Here's another prompt: fell sans react to meeting his hot next door neighbor on the surface?
(oh boi howdy do i have a weak spot for Red and him getting the hots for his potential/future s/o. bless you, sweet anon, for giving me the chance to indulge a little further in that ;) <3 )
Red decidedly did not have a death wish.
Even with Edge out for the day - no doubt chasing Undyne down or accidentally terrorizing parents when he walked up wordlessly with a lost child he found wandering in the park as he trained - Edge’s sense of smell was uncanny for a being without a nose, and would happily shout Red’s skull into the next century if he caught a whiff of smoke clinging to anything inside.
So without bothering to properly walk out of his room, Red tucked his box of cigarettes and his lighter in his shorts and teleported to the balcony.
Their apartment was a pretty nice one, all things considered - decent area too, now that monsters could legally integrate with society. He and Edge had been in agreement on holding onto an apartment for at least a little bit before deciding to set up permanently anywhere - the world was big up here, absurdly so, and even if they’d both feel more comfortable closer to the mountain, there were a lot of areas around the city to choose from. So here he was, leaning against the railing of their top-floor corner apartment balcony, with a view of the balconies in the building adjacent to them accompanying the view of the enormous wooded park they lived next to. It was a view that made him feel a little more at ease when his anxiety was acting up - he could grab a smoke, stare up at the sky, or do a little people watching alongside the next apartment building or in the shade of the park.
As he slipped his cigarette between his teeth and lit it , enjoying the late afternoon sun on his bones and the decent breeze picking up, he noticed that his foot started instinctively tapping - huh, he could hear a song now actually, coming from the next apartment building over, pretty loudly…
“All that I want Is to wake up fine Tell me that I’m alright - That I ain’t gonna die.”
The cigarette almost dropped out of Red’s mouth.
“All that I want Is a hole in the ground. You can tell me when it’s alright For me to come out.”
You were on the balcony closest to him in the next building over - top floor, corner apartment, probably a mere 50 feet away. You had a series of small clotheslines strung out towards one side of your balcony and had clipped up several shirts and what seemed to be a set of sheets for a bed. Next to you buzzed a small speaker, surprisingly loud for it’s clearly travel-intended size, and it played the song on as you shifted and swayed, tapping out the energetic beat of the song while you sang along and clipped up a pair of jeans and took down a few dry pieces of clothing to make further room.
“Hard times Gonna make you wonder why you even try Hard times Gonna take you down and laugh when you cry These lives-”
Your back was mostly towards Red, and stars was he grateful. He felt a bead of magic forming on his skull, and knew a bit of a flush had picked up on his face- because by Asgore’s shitty beard, he couldn’t tear his gaze away from the figure you cut as you finished hanging up your laundry and spun around, your hips hitting side to side in perfect time, a mischievous grin on your face as your eyes closed and you sang along to the deceptively upbeat song.
“And I still don’t know how I even survive Hard times, Hard times - And I gotta get to rock bottom-!”
Your foot stamped against the balcony floor, your arms thrown wide as you crowed the line to the sky.
This post is not intended as curse/ill-intended spell shaming. This is for anyone who is uncomfortable using a curse for any reason. In my case, I don’t like to curse people I live with, and the deities I worship are very specific about when curses are appropriate, so I have to have alternatives on hand.
All associations are based on my personal practice and research.
The first step to handling someone you cannot curse should always be to increase your personal protections. If you can’t interrupt the flow of harm, you can build up your protections to at least make it less painful.
Runes: Elhaz (to protect and maintain dignity without a fight), Thurisaz (to resist/fight passively), Dagaz (to hold back darkness)
FOR THE NEXT THREE SECTIONS: I tend to work by feel on the fly, so I had a hard time finding written spells to accomplish these tasks. I encourage writing yourown, but linked spells to give you an idea of what you’re working toward.
3. Cast a spell of understanding/teaching
If you don’t feel right cursing them, making them understand what their actions have caused might be more your speed. It’s important to the healing process or creation of remorse.
Runes: Sowulo (stark illumination in the dark), Kenaz (the light shed upon new knowledge), Ansuz (the truth)
I especially like to have people who’ve harmed me consider their past, how much kinder they once were, and all of the good people they have left in the dust. I know such instances of rememberance make me more compassionate, and hope it has the same effect on them.
Runes: Gebo (gratitude/love for those that have helped you become who you are), Eihwaz (endings and beginnings, the doors of choice)
Helen of Troy has some of the most heartbreaking moments in the Iliad,
Priam telling her ‘It is not you I blame, I blame the gods’ which is something she probably hasn’t heard before. Everybody seems to blame her.
‘ “but there are two marshals of the people I cannot see, Castor the horse breaker and the boxer Polydeuces, my own brothers, born with me to the same mother. Either they did not join the others from lovely Lakedaimon, or they did come here in the sea faring ship, but now do not want to enter the fighting, for fear of the shame and curses that are heaped upon me.” // So she spoke, but the life giving earth already held them under, their in Lakedaimon, their dear native land.’ She doesn’t even entertain the possibility that they might already be dead and thats why she cannot see them, she instantly sees herself as worthless to them, her own twin brothers, so worthless that they would not come for her or fight for her when all of Greece has.
the very last couple of pages when Helen laments at Hectors death ‘There is no-one else now in the broad land of Troy to be kind to me and a friend.’ She is left completely alone. The only person who ever extended the hand of friendship to her is dead, and she is left with her kidnapper and a city of people who loathe her for bringing war upon them and she has no choice in what she does or where she goes.
So I usually post works and spells that would generally be considered “light” and positive but it is worth noting that Hoodoo is definitely not always these things. So today I am posting how to perform a sour jar. This is 100% a curse friendly blog and I will not tolerate any curse shaming in the notes. There are a million reasons people may feel the need to curse and it is not my place to judge. This is a defensive and potent work and it will fuck someone up so make sure this is what you want. The only rule to cursing and my personal advice on it is to feel NO guilt and be absolutely certain you justify your own actions. From my perspective, the universe grants us what we ask for and the concept of “deserve” does not exist. There are plenty of truly vile pieces of shit who will never be punished for the things they do and have done. There are just as many wonderful and amazing people who suffer for no good reason. The world is an unfair place, and as witches, conjure wo/men, brujas, magicians, etc in some form we seek to make it a bit sweeter for ourselves, our clients, and those we love. Cursing sometimes is a part of that.
A little history:
Sour jars are used to literally sour someone’s life. Sour jars can be used on one single person but are also often used to sour and break up relationships be it romantic, familial, or otherwise. Sour jars are considered defensive magic and aim to make the targets life miserable, sour, and otherwise destroyed. In my experience, most sour jars I have come across have bases of vinegar (*four thieves, white, and apple cider, all depends on the preference of the person). The great thing about sour jars is that they are highly customizable and like most folk practices, cheap. All you actually need is a jar, vinegar of your choice, a petition with the targets name, and your intention. In place of a petition, some people opt to use dolls but that’s up to you. Of course, there are tons of other things you can put in sour jars that make them even more potent but it is your intention and energy that make your works manifest.
Things you can use
*some of these items I highly recommend using gloves to handle. Also, some of these are not for the faint of heart. Hoodoo uses animal products so please don’t come at me in the comments. I always recommend obtaining animal products ethically.*
Hot peppers/Hot sauce- you can use whole chilis, chili flakes, Tapatio, literally anything spicy. You want this person to be burning and irritated. Spicy stuff adds great oomph to defensive works
Urine- take this one as you are literally pissing all over this person’s life.
Cat and Dog hair- This one would be specifically if you were making a jar to break up a couple because you want them to fight like cats and dogs.
Nails- in Hoodoo coffin nails are often used in defensive work and you can get these from your local or online botanica or hoodoo shop. If you don’t have any way of getting coffin nails you can use regular ones. In the vinegar, they will rust and give more power to the jar.
Spiders/Insects- These are often used in darker works for added negativity. You can imagine spiders and insects covering this persons life as it decomposes and falls apart.
Mustard seeds-excellent for making couples or people fight and also causing fights and misunderstandings in the persons life.
Poppy seeds-causes confusion and chaos in the mind of the target and can also cause nightmares.
Sulfur- be extremely careful with sulfur and I always recommend using gloves when handling it. You only need a little bit as this stuff is POTENT. It will cause a bubbling reaction in the vinegar and this is why a lot of people use it. It makes it look like there is literally a fight in the jar. Sulfur is also just traditionally used in a lot of hoodoo defensive work like hot foot powder.
You can use 1, 2, or all of these. I have had a lot of personal success with many of these ingredients. When I am working my jars I work them for 7 or 9 days and burn candles on the top of the jar. I usually use black if it is a revenge or curse jar like I’ve described. I burn a candle each day and let them burn out. I also shake the jar every day to keep the energy moving. I also usually wrap my jars in aluminum foil so no light gets in. You want the targets life to be dark and despairing and for them to have to look at all the destruction with no way out in sight. After my 7 or 9 days, I discard the jar. This is traditionally done by leaving it in a river or a body of still water. I have in the past just thrown the jar in the trash because that’s what the person is to me: garbage. Some people interpret this as “throwing the magic away” and I get that but living in a city now nature is hard to come by and folk practice is about making things work for you so to each their own. While I am performing the spell I make sure to cleanse myself before and after with cleansing baths or showers. I also do a cleansing and protection work after the 7 or 9 days. Happy cursing!
A plastic food container (at least three inches deep)
Dry rice or beans (to fill container)
Aluminum foil (or opaque paper/fabric)
A sharp knife
Fill the container about ¾ of the way with rice or beans.
Put down a layer of aluminum foil that hangs over the edge of the container - you can draw a sigil to represent retaliation after an inevitable betrayal, otherwise envision that this layer represents your last straw / last bit of patience for this person.
Use the food coloring to designate these statements of intent (either by sigil or words) on the paper - “Your betrayal brings disorder and chaos to your life” and “I grow prosperous because of your betrayal”.
Lay the paper(s) on the aluminum foil layer.
Put down two loose layers of plastic wrap, and use a rubber band to secure everything so far so that it doesn’t shift around.
Add water (food coloring optional) to pool in the plastic wrap layer.
Put down one last layer of aluminum foil, secure with rubber band.
The knife is representative of the action of betrayal, whatever that may be. Stab through the layers into the rice/beans (which protects your container) which releases the water to erase/activate your statement of intent(s).
Then, you can cook the rice/beans! Eat your enemies.
What It Does:
This curse is for people who you know are shady and are going to betray you eventually. Some people you meet and your intuition pings. It may not be now, but sometime it’ll happen.
The object of the curse is for it to activate only when they betray you (the metaphorical knife), and for you to receive only blessings from the fallout.
You don’t have to eat the rice/beans afterwards, but it does add to the object of a betrayal transforming into blessings for you.
I somehow STILL see people curse shaming and I figured I’d put in my two cents on the matter. People act as if there is some sort of moral ambiguity in cursing, and while this may be true, I think it is still a bit more clear-cut than we give it credit for. If you’re a curse-shamer or are against anybody cursing for any reason, I invite you to read this massive post I churned out just for you. It’s not mean. I promise.
Cursing (as well as hexing and jinxing, but for now I’m lumping it all into curses for the sake of conversation) is a wide spectrum, but for now let’s make it two categories: mild and severe. Mild cursing is little stuff like “may your grocery bags rip open” and severe is stuff that is potentially life-affecting and what curse-shamers immediately jump to.
Mild curses are like a spray bottle full of water. The target is like a cat. If your cat keeps trying to sharpen its claws on the leg of your fancy couch, you’re going to spray it with the water. It’s not exactly pleasant for the cat, but it’s not harmful either. It’s just enough to throw off its groove in order to teach it a lesson. If it happens repeatedly, the cat might even learn that the couch is off limits for scratching.
What you would not do is shrug, “forgive and forget,” and ignore the behavior as the leg of your fancy couch slowly turns to cornmeal. If somebody is mean or rude to you, and talking won’t work (cats don’t speak English and humans are often unwilling to listen no matter the language) then what is there left to do? This is behavior that can not continue. Time to get the spray bottle.
“But what about severe curses? Certainly there is no ethical time to use that!” you cry. But wait! There’s more! :D
Severe cursing is more like a tranquilizer dart. It has one purpose: to take somebody out as quickly as possible. If you hit a cat with a tranquilizer dart for scratching the couch, then yes, you’re a douchebag (and shouldn’t own a cat… or tranquilizer darts.) But tranquilizer darts aren’t for domestic house pets. They’re for wild animals. Imagine for me now a tiger. It’s a carnivorous beast that could easily overpower you if it was hungry. It’s someone in your life who means DANGER. They could be an abuser, or a con artist, or someone who is bigoted to the point of violence. This person in your life is bad news, and often has the same immediate risk as a hungry tiger that’s taken up residence in your house. You don’t want to be the next meal, and this tiger needs to stop trying to eat you and your friends. The spray bottle won’t help you now. You need the tranquilizer dart.
At this point, I would actually argue cursing someone who is a danger to society is actually more ethically responsible than not doing so, especially if this person is an abuser who is likely to claim more victims. This is someone who needs to be stopped. You wouldn’t just let a tiger run amok and eat other people.
Time for the FAQ’s:
“But couldn’t you just take legal action?“
Maybe, sometimes. But legal action is very expensive and slow-moving. Many people can’t afford to do that. Not to mention, with cases of abuse and other crimes, the likelihood this person will be found guilty or serve jail time is slim. You may not have enough solid evidence to hold yourself up in court. Sometimes, the person wasn’t actually breaking the law but is still extremely shitty. If you CAN take someone to court definitely do, but a lot of the time it just isn’t an option.
“Just fight them!”
Haha, no thanks. I’m not interested in getting arrested for assault. Also I weigh 120lbs and couldn’t fight to save my life, and I don’t even have a physical disability. If you’re already at the point where you’re ready to punch someone out, then why are you even against cursing?
“What about karma/ the threefold law?”
First of all, not everybody who uses magic believes in the threefold law, so it’s not a solid argument. (If it were, then none of us would be doing magic at all because apparently we’re all going straight to hell.) But let’s say someone does believe in it. When you curse someone who really deserves it, you are acting as their karma. If you tranquilize a loose tiger, are you really doing something despicable that’s worthy of holy retribution? Certainly the tiger isn’t happy at all, but all the people he didn’t eat might be. When you are driven to curse someone, you are simply the agent of their karma. Everyone can stop with the threefold fear-mongering now.
“What if the person doesn’t deserve the curse?”
It is not your place to make that decision for someone else.
“I prefer to just forgive and forget, to protect myself and move on. I would never hurt someone intentionally no matter the reason!”
You don’t have to curse if you don’t want to. As of writing this, I have never actually cursed anyone (but believe me, I’ve considered it.) If that works for you, do it! However, there are other situations where “forgiving and forgetting” is not an option and action must be taken. YOU SHOULD NEVER FEEL OBLIGATED TO FORGIVE AN ABUSER, and I feel like a lot of curse-shaming tends to suggest people should. That’s very icky to me.
“Why can’t witchcraft just be pleasant and pretty again?”
You clearly have a fundamental misunderstanding of the origin of witchcraft. Witchcraft has never once in its history been portrayed as overall pleasant and happy. That’s incredibly new and still isn’t a mainstream idea. Cursing is here to stay, and it’s been a part of witchcraft much longer than you.
“I can’t think of a situation that would ever warrant cursing! How can they?”
Because they have a different life experience than you and have been through things you may have not. It’s nobody’s place to judge how someone deals with things.
“Wouldn’t they be a menace themselves if they just cursed everyone?”
Nobody is going around cursing literally everyone. But if they did, they would be a jerk. I’ll give you that. But that’s the fault of the individual, not cursing.
“We already have a bad enough reputation as witches without cursing!”
Correct. Which is exactly why we shouldn’t give a shit what non-witches think. They’re going to dislike witchcraft no matter what, right?
If anybody has further questions, my inbox is always open to discuss.
Okay I’m a little tired of seeing this shit in the witchcraft community and I need to address it.
Karma, as you know it, doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as “releasing negative energy into the world brings it back at you”.
This isn’t karma. In fact, it’s nowhere close to what karma is. Karma is a part of Hinduism, the belief that your actions in life affect how you are reborn in the next life. Do bad deeds, get reincarnated in a worse life, do good deeds, get reborn into a better life.
The karma that some of you believe in is, in fact, fictitious. Bad people get rewarded with good things all the time. Good people get punished for no good reason all the time. False Karma is, effectively, a way to blame people for having bad things happening to them.
So stop it with this bullshit. You don’t believe in “karma”, you believe in a western invention that makes people feel guilty about having bad things happen to them even when they’ve done nothing wrong.
Me, 9 years ago: Oh my god, you guys, what if (just hear me out, okay) - I’m just spitballing but what if instead of seeing SOCKS in the Mirror or Erised, Albus Dumbledore saw himself and Gellert happy, with Ariana alive? Wouldn’t that be cute???
Me, now: He saw himself, if he had never met Gellert Grindelwald. If the man had never existed, taught him how to love, and just as quickly robbed him of it forever. Another whiskey, please, bartender and an extra shot glass to catch my tears.