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The Basis of a Good Love Spell

Original post by Marie Bargas the Hollywood Witch

Every year I am asked by many clients to do love spells. Many are looking to recover lost loves. Even when the energies are ripe for a return to love, many are still frustrated because Karma refuses to allow a reunion until karmic debts are paid.  In all of my spell work I begin by educating my clients on the mechanics of Karma because karmic debt is often a reason why a spell will not work or not work completely.

I teach my people to think of Karma as a bank. And, like a bank if a "Karmic Account" is overdrawn during a working then there are "fees and penalties."  The best way to remedy this imbalance is to continue to make "Karmic Deposits" BEFORE a work is attempted.  I often suggest that my clients do random acts of kindness, donate clothes and food to the poor, help a stranger unconditionally, volunteer at a children's hospital, etc ... and dedicate those acts of charity to whatever deity or energy we are asking for assistance.

Although the magick that I teach is non-secular  (Magick Lab Academy), I personally work with Angels and Devas because these are the energies that I connect to the most. When working on Love I often connect to the Hindu Goddess of Love AND Devotion (Parvati) and the ArchAngels Gabriel (the Moon/Messenger) and Hanael the ArchAngel of Love. Raphael is likewise the ArchAngel of Happy Meetings and Happy Marriages.  In every work I seek to balance the energies of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine in order to effect a significant change.  In my experience Love is an energy that needs to be nurtured like a seed on itThes way into blossoming into a flower.

But, before any work is done Karma must be addressed so we can see what sort of measurable effects can be expected without any major "Karmic Blowback."  My solution to this is to ask my clients to write a list of everything that they want in a partner. Next, anything on that list that they cannot give to a partner themselves they have to cross off.  The basis for this is that you cannot ask for anything that you cannot give. Many of you will recognize this from "The Law of Attraction." Once this list is completed and incorporated into the spell along with reasonable "Karmic Deposits" then and only then can a love spell be worked to it's maximum potential.

The Basis of a Good Love Spell

Magick is an energetic "messenger" and in love these messages can and should be delivered straight to the heart. The issue I have with forcing someone to love against their will is a violation of their freedom of choice. Instead I encourage my clients to leave the option to "choose" open in order to spare themselves the Karmic Debt incurred by violating someone's free will.  In most cases a message of Love delivered to the heart with heart felt sincerity is enough to produce the desired results.  I do not encourage anyone to force the situation, but to make themselves more lovable which is the better way.

Grounding the Chaos with the Hollywood Witch

Original post by Marie Bargas

I am more connected to the Earth than I imagined. I could sense the severe Mayon Volcano eruptions a while back all the way in Los Angeles in my very bones. Prior to that the rash of forest fires in the South Land made me anxious. The recent flurry of activity on the Ring of Fire has made me nervous and aggressive. My body's natural reaction is to give me an intense need to isolate myself for long stretches in order to regain my balance.  I am astounded by the fact that I've literally been a hermit since the outbreak of the Southern California fires late last year.
Lately, I've allowed myself to surrender to my moods and have found that sometimes they obviously correlate to what is going on in the natural environment. It's no longer a shock, but a fact of life. Still, I am well aware that not every dream, not every mood is connected to something atmospheric and that keeps me grounded. I understand that my connection to the Earth has given me an added dimension of connection to my psychic readings, but I've only recently begun to really and truly trust those instincts. My ongoing challenge is to use my discernment without abandoning my sense of wonder or giving into panic.  The typical Libran struggle is always not to travel to extremes ... but oh ... extremes make life exciting.

Riding the Expansion and Contraction Process

Can we simply see our lives as an adventure?

Truly, from my perspective any soul who has the focus and intention enough to manifest a human life deserves some major props.

I believe we choose certain things about our life pre-life, we choose life schools, we choose some gifts, some habits – sometimes consciously and sometimes subconsciously - and each choice is a step of the adventure.

When I think of the little bit I’ve learned of the life of Nelson Mandela, for example, his habits of thought and physical care, excellence in care of communication with others (self-reflection and speaking from the heart became a practice) were not the environment readily available to him while in a small and unwelcoming prison cell and they were not obviously his way of being before going into that cell, supposedly. He sought them out from inside his own heart and soul when faced directly with his own heart and soul with few distractions. He drew this from what life adventures his programming and choices to that point had provided him. After emerging from that prison there was a massive personal and professional expansion which created a major impact. His process of expansion and contraction was obvious, from public figure to fallen and nearly forgotten public figure to someone many consider a hero.

Check any story or figure in history and honestly track the process, we’ll see the expansion and contraction processes at work.

This is the process I’d love to see us stop being afraid of. It’s a process I, myself, am in consistent practice of not shrinking from.

Expansion and Contraction.

When we go through an expanding experience such as our first true kundalini awakening or plant medicine experience, or powerful tantric experience or other dramatic/otherwise obvious energetic breakthrough: Love Yourself Enough to schedule some time and energy to be able to transition through the contraction. It includes some more wide-spread practices too such as a 3-day fast detox cleanse or silent meditation practice. Even after a wedding there is space for the expansion and build up of the even to be enjoyed and released in the honeymoon experience to assist in transition and contraction into “regular life” together.

In a contraction phase we draw inward a bit more in order to assimilate the expansion which has just occurred into our lives. When we don’t provide for ourselves in this way, it can make the upgrades and transitions you put in place with your breakthrough much more difficult. This is when we find it difficult to work with our own emotions and find ourselves reacting instead of responding to situations. In some cases we’ll see ourselves withdraw further back than before the Expansion occurred in the first place.

Looking at life as an adventure, a video game, a chess game, or whatever other fun and pleasurable vision you prefer turns this process of expansion and contraction into a much more joyous and easy experience. If your belief systems won’t allow you to relax into it yet, there are a variety of methods available to make that easier too.

There isn’t a One of us who doesn’t have stories which could be told from a dozen different perspectives and some leave us as a victim while other perspectives on the same story can give us the victor’s sword.

Remember to Enjoy the Ride.

Expansion and Contraction are a part of the life process.

The more we learn to experience that process from a more detached place, the more life energy can flow with ease and the more we’ll be able and willing to exist within that ease.

Relax into Who You Are.

Being You is the easiest and most simple thing any of us can Be or Do … as we get out of the way of that.

10 Minute Magick: Simple Ways to Bind Abusive Behavior

Original Post by Marie Bargas

Ice Box or Freezer Spells come primarily from the Hoodoo Magickal Tradition. According to

Hoodoo (also known as rootwork) is Southern folk magic grounded in centuries of African American heritage within the southern United States. Hoodoo is often known by other names including: conjure, rootwork, root doctoring, laying tricks, working roots or doing the "work". It is important to note, that contrary to what some authors may write in their books, Hoodoo is NOT Voodoo (Vodou). Hoodoo blends together the magical technology of Congo slaves that were taken from Africa in the slave trade, combined with Native American herbal knowledge, bits of European folk magic and Jewish mysticism."

The Freezer Binding:

Basic: This popular method of binding is quick and easy. The name of the abuser is written on a piece of paper and frozen in a ziploc bag filled with water.

Extra Ingredients in the Water: In special cases other ingredients are added to the water including alum, vinegar or even urine.

Nine Names: Another method is to write the abuser's name on a piece of paper 9 times. The paper is then folded 9 times and wrapped with a black thread or yarn 9 times before it is frozen. For added "oomph" I put a pinch of salt and a pinch of alum on the paper before folding it up and wrapping it tightly with a black thread.


Garlic: Another method is to crush a glove of garlic with your fist while thinking of the abuser. Rub that glove of garlic on the paper with the names of the abuser 13 times pushing the clove away from you.

To Discourage Sexual Harassment: I put alum and salt in the water and if the binding is to discourage sexual harassment, I also put in 3 pinches of Salt Peter which traditionally is supposed to cause impotence.

Karma: If these spells are used for self defense then the karmic debt is minimal if you are mindful of your intent.

Ooops! That Free Reading Just Cost You Your Soul

Original Post by Marie Bargas

Last night I was chatting on a Paranormal Facebook Group when I joined a thread about a man who was being haunted by two spirits. The first one he described as an adorable little Chinese girl and the other he claimed was a dark spirit. Many people including several psychics chimed in with their own opinions about what they thought the dark spirit was. Instead, I simply asked him the questions that I would on any routine investigation ... until ... he said he was sure that it was Satanic. At that moment I backed off so fast that I made his head spin. And he was stunned because so many others were trying to strut their stuff. I was the only one who was NOT interested.

First of all, I got the impression that he may be a kid trying to play a game. Telling a story about being haunted by a Satanic spirit is classic horror movie fodder. Most people outside of the Occult Community can't differentiate between a ghost, a demon, an elemental, etc ... but they all watch tv, so "demon" seems to be the default answer. But I had an odd gut feeling about this guy that told me to back off and draw a line. If he was playing a game no matter what I said, he would turn around and call me fake and most likely try to get me back to Jesus. Or, if he were telling the truth, my guides and spirits weren't having any of it because he wanted it all done for free! Believe me, dealing with a real Satanic spirit and/or demon is no small feat. And, asking for a freebie is beyond presumptuous because of the cost and the danger.

Most paranormal researchers will never deal with a real demon, but that's a good thing because fighting demons is often a fatal endeavor. My own teacher, who was a renowned exorcist, died of a brain tumor. On his death bed he made me promise never to become an exorcist because it was a dangerous occupation. Until then I thought that it might be something thrilling to do, but as I watched him waste away from an inoperable cancer, I saw that the cost of an exorcism to the life and limb of an exorcist was just too high. This is why I believe that most investigators think that they are fighting demons when they aren't. From my own personal experience real demons kill.

After he told me that it was a Satanic spirit several other psychics came on board and one said that it was actually the ghost of an ancestor. At that point I had shut myself off completely because I wanted none of it. But I was curious so I read on to see what other people had to say. One free psychic blathered about how she could definitely help him. She sounded desperate for validation. Lots of these free psychics are desperate for validation even though some are actually psychic, but terribly insecure or they feel guilty about taking money. I pity the ones that think that this is the best that they can do. Literally, begging for crumbs when we were once thought of as "Messengers of the Gods" is painful to watch.
In contrast I don't feel insecure about my ability all. In fact I have to shield myself because I can become too sensitive. I have shields, but I'm told my energy can be an intoxicating ambrosia. It's great when I'm reading for clients, but it can be addicting for both humans and non-human entities. What I do is real and because it's real it can be extremely dangerous. Anyone who doesn't understand that has no idea that there is a huge difference between the fake occult that we seen in our favorite tv shows and movies vs. the real occult which includes non-human intelligent creatures that feed on our life energy as if we (humans) were the buffets at Home Town or Golden Corral.

So, I suggested that he visit some of the free reading sites on Facebook in order to see if any of those psychics could confirm his beliefs and/or heal the situation. I look at it this way, if he's playing a game and lying there will be no harm done. And, if he is in fact telling the truth, it may show to these free psychics once and for all why many of us charge for our services. Doing a reading on a real demon puts a psychic at risk of being "attached" and fed upon. I know how to sever these attachments and shield, but honestly at this stage I'd rather not have to go through the trouble. I don't even want to think about what could happen to a psychic whose best resource is Google. Oh ... Google doesn't have all the answers.

Demonology is a highly specialized and dangerous field. These poor self-taught people who think that reading the Necromonicon and watching Supernatural is going to prepare them to face a 5,000 year old demon/djinn with a bunch of equipment they bought off eBay, salt and Holy Water are often badly damaged physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually because their "hobby" is about as dangerous as making bombs in your bathtub in the dark. Ultimately, they either pay thousands to a legit exorcist, or end up on the Vatican's waiting list for exorcisms, or worse yet, in mental institutions.