Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Yantra Info


Shree Dhanada Yantra For acquire the wealth
Shree Karya Siddhi Yantra For acquire fulfil desire
Shree Vashikaran Yantra For attracting any man or woman
Shree Bhagwan Dattatreya Yantra For prosperity
Shree Gayatri Devi Yantra For acquire knowledge
Shree Rama Rkasha Yantra For protection of your child
Shree Shabari Mata Pujan Yantra For acquire mystic power
Shree Navanth Yantra For acquire miraculous power
Shree Maha-mrutunjaya Yantra For conquer the sickness and death
Shree Mahadurga devi Pujan Yantra For acquire strength and will power
Graha Peeda Nivarana Yantra For remove the black magic
Shree Ganesh Yantra For acquire the super fast memory
Shree Hanuman Yantra For acquire will power self " confidence
Shree Shanishchra Yantra For remove the black magic
Shree Vyankatesh Balajee Yantra For acquire prosperity
Shree Bagalamukhi Devi Yantra For gain the unexpected wealth
Shree Shiva Yantra For gain the self confidence
Chittakarshan or Vidyutmans Yantra For gaining anything you desired
Shree Shiva Panchakshari Yantra For remove the black magic
Yantra overcoming evil effects of Sadesti (7-1/2 years period during which saturn pases from the 12th, 1st and 2nd houses of the native)

Yantra bringing good luck
Yantra for worshipping the planet of Moon.
Yantra for worshipping the planet of Sun
Yantra for worshipping the planet of Mara
Yantra for worshipping the planet of Mercury
Yantra for worshipping the planet of Jupiter
Yantra for worshipping the planet of Venus
Yantra for worshipping the planet of Saturn
Yantra for worshipping the planet of Rahu
Yantra for worshipping the planet of Ketu (Kuja)
Yantra for worshipping the planet of all the nine planets
Yantra for removing obstacles
Yantra removing the evil effects of the witchcraft
Yantra for attracting the people
Yantra to attract (or Hypnotize the king)
Yantra controlling the game of gambling
Yantra protecting the embryo
Yantra for fulfillment of the desire of having a son
Yantra to please Lord Shree Krishna
Devi Bhagawati Yantra
Yantra for worshipping the God of wealth (Kubera)
Yantra to acquire wealth
Kantawirya Yantra
Triloka Mohan Ganesh Yantra (Yantra of Lord Ganesh to attract three spheres viz. Earth , sky and Underworld (patala)
Yantra ensuring victory
Yantra removing fever
Tripura Bhairava Yantra
Yantra for attraction
Yantra for attainment of all your desires
Waksiddhi Yantra
Sarwajana Vashikaran Yantra
Sudershan Chakra Pujan Yantra
Swastik chakra pujan Yantra
Bhuwaneshwari Devi Yantra
Shree Chamuda Devi Pujan Yantra
Shree Lalita Devi Pujan Yantra
Shree Kalyan Yantra
Sri Annapurna Devi Pujan Yantra
Shree Taradevi Pujan Yantra
Shree Kala Bhairava Pujan Yantra
Bhagwan Gorakshanath Yantra
Goraksha Swaroop Navnatha Pujan Yantra
Yantra for worshipping shree Saraswati the goddess of knowledge
Yantra to attract the lover
Sitaladevi Pujan Yantra
Bhoota Preta Badha Narashan Yantra
Yantra to cure Hemicrania
Yantra to cure children's diseases
Yantra for overcoming fear-complex in women,
Yantra for getting a job
Yantra for attracting males
Yantra for controlling powerful enemies
Yantra to overcome obstacles,
Yantra to acquire progeny
Yantra for getting success in gambling
Yantra for getting fame
Maha Siddha Yantra giving knowledge
Yantra curing barronness
Yantra protecting embryo
Yantra ensuring safe delivery
Yantra ensuring easy delivery
Yantra protecting children
Yantra curing fear complex in children
Yantra ensuring foreign journey
Yantra for job promotion
Yantra for the marriage of a daughter
Yantra bringing peace and happiness in the dosmestic life
Yantra for fulfulment of desires
Yantra for increasing intelligence
Yantra for promoting business
Yantra for good fortune
Yantra removing influence of an evil age
Yantra for incurable diseases
Siddha Yantra for removing obstacles
Yantra to appease the god of house or accommodation
Nrisinha Laxmi Yantra
Yantra bringing great wealth
Yantra for unexpected financial gains
Yantra to attain hidden wealth
Shree Kamakhyadevi Yantra
Laxmi Pujan Yantra
Yantra to get rid from the influence of withchcraft
Yantra to acquire lots of wealth
Yantra to attract a beautiful lady
Yantra for promoting well-being
Yantra removing ill effects of withcraft
Shree Kali Pujan Yantra
Yantra for controlling women
Yantra for controlling the husband
Yantra for controlling the officers
Auspicious Yantra empowered by magic for marital happiness
Siddha Yantra purified by rituals for protection from accidents
Yantra for overcoming nightmares
Yantra for getting better job
Yantra for worshipping fire
Sumukhi pujan Yantra purified by rituals
Yantra for worshipping vidyaradni goddess of knowledge
Chhinnamasta devi Pujan Yantra
Swayamwarkala Pujan Yantra
Madhumati Pujan Yantra
Bandh Mokshkar Pujan Yantra
Watayakshini Pujan Yantra
Matanga devi Pujan Yantra
Baneshi devi Pujan Yantra
Kameshidevi Pujan Yantra
Baladharan Pujan Yantra
Laghushyama Pujan Yantra
Triloka Mohan Stambhan yantra (Yantra for attracting and controlling three spheres viz.. Sky, Earth and Underworld)
Bagalamukhi Stambhan (refrainment Yantra)
Swapna warahi Pujan Yantra.

Black Magic Tantric

First of all, it is necessary to brief what ghosts are and how they develop negative power to damage the innocent beings. When an ordinary person dies, he does not normally become a ghost. His spirit does not harm anyone. He suffers within unless his final divine gate opens to him or her at the right time and proper waiting. Those professional people who generally become ghosts after death are given as under:
Ruthless Jail Hangers
Inhuman Butcher
Brutal Dacoit
Blood-thirsty person
Ferocious & Violent Female
Merciless Person (For poor, women and old)
Aimless Person
Unfeeling humane from Police Service
Stony-Hearted Person who tortures the poor & innocent
Cold-blooded Murderer
Haunters of innocent Birds and Animals
Evil minded Devotee who worships Devil or preaches Black Magic through spirits to cause damage to the human being
Proud Cruel Man or Woman
Thieves of the innocent victims
Extra Greedy Person of all subjects
Cheat & Fraudulent person attacking the innocent
Builder of empire at the cost of poor and innocent
Disloyal Politician
Betrayer to friends, community or nation
Back stabber Person
Traitorous Woman or Disloyal lady
Treacherous Doctor
Cruel and Cunning Advocate, Judge or leader of the nation
Person who dies unnatural death by accident or killing. Those persons in the above categories get the birth of Ghosts after their death and they have natural tendencies of getting quick powers within 180 days of their death thus become capable of causing damage to the innocent people. Normally they carry the same tendencies even as ghosts and operate in the same area and similar fashion and search for the same type of victims. Mostly the ghosts occupy the houses of their choice and make them haunting premises for their own living. They roam about in that premises, dance there at night and haunt to harm others, since they become unfeeling spirit without any sympathy for anyone and they cause damage even to their own family members. Those normally carry this tendency after death who harm the family through spirits during their lifetime. They go to the kingdom of ghosts and become more powerful after death and try to damage even those who dare throw a challenge to undo the evil effects of their victims. Some of the ghosts live in burial or cremation grounds. They always act unfriendly, unfeeling, indifferent and with negative attitude, damaging every good thing they see in others possessing it.
In case of Black Magic effect, the type of ghost or its shadow or its material that causes the damage is thoroughly studied. Then after diagnosing the type of ghost, his/her modus operandi is worked out and accordingly he or she is captured through positive tantric pooja, and normally it is tried that the ghost or spirit gets liberated from their roaming ghostly life. The tantric pooja is a serious divine effort to put these wandering and aimless spirits/ghosts in the service of God so that they could ultimately be liberated from their ghost yoni. The ghosts of lesser severity are called spirits they are normally used by negative Tantric and do black magic through their devilish powers to do evil acts such as to disintegrate the marriages, to destroy the businesses, to cause unnecessary innocent deaths, to damage the innocent and add to their agonies, and do the vasikaran for undesired elements to attract the women by freezing their brains and thinking and to get wrong gains of such types to the negative persons, which are normally banned and disapproved by almost all the religions of the world. We treat the ghosts at regular intervals, and they generally respond to the continuous treatment of occult astrology. Lastly, they show keenness to get liberation and promise to leave the black magic shadow over the innocent victim who is represented through our tantric pooja. After pooja an amulet is given to the victim and he/she is generally relieved of the problem completely within 40 days, which is the normal course of departure of the ghost or spirit. Where the ghost is of very severe nature, we inform the client accordingly. Liberation is the ultimate aim of the ghosts/spirits, which they always desperately search for and cannot get unless they come into contact with right and religious minded positive tantric through divine pooja. This clause is not applicable to those who worship the devil during their lifetime. They are called 'CHANDAAL RUHEN' after death, they are tackled differently with more divine positive power forcing them to surrender. After complete surrender, they leave the region of their operation. These categories of ghosts are generally more powerful than that of other groups.

The Effect Black Magic

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Protection from Other Black Magic Effect

need guidance and advice on how to protect from human black magic and evil / jinn. I have been facing some problems for some time now. How I can get advice and guidance and from whom and where?

Black magic (sihr) is something that definitely exists and causes harm to people. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) was also afflicted with black magic.
A Jew by the name of Labid ibn Asim who outwardly posed to be a believer (munafiq) carried out black magic on the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace). He took the hair of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) and made eleven knots and placed it under a rock in a well called Zarwan. The effect of this was that it created uncertainty in the mind of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) as to whether he had done or not done certain things (although this had no effect on his religious and prophetic obligations). At times the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) felt he had accomplished something yet he had not done so and vice versa. The angel Jibra’il informed the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) as to what had occurred and came down with the two Surahs, namely Surah al-Falaq and Surah an-Nas. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) together with the Companions (Allah be pleased with them all) went to the well and removed the knotted hair. As each verse was recited, the knots untied miraculously. At the eleventh knot, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) was relieved from the effects of this black magic. (See: Tafisir Ibn Kathir & Ma’arif al-Qur’an)
Thus, scholars mention that the recitation of the Mu’awwazatayn (the two Quls: al-Falaq and al-Nas) is very beneficial in the removing of and protection from black magic. One should make a habit of reciting these especially when retiring to bed and after the Fardh prayers. There are many virtues of these two Surahs mentioned in the Ahadith.
Sayyida A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) narrates that whenever the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) would become ill, he would recite the Mu’awwizat (Surah al-Falaq & Surah an-Nas) and blow over himself. When his illness was aggravated, I used to recite these two Surahs (and blow my breath) over him and make him rub his body with his own hand, for its blessings. (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 4728)
Apart from these two Surahs, the recitation of Surah al-Fatiha, Ayat al-Kursi, and last two verses of Surah al-Baqarah is also very beneficial.
Moreover, the famous Tibi’i Ka’b al-Ahbar (Allah be pleased with him) states: “Had it not been for the phrases that I recite regularly, the Jews would have turned me into a donkey (m: out of black magic). It was said to him: “What are these phrases?” He replied:
(Transliteration): “A’uzu bi wajhillah al-Adhim alladhi laysa shay’un a’dhamu minhu wa bi kalimatillah at-tammati allati la yujawizuhunna barrun wa la fajir wa bi asmaillah al-husna kulliha ma alimtu minha wa ma lam a’lam min sharri ma khalaqa wa bara’a wa zara’a.”
Translation: “I seek the protection of Allah the Great; He, than whom there is nothing greater. And I seek the protection of the perfect words of Allah which no man, virtuous or evil, can even transcend; and I seek the protection of all the beautiful names of Allah, those of them which I know and those which I do not know, from the evil of everything He (Allah) created, to which He has given existence, and which He has spread (over the earth or universe).”
(Recorded by Imam Malik in his al-Muwatta, 2/541, no. 2737)
Thus, the above supplication can be very beneficial in the removing of the effect of black magic.
Also, the consuming of Ajwa dates has been prescribed by the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) as a remedy for black magic.
Amir ibn Sa’d narrates from his father that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “He who eats seven Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 5130)
The above are just some of the methods in removing the effect of black magic that have been prescribed in the Sunnah, thus one may resort to any of them. There are also other remedies besides the above, but time does not allow me to mention them all.
Finally, before parting, I would like to state that undoubtedly black magic is something that exits but it is observed that many people experience some type of downfall or illness and quickly jump to the conclusion that somebody has carried out black magic and start pointing fingers at others. If a child refuses to marry someone whom the parents want him/her to marry, then the parents begin to regard it to be the cause of black magic. Similarly, if the relations of the husband and wife turn sour, the first assumption is that it must be black magic that was carried out by such and such person. Black magic is regarded to be the cause behind every minor and major illness.
This type of understanding is incorrect. One should not be too hasty in concluding that the cause of a problem is black magic, because more often than not, black magic has nothing to do with the problem.
Secondly, due to this, many people have made it a business, in that they deceive people in making them believe that they have some sort of black magic done upon them, thus they are charged with a massive sum for the treatment. People have made thousands in this business.
Thus, one should be very careful in these matters, for in it rests the benefit of this world and the hereafter. Do not be too hasty in determining that the cause behind the problem is black magic. However, if there is substantial evidence such as the sudden break of illness, etc, then one may determine whether it is the cause of black magic or otherwise. And in the case of being afflicted with it, one must primarily turn to Allah Most High and resort to the remedies mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah. Also, if the help of others is sought, then one should only turn to those who are god-fearing and pious.


Say, I seek refuge with the Rabb of the Morning from the evil of created things; and from the night when it spreads, and from those who blow into knots (practice secret arts), and from the evil of a jealous person. (Surah al-Falaq; 113)
Say, I seek refuge with the Sustainer of mankind, the King of people, Rabb of the people, from he evil of the whisperer who withdraws; he who whispers into the hearts of people; from Jin and human. (Surah An-Naas; 114)
A Jew by the name of Labid did black magic on Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam). He took the hair of Rasulullah and made eleven knots into a date and placed in under a rock in the well called Zarwan. The effect of this was that it created uncertainty in the mind of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) as to whether he had done or not done certain things. At times Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) felt he had accomplished something yet he had not done so and vice versa. Jibraaeel (AS) informed Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) as to what had occurred and brought the above mentioned two Surahs. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) together with the Sahaaba (Radhiallaahu Anhu) went to the well and removed the knotted hair. As each Aayat was recited, the knots untied miraculously. At the eleventh knot, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) was relieved. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer vol.4 pg.614; Darul Ma'rifah)
One may wonder, how is it that the Prophet of Allah was affected with Jadoo. He had so much of faith in Allah, how could Jadoo affect him?
The Reality of Jadoo
Jadoo has a natural effect just as the sun has an effect of heat. The Prophets/Ambiyaa (alaihimus salaam) felt the heat on hot days, they felt hungry when they didn't eat, similarly they could be affected with Jadoo as well. But this Jadoo did not interrupt their prophethood status nor was it allowed to interfere with the authenticity of their mission.
Almighty Allah Ta'ala created this entire universe and he has designed its functions according to the cause and effect procedure. Everything has a cause which subsequently has a natural effect. When the sun shines, it is hot, when snow falls it is cold. Heat and cold are the natural effects of the sun and snow. Similarly, if a person is stabbed with a knife, he will bleed. Bleeding is a natural effect of stabbing. If a person is thrown in the center of the sea, he will naturally drown if he cannot swim.
Our Belief
Although this world functions according to the cause/effect procedure but the effect of anything lies in the Will of Allah. If Allah Wills, the effects of causes will exist but, if Allah does not will, then in -spite of the means we adopt, the effects will not exist.
1- Namrood told his people to make a fire to burn Ibraheem ('alaihis salaam). After the fire was lit, due to the flames being very high, Ibraheem ('alaihis salaam) was put on a catapult to be thrown into the fire. Although the effect of the fire is to burn, Ibraheem ('alaihis salaam) did not burn. This was because it was not the Will of Allah for the fire to be effective. (Ibid vol.3 pg.192)
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"Oh fire, be cool and peaceful upon Ibraheem." (Qur'an 21 V 69)
2- A knife has a natural effect of cutting, the cut could also sometimes be fatal. Ibraheem ('alaihis salaam) passed the knife on his son Ismaaeel ('alaihis salaam) but the knife did not show its natural effect because it was not the will of Allah Ta'ala for it to cut. (Tafseer ibn Katheer vol.4 pg.18; Darul Ma'rifah)
3- Firoun and his army were drowned in the Red Sea but the same Red Sea did not drown Moosa (alaihis salaam) and his army.
All these incidents clearly indicate that effects of causes are through the Will of Allah Ta'ala. Allah Ta'ala is the One who gives effect to the cause.
Black Magic
'And they followed what Shaitaan had recited on the Kingdom of Sulaimaan ('alaihis salaam), and Sulaimaan ('alaihs salaam) did not transgress but the Shaitaans did it by teaching the people Black Magic' (Qur'an 2 V 102)
Black magic was common at the time of Sulaiman (alaihis salaam). The Shaitaan used to teach the people black magic. Allah sent two angels, Haroot and Maaroot, as a test to the people. They taught the people the practice of black magic but warned them that they have been sent as a test from Allah, so the people should not abuse this knowledge. Allah further says:
"They (people practicing black magic) cannot harm anyone but with the Will of Allah". (Qur'an 2 V 102)
The Challenge
Moosa (alaihis salaam) and the people practicing witchcraft at the time of Firoun is mentioned in the Qur'an. Moosa (alaihis salaam) was victorious and Allah further says:
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"A witchdoctor/person practicing black magic does not succeed wherever he goes" (Qur'an 20 V 69).
Labid Ibn A'sam practiced black magic (witchcraft) on Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) and he was affected for about 6 months, until the Surahs of 'An-naas' and 'Al-falaq' were revealed. Thereafter Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) was cured. (Ibid vol.4 pg.614)
The above explanation is clear that black magic is a reality and it has its effects but only with the Will of Allah, just as poison has its effects with the Will of Allah.
Why do people resort to black magic, Jadoo, etc.?
Generally, people are driven to black magic due to jealousy.
When a person has a flourishing business or popular and holds a distinguishing postion in society, etc. this is not tolerated and accepted by others. People desire that those prosperities be taken away from their brother. This jealousy causes a person to harm his brother. His ultimate purpose is to cool his eyes by witnessing his brother's downfall. Thus he stoops to the despicable and Haraam act of Jadoo to achieve his ambition.
Jealousy is an internal sickness, like pride and anger. If it is not cured, the consequences of jealousy are very dangerous to oneself and the society in general. The jealous person is actually objecting to Allah's decree: "Why did You give him wealth, why did You give him position?. Why haven't I been given this wealth and position?"
Such a person needs to strengthen his Imaan on Taqdeer. Everything is predestined. When a person is in the womb of his mother, his sustenance, life and position is already written. Everything happens according to the absolute Knowledge of Allah (Taqdeer). Such a person must repeatedly remind himself that he is helpless in determining other peoples' affairs. The affairs of people are controlled by Allah Ta'ala. Ponder upon the Hadith of Jealousy.
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Hadhrath Abu Huraira (RA) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said; Beware of jealousy, for jealousy eats up good deeds just as fire eats up (burns) wood (Mishkat 46 pg. 248)
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Hadhrath Zubair (RA) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, 'The sickness of the previous nations will creep into you, i.e. jealousy and hatred. These sicknesses are shavers; I don't say they shave hair but they shave Deen". (Mishkat 2 Pg. 428)
A Jealous person is void of the spirit of Deen. His heart is always filled with enmity and malice. He does not perform any Ibaadat. His wish is to harm others.
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Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) asked, "Do you know who is a pauper?" The Sahaaba (RA) replied, 'A pauper is he who does not have a Dirham or Dinar (no money) nor has he any wealth'. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, "A pauper in my Ummah is he who comes on the day of Qiyaamat with Salah, Fast, Zakaah But has verbally abused someone, unjustly eaten another person's wealth, hit someone, etc. (for such a person) his good deeds will be taken and given to the other person. If that person's good deeds are finished, then his sins will be laden upon him and will be put in the Hell Fire. (Mishkat 2 pg. 435)
A jealous person should ponder upon all these Ahaadith and rid himself of the evil of jealousy. If he does not, then jealousy can make him stoop to low levels, to the level of Jadoo and oppressing his brother. Imagine the grief and anxiety caused through Jadoo. The affected person is oppressed, thus the jealous person is endangering his hereafter. If he only strengthens his Imaan on Taqdeer, he could contain himself.
How to save oneself from Jadoo
If a person is affected by witchcraft, it is Sunnah to cure himself. The method of cure must be carefully chosen. Many people (Muslims and non-Muslims) claim they can cure. But one must choose a person who strictly adheres to the Qur'an and Hadith. One should abstain from going to a non-Muslim. However, in a case of desperation, if no Muslim is found, he may go to such a person who does not utter words of Kufr and Shirk. The person who cures is not any extraordinary person. He is just a Doctor who specializes in a specific field. Just as a Doctor could make a mistake in his diagnosis, the Aamil too can make a mistake. His words cannot be regarded as absolutely correct. Whilst treating, if somebody's name comes out, it is not certain that the person did Jadoo, etc. Similarly, the taweez the Aanmil gives may be used. The Sahaaba asked Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) about Taweez. He said, 'it is a power from the power of Allah' It is a means of cure, but Allah is the ultimate Shafee (Curer).
Many people experience some downfall and quickly jump to the conclusion that somebody made Jadoo and start casting doubts on different people. Therefore, one should not be too hasty in concluding that the cause of a problem is Jadoo because more often than not, Jadoo has nothing to do with the problem.


by Sherman H. Skolnick 1/18/02
What happens to previous scandals and commotions? If left unresolved, if there is no closure, do they simply go away?
In large part, the oil-soaked, spy-riddled monopoly press is responsible for the growing short attention span of many Americans. Supposedly from nowhere, like a mushroom out of a cave, the press fakers present suddenly a new buzzing, separate from their usual war-mongering to aid the war-profiteering industries.
After such new item is served up to us, day and night, it disappears from the alleged "news". That is where the problem starts. Ordinary people, busy paying the landlord or the mortgage company, wrongly suppose the matter is ended. Why? The press whores have stopped bombarding us with it.
That being said, consider the following
About 1985, super international swindler Marc Rich, fled the United States for Zug, Switzerland. He was about to be grabbed and prosecuted by the American authorities for 40 Billion Dollars of fraud, and massive cheating and tax evasion. He proceeded to buy the key authorities in that part of Switzerland where is located his international headquarters. So, the Swiss were not about to send their great corrupt benefactor and paymaster to the U.S. As strange as it may seem, the local prosecutor was his DEFENSE ATTORNEY. Marc Rich was not about to be sent back to the U.S. to face the music.
In the years that followed, Marc Rich proceeded, among other things, to do the following. That was accomplished through his tremendous links to the Chicago markets, acting as his front men and agents for dirty worldwide dealings disguised as trading in currencies, commodities, and indices. Including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and the Chicago Stock Exchange (formerly the scandal-scarred Midwest Stock Exchange, subject as we have told on our website of massive embezzling of funds permitted by the corrupt IRS brass). Also, including money center banks, Chicago, New York, and London.
Some of the things Marc Rich International did or caused to be done or procured to be done---
===Swindled Ferruzzi, the Pope's soybean company in America, out of billions of dollars and destroyed their business as competitors to Archer-Daniels-Midland, ADM, and Cargill, who have been monopolizing the business. To accomplish this, was the largest amount judicial bribery in U.S. history, over 62 million dollars in bribes given to five Chicago federal judges to cover up and whitewash related soybean cases, according to the witnessed confession made in our presence of a Director of the Chicago Board of Trade. [Please do not heckle me with ill-informed, naive statements why these corrupt judges have not been prosecuted and jailed. Some of them, in violation of law, while on the bench, also represent the billion dollar stock portfolio of Rockefeller's University of Chicago, containing large blocks of ADM and other stocks. As Rockefeller puppets, such judges are immune from criminal laws.]
As part of this, the Ferruzzi chieftain was murdered at the same time in 1993 as Clinton White House Deputy Counsel Vincent W. Foster, Jr.
[To get a handle on this, you have to study our entire website series on Marc Rich, together with "Chief Crook Enters Microsoft Case" (then Chief Federal Appeals Judge negotiating possible settlement) as well as "Wal-Mart and the Red Chinese Secret Police, Part 3" and "Greenspan Aids and Bribes Bush, Part 4."]
===Marc Rich International made a deal with the U.S. Military and other U.S. authorities to change over lead-bullet manufacturing to tungsten from Red China, the world's major supplier of the metal. As supervised by Marc Rich, the Red Chinese built and are operating a tungsten ammo factory in California. Eventually, as little publicized, all lead bullets, U.S. Military and civilian, on the pretended idea they are "toxic", will be unlawful in the U.S. Notice the treason. A country as a sworn enemy of the U.S. will thus come to control all U.S. bullet-manufacturing including on U.S. soil. [Visit our Marc Rich website story for the details.]
After about 1985, the mass media said little, if anything, about Marc Rich. Occasionally the press did mention "nothing stories", as they are called, about his socialite wife, who later became his ex-wife, although she apparently continued to get boatloads of money from him from Switzerland and elsewhere. So, if the Marc Rich subject was already of no interest to the average person, well, you wrongly supposed there was closure.
And who after 1985, joined in with this giant money laundry, Marc Rich International, to be together as experts on money laundering, and political and financial corruption? Why, of course, Enron. They dealt in energy contracts and supplies, commodities, telecommunications, internet brokering. You name it, Enron traded it, sold it, bought it, and in the process, like Marc Rich, bribed any and all public officials necessary to be the subject of the BIG FIX.
After 1985, the resulting firm should have been properly called ENRON/MARC RICH INTERNATIONAL. And Marc Rich brought into the equation links to the American CIA as well as various foreign intelligence agencies. [Visit our Marc Rich website series for details.]
As is not well known, Bill and Hillary Clinton are closely aligned, financially and otherwise, with the Bush Family. For example, Bill Clinton as Arkansas Governor split huge dope funds, washed through the Chicago markets, with Daddy Bush, Henry Hyde, and Ollie North. Part of it was the Mena, Arkansas airport caper.
For example, Daddy Bush was a sizeable owner of the American unit of a French firm, American LaFarge, that reportedly supplied the ingredients to Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein for the manufacturing of poison gas. Hillary Clinton was a Director of American LaFarge.
In his zero hour, just before leaving office in January, 2001, William Rockefeller Clinton [we explain elsewhere where we call him that] pardoned Marc Rich. The George W. Bush White House, as a cover up for Clinton, removed the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Jo Ann White, supposedly deeply investigating the pardongate scandal. Bill and Hillary reportedly had parked for them, in Switzerland and elsewhere offshore, several million dollars from Enron/Marc Rich International to whitewash Marc Rich through an arbitrary pardoning process. When she was yanked out of office, Ms White was in the process of fingering Bill and Hillary as well as Bill's dope trafficking brother Roger.
===Enron/Marc Rich owns the George W. Bush Administration, as well as heads of pertinent federal regulatory agencies, and key Republicans and Democrats IN BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS.
===The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has to decide whether accounting firm Arthur Andersen's auditing is such that they are no longer dependable to sign approval of publicly-traded firm's doings. The current S.E.C. Chairman, Harvey Pitt, said his Enforcement Division and others will do something about Arthur Andersen irrespective of the fact that Pitt as an attorney represented Arthur Andersen. The monopoly press does not mention that the S.E.C. and other regulatory agencies are stuffed full of Enron and Arthur Andersen and Marc Rich yesmen and cowards.
The previous S.E.C. Chairman, Arthur Levitt, has been on the television news making noises like something should be done about Arthur Andersen & Co. What, if anything, did HE do? The press fakers do not mention that Levitt has been a Senior Consultant to CARLYLE GROUP, tied to Daddy Bush, Enron, the Bin Laden Group and Osama bin Laden, and apparent secret owners of what has been until now the firm with exclusive Pentagon contracts for making anthrax vaccine, BioPort, of Lansing, Michigan. [See our website story about the Anthrax Commissars.]
===Then there is David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the U.S. who heads the investigative arm of the Congress supposed to check out matters related to S.E.C., Enron, Arthur Andersen, Marc Rich, and such, namely, the General Accounting Office, GAO. Until November, 1998, Walker was a partner, board member, and global managing director of Arthur Andersen & Co. And his agencies now are reportedly as well stuffed with Enron, Arthur Andersen, and Marc Rich yesmen and cowards.
===Marc Racicot [pronounced ROSS-coe] is an Enron lawyer and lobbyist. When he was still Montana Governor, he was the Bush Family hatchet man to reportedly arrange massive bribes to DEMOCRAT officials in Southern Florida during the Electoral College vote episode in the 2000 Presidential Election. Along with former Cabinet Member in the Daddy Bush Administration, James Baker 3rd, Racicot reportedly used part of some 40 million dollars of dope money of Carlos Lehder, co-founder of the Medellin Colombia Dope Cartel. Lehder is a reputed business partner of the Bush Family. Although sentenced to a long federal prison term, but to protect the Bush Family from criminal charges by his testimony, Lehder has mysteriously DISAPPEARED from federal prison, sort of like they also do in Mexico. [See our website series on Chandra Levy for more details.]
The southern Florida DEMOCRAT officials were reportedly bribed to stop the ballot recount to help Bush steal the election process with the help of the "Gang of Five" on the U.S. Supreme Court.
To keep tabs on the thieves in both Houses of Congress, Racicot has been named head of the Republican National Committee, RNC.
Journalists in northern Montana as well as Canadian law enforcement oficials contend that Racicot while Montana Governor was instrumentally implicated in cross-border dope trafficking. Little known or understood by many ordinary Americans, massive amounts of dope are coming through Canada and into the U.S. through Montana. The Canadian authorities reportedly have an arrest warrant issued for a top FBI official of southern Florida who has relatives in Canada and he is apparently part of the dope traffic and the cover up. The Clinton White House had blocked, and then the George W. Bush White House has stopped, the Canadians from using the arrest warrant to grab the FBI official linked to Clinton/Bush Family.
===All the personnel of the U.S. Attorney's office in Houston have disqualified themselves as to Enron. Why? Because of their family and financial links to Enron. Hey, were they all blind, deaf, and dumb, in the past as to what Enron was doing?
===When he was a U.S. Senator, John Ashcroft, had his campaign financed in part by Enron. He is now U.S. Attorney General. So, okay, he is disqualifying himself. BUT, the Justice, or Injustice Department, is stuffed full of Marc Rich, Enron, Arthur Andersen puppets, yesmen and cowards. Critics call him JOHN ASHCAN.
===Pending in Houston, Texas, in the federal court is a case against the officials and directors of Enron. Hearing the case is U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal. Asked to freeze the assets of Enron's top brass, the judge hesitates. No wonder. Previously, she was a law partner to James Baker 3rd, in the firm Baker & Botts, reportedly interwoven with the Bush Family, the Florida election bribery, Enron, Carlyle Group, Bin Laden Group and Osama bin Laden.
As is typical of such situations, the chicken-hearted lawyers who brought the claims to court so far have not asked Judge Rosenthal to remove herself.
===Sooner or later there will be cases involving Enron and Arthur Andersen & Co. in the Texas state courts. Notice the problem. The highest court of Texas is the Texas Supreme Court with nine judges. SEVEN OF THEM belong to Enron. AND, there is no provision in Texas law to disqualify the state high court judges who will proceed to hear any such case.
===During the Reagan/Daddy Bush Administrations, Wendy Gramm was for twelve years head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, regulating the commodity industry. As pointed out earlier in this series, she was reportedly the recipient of bribes along with her husband who has decided not to run for re-election as U.S. Senator (R., Texas), Phil Gramm. While leaving office she pushed through regulations freeing Enron from supervision. She also reportedly covered up the bribery, by the infamous bank, BCCI, of 28 members of the U.S. Senate and 108 members of the House of Representatives. [Visit Part One of this series on website.]
As part of the apparent Enron cover up, Wendy was a Board Member AND on the inner auditing committee. She reportedly helped cover up the massive money laundering by Enron/Marc Rich International through the Chicago markets and major money center banks.
===As mentioned in Part Two of this series, the Federal Reserve siphoned off 60 billion dollars of Enron funds, hidden partnership deals (some with Marc Rich International), and using fractional reserves, and derivatives hocus-pocus, has been temporarily pumping up the Dow Jones 30 Industrials.
===Only fools would trust the Internal Revenue Service to supposedly investigate why and how Enron did not pay income taxes. In a series on IRS high-level corruption, we showed how their top brass are riddled with corruption including operating an ocean-going vessel, "California Rose", as a floating money laundry for illicit funds. [Visit our website series on the IRS.]
===There is a serious dilemma. On the one hand, we ordinary Americans need to have the truth of Enron/Arthur Andersen/Marc Rich International fully exposed. The problem is that some foreign countries are helping bring out a few of these details in the press, such as major newspapers in England. Why? Since at least the War of 1812, the British have vowed to overthrow the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Government, and revert this Continent to being British puppet colonies with the inhabitants here subjects of the British Crown.
[For details, visit our website series, "The Overthrow of the American Republic".] In the 1970s, Arthur Andersen & Co., to escape court scrutiny of their involvement with the American CIA, moved their financial structure to Switzerland, as an entity there known as a Societe Generale.
As the U.S. Government is currently constituted, a full and complete investigation of Enron/Marc Rich International/Arthur Andersen & Co., would cause the downfall of [1] U.S. espionage agencies and exposure of the numerous American CIA proprietary companies, some trafficking dope through the money center banks and the Chicago markets; [2] downfall of the Presidency as such, and making any future "election" a farce and a joke; [3] The downfall of the U.S. tax-collection apparatus, such that the U.S. Government could not continue functioning minus the fund intake, legal or otherwise; [4] downfall and discrediting of the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of the purported U.S. Government.
Some foreign countries are hoping to make more progress taking over the industrial and financial structure of the U.S. as a result of a terrible scandal. On the other hand, the American common people need these matters to be exposed. A resultant upheaval, even a Revolution, may simply pave the way for a Napoleon-like Emperor and Dictator, leading ordinary Americans, in an outburst of false "patriotism", to believe we should send our military in every corner of the world to stick our bloodied nose into every other peoples' culture and business. Do we Americans have enough cemetery land for all the young dead American soldiers that would result? Or, would American dead soldiers be buried in foreign places, "In Flanders Field, poppies grow, between the crosses, row on row...." (as a World War One poem put it)?
More coming. Stay tuned.

Breaking the spell of black magic

The fear of black magic has cast its spell and held several people in its grip. Hounding people out of their homes and villages for practising black magic or beating someone to exorcise the spirit that is believed to have possessed him is common in several parts of India.
But Maharashtra is set to exorcise its ghosts through a proposed law, which makes it punishable to practise, promote or propagate black magic and other such acts of superstition. It seeks to bring under its ambit "sinister practices" done with the intention of exploiting people or harming them physically, mentally or financially.
It is a practice in rural Maharashtra to make a mentally-challenged child a `baba' and claim that the child has supernatural powers. Soon, people believe this and make contributions in cash and kind, says Shyam Manav of Andha Shradda Samiti, a pan-India organisation that opposes blind faith and superstitions. "Over the last several years of working on such issues, we have exposed about 200 such babas," he claims.
The Maharashtra Eradication of Black Magic and Evil and Aghori Practices Bill, 2005, introduced in the State Assembly late last year, sought to nip such practices. But its sweeping implications, brought with it much opposition. The draft bill was subsequently watered down and specific instances were identified that would trigger the proposed law.
Concerns and issues
Despite reducing the scope of the bill, the proposed anti-superstition legislation still raises several concerns, with citizens stressing the need to tread cautiously on what could become a minefield of sorts. Questions are being raised on how the proposed law would deal with spiritual saints and self-proclaimed godmen and women. What happens to faith healings, pranic healing, reiki etc?
When there is the Indian Penal Code and the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954, operational in the country, is another law really required, asks Ramesh Shinde of the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti. "Through the Right to Information Act we found that the police are adequately equipped to deal with such issues using the existing laws. How will the proposed law deal with, say, astrology? It should not cram religious freedom and there is scope for misuse," he says, adding that there is no need for one more law to deal with such practices.
Theologian Josantony Joseph agrees that there are instances where people are taken advantage of, but says one needs to be careful about the sweep of the proposed law. The law, if indeed required, should be "minimalistic" and well defined to avoid misuse, he says.
Defining magic and miracle
How would one define magic? Can anything that is not explained by science be termed magic? There are several things, like ESP (extra-sensory perception), that are not scientifically explained; so is ESP magic, he asks. "One should not jump on to it with a mentality that supports only what is substantiated by science," he says.
In cases of faith healing, is it faith in the divinity that heals? Or does faith trigger the release of some chemicals in the brain that eventually helps healing, he asks, outlining the tricky ground that Maharashtra has ventured on to with this proposed law.
But Manav points out that the scope of the proposed law is narrow and restricted to specific instances to minimise abuse or misuse. While the so-called acts of miracle would not be punishable, making it a money-spinner would invoke the law. Miracles, he says, are acts that are not defined by science.
Existing laws do not punish the identified practices, he says. The proposed law makes the listed offences cognisable and non-bailable. And a person convicted of an offence under the proposed law can be imprisoned for about six months to seven years, besides being fined upwards of Rs 5,000. Further, he says that only a high-level police official, specified as the vigilance officer, would be equipped to follow through with specific cases.
Anand Grover with the Lawyers Collective feels that the proposed legislation deals with only a fraction of the quackery that exists. The legislation needs to be holistic in its scope and should be brought at a national level, he says, cautioning that any vagueness will result in it being misused.
What the proposed law prohibits
Assaulting a person under the pretext of expelling a ghost, and forcing him/her to commit acts like drinking shoe-soaked water
Displaying the so-called miracles to deceive, defraud or terrorise people into giving money
Provoking people to follow evil and `aghori' (or cannibalistic) practices to be blessed by supernatural powers
Doing "inhuman" acts to search for precious things Creating an impression of being possessed by divine spirits and using it to create fear in the minds of others
Propagating tales that someone practises black magic etc and is responsible for death and disease etc
Branding someone as a person practising witch-craft and parading the person naked or putting curbs on the person's daily activities
Scaring people by claiming to invoke ghosts or mantras to heal or cause harm
Prohibiting a person from taking treatment for a dog or snake bite and instead treating the person through mantras
Claiming to change the sex of the foetus, through a demonstration of surgical acts by the finger
Making past-life connections and forcing people to indulge in sexual activity
Creating an impression that a mentally-challenged person has super-natural powers and utilising the same for business.


Olaf, Fido, Rascal, and Jinxy live inside a cat shelter waiting for a new family to pick them up and take them in a real home, to then snuggle, sleep, scratch some firnuture, eat, and sleep some more. These are not the only things they share in common, these funny kittens attracts people's attention with their same color: black. Being associated with the darkness of night does not help their image because the color black has always been associated with evil due to our ancestor's fear of the night. And the risk of getting more attraction happens during the celebrations of Halloween. Why is it a risk? Simply, because, for years, there have been reports of satanic interpretations using the innocent animals as instruments of sacrifices or spells, hence ending with the life of our little four-leg black fellows. Meanwhile, and cruel too, there are high statistics of people adopting black cats just days before Halloween, to giving them back again to the shelters claiming “sorry, but the kitten didn't adapted”. But for my good surprise, I found this year that an Idaho shelter is taking what I call a “twelve steps back” to avoid the happening of these traumas to their black cats; an example the others shelters should follow around the globe. How? - Idaho's Kootenai Humane Society in Coeur d'Alene is prohibiting black cat adoptions from October 29 to Nov. 2, fearing the animals could be mistreated in Halloween pranks--or worse, sacrificed in some satanic ritual. According to a recent report from the Associated Press, there are organisms that feel this is not a healthy practice for the black cats, stating that it does more to hurt animals than protect them. "Black cats already suffer a stigma because of their color," said Gail Buchwald, vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter adoptions in New York City. "Why penalize them any more by limiting the times when they can be adopted?" Black cats tend to be adopted less often than other felines, Buchwald said. He's got a point, cause there is also the veil of urban legends around Halloween festivities and black cats. But anyhow, and citing cat friend Franny Syufy, “it is best to keep all cats indoors during the month of October, regardless of their color, but especially if they happen to be black.” Some Black Cats Superstition & Myths: * If a black cat crosses your path, you will have bad luck. * If a black cat crosses your path, you will have GOOD luck. (England & Australia) * In Japan the Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cat) is considered a symbol of good luck. * In Russia, their Russian Blue breed of cats are supposed to be good luck as well. * In Latvian tradition, black cats embody the spirit of Rungis, a god of harvests, which is good luck for farmers to have around. * King Charles I of England owned a black cat and the day it died he was arrested. An old sailor's legend said that meeting cats in the shipyard meant an unpleasant voyage of storms or other bad luck. * In Babylonian folklore a curled up cat on the hearth is seen as similar to evil serpent. * Thought to have nine lives, so aligned with the symbolism of nine, a lucky number. * Some believe black cats are witches in disguise. * During the witch-burning era of the 17th century, witches' cats were put into baskets and burned alongside the witches. * Many believe black cats are witches familiars. (Beings that aid witches in performing their craft.) * A cat on a grave meant that the buried person's soul was in the possession of the Devil, and if two cats were fighting on a grave, this signified the Devil and the defunct person's Guardian Angel fighting for his/her soul. * Fisherman's wives kept black cats while their husbands went away to sea. They believed that the black cats would prevent danger from occurring to their husbands. * Some believe that black cats carried demons. * Some believe that black cats have special powers and abilities. * To meet a black cat at midnight is to meet Satan. * The Celts believed that cats were magically humans once. To kill a cat brings complete misfortune, while to tread upon its tail is also considerate unfortunate, but in a less degree. * If a black cat suddenly abandons the house of its masters, there will be a great disaster in that house soon. * Seeing a black cat in your dream could represents bad luck or a warming of something unfavorable may take place in your life. * The Egyptian goddess Bast was both lion-headed and cat-headed and attended by cats and therefore cats were sacred and revered in Egypt. * Killing a cat in Egypt was a heinous crime, punishable by death. * When a household cat died mourning rites were performed for it. * Cats were often found in temples and were ritually fed; stray cats were treated with honor and fed, and the household cat was allowed to share the family's food. * Cat amulets were produced and elaborate cat-sized sarcophagi crafted for cats who had died, who were often embalmed as humans were.

By: Alma de la Cruz

Van Morrison spiritual rock star

Here I am gazing on the Web for extraordinary witnesses of enlightenment yet very popular in the entertainment realm, so that at least everybody that read could say ?hey, I've seen or heard that person!? As my research focuses randomly on any performer from our time, some pages choose to cite the art of singer Van Morrison. His work is thoughtful, often spiritual in nature, and combines elements of jazz , R&B , Celtic traditions, and stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Van Morrison was born in Belfast , Northern Ireland , in 1935 and was named George Ivan Morrison. Better known as the Celtic sorcerer, Morrison began playing different instruments and composing songs in an Irish band during his teen years. His musical heritage was inevitable since h e was exposed to music from an early age with his father collecting American jazz albums and his mother being a singer. Journalists have described Morrison as one of the most serious singers with high moral values, something that lacks in the music business. His lyrics and music are influenced on the works of poet and New Age prophet William Blake, Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac, J.D. Salinger, occult and spiritualist poet W.B. Yeats, Alice Bailey, and of many other religious visionaries. Those authors add mythic powers to Morrison's singular musical vision and his articulation of emotional truths. Astral Weeks was his first album after he moved to America . It gained good reviews from critics. Rolling Stone magazine once reported that a man claimed to see God while listening to this album under the influence of nitrous oxide . If you listen to the record you'll notice that the artist uses a form of symbolism instead of current narrative. Very much like using spiritual images because they are stronger than words. And this work was released in the late 1960s, when a New Age consciousness was spreading in the U.S. His idiosyncratic and spiritual musical path has lead him to create more than 30 albums, among them are Moondance, Tupelo Honey, A Period of Transition, Beautiful Vision, No Guru- No Method- No teacher, Irish Heartbeat, Avalon Sunset, Enlightenment, Days Like This, and The Healing Games. On his official site, Alan Pert sums up Morrison's spiritual exploring on the album Days Like This. ?Morrison continues his lifelong exploration of the human psyche, offering up highly entertaining and danceable tunes about everything from love to manic depression. While all of Morrison's albums from the early 1990's had expressed a desire to go back to childhood and early adolescence when "everything made more sense" and he was most capable of experiencing the elusive "sense of wonder," the memory in "Ancient Highway" is of being older, of feeling isolated and restless, of needing to leave home and childhood behind forever, and he is afraid of failure: "I keeping praying to my higher self, don't let me down..." Extract of the Ancient Highway ? There's a small cafe on the outskirts of town I'll be there when the sun goes down Where the roadside bends And it twists and turns Every new generation And I'll be praying to my higher self Don't let me down, keep my feet on the ground There's a roadside jam playin' on the edge of town In a town called Paradise near the ancient highway When the train whistle blows All the sadness that Hank Williams knows And the river flows Call them pagan streams and it spins and turns In a factory in a street called Bread in East Belfast Where Georgie knows best What it's like to be Daniel in the lion's den Got so many friends only most of the time? I picked Morrison's music up because he is still creating innovative material and is not like others rock stars who recycle their greatest hits. ?Great art incarnates truth, gives shape to beauty, and joins inner longing with outer form. Van Morrison has provided Christians and non-Christians alike a glimpse into the childlike vision " according to the insights of Carl Olson. More recently, Morrison had the opportunity to duet ?Crazy Love? along with the late Ray Charles, on the 2004 Genius Loves Company album. Ray Charles was one of Morrison's influences during his years in Northern Ireland .

By: Alma de la Cruz

CANDLE MAGIC Magic Candle Colours

By: Sam Stevens
One of the questions that I am asked most often on the realm, is colour of candle should I burn for what purpose? And when... As there is no book out there called Candle Burning for Dummies, I thought I would give you a quick crash course in the correspondences of colour candles to magickal purposes. As a practicing witchlet, the first thing you must do is learn how to a) pray your heart out and b) laugh maniacally. As far as I'm concerned, no spell is complete without fervent wishing and praying followed by a maniacal laugh (to seal the spell.) The second thing you must do is familiarize yourself with the phases of the moon. It is best to do most magic from the New Moon to the Full Moon period when the moon is waxing. During this period, cosmic or astral energy is building and this is best for if you want to attract something to you ... like a lover, more money, more gerbils or whatever. From the period of the Full Moon to the next New Moon is best for banishing spells -- getting rid of negativity, stalkers and the like. has a nice ephemeris on it that tells you where the moon is each day. This site also tells you when the moon is what is called avoid of course?... you don't want to start burning a candle while this is going lest your cosmic energy go astray ... of course if you have a question about whether a night is a good night to burn a candle, you can always email one of the psychics (Mary Helene, Ruella, David, Lydia and myself are good choices) to help you with the astrological aspects. RED candles burnt during the waxing mood period are used to attract more love, lust and drama into your life. They are especially good to burn during the three days leading up to the full moon to heighten the erotic tension. They can also be used during the waning moon period to drive a rival away (especially if used in conjunction with black candle.) However this is manipulative magick and could have some bad karma attached to it. ORANGE candles bring you love, joy, luck, happiness, feasting and luck with children and pets. Wanna go to more parties? This is the candle to burn. GREEN candles increase cash flow and bring steady work. They represent growth, fertility, abundance and opportunity. Combined with a black candle during the waning moon, they can help remove financial obstacles in your way. YELLOW candles are for both spiritual and material riches and help align your will with the heart. This is the colour to burn you are confused about your career or professional matters...this is the colour you want. It can also help you buy that new fridge or car. PINK candles bring tenderness, equilibrium and help you manifest the higher qualities of love in your life -- patience, faith and compassion. Like orange, this can also be a fun candle and bring delight and surprises into your life. For a real lift, trying burning a yellow orange and pink candle together. BROWN candles can help ground your energies to the earth, make you feel connected to reality. This is the candle to burn if you are feeling spacey or are suffering from feelings of low self esteem BLUE candles help you focus and find solutions to the problems in your life. Serenity, beauty, grace and self-control are summoned by this candle. It is also a candle that is associated with peace and mercy, so it is a good one to burn if you feel oppressed by creditors or picked on by people. PURPLE candles can be very decadent or very holy depending on what your intent is when burning ... purple is the colour of the eccentric, the bon vivante, as well as the colour of wisdom and royalty. This is the candle to burn if you feel like life has gotten a little boring lately ... it will bring you back into the sexy dance of life. VIOLET is the colour of the higher self, and is good to burn when you need to connect to your higher self. It enhances intuitive abilities and is a good colour to burn when you feel you need to let go of someone or something .. stare at the flame and throw all of your worries, concerns and burdens into the violet fire. Ask the angels to provide you a solution to your problem. BLACK. I rarely burn a black candle and I don?t know why ... black candles are grounding and often associated with negative rituals and energies...on the other hand they are also used for protection. They are the colour to burn if you feel threatened or sabotaged. As the black candle burns, picture all the negative energy melting away... WHITE candles are the all purpose candle. When in doubt, use a white candle. A white candle burnt with another coloured is said to clear the energies to allow the colour to resonate through space. Use them as "helper" candles. Alone they represent, peace, purity and the connection to the higher realms, in particular the angels and whoever perceive God to be... Remember that when you burn candles, it is your intent that matters the most. This kind of ritual depends on synchronicity, so make sure that when you make you wish, you picture or act out the scenario in your mind as vividly as you can ... and don't forget to laugh maniacally when you're finished. The cosmos likes a person with a sense of humour:)



Candle burning has roots stretching back to ancient times as a part of both religious ceremonies and magical rites. Most hoodoo practitioners and rootworkers, like other folk magicians, burn candles for magical effect, spell-casting, and as an adjunct to prayer, but unlike the traditional and conservative craft of making mojo bags, candle burning in the African-American hoodoo tradition has undergone considerable evolution during the 20th century.
During the 19th century candles became readily available as a commercial product, sold in general stores, rather than having to be made at home or on the farm or purchased at a special candle-maker's shop. By the early 20th century, paraffin candle, with a relatively high melting point compared to tallow candles, were transported by rail nationwide and -- and with the invention of aniline dues, they were soon made available in a number of colours.
The epicenter of new developments in ritual candle-magic in the hoodoo tradition was New Orleans, where a long tradition of Roman Catholic candle-burning combined with African-American folk magic to produce an emergent style of working with candles, both for prayer and in laying tricks. This new way of working with candles soon spread to Memphis, Tennessee, and Mobile, Alabama, and, by the late 1940s, was fairly uniform throughout the South among all professional rootworkers.
Probably the single most important influence on the development of African-American candle magic from the 1940s to the present has been the ubiquitous "Master Book of Candle-Burning," a paper-bound pamphlet written by Henri Gamache in 1942. Advertised in black-owned newspapers like the Chicago Defender in the 1940s and still carried today by all the major mail-order spiritual supply catalogues, this work delivers exactly what it promises -- detailed instructions that instruct the spiritual doctor or rootworker on "How to Burn Candles for Every Purpose." The chapters include information on how to select candles, anoint them, arrange them on an altar, and engage in what the author quaintly refers to as "fire worship." Along the way Gamache presents a garland of anthropological tidbits about folk-magical practices from Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Malayan Peninsula, making this book a fascinating document indeed.
For those who are not familiar with the work of Henri Gamache, i'd like to note that he was a prominent mid-20th century occult author and folkloric researcher who developed a unique Creole combination of hoodoo, Christian, Kabbalist, and Spiritualist magic. Not much is known about Henri Gamache's personal life, but if he is not simply another pseudonym for the mysterious Mr. Young who ghost-wrote occult books from 1925 - 1948, he seems to have been a man of mixed race, possibly born in the Caribbean, who lived and worked in New York City. Most of his books remained in print for decades, and all are quite interesting. In particular, his "8th, 9th, and 10th Books of Moses" is a fascinating document, detailing his theory that Moses, the leader of the Jews, was a black African, "the Great Voodoo Man of the Bible."
Henri Gamache used the term "Philosophy of Fire" to describe the candle burning rituals he set forth in "The Master Book of Candle Burning." That term, and his frequent references to "Zoroastrianism" allow us to identify one of his major influences, for the "Philosophy of Fire" is a system of magical working described in the writings of an earlier author named R. Swinburne Clymer. A Rosicrucian and sex magician prominent in the early 20th century, Clymer in fact wrote an entire book called "The Philosophy of Fire" in which he espoused a mixture of magical theories that embraced Spiritualism, Zoroastrianism, and sex magic.
Clymer had in turn learned most of his occult theories and sex-magical techniques from the writings of Paschal Beverly Randolph, an African-American sex magician and Spiritualist of the mid 19th century. In 1860 or so, Randolph originated a magical order called the Brotherhood of Eulis to carry forth his beliefs; it was reformed in 1874 under the name The Triplicate Order. After Randolph's death in 1875, Clymer corresponded with his widow, Kate Corson Randolph, and received instructions from her as to how to operate his own order of sex magicians. Clymer also reprinted "Eulis!" -- one of Randolph's books on sex magic -- in 1930.
The link from Randolph to Gamache, through Clymer, is probably one of book-learning rather than direct initiation, but it is interesting nonetheless, especially in light of the fact that most modern occultists tend to identify African-American practitioners exclusively with folk-magic and to discount the contributions black people have made to the development of formal occultism and ceremonial sex-magic.

Following Henri Gamache's instructions, it became popular among conjure-workers of the 1940s to burn small free-standing candles or "lights" of various colours to draw luck, love, and money; for protection from evil; and to wreak vengeance or exert control over others. Because many, if not most, of the spiritual suppliers then catering to the African-American market were Jews, they usually offered 7-branched menorah candle-holders to their customers, which gave hoodoo candle burning ceremonies of the period a slightly Kabbalistic cast. The colour symbolism ascribed to altar candle colours is influenced by European magical traditions, admixed with remnants of African religious symbolism:

white -- spiritual blessings, purity, healing, rest
blue -- peace, harmony, joy, kindly intentions, healing
green -- money spells, gambling luck, business, a good job, good crops
yellow -- devotion, prayer, money (gold), cheerfulness, attraction
red -- love spells, affection, passion, bodily vigour
pink -- attraction, romance, clean living
purple -- mastery, power, ambition, control, command
orange -- change of plans, opening the way, prophetic dreams
brown -- court case spells, neutrality
black -- repulsion, dark thoughts, sorrow, freedom from evil
red and black (Double Action) -- remove a love-jinxing spell
white and black (Double Action) -- to return evil to the sender
green and black (Double Action) -- remove money-jinxing
Typical sizes for colour-coded free-standing candles are 4" Altar candles, 6" Offertory candles, and 9" Jumbo candles. (The candles shown here are the 6" size.)

In addition to plain offertory candles, spiritual suppliers, as early as the 1930s, provided figural or "image" candles for special uses. More expensive than plain offertory candles, figural candles are preferred by many practitioners when working unusual or extremely strong spells, because their visual symbolism is easy to see and by carving names or other features in them, they can be personalized to represent individuals, in what amounts to a cross between working with candles and working with doll-babies or poppets. Most of the old figural candle styles are still manufactured. Among the most popular are the following:
"Black Cat" -- black for gambler's luck.
"Bride and Groom" (man and woman side by side with two wicks) -- red for passion, pink for reconciliation, white to attract new love or sanctify married fidelity, black to cause harm or damage to a couple, blue for peace in the home.
"Lovers" (nude embracing couple) -- red for sexual passion, white for new love.
"Divorce candle" (man and woman back to back with one candle wick between) -- black, to cause a couple to separate.
"Lady" (a clothed female figure) and "Gentleman" (a clothed male figure) often used when performing spells related to job, school, or career -- white to meet someone new; pink for reconciliation or friendship; red to foster love; blue for peacefulness, health, or peace on the job; black for harm or revenge.
"Adam" (a nude male figure) and "Eve" (a nude female figure) -- white to meet someone new, pink and red for love spells, blue for peacefulness at home or to bring about faithfulness, black for harm or revenge.
"Male Member" (Penis) and "Female Member" (Vulva) -- relating to the sexual behaviour; white to attract a new sex partner and to purify the genital organs, pink for romantic sex or to turn a friend into a lover, red to induce lust and passion, blue to bring fidelity or limit their sexual interest to the practitioner only or to bring healing to the genital organs, black to control a person's ability to perform.
"Cross" or "Crucifix" candles: keys and a book on a flaming cross ("Master Key Crucifix Candle") or four-leaf clover on a cross ("Lucky Clover Crucifix Candle") -- white for spiritual purity and insight, black for personal power and conjure work, brown for court cases and legal matters, green for money spells, red for love spells, orange for change, yellow for devotion, pink for romance.
"Devil" -- red for commanding lust and sex, green for collecting money owed or for gambler's luck, black for doing harm to an enemy.
"Baphomet" or "Sabbatic Goat Candle" -- red for lust spells, black for worship of bestial or Satanic forces.
"Skull Candle" -- black for meditation on death or for gambler's luck.
"Seven Knob Wishing Candle" (flattened spheres stacked seven-high) -- burned on seven days, for seven different wishes or for seven-fold strength on the same wish -- white for healing, black to do evil, green for money spells, red for love spells.
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Double action candles are 9" long jumbo candles that have been poured in two stages, so that they are half black and half another colour, according the usual colour symbolism of candles -- red for love, green for money, white for peace and spiritual blessings. They are used to reverse troubles back to the person who sent them and are called "double action" because they both repel jinxes and crossed conditions and attract what is desired in the way of happiness and luck.
Double action candles are not burned in the usual way -- they are generally "butted" before they are lit. The original tip is cut off and a new tip is cut on the black half, so the "bad" black half will burn off first, leaving the "good" half at the end of the rite. The name of one's enemy is carved backwards in the black half and one's own name is carved normally in the coloured portion. A candle dressing oil to reverse bad luck back to the enemy if applied to the black end, stroking away from oneself, and a dressing oil to draw what one wants is applied to the coloured half, stroking toward oneself.
Butted double action candles are sometimes burned on a flat mirror, to further aid the reversing spell. They may be dusted with Reversing sachet powder or circled with a ring of Crab shell powder (because "Crabs walk backward" and uncross jinxes.
Another way to burn double action candles is to carve a second tip on the black end, dress them as described above, and stick them into a nail that has been driven through a board. The nail holds the candle horizontal, like a compass needle, and the black half is pointed toward one's enemy's home, while the coloured half points towards oneself. Both ends are lit at the same time. This is a messy way to burn candles, so use aluminum foil or a metal baking dish to confine the dripping wax to one area.
Reversing -- also called reversible -- candles are 9" long jumbo candles that are similar in their uses to double action candles, but instead of being poured in two layers, they consist of a red core and a black outer layer. The red shows through only at the tip. These candles are only found in red and black, and they are a very old style, still quite popular for reversing enemy work, breaking tricks, and uncrossing crossed conditions. They are often butted and burned upside down, and are often burned on a mirror, as described above. All the names and words carved or inscribed into reversing candles is generally done backwards, in mirror writing.

Whereas Catholic religious practice presents us with the novena (nine-day) candle, in hoodoo, we see instead the seven-day candle, sometimes referred to by older practitioners as the "7-day vigil candle," due to its being burned for difficult cases or ongoing situations over the course of seven days, while one watches and waits for divinatory signs.
There are four types of 7-day candles used in hoodoo:
The candle divided by seven needles or pins:
I believe that this is the oldest form of the 7-day candle. To make one, take a regular offertory or jumbo-size candle and seven needles or pins. Poke the needles into the candle, dividing it into seven equal parts (the seventh needle or pin can go at the top or at the bottom, but no one i know ever uses SIX needles or pins to divide the candle into seven parts). Write your wish (or seven wishes) on a piece of paper. Turn the paper 90 degrees sideways and write your full name over the wish or wishes seven times, crossing and covering the previous writing with your name. Place the paper under the candle. Dress the candle with an appropriate oil. Burn it for seven nights, pinching it out (NOT blowing it out) each time a needle falls. Save the needles when they fall. When the last needle falls, stick the needles into the paper in the form of two X patterns surrounding one double-cross pattern (that has two lines crossing one upright line). Dispose of the ritual remains in an appropriate way : Bury the paper and any leftover wax under your doorstep if your intention is to draw something or someone to you. Throw the paper and wax away at a crossroads, in running water, or in a graveyard if the intention is to get rid of something or someone.


I have seen ads for these under the name "The Famous 7-Knob Wishing Candle" dating back at least to the 1930s; they might be older, but i do not know. They are mentioned favourably in Henri Gamache's "Master Book of Candle Burning" (written in 1942) and they are very popular in the African-American community, which seems to indicate that they are efficacious. Seven-knob candles generally come in four colours, with the usual symbolism implied (white for blessing or wishing, red for love or sex, green for money or gambling luck, black for destruction or revenge). Carve a brief wish on each knob -- either the same wish seven times or seven different wishes, one per knob. Dress the candle with an appropriate oil. Burn it for seven nights, pinching it out (NOT blowing it out) each time a knob is gone.


This is a hand-made candle that contains seven tiny metal charms (milagros or ex-votos) inside, which are revealed one per day as you burn the candle down over the course of seven days. It is more common in Latin America than in the USA. Often the charms are religious as well as lucky, and they may include a cross, an angel, the powerful hand of God, a man's head, a woman's head, and so forth.


This style of 7-day candle only became popular from the 1970s onward. It is made with seven layers of wax in different colours, poured into a tall, narrow glass container. Burn one layer each day with appropriate prayers or wishes. It's interesting to note that this is the same size and shape of candle which the Catholics call a novena candle, although they expect it to burn for nine days. For many more examples of glass encased candles in both the Catholic and hoodoo traditions, see the sections below on glass encased religious candles and glass encased vigil candles.

A votive candle is one that is burned as the result of a vow. Many people think of votive candles as small, glass-encased candles, about 2 or 3 inches in height, but this is only one type of votive candle. In fact, such candles are defined by their function, not their form. However, for the purposes of clarity, in this article, i will refer to paper or glass encased candles under 2 inches in height as tea lights, those under 5 inches in height as votive candles and those that come in tall glass cylinders as novena and vigil candles.
In Mexico, small paper encased religious votive candles called "Lux Perpetua" (perpetual light or eternal light) were developed during the 19th century. These delightfully old-fashioned candles are usually filled with a very soft grade of wax that may also contain animal fat. Imported into the United States, especially along the border with Mexico, they are now quite popular among African-American Catholics as well as with immigrants from Latin America.
Perhaps the first glass encased votive candles specifically marketed to hoodoo buyers (as opposed to religious buyers) were Jan-O-Sun brand jelly-jar style three-colour votive candles, sold by the Standard O and B Supply Company of Chicago in the 1940s. They look essentially like modern glass votive lights of today and seem to have come onto the market suddenly, to have achieved immediate popularity, and to have been in production from various makers since their introduction.
Typically, votive candles are burned as the prelude to or result of a conditional vow: The petitioner asks a favour of a deity, saint, or spirit and offers recompense (an ex voto) if the wish is granted. Under these circumstances, votive candles may be used either as inducements, as offerings, or as both.
Tea Lights are very small votive candles poured into aluminum cups; originally designed to be used at the table to keep foods and drinks warm (hence the name "tea light"), they make great refills for glass votive candle holders, are extremely economical, and are relatively safe to burn. Their small size is also an advantage for busy people who wish to do continuing candle magic on successive days without leaving large candles unattended.
When employed as inducements, votive candles are burned during the course of making the petition. For instance, a petitioner may be awaiting a court case hearing in nine days, and will burn votive candles for the entire length of time as an inducement for a patron saint to hear his plea for help, all the while promising an additional offering, such as flowers, more candles, publication of the saint's name in the newspaper, or a donation to a charitable organization, if the court case has a successful outcome.
When votive candles are employed as offerings, the petition is made silently and the burning of a certain number of candles with the patron saint's picture on them in a church where all may see and recognize the patron saint's efficacy is a typical offering that is promised or vowed should the petition be granted.

By 1945, although American mail order hoodoo catalogues still primarily sold free-standing altar candles with pasted-on labels -- under brand names such as black cat, Success, and Master Power -- they also began to carry what they called "religious" candles, those familiar tall, glass encased European-American Catholic novena candles bearing printed paper labels depicting various saints.
Novena candles are designed to be burned for nine days while a series of votary prayers are made. It is not necessary to dress them with magical oils, although many people like to anoint them with named Saint Oils that match the candles they burn. Colour symbolism is not always important part of the lore accompanying these religious candles, although some saints do have certain colours associated with them, such as green for Saint Jude and red for Saint Expedite.
The use of glass-encased Novena candles is widespread in Catholic Latin America; as well as in pseudo-Catholic African-Caribbean religions such as Santeria and Voodoo, and among the pseudo-Catholic Mayans of Guatemala who burn glass encased candles to a black-garbed peasant figure called Maximon or Saint Simon.
Beginning in the late 1970s, Cuban, Mexican, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran immigrants -- both Catholics and Santeros -- entered the United States in great numbers, which led to the increased marketing of Catholic saint novena candles here. Suddenly, not only could one find novena candles dedicated to universally well known Catholic figures like Saint Jude (San Judas Thadeo), but candles featured a host of Catholic saints previously little known here, such as San Martin Caballero (Saint Martin of Tours) and the Nino de Atocha (Infant of Atocha).
Additionally, as time went on, manufacturers began to add more and more paper-labelled glass encased novena candles marketed to their inventories in order to appeal to this sector of the population. Some of these candles honour Catholic folk saints and holy apparitions that are revered in Latin America but have not been officially approved by the Vatican, like the Anima Sola (Lonely Soul), a Mexican favourite, and the Seven African Powers (Siete Potentias), a staple image that represents the Cuban Santeria religious practice of mingling Catholic saints with the West African deities called Orishas.
On occasion one may even find the conflated Mayan-Catholic deity-saint Maximon (often labelled Saint Simon-Judas) on the candle shelf in a grocery or supermarket, a sure sign that a community of Guatemalan immigrants lives in the area.
The arrival of these immigrants, with their firmly entrenched candle-burning customs, has had a strong effect on hoodoo candle-burning practices. After decades of exposure to people who find it efficacious to petition the saints, it is not uncommon now to hear from African-American Protestants who have little interest in the Catholic form of Christianity, that they would like to burn a Just Judge (Justo Juez) candle for a court case.

Although special-use figural candles are still very popular with African-Americans and "The Master Book of Candle Burning" is still in print, since the 1970s, the old Jewish-style offertory candles have shared shelf space in hoodoo curio shops with "vigil candles" modelled after tall, glass-enclosed Catholic-style novena candles. In short, a merger between hoodoo and Catholic candle burning traditions has been effected.
Catholic novena candles bear colourful paper saint image labels, and many hoodoo vigil lights are similarly decorated. (Others are printed with one-colour line-art and hand-lettered text silk-screened directly onto the glass.) The text and images found on vigil candles are typically the same as those used in hoodoo formulae for anointing oils, including Fast Luck, Uncrossing, Compelling, Money House Blessing, and the like.
While hoodoo glass encased vigil lights still retain such traditional African-American titles as Fast Luck and John the Conqueror, some have been outfitted with partial or complete Spanish translations of their names or intended manner of use. In addition, the makers of silkscreened hoodoo candles may carry a Mayan item such as the chuparrosa love candle and they might add a Santeria line with special colours and designs for the orishas or their Catholic saint equivalents.
The evolving form of hoodoo candles has not greatly affected the traditional system of colour symbolism, although under the influence of Santeria's Catholic heritage, which invokes the brown-robed Saint Anthony as the finder of lost things and returner of lost lovers, brown candles, formerly used for court cases, are now also employed for the return of that which is lost. Glass containers make it easy to pour two-, three-, and even seven-layer candles -- which led to the development of multi-colour symbolism.
Probably the most popular of the multi-colour glass encased 7-day vigil candles is the red-and-black Reversible candle for returning evil to the one who sent it. This is simply a modification of the old standby two-colour free-standing jumbo altar candle called "Double Action," which is still manufactured and still quite popular. However, other multi-coloured candles are only found in glass encased form, among them the seven-colour Lucky Prophet Lafin [sic] Buddha Brand All Purpose Novena Candle which grants "7 desires" to the user.
The practice of dressing candles with anointing oils and magic herbs had to be modified considerably to accommodate the new 7-day vigil candles. Since the sides of a glass encased candle cannot be rubbed, it is now customary for the retailer rather than the user to dress the candle. This is done by poking holes into the top of the candle with a nail (preferably a coffin nail) and then dripping an appropriate anointing oil and magic herbs into these holes, sometimes finishing off the top with symbolically coloured glitter. This technique leaves the customer in danger of spilling the dressing oil while carrying the candle home, so in many stores the dressed candle is covered with a plastic sandwich bag or cling wrap, held in place by a rubber band.
The introduction of glass encased candles also necessitated modifications in spells designed to be worked over a length of time. The old pin or needle measuring technique, described above, cannot be used on glass encased candles, so timed burning or measuring the glass into sections with a marking-pen has taken the place of needles or pins among people who prefer the glass encased candles. This serves to weaken the practitioner's involvement in the spell, however, because there are no pins or needles left over to make the crosses and double crosses prescribed in the older workings. A glass encased candle spell therefore takes on a slightly "ritual" or "religious" tone, in that one's desires and wishes are expected to do the work alone, as contrasted to an offertory candle spell, in which the manipulation of magical objects -- candle, flame, paper, herbs, and needles or pins -- is integral to doing the job.

For those who wish to burn candles in their own home but don't want family members or visitors to know their business, the preferred form of symbolically coloured vigil candles are those that are fixed and prepared with herbs and oils, but WITHOUT LABELS. Usually called "plain" lights, they can be introduced into the home under the name of "mood lighting" or "holy lights." Their actual purposes -- and the types of oils and herbs used to dress them -- remain the secret of the one who lights them.

Due to requests from those who regularly perform candle-work at their altars, many curio and candle shops carry pull-out candles -- refills for novena and vigil lights. There are pluses and minuses to the use of pull-out candles, of which the user should be aware.
Folks old enough to recall the earlier types of novena and vigil lights will be pleased to know that pull-outs are REAL WAX -- solid wax, not the gooey semi-solid you get these days in vigil lights.
Pull-outs are sturdy enough to burn as STAND-ALONES, that is, standing on their own with no glass, like a commercial pillar candle.
Pull-outs can be LOADED from below with personal concerns, petitions, and so forth.
Pull-outs can be CARVED with names and petitions and DRESSED with oil before being slid into the glass holder.
Favourite glass holders can be re-used again and again.
Pull-outs come in all ten of the standard colours used in candle-magic symbolism. Standard novenas and vigil lights are most often white or yellow, but with pull-outs, you can burn a candle of any colour you prefer in a jar dedicated to the saint or condition of your choice, making personal combinations that cannot be found in stores.
Pull-outs are usually 2 inches wide and 7 inches tall. Because of their width, they do not fit into every single brand of novena or vigil light. There are at least three different patterns of moulds used on the glass for novenas and vigil candles. Wide-mouth novenas made in glass jars DO take the pull-outs but narrow-mouth novenas in what is often called the "sanctuary style" do NOT accommodate them.
The cost per pull-out candle is almost the same as the cost of new glass-encased candle -- and some folks will no doubt think that is too high. The reason for this, as with all candles, has to do with the quality of the wax (pull-outs are made with better wax than novenas and vigil lights) and with the WEIGHT of the candles. Pull-outs weigh about 1 lb. each when wrapped for shipping. Many internet retailers keep their shipping costs very low by estimating shipping on "average" products but candles are not average in weight, so they add the extra candle shipping charge to the price of the candles, which makes them look more expensive than they really are. If retailers did not do this, they would have to calculate and charge shipping on every single order individually, which is beyond most occult shop owners' abilities at math -- and above the math inclinations of most of their customers as well.

Offertory and figural candles are dressed by rubbing them (for instance, upward to "draw" and downward to repel) with appropriate anointing oils, such as Fast Luck, Compelling, or John the Conqueror. Some practitioners then sprinkle them with sachet powders or roll them in finely cut magic herbs selected for their specific spiritual powers.
The time of day is important, too: To draw influences, some hoodoo practitioners say that the candle should be lit when both clock hands are rising, in the second half of the hours between six and twelve; to repel or cast off influences, they believe that the candle should be lit when both hands on the clock are falling, in the first half of the hours from twelve to six. Other folks prefer to light candles at midnight, the traditional "witching hour."
Candles are usually marked in some way to indicate on whose behalf they are being burned. In its simplest form, this consists of writing a petition and/or a name on paper (often multiple times) and placing the paper beneath the candle, sometimes under an overturned saucer. In addition, words or sigils may be inscribed or carved into the candle wax with a needle, pin, rusty nail, or knife, depending on the intention behind the spell.
When a paper is placed under the candle, this is called "burning a candle on [him or her]." Many people also burn a candle on someone's picture, that is, place a drawing or photo under the saucer. It is customary to write the name on the back of the picture when doing this. Burning a candle on someone's name or picture can be done for love, revenge, harm, or any desired result, depending on the candle colour and the dressing oil used.
The earliest printed version of this spell i have yet found comes from New Orleans and dates back to 1924. It is found not in a book of folklore or magic, but rather in the song "Hoodoo Blues" written by Spencer Williams and recorded by Bessie Brown. Due to the constraints of the blues lyrics format, the spell is given in sketchy format, but it is recognizable.
In this 1924 version, a black cat bone is used for the return of the narrator's lover (he seems to have moved into another woman's home) and burning a candle on her picture (a black candle, i'd wager) is to get her to let loose of the man so he can return to the singer. The enemy's picture goes under the candle, and although it is not specifically stated in the song lyric, i presume that in keeping with modern usage, the enemy's name is written on the back of the picture and the picture-with-name goes under a saucer which is under the candle.
Here is the relevant verse:
Goin' 'neath her window, gonna lay a black cat bone Goin' 'neath her window, gonna lay a black cat bone Burn a candle on her picture, she won't let my good man alone.

Free-standing candles are typically burned in candle holders or candle stands. These may be elaborate or plain. When a large number of small altar candles or offertory will be lit at one time -- as, for instance, in the Fiery Wall of Protection Spell, it is most economical and efficient to utilize small, simple, stamped metal candle stands called "star holders."
In some spells, the candle is burned a half-inch at a time for several days. In others, it is burned in intervals at specified times of the day, or marked into sections with pins or needles and burned a section at a time "until the pin drops." In addition to burning the candle while it stands on a piece of paper, some spells specify that the candles should be moved toward or away from each other over the course of the working, or that the candle flame be used to ignite the name- or petition-paper, the ashes of which are then used in the work. During the course of certain conjurations, altar candles may be butted and burned upside down or even burned sideways at both ends, as with double action candles. They may also be ceremonially extinguished in water or turned upside down into a saucer of graveyard dirt to put them out.

Any kind of matches can be used to light candles, of course, but some people enjoy having specialty matches available, both for aesthetic and for practical reasons. Wooden matches are easier to light than paper ones and burn longer, so they can be used to set several candles alight at once. When it comes to glass encased candles, most folks burn those straight through -- but if you chose to burn them for short periods, put them out, and then relight them, you will probably need to use extra-long fireplace matches to get them going again.

When a candle is burned in sections, either measured by time or by pins, it is invariably pinched or snuffed out, not blown out at the end of each session, to signify that the spell is not yet complete. A more graceful way to put out candles than by spitting on your fingers and pinching, is to snuff the candles out with an old-fashioned candle snuffer. This also reduces objectional smoke from the snuffed candle. Decorative candle snuffers are often made of brass or brass and wood and they make elegant altar tools for spiritual workers whose practice involves regular candle burning.
If pins or needles are used for measuring sections on a candle, they usually will not be discarded after they drop, but will be saved for further use. Depending on the type of job being done, they may be utilized for making crosses and double crosses in the paper on which the names or desires have been written, they may be wrapped in a cloth or paper and buried or carried in a mojo hand, or they may be disposed of in a ritual manner.
Experienced workers often accompany the setting of lights with the burning of an appropriate incense. Some folks prefer to light the incense first to set the mood as they mark, inscribe, dress and light their candles. Others believe that the lighting of the candles must come first, with the incense following.
There is also a strong contingent of spiritually-inclined folks who will not use common matches at their altars because they feel that the disposal of matches breaks the ritual flow of their movements. They prefer to light a taper or an extra-long fireplace matches in another room and bring it to the altar, and blow it out or snuff it once the actual lights are set. As with all such matters, tradition and personal preferences leave room for variation.

When we burn candles, we often watch and wait for divinatory signs that tell us how the work is going to come out -- that is, whether the spell will be a success or not. Some of the common signs we observe are so-called "coincidences" (especially names and subject matter that relate to those in the spell). We can also consult a system of divination, such as using a pendulum or a Jack Ball, reading or cutting playing cards or tarot cards, or employing Bibliomancy (divination by means of a book such as the Bible). Another easy way to get a divination on candle-burning spells is through ceromancy -- divination by wax. In this case, the wax we "read" is the wax of the candles themselves.
Not every magical practitioner takes heed of the manner in which ritual or spell-casting candles burn, but for the most part, in my experience, people who work in African-American and African-Caribbean traditions often pay attention to the way a candle burns and can draw conclusions about it. In particular, spiritual workers who set lights for clients make a habit of noticing the manner in which the candles burn.
Of course, it is important to note that some candles are simply poorly made and will burn badly no matter what you do with them (for instance, if the wick is too thick they may burn sootily). Also, the temperature in the area, the presence of wind or a draft, and other external factors may play a part in how candles burn. The novice should not worry over-much about how candles burn until he or she has burned a lot of candles and gained some perspective on the matter.
A sign does not reflect on your ability to do the work: If your candle burns badly or goes out, you did not "botch" the spell. However, on the other hand, the fact that a "natural" draft put your candle out or "the cat tipped it over" does not obviate the fact that the candle going out was a bad sign. This is because a sign is a message, and the method of its delivery to your consciousness is not as important as that you saw it and received the sign.
All that having been said, here are some of the things to watch for when burning candles:
The candle gives a clean, even burn
This means things will go well with the spell or blessing and that one will most likely get what one wishes for. If a glass encased candle burns and leaves no marks on the glass, that is best. If a free-standing candle leaves little or no residue, that is best.
The flame flares, dips, gutters, and flares again, repeatedly
This is often seen as a sign that the person on whom you are working is subconsciously aware of your actions and may be responding partially, then fighting off your influence, then responding again. Be sure, however, that this behaviour of the candle flame is not caused by the mundane fact that you have set the candle in a draft. If necessary, move the candle somewhere else and see if the repeated flaring up and dying away stops; if it does not stop, then it is to be considered a sign, and not simply a physical coincidence.
The flame hisses, sizzles, pops, or makes other noises
This is usually interpreted -- especially by those in the Spiritual Church Movement -- as a sign that spirits (of the dead, of angels, or of other entities) are trying to "come through," that is, to communicate. Pay attention! You may learn something important.
A free-standing candle runs and melts a lot while burning
This gives you an opportunity to observe the flow of wax for signs. For instance, if you are burning a bride-and-groom type candle for love, and the woman's wax runs all over the man's, then the woman desires the man more than he desires her. If you are burning a green money candle and the wax melts and runs down onto the monetary offering, then the spell is "eager to work" and the candle is "blessing the money." Some people try to influence the way melting wax runs. They do this as an intentional part of the spell-work, to increase the likelihood that things will go the way they want. Others prefer to let nature take its course and to watch running wax for signs, without interfering in its movements.
A free-standing candle burns down to a puddle of wax
When this happens, most workers will examine the shape of the wax for a sign. You may see something of importance there, for the shape may suggest an outcome regarding the matter at hand. For instance, a heart-shaped wax puddle is a good significator if you are burning red candles for love spells -- and a coffin-shaped wax puddle is a good significator if you are burning a black devil candle against an enemy. Wax puddles come in all kinds of shapes; most candle-workers treat them like tea-leaves when they "read" them.

A glass encased candle burns half clean and half dirty
This indicates that there is hidden trouble with the person for whom the lights have been set or that someone is working against your wishe
. Things will not go well at first, but by repeated spells you may get them to go better.
A free-standing candle lets out a lot of smoke but burns clean at the end
Again, hidden trouble or someone working against your wishes. Things will not go well at first, but with repeated work you will overcome.

There is a dirty, black, sooty burn (especially one that messes up a glass encased candle)
This means things are going to go hard -- the spell may not work, the blessing may fail, the person is in deeper stress or trouble than you thought. If the work is being done against an enemy and the enemy's candle burns sooty and dirty, then it is likely that the enemy is fighting your influences.

A glass encased vigil candle cracks or breaks, spilling wax
This is never a "good" sign. That does not mean, however, that it is always a "bad" sign. You need to consider what kind of candle it is in order to interpret the meaning. A broken Love Me candle and dripping wax could mean tears and separation and a broken Money Stay With Me candle with dripping wax could mean inability to control outflow of money and failure of the spell -- but a broken Separation candle might signify a very compete and abrupt break-up (with tears) and a broken Cast Off Evil candle might signify that the evil spell was suddenly broken (possibly with tears, bloodshed, or God-all-knows-what). In other words, the symbolism varies based on the type of candle. In any case, the action i personally would take would be to set another of the same sort of light on the same situation; that is, i would re-do the work because i would not consider a broken candle and spilled wax to be a positive outcome unless the candle was lit for a negative petition, and even then it would have negative side-effects (tears, blood, loss).

The candle goes out before completely burning
If your light was lit for simple increase or decrease without respect to the will of another being (more wealth, less illness, etc.) then this is may be considered a bad sign -- a negative reply from the world of spirit to the question implied in the work.

If the candle was set in open opposition to the will of another person (e.g. a coercive love spell, an antagonistic spell, etc.) then this sign may either be a negative reply from the world of spirit to the question implied in the work or it may be a message from the other person, implying resistance, blockage, reversal of your designs, or sending harm back onto you or your client. Such a dousing of your lights may indicate that someone very strong is working against you or against the person on whose behalf you are setting the lights.

In any case, if the light goes out, you will have to splint the wick (that is, re-wick the candle) and pray over it before relighting it, or start the entire job over from the beginning. If the light goes out or is put out a second time, this a sign that you may need to use stronger means than you first employed to reach the goal.

The candle tips over and flames up into a fire hazard
Not only will the spell probably fail but there may be increased danger ahead for you or the client. In order to accomplish anything, you will have to start the entire job over from the beginning -- but first do a thorough Uncrossing spell for everyone involved and ritually clean the premises before setting any more lights.

The candle burns up overly fast
Generally a fast burn is good, but an overly-fast burn (compared to other times you have used the same kind of candle) means that although the work will go well, it may not last long. You might have to repeat the job at a later date. If you have set lights for several people and one person's candle burns faster than the others, then that person is most affected by the work, but the influence may not last long enough to produce a permanent change.

In European-American traditions, many people bury candle wax and other ritual remains after a spell is cast. Burial toward the appropriate quarter of the compass is considered a thoughtful way to go about this. Some neo-pagans dispose of ritual or spell remains in a bonfire or fireplace.
In African-American hoodoo candle magic spells the disposal of left-over materials follows other patterns, usually dependent upon the type of spell.
If the intention of the spell is good and it involves matters around one's own home, like blessing, love-drawing, money-drawing, or home protection, one can wrap the materials in a cloth or paper packet and bury them in the yard. It is important to never bury remains from negative spells in one's own yard.
If the intention of the spell is not centered on matters close to home, or if one does not have a suitable yard, one can wrap the materials in a cloth or paper packet and throw them in running water over the left shoulder and walk away. Alternatively, one can take the materials to a crossroads -- any place where two roads cross -- and throw the packet into the center of the crossroads over the left shoulder and walk away. The crossroads is also the preferred place to throw bath-water before beginning a spell; it is often used for throwing out the remains of candle wax if the spell does not personally involve the practitioner or if the spell is negative or influence-removing.
If the intention of the spell is specifically to get someone to leave town or leave one alone, one can divide the materials (e.g. 9 needles used in a spell and 9 pieces of wax from a candle) into 9 packets and add Hot Foot Powder (or Drive Away Powder) to each packet. One starts at a crossroads near to where the person lives and throws out the first packet. Then one travels in a direction away from the enemy's home, toward where one wants them to go, and drops a packet at each crossroads one passes until all the packets are gone. In the country this might carry one several miles. In the city it would only be 9 blocks, so city folks only count major intersections (with a light) when they do this, or they may count freeway interchanges to get some distance worked up between the packets.
If the intention of the spell is seriously, irreparably harmful (like causing another person grave illness), especially if it contains graveyard dirt or goofer dust, one can dispose of the material in a graveyard. The wax and other remnants are placed in a miniature coffin, buried, and marked by a miniature headstone with the enemy's name on it. When setting such a spell to rest, many workers also sprinkle a mixture of sulphur powder and salt around the grave, then walk home and don't look back.

For a list of titles and images found on contemporary glass encased hoodoo, Catholic, Santeria, and Mayan candles, go to the page of 7-Day and Novena candles.

For a list of contemporary manufacturers of hoodoo, Catholic, Santeria, and Mayan candles, go to the page of candle makers


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