Cursing 101: How to Break a Curse
Ok, who else here is under the impression that curse breaking is a next to impossible and super advanced kind of magic? I’m guessing most modern witches feel like curse breaking is a bit out of their league. Some of you are, I’m sure, ready to dive in head first but for those of you who are reading this thinking, “Oh crap, we’re getting into the advanced magic I should quit reading” just hang in there. Curse breaking is not impossible and to be entirely honest with you, it’s typically not even all that difficult!
I know, what I just said goes against every commonly held belief and pop culture assumption ever.
It’s true though, curses are just like any other magic! Sure it makes for spooky television when the curse is terrifying and unbreakable but in the real world, curses are just spells. Sure they’re spells that are meant to hurt someone but they’re still spells and they can be deflected, dismantled, or disarmed like any other spell.
My sincere hope is that none of you ever have to use this information but it is far better to have information and never use it than it is to need this information and not have it.
How To Break A Curse
Step 1: Evaluate
The first step in curse breaking should always be a thorough evaluation of your situation. Ask yourself the following questions.
- Do you know for certain that you’ve been cursed?
- If no, what makes you suspect that you’ve been cursed?
- If yes, do you know who cursed you? The more information you can gather on who cursed you, how they did it and why, the better off you’ll be.
- What kinds of effects is the curse having? Is it affecting only you or are others also experiencing the effects?
These questions can help you determine the best plan when trying to break a curse. The more you know about the curse itself the more you can tailor your solution to it. It’s also important at the point to make sure that you’ve really been cursed. Could it just be bad luck or poor decision making? Is there someone who would actually want to curse you? The following steps won’t help you much if your problem isn’t caused by a curse so always make sure you’re addressing the real cause of a problem!
Step 2: Spell Reflecting
When trying to break any curse I always try spell reflecting first. Reflecting spells is a method of sending the magic back to the caster, leaving your life curse free. This can be a very effective method BUT it doesn’t work on every curse. If you’re dealing with an experienced spell caster they may have included safeguards to prevent the magic from rebounding on them. It’s a good idea to evaluate in the days after trying your spell reflection to determine whether it worked or if you need to move on to the next step.
If your spell reflection does work then skip down to Step 5.
Step 3: Try A Simple Curse Breaking Spell
There are many ways to break curses and some of them are fairly quick rituals. Try one or two of these to see if the curse will lift easily.
- Let a source of living water carry it away. Take yourself to a natural source of water like a river, lake or ocean and get in. 
- Burn a bay leaf at dawn and again at sunset. Allow the smoke to waft over you and when the leaves have finished smoldering scatter them in the wind.
- Use selenite to cleanse your energy field and break the hold that the curse has on you
- Take a bath with epsom salt and hex breaking herbs (bay leaves, fennel, jasmine, and nettles are all common choices)
- Clean your house with water infused with hex breaking herbs. Mop the floors, clean the walls, wash the doors and windows and when you’re finished throw the mop water out the back door.
Step 4: Brute Force
If the curse won’t be reflected and it’s resisting simpler methods of curse breaking it’s time to just break it with a little (or a lot) of force. This spell is simply an example of one that can be used, there are many out there and you can and should pick and tailor a spell to most closely fit what you know about the curse.
You Will Need:
- Air Drying Clay
- Water charged with the sun's energies (preferably at noon)
- A slip of paper and a pen (red ink is preferable)
- Bay leaf
- Black candle
- Fire safe container
- A tool for writing in clay
This spell must be performed at night and will be most effective if performed during the new or waning moon.
Cleanse yourself and your work space thoroughly and anoint yourself with solar water. Light the candle. Write down on your slip of paper all of the effects that the curse has had on you, be thorough and specific. When you have everything written down, fold the bay leaf into the paper and set it on fire, allow it to burn completely to ashes in the fire safe container.
When the ashes are finished smoldering set them aside. Take a small portion of clay (enough to create a talisman that will be easy to carry but not so small that you cannot inscribe it) and anoint it with a drop of solar water. Mix the ashes into the clay thoroughly. Roll the clay into a ball and flatten it into a disc, be sure not to make it too thin . On one side, inscribe the words:
“No more befouled, again unbound, again unbidden”
On the other side inscribe a symbol to represent the curse, this can be a sigil but it can also just be a simple doodle. Close your ritual space, blow out the candle and let the talisman dry according to the directions provided.
When the talisman is completely dry take it outside early one morning and allow it to sit in the sun until noon. The talisman is now finished, carry it with you everywhere you go and it will absorb the energy from the curse, preventing it from affecting you. On the next new moon take the talisman and smash it, rendering the curse that it has absorbed useless and broken. Dispose of the shards outside of your home.
Step 5: After You’ve Broken The Curse
Your work isn't quite over yet.
Once the curse has been broken you’ll need to do some magical housekeeping to remove any lingering energy or effects. The first step is to thoroughly cleanse yourself, your home and anyone else who has been affected by the curse. Set up wards and protective enchantments around yourself and your home to block future curses. These measures should be regularly updated and refreshed as long as you are in a situation that may incite another curse.
What Happens If you Can’t Break The Curse?
Every now and then, despite repeated attempts to solve a curse someone will come to me saying that they simply CAN’T break it. Usually they’re pretty freaked out at this point and at the end of their rope. If this sounds like you, it’s ok, take a deep breath and calm down. In all likelihood if you can’t break the curse it’s due to one of two reasons.
1. You were never cursed in the first place.
I see this all the time. People don’t evaluate the situation properly and assume they’ve been cursed when in reality it’s just life nipping at them a little harder than usual. Sometimes life blows, it sucks when things go south but that’s the way it goes. Pull yourself together and try to find the root source of your problems, have you made some bad decisions? Are you neglecting responsibilities? Figure out what’s actually going on and FIX IT!
2. You’ve cursed yourself
This is less likely but not entirely unheard of. Often when bad things start happening people will jump to conclusions and assume they’ve been cursed but then they spend so much time worrying and freaking out about it that they actually end up cursing themselves with all of that gross nervous energy. The solution to this one is to just cut it out! Relax. Take a chill pill. As soon as you can stop giving the curse all of your attention and energy it will disappear!
If you’ve got confirmation that you’ve been cursed and have tried all of the methods I’ve outlined here and you STILL can’t get rid of a curse then it’s time to consult with someone who has more experience in these matters.
Have you ever broken a curse before? What methods did you use? Tell me about it in the comments!
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 Davidson, Samantha L. “13 Ways to Break a Curse.” This Crooked Crown, 11 July 2016, thiscrookedcrown.com/2016/07/19/13-ways-to-break-a-curse/. Accessed 10 Sept. 2017.