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Without a doubt, the single most popular post on this blog has been my instructions for performing a Limpia (aka, “Egg Cleansing”). Not only does that post have the most views, but keywords like “egg cleansing” and “limpia” are the most-used search terms that lead people to my blog.
The post also has the most comments. Most of them are from folks who have performed the cleansing upon themselves, and want me to interpret the results. At first I was happy to olidge. However, I soon became overrun with requests for readings, and had to stem the flow by requiring a small fee for the service. (It’s only $15, but it has stopped most of the unsolicited requests.)
The rest of the comments on that post come from those who have paid others to do a Limpia upon them, only to find some kind of horrific object inside the egg. They are told this indicates a curse has been placed upon them, and that it can be removed – at an exorbitant cost to the client.
The ones who post in my comments are the lucky ones. They bring the results of the reading to me because they have begun to suspect they are being defrauded. Thy want to know if, for instance, iron shavings can really turn up inside a chicken egg. (No, they cannot.) These people come to me after losing only a few, or a few hundred, dollars. But this seems to go on a lot out in the world – and some folks will hand over thousands of dollars to such a charlatan before they wake up (or merely run our of money) with nothing at all to show for thier sacrifice.
Folks, if you ever pay someone to do a Limpia on you, and they find some kind of foreign obejct inside the shell, it is a scam. The worst you should ever find in there is some blood spots, maybe some black material if the egg has begun to rot, or even an embrionic chicken. There can bubbles, discoloration, streaks of white, or a bad smell. All of these things can be found quite naturally in the egg – and THAT is what you are trying to read.
But anything else: iron shavings, dirt, hair, stones, other animals, bones, glass, copious amounts of blood or black liquid, feathers, etc, etc, etc, – all of these things are stage-tricks meant to convince you to cough up cash.
Charalatns that work this way can either use sleight-of-hand to make it appear the object came from the egg, or they simply poked a small hole in the egg-shell, inserted the object, and sealed the shell with white wax. (These are old tricks – and I know them because I was once a close-up stage magician.)
If you see anything like that, the person doing it is a fraud. Simply walk away and don’t look back.
Carolina Dean recently posted this to the Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly group on Facebook. It was offered in response to someone who needed to banish a discordant person from their life. However, as Dean states below, the same spell can be used to banish nearly anything.
I felt it was worth adding to my collection of favorite spells here, with his permission, of course. I have named it the “Get Rid of Anything Spell”:
When the moon is full, carve your [enemy's] name on a black candle (written backwards).* Take pins and drive them through the candle between each letter in his/her name. If you can get any personal concerns, wrap them in a written petition placed under the candle. Burn one letter of the name each day as the moon wanes while making your prayer or petition for them to leave.
(* – Inscribe the name backward, starting with the last letter of the name near the tip of the candle and moving toward the base. When you stand the candle upright, the name will be standing on its head. – Aaron)
You might say something like:
Lord as you made the blind to see, let (N) see that s/he nolonger belong here; as you made the lame to walk, let him/her walk out of our lives forever; as you healed the sick, heal the wounds that (N) has inflicted upon me and my family, etc…..
Save each pin and stick it in the written petition and when the candle has burned down dispose of the written petition, pins, candle wax by tossing them into running water.
I would add that you should not look back toward the water as you leave. Some might also choose to toss three pennies over their shoulder, in order to keep anything from following them home. Dean concludes:
BTW, it works great with human-figure candles (which you can load with personal concerns)… This spell also works on non-people type things as well…..pretty much anything you can name. I’ve even done it on “the flu”…lol
I like to keep an eye on the Hoodoo and Conjure forums for useful techniques I haven’t encountered before. Recently, someone posed the question of what to do when a curse has been laid upon land rather than a person, building or object. You’d think this would be a common enough problem that there are dozens or hundreds of remedies. Yet, I have not encountered them before.
The person who highlighted this dilemma also proposed a solution, which I found fascinating. You can read it for yourself on the forum. I wanted to offer the technique here, though from the standpoint of Solomonic mysticism. The main difference is that Solomonic magick doesn’t make much use of powders, where Hoodoo makes heavy use of them. Therefore, what follows will not include an uncrossing powder – however if you like the idea of the powder, by all means check out the original post, where a recipe and instructions are included.
To do this with your standard Solomonic tool kit, you will need a coal-burning censor and frankincense (or Church incense), the holy water sprinkler and water – all consecrated according to the rules of the Art. You will also need plenty of fresh earth: soil taken from a pine forest is recommended due to the purifying characteristics of pine. Failing that, you can use fresh potting soil, and you can even mix in pine needles if you wish. (Plus, if you feel it necessary, the Key of Solomon includes a consecration for earth.)
The rite should take place over the final three days of the waning moon.
Exorcism of the Land
You would do best to begin with the Solomonic Bath. Then go to the eastern border of your land, light the incense, sprinkle holy water and begin to recite Psalm 37. As you read, move against the sun (counterclockwise) around the entire border of your property, censing and sprinkling as you go until you return to the east.
Repeat this exorcism for three days. After completing the actions on the third day, continue:
Removing the Curse From the Land
Dig small holes in five locations around your property: one in each of the four corners and one in the center. If your home or another structure occupies the center, then dig the fifth hole by the front door. Collect the dirt from these holes and set it aside.
Now take the fresh earth you prepared earlier, and use it to fill the five holes. At each hole, pack in the earth and then pour in a portion of the remaining holy water. As you do so, state aloud that you are exchanging bad soil for blessings and healing.
The next day, take the cursed earth you dug out of the holes far away from your property – preferably to a running stream or river. Pour the dirt into the water as you state: “This dirt will never form a part of my land, nor will any malevolent power associated with it.” As you leave, do not look back toward the water.
Blessing the Land
After the above is complete, you may bless your land as you see fit. You can repeat the process with the censor and holy water, this time moving sunwise (clockwise) around your property, and reciting your favorite blessing. Psalm 67 is a good choice, or the Lord’s Prayer or whatever is specific to your faith or tradition. After completing a circuit around the land, it should be quite clean.
There is also a simpler – though certainly less powerful – technique that makes use of a map of the property and some candles. It is included in the original post at the Hoodoo forum, and I recommend checking it out as well.
Since I posted the Egg Spell for Spiritual Defense, I feel it would be good to offer another magickal use for an egg: Cleansing – also called a Limpia. (Very useful as part of an Uncrossing!)
NOTE: If you have paid someone to do a Limpa upon you, or are thinking about having one done, please read this important warning!
I have seen this process done by Ocha Ni’Lele, using a live bird instead of an egg. There was no ceremony to speak of – it was actually an impromptu action taken after a wild bird landed and simply allowed him to pick it up. Assuming it was a gift from the Gods, he passed the bird over his entire body (making sure to allow/encourage its wings to flap) and then released the bird again.
Sadly, it was assumed the bird would have died. I suspect it was already headed that way, or it wouldn’t have allowed a human to pick it up. However, I have to admit I couldn’t bring myself to use a live animal to cleanse myself of negativity in any case. On the other hand, I have heard of using raw eggs for the same purpose. I recently saw the subject discussed on a Hoodoo forum, and it inspired me to post my egg material here.
What follows is simply what I learned from Ocha Ni’Lele, replacing the live bird with an egg and some basic Hoodoo technique.
Update 1-13: As this post is perhaps the most popular one on my blog to date, I have decided to re-format it somewhat to make it easier for folks to perform the egg cleansing properly. It contains all the same information – most of it mine, some coming from a post I referenced here in the older version of this post (but which I have expanded upon below).
Instructions for Egg Cleansing
-For a cleansing, you want a standard “Grade-A” white egg from the fridge. It should be cold.
-Also, if you have an established altar for general spiritual work, make sure to power it up for this work. Light the candles and incense you normally use there. Have consecrated water on the altar and ready. Then invoke your spiritual patrons and guardians as you would normally do before any magickal work.
If you do not have such an altar, setting up a temporary one for this process is not hard. Cover a small table with a white cloth. Place a white candle upon it, and a censor to burn holy incense like Frankincense, “Church” Incense or something Solar. (Pretty much any incense you find that relates to the Highest Divinity will work.) Also place your favored holy symbol upon it – a Cross or Rosary, a Pentagram, a Goddess Symbol or whatever fits your beliefs. If you would recite specific prayers or Psalms, have the prayer book or Psalter there as well.
Finally place a cup of water on the altar. If you don’t know how to make full-fledged Holy Water (such as done in the Solomonic and Wiccan traditions), you can consecrate it by reciting a prayer over it. Or, you can obtain holy water from a church or from someone else who knows how to make it.
-Once the altar and tools are ready, light the candle and incense and pray for Divine help and guidance. Then get the fresh and cool egg, bring it to the altar, and consecrate it with a prayer while passing it through the smoke of the incense and sprinkling water upon it.
-When this is done, take your holy symbol in your left hand and hold the egg in your right. (Or vise-verse if you are left-handed.) Recite Psalm 51 as you perform the following actions:
-Begin at the crown of the head and pass the egg downward over every part of your body. From the crown to the nape of the neck. Then downward along either side of the face. Then downward strokes along the chest and abdomen, down the spine, then from shoulder to fingers on each arm, then downward strokes between the legs in the groin area and finally long downward strokes along the legs to the feet. Overall, this should appear as if the egg were a bar of soap, and you are using it to wash every part of your body.
Once done, you can break and flush the egg down the toilet, or toss it into a crossroads or river. Or, you can use the egg as part of a divination to see what kind of astral gunk the egg absorbed from you:
Egg Divination Instructions
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT READINGS: When I first posted this technique, I was more than happy to offer simple readings for folks who wanted to send me pictures of the results of their limpias. Since then, this has become the most popular post on my blog, and I have become overwhelmed with requests for readings. Sadly, this has meant that many of you have asked for readings and not receieved a reply… :(
So, I have no choice but to put a bottleneck on the requests. I will need to charge a small amount for a reading (payable by Paypal) – just $15. You will need to send me pictures of the results, and I will offer interpretation and advice. (If you want to undertake a full consultation that goes beyond the reading, it will be a bit more expensive – but I am ridiculously reasonable.)
However, before you pay for a reading, please read on and check the comments section of this blog. I have already interpreted many limpias right here, and it is quite likely one of them will cover what you see in your egg. If you would rather discuss it with me personally, just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following instructions are quoted from this link. Also see the comments section of this post as it contains many examples of interpretations I have done for others.
[B]reak the egg into the glass of water [*not* the glass of holy water!], checking for abnormalities such as color, blood, shape and texture.
Some basic interpretations:
-If the water smells bad with blood present, this is a sign of evil work being done.
-If there are blood spots in the water, this is a sign of bad luck and harm being caused by strong spellwork especially if the water is murky.
-If the water turns murky with no smell or blood, this is a sign of susto (soul loss) as long as there is no blood present.
-If the yolk of the egg has the shape of a face, this is a sign of an enemy. A thin face indicates a male enemy, a round face indicates a female enemy.
-If the yolk is in the shape of an eye, this is a sign of the evil eye.
-If there are small bubbles in the water, this is a sign that the negative energy was absorbed by guardian spirits.
-If the water is clear, with no abnormal shapes, smells or blood, this is a sign that nothing unnatural is happening.
To the above, I would add the following from my own experience:
-If the egg white forms a “mesh” or “webbing” pattern, this indicates something that is entrapping you, holding you back and impeding your peronsal or spiritual progress.
-The egg should sink directly to the bottom of the glass. If it floats, this is a sign that further cleansing – preferably an Uncrossing – is necessary. This is also true if only part of the egg floats while the rest sinks – though that indicates a smaller or still-developing problem that you want to rectify right away.
The remaining egg and water would then be disposed of as previously described – down the toilet, etc. Feel free to share your own results if you give this divination a try.
When I posted my Uncrossing technique, I promised to follow it with my favorite mirror defense spell- so here it is. I learned it from a Santero who was also an ex-Priest from a Russian Orthodox Church. (He left the Church when he saw politics trumping spirituality.) He was one of the most fascinating men I’ve ever met.
The spell is intended for use when you feel you are directly under attack- and it should follow the Uncrossing ritual I outlined previously. In a best-case scenario, you would know the name of your attacker. However, you can still make use of this spell if the source of the attack is unknown.
Gather a clear (not white) utility candle (generally available in any convenience or hardware store),* a mirror, a saucer, and a tumbler or other glass.
(*- A properly consecrated Solomonic candle is also acceptable here.)
Fill the tumbler half-way or so with water. Place the saucer over the mouth of the tumbler and flip the entire works upside down. The water remains in the inverted tumbler due to the saucer. Place the saucer/tumbler onto your altar or table.
Cut the utility candle in half. On the lower half, inscribe the name of the person who is causing you problems. If you do not know the name, inscribe “my enemies” instead. (Of course, if you have an Athame or consecrate Burin, use that to do the inscribing.)
Invert the inscribed candle and dig out the wick from the *bottom* of the candle. Light the wick you have just exposed, then affix the inverted half-candle to the upturned bottom of the tumbler.
Now place the mirror East of the candle/tumbler/saucer set-up, so that it reflects the set-up’s image Westward. Address a prayer to the Archangel Michael to defend you against your enemies, to argue your case before the Divine Throne, etc. (Some may wish to direct this prayer to the Guardian Angel instead.) Psalms for protection against enemies can be included here as well: Psalm 7, 9, 18, 41-43, 54, 55, 74, 79 and/or 94 depending on your circumstances.
This will effectively invert and reflect negative forces sent at you back to the sender. It is not offensive at all, and can’t harm anyone who does not intend to harm you in the first place. If you attempt to light the bottom of the candle and it refuses to catch, then you likely have the wrong person’s name on the candle.
After the candle-bottom burns completely away, replace it with the top half of the candle. This time it should be lit from the top as normal, and affixed to the tumbler right side up. Address Michael (or the Guardian Angel) once more with prayers of thanks, presenting the wax an offering. (You can also offer some incense here, and anything else you feel is appropriate.) Ask the angel always to protect and defend you, etc. Allow that candle to burn away.
Finally, carry the tumbler to the front door and toss the water out as far as you can.
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:
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.
-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.
I have seen several techniques for using an egg to cleanse oneself. (Very useful!) However, I once learned a trick for using an egg for active spiritual defense:
Take a plain white egg. Using a pencil or marker, decorate the egg with symbols, words and numbers that specifically symbolize YOU. Of course, start with your full name (you can add “son/daughter of X”, where X is your mother’s name). If you have a personal symbol or sigil, add that as well. Then add your birthdate, your drivers license number, your social security number and anything else you can think of that indicates your person. (I even used pencil graphite to add my thumbprint.)
In this case, you don’t want the egg to be cold. Hold it between your hands and let it warm up to your body temperature. While you are doing this, focus upon raising your personal energy, and channeling it down your arms, through your hands, and into the egg. (If your tradition has a method of raising energy, use it.)
You’ve now created an “astral decoy” that appears to be you. Place it wherever you feel an attack may be coming from. If you are having problems related to your bed (nightmares, insomnia, sexual issues, etc), place it under your bed. Otherwise place it over or near your front door, your window or wherever feels right. (In one case, I knew who was attacking me, and I was able to hide the egg over HIS door.) Finally, address the spirit of the egg and tell it to make a lot of noise and flap around like a wounded bird, so as to attract anything predatory that is looking for you.
This will not put a stop to or reverse what is being done against you, but it can get the heat off of your back long enough to figure out what is happening and fix it. Or, if you’re dealing with someone who is not a conjurer, but is unconsciously sending hatred and negatvity your way, this egg spell can be a good way to defend yourself without hurting the poor sap who has a beef with you.
How long you leave it out seems to depend on circumstances. Sometimes the egg will rot and turn nasty, but quite often they don’t seem to rot at all. Instead, their contents just vanish, as if eaten right out of the unbroken shell. In either case, replace the egg when it reaces that point.
Do NOT break the egg under any circumstance! You can flush it, leave it at the crossroads or even burn it. However, breaking it can unleash a lot of stored negativity. The guy I mentioned above stumbled across the egg over his door weeks after I had left the house. (It never rotted.) He didn’t actually see it, but he was vacuuming and sucked the egg into the nozzle. It popped with a bang as loud as a lightbulb hitting the ground, and over the next days and weeks the guy had an overdue mental breakdown.