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With twenty-five spells, details on ingredients such as oils and herbs, the mythologies of ancient Egyptian deities, and instructions on how to cast an effective spell, you’ll find plenty of material to help you exact revenge--but only on the truly deserving, of course. So go ahead--embrace these modern spells, rituals, and incantations to help release your vindictive impulses and embrace your darker inclinations for some well-deserved payback.
CLAUDIA R. DILLAIRE is a practicing pagan and experienced spell-caster who has intensively studied Egyptian magic for more than ten years. She is also the author of Egyptian Love Spells and Rituals.
I will admit that Wicca was more to my liking than traditional organized religion. Solitary Wicca allows for more individual growth and investigation but still has certain restrictions. Wicca wants to attract practitioners but has had to fight associations with the occult of the 1970s as well as Satanism, and so it stresses positive magic, harming none, and the law of return.
The basics of magic opened my mind and alleviated some of the longing I felt in my soul, but I am a practical human with my own failings. I harbor dark thoughts and emotions, and sometimes I feel that revenge and retribution are helpful in moving forward and releasing anger. Dark, destructive magic, on par with some Hoodoo practices, is more in keeping with my temperament.
All the pieces came together when I started studying ancient mythologies and deities. The Greeks and Romans were into pleasure as well as retribution, but their gods cavorted with mortals far too often for my taste. The Indian and Asian pantheons seemed a bit overwhelming but distant. The Celts did not personally appeal to me, and though most Wiccans incorporate many Celtic deities and practices into their devotions, I knew I would not be fulfilled following that path.
Few books on Wicca even mention the Egyptian deities, and fewer still attempt to illustrate their religious practices. I spent many months pouring over dusty scholarly texts to learn about the temple priests and how they worshiped the gods. I read all I could about Egyptian mythology and cosmology; I had found a religious path that finally made sense to me. I could feel the Egyptians’ passion in their lives through their literature, and the devotion they felt for their gods was natural. Their religion was not just a part of their lives; it was their lives.
The path to rebirth in the afterlife for the ancient Egyptians only required a person to live a good and decent life. However, revenge, retribution, and coercive magic were practiced alongside positive, beneficial magic. There might have been consequences to negative magic, but it did not doom people to eternal death, the worst possible fate to befall an ancient Egyptian. This use of positive and negative magic was more realistic to me; this was a religion that stressed goodness but took humanity and human instinct into consideration, allowing for the darker, baser human emotions. But then my real journey began, the journey to recreate a practical religion based on spells and rituals written millennia ago.
Traditional Wicca urges one to keep a Book of Shadows to chronicle magical workings, allowing one to observe which spells work and which do not turn out as expected. Further, Wicca urges its practitioners to write their own spells (Write Your Own Magic by Richard Webster and Your Book of Shadows by Patricia Telesco) to gain the most fulfilling spiritual experiences. When I attempted to write my own Egyptian worship, it wasn’t out of a sense of arrogance or omnipotence: I just didn’t see my prosperity rising or falling with the Nile, and I had no need for herds of cattle, storehouses of grain, or luck in hunting waterfowl. My prosperity was geared toward finding and keeping gainful employment, looking for inspiration in my writing, and connecting with the right agent and publisher for my work.
My question became, Why has Egyptian magic been so overlooked as a pagan tradition? I wish I had a definitive answer, but I do not. Yet when I tell people what religion I practice, many express an interest and state that they have always been fascinated by ancient Egypt. I took their comments to heart and wrote my own spells, rituals, and incantations while trying to stay faithful to the language and passion of the ancient Egyptians.
It would be utterly impossible to attempt to distill the beliefs and practices of the ancient Egyptians in this one book. Plenty of books have been written on the subject of ancient Egypt, the Egyptian culture, cosmology, and religious literature. However, my aim is to make Egyptian magic a viable alternative to traditional Wicca. Egyptian magic does not require memorization, special study, levels of initiation, or entrance into a coven. Egyptian magic contains elements of many pagan traditions, including Wicca and Hoodoo and appears to predate most religions, even the Druids. Yet Egyptian magic today--as a way to connect with eternity--can be as vital and fulfilling as it was when the pyramids were first built.
Basic Revenge Magic
Why would someone want to practice revenge magic? Revenge magic is actually only a small part of Egyptian magic, as is love or prosperity magic. Revenge magic is for those times when you really need closure for a bad situation so you can move forward in your life. Revenge magic addresses all those dark emotions we try to hide or avoid altogether. And, to be perfectly honest, revenge (dark) magic can be fun.
But let’s set the record straight. I do not go around hurling curses or hexing people just because they cut me off in traffic. I may mutter a few choice words under my breath directed at people who wait until all the groceries are rung up before even looking for their checkbooks (which is inevitably out of checks)! I will, however, direct an all-out, down-and-dirty spell at anyone who abuses another person physically, mentally, or emotionally.
True magic spells are not meant as “toys” to play with; they are practical expressions of one’s beliefs, and we should not take them lightly. However, spell kits, sold in stores and on the Internet, can be a useful introduction for a novice to learn the basics of spell casting. Unfortunately, Hollywood and the media continue to portray “witches” as spell-loving sorcerers and rarely touch on spell work as a basic form of worship in a legally recognized religion. Then again, the actual practice of pagan magic is not nearly as exciting or appealing without the Hollywood special effects. Trust me, real witches do not throw fire or turn people into toads, though I surmise that could hold a great deal of appeal to some people.
So why would someone want to practice revenge magic? Because revenge is a basic part of life and can easily coexist with other forms of magic. I practice love magic, prosperity magic, and healing magic as well as revenge magic, but all the magic I practice is based on the religion of ancient Egypt. My magic varies little from how it was practiced millennia ago; I worship the same deities and keep true to the spirit of the religious beliefs of the temple priests and the average Egyptian, while trying to tailor my worship to fit the current day.
Egyptian magic was performed for five thousand years or more, depending on which scholars and books you believe. Archaeological evidence does support the premise that organized groups of people lived and worshiped in Egypt around 5000 BCE. It is entirely possible that the civilization goes back even longer, though that has yet to be proven definitively. For a religion to survive that length of time is a true testament of how important the beliefs were to the people. Though Egyptian magic may seem a bit odd to us, one must remember that this was a “primitive” society trying to explain the rising of the sun without benefit of the scientific and astronomical knowledge we enjoy. Without that wisdom, how would you interpret a solar or lunar eclipse, a raging storm complete with sheets of rain, lightning, and thunder, or even a gentle spring breeze? The ancient Egyptian could view these as omens of ill fortune, a manifestation of a god’s displeasure, or the unmistakable touch of a protective deity.
Common Practices and Devices for Egyptian Revenge Magic
To appease or gain favor with their gods, the ancients made offerings and spoke words that they assumed the gods would appreciate. If the offerings and words did the trick, the ancients would repeat them again in similar circumstances. If the offerings and words did not have the desired effect, they would use other offerings and words on subsequent occasions. Eventually, the words (spells) were written on papyrus so the priests could speak them over and over, or in the case of the Book of the Dead, the proper words would accompany and be recited by the deceased on his or her journey through the Underworld.
It is probable that the same approach was used to facilitate destructive magic. The most common practices and devices the Egyptians employed in revenge magic were spitting, swallowing, breaking, fashioning figurines and red pots, and inscribing curse tablets and letters to the dead. However, these devices were not exclusive to hexes or curses, and the ancient Egyptians used many in healing or love spells as well. Let’s look at each one and how they were utilized.
Spitting: Written spells reference spitting for curses; the ancients viewed spitting as repellent, hostile, and insulting. The act of spitting was often employed against demons, such as Set and Apophis. Spitting on a figurine or item belonging to the person you were hexing would be a way to use this form of magic.
Swallowing: The swallowing of enchanted water or dissolved ink was a common practice in ancient Egypt to release the magic of a spell. Swallowing “acquires” power; it is the ritual act of devouring in order to “destroy.” A priest would write a spell on papyrus, the requestor would take it home, soak it in water or wine, and when the ink had dissolved, drink the liquid to release the magic. Magical swallowing survived even beyond Greek and Roman rule, though I do not recommend swallowing dissolved ink unless it is made from grapes, pomegranates, or another fruit.
Breaking: The ritual act of breaking figurines, red pots, and curse tablets was employed as a way to release magic. How many times have you been so angry you could just throw something? The ancient Egyptians breaking objects in their magical practices makes quite a bit of sense, for how better to direct a curse than to take it out on an object taking the place of a person?
Figurines: Wax and clay figurines were often used in dark magic. Many were fashioned like bound captives since much magic was directed at invading peoples, though bound figures were also recurring motifs in coercive love magic. Some figurines have been found in pots with copper pins or wooden slivers still imbedded in them. One spell called for the use of thirteen pins to pierce various places on the figurine’s body. It was believed that what someone did to a figurine would affect the person at whom the spell was directed. Once the spell was completed, they subjected the figurine to other indignities, such as burial or incineration. Though used often in Voodoo practices, the ancient Egyptians employed figurines in magic for millennia.
Red pots: Red pots were often used as funerary items. They were inscribed with magical spells and ritually shattered as part of the funerary offering meal. The color red was associated with the evil god Set and with the desert, a place of death. Fashioning a red pot may be more than you want to do for any spell, but I include it here for the really creative. I’m sure if I tried to make a pot, it would be rather lopsided and would probably collapse long before I had a chance to shatter it.
Curse tablets: A clay tablet was fashioned, the spell was carved into it prior to drying, and the tablet was then destroyed to release the magic. Curse tablets remained very popular in the Greek and Roman periods.
Letters to the dead: Petitions were inscribed on pottery shards, clay tablets, or papyrus and left at the tombs of deceased relatives. The ancient Egyptians petitioned the dead because they felt the dead could assist the living in magical ways, and in some cases, the dead were perceived as the cause of the troubles, so the petition would be a request to stop the torment.
When to Use Spells
Needless to say, the ancient Egyptians found a number of ways to dispense their dark magic. Curses have long been associated with the Egyptians and their tombs; the famous “Curse of King Tut” comes to mind, although it has been established that many people who died after the opening of the tomb actually succumbed due to illness and disease, not a true curse. Early writings suggest that persons could be “cursed” from head to toe; however, the curse tablets I have mentioned were used later in Egyptian history, primarily during the Greek and Roman periods.
Basic revenge magic really requires no special tools, such as a wand or an athame, and no special clothing, but it does require a bit of imagination. Some spells in Egyptian magic were worded as threats, directly to the gods and goddesses, to bring about the change requested, even in love spells. Though the spells I write do not threaten the gods, you may add your own personal threat, if you so desire.
You may direct revenge, or dark magic, spells at a person or behavior, such as refraining from smoking or curbing one’s anger, though many pagans do not practice binding, banishing, and other forms of revenge magic directed at other people. They only advocate its use in extreme circumstances of abuse or criminal behavior. In my opinion, it should be a judgment call on the part of the practitioner. As adults, we need to take responsibility for our actions, constructive or destructive, and not try to avoid the consequences.
However, revenge magic is not just about retribution. Dark magic can be both protective and proactive. Several spells in this book are designed to send negative energy or influences back to a person who wishes the practitioner harm and to prevent negative energy from affecting the practitioner’s life or loved ones. Perform spells to ward off danger or to surround the practitioner with positive energy. Perform other spells to help move on and heal from bad, abusive, or dangerous relationships. When bad people affect our lives, they leave a bit of themselves behind, and it is left to us to pick up the pieces and remove the surrounding negativity. Just because a spell is “destructive” does not necessarily mean harm will be visited upon someone. We can use dark spells to destroy dependence on bad habits or behaviors or help us find closure and liberate our anger at others and ourselves, giving us constructive ways to channel that energy.
Egyptian magic, in all its forms, is similar to Wicca, but it does not shy away from the basic instincts of anger, jealousy, and the desire to exact revenge. One must always temper one’s behavior: it can be very seductive to use just destructive magic, just as it is easy to fall into any other bad habit. The practice of Egyptian magic is a religion, just as Wicca or Christianity, and it needs to be respected as such. Just remember, a little curse once in a while can really bring things into perspective and can help alleviate some of the stresses in life caused by other persons infringing on us. We don’t always get to choose our neighbors and bosses, so a push to move them away from us might be just what the doctor ordered.
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