I need to explain one thing to people in very simple words:
No matter where you read it on the internet -- or even in this Lucky Mojo Forum -- there is no "3 Rule" or "Rule of 3" or "3-3-3 Rule" or "333 Rule" that is connected in any way, shape, or form to African American hoodoo folk magic in which it is stated that "you will see signs in 3 days, movement in 3 weeks, and completion of your spell in 3 months."
THIS IS NOT TRUE.
How did this fake-or-mistake advice get all over the internet?
I can tell you.
It came about because people who have read my accounts of growing up learning hoodoo folk magic in Oakland, California, in the 1960s have twisted and misinterpreted some basic advice about spell-casting that i was given about 50 years ago and that i posted on the internet about 15-20 years ago. My so-called fans and followers who were never part of the African American hoodoo community, but came to hoodoo through my online expositions, have distorted, messed up, and misinterpreted beyond all recognition a simple piece of advice that i received from a candle-shop owner back in the 1960s -- and they have done so repeatedly and in ways that are giving hoodoo, a very sane system of magic, a bad name, because this so-called "rule" that they have devised or thought they heard, or wished existed, or promulgated at third-hand out of well-intentioned ignorance, is ungrounded, and untenable
I wrote about this stuff on the internet back in the 1990s. I put it in my correspondence course book in 2003. And NEVER did i say that there was a "rule" that once you set a spell in motion you would see signs in three days, have movement in three weeks, or see completion in three months. NEVER.
Miss Michaele, a Forum Moderator and a member of AIRR, has actually researched what i wrote about this back in 2004 in the private Yahoo group for my course students. This is what i wrote to them at that time, when someone asked how long one would wait for a spell to take effect:
(The old adage is, "Watch and wait for signs for three days; expect
movement in three weeks; if the spell has not worked in three months,
it is not going to work at all." --cat)
Thank you, Miss Michaele, for locating that!
Now, let's look at that "old adage," including where i learned it and how and why i teach it:
I am going to give you a walk down memory lane. This is how it happened. This is what i learned, and this is what i have taught and what i teach.
I was in a candle shop and the man who ran it was at the counter and i was asking him questions. I had my purchases on the counter. I had heard some of this information before, but i wanted it clarified, and set forth in a way that i could remember. I had my little notepad with the spiral wire at the top. I took notes.
Here's what i asked in the candle shop: "So, if you are doing a trick on someone, say for love, how can you tell if it's working? How soon will he fall in love with you?"
Here's the reply i was given, "Well, after you lay your trick, you can watch and wait for signs for three days. Then, if you don't see any signs after three days, well, you can still expect some movement for three weeks. But if you don't get satisfaction in three months, well, that trick ain't working for you, that ain't happening. You can try again with a different trick, but that one was a bust."
I asked, "What do you mean by 'signs' in three days?"
"Signs are little funny things, like coincidences or dreams. Like, say you was working on someone and his name was Jim, and you lit a candle on him and prayed, 'Jim, give me your loving,' and then you went out to go to the store, and you ran into someone else named Jim or you were on the corner and someone yelled, 'Hey, Jim, come here!' and he replied -- not your Jim, just some stranger named Jim -- he yelled, 'I'm coming!' or if a truck rolled by and a sign on it said 'Jim's Auto Repair,' that would mean that Jim wants to repair things, make it up to you, if you'd had a fight; or 'Jim's Jewelry,' that means he wants to marry you or buy you a ring; or if you turned your TV on, and the first thing, just when it was warming up, you heard, 'Jim loves you; you know he does,' or 'Jim told me to tell you he hates you.' Those are signs. And there are good signs and bad signs. If he says, 'Jim loves you,' that's a good sign, but if he says, 'Jim hates you,' that's a bad sign, and you should just give up right there, because that thing ain't working, or you try another trick, because that thing is dead. If the sign on the truck says 'Jim's Meat Market,' that's a bad sign; he's gonna cut you up or something. Or you might have a dream, and in the dream Jim comes to you and says, 'Honey, just wait for me,' well, then you know that's a good sign, but if you see him in a dream and he is turning away from you, don't know you, well, that's a bad sign, and it ain't working.'
NOTICE THAT THERE ARE BAD SIGNS AS WELL AS GOOD SIGNS. NOT ALL SIGNS ARE GOOD SIGNS.
So i asked him, "What if you don't see any signs at all? Does that mean you should give up?"
He said, "Well, signs show in the first three days, usually. You may not get any signs, or you may get some signs. If you don't get any signs, you can try for signs from the Bible. Just pray for a sign, 'Lord, send me a sign how my work is proceeding,' and open the Bible, and read where your finger lands. If it says, 'Behold, the bridegroom cometh,' well, then he's coming your way and that's a good sign,' but if it says, 'I myself will lay waste the land,' then that's a bad sign. See, there are good signs and bad signs. If you get bad signs, really bad signs, you should just give up or start over, differently, but if you don't get any signs, then you still can wait for some movement, for things to start to go your way. But don't wait longer than three weeks. Three weeks for movement."
"What do you mean by 'movement'? How will i know if there's any movement?"
"Okay, well, movement is when things 'bout to turn your way. This is with Jim, okay? So if you see Jim and he has been cutting you off, and you want him back, and you see him on the corner, and he says, 'Hey.' That's movement. Or say you want to marry him, and he says, 'Girl, i been thinking...' but he doesn't set the date, just say, 'Girl, i been thinking 'bout you and me,' that's movement. Or if you want a raise in pay, and the boss says, 'You been a mighty good worker, and we're gonna take care of you,' see, that is not getting the raise, but it means there's movement; he's thinking about it and he lets you know. Movement is always for real. You're dealing with him. This ain't no dream, now. Things are starting to break your way. You don't let up, though. You keep working that thing. Say you working for Jim now, and you had a fight, and you haven't been close, and he hasn't been with you. So Jim says, 'Let's go out and have a drink;' that's movement. It ain't 'I love you, baby,' but it is movement in the right direction. He meets you halfway there. He'll have a drink, and maybe talk it over, and you can get back on track with him. There's many kinds of movement. If you got good signs, you can expect some movement. If you got bad signs, you can hope for some movement. If you don't get any movement, you can give up, or keep on working."
"What if you see no movement, or if he moves away from you?"
"If you don't see no movement, then that thing's dead. No signs and no movement, it's dead in the water. If you saw a good sign, but no movement, you can keep it up, but your chances are slim now. You gotta really work it now. If the movement is backwards, away from what you want, that thing is in trouble. It ain't working."
NOTICE THAT THERE IS MOVEMENT TOWARD, MOVEMENT AWAY, AND NO MOVEMENT AT ALL.
IF YOU GOT GOOD SIGNS, YOU CAN EXPECT MOVEMENT, BUT IT MAY OR MAY NOT COME TO PASS.
"Okay, so do you keep on with it anyway?"
"Sure, you can. Most ladies work for three months, even if they see no signs, even if they don't get any movement. But if it don't get done in three months, if the thing isn't completed to your satisfaction, that trick ain't gonna ever work. You either gotta give up or start over. But by then it may be too late, so what some of 'em do is if after three weeks they get no movement, they start another thing up, a second one, and work 'em side by side. Now you got two things going on, and you watch for signs on the second one for three days, and then for movement for three weeks too."
"What do you mean 'a second one'? Like if you had one candle lit, now you light a second one?"
"Well, you could, but generally it would be a different form of work, like if the first one was a bowl of sugar, the second could be a candle. Or if the first was a candle, the second one you get his foot track dirt. Or the first time you get him to step in magnetic sand to draw him to you, and the second one could be a candle."
"And if none of them work?"
"Well, let's hope it works. You gotta have faith. But if there is no completion after three months, that's it. That's done."
"You stop after three months?"
"You ought to. At least stop that form of work. It's easy for people to say, 'Oh, i set my lights every Friday night and he'll be back if it takes three years,' but meanwhile, he's got another wife and three kids! That's foolish. I tell 'em, 'Don't be doing that.' But they just run from worker to worker. 'Maybe this one will help me; maybe that one will help me.' That's on them. I done the best i could. Tell 'em, ''Three months is all he's worth,' or 'You can start again, but why would you do that? You should get a new man.' 'Cause that one has been gone too long."
NOTICE THAT NOT ALL SPELLS SUCCEED.