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A Steampunk Hedgewitch's Grimoire

Detraction

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(1) To Rid Yourself of an Unwanted Admirer  (Ball 96)
Occasionally, people get into a situation where they are being pursued by someone whose attentions are a nuisance. Rather than reacting in anger, it is often easier to pen the way for the unwanted suitor to leave. This spell, done on a waning Moon - that is, after the Full Moon and before the next New Moon - often does the trick. Preferably this should be done outside, but it can also be performed inside if the conditions are not right. Strictly one is supposed to gather vervain leaves, though with urban living this is a bit of a tall order. Make sure you have a least a couple of handfuls of the dried herb.

YOU WILL NEED
  • Vervain leaves
  • A fierce fire

METHOD
Light a fire. As you pick up the herb, call out the name of the offending person. Fling the leaves on the fire and say for instance:
        
        Withdraw from me now.
        I need you not.

(There is a requirement to declaim passionately, and to use some force, in any spell that is designed to drive someone from you. Therefore be very sure that you do not wish this person to be in your life in any way.)

Repeat the action three nights in a row.

(2) To Disengage Gently  (Ball 97)
This spell can be used when you want to let someone down gently. Perhaps you have recognized that a relationship will not work. By setting the person free and not pushing them away, you are finishing on a good note rather than a sour one.

YOU WILL NEED
  • Small square piece of paper
  • Black ink pen (preferably fountain)
  • White candle
  • Container for ashes (altoids tin would work well for this purpose)

METHOD
Write the name of the unwanted person on the paper. Let the ink dry.

Light the candle. Burn the paper, while visualizing the person moving away from you. Make sure you catch the ashes for later disposal.

Go up to a high place. Place the ashes in the palm of your right hand and say: 

        Winds of the North, East, South and West,
        Carry these affections to where they'll be best.
        Let [name]'s heart be open and free,
        Let [name]'s mind be away from me.
        
Blow the ashes in the direction of the prevailing wind.

In the Hoodoo tradition you can also dispose of the ashes by throwing them over your shoulder into running water in the name of 'The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost'. You should then walk away and not look back.


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