Uncrossing, Protection & Blessing
What’s This All About?
Sometimes people encounter strange, surreal situations, circumstances in which they are completely out of their range of experience. When these odd happenings seem to meet the criteria for what we call the paranormal or the occult, most people simply do not know what to do or to whom they should turn.
I often work with people who have found themselves having unusually bad luck or those who have supernatural disturbances in their homes. I do my best to help them get it sorted out and you’ll likely be pleased to know that it’s always fixable, provided you are willing to follow directions, to the letter.
When a person is experiencing paranormal problems, nasty bad luck that they suspect is caused by something supernatural, we call it Crossed Conditions (or CC, for short).
The person suffering from Crossed Conditions seems to have the reverse Midas touch; everything they touch turns to shit.
Of course, everyone has bad luck from time to time, we need no magickal explanations to account for that. I don’t think I have ever met anyone who didn’t have a bizarre string of unfortunate coincidences at some point. These things just happen… there’s not too much you can do to prevent the occasional bad luck.
That being said, when your luck is persistently crappy or when you’re regularly experiencing fearful things, events that defy logical explanation, it might be time to start looking at the occult possibilities.
Sometimes, we’re having a rough go of it because of our personal astrology. We can look at your birth chart and your current transits first, to rule that in or out. See the Conjure Services page, to set up an astrological consultation.
When people tell me of bad luck that started suddenly but doesn’t seem to end, or if they they talk of things moving on their own, disembodied voices, chilling presences, etc, there is a checklist that I run through to help decide what’s going on.
First, I try to determine if there’s any evidence for any sort of serious mental illness and if so, I tell them to consult a psychiatrist.
I won’t work with anyone who is schizophrenic or has a similar, debilitating illness. Depression and anxiety are common and not cause for much concern. However, hallucinations and the like are usually related to a schizophrenic break or drug intoxication, etc.
Mental illness is sometimes related to spiritual issues but any hallucinations or anxiety caused by magick will cease, once the spell is broken and the offending Spirits have been sent away. Symptoms caused by mental illness will remain, unchecked by any magickal work that may have taken place.
If a person is crossed up, they may indeed experience temporary symptoms that are akin to mental illness. But any problems that were caused by magick will go away if the problem has first been dealt with through the proper magickal methods and the person continues to diligently keep up the psychic cleansing processes, afterward.
In contrast, any symptoms that are caused by a true mental illness, due to chemical imbalances or neurological damage (caused by drugs or injuries) will not. If the problem is mental illness, rather than magick, then no amount of magick will fix the situation. It might help a little but it will not suffice on its own. Think of it like this… if the problem is termites, then rearranging the living room isn’t going to help.
If the person seems to be a healthy, rational, balanced individual, then I try to ferret out any other, potential causes, like hoaxes for attention, practical jokes, overactive imagination, the usual stuff that any skeptic would look at first.
If none of those red flags are present, then I will do readings and ask my Spirits if the person may be crossed up, cursed, etc.
The term crossed conditions is a very wide net that covers many possible causes for the myriad of possible symptoms the person might be experiencing.
The first step is diagnosis; we need to know which category your little occult problem fits into. Sometimes, it will be more than one. The following four categories are a nice, little filing system that I picked up from Jason Miller’s book, Protection & Reversal Magick.
This is probably the most common reason that people suffer from abnormal, bad luck. A person sometimes gets into a bad habit of thinking negatively and that habit becomes a dark version of the Law of Attraction, which is one of the more well-known (and more misinterpreted) occult principles. The Law of Attraction is discussed (although a bit simplistically) in the popular book and movie, The Secret. In the scenario of a self-imposed jinx, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy; you expect the worst and so that’s precisely what you get.
Yet, such mental creations can actually spiral out of control, to the point that it becomes quite ridiculous. People are capable of jinxing themselves so strongly that they do seem to be cursed. In fact, they are cursed… they’ve cursed themselves!
It can go way beyond things like locking the keys in the car, which can be easily chalked up to simple, self-sabotage. A severely jinxed person can have awful luck of biblical proportion. The cycle takes on a life of its own, becoming totally independent of the conscious thoughts or actions of its creator. The person no longer need to think negatively in order for bad things to happen. They’ve set up the cosmic dominos in such a way that the pattern continues to snake forward on its own, leaving a wake of chaos, with no more intentional help from the individual.
They might have even learned their lesson, consequently changing the way they think, speak and act. They now aim their brains in a more conscious way, trying to use the vehicle of the mind in a better fashion, yet the bad stuff continues to occur. They get a flat tire when they did not drive anyplace unusual. Then, in the same day, the car gets egged by kids who are total strangers. Next, the mobile phone dies, despite being only 4 months old and has never been dropped. Then, they get mugged, while walking to work in an area usually deemed safe, in broad daylight.
This sorry state of affairs becomes the new normal; it just goes on and on, with no end in sight. The heater breaks, the toilet breaks, the stove breaks, the TV breaks. Fights with loved ones, coworkers and even strangers are common occurrences, despite the fact that the person is kind and considers other people’s viewpoints, has a good grip on their anger and has a solid understanding of the art of communication.
Any of these, taken by itself, is perfectly explainable. However, it makes no sense that so many things would happen all at the same time, to the same person. A single week of such luck is dismissible. Shit happens, right? That’s obviously true but when this goes on indefinitely, an intelligent person doesn’t just leave it at “There must be a logical explanation”. There may well be a rational, mundane explanation… yet the burdensome truth remains that something must be done to fix it. Even if it was a simple case of psyching yourself out, it stands to reason that you can psych yourself back in. Ritual is a great way to do that.
The solution for the self-imposed jinx is an uncrossing ritual and some blessing work. The uncrossing procedure cuts the thread of bad luck, while the blessing work turns the energy back in a more positive direction.
Sometimes, begin practicing the occult and simply do not realize the dangers. Don’t get me wrong, I am an occultist and I heartily endorse a great many of the arcane arts. However, I also drive a car and I would venture to tell you that there are serious dangers to the piloting of motor vehicles on American roads.
The occult can be safely practiced, just as driving a car can be safe. But driving education is usually mandatory, while many so-called occultists have only read a few things on the internet or read a couple of mediocre books on the subject.
A little knowledge can truly be a dangerous thing. Even a simple candle spell can an array cause unforeseen backfires for the novice who does not have a skilled teacher but instead relies upon badly researched books and internet articles. Another example is the foolhardy soul who jumps straight into serious Spirit evocation without establishing a proper education in the rudiments of magick, first.
If you have (accidentally or intentionally) summoned up a Spirit that you don’t know how to get rid of, it may choose to attack you, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is self-defense. It might not want to be bound to someone who has no idea what to do with it. If someone grabbed you and threw you into their home, you’d fight to be set free, too.
If a Spirit is causing you problems, you’ll need the same set of operations… an uncrossing and some blessing work. But you’ll need to add something else… a house cleansing. Of course, if you did actually summon the Spirit, there should be a license to depart given, before anything else. If you’re not sure what that is, it’s a formal declaration that sets the Spirit free to leave. Should it still linger, you move on to banishing it, forcefully.
You’ll probably want to learn a solid banishing rite, in case you should ever face such a situation again. A tried and true ritual of protection is the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (referred to as the LBRP, for short). When magick is practiced correctly, the mage is given a banishing ritual very early on, well before being taught to summon anything.
If you are already practicing a protection rite but it’s not working, then it could be that you are executing it incorrectly or perhaps you are dealing with a Spirit or a curse energy that requires a stronger approach. This is rare, because the LBRP is quite strong; it will effectively rid you of almost anything unwanted.
However, in certain rare instances, you may need more than that, if the Spirit in question is particularly strong and foul. If that was the case, you could still use the LBRP but it would need to be accompanied by other rituals and practices, as well.
I teach several a number of methods that can accompany rituals like the LBRP, in my conjure course, The Nascent Magician.
Some people leap straight to declaring “I’m cursed!”, when actually, they don’t know a single person who practices any type of magick and they can’t name anyone who truly hates them enough (and has the money) to hire a black magician to do the job. They’ve never cast a spell in their life and they’ve never even visited a place that was known to be haunted.
Still, curses do happen and they happen more frequently these days. This is because there are more practitioners of sorcery and there are more resources to learn it and get the supplies for it.
Once in a while, an enemy of the person tells them directly “I put a curse on you”. Some enemies want you to know, to make you afraid. Others believe their curse will only be effective if you realize the curse has been cast.
Sometimes it is a matter of deductive reasoning. The client is suffering from a curse but they never had such a problem before. They may have recently went through a very painful breakup with someone who was rather open about their practice of some of the more nebulous forms of sorcery. It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure it out. The estranged lover was angry and put some bad juju on them.
The occult shops that sell supplies for curses will tell you that lots of people are buying this stuff. Every year, many thousands of people all over the world purchase cursing services from black magicians for hire and many thousands more buy the supplies to do it themselves. So it stands to reason that if at least a small percentage of people out there are actually being attacked with real curses. If even a portion of those spells are effective, then people are suffering as a result of them.
Certainly, some of those hired-gun practitioners are legitimate magicians, not just con artists. Probably most of the internet magicians you can find are matchstick men, scammers. Still, a small slice of the pie almost statistically has to be made up of people who do real black magick.
The other population is composed of people who don’t generally work on the dark side but they have an enemy and they have gathered enough steam and hatred that they now will act on it. A few of these would-be black magicians are working up the nerve to actually use those black candles, Goofer Dust, Voodoo dolls, Destruction Oil and other curse kit supplies they bought. Some of those who use such things will happen on to success, even if they didn’t expect it to actually work and it surprises the hell out of them!
Many times, people view magick, most likely due to our current social view of psychology and science, as a sort of therapy. In other words, they believe that nothing will really happen, but it will be good for them to get their anger out by cursing the person they are embittered toward. It’s a kind of spiritual vomiting up of the anger they have been dealing with.
Other times, the person knows exactly what will happen. They know how to do it and they are bitter enough to actually carry it out, knowing full well that it may cause very serious harm to the target. These are the truly dangerous people and they DO exist. Some people out there will rape you, steal from you, murder you, cut you off in traffic or key your car… just out of spite.
So, if there are hundreds of thousands of totally sociopathic people out there in the world (and there are), then I assume that at least a few of them dabble in the occult. The ones that do would gladly curse you if they take a notion to do so. We all know that some people will start fights over nothing at all, just because they can. Some people will curse you, just because they know how to.
In cases of actual malefica, it’s sometimes necessary to do reversal spell. This can take several forms. It might be a mild spell or a harsh one. Either way, it serves to send the energy right back to its source, giving them a taste of their own medicine. Unless they are very used to this and have heavy defenses in place, it will most likely knock them on their ass.
Then, you can go so far as to cast a reversal that is designed to actually kill your enemy. This is not recommended, generally. It’s a very dark place to go and it’s to be avoided, if at all possible. That’s a last resort, to be sure.
After a reversal has been performed, the other methods we’ve already mentioned should be done. These are the house cleansing, the uncrossing ritual and blessing work. All these should occur, to best set things right in your world.
You may have visited a place that is haunted or where there is an unruly spiritual presence and something just sort of latched on to you and began following you and pester you mercilessly, perhaps even violently.
It happens… not very often, but it does happen. You may have a friend, relative or acquaintance with a spiritual problem of some sort. You may have visited their house and the Spirit attached to you. That would be a simple case of just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe you didn’t even go to their home. Maybe a Spirit followed them to yours.
Have you ever met someone for the first time, with no prior information about them and for some strange reason, their energy just made you feel sick to your stomach? They didn’t have body odor, they didn’t have a weird look about them or any, obvious, overt signs that put you off but you just felt an overwhelming sense that something was way off. That person just might have a Spirit attached to them. So, if you picked up a straggler, then who knows, maybe you picked it up from a stranger at your favorite coffee shop.
It could be something that unpredictable but then it could be much simpler to explain. Maybe you went to a funeral and you caught a hitchhiking ghost who was lingering there. Hoodoo practitioners are taught that if you ever go to the graveyard, you should take a different route home, so the spirits can’t easily follow you. Once home, you’re supposed to take a cleansing bath, to shake off anything you may have brought home by accident.
There are a multitude of reasons for Spirit attachments. It doesn’t matter how you picked up the problem. What matters is that you either make peace with them, or make them leave. The choice is and should always be… YOURS… not theirs.
To rid yourself of a spirit attachment, you go through the same steps as the other methods but you will not need a reversal, unless the Spirit was intentionally sent to attack you. Divination and some basic detective work will reveal whether that’s the case or not. You will still need to do an uncrossing, a house cleansing and blessing work.
Uncrossing, Protection & Blessing
To be truly done with all the problems, we follow a simple formula of Uncrossing, Protection & Blessing. First, we uncross. Then, we set up some spiritual trip wires to warn us against possible, future threats and train some spiritual guard dogs to stand watch at the doors; that’s the protection part. Finally, we usher in the blessings and make room for good things in our lives.
The Uncrossing Ritual
The most important, common thread through all four of the causes of CC is a formal, Uncrossing Ritual. This is a ceremony that severs unhealthy ties to any Spirits who mean you harm. An uncrossing interrupts the flow of abnormal bad luck. Notice I said abnormal. You will still have bad luck sometimes. That’s life, kids. But it should not be a constant, day in/day out manner of existence.
The ritual should end that strange series of events that has the weird, eerie thread running through it. Uncrossing is something you can either do for yourself or you can have me do it for you. I highly recommend you do it yourself, if at all possible. Still, sometimes a person just can’t, for some reason. In those cases, I can stand in for you but I charge a lot for that, as it’s time consuming for me.
After the uncrossing, I strongly recommend a Blessing Ritual. Think of a set of scales that is tipped in the negative direction. On the current side, there is bad luck and suffering. Uncrossing sets the scales back to zero and restores balance.
The House Cleansing
A house cleansing is a two-step process. First, do an extremely thorough physical cleaning, as if the Queen herself were coming over for dinner. You may already be a very neat and clean person. Unless you’re already a compulsive cleaner or an incurable neat freak, chances are you will need to clean intensely.
Do all the stuff you usually avoid doing. Clean the garage, the attic, the basement. Do all the usual vacuuming, dusting, dishes, laundry, etc. but don’t stop until you literally can’t find anything else to clean.
After the physical cleaning comes the spiritual cleansing. For this, you’ll need a few things. Some you may have, some you can get at a grocery store, some you can get from me. The links for these things are here:
(to burn incense on)
(to lay the charcoal on)
Setting up effective wards is essential in protecting yourself, your home, family and belongings, etc. A ward is a sort of magickal forcefield, although I absolutely detest saying it quite like that. It’s nothing like the stuff you see in the movies and it’s just a tiny bit like that dog down the street, who won’t venture past the sidewalk’s edge for fear of triggering the shock collar he’s wearing. No person or Spirit or curse is going to bounce off of you, because you’re wearing this stuff:
What will occur however, is that trouble will start to come your way (as it always does) and a good portion of it will begin to grow uncomfortable, as it gets closer to you and it will start to wander in a different direction.
There is just no such thing as a completely impenetrable magickal defense. Much in the same way, there is no such thing as a truly bullet-proof vest. A good vest will stop most bullets, not all. The cop-killer bullets with special tips will pass on through. Still, you’re far better off wearing a vest, than not wearing one.
Having a touch of protection powder in your shoes makes you less susceptible to the tricks (a Hoodoo term for magickal attacks) of enemies. Not to mention having a beneficial effect on that foot odor issue! Phew!
The Blessing Ritual tips the scale back in the direction you would prefer, to a general state of happiness and good luck. This does not mean that $20 bills and chocolate bars begin to fall from the sky, but you should notice a general peace of mind and getting more of the things you need, if not a few things you want.
Blessing Oil can be used to anoint people, usually by getting a dab on the thumb or forefinger and drawing a small symbol on the forehead. Typical symbols used are the calvary cross (Christian approach), an equal-armed cross (neutral, representing balance), a hexagram (Judaic) or a pentagram (Pagan or Ceremonial).
Ritually rubbing this on to the body or placing a pinch in the corners of each room (and one in the center) can draw in the energy you want:
Spritzing a little Peace Water around the house can make things calm and nice. I usually recommend using this if you know you are going to have a conversation that could become challenging. It will help you and the other person stay just a touch more grounded. It’s obviously no replacement for good communication skills, so use your I statements, avoid interrupting and assume that the other person is trying to resolve things as much as you are. No amount of magick is going to just bend others to your way of seeing things… nor should it.
When we practice sorcery, we’re looking at slightly tilting the scales in a favorable direction here, not overturning the whole table. A little spray of Peace Water and a quick prayer can help you tune in to a serene place and if it helps the atmosphere even 1%, making it more conducive to a warm and friendly outcome, then why not use it?
Be sure to see the other articles on the Free Magick Lessons page. Read the descriptions on the product pages, to learn more about how to use these conjure items.
You can learn to use all three of the powders mentioned above in the article How To Use Magickal Powders.
The use of the charcoal and sand are explained in the lesson How To Burn Incense On Charcoal.