such a box by taking 6 mirror tiles and gluing them together to create a box with the mirrored-side facing out. Inside the box the individual would place a prepared doll, photograph, name paper, or written petition representing them self rather than another person.
The purpose of such a mirror box is to protect the individual from any and all negativity that may be directed at him or her regardless of where it originates. However, some folks say that this type of box will also prevent you from receiving the blessings as well. It is up to the individual to decide if this type of protection spell is appropriate for their situation.



Watermelon Tourmaline: Rainbow Tourmaline

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The watermelon tourmaline is a rare variety that displays three different colors in the same crystal – green (the skin of the watermelon), pink (the sweet fruit) and white (the rind). As in the gem stone ametrine, the colors of the watermelon tourmaline occur 100% naturally. This is a rare occurrence in nature.

Colors: multicolored bands of pink, green and purple

Uses: For inner peace, harmony, balancing and energizing body, mind and spirit, polarity work, and problem-solving. Watermelon tourmaline encourages regeneration of the nerves, helps with paralysis and multiple sclerosis.

Star Sign: Virgo
Planet: Mercury
Element: Earth
Chakra: Heart



Wear watermelon tourmaline to enhance discretion

Carry watermelon tourmaline to help you see the funny side of any situation

Place watermelon tourmaline around your home to encourage humor

Hold watermelon tourmaline to reduce nervousness

Meditate with watermelon tourmaline to connect with your higher self

Give watermelon tourmaline…

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As Witches, we need to be aware of the Ancient Broom Lore
that has been passed down to us from those wonderful Crones of the past.

1- Never leave home for long periods of time without telling your broom.

2- Treat your broom as you would any other member of your family, with honor,
reverence, and respect.

3- Magickal Brooms are not regular cleaning brooms and should not be used for
such mundane tasks.

4- Never leave your Magickal Broom outside your cast circle.

5- Speak with your broom as you would speak to other members of your family or coven.

6- Never leave your Magickal Broom outside in the weather unless you ask the Broom.

7- Oil your broomstick with every turn of the wheel.

Brooms have long been known for their magickal ways, probably due to its shape,
use in purification rites and kinship with magickal wands and…

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Sacred & Blessing Herbs ~ Smudging



The act of smudging is done with a smudge bowl or Abalone Shell with the appropriate herbs directly lit or burned on a coal or Charcoal Tablet. When using charcoal tablets, the bowl or shell should be filled with sand or a flat stone to prevent overheating the container. Smudging is also done with herbs tied in bundles called Smudge Sticks. In either case the smoke is ‘washed’ over the person or object with a Feather or by fanning the smoke with one’s hand.

To do a blessing of a person, begin by looking into the eyes of the person for a moment to ‘greet’ them, fan the smoke first at their heart and then up to the right side (your left) of the person’s head, moving around clockwise (sun-wise), gently washing them with the smoke. Continue brushing smoke down over their left shoulder and the length of their arm and back up again to the shoulder. Wash the smoke down the left side of the torso, left leg and foot. Now smudge the right foot, up the left leg, torso and down the length of the right arm and back up to the shoulder. Now turn the person around, turning to their right (sun-wise again) and repeat these movements as you smudge and bless the person’s back. For objects, bless them moving sun-wise around them also.

Smudging in the Seven Directions

  • Facing East – I welcome the energy of the beginning way, the rising sun at the beginning of the day and the light of illumination. Welcome Eagle, flying nearest the heavens, with the clearest of vision. I welcome the energies and spirits of the East. HO!
  • Facing South – I welcome the energy of service to all my relatives, the heat of the noonday sun and the spirit of action in the world. Welcome Coyote spirit. I welcome the energies and spirits of the South. HO!
  • Facing West – I welcome the energy of looking within to find the gifts of healing. Welcome Bear spirit going deep within to seek the gift of renewal. I welcome the energies and spirits of the West. HO!
  • Facing North – I welcome the energy of wisdom and blessing and the Grandmothers and Grandfathers who teach me. Welcome Buffalo and the spirit of giveaway, teach me to be generous and honor all that I receive. I welcome the energies and spirits of the North. HO!
  • Looking up – I welcome the energy and spirit of Above. Father Sky, Star people, and Cloud people. Welcome all that is masculine, grandfathers, fathers, brothers, uncles and sons. And that masculine energy that also exists within the feminine. I welcome the energies and spirits of Father Sky. HO!
  • Looking down (touching the ground) – I welcome the energy of Mother Earth, the feminine principle, the energy and spirit of Below. I welcome the energy and the spirit of our grandmothers, our mothers, sisters, aunties and daughters. And that feminine energy that exists within the Masculine. I welcome the energies and spirits of Mother Earth. HO!
  • Looking within (holding your hands over your heart) – I welcome the energy of Within, the principle of being connected, the energy and spirit of Within. I welcome the gifts of balance, oneness, and the connection with all things, for all things are one and all things are related. HO!


Smudging and Blessing Herbs

    • Sage
      The use of sage is for healing. The smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal the person or object being smudged. Sage is used to ‘wash off’ the outside world when one enters ceremony or other sacred space. Objects are likewise washed off with sage medicine smoke to rid them of unwanted influences.The plants that are called sage can come from very different families of plants. True sages are in the genus of Salvia; this includes Salvia Officinalis (garden sage) and Salvia Apiana (White Sage), also called California White Sage and Sacred Sage. Many of the herbs called sage come from a completely different family of plants, the Asteracea family. This family brings us the genus of Artemisia from which come New Mexico Sage (Artemisia tridentada), and the sage from the Dakotas (Artemisia ludoviciana), also called Grey sage, Prairie sage, Dakota sage, Lakota Sage and mistakenly sometimes called White sage. All of these sages (Salvia and Artemisia) are used for healing and cleansing. More can be learned from the book Sacred Sage, How It Heals.


    • Cedar
      Cedar is a medicine of protection. Cedar trees are very old, wise and powerful spirits. Cedar is often used to cleanse a home or apartment when first moving in, inviting unwanted spirits to leave and protecting a person, place or object from unwanted influences. Cedar is used as a name for a number of different genuses of trees and shrubs. The primary ones are Cedrus, Thuja, Libdocedrus and Juniperus. The Junipers are not truly Cedars (scientifically) but are used as such by many people. Keep in mind that these scientific names have little meaning to the people using them as medicine in traditional ways.


    • Sweetgrass
      Also called Seneca grass, holy grass and vanilla grass. This very special herb’s sweet vanilla-like scent is the breath of the Earth mother, bringing the blessing of Mother Earth’s love. Sweetgrass is burned to remind us of essence of the feminine and that the earth provides us with everything we need. Sweetgrass can also be be unbraided or trimmed with a scissors into small pieces and sprinkled on hot Charcoal Tablets. Allow the sacred smoke that follows to wash over the subject of the blessing. The sacredness of the sweetgrass herb then sustains the smudging process. Use a smudging feather if you need to douse the flame or promote more smoke.


    • Lavender
      This native of Europe is often used for invitation of the spirits. The name may be derived from the Latin lavare (to wash) or livendula (meaning bluish). In ancient times lavender was an important herb used in mummification. There is a legend that the clothing of baby Jesus was laid upon a lavender bush and acquired the fragrance. Some Christians still regard the scent of lavender as a safeguard against evil. Burning Lavender is best done on Charcoal Tablets.


    • Copal
      This is tree sap from Mexico that is similar to Frankincense. When burned it has a crisp, clean, sharp scent that is almost citrus-like. Copal is sacred to the native peoples of Mexico, as it is a gift ‘pleasing to the gods.’ Because copal is the blood of trees, it is offered to honor the enormous gift given to us by all of the tree people of our planet. Burning Copal is best done on Charcoal Tablets.


    • Frankincense
      At one time both Frankincense and Myrrh were considered to be more valuable than gold. Used to embalm the bodies of the Egyptian Pharaohs, this tree resin is considered to cleanse and protect the soul. Frankincense became important to most every major religion in the world and is still used in Muslim, Jewish and Catholic rituals. Frankincense is said to ease depression and promote clairvoyance. Burning Frankincense is best done on Charcoal Tablets.


    • Myrrh
      This tree resin is said to help one maintain a state of enlightenment. It also connects one to the spirit of youth and clears the path of debris that stands in the way of one’s truth. Burning Myrrh is best done on Charcoal Tablets.


  • Smudging Feather
    It is traditional to use a bird’s feather to brush the smoke over the person or object being blessed. It is important to use the underside of the feather to wash the smoke over the object of blessing. It is the underside of the bird and its wings that face the Mother Earth as it flies and it is this surface of the feather that offers the blessing medicine of the bird.

Other Important Herbs

    • Mullein
      An herb that has been used in smoking blends for the sacred pipe, also used as a tea for lung inflammation. Mullein is also called Yerba del lobo, velvet plant and miner’s candlestick.


    • Red Willow Bark
      This is another traditional ingredient for smoking in the pipe. It is not really a willow, but a dogwood. Sioux people call this bark Chanshasha.


    • Osha Root
      This is one of the roots called Bear Root. This plant grows mainly in the Rocky mountains and is used to invite the bear spirit medicine. Osha is an important medicine for people from northern Mexico to Canada, often used for infections.


    • Uva Ursi
      Called Kinnikinnik by many people, this is another plant used in pipe smoking mixtures. Uva ursi is commonly used as tea for bladder infections.

The material you have just read is ©2010 by the Taos Herb Company.


List of Incense Correspondences

tumblr_lrijf26Bl81ql0fm9o1_400Blue Berry – Burn to keep unwanted influences away from your home and property

Blue Roses- Specially crafted to honor the Goddess in all her aspects

Carnations – A sweet floral scent traditionally used for healing

Cherry – Sacred to Venus, this blend will attract and stimulate love

Cinnamon – Use to gain wealth and success

Coconut – Burn for protection and purification

Copal – Sacred to the Mayan and Aztecs, this blend is suitable for honoring the Gods

Frangipani- Burn to brighten your home with friendship and love

Frankincense – Draw upon the energy of the sun to create sacred space, consecrate objects, and stimulate positive vibrations

Honeysuckle – Burn for good health, luck, and psychic power

Jasmine – For luck in general, especially in matters relating to love

Lotus – For inner peace and outer harmony, to aid in meditation and open the mind’s eye

Musk – Burn for courage and vitality, or to heighten sensual passion

Myrrh – An ancient incense for protection, healing, purification and spirituality

Passionflower – For peace of mind, this sweet scent will soothe  troubles and aid in sleep

Patchouli  – An earthy scent used in money and attraction spells

Pine – Burn for strength, and to reverse negative energies

Rose – For love magick, and to return calm energies to the home

Sandalwood – A delicious all purpose scent used to heal and protect, also for purification

Spice – A fiery scent to be charged for any magick

Spirit – Raise your personal vibration, attract spirit guides and honor your personal deity

Strawberry – For love, luck and friendship

Tangerine – A solar aroma used to attract prosperity

Temple – A devotional incense for the altar during ritual

Vanilla – Stimulate amorous appetites and enhance memory


African Violet: Burned for protection and to promote spirituality within the home.

Allspice: Burned to attract both good luck and money.

Aloes: Burned to attract good fortune, love, spiritual vibrations and strength.

Althea: Burned for protection and to stimulate the psychic powers.

Anise seeds: Burned as a meditation incense.

Basil: Burned to exorcise and protect against evil entities and to attract fidelity, love, good luck, sympathy, and


Bay: Burned to facilitate the psychic powers, and to induce prophetic dream visions.

Bayberry: Burned mainly to attract money.

Benzoin: Burned for purification and to attract prosperity.

Bistort: Burned with Frankincense to aid divination.

Bracken: Burned in outdoor fires to magickally produce rain.

Cedar: Burned for purification, to stimulate or strengthen the psychic powers, attract love, prevent nightmares.

Cinnamon: Burned for protection and to attract money, stimulate and strengthen the psychic powers and to aid in healing.

Citron: Burned in rituals to aid healing and also to strengthen psychic powers.

Clove: Burned to dispel negativity, purify sacred and magickal spaces, attract money, and stop or prevent the spread of gossip.

Coconut: Burned for protection.

Copal: Burned for purification and to attract love.

Damiana: Burned to facilitate psychic visions.

Dittany of Crete: Burned to conjure spirits and to aid in astral projection

Dragon’s Blood: Burned to dispel negativity, exorcise evil supernatural entities, attract love, enhance psychic

awareness, and restore male potency. Makes all other incenses stronger when added at the same time.

Elecampane: Burned to strengthen the clairvoyant powers and scrying abilities.

Fern: Burned in outdoor fires to magickally produce rain. Also used  to exorcise evil supernatural entities

Frankincense: Burned to dispel negativity, purify magickal spaces, protect against evil, aid meditation, induce psychic visions, attract good luck, and honor Pagan deities.

Fumitory: Burned to exorcise demons, poltergeists and other evil entities.

Galangal: Burned to break the curses cast by sorcerers.

Ginseng Root: Burned to keep wicked spirits at bay, and for protection against all forms of evil.

Gotu Kola: Burned to aid meditation.

Heather: Burned to conjure beneficial spirits, and to produce rain.

Hibiscus Flowers: Burned to attract love.

Horehound: Burned as an offertory incense to the ancient Egyptian god Horus

Jasmine: burned to attract love and money, and also to induce dreams of a prophetic nature.

Juniper: Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers. and also to break the curses and hexes cast by evil


Lavender: Burned to induce rest and sleep, and to attract love

Lilac: Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers and to attract harmony into one’s life.

Mace: Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers.

Mastic: Burned to conjure beneficial spirits, stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and intensify sexual desires. The magickal powers of other incenses are greatly increased when a bit of mastic is added. Mesquite: The magickal powers of all healing incenses are greatly enhanced by mesquite.

Mint: Burned to increase sexual desire, exorcise evil supernatural entities, conjure beneficial spirits, and attract


Myrrh: Burned (most commonly with Frankincense) for purification, consecration, healing, exorcism, and banishing evil.

Nutmeg: Burned to aid meditation, stimulate or increase the psychic powers and attract prosperity.

Patchouli: Burned to attract money and love, and also to promote fertility.

Pine: Burned for purification and to banish negative energies, exorcise evil supernatural entities and attract money.

Poppy Seeds: Burned to promote female fertility, and to attract love, good luck, and money.

Rose: Burned to increase courage, induce prophetic dreams, and attract love. Rose incense is used in all forms of

love enchantment and possesses the strongest love vibration of any magickal incense.

Rosemary: Burned to purify, aid in healing, prevent nightmares, preserve youthfulness, dispel depression, attract

fairyfolk, and promote restful sleep and pleasant dreams.

Rue: Burned to help restore health.

Aromatic Woods Correspondences

Home purification, good fortune, luck

Success, healing, power, protection

Divination, psychic abilities, dreams

Juniper (Wood and needles)
Protection, health, cleansing

Cleansing, truth

Palo Santo
Cleansing, luck, strength

Prosperity, fertility, healing

Red Cedar
Strength, honour, honesty

Sandalwood (yellow)
Spirituality, healing, wishes

Sandalwood (red)
Cleansing, revelation

White Willow (bark)
Love, divination, healing

Divination Incense


2 parts Sandalwood

1 part Rose Petals

1 part Camphor

a few drops Tuberose bouquet

a few drops Jasmine oil

Smolder during or directly before using tarot cards, magic mirrors, quartz crystal spheres, rune stones and so on. Also, it smells great.

(Source: The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham)