Breaking a Curse or Hex
In this piece, we discuss how to know if you are cursed or hexed, and ways of protecting yourself to keep such things from taking place from the get-go. However, you may at some point be just positive you’re under magical attack already and want to know how to break or lift the curse, hex, or spell that is causing you harm.
Are You Really Cursed?
In general, though, you should be able to answer all three of the following questions with a yes:
- Is there someone in your life that you have angered or offended in some way?
- Is that person someone who has the magical knowledge to place a harmful spell on you?
- Is a hex or curse the only possible explanation for what is happening to you?
If the answer to all three is “yes”, then it’s possible you’ve been cursed or hexed. If that’s the case, then you may need to take protective measures.
There are a number of different ways to break a spell that is causing you harm, and those will vary depending on the guidelines and tenets of your tradition. However, the methods we’re going to discuss now are some of the most popular means of breaking a curse or hex.
Remember when you were a child and you figured out that you could reflect sunlight at people with your mom’s hand mirror? A “magic mirror” works on the principal that anything reflected in it – including hostile intent – will be bounced back to the sender. This is especially effective if you know the identity of the person who is sending bad mojo your way.
There are several methods of creating a magic mirror. The first, and simplest, is to use a single mirror. First, concentrate the mirror like you would any other of your magical tools. Place the mirror, standing up, in a bowl of black salt, which is used in many hoodoo traditions, to provide protection and repel negativity.
In the bowl, facing the mirror, place something that represents your target – the person who is cursing you. This can be a photo, a business card, a small doll, an item that they own, or even their name written on a piece of paper. This will reflect that individual’s negative energy back to them.
A similar technique is to create a mirror box. It works on the same principle as the single mirror, only you’ll use several mirrors to line the inside of a box, gluing them in place so they don’t move around. Once you’ve done so, place a magical link to the person inside the box, and then seal the box. You may use black salt if you wish to add a little more magical oomph.
In some folk magic traditions, the mirror box is created using shards of a mirror you’ve smashed with a hammer while chanting the person’s name. This is a great method to use – and smashing anything with a hammer is pretty therapeutic – but be careful you don’t cut yourself. Wear safety glasses if you opt for this approach.
Protective Decoy Poppets
Many people use poppets or magical dolls, in spellwork as a tool of offense. You can create a poppet to represent people you’d like to heal or bring good fortune to, help find a job, or to protect. However, the poppet can also be used as a defensive tool. Create a poppet to represent yourself – or whoever the victim of the curse is – and charge the poppet with the task of taking on the damage in your place. This is actually pretty simple, because the poppet acts as a decoy of sorts. Once your poppet is done, tell it what it’s for.
“I have made you, and your name is ______. You shall receive the negative energy sent by ______ in my place.”
Place the poppet someplace out of the way, and once you believe the curse’s effects are no longer effecting you, get rid of your poppet. The best way to get rid of it? Take it some place far from your home to dispose of it!
Create a spell-breaking talisman or amulet. This can be an existing item that you consecrate and charge, and ritually assign the task of repelling the curse, or it can be a piece of jewelry that you create specifically for this purpose.
And remember: don’t panic! You’re going to be fine. You’ve got this.