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Breaking Pacts (Or How to Re-Possess Your Soul From Satan)   11 comments

I recently had the unique opportunity to look into the subject of breaking pacts (contracts) made with spiritual entities.  I was contacted by a friend who was doing her best to help a young man out of an unfortunate situation.   He had joined a thestic Satanic group, who had him perform a dedication ceremony to Satan as the very first step of the path.  He was led to believe he would receive the usual in exchange for his soul: money, women, power.  He got none of these things, and soon found himself under spiritual attack and/or oppression.

I call this a unique situation, because it really isn’t something I encounter in my usual circles.  I know of nothing in the Old Magick that parallels “selling your soul” to a spirit.  At least not outside of the Faustian grimiores and the American crossroads tradition – both of which appear to be fairly isolated cases with no parallel in other traditions.  (Nor, for that matter, any ideas on getting out of such a contract once you’re in it!)

There are, of course, plenty of examples of personal dedication to a deity or patron – which could be interpreted as giving oneself to the deity – but that becomes a religious thing.  Much as it was for this theistic Satanic group…

Meanwhile, no tradition I know of – from the Sumerians to the Solomonic grimoires to Santeria – would allow such a thing as selling or giving oneself to a spirit. One can enter agreements – offering X, Y, and/or Z to the spirit in exchange for work done.  One can even demand oaths of loyalty from the spirits who will serve you as familiars.  But never do these things amount to trading your soul!

At no time are you to allow a spirit to gain control of you, and to allow it is to fail as a conjurer.  Instead, across the board, spirits are fed so they will work for us.  And, if a spirit fails to produce results, the conjurer simply dismisses it and refuses to feed it again.  (And there are various ways of disposing of objects inhabited by familiar spirits.)

Taking all of this into account, I suspect the concept of “selling your soul” is entirely Christiain in origin – and likely caught up in anti-Pagan propoganda.  The silly idea that a conjuror “worships” or gives himself over to the spirits he summons was propagated by early Church fathers, and is still held by many people today.  The Faustian and “Man in Black” crossroads traditions probably followed naturually from there.

Since “selling your soul to Satan” appears to be a strictly Christian invention, then perhaps they know best how to break such a pact.  In The Book of Black Magic (p. 262-264), A.E. Waite outlines a pact-breaking ceremony found in a Manual of Exorcisms published in 1678.  It is intended for use by an exorcist, thereby suggesting that a pact with Satan can only be broken by an “official” representative of God:

The following formal process [is] for forcing the Demon to return any writing which constitutes an agreement with him:–

EXORCISM

“O most merciful God, Whose Power hath no limit, Whose dominion is supreme over all beings, so that nothing can possibly be estreated from Thy rule by apostasy; behold, we have sinned against Thee, we have provoked Thy most just wrath, when we have failed to obey Thy commands, above all when., forsaking Thy rule and Thy friendship, we have abjured Thee and have consorted with the impious demons, nor yet contented with Thy denial, have bound ourselves in writing to those demons, surrendering the document of our voluntary obligation against Thee into their custody. But Thy mercies aye without number, O Lord of loving-kindness, and it is Thine to spare and to Pardon; look, therefore, with compassion upon this Thy creature, who, having formerly denied Thee and given himself in writing to the demons, but now, having returned to himself by the help of Thine infinite goodness, doth abhor his impiety, doth desire to be restored unto Thee his true Lord, and to be received with contrite heart into Thy favour. We know, O Lord, that a contrite and humble heart Thou wilt not despise, nor can any writing be an impediment in the way of Thy mercy; we beseech Thee, therefore, that, by the abundance of Thy clemency, not only may the heinousness of this sin be blotted out with the Blood of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, but that the demon, by the word of Thy Power, may be compelled to restore the deed and obligation and delivery, lest he glory in his tyranny and Pretend to any right over the man whom we pray to be delivered through Thy Son from his bonds. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, &c.”

The propitiation of offended Deity is followed by a citation of the demon who is required to disgorge his prey.

EXORCISM

“I exorcise thee, O impious Satan, who, when thy power has passed away, dost still pretend to impose a tyrant yoke on man. I exorcise thee by Jesus Christ, Who came into this world for the salvation of sinners; I conjure thee to remove thy yoke immediately from this creature, who, deceived by thy wiles, formerly delivered himself unto thee. Abandoning thee henceforth, he commits himself to the Divine mercy, seeking His service unto Whom he alone is owing, Who also promises the reward of eternal life to those who follow Him. I exorcise thee by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ, by which the deed of judgment against us hath been blotted out, so that when Jesus receiveth the sinner into His favour, thou shalt dare not to advance anything against him, and shalt not fail to restore the deed by which this creature bound himself unto thee, the same being now cancelled by the Blood of Jesus Christ.

Hear, therefore, accursed Satan, who art powerless over a servant of God, when, encouraged by his true Lord, he turneth unto another service; in vain dost thou boast of this deed; I command thee to restore it in the name of the Lord, as a Proof before the whole world that when God receiveth a sinner, thou hast no longer any Yule over his soul. I abjure thee, by Him who expelled thee from thy stronghold, bereft thee of the arms which thou didst trust in and distributed thy spoils. Return therefore this deed, whereby this creature of God foolishly bound himself to thy service; return it, I say, in His name by Whom thou art overcome; when thy Power has come to nothing, presume not longer to retain this useless document. By penitence already hath this creature of God restored himself to his true Lord, spurning thy yoke, hoping in the Divine mercy for defence against thine assaults, and assisted by the Most Holy and Glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God, through whose intercession he shall obtain from Jesus Christ, His Son, that which he himself is not worthy to expect. Through the same Christ our Lord.”

Whether this process was supposed to insure the visible and material return of the incriminating document, or, failing this, was held to cancel it formally, does not certainly appear and will matter little…

In both parts of this rite, there seems to be an underlying concept that Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross supersedes any contract the victim may have made with a demon.  This makes sense to me if the victim really and truly believes/means what is being stated in the prayers.  It also occurs to me that it would be just as good, or better, to seek out a Church (Orthodox or Catholic) and undertake their conversion process.  It involves exorcism, baptism (cleansing) and the establishment of a new contract that would supercede any previous pacts.

All of that is fine for someone who has no problem with converting to Christianity.  And that is probably not a far stretch for someone who believes in “selling your soul to Satan” in the first place.  However, in our case of the young man seeking help, this was not the proper solution.  Thus, I set out to discover how he could best dissolve his pact with Satan and move on.

As it turned out, he had several things working in his favour.  First, the Satanic church he joined admitted in their writings that one could break the pact at any point one wishes.  (It included ominous warnings that Satan would leave you to your enemies forever and you could never come back.  But, even still, a way out was included right there in the fine print!)

Secondly, he never received the money, power and woman he expected – which means the pact was null and void in any case.   Still, he did dedicate himself to a deity and that would have to be addressed.

Finally, this person had (for some reason) chosen to call upon Satan as “Samael.”  This was good news because Samael can be approached through the Solomonic system as an Archangel rather than an Archdemon.  And I knew just how to go about doing that.  ;)

The following is the technique I prescribed for him to dissolve his pact.  This is rather specific to Samael – using timing, incense, colors and offerings sacred to Mars – though it could be modified to work with any spirit.  In fact, tt can be used to respecfully dissolve any agreement you’ve made with a spirit, even if you haven’t gone so far as to offer yourself in the deal:

- Set up an altar or table, facing east or facing Mars.  A red cloth covering is preferable, but a white one will do and black will also work.

-On the altar, place a red seven-day candle, a coal-burning censer and incense made of tobacco (1 prt), cinnamon (1/4 prt) and crushed red pepper (1/8 prt).  (Go light on the pepper!  And be VERY sure to burn only a little at a time!  DO NOT inhale it directly!  In large quantity, or if you add too much red pepper, it is like tear gas!)

-Also on the altar, place the original contract along with a food offering.  Foods sacred to Samael are called for:  Fresh hot peppers of various kinds (especially red), red meat (fully cooked! – nothing rare, no blood left running!), rum and cigars.  You can even put some iron on the altar – such as railroad spikes, nails, or an iron tool.

-He should also place a Talisman of Samael in the center of the altar.  Use the sigil from the Heptameron (or Magical Calendar), and I’m sure you or ****** are more than capable of helping him make that.  (At this point I wouldn’t have him attempt any complex consecrations.)  [Author's note:  If you happen to know how to properly consecrate such a talisman, then by all means do so.]

-Finally, he must compose a prayer to Samael – worded however he wants.  It should simply explain that he made the dedication without understanding all the facts, and that he feels it was disrespectful on HIS (not Samael’s!) part to make such a dedication without knowing more about the entity in question.  Mention that nothing requested has been fulfilled, and thus he would like to respectfully terminate the pact and learn more before proceeding further.  It should also mention that he has brought an offering as a show of respect.

-Set all of this up on a Monday night – making sure to clean the room or area the altar is set in.

-At dawn on Tuesday morning, wash up and approach the altar.  Light the candle and incense – and set the candle directly on top of Samael’s talisman in the center.  Surround this with the offerings.

-Now hold the old contract and call Samael by name and by virtue of the signed contract.  Then read the prayer I outlined above, finishing with mention of the offerings made.  At this point put more incense on the censer.  Light the cigar, then draw smoke from it and blow it onto the altar five times.  Then place what remains of the cigar on the plate with the other offerings.

-Finally, tear up the old contract and burn it in the censer.  Once done, offer thanks to Samael and leave.  The candle should be allowed to completely burn out (should take about five days), and the offerings should be left there about the same length of time.  After the candle burns away, take all the offerings, the ashes from the censer and (if he wants) the talisman of Samael.  These can be thrown and poured out into a running stream or river, or left at a crossroads.

If he does this and still suffers spiritual oppression or attacks, then we’ll have him do an Uncrossing to clear out any dreck he’s picked up along the way.  I have instructions on my blog, so let me know if you need them, too.  :)

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Aaron

Protecting House-Spirits   5 comments

When we think about exorcism (specifically of a place), we tend to think of it as an all-or-nothing deal.  The exorcist comes into the building and casts out anything that isn’t an Angel.   (For an example of a simple home cleansing and exorcism, see my Uncrossing instructions.)

For most common folks, a home free from all spirits is the desired goal.  However, if you are a practitioner of any form of magick, you likely have a house full of familiar spirits, ancestors, helpers, nature spirits and ghosts that simply enjoy hanging around.  You certainly do NOT want to cast these guys screaming into the outer abyss along with any harmful demons you exorcise. 

My Guardian Angel once revealed to me a simple technique for protecting your house-familiars from a general exorcism.   First, you want to perform the Uncrossing and house cleaning as described in the Uncrossing instructions – up to but NOT including sprinkling and perfuming the house while reading Psalms 90 and 91!

Instead, you will need a white candle and a piece of consecrated quartz crystal.  (The candle can be consecrated as well, but the crystal *must* be, in order to keep negative spirits from attaching themselves to it.)  You will also need an offering to the friendly spirits:  food items such as fruits and vegetables, bread and honey, milk, water, liquor, flowers, cigars, incense, etc – whatever you know your house spirits will enjoy.  Establish this offering either in your Temple space, or create a sacred space/circle around a table holding the offerings.  It should be in a room or area that you will not need to exorcise.

Now, take the white candle in your right hand and the consecrated stone in your left.  Beginning in the back of the house (or the place furthest away from the offerings) walk through every room as you address all friendly, familial and house spirits.  Announce that you are about to exorcise the house, and that any friendly spirits who wish to stay must follow the light (your candle) and grab hold of the stone.  Also announce that you have an offering set up for them in a safe place.

Once you have completed this, place the candle and stone on the table with the offerings.  You have now localized all of your house spirits in one safe location.  Then return to the Uncrossing instructions and perform the sprinkling and censing of the house (except for the room the offerings are in!) along with the recitation of Psalms 90 and 91.

Once the exorcisms are complete and the house is sealed and protected, return to the offering table and deal with it as you would any other offering.  (I usually leave the offering there for several days.)  Announce to the spirits that they are free to move around the house again – and (if it applies) break any magick circle you cast around the table.

May you AND your familiars enjoy a happy and prosperous home.  :)

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Aaron

Uncrossing and Magickal Defense   8 comments

Uncrossing is magickal self-defense. When your spells go awry, when spirits move in where they shouldn’t, when another witch casts curses against you or when you just feel that things are not right, uncrossing is the first and best step to fixing the problems. In many cases it may be all you need. In more intense situations, it might be followed or preceded by more targeted magickal work.

Simply put, uncrossing is a cleansing (and an exorcism) that washes away negative influences from yourself and your home. You cannot have someone else do this work for you, but you will find this is not a complex process to follow. It is intended for *anyone* to perform, even if they have no experience in the magickal arts.
What follows is a fairly standard Uncrossing, with a few added tricks I’ve picked up over the years:

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Step One – Look for Curses, Tricks, Talismans, etc.

If you have reason to believe a curse has been cast against you, the first thing you should do is search for a magickal object hidden somewhere on your property. (This will be more relevant in some parts of the world than in others.)  There *may* be something buried or hidden – most likely near or directly under where you must walk past every day – such as under the doorstep or front pathway.  If you can find such an object- like a bottle full of nails, cloves of garlic nailed together, etc- immediately dig it up, dismantle it, burn what can be burned, then toss the ashes (and/or anything that couldn’t be burned) into a body of running water.

Step Two – What You Will Need

Whether or not you find such an object, you must then “uncross” yourself – that is, remove the curse. This will involve an herbal ritual bath and a house cleansing.  Here is what you will need to gather together:

- Sacred herbs:  I use the nine herbs listed in the Key of Solomon for the sprinkling of holy water.  They all have traditional associations with cleansing:  vervain, fennel, lavender, sage, valerian, mint, basil, rosemary and hyssop.

However you can also use other herbs in other numbers.  Hyssop and rue, for example, are commonly used together for uncrossing.  Further uncrossing herbs are: Agrimony, Alkanet, Alum, Angelica, Bay, Benzoin, Black Pepper*, Blessed Thistle, Camphor, Cayenne Pepper*, Chives, Copal, Dragon’s Blood, Eucalyptus, Garlic, John the Conqueror, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mullein, Onion, Pine, Sandalwood, Sulfur and Wood Betony.   You may use these herbs in groups of 3, 5, 7, 9 or 13.  (* – Be very careful when using pepper in a bath.  You do not want to burn your eyes!)

-Spring Water and Salt (or Holy Water obtained from a Church).

-A White Candle.

-Olive Oil.

-Frankincense or “Church” Incense.

-A white towel and white clothing.

- Over the Herbs, Candle, Incense, Olive Oil and Salt: recite the Lord’s Prayer (or a prayer appropriate to your faith – Wiccans can use the Charge of the Goddess, etc). Then recite your own prayer asking for these materials to be blessed and sanctified and all hindrances and evil spirits be expelled from them. (Note – if you have obtained Holy Water from a church, you do not need the Salt.)

Step Three – The Bath

The bath is very important to this process!  It will wash away any negative influences that have attached themselves to you, and purify you so that the remaining steps are possible.

- Take the nine herbs, grind them up and boil or brew them like a tea.  Strain out the plant material.

- Then, at dawn on a Sunday, run a tub of warm water, cast in some of the Salt or Holy Water and pour in a portion of the brewed herbal “tea.” (Make sure you don’t use up all of these things, as you will need more later.) Then light the candle and incense.

-Enter the bath and pour the bath water over your head several times, making sure your entire body is covered, while reciting the following Psalms at least three times each:

If a curse has been cast against you or enemies are attacking you:

Psalms 51 (“Have mercy upon me, O God…”) and 37 (“Do not fret because of evildoers…”).

Or Psalms 101 (“I will sing of your love and justice…”) and 68 (“May God arise, may His enemies be scattered…”).

Or Psalms 35 (“Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me… “), 55 (“Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.”) and 109 (“Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise.”).

For general uncrossing:

Psalm 5 (“Give ear to my words, O Lord…”)

Or Psalm 51 (“Have mercy upon me, O God…”)

Or Psalm 40 (“I waited patiently for the Lord…”)

Or Psalm 10 (“Why standest thou afar off, O Lord?”).

If the problem is due to an unwanted spirit, choose three of the following:

Psalm 5 (“Give ear to my words, O Lord…”)

Psalm 10  (“Why standest thou afar off, O Lord?”)

Psalm 15 (“Lord, who shall abide in thy Tabernacle?”)

Psalm 19 (“The heavens declare the glory of God”)

Psalm 29 (“Give unto the Lord, O ye Mighty”)

Psalm 40 (“I waited patiently for the Lord”)

Psalm 66 (“make a joyful noise unto God”)

Psalm 68 (“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered”)

Psalms 101 (“I will sing of mercy and judgement”), and/or 144-145 (“Blessed be the Lord my strength”, “I will extoll Thee, my God”).

-Leave the bath, use the burning incense to perfume your entire body.  Do not dry off with a towel, allowing yourself to air-dry instead.  Allow the candle and incense to burn away completely.

-(UPDATE 7-2014): I recently ran across an extra step that might come in handy:  Just before you drain the tub, collect some of the water in a bottle.  Then take the bottle to a crossroads, leave it there (or toss it in the nearest dumpster) and walk away without looking back.  Go home, via a different route than the one you came.

-Though this is not necessary, some of you may find this egg-cleansing technique useful.  You can do it before the bath to see what is stuck to you, and/or you can do it after the bath to see if anything is still stuck to you.

Step Four – Cleanse and Seal Your Home

-First, simply give the place a good scrubbing, from top to bottom, just like spring cleaning. (Including throwing out old and unused things, etc.)

Important!:  The floors must all be washed:  Add the left-over “herb tea” and some ammonia to the water in the mop bucket, then wash the floors starting from the back of the house and moving toward the front, ending with the front doorstep. (For carpeted areas, put some of the floor wash into a spray bottle.  Lightly spray over the carpet and brush with a broom.)

In the end the house should be bright and cheery, with open windows, fresh air and sunlight.

-Then put on the white clothing and light more of the incense.

-If you blessed Salt previously, cast some of that into fresh spring water and recite your chosen prayer of blessing over the salted water.  If you obtained Holy Water from a church, you do not need to add salt or pray over it.

-Then walk around the entire house- sprinkling the water and perfuming each and every room, every corner, every nook, every dark place. While you do this, recite Psalms 90 (“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place…”) and 91 (“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High…”) over and over.

-When that is done, take the blessed olive oil. Dipping your finger into it, seal every door and window in the house – marking with the oil above and on either side of the doorway or window. As you do this, think of the passover in Egypt (when the first-born of the Jews were spared from the Plague of Death) and recite the Lord’s prayer (or your chosen prayer of blessing) over and over.

NOTE – How Often?

You might perform the ritual bath and house cleansing once for small purposes, or more often for more intense situations. You can do this three days in a row, or seven, or nine, or thirteen days in a row. (The full spring-cleaning of your house should only need done on the first day. A lighter cleaning can be done each day afterward, including the floor washing of course!)

This will either entirely remove, or drastically weaken, any magick being used against you or spirits that may be attached to you or your home. If your problem is merely an evil spirit that is harassing you, then this may well solve the problem. However, if there really is a witch casting curses against you, then further steps will have to be taken to put a stop to it.

Here is my favorite mirror-spell for putting a stop to evil magick.

Here is my favorite egg-defense spell to “divert” evil magick sent your way.

In LVX
Aaron

Posted November 16, 2010 by kheph777 in hoodoo / witchcraft, magick

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