6 Famous Curses and Their Origins

Dig into the superstitions that surround King Tut’s tomb, the Hope Diamond and more.

Throughout history, people have promoted stories of curses for a variety of reasons. To sports fans, curses can help explain their favorite team’s loss. When a cause of death is misunderstood, curses can provide an explanation. For an imperial nation, curses can betray anxiety about being punished for colonizing and taking artifacts. And sometimes, curses come about because someone just wanted to make up a story.

Here are some prominent curses in history.

1. King Tut’s Curse (and Other ‘Mummy’s Curses’)

King Tut's Curse

The burial mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

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In February 1923, a British archaeological team opened the tomb of Tutankhamun, or “King Tut,” an Egyptian pharaoh during the 14th century B.C. Two months later, when the team’s sponsor died from a bacterial infection, British newspapers claimed without evidence that he’d died because of “King Tut’s curse.” Whenever subsequent members of the team died, the media dredged up the alleged curse again.

King Tut’s curse and other famous “mummy’s curses” were invented by Europeans and Americans while their countries removed priceless artifacts from Egypt. After the Titanic sank in 1912, some newspapers even promoted a conspiracy theory that the ship had sunk because of a “mummy’s curse.”

READ MORE: The Craziest Titanic Conspiracy Theories, Explained

Though it’s not clear how many people actually took these “curses” seriously, these stories became extremely popular subjects for horror movies like The Mummy (1932) and its many iterations, as well as comedies like Mummy’s Boys (1936) and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955).

2. The Curse of the Polish King’s Tomb

Casimir IV Jagiellon, King of Poland

Casimir IV Jagiellon.

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In 1973, a group of archaeologists opened the tomb of the 15th-century Polish king Casimir IV Jagiellon in Kraków, Poland. As with the opening of King Tut’s tomb 50 years before, European media hyped up the event, and the researchers involved allegedly joked that they were risking a curse on the tomb by opening it.

When some of the team members began to die shortly after, some media outlets speculated it was due to a curse. Later, experts discovered traces of deadly fungi inside the tomb that can cause lung illnesses when breathed in. This was the cause of their deaths.

3. The Hope Diamond Curse

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The Hope Diamond, Evelyn Walsh McLean

Evelyn Walsh McLean, one of the owners of the famous Hope diamond, c. 1915.

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In the 1660s, the French gem dealer Jean-Baptiste Tavernier purchased a large diamond of unknown origin during a trip to India. Yet by the 20th century, a myth had sprung up in the United States and Europe that Tavernier had stolen the diamond from the statue of a Hindu goddess. The newspapers and jewelers who spread this story claimed the diamond was cursed and brought bad luck to those who owned it.

By 1839, the diamond supposedly ended up with Henry Philip Hope, a Dutch collector based in London and the source of the stone’s modern name—the Hope Diamond. Sometime after this, European and American newspapers began claiming that the Hope Diamond carried a curse.

The French jeweler Pierre Cartier reportedly used these stories to enhance the diamond’s value when he sold it to American heiress Evelyn Walsh McLean in the early 1910s. After she died, it went to a U.S. jewelry company, which exhibited it before donating it in 1958 to the Smithsonian Institution, where it remains today.

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5. The Curse of Tippecanoe (or Tecumseh’s Curse)

he Curse of Tippecanoe, Tecumseh’s Curse

The Battle of Tippecanoe, where General Harrison fought Tecumshe on Nov 7, 1811.

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In the mid-20th century, U.S. media began to note a pattern in presidential deaths. Starting with William Henry Harrison and ending with John F. Kennedy, every 20 years the country elected a president who would die in office.

Harrison, the first president to die in office, was elected in 1840. The other presidents who died in office include Abraham Lincoln, elected 1860 (and 1864); James A. Garfield, elected 1880; William McKinley, elected 1900; Warren G. Harding, elected 1920; Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected 1940 (as well as 1932, 1936 and 1944); and JFK, elected 1960. The only president between Harrison and JFK to fall outside of this pattern is Zachary Taylor, who was elected in 1848 and died in 1850.

In the 1930s, Ripley’s Believe It or Not claimed the “pattern” was due to a curse Shawnee Chief Tecumseh placed on Harrison and future presidents after Harrison’s troops defeated Tecumseh’s at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. (Tecumseh died two years later in another battle against Harrison’s troops.) This story likely originated with non-Native Americans and bears a similarity to other “curses” in U.S. books and movies about disturbing Native burial grounds.

WATCH: Halloween Documentaries on HISTORY Vault

6. The Curse of Macbeth

There are lots of superstitions in the world of theatre. It’s bad luck to wish actors good luck, hence the reason people instead tell them to “break a leg.” And it’s also bad luck to say the word “Macbeth” in the theatre except during a performance of the Shakespeare play. Supposedly, this is because tragedy has historically befallen productions of the play. In reality, these stories are a mix of fabrication and selective evidence-picking.

The legend about the play seems to have started with Max Beerbohm, a British cartoonist and critic born in the 1870s, nearly three centuries after Macbeth’s first performance. Beerbohm—possibly annoyed that Macbeth was such a popular playmade up a story that the first actor cast to play Lady Macbeth died right before the play’s opening night.

Since then, this story has become part of a myth that the play is cursed and has brought bad luck to those involved with it. Though there have been real accidents during runs of Macbeth over its more than 400-year history, these accidents gain more attention than accidents during other plays because of the supposed “curse.”

READ MORE: Did Shakespeare Really Write His Own Plays?

7. The Billy Goat Curse on the Chicago Cubs

History of the Billy Goat Curse

 A fan pushes a goat in a cart outside of Wrigley Field before the start of the 2017 home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Scott Olson/Getty Images

As with theatre, there are also a lot of superstitions in the world of sports. One of the most famous is the supposed “billy goat curse” on the Chicago Cubs.

In 1945, a tavern owner named William “Billy Goat” Sianis was reportedly prevented from bringing his pet goat, Murphy, into Chicago’s Wrigley Field to see the Cubs play the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Supposedly, Sianis put a curse on the Cubs, saying they wouldn’t win this or any other World Series ever again.

Before this, the Cubs had only won the World Series twice before, in 1907 and 1908. When they lost the World Series in 1945, the curse gained credence. In 2016, when the Cubs won the world series for the first time in over a century, U.S. media promoted the idea that the curse was broken.

The billy goat curse is similar to the curse of the Bambino, which supposedly began when the Boston Red Sox traded Babe Ruth in 1919 and ended when the team won the World Series in 2004. There’s also rapper Lil B’s curse on Kevin Durant, which Lil B issued in a 2011 tweet and lifted in 2017 in another tweet. When the Golden State Warriors won the NBA finals that year with Durant earning MVP, sports media jokingly (or not?) proclaimed that Lil B had helped by lifting the curse.

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Correspondences for Thursday

 

Correspondences for Thursday

Thursday (Thor’s day)

Planet: Jupiter

Colors: Purple, Deep Blue

Crystals: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Sugilite, Tin

Aroma: Melissa, Clove, Oakmoss, Jupiter Oil, Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg, and Sage

Herb: Cinquefoil Ruled by the planet Jupiter and dedicated to Thor, god of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European Traditions include Zeus, Taranis, Perun, and Perkunas.

Magical aspects: controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being, material success, expansion, money/wealth, prosperity, leadership, and generosity.

Thursday is the day of Jupiter, the largest of the planets and said to be the most powerful. Spellcasters would be wise to use this day for attempting wealth, success and prosperity spells.

Thursday is also associated (in Greek mythology) to Thor – Thor’s day – and some even say that Jupiter and Thor are one in the same. Both are strong and powerful, yet wise and just. Try a small prayer to Jupiter before commencing any ritual on Thursday as a sign of respect. This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving luck, happiness, health, legal matters, male fertility, treasure, wealth, honour, riches, clothing, money, desires, business, group pursuits, joy, laughter, and expansion.

 

Spell to Stop a Person From Harming You

 

Spell to Stop a Person From Harming You

You will need:
White candle
Favorite incense
Brown paper
Lead pencil
Spoonful of used coffee grounds

Light a white candle and your favorite incense. Meditate a short while on the problem. Invoke the Spirits of Protection.

Take a piece of brown paper, like from a grocery bag, on it use a lead pencil to print and write the name of the offending person or people. If unknown people are involved, also print and write, ‘and all persons unknown that are causing harm to me!’

Cross off each line forcefully and say, forcefully:

I freeze name(s) to be bound by this spell,
unable to cause any more harm to (name(s)!
As I will, so mote it be!

Put a spoonful of used coffee grounds on the brown paper, fold it small, and place it in the freezer. Leave it until the problem is completely resolved. I wrap a rubber band, string, twist tie, or what have you, to keep the coffee grounds from falling out of the paper. You can also use a zip lock bag.

Be sure and burn the candle completely up. Don’t use that candle for a different purpose.

Thursday Correspondences

 Correspondences for Thursday

 

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success

 

Incense: Cinnamon, Must, Nutmeg and Sage

 

Planet: Jupiter

 

Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces

 

Angel: Sachiel

 

Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo

 

Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak

 

Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire

 

Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

 

Jupiter presides over Thursday. The vibrations of this day attune well to all matters involving material gain. Use them for working rituals that entail general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, or legal issues. These energies are also helpful in matters of luck, gambling, and prosperity.

 

Spellcrafting for Thursday

EGG WISH SPELL FOR FERTILITY

“On an egg whose shell is brown or pink,
Sign these signs in grass-green ink.
[a simple sun, a male symbol, an encircled equilateral cross, a female sign,
then an upside-down 5-pointed star]
Bury it deep in an earth-filled pot,
Let this stand where the sun is hot;
Sow on its surface seeds of grass,
Water them well while nine weeks pass
Gather the crop, bind it with thread
Let it hang always above your bed

 

SACHET FOR THE EXPECTANT WITCH

To be used in the bath or as a dream pillow to soothe away the discomforts of pregnancy.

1/2 tablespoon lemon balm 1 teaspoon lemon verbena 3 tablespoons lavender
2 tablespoons rose petals 1 teaspoon mugwort 7 drops of pure jasmine oil

Mix together all of the ingredients in your cauldron or a wooden bowl.

Cut a three-inch square piece of light blue cloth (a natural fiber always works best).Place some of the herbal mixture in the center and tie up the loose ends with some matching yarn. While doing this, visualize the discomforts being soothed away. When you’re ready, either toss it into a warm bath or hide it in the batting of your favorite pillow (or, if you want it to stay your favorite pillow for very long, put it in your pillowcase) and you’ve got a special dream pillow. Pleasant dreams!



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Monday’s Spells (Printable)

Sunday Corresponding Spell

Sunday

Finally, it’s Sunday, the official day of rest. Not only do Christians acknowledge this day but I’m sure many pagans appreciate this day, as well. Everyone needs rest and a lot of people need a good day to worship their creator (whomever or whatever that may be), however they deem fit to do so. With the Sun being the central theme of many ancient rituals, Sunday just seems to fit, in name and theory.

Sunday Pagan Worship

What you will need:
Your voice
Your body
1 bell (optional)

Find a quiet, private area, without distraction. Sit down in a comfortable position. Take a few, slow, deep breaths. Allow your body to become very relaxed. When you have done this, if you brought a bell, ring it seven times. Allow the last ring to resonate throughout your body. If you have something you want to say, to God or The Goddess, now would be a good time to do this. When you are finished, say this prayer or chant:

“I know there is a higher
being than me.
I am not alone.
You are with me,
Day and night.
You’ve rode the lows
And watched the heights.
If angels are real,
I’m sure to have a guardian.
I am so thankful
And so grateful for your hand.
You’ve blessed me.
You’ve fed me
You’ve quenched my thirst
And even dressed me.
A ‘man,
A ‘man,
And Blessed Be.”

When you are finished, ring the bell seven more times, to end the ceremony

 

–The Modern Day Spellbook: A Collection of Spells for the Modern Day Witch
R. Marten

Zodiac Sign Is Leo Birthday Horoscope Of People Born On August 17

AUGUST 17 birthday horoscope predicts that your zodiac sign is Leo. Typically, you need a little stability in your life. Providing a comfortable lifestyle for you and your family is important you. This Leo doesn’t like to leave anything to destiny.

The August 17th horoscope predicts that you are good at organizing events – you could easily make a profit arranging charity events or weddings. You like the thought of being in the center of the conversation.

Additionally, you are intelligent and hate to see other people throw away their talents. Your motto is “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This is so true.

As an August 17th birthday personality, you are likely to be aggressive and somehow or another, you take over other people’s projects. In light of this, you could stand a lesson in respecting the rights of others.

I know, you want to get ahead in life but life is not predictable, and you must be flexible…if you want to succeed. Patience is one of the keys. Being hasty will only make you take the wrong decisions.

As per the August 17 birthday characteristics, a person born on this day is giving, warm and understanding. You need to understand perhaps the reason why you need to live beyond average. The finer things in life seem to have an appeal all of its own.

As a child, maybe someone badgered you. As an adult, you feel the repercussions of that kind of behavior. You treat children with affection and feel the need to give them something to laugh about because of this.

In other words, you realize that building a child’s self-confidence will make all the difference in the world. You are now determined to have a life that is positive and progressive.

As per the August 17, astrology people born on this day are cheerful people but may tend to be authoritative or demanding individuals but especially with their family members. You would do better if you stayed in your lane, Leo.

August 17th Leo birthday individuals are somewhat odd. As a rule, you enjoy the company of someone with similar interests. The conversation must be stimulating to keep you on your toes. You are ambitious and would desire a partner with goals of their own.

The perfect partner for you should be your best friend. You should be able to share your secrets with that special someone. It wouldn’t hurt either if this Leo’s partner was attractive. You like beautiful surroundings.

Let’s talk about your career. As an August 17 birthday personality, you could easily adjust to a lifestyle as a soap opera star as you have a “flair for the dramatics.” Professions that would put in the limelight would make you the happiest, but you would shine so bright in the courtroom as well, Leo.

As far as your money is concerned, you like what it can buy for you. Diamonds, designer shoes that do not hurt, the best furnishings and a black card that is the life of a lion.

Because of your fate as a child, the August 17 zodiac shows that you are prone to psychological disadvantages that could affect you mentally and physically.

It is common for a Leo to experience back pain and powerful headaches. It is possible that meditation or a form of yoga could help alleviate symptoms of stress and discomfort along with seeking a therapist for further advice.

If today August 17th is your birthday, you are perhaps a Leo who needs a secure foundation for building trust, as you are sensitive. However, you are not afraid to live life. Additionally, you have a need for excitement in the bedroom.

While arriving at the top, Leo will need to stay grounded. A strong partner could be your best friend and will not let you go over the top. A lion born on this August 17 zodiac birthday expects loyalty from friends and loved ones. You can be the unsuspecting manipulative one when necessary. You are adaptable, so people usually find you friendly and helpful.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On August 17

Davy Crockett, Thierry Henry, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Mark Salling, Shabnam, Mae West

See: Famous Celebrities Born On August 17

This Day That Year –August 17 In History

1858 – First bank in Hawaii open to public
1938– Henry Armstrong’s consecutive third championship win
1951 – Chicago host All-Star Game; Cleveland destroys the All-Stars 33-0
1985 – Rajiv Gandhi reveals that India can hold state elections in Punjab

August 17 Simha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
August 17 Chinese Zodiac MONKEY

August 17 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Sun that is said to be the ruler of our self, ego, identity and gives us the power to face life.

August 17 Birthday Symbols

The Lion Is The Symbol For The Leo Zodiac Sign

August 17 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Star. This card symbolizes hope, peace, generosity and new aspirations. The Minor Arcana cards are Seven of Wands and King of Pentacles

August 17 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Taurus: This match will be extremely loving and understanding.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Cancer: This relationship will be an emotionally straining match.

See Also:

August 17 Lucky Numbers

Number 7 – This number signifies poise, education, dignity, discernment and inner strength.
Number 8 – This number signifies efficiency, transformation, discipline, and control.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For August 17th Birthday

Gold: This is the color of prestige, confidence, knowledge, and optimism.
Brown: This is a color that symbolizes simplicity, renewals, growth, and grounding.

Lucky Days For August 17 Birthday

Sunday: The day ruled by the Sun and symbolizes a day of planning, helping others and motivating your loved ones.
Saturday: This day is ruled by Saturn and signifies the need to slow down and be practical and correct your mistakes.

August 17 Birthstone Ruby

Your gemstone is Ruby that helps you make wise decisions and detoxifies your body.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On August 17th

An exclusive cologne for the man and a pair of crystal danglers for the woman. The August 17 birthday personality loves to be pampered with expensive gifts.

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope

Correspondences, Applications, Corresponding Spell for Monday

Correspondences for Monday

Day: Monday ( Moon-day)

Planet: Moon

Colors: Silver and White and Grey

Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Silver, Selenite

Aroma: Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood, Moon Oil, African violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, and Wormwood

Herb: Moonwart

The sacred day of the Moon, personified by such goddesses as Selene, Luna, Diana, and Artemis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its powers are at their most potent. Magical aspects: peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility

Monday is ruled by the moon – an ancient symbol of mystery and peace. Monday is a special day for mothers as the cycle of the moon has long been associated with the female menstrual cycle. Those wishing to conceive a baby would be wise to try on a Monday as the magic of motherhood is strong and pregnancy is in the air.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving agriculture, animals, female fertility, messages, reconciliation’s, theft, voyages, dreams, emotions, clairvoyance, home, family, medicine, cooking, personality, merchandising, psychic work, Faerie magic, and Goddess rituals.

Magickal Applications for Mondays

Monday is named after the moon. The Latin term for Monday is Dies Lunae (“moon’s day”); in the Old English language, this day was Monandaeg; in Greek, it was Hermera Selenes. All of these different names and languages translate to the same thing: the “day of the moon.”

Working with the different phases of the moon is an important skill that takes a bit of time for Witches to learn. So why not cut to the chase and experiment with the day of the week that is dedicated to the moon in all of its magickal energies and aspects?

Magickally, Monday encourages the lunar energies of inspiration, illusion, prophetic dreams, emotions, psychic abilities, travel, women’s mysteries, and fertility.

Source

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

Monday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

When dealing with a weekly spell guide, Mondays are thought to be the logical day for money, love, time and meditation spells. Since Mondays are thought to be the start of the work week, it gives plenty of time for a Monday spell to gain strength throughout the rest of the week.

Time Spells – Hand of Time Spell
Items you will need:
Both hands
6 fingers

Hold both of your hands in front of you. Stare at your hands, noticing your palms and fingers, for about thirty seconds. Then, say this chant one time:

“Palms sweaty,
From watching clocks.
No more.
One finger,
For every ten docked.
Seconds in a minute
1440 in a day.
Stop a few,
For singing birds
And trees that sway.”

This should feel like time has slowed-down and allowed you to appreciate life more.

Source

A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen

Money Knot Spell

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Employment Spell

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Regular Daily Posts Moon Phase, Planetary Position, and Birthday Horoscopes

I am sorry we are almost half way through July and I have yet to do any of the regular daily posts. I have had trouble getting my laptop to connect to my cousins internet besides cleaning and unpacking, which still isn’t done. I am living about 30 minutes outside of a very small town and it may take a month or two for the gentleman that hooks up internet stuff to come out here as he lives and works 1 1/2 hours away so it doesn’t pay for him to travel here just to do one hook up. I ask for your continued patience and understanding when it comes to me getting posts done. Thank you for sticking with us during this time of change.

The 515 mile move has been harder on me than I thought it would be. At 62 I cannot do as much in a day as I use to. I am going to set tomorrow aside to hopefully get the past birthday horoscopes posted. To find the one you want click on the corresponding date on the calendar on WOTC Homepage. If the square is blue that means something has been posted on that date. I am also going to schedule all the regular daily posts through this coming Sunday, July 19th. To post this I am using my cellphone data unfortunately I do not have enough data to be able to post daily and I had thought I would have an internet connection by now. That’s a city person’s way of thinking but now I’m a rual person and have to learn that things run much slower here.

Thank you to everyone that made a donation to help with my moving costs!!! I very much appreciate it. I hope to be virtually with you all tomorrow. Blessed be sisters and brothers.