Sometime last year I found this object at my “gifting” site. I thought it was a way to say we acknowledge you but a Hmong friend saw a picture of it and said to get rid of it, because it looked like a cursed object. I didn’t really think so, but it bugged me, so I got rid of the thing. Because so many things had gone wrong that year, I could believe it might be cursed. Here is another picture of it.
>> So then, today, I read this: http://www.stpeterslist.com/1266/amorth-and-curses
The Spell (aka malefice or hex)
A “spell” is the “most commonly used means to achieve evil.” In Latin, it is the male factus – meaning “Evil work.” It is generally accomplished by making some type of “evil” artifact.
The object has an almost symbolic value: it is a tangible sign of the will to harm, and it is offered to Satan to be imprinted with his evil powers. It is often said that Satan apes God; in this case we can use the sacraments as an analogy. The sacraments use tangible matter (for instance the water of baptism) as an instrument of grace. In the malefice matter is used as an instrument of harm.
Application of the Malefice:
Direct Way: “Consists of mixing the object that is used for the spell into the victims’s food or drink. As already mentioned, this is manufactured with the most diverse materials; it can be menstrual blood; bones of dead people; various burned powders, mostly black; animal parts – the heart seems to be the favorite; peculiar herbs, and so on.”
Indirect Way: “This consists in hexing objects that belong to the target (photographs, clothes, or other belongings) or figures that represent the accuresed: dolls, puppets, animals, even real people of the same age and sex. This is called “transfer” material, and it is struck with the same ills that are inteded for the victim.”
Binding Malefice: The transfer object is bound with various ribbons or animal hairs to produce a “binding” effect. Fr. Amorth recounts an event where a doll was bound to an umbilical cord with horse hair in an attempt to strike a pregnant woman’s child.
Hex Objects: Often times transfer objects for a hex appear inside pillows or mattresses.
I have found just about everything, from colored and tied ribbons to chunks of hair tightly knotted… animals – especially mice – or geometric shapes; and blood clots. I have seen chunks of wood or iron, twisted wire, and dolls full of piercing and marks and have witnessed the sudden appearance of very thick braids of children or women’s hair.
Miraculously, sometimes these objects are not even visible until holy water is sprinkled upon the opened pillow.1
- As a reminder, Fr. Amorth stresses that the best defense against all such demonic attacks – ordinary, extraordinary, curses, etc. – is faithfully living the Catholic life, especially frequent participation in the sacraments of confession and the Eucharist. [↩]