One of the things I was excited about when I moved to Luxor in Upper Egypt was the possibility of studying local beliefs in magic. My husband Omar had told me about spells which people had placed on each other and how this impacted on people around him. I found it hard to understand how people could believe that this worked until I moved here and saw what their belief in magic was all about!
My first experience of this was while I was still living in Winchester, England and a couple living next door to Omar’s family were having marital problems. Their family had called a Sheikh in to help them through the use of magic. Sheikhs are men, generally, who have studied Islam and also have psychic abilities. This particular Sheikh told the couple that a woman who wanted to steal away the husband had placed a spell on the man to make him lose interest and cause rows with his wife. He instructed the family to buy very expensive incense from a particular seller and to have it ready when he arrived. This incense cost nearly a months wages!!! But, family harmony was important.
The Sheikh arrived at the appointed time and I was online with Omar at the time. He told me when the incense was being burned as he could smell it. Houses are very close to each other here!!! I tuned in to see what I could pick up as this Sheikh worked. Energy began to fill my room so the Sheikh had some healing power, however, it felt very controlling and masculine. It felt like the wrong energy. I tuned into the wife’s energy and it felt to me that she was feeling completely neglected and unloved by her husband. What she needed was more love!!! So I joined my energy to the Sheikh’s and anchored some female energy in their flat to bring some level of love into her home.
When I moved to Luxor shortly afterwards I monitored this couple’s progress. I realised quite quickly that the man was not interested in being married at all, and just didn’t give his wife anything. This led to her feeling unloved and unwanted and so they argued all the time. It was not the result of any magic, just a husband’s unhappiness with his wife! The problems had been there even before their marriage so it was inevitable that there would be problems afterwards. However, magic was seen to be the cause, instigated by a jealous ex-fiancée who wanted her man back! They couldn’t see how the husband’s emotions were actually the reason.
Each time they had a problem it was ascribed to the ex-fiancee’s jealous behaviour. As far as I could see it was just the husband not being happy in his relationship and wanting the freedom of ’singleness’ again. But the Sheikh has the explanation for everything and his word is trusted and believed.
What makes it even more unbelievable is that it is the Sheikh himself who tells the couple that another person has paid a Sheikh to put a spell on them! This then just adds to the fear of the wife and the misbehaviour of the Husband who then believes he has no control over the situation, or his emotions and behaviour! How useful for the men!
Apart from the obvious evidence of marital disloyalty the Sheikh’s instructions to buy expensive incense from a particular seller tells me that they were making a lot of money out of ‘helping’ people. But when I say this they say ‘Oh but he does it for free’. Of course he does, because he is getting half the money the poor people paid for the incense!!!
There is no denying that many of them do indeed work with energy, some in a quite powerful way, but it is a form of lower magic, where the Will is imposed on the people in need. There is no sense of doing whatever is needed for the person’s higher good. They are doing basic, lower chakra magic. Which is why it probably doesn’t work!!! But people believe it does and most of them are being conned into employing the services of these Sheikhs. The joining of Islam with this magic gives it a ‘holy’ tradition, even though there is nothing God-like or loving about how they work. However, they will often use the Qu’ran in writing their magical formulas.
I wonder what the Quran itself says about the use of magic? I will have to look it up!
As far as the couple are concerned there are so many other issues involved with their relationship that it will take quite a few blogs to understand them so I will take them a little at a time. They are a good study in how relationships and Upper Egyptian belief systems operate!