Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fixed Nutmeg Charm

Nutmeg Charm and Gator Foot Charging on My Altar

There is a traditional Hoodoo charm that calls for drilling a hole in whole nutmeg and putting quicksilver or liquid mercury sealing it with green wax. It used for bringing luck in gambling, games of chance, and money matters Many these days like to avoid using the dangerous liquid metal and instead substitute tin foil, silver mercury dime shavings, and magnetic sand. I don't feel that these substitutions have quite the same energy as the real thing so I prefer to "kick it old school" with my nutmeg charms.I came across an old thread on a message board recently where someone was asking about a spell to win the lottery. The thread had died down but it inspired me to make some fixed nutmegs as well as charge a gator foot that I had for gambling luck as well. I made them today in on the day of and in the hour of Jupiter to utilize the planet's energies in the charms. My process is pretty simple so let me break it down for you.

You Will Need :
  • One Whole Nutmeg
  • Liquid Mercury
  • Dragons Blood Resin
  • Van Van Oil
  • Money Drawing Oil
  • Power Oil
  • Bayberry or Money Drawing Incense
  • One Blue Candle
  • One Green Candle
  • One Purple Candle
  • Red Flannel
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • A Power Drill or Dremel Tool
  • Wooden Matches
  • Eye Dropper (Optional)
Step One: Drill a Hole in The Nutmeg

Using your power drill or Dremel, drill a hole into your nutmeg. Be careful not to drill all the way through.  Use pliers or something to grip the nutmeg in place while you drill. Tap the nutmeg upside down on the table until all excess dust is clean from the drilled hole.
Drilled Out Nutmeg
Step 2: Add The Mercury

Use your eye dropper to add the quicksilver to the drilled hold. **Be Careful When Working With Mercury**

Step 3: Add Dragon's Blood Resin 

Add a small chunk of Dragon's Blood resin to the hole on top of the mercury. We are going to use the resin as the first seal to the hole. Light one of your wooden matches and use it to heat up the resin so that it form as sticky seal above the mercury. You may have to use more than one match, but the resin will melt a little and form a seal. This little tip was given to me by one of the rootworkers that owns the local shop that I get supplies from. Dragon's Blood is also carried for good luck and to attract riches.

Step 4: Seal with Wax 

Now take your green candle and anoint it with money drawing oil. If you want to scribe a petition or symbols in it you can as well. I carve the $$¢¢$$ sigil into my candle. Light the candle and let the wax drip into the hole until it is full.Set the green candle into a holder to burn completely.   Let the wax solidify before you move on to blessing the charm. 
Completed Nutmeg Charm

Step 5: Bless and Charge the Charm 

 There really is no set way to bless and activate this kind of charm so you can feel free to use the following ritual or design your own. 

Jupiter Symbol
Now that you already have the green candle  set and lit. Position this candle to be the apex of a triangle that will be formed by the other two candles. Anoint your purple candle with power oil and set it as the bottom left point of the triangle. Anoint the blue candle with van van oil and set as the bottom right of the triangle. You can scribe a petition on the  blue candle if you desire. I carved the planetary symbol for Jupiter and $$¢¢$$ sigil into my blue candle. 

Nutmeg and Gator Foot in Triangle
Next lay a square of red flannel in the center of this triangle.You will use this fabric as  a pouch once this is all done. It can be about the size of a sticky note. Doesn't need to be too big for a nutmeg. Anoint the cinnamon sticks with money oil and arrange them in a triangle on top of the flannel. You can now light your bayberry or money incense. Take your nutmeg charm and pass it through the flame of each candle. As you do feel it being charged with the energies represented by that candle. After passing the charm through each flame, hold it over the incense smoke and focusing on charging it with your will as it is further charged with money drawing energies from the smoke. Lastly lay the nutmeg in the center of the triangle and anoint it with van van oil making the sign  of an equal arm cross and recite the 65th Psalms.  Let the candles burn down. Once the candles have burned down use the red flannel to form a small pouch and tie it up. You could also sew a small pouch if you are so inclined. This charm can be fed with van van oil, whiskey, or Hoyt's cologne.

I made three  of these today. One was for my personal use but the other two are available for sell to my readers. You can have can have your very own traditional fixed nutmeg charm made by Brother Ash for only $20! First come first serve, get yours now! I will be doing some additional charging and prayers for the charms over the next few days (those have to remain secret for now. A sorcerer has to have his secrets right? Trust that this charm will be well charged.) and yours will be ready to ship by Monday.

Psalms 65 
1 Praise awaits You, O God, in Zion;
    to You our vows will be fulfilled.

2 O You who hear prayer,
    to You all men will come.

3 When we were overwhelmed by sins,
    You forgave our transgressions.

4 Blessed are those You choose
    and bring near to live in Your courts!
We are filled with the good things of Your house,
    of Your holy temple.

5 You answer us
    with awesome deeds of righteousness,
O God our Savior,
    the hope of all the ends of the earth
      and of the farthest seas,

6 Who formed the mountains by Your power,
    having armed Yourself with strength,

7 Who stilled the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
      and the turmoil of the nations.

8 Those living far away fear Your wonders;
    where morning dawns and evening fades
      You call forth songs of joy.

9 You care for the land and water it;
    You enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
    to provide the people with grain,
      for so You have ordained it.

10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
  You soften it with showers and bless its crops.

11 You crown the year with Your bounty,
  and Your carts overflow with abundance.

12 The grasslands of the desert overflow;
  the hills are clothed with gladness.

13 The meadows are covered with flocks
  and the valleys are mantled with grain;
  they shout for joy and sing

With Regards,

Brother Ash
"You must have the Devil in you to succeed in the arts." Voltaire
"Don't quote me boy cuz I ain't said shit." Eazy-E

Monday, June 13, 2011

More Ancestor Talk!

check out the Wood Witch Blog for  a quick tutorial on  making your own small ancestor shrine and then head over to Kenaz Filan's blog for info on the role of ancestors in the hatian voudon tradtion and more tips for setting up your own altar.

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Ancestral Altar

I can't believe that I have blogged this long without talking about the importance of having an altar to your ancestors. Shame on me!

The practice of honoring one's ancestors goes back as far as man can remember and spans all cultures. The spirits of our ancestors are always near us and continue to watch out for, guide, teach, and care for us. The shared knowledge and energy of those that have come before us is always available to those that seek it. This is why it is important for practicing sorcerers to have an altar dedicated to, give regular offerings, and converse with their ancestors. Chances are if you have been drawn to the magical arts that someone in your family along the line also practiced even if you aren't aware of it. Having the spirit of practitioners that have passed on is of obvious benefit to someone performing magic on a regular basis. As one of my ancestors said to me, "What we know, you know. What we can do, you can do". That pretty much should tell you all that you need to know about the importance of maintaining this relationship. Our ancestors have love for us, and do what they can from the other side to ease hardships in our lives. Once you have a relationship with them you will be able to tell when they have had a hand in nudging things in your favor. They lend their hands in all aspects of life such as money, success, love, peace, and protection. They do this even if you aren't aware of them. However honoring and giving thanks to them for what they do certainly makes them more inclined to work on your behalf. I know that some workers send their ancestral spirits on certain tasks and then hold off on feedings and offerings until the task is complete. I don't prefer to work this way myself. I draw upon their energies and knowledge to utilize in my own workings.

Ancestor Altar Covered
Setting up your altar is very simple and personal process.  The altar cloth should be white as should the candles. I keep on white candle, and one reed to symbolize the bond and importance of blood. There should be at least one glass of fresh water that you change every week. Some keep one large glass of water surrounded by 9 small glasses. I don't have room on my altar for that, so I don't.The altar can also be decorated with pictures of your family that have passed on, and items that that they preferred in life (personal items, bibles, etc). One can also include items that represent the cultures and ethnicity of your their ancestors.   You can set it up on a table, dresser, or anywhere that you see fit. Some keep their altars in the living room so include their ancestors in their daily life. I keep mine in the altar room. Do what you think is best.

Close Up Detail of Altar
I personally don't have a lot of close ties with my living family so I don't have access to pictures and the like and I prefer to keep my altar simple. So I have one red, and one white candle, my Ancestral Skull Fetish (see earlier post), a coffin shaped incense burned that I made, and two offering glasses. I also keep my altar covered with a patterned fabric with a skull floral pattern that I use as a head wrap during workings. That is pretty much it. I will be adding a cross soon as they asked for that.  I always keep one glass of fresh water and use the other for offerings of rum or whiskey. They really like whiskey, but I ran out and substituted rum today which I always have on hand. For incense I burn Mayan copal resin on charcoal and also burn a cigar in their honor. I blow some of the smoke onto the skull from the cigar. You can also offer favorite foods, drinks, and even music to your ancestors. Once the offerings are given I proceed with a simple invocation and follow that up with communication via pendulum, or some form of divination. This is the invocation that I use:

We hear your whispered voices speaking words of wisdom into our unconscious minds. Your whispers awaken our dreams, our hearts, our desires. You who are our ancestors who once walked upon the earth and were part of our shared life eternal, we praise you with all that is sacred in our lives.
You who planted the seed of knowledge, you who sought inner peace, you who claimed your love for the Gods and Goddesses of old, we give you honor and praise your name.

Grandmother, without you I would not be here. Grandfather, without you I would not be here. People that have come before and gone ahead, without you I would not be here.

I give you honor and praise your name. We ask you for guidance, for you have the power of knowledge. You have been born in us, part of our being. We draw upon your strength so that we may move ever forward. Your footsteps, we follow as all children will. You are our family and with all the love in my being, I give you honor and call your names.

Ancestors, I praise you with the earth in my palm. I praise you with the fire in my heart. I praise you with my breath as I give offerings to your greatness. I praise you with the blood and water of life within my body. I call forth for you with honor for all eternity.

I believe that originally found that through the Moloch Sorcery site, but have no idea where it originates from. I like it, but free to write your own or just speak from the heart. When working with your ancestors heartfelt offerings, and sincerity are what is really important. It's not about protocol, but honor and reverence. Talk to them, have honest conversation with them and be prepared to really listen to what they have to say. You will be glad that you did.

With Regards,

Brother Ash
"You must have the Devil in you to succeed in the arts." Voltaire
"Don't quote me boy cuz I ain't said shit." Eazy-E

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Services Now Available!

I am now offering a limited number of spiritual services through the site. At the moment I have tarot card readings and candle vigils available and will be adding more services soon. Check out my Products/Services page to book your service today!