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A Jar of Eyes

So the US is currently stuck living out an ongoing dumpster fire. As such, I have been looking for magix and spells that could be performed that would help to bolster the actions of protestors across the country and limit the actions of those who seek to harm others. I was recently shown a curse jar that I’ve seen float around tumblr regularly, and it was suggested that it could be used to limit the harm that certain government office could inflict upon the people of the world. The curse jar really stuck out to me and I decided to give it a shot. I’m documenting what I’ve done here, so that others can join in if they’d like.

So you can find the basic premise for this jar here, but as I said, I’ve modified things a little bit. The basics of the jar stayed the same.

I kept the googly eyes on the inside, but decided to pick a package of differently designed eyes. I felt that this would help to emphasize the diversity of our country, and help to reinforce that different groups of people from all over would be participating in watching our government and keeping them in check. That way, one community or group of people wouldn’t be held responsible for what is technically the responsibility of all of us. For gluing the eyes on the interior of my jar (which I used a plastic Talenti gelato container), I found that it was easiest to slather the glue all over a section of the side of the jar, and then place eyes on in whatever configuration seemed to fit best.

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I swapped out the poppet for a paper dodecahedron and included different seals from various governmental branches on it as a means of limiting their ability to inflict harm. If you’d like to use my template, you can try and use this image:

dodecahedronAfter cutting the dodecahedron out, I opted to place sigils on the inside, further binding the groups from harming people. Because my paper dodecahedron is hollow, I decided to fill it with things to help make the people causing harm uncomfortable. I created a mixture of salt, chili powder, creole seasoning powder, and mace; and poured it inside and shook it around.

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I then placed it on a paper stand (read: tube) so that it would be kept fairly central in comparison to the eyes. I wanted to make sure that they were front and center where everyone can see them.

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For the words used while putting everything together, I used an altered version of the original that felt a bit more in alignment with what I was trying to achieve:

You cannot touch the marginalized people in our country.
You cannot hurt the marginalized people in our country.
Think of them and bring this curse upon you.
May your tongue catch in your throat if you dare to hurt the marginalized people in our country.
May you burn and ache if you come near.
May you feel eyes upon your back each time you think hurting anyone.
They’re watching. I’m watching. We’re all watching.
May you forever question the gaze of others –
Do they know the things you’ve done?
I do. I curse you. I bind you.
You cannot touch anyone.

And this is what it looks like with everything in place

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If you decide to do a version of this for yourself, please let me know as I’d love to see it. And a big thank you to catthekitchenwitch on tumblr for coming up with the original idea, which gave me the springboard to come up with this.

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Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Devo Magix Series

 

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