Commonly Requested Altar Work and Services
December 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
Since the new web design and store are not quite ironed out yet (sigh), I thought I’d write a post describing some of the more commonly requested types of altar work and spellwork. I find myself answering the same questions over and over again and typing up the same info about price ranges and what spells include, and so I’m posting this so I’ll have a URL to refer people to so they can see photos and get an idea of how I work.
One day this stuff will have its own page with photos on the website, but this’ll have to do in the meanwhile, and in the meanwhile you can book any of the following services using the paypal menu at my userinfo page. PLEASE NOTE: If you are a new client or customer, meaning I have not already done altar work or a reading or consultation for you, and you want to book something other than a light setting, *I use contracts for all rootwork and altar work beyond light settings and mojo bags.* I will have to write one up for your case and you will have to agree to its terms before I will accept your payment and begin work. The contract spells out what you can expect and when, and it gives the fee for the altar work. This fee will not change; I will not write you a week into the work and say "I see you are miserably cursed; send me $1000 for a cleansing of your aura" or any garbage like that. If something comes up in the course of the work that makes me think we need to adjust fire, I’ll contact you about it, but I will never take it upon myself to adjust contracted work without your agreement, and I will never say "I had to do X so you owe me another X amount of money." If you are a new client and would like to see a sample contract before booking, I’ll be happy to send you one to look over so you can get an idea of how I work and what sort of responses you can expect from me. If you are new to hiring a professional worker at all, you might have a look through my list of posts on client education, client info, frequently asked questions, etiquette and ethics, hoodoo education, principles of magic, and questions you’ve asked.
Please note that I do not take all cases that cross my "desk." In fact, I turn away more cases than I take (largely because most of the queries that I get are for reconciliation in, or work on, a troubled relationship, and this means that a great number of people seeking spellwork are 1. desperate and hurting and 2. not coming from a background of familiarity with the principles of magic but are rather led to magic out of desperation over their love life, 3. have often tried other "spellcasters" before who operate a certain way and thus they expect everybody to operate this way, and thus they 4. often have unrealistic expectations and 5. get really offended and/or refuse to believe that there is not something unique about them, or their ex, or their case when a worker suggests that their expectations are unrealistic and/or success in their case is unlikely). For the record, I do take the occasional reconciliation case. I’d say I take 1 out of every 85 that come my way. I require a consultation before I can say whether and how I can help, but often I know whether I will take the case or not based on the contents of the initial contact email, truth be told. There are a lot of workers out there who are a lot more patient than I am about educating spellwork newcomers about the principles of said spellwork, so folks seeking reconciliation are usually going to be happier with one of those folks anyway. For more on reconciliation, follow the tags.
So, my putting up a list of work that I often do doesn’t mean you can just push a button and that’s the end of it, the universe sends everything you want your way and it lands in your lap with a bow on top. It doesn’t work that way. If you are new to hiring a professional spiritual worker, and especially if you are new to conjure and hoodoo, please educate yourself before hiring me or any other worker to do spiritual work for you. There are a ton of scam artists out there, and there are a ton of newcomers to the world of professional spellwork for them to scam every day. Don’t be taken in. Perhaps counterintuitively, some of the major signs of a scam artist often include the infamous "Satisfaction Guarantee" and the less infamous, but once upon a time quite common, "Pay Half Now and Pay the Rest Only When You Are Satisfied" appeals. These would appear to be a good thing – why they aren’t is too long a tale for this already-long post, but one of these days I’ll get around to posting about it. (This is not to say that these automatically mean scam, but combined with a few other signs, they ought to be Giant Yellow Lights for anyone. Check out your worker’s rep. Put the internet to work for you.)
Vigil Light Setting with Report . You send me a one or two sentence petition, and the full names of any people involved in the petition as well as any photos you want me to use. I fix, dress, and burn a customized 7 day vigil light for you, reporting on the results of the burn via email upon its completion.
Three-day taper settings (MWF), no report. These are commonly used for maintenance of a honey jar or sour jar that you have working on my altars, though they can also be booked if you just want a petition set on my altar with a standalone taper light, three times a week for one week. I report generally upon the work when it’s completed, but do not give a play-by-play on a daily or even weekly basis with this service.
Email followup on previous consult or ongoing work. If you need a checkup on work you currently have contracted with me, or a followup on an earlier consultation, or even a checkup on work you’re doing for yourself that you’ve consulted with me about before, book a followup consultation rather than a brand-new one.
Email Readings. Turnaround times are currently in excess of eight weeks, so I discourage new clients from booking them. I can recommend a number of good readers who aren’t booked up as bad as I am and who can get back to you sooner. If you don’t mind the queue and your question is not urgent, then you can book an email reading with me.
Custom Honey Jar, with 1 month work on my altar. You send me info about your situation, and I make a custom honey jar for you and work it on my altars for four weeks, setting lights on it three times a week (MWF, no light setting report). Does not include shipping; at the end of the month we can discuss what you want to do next.
Uncrossing or Spiritual Cleansing via pendulum and censing on my altars. A photograph of the person to be uncrossed or cleansed is necessary, and a personal concern such as hair is highly recommended. Contact me for instructions on how to mail the personal concerns. If you want a 7 day run of spiritual cleansing or uncrossing work, then book seven of these. If you need these timed to coincide with work you are doing on your end, such as a series of uncrossing baths, then please contact me before booking to make sure I can meet your needs in terms of scheduling. Sometimes my altars are full or I have other work going on that has a tight schedule or timing to it.
Fiery Wall of Protection Spell. Standard, for one person. Includes creation of protection mojo (technically a paket, as it cannot be opened once it’s ritually tied as part of its creation, and it’s a good bit larger than a mojo bag), shipping cost to a US address, and cemetery disposal of the ritual remains associated with your enemy or troublemaker. Please contact me before booking for options for having the spell worked for multiple protectees, as well as for options if you prefer a different type of disposal of the remains or prefer to have them mailed to you to dispose of yourself. Can be worked without personal concerns, but they are highly recommended; contact me for instructions on how to mail them. *If you are a brand-new client, especially if you are new to hoodoo, I strongly recommend you write to me and tell me a bit about your situation before purchasing this service. This may not be the best spell for your case, and/or we may want to do a different type of ritual disposal depending on what you need protection from.* If you are trying to call down hellfire and brimstone on your neighbor for parking on your side of the street, or you want to send an enemy to the graveyard spirits because they were rude to you at a party, I will probably refund your money and refuse the case. So feel free to write first.
Moving Lodestone Attraction spell. Includes creation of mojo bag and shipping, along with lodestone food and instructions, to a US address. Suitable for those trying to draw a specific lover, to draw a new and unknown lover, or to bring two people together for other, non-romantic purposes (such as making a new friend, strengthening a friendship, getting an influential person to take your side in something,etc). Personal concerns are highly recommended; contact me for instructions on how to mail them.
Basic Binding spell, 7 day, with remains shipped to you with instructions for disposal. Binding spells of this sort are done to hold an enemy down to prevent him or her from taking further action against you. Personal concerns are ideal but this can be worked even if the enemy’s name is not known. You can use this spell even if you have multiple and/or unknown targets. You should not, however, expect the same sort of results if you are working without a link to your target as you’d get it you were targeting a specific person with their personal concerns. If you are trying to bind two people together for a love spell, or trying to bind a partner’s nature sexually, you must have a consultation before I will agree to take your case. I do not accept the majority of love cases that people write to me about, but even if I will not take your case (and statistically there is a very good chance I won’t), I will probably be able to recommend another reader or worker to you who might speak with you about it, so don’t be afraid to write.
Basic Reversing spell, crossroads disposal. These spells are to send nasty junk back on the person or people who are aiming it at you. It is not, in itself, an uncrossing spell, and it is not, in itself, a revenge spell. It is not really a complete protection spell either, in a lot of cases. So it often needs to be done as part of a more complex set of actions or steps. It may not be the best solution for your case, so please feel free to inquire before booking this service. This spell uses a jumbo reversing candle set on a customized, fixed mirror and prepared with all the necessary reversing materia magica. At the conclusion of the working, the remains are disposed of by me at a crossroads. I have to drive out to the country to do this spell right, so do not expect your report within a few hours of the candle going out. As with the above Binding spell, this can be done with or without personal concerns and known full names, but personal concerns are always better.
I do lots of other different types of spellwork, but these are by far the types of spells I do most frequently. Even if you don’t end up going with something listed here for your spellwork, this should hopefully give you an idea of what to expect and what kind of fees are involved in typical cases. Many customized workings will involve modifications to the basic types of spells mentioned above. And while other workers’ preferences in setting up their altars, fee structures, contract terms, turnaround times, reporting styles, preferred methods etc. will vary, traditional rootworkers will usually offer similar types of spells, so this can be a good introduction to your research on having a rootworker cast a spell for you.
Some altar work, such as most light settings and mojo bags, does not require a consultation – or rather does not require you to book a consultation before I can begin your work. You should always just write first and give me a (brief) intro to your situation, asking if this or that spell is right for you, if you need a formal consultation, if I have anything to recommend. Sometimes I can make a recommendation that won’t require you to book a consultation. Most light settings and mojo bags can be booked with our trading a few emails, informally, rather than your having to order a formal consultation. And some types of altar work can be be booked the same way. Anything involving hexing, crossing, breakup, hot foot etc, OR involving an existing romantic relationship, is probably going to require a formal consultation, though.
But write before you purchase – you never know.