“A lot of people don’t believe in curses.  A lot of people don’t believe in yellow-spotted lizards either, but if one bites you, it doesn’t make a difference whether you believe in it or not.”

― Louis Sachar, Holes

What if we set aside personal declarations for a brief time and focus on the facts behind the Hocus Pocus? Let’s explore a brief history before exposing any possible wickedness or side effects resulting in rotten crops, difficult weather or bad luck.

The earliest known curse can be found written in the biblical book of Genesis. We have the God of the Old Testament laying down the law for the serpent after Eve threw him under the bus regarding the apple incident. The ancient Lord of all declares this in Genesis 3:14 —

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.

Hocus Pocus? If you can be cursed, you can be blessed.

This is not, however, the earliest recorded curse of antiquity. In the Epic of Gilgamesh — dated to 2100 BC —  the Gods curse Gilgamesh’s best bud, Enkidu with a disease because Gil was all that and a bag of chips in his mighty and heroic deeds. It’s interesting to note that the “Gods” don’t actually punish Gil directly, they screwed over his friend.  This might be the first clue to what a “curse” rides home on; emotional manipulation and extraordinary mental coercion resulting in guilt, shame and finally: disease.

There are millions of people called Christians who partake in a Sunday Sacrament where they figuratively “drink the blood and eat the flesh” of their Savior who allegedly turned water into wine, raised the dead and cursed a fig tree. That’s right. The very same people who ritualistically give their “sins” over to a God each week for a good spin in the rinse cycle typically roll their eyes when the word “curse” is mentioned or somehow brought up in conversation.

If you point out that their actions aren’t following through with their declarations of “nonsense”; there is the inevitable rhetoric about how they’re simply using a metaphor for personal salvation through acknowledging their naughty thoughts and deeds since the last time they came to Church. They’re also quite quick to point out that they are not Vampires and their God is not a Zombie in spite of how it looks to outsiders as far as Thailand who can’t wrap their heads around the whole Jesus story. Most because they were raised with many loving Gods in a Hindu environment or as Muslims who had a loving Prophet.

So what is a curse? Why do we still cross ourselves if we’re that kind of Christian or perform various rituals to protect ourselves from something evil? What is that wicked thing we fear? Why do we fear retribution at all or “pray” to be delivered from something attempting to thwart our happiness? The success of a curse isn’t so much the waving of wands and muttering odd words in Latin or dancing around fires, sacrificing humans and other animals, it’s the intent and the force behind that intention. The more people you get involved in any sort of mumbling and grumbling, the deeper and more profound that hex can become.  Explain that to a Christian or any number of so-called spiritual people and the eye rolling begins again, the hands go up or worse — the exclamations of “ridiculous” and “unethical verbal vomit” progresses to the point where friendships have ended.

Once again, these same people will be the first to acknowledge that their prayer or meditation rituals work best when “two or more are gathered …” whether in the name of Jesus or Odin. It doesn’t matter. The facts are simple, however. Statistically, it has been proven time and time again that the odds are in favor of focused intention by groups of people. When that focus is negative, it’s a curse. When the focus is positive, it’s a blessing. It’s plain and simple.

Those who want to throw out the baby with the dirty bath water must take a careful step back and survey the field carefully now. As a former eye roller, I can assure you most heartily, curses are effective and real.  You don’t need to dial up your local witch to create them either.  I do know that a seasoned practitioner of certain archaic arts is more likely to get quicker and cleaner results than someone who doesn’t know what sort of energy work they’re doing or what the consequences can be.

The good news is that if you’re aware you may have been slammed by the negative attention of some angry, jealous person or group; there are effective methods to remove or lift a curse. Consider the destroying spirit sent by that God we spoke of earlier who cursed the serpent. In the Biblical Book of Exodus, this God helped the Children of Israel escape from their slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues or curses. The tenth and most terrible of these was the death of the Egyptian first-born. The Israelites were told to mark the doors of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered lamb. The destroying spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-born in these homes and they escaped the curse.

Once you have traced a series of seemingly deliberate and oddly synchronistic negative events back to the source or the time of their origin, mark that moment with some psychic glitter. Ideally, you’ll want to shake off the dust from the metaphorical ashes of discord and let it be if you suspect that you have been a victim. Avoid retribution exercises at all costs. Feeding fire with fire only works if you’re a trained firefighter and if you work for a station with alarms and red trucks. Closing or removing any energetic connections between yourself and whoever it may be that flung ill-will at you is easier said than done. It’s also the hook behind any successful curse. Letting the betrayal of humanity get in your way to forgiveness and healing is the end goal of a lower vibratory species. Demons exist too.

There are countless effective cleansing rituals and prayers that can be implemented to assist in relieving yourself completely from the oily. cosmic residue of a curse. Remember, when the presence of any negative energy is acknowledged, followed by asking a loving source possessed of a joyful and sacred spirit to remove that harmful energy ― from yourself or anyone else affected ― there is a remarkable period of authentic loving power.  It tends to purify everything on the other side of the curse. Life becomes easier, anxiety is relieved and that’s how you know you’ve been blessed.