Those who believe in spellcraft state that an onion, laundry bluing, a dirt dauber's nest and cayenne pepper can be used to cause confusion, while a chant can be used to cause someone to have bad luck for one day. Curses may be chosen based on the intended results.Continue Reading
To cause confusion or to make someone feel mentally incapacitated, cut the root end off of a red onion and hollow out the center. Make a name paper for the intended victim by writing the person's legal name three, six or nine times, and then write the intended effect of the curse upside-down over the person's name. Write the general intentions in a circle around the person's name, and then fold the paper to insert it into the hollow onion.
Add a small amount of laundry bluing, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a pinch of powdered dirt dauber's nest on top of the paper. Place the root end back on the onion and tie it closed, if necessary. Bury the onion with the rest of the powdered dirt dauber's nest to cause mental confusion to an enemy.
A chant to cause someone to have bad luck for a day is, "Misfortune all day, misfortune all night. Bring bad luck to this person, but only for a mite. Mote it be." Say the chant while in the same room as the intended victim, but speak in a whisper to ensure the victim cannot hear the curse. This type of curse is not intended to physically harm the victim.Learn more about Superstition
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