The Easiest Way to Break a Curse or Hex (and Keep It Broken!)
What Is a Curse?
A curse is a spell that is targeted directly at a person or place and is meant to cause harm. There are many such spells, but they can be broken down into categories.
- The entropy or chaos curse: This spell increases the probability of harm to its target. The harm might range from bad luck to death, but the trademark of this curse is that there is no rhyme or reason to the harm caused—it just results in things generally going wrong. If a whole string of things keep going spectacularly and improbably awry, there is a good chance there is an entropy curse at work.
- The binding: This spell causes an inability to act. It may manifest psychologically as depression or anxiety, or it may operate by simply making none of your plans amount to anything. If you find yourself completely unable to act upon your decisions, then you might be under a binding.
- The lesson: Some users of magick want to dispense justice, and right or wrong, they are willing to use magick to do it. The specifics of these curses are always retributive and their casters love to "make the punishment fit the crime." Thus, if the target is a thief, they will be stolen from—and if they are a user, they will be used. If you find yourself suddenly and consistently a victim of "your own medicine," you might want to look around for a nearby witch with a good-guy badge.
- The special-purpose curse: This is a catch-all category for things like "a sending of rats" or the "evil eye." These spells are usually specific, have a great deal of lore associated with them, and are generally spectacular in their results (there is nothing subtle about your house being infested with dozens of rats). In this case, each spell has its own hallmark signs, but they are all very spectacular. When life starts feeling like a horror movie, you have a special-purpose curse.
Can You Put a Curse on Someone and Not Know It?
Hexes are intentionally malevolent spells. A hex is never accidental and is usually cast by someone with knowledge in witchcraft. Curses, on the other hand, are sometimes less intentional and can be set in motion when someone simply thinks or speaks ill against another.
How Do I Know If I Am Cursed?
People who are simply having a bad time in their lives often think they are the victims of curses. Knowing whether you are really cursed requires some careful self-examination. You must first ask yourself if you are being honest and objective and whether what is happening might just be coincidence or self-sabotage. If you really believe that what is happening might in fact be caused by magick, there are ways to check. If your area has an occult store or local pagan group, you might be able to find help there, or use the simple divination method below. (Note: this method employs the same approach as with a Tarot deck, but uses a normal deck of playing cards. If you want to use Tarot cards, you can, just remove the Major Arcana and use the same method with the remainder).
Sit down with a deck of playing cards. Take the jokers out and set them aside.
Shuffle the cards slowly, not using the normal method of card-game shuffling. In other words, you should be mindfully mixing the cards in your hand and there should be no loud, slapping noises. Shuffle intently and focus on all of the reasons why you think you are cursed, remembering everything that has occurred. After a few minutes of this, focus on your question: "Is what is happening to me the result of a curse?" When you feel ready, stop shuffling.
Put the stack of cards in front of you, face down. One by one, pull a card from the top of your deck and lay it face up in a pile. Keep stacking cards until you either find an ace or the pile is ten cards high. In other words, count as you go, and if you turn over an ace or reach ten, stop.
Do this three times for a total of three stacks. You will have some cards leftover in the face-down deck, but you'll also have three piles of face-up cards. You will end up with 0-3 aces showing.
If you have zero aces showing, then you are not likely cursed (yay!).
If you see one, there is a one in three (33.3%) chance you are cursed. It may be that someone is thinking negative thoughts about you, but they haven't done anything more than think.
If you see two aces, there's a two-in-three chance (66.6%) that you have been cursed. It may be that someone has not only thought about but has sent or is preparing to send negative energies towards you.
If there are three aces showing, this means you are definitely cursed (99.9%). Someone is actively willing harm, bad luck, and negativity towards you.
What to Do If You Are Cursed
If you are cursed, then it is most likely low-end magick practiced by an amateur. Professionals are generally occupied with more important things. However, amateurs can have a lot of raw power even when their technique is lacking, and their curses can be very dangerous.
There are a couple of ways to deal with a curse.
- The first is to become an initiate in some tradition of magick and learn to protect yourself. This is not for everyone (no matter what some of the books may say, not everyone is suited to magick) and is extremely time-consuming, difficult, and brings its own dangers.
- The second way is to use a simple spell that anyone can do without real training. You don't need practice, but you do need to follow all the instructions carefully and conscientiously.
Simple Curse-Breaking Spell
- the target (the item, person, or place that has been cursed),
- a tub of water large enough to submerge and wash the target (or enough water to wash down the area if a location was cursed),
- Enough sea salt so the water-to-salt ratio is about 100:1. If you fill the tub with about 100 cups of water, then a cup of salt should suffice. If you only need a cup of water to immerse a small object, then two teaspoons of salt will do. When in doubt, it's better to use too much salt than too little.
Best times to perform this ritual: During a new moon, on a Thursday, at noon or at midnight, at dawn or at dusk (or at any time associated with transitions).
Fill the tub with water. The temperature should be comfortable for a long soak if the target is a living thing.
Open and hold up the container of sea salt.
Clear your mind and say the following words while concentrating on what they mean to you. Say them slowly, confidently, and meditatively: "In the names of my ancestors, my gods, and myself, I call upon thee, oh creatures of Earth and Water. Come forth, cleanse [name of target] of all evil and alien magicks, and restore [them, me, it] to balance and health. By our wills combined, so mote it be."
Pour the salt into the water.
Keeping your mind in that calm and meditative state, submerge or wash the target slowly. If you are the target, get in the tub and simply lay back and soak. Relax. Let everything slip away. If you are cleansing an object or a location, you will have to make sure the water touches every inch of its surface.
Do this for at least ten minutes. When you are done, drain the water away and rinse it off the target. It is absolutely necessary that all of the saltwater is washed off of the target!
When you are done, say the following in the same way you did step 3: "I thank thee, oh creatures of Earth and Water, in the name of myself, my gods, and my ancestors. Be released to your homes, doing no harm on your way, and return to me with glad hearts when next you are summoned. By our wills combined, so mote it be."
The downside of this is cleansing that it is limited in its scope and power and that it may not be able to defeat a more powerful curse. If this is true, seek a professional to help you, because you won't be able to deal with it without real training.
Other Curse-Breaking Rituals
If you prefer, you can perform another ritual instead of or in addition to the curse-breaker described above. Try any and all of these:
- At dawn and sunset, burn sage or bay leaf as a cleansing.
- Sink into a natural source of water (a creek, river, or ocean, for example) and let the water carry the curse away.
- Use selenite to cleanse and break the curse.
- Create a tea of hex-breaking herbs steeped in water to cleanse your home. When you're done, toss the water outside.
What About Reflection Spells?
You could use a mirror spell to reflect and deflect the curse back to the curser, but I don't recommend this. If there is no curse, if it's just your overactive imagination, then you may mistakenly curse yourself. It may be that the curse was made in a rash, unintentional, emotional moment and the curser has calmed down and amended their thinking since then. Unless you know specifically who cursed you, and you're certain you want to curse that person, it's never a good idea to send any curses blindly back out into the universe. Many believe in the law of three: what you send out into the world will return to you threefold. Even if you think you're just sending curses back, if you send them, they will come back to you some day. Better to just clean them up, as described above.
Pepper (black or cayenne)
Licorice root or fennel
Cinquefoil/Five finger grass
Woods: Ash, Hazel, Oak, Rue, Sandalwood, West Indian Elm, Willow, Wormwood
How to Prevent a Curse From Coming Back
Deflecting or cleansing a curse is only half the job. The other half is preventing it from returning. After you've broken the curse, you’ll need to take action to prevent a recurrence and dissipate any lingering effects.
Do this by thoroughly cleansing yourself, your home, and any person or object that might have been affected. Use protective amulets and enchantments to block future curses. Repeat these measures to keep them fresh and potent for as long as you need to.
A curse is serious business, and dealing with it can be scary for a person not used to the world of magick. The good news is that magick is just like any other method for enacting change and its principles can be learned and applied without expertise. Just like it is possible to diagnose and medicate your own headache without being a doctor, it is possible to apply simple magickal techniques to help you protect yourself and take better control of your life. Good luck!
© 2008 Neal Alan Jansons