Bottle of Confusion

Today’s bit of advice is for all of you living in difficult neighborhoods. I’m not sure what your situation is but my house is on a half-acre lot in the middle of the block. All of the houses on my street were built between 1925 and 1950. There are rent houses on either side of me and through the years some pretty scary people have resided in those houses.

As you all know, neighborly relations can go south real fast if they aren’t handled well. As I own my house, it isn’t easy to just pull up tent stakes and move when things get bumpy. I have handled these situations in different ways through the years. For the past two years, our street has become quieter and more peaceful….it’s not perfect but much better than it was. Many years ago, I went about placing 13 charged crystals around the boundary of my yard and in my house. I had these crystals charged at a special place on my cousin’s farm that is a particularly strong energy vortex. After laying those crystals, the negativity came down several notches.

Later, I had some very negative and aggressive people living next door that kept trying to push my buttons. Finally, I did a special ritual that I will share at another time, but it did the trick and they quickly moved out of the house a week later.

Currently, the people living in the two houses to the south of me have been very quiet and are actually planting flowers in the flower beds and sprucing the place up. The rent house to the north of me has been vacant for well over a year as the owner has been slowly fixing it up in his spare time.

The two main spells that I use on a constant basis to lay protection inside my house are: the bottle of confusion and outward facing mirrors. Let me explain:

The Bottle of Confusion –

I have a glass bottle with a long skinny neck and a cork top in which I place my thread trimmings that are a product of my sewing. Once I had this bottle mostly full, I raised energy and charged the bottle with a protection spell. The threads (none are longer than a couple of inches) in all different colors serve to trip and tangle any visitors with ill wishes. I keep it in a south window of my home since that is the direction from which most of the negativity creeps on my street. Note: If you are preparing your own bottle of confusion, you can’t take a short cut and cut up a spool of thread and fill the bottle in a day. The magic won’t be there. You will just be left with a bottle full of thread. You must use threads that have been cut from projects you have been working on over time and the threads must be short (a couple of inches long). You also must do your homework when preparing to raise the energy to charge the bottle. If you are doing so while thinking about how much you hate or fear your neighbor, that energy will boomerang back at you with equal force.

Outward facing mirrors –

This is an old practice of taking a small mirror or piece of mirror and placing it in the corner of your window, facing outward. This mirror will deflect any negative energy directed toward your house. As you are placing the mirror, (assuming you have already raised the energy and your personal protection) you will need to prepare words of magic to direct your intention into the ritual. My words of magic were something like this:

Heed this warning,
Leave me be.
I wish not to be disturbed,
So away with thee you go!
So mote it be!

What is a Cauldron?

The cauldron has always been a symbol of the witch. When Halloween approaches, you see them everywhere. Cauldrons often bring up images of Shakespeare’s three witches in Macbeth. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. And all that jazz…

Cauldrons are actually something we use everyday. They are Mamaw’s cooking pot. They are that bucket we keep near the door full of pocket change. In this way, they exist in the mundane but they also are used for deeper magic as well. They are alchemical or transformative in their very nature and use. We use them to cook up a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. The whole time we are thinking about bringing health to our family and ourselves and lo and behold….it does the trick.

Some famous cauldrons of the ancient include…

those of Cerridwen and Dagda. Cerridwen is the Welsh goddess of grain and prophesy. Her cauldron has the power of inspiration and divine knowledge from the Invisible World. Dagda is the fertility god of the Tuatha De Danaan and his cauldron is one of plenty and abundant food. It will only feed someone according to their merit, however. It also has healing powers and is said to be the resting place of the Spear of Lugh.

I have a couple of small cauldrons that I keep in my kitchen for magical work. One of them has a bit of sand and a tealight in the bottom of it that I use for my kitchen altar. I occasionally add herbs, flowers, oils, stones, etc.. to the cauldron depending on my ritual need.

I also have another cauldron, so to speak, in my kitchen window. This is actually one of my Granny’s special tea cups that she drank from often. In that cauldron, I keep some salt and a couple of bay leaves. This is used to ward away all negativity and to protect my hearth.

If you have a cast iron cauldron, here are some tips on keeping it in tip-top shape:

  • If you notice rust forming in it, take some steel wool and scrub the rust away. Follow that with some hot, soapy water.
  • Next, you will want to season the cauldron inside and out with shortening or lard. Using cooking oil will just leave a sticky mess.
  • Following that treatment, you will want to place the cauldron in an oven on a baking sheet set around 300F degrees.
  • After 15 to 20 minutes, take the cauldron out (carefully) and wipe the excess lard off and out of the cauldron.
  • Place the cauldron back in the oven for an hour. At the end of the hour, turn the oven off and vent the door. Allow the cauldron to cool in the oven


Let Go of Attachments

The first lesson to master before we delve into the forgotten history of magic is this:

We must identify and release the attachments in our lives.

We all have them and they often blind us without our knowing. Attachments are never healthy whether they be to another person, a thing, an idea… attachments are toxic and we need to learn to free ourselves of them. I’m not saying that you should necessarily ban the object of your attachment but cut the tether that binds you to it. Once the object of attachment is free from you, it can either move out of the way or transform completely. Once the attachment is out of your direct line of site, you can find the gold that is waiting for you on the other side.

Attachments Can Cause Illness

For many, attachments have a way of morphing themselves into health issues. Either the person’s higher self recognizes the danger of the attachment and begins to fight it while your ego fights even harder to hold onto the attachment or the attachment becomes an illness that makes you think you need the attachment even more in order to deal with the illness.

Find time to search inside and see what is no longer working for you. Are you wanting to start a new occupation but you have convinced yourself that it isn’t possible? Look around you, do you have negative people in your life who are constantly complaining that they can’t do something or are warning you against change because it is dangerous? Then that may be the attachment that you need to release.

Transformation and Attachments

Sometimes when we go through a catastrophic loss like losing a loved one or losing a house in a fire… we don’t realize that we may have had an unhealthy attachment that finally transformed itself (nothing is ever destroyed or dies, only transformed) in order to leave our focus of attention.

When you find an attachment that you need to release, start slowly and cut the tether with love. No need to burn bridges here, just walk away in a different direction. Soon, paths which were hidden behind the attachment will open up for you.

Clearing the old energies…

Beyond the Old Magic

There was a time and place beyond the Old Magic…one of Ancient Magic that is still all around us.

This post and the one to follow were originally posted on my previous blog.  My grandparents were instrumental in who I am today and I feel it is important to share with you some of the teachings I received from them. The stories may seem fantastical and unreal but as you peel away the onion skins, you will see that much of the truth has been buried or encrypted in the past. This may seem like a long post but it only scratches the surface.

The family I grew up in was steeped in ancient knowledge. Many stories were told of magical occurrences in my own family tree but I also was taught the ancient roots of our beliefs. My family background is a mixture of Irish, Black Welsh, and Native American. The deepest magical roots that are in our family stretch back to our Black Welsh / Basque ties.


As I have said before, my family believes that magic, science, medicine, religion, art, math and philosophy were all joined together in the time before modern memory. We also believe there were technologically advanced civilizations on this world long before the Egyptians and Mesopotamians. There were those who rose to power and effectively separated the ancient arts. Driving them to oppose each other; thereby breaking the connection between mankind and the Divine.

Fusion of the Ancient Arts

In ancient times, great power was held by those who understood the fusion of the Ancient Arts and how they worked together. Imhotep is a prime example of this power. Many today recognize him as the architect of the Pyramid of Zozer (Djoser). However, Imhotep, circa 2660 BC, wore many hats: doctor, a high priest, Grand Magus, scribe, sage, astrologer, and vizier. He held knowledge that seemed to come from the gods and as centuries passed, after his death he became a demigod in the eyes of the Egyptians. Many throughout history have debated whether Imhotep was a disciple or descendant of Thoth-Tehuti.

Over a thousand years later, the Greeks had a legendary Renaissance man by the name of Asclepius (circa 1260 BC). His legend shows him healing the hopelessly sick and raising the dead with his magical knowledge. By the time Hippocrates was born (460 BC), Asclepius had also ascended to demigod status.

“King of Magicians”

Around the time of Asclepius, there was another man in Egypt by the name of Prince Khaemweset (1290-1224 BC), who was a son of the pharaoh Ramses II. Several thousand years after his death, this man is still considered one of the greatest magicians of all time. He spent his lifetime preserving the knowledge of the Great Ancestors. Who these Great Ancestors were is not clear. Khaemweset built a massive library of sacred and magical texts that drew envy in the ancient world. His Ramesseum in Western Thebes contained only papyri about magic. The Greeks claimed that Khaemwaset possessed the famous Emerald Tablet of Thoth-Tehuti-Hermes and they always called him the “King of Magicians”.

Men have spent aeons searching for the old papyri and texts that hold the ancient knowledge. When many of the Egyptian tombs were found in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, there was a rush to grab the contents. At a time when Egyptologists could easily keep their findings, why did they hand over all of the valuable artifacts found in the tombs? Was it because they already had what they had come for? The ancient knowledge….’ He, who holds the knowledge, has the power’. I would be interested to know how many ancient Egyptian texts are held in the Vatican library.

Why does the Vatican have an obelisk and a pine cone statue on the grounds of the Holy City?

Another well known historical figure who seemed to have a wealth of ancient knowledge was Leonardo da Vinci. He also protected his greatest works with his own encryption systems. (Some of which have never been broken.) He knew what danger came with holding ancient knowledge.

The Burning Times

Why are there not any well known women from history who seemed to possess the knowledge and power that these before mentioned men had? Women have spent a majority of recent history as the fairer sex or even worse, as chattel. A woman that held ancient knowledge was deemed as dangerous or suspect. In an act of protection, women kept the ancient knowledge committed to memory. They passed that knowledge orally or they kept secret grimoires that were usually encrypted just as da Vinci kept his knowledge secret. Mother passed down to daughter or when there was no daughter or student to pass the knowledge onto; then, the wise woman’s flame flickered out. When the church began to notice the amount of ancient knowledge that was still loose in the wild with these wise women, it began a campaign to stamp out these traditions. This was one face of the Burning Times, the other was one of pettiness and greed of neighbor against neighbor.

Next: The Cairo Serapeum and its significance.