This ancestral powder is a blend of dried and ground flowers and foliage from the graveside or funerary service of deceased relatives.
Having a blend of dried materials linked to the your now deceased family member or relative is an easy way to add some ancestral power to your magic that works only and specifically for you and your purposes.
Think of this powder like dragon’s blood or any herb used specifically to enhance the powers of a specific ingredient or boost the workings or a spell.
These powders are especially great for protection spells, difficult divination or necromancy.
Hot foot powder has long been used in southern folk magick
and Hoodoo, especially in and around New Orleans. It is a good cursing agent. There are 100’s of variations of hot foot
powder, but this is a simple version of it.
Hoot foot powder is designed to wear an enemy down and bring manners of
curses upon them. The powder must be
laid where the enemy will walk through, it can also be placed in their
shoes. I am fond of sprinkling it on
someone’s chair before they sit down.
1 tbsp of Cayenne pepper
1 tsp of chili powder
1 tsp of black mustard seed
½ tsp of rust
½ tsp dragons blood powder
½ tsp goat pepper powder
½ red pepper corns
Grind all the ingredients in a pestle and mortar until
fine. The powder is now ready to be used
in curses, hexes and other malevolent magick.
Charge it, as you feel appropriate.
to Break a Curse In a sachet, combine the following herbs: St. John’s Wort, sage, calamus and dragons blood powder. Set the sachet aside for later.
Fill an incense brazier with dragons blood incense.
On your altar, you will need an athame, a whole ripe lemon, 1 white and 1 black candle, a bowl of salt and a bowl of water. You will also need a glass or ceramic plate to set the lemon on when you are done. Do not use paper or wood.
Light the candles and the incense.
Hold the lemon in both hands and visualize it magnetized and drawing the negative spell away from you. Dip your athame in the water then slice the lemon into three pieces. Set the athame aside and visualize the lemon drawing the negativity away from you and into the pulpy fruit. Repeat the following: As sour as this lemon be Charged and cut in pieces three With salt and water I am free Uncross me now, I will it be.
They call these markings “vitaar,” which in their tongue means “poison armor.” It’s called this because the markings are magical in nature and actually harden their skin to an iron-like quality without hindering flexibility, and my analysis says the paint consists largely of poison. It’s mixed with something else—blood, perhaps their own?—and that neutralizes the poison, but only for one with Qunari physiology.
I hope you guys haven’t been throwing out your matchboxes!
Even better if you have the larger ones but these little bitty matchboxes make perfect tiny altars!
Mine was able to hold two halved birthday candles, two matches, a tiny bottle of sea salt, a tiny bottle of dragon’s blood powder, a blessed/protection penny, a piece of sea glass, a piece of amethyst, and an 8inch piece of string!
Victor from Critical Role, Episode 23, The Rematch. I’ve been working on the main characters, but Matt’s portrayal of the crazy ol’ coot Victor, giving Percy an actual hog’s head full of loose black powder, was amazing and gave me immediate inspiration. Also, I love drawing spindly old people and lots of detritus in the background, so win-win!
(I am the DM of four players for a pathfinder campaign. They have just finished killing a juvenile dragon and are curing the meat for later, when this occurs. Note that player 1’s main method of attack is throwing knives.)
Player 1: I want to grind up a dragon scale into powder.
DM: Ok, go for it.
Player 1: And when I am done, I put it in my pipe.
DM: … You are smoking a dragon scale?…
Player 1: Yes I am.
Players 2-4: Whoa, we want in on this too!
DM: Alright, well you all grind up some dragon scale and smoke it. Everyone make a fortitude save.
(Everyone passes, but not by much)
DM: Ok, so nobody is dying from it but you all start to feel rather high, and are starting to feel hungry.
Player 2: I WANT SPAGHETTI
Everyone else: YEAH! ASGETTHI!
DM: Everyone make a perception check to try to find the spaghetti in your convoy. (Everyone fails quite spectacularly). You collectively find one single piece of spaghetti, and the largest pot in your inventory. What next?
Player 1: I put the pot over the fire and boil the water.
Player 3: Put the spaghetti in your knife sheath (player 1 does so). I cast abundant ammunition on it!
Player 1: Yes! Now I will take the spaghetti and throw it in the pot from 10 feet away!
DM: Ok, roll your d20 to see if you get it in the pot. You need at least 15, you are not sober and you are not proficient with spaghetti.
Player 1: *rolls 16* Nice! Made it! Now I do it again!
DM: Alright, but since you are using abundant ammunition, the first spaghetti disappears from the pot, and the one in your holster is slightly limp.
Player 1: Fair enough. *rolls nat 20, confirms with another 20*
DM: Wow. Well, you have successfully split your pot in two with a limp piece of spaghetti.
A sachet, combine the following herbs: St. John’s Wort, sage, calamus and Dragon’s Blood powder. Set the sachet aside for later. Fill an incense brazier with Dragon’s Blood incense. On your altar, you will need an athame, a whole ripe lemon, 1 white and 1 black candle, a bowl of salt and a bowl of water. You will also need a glass or ceramic plate to set the lemon on when you are done. Do not use paper or wood.
Light the candles and the incense. Hold the lemon in both hands and visualize it magnetized and drawing the negative spell away from you. Dip your athame in the water then slice the lemon into three pieces. Set the athame aside and visualize the lemon drawing the negativity away from you and into the pulpy fruit. Repeat the following:
As sour as this lemon be Charged and cut in pieces three With salt and water I am free Uncross me now, I will it be.
Let this lemon do it’s task It’s cleansing power I do ask As this lemon dries in air. Free me from my dark despair.
Uncross! Uncross! I break this curse. But let not my simple spell reverse. I wish no ill, nor wish them pain I wish only to be free again.
Take each lemon slice and dip it in the salt, making sure it is well coated. Set the slices back on the altar and say:
As it is my will, so mote it be!
Leave the lemon pieces on the altar where they can dry. Once dry the spell is complete and the lemon can be thrown away or buried. If however the fruit rots instead, you must repeat the spell. While waiting for the fruit to dry, keep the sachet with you at all times. It will help to protect you from the effects of the spells and turn away any negativity sent in your direction.
I’ve been a bit MIA for a while. And, before anyone asks, yes, the crazy loud explosion that knocked some of paintings off the wall on the 2nd day of school was my doing. Sorry about that!
But, I’m 100% fine now! No more extra limbs for me, thank Merlin. Or, thank Madam Prince for it. I think I’ve gained a lot of insight from my experience though– who would have known that powdered dragon’s claw, pufferfish eyes, and acromantula venom would have such a powerful reaction? And to think, sprouting a fully dexterous hand… amazing. Not at all what I wanted, but still, it was something to experience.