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Knot Spells

To: alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic,alt.lucky.w
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Knot Spells
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 20:29:44 -0800

Speaking of knot spells, there is a very famous one in the
African-American hoodoo tradition that goes under several names and has
several variations. It has been collected in oral tradition in dozens of
forms from all over the South. The purpose of it is to prevent a man
from having an erection or an orgasm with another woman. It is most
often called "hoodooing a man's nature" ("nature" is a euphemism for
"virility"). Other names for this spell are "measuring the man" and, in
one form, "the blue penis spell" (so called after a blue candle burned
in that version of the spell). 

Here, in rough outline, is how it works: 

Before going to bed with the man, the woman gets herself a length of
ordinary soft white cotton twine and hides it in the bedclothes. While
the man is hard, she takes the measure of his penis with the twine. If
she can get some of his ejaculate on it, so much the better. Otherwise,
she should get some ejaculate on a clean white handerchief cloth. She
also steals a few of his pubic hairs or underarm hairs, or, failing
that, his head hairs. She should be very careful to get none of her own
vaginal juices on the twine or the cloth, and, if possible, she should
not even have an orgasm during the love-making that leads to this spell,
because she might "lose herself" in pleasure and get careless. . 

When the man falls a asleep after sex, she takes the twine and ties nine
knots in it (some say seven knots) and wraps it up with the hairs in the
semen-wetted cloth (if she uses a cloth). She puts this packet in a red
flannel mojo bag and wears the bag always, under her skirt or pinned to
her panties, anywhere beneath her waist. The man must not see it or
touch it. From then on he will be hoodood and will not be able to get
hard with any other woman but her, and the only way for him to get this
condition off is to undertake a lengthy uncrossing spell -- or to steal
back the knotted string and untie the knots himself. 

A blue penis candle can also be used as an adjunt to this knot spell:
The candle is dressed with an oil like Stay With Me or Follow Me Boy or
Commanding (or all three) and the cord is coiled around its base while
it burns. The candle is burned in seven segments over seven days, and at
the end, the woman puts the cord in her mojo bag as described above. 

If the woman gets angry at the man and wants to really do a number on
him and ruin his nature, she can use the knotted thread as part of a
wicked candle-burning job. She gets a bllue penis candle and warms it
up, then presses the cord into the softened wax the same way it went on
the man. She anoints the candle with Crossing Oil and sprinkles it well
with Goofer Dust (a mixture of graveyard dust, ashes, and mullein
leaves). Then she lights it and lets it burn to the bottom, knotted cord
and all. That is a severe spell. 

As i said at the outset, there are many variations of "taking a man's
measure" -- but those are a few of the best-known. 

Happy knotting!

catherine yronwode

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