Karma Zain (karmazain) wrote,
Karma Zain
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how much spellwork is too much?

A reader asks:

Q: I've heard that working a few spells at around the same times would "divide" my intent and energy.. So how long would you recommend to "rest" between spells?

A: In my opinion - and this varies by person, and also by the situation and type of spell - I think this is largely rubbish, though I know exactly how this bit of advice began to be bandied about, and the "underlying symptom" it refers to is often a big problem for certain type of clients. Of course there is such a thing as spreading yourself too thin, or of not seeing the forest for the trees and worrying small things to death when you could be working on the larger things. And of course it will depend on your own knowledge of where your limits are. But in general, as long as you're not losing sight of "the big picture" of your life and you're not getting obsessive/compulsive about working magic to where it's interfering with your ability to deal with issues in other ways, I don't think there's any particular need to "rest" between spells just for the sake of resting.   Think about it this way: hoodoo is very, very practical. And it developed in a culture in which there isn't a big divide, as there is in Wicca and Ceremonial Magick, between "high" and "low" magic.  It's designed to solve problems. And in real life, people's attention *is* divided, every day.  You spend some time on one thing and some time on another and you keep all your plates in the air.  The idea that magic or spellwork energy is finite seems a terribly limiting one to me that doesn't make much sense in the context of root-and-herb-based folk magic.  YMMV.

[on the need to wait an interval between doing a honey jar on a lover and also doing a mojo bag - would you need to wait between doing these things?]

A: Absolutely not. They're all smaller components of one larger, long-term work, in my opinion - the relationship.  Practitioners often keep honey jar spells going for months or years, so you can imagine that the idea of "taking a break" between spells doesn't mesh with honey jar traditions. The honey jar is a central and long term part of a work that you might add specific things to over the course of time.

There's no need at all to "take a break" between doing a honey jar and a mojo bag on the same situation.  I think it's true that there is such a thing as "overdoing it" when it comes to work, esp. with relationships/love, in that it can be dangerous to keep throwing magic at something without giving what you already have going time to work.  It's a danger when people get impatient and decide that if one spell is good, five is better, or if three herbs are good, thirty herbs are better.  However, I do not think that a honey jar and a mojo together is too much.

Now, here's the reason you will sometimes hear workers talk about taking a break, giving it a rest, allowing for more down time, or related pleas for you to put the lighter and hoodoo oil down and go have a jog or a nap or a hobby or something.  There IS such a thing as obsessing. Some clients will keep doing spell after spell on the SAME THING, even when they don't get any positive results and should in fact have stopped throwing good money and energy after bad a long time ago. You can probably guess that this is most common with love work.

Some folks don't give spells enough time to work. Sometimes they have fallen prey to the mistaken notion that there is a "rule" in hoodoo that if spells don't work in three weeks, they aren't going to work. There is no such rule.  Timing is more complex than that, and a number of factors have to be taken into account.  While it is true that many workers go by a sort of timing guideline/sketch where they expect to see certain signs or actions within three weeks, that is NOT to say there is such a thing as a "rule" that spells will work in three weeks.  And I can't tell you how many times folks have written me freaking out or upset because "my spells aren't working" and I find out they cast a hot foot spell three days ago.  No, that is not enough time to expect full and complete attainment of your goal/petition in complex cases, especially those where you are working strongly in opposition to another person's desires, inclinations, sense of preservation, etc.

And some folks DO actually cast too many spells or have too many irons on the fire at one time.  If you are having seventeen different lights set every week for every eventuality, and running six different types of love spell to draw your Ain True Love, and getting a consultation or reading every week, you probably need to stop for a bit, take a break, clear your head, and put the lighter (or the credit card) down. 

BUT that is not to say there is any rule that you can't cast two different spells in the same week, or even the same day. That's a crock of shite, sorry.

Tags: honey jars, hoodoo theory, principles of magic, questions you've asked
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