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Friday, September 10, 2010

Tobacco in Conjure Spells

Conjure draws its roots from ancient sources that stretch all the way back to the magical and spiritual practices of Africa. The slaves brought these practices with them, but when they arrived to this continent two important things happened that really shaped the path conjure was going to take. First, in order to keep their tradition alive they began adopting practices that came from other sources--Near Eastern, Germanic, and European, and Native American. These beliefs and practices held similarites to their own and fit into the overall paradigm that they were working with. The second was that they were introduced to new magica materia. This was a reaction to the fact that some of the materials that were used in Africa simply couldn't be found in the Americas. To remedy this they often adopted the practices and herb-lore of the Native Americans whose deep spirituality mirrored their own. Enter Tobacco.

Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) was a plant that was and is sacred to the Native Americans. It was burnt as offerings to the spirits, placated angry place spirits and the dead, and played a central role in the herbal magick of the shaman and medicine man. This plant was quickly adopted into conjure practices and because it was readily available in the form of smokes or snuff it was easily acquired and employed. In conjure Tobacco has been found in three types of works: works involving spirits and spirit-contact, works involving court cases, and domination work involving people and situations. Here are some old-timey conjure tricks that use Tobacco.

Spell to Get Someone to Contact you:
Soften some wax (beeswax) and spread it out on a non-sticky surface. Sprinkle Tobacco onto the wax and roll a brown candle in the mixture while calling out the name of the individual. Roll the candle in the mixture towards you to draw that person. Light the candle as you again call out for that person to contact you. This will get them to contact you or return home.

Spell to Help You Get a Case Dismissed:
If you're being brought to trial for something and you want get a mistrial, or want the case dismissed carry in your pocket a pinch of Tobacco, Poppy Seeds, and Black Mustard Seeds. This mixture will make sure that the prosecution is all mixed up and that all their efforts will be thwarted.

Spell to Summon the Spirit of a Place:
If you want to call up the spirit of a place that may have a haunt or spirit living there like someone's house, or if you want to contact the spirit of a tree or forest then burn some Tobacco on a charcoal disk while calling to that spirit. Tell the spirit that the Tobacco is an offering and the spirit will come for a smoke and you'll see it in manifest.

Spell to Compel Someone to Do What you Want (especially if they are being stubborn):
You can add Tobacco to any Control or Domination conjure to help bolster its effects. One method of getting someone to do what you want is to chew Tobacco and spit where the person will walk. As you spit sign the cross and state what you want that person to do. Aftewards, ask them for the favor or what it is you want and you'll find them pliable and favorable to your cause.

Spell to Dominate Someone:
In a jar place the name of your target with 9 pins, Tobacco, Licorice, and Salt. Shake it up while the moon is waning and that person will be able to resist you less and less.

Spell to Influence Someone's Dreams:
To influence someone's dreams you need to work on their spirit while they are sleeping. You can do this by burning a mix of Tobacco and Anise Seeds (whole Star Anise will work too) on their name or picture. As the smoke rises call out to the person's spirit and tell them what you want them to dream or think about.

Spell to Sway a Court Decision in Your Favor:
To help sway a jury in your favor carry in your pocket Sugar, Tobacco, and Little John the Chew. Keep this mix in your pocket every day you go to court or place it in a red flannel bag. Pray the 37th Psalm over this mix as you hold in your hand and breathe on it before you put it in your pocket.

Spell to Help a Lawyer win a Court Case:
In a red flannel bag place Tobacco, Deer's Tongue, and Salt. Chew some Little John and spit into the bag. Tie the bag and carry it to court. Everytime the lawyer on your side stands to speak recite the 35th and 37th Pslam.

Spell to Raise Spirits Against a Foe:
To bring destruction on person and summon spirits against him go to a graveyard at midnight on the dark of the moon and burn an upsided down black candle dressed with Black Arts oil on an upside down picture of him. Besides the candle burn Sulphur and Tobacco as you call upon the dead to rise up and do your work.

To Gain the Blessing of the Crossroads Spirit for Travel:
Take to a Crossroads two cigars and a bottle of rum or whiskey. Go to the center of the crossroads and place the cigars in an "X" as you call out to the spirit. Tell him that you are there to leave him an offering and that you ask his blessing on the trip that you are going on. Open the bottle of alcohol and pour it out as a libation as you continue to speak to the spirit. Spend a few moments communing then turn around and walk home without looking back.

To Get a Lover to Call You Back:
Take some Tobacco and place it in a name paper or petition. Place this near your phone and your lover will call you. To get them to write to you sprinkle some of the Tobacco in your mailbox. (In modern days you can sprinkle around your computer for an email)

To Make Someone Confess:
To make someone spill all, place their trace in a bottle with Tobacco, Salt, and a Parrot's Feather. Pray Psalm 8 and Psalm 64 (especially verse 8). Shake this up and that person will be unable to stop talking and will confess everything.

These old-timey spells all demonstrate the versatility of Tobacco and how this Native American plant found its way into the folk-magic of African's Americans. There are other methods of using Tobacco to draw trade, to assit in luck, and other such matters, but generally speaking the inclusion of it in such conjures is specifically due to the fact that Tobacco can control situations as well as people.

Note: The Tobacco used for such spells can be snuff that is purchased from local stores, can be taken from cigars, or purchased from spiritual merchants.


Unknown said...

I have been thinking about using tobacco, but I can't decide on what to buy, or where to get it. Do you have any suggestions? like a brand or type? or a suggested place to purchase tobacco, most likely pipe or loose tobacco.

ConjureMan Ali said...

I currently buy Tobacco directly from Lucky Mojo. They have really great quality Tobacco that I enjoy working with.

Before Lucky Mojo I would buy cigars from cigar shops/smoke shops and use the Tobacco from that even going so far as cutting them up.

There isn't one brand I stuck to, but go into a cigar shop or smoke shop and kinda feel around see which Tobacco calls to you, which has that quality that you seek. Tobacco is a strong spiritual plant and with a bit of intuitive ability it will communicate to you.

Balthazar said...

Great post Dr. R - I like using cigars myself. If I am not using the smoke itself then I also like using snuff in spell work because its already ground up.

alexisaura said...

In the one for a safe trip, can I use the tobacco's in an X and the alcohol libation to petition the crossroad spirit for something else?
Like to learn a skill or any other thing?

ConjureMan Ali said...

The crossroads spirit is commonly petitioned for help in developing a skill or talent in conjure.

randojerker said...

i know this post is rather old but i wanted to ask your opinion. When using tobacco in spellwork is it advisable to use the tobbacco that comes in the large bags for roling your own cigs. I know its probably a stupid question but i wanted to ask just to make sure it was okay to use.

ConjureMan Ali said...

You can use any Tobacco really if its a good quality. Loose or in the form of a cigar.

Jen said...

Thanks for this post, as well as everything in your extremely informative and well written blog. I wanted to add to this rather old discussion that the Indian Doctor (Medicine Man) who we used to work with when I was married into a full blooded native family would always specify getting old-timey twist tobacco if he needed to make some really strong medicine. His regular working tobacco was Prince Albert. But, of course, any tobacco will work.

Unknown said...

How do you ask the crosswords spirit to help develop a skill in conjure?

Unknown said...

What's the best way to ask to crossroads spirit to help develop a skill