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When a spell is failed?

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From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: When a spell is failed?
Date: Mon, 06 Sep 1999 20:09:10 -0700

AbriL wrote:
>  Hi!!
> I hope that you understand my poor english, i use a translator 
> program.

The translator program worked very well -- i understood you clearly. 

> I was wondering..
> Does it exist a period of time in the one which, past this, is
> considered that the spell failed?
> If it is this way, generally, in what time?

I was taught -- in the African-American hoodoo system of folk-magic --
that after performing a spell (called a "job"), you should watch and
wait for 3 days. During that period of time you will receive a sign or
omen. It may come in a dream, or it may be in something you read, or it
may be something someone says to you or near you. That sign will let you
know if the spell will work or if it will fail. 

Here are some examples of good signs: 

Let us say that you wish to make a love spell on a man named Bryan. You
burn a red candle for him and do some other things in the spell and then
you watch and wait for 3 days. On the first day, nothing happens, but
that night, you dream that Bryan is kissing you -- a good sign! -- the
spell is working! The next day, you are watchying a movie and the
credits at the end just JUMP out at you -- "Special Thanks to Bryan" --
and that's another good sign! Or, perhaps, on the third day, your best
friend comes up to you and loans you a book. She says it is a great
novel, and hopes you will like it -- and when you look, the name of the
hero in the novel is Bryan -- a third great sign! You can be pretty sure
the spell is working if you get fabulous signs like those. Even one of
them would be enough; three is fantastic! 

Now let us look at signs of failure. 

This time let us say you made a spell to get some unpleasant neighbors
to move out of your apartment building . And let's say their names are
Eddie and Helen Jones. You burn a black candle and sress it with "Hot
Foot" oil. The day after you do the spell, you turn on the radio and old
rock-and-roll songs are playing and the first one you hear is "Along
Came Jones" by the Coasters. That's a bad sign -- you wanted the Jones
family to go away, but this song is about someone named Jones coming
toward you! The next day you turn on the tv and the first thing you hear
is a commercial with the words "Eddie, come here!" Bad sign. Eddie is
not leaving. And to make things worse, the program you watch next on tv
features an actress named Helen in it and the story is all about Helen
and her neighbors in their apartment building! Bad signs -- Helen is NOT
going to leave the aprtment!

> I know that a charm can work on the following day of been done, or
> more. But I don't know what is the 'limit' of days that it has to 
> work.

3 days to wait for a sign, i was told, is the limit ... with a few
exceptions. One major exception is that if you are doing a banishing
spell and you start it while the moon is waning (decreasing in size),
you ought to wait until the New (dark) Moon, even it that is almost 2
weeks, before you give up on the spell working.

One last thing -- others have said this too, but it is a good piece of
advice to repeat: if a spell does not work for you, do not repeat that
same spell for the same purpose. Try anpother spell. The same spell may
work at another time or for another person, but never do the ssme spell
twice in a row for the same situation.  

> Thanks in advance for your help, and, if you don't understand what i
> mean, please be patient with me :( and let me know.

Well, now we'll see if your translation program could make sense out of
what i wrote!


catherine yronwode 
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