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Curses, Hexes & Crossing: A Magician's Guide to Execration Magick [Paperback]

S. Connolly
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14 April 2011
Renowned Daemonolatress S. Connolly explores the taboo topic of Execration Magick from a unique "darker path" perspective. This book covers cursing from Ancient Egypt to modern times and gives the modern magician plenty to consider when it comes to cursing, hexing, and crossing enemies; as well as learning to break bad habits and curse bad situations. Also included is a section about protections, how to break curses, how to clear one's personal space of negativity, and simple methods for psychic self defense.

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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461074657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461074656
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 25 Mar 2013
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Book well worth having, has many useful tips, Made a perfect birthday gift, useful to any occultist. Tips worth trying!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 22 Mar 2013
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The writer promisted a lot from all he has to say before you actualy get to the Curses and Hexes and then it falls at the firth hurdle. have a look.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Much less content than I expected 21 Mar 2013
By Kevin W - Published on Amazon.com
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Pros:
~The author used a casual, conversational tone that I enjoyed. I laughed during the first few pages and I had good expectations

~Nice, convenient size for anyone who wants to carry it around

~Section on curses provides a decent quantity of spells from different traditions/cultures

Cons:
~Redundant: On page 7 she says, "banishing, exorcism, and dispelling negativity are all, also, technically forms of execration as a dear friend pointed out." On page 16, a mere 9 pages later, she says "Yes-- even banishing and exorcisms are technically a form of execration magick"

~Little-to-no elaboration on theories to really get a feel of what the author is discussing: Yes we are all free to build our own theories, but sometimes it's nice to get another witch's viewpoint. She just drops an opinion but doesn't really elaborate or provide much detail.

~A little too "convenient" of a size: the book is a total of 142 pages...already a pretty paltry offering. 100 of those pages are curses, 42 of those pages are the preceding text. As a witch who's been practicing for over 10 years this didn't faze me much because I have already read many texts and other witches' works and have already got a nice understanding of many aspects of many magical traditions. However, in comparison to other books, like Jason Miller's Protection and Reversal Magick, which to this day is one of my favorite witchcraft books, this book is extremely bare bones. Her chapters on history of cursing and different cultural examples of cursing are practically nonexistent and lack citations and interesting specific material that the reader might want to review further in other texts. She just mentions WAY too many things in passing.

~Vague: She says things like, "To bind the tongues of those who would bear false witness against you, you would mix magical herbs and pour them over a cow's tongue" Okay, well which herbs...there's a lot of herbs on this Earth, are there any particularly notable for this purpose. Again, as a witch who's practiced for awhile, I've reached the part of my path where I know intent and energy are the most important parts of the magical ritual but I also know that in many magical traditions there is shared knowledge where practitioners will share recipes and things they've found successful. Also, I know that some ingredients have certain "vibrations" (for lack of a better term) that provide the element a witch is looking for in a spell. For each witch, that energetic wavelength that ingredient emits to the witch will be different for each witch but still, if you're going to provide recipes or talk about something specific, be specific about which ingredients you have read are useful or common.

My overarching review of this is that there just isn't enough material, enough history, enough insight, enough reference to traditions and cultures to call this a "guide to execration magick [sic]".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shoot, I give it 5 stars for Guts where others just Whine and Whimper 7 July 2013
By Gonzo - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this book because the subject is rare. Good for you Connolly, or whoever you are.

You gotta love a book (and it's author) that boldy uses "The Word Of God" to curse on one page and then a few pages later, making an appeal to Satan to do the same. Double Whammy, nobody is safe.

Alot of people are making a big to-do about skimpy content. It's a G-U-I-D-E not an E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A. You don't need a book to teach you how to curse others, its the most natural and easiest form of magick there is (thats why, I presume, there are so many 3-Folders out there warning against it. Stuff it, worms). That said I still like it, wide variety of ideas, more fuel to the fire.

I'd take the wager that the first spell ever cast was a curse.

The only real problem I have is Im not sure what the Daemonolatry Warding Symbols are on page 128. I mean she talks about warding...but what are those symbols? One's an Ankh. I must have missed something.

Point blank, if you piss me off or someone I know, especially if you try to scam hassle or mooch, you're getting cursed, by me, and I'll let you know it as I do it. Like Connolly says, it's healthy.

She also alludes to amulets and purification over circle casting... a practice I prefer. Leave the circle casting to the Golden Yawn.

Good book, if you like freedom and going against convention or just doing general study of the Occult, I say get this book. By the way she has a page (104) about the the sigil on the cover, which is more than what alot of authors do (pick cover art that has nothing to do with the contents of the Book).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent general discussion of cursing 24 Jan 2014
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Probably the best book on cursing and hexes I have found.

Perhaps the best aspect of this book is the first 41 pages, where the author discusses the context of cursing: ethics, psychology, history, and "creating your own." This author is wonderfully direct and plain spoken: what she writes so often feels like keen, sharp darts that get right to the point, very effectually, and you can learn a lot here. You'll find the paradox here which is so important a part of earthy common sense, yet is so often lost in our excessively mental culture. For instance, the author begins by stating that she loves the dark arts and loves curses, but uses them quite sparingly. This might surprise those namby-pamby types who are afraid of facing their own shadow and coming to know it, but does reflect the reality of working with the dark parts of oneself and with cursing and hexing magic. Once you come to experience a certain level of power and potency there, you realize that it's enough to tap into that power and work with it: you don't need to often be flinging it at people.

The author discusses the "psychological aspect" of cursing, and refers to the "Lesser Black Magic" of using forms of "manipulation" to effect others and obtain what one wants. The author does not go into a lot of detail here, but this is a subject that I believe is quite valuable and really deserves to be discussed at greater length by someone. It is a very valuable way of working together with Magic to obtain justice, or to free oneself from harassment or malice, which requires a refined understanding of human psychology, a creative mind, and doing some outer works in the external world. To give an example based on something the author says: in the intro to the book, under "The Law", she states that to tell someone you are cursing them could get you charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime. True enough, particularly in our highly litigious society. However, there are ways of making someone sense that they are being cursed, without laying down any path that leads back to you. Enough said. This is just one example of what can be done in addition to Curse Magic itself, to increase your effectiveness in addressing a wrong, or even a criminal situation.

I laughed out loud when I read the author's wonderfully on-point response to the question that many beginner Magicians ask about wanting books on Advanced Magic. "Here's a clue for those particular folks: Advanced Magic = Magic you create yourself that manifests results. If you still need a book to tell you how it's done, you're not an Advanced Magician, period. That is why there are no advanced magic books. Advanced Magicians don't need to do anything by the book because they're advanced enough to create their own magic that manifests results." (pg 35).

There are many aspects of cursing magic that the author doesn't go into, which are addressed well in another book on the subject by Dorothy Morrison, in her "Utterly WIcked" book, one which I strongly recommend. For instance she points out that if you yourself are at fault, the last thing you want to do is a curse on someone else. And she strongly recommends not doing curses for other people.

The actual curse spells given by the author in this book are overall not as interesting to me as those, for instance, given by Dorothy Morrison in her book, possibly because I am oriented to folk magic and HooDoo, and I most enjoy spells that use humor and rhyming couplets, but you can get great ideas here. One of the intriguing things in this book is that the author gives 104 curses found just in the BIblical Psalms alone. For those pollyannas who think that the Bible and spiritual paths issuing from it are opposed to cursing, think again!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Witchcraft Book I Own 6 Feb 2014
By Alex Peters - Published on Amazon.com
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I collect books about witchcraft and a lot of them aren't very good. This book, however, went so far beyond my expectations! It made me want to read everything Connolly has written!

My only critique is that a lot of the curses in the book have are related to demonology or demons somehow - not surprising, considering they've come from the author's background and some of them were even written by her. But believe me, there is plenty in this book to keep EVERYONE interested! I would recommend this book to anyone who so much as /thinks/ about curses. Even if you have no intention of cursing in your practice, Connolly provides wonderful examples of ways you can protect yourself against curses.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I needed 29 Dec 2013
By bryony - Published on Amazon.com
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Though the topic of curses and hexes can be touchy, I decided, finally, that there was a definite place for them in my life. As usual, it is advised that what is sent returns; however, to think that there is never a reason to hex would be nave. One of the better features of this book is that it also gives excellent advice on reversals, uncrossing, and protection. When you feel your magic is always wishy-washy and needs to mature, this is the book to go to.
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