But what if you're experiencing unpleasant things you can't explain? Sure, one may believe they are experiencing just a streak of bad luck -- but if on the rare occasion the streak is unusually long or persistent, here are the universal signs of someone (or something!) working against you.
Call it being cursed, jinxed, goofered, hexed, crossed -- it doesn't matter, the symptoms are always the same. The symptoms of being on the receiving end of a curse tend to fall into three different categories: Psychological, Anatomical, and External.
Like any good demonologist or occultist will tell you, the easiest path of destructive entry for any spirit or energy is through your mind.
The spirits or energies set to cause harm may cause the following mental symptoms to occur:
Nightmares: As our conscious mind rests our subconscious mind processes and plays out the inner dialogue of the psyche. This is the time for the curse to be most active, as our watchful guard is down and we cannot consciously process or control our experience. Do not be alarmed when you encounter occasional nightmares - those are perfectly natural. The persistent nightmares carrying the same theme or subject matter are the ones to cause concern. Consistent night terrors, all generally carrying the same theme, typically indicate early stages of a curse that is about to plague your life.
Depression or Oppression without Cause: Despite adequate nutrition (check your B12 and D3 levels!), relaxation and counseling, something unknown keeps weighing you down. This mysterious feeling of unsettledness is typically an indication of present toxic energy or an entity attachment. This symptom can last throughout the lifetime of the curse and a short period beyond its removal. If left untreated, it can cause clinical psychosis.
Acting Out of Character is a standard symptom of a curse or manipulative magick. If friends and loved ones show concern for your new behavior, reexamine why or how you picked up the new habits. It very well could be that they were telepathically inserted into your mind by a person wishing you harm.
If the psychological symptoms are ignored or if the curse is designed to harm you physically, these are the symptoms to be on the lookout for.
Headaches may be a cause for concern if they are persistent and if you are simply not the person that frequently gets headaches. We all know people who suffer from headaches on a weekly basis - I am in no way saying that they are definitely cursed. But when you lay down in the evening, and your scalp begins to feel tight, and there's an unusual pain or pressure on one side of the bed, take note! If the same symptom keeps repeating for 3 nights in a row, perform an immediate banishing to cleanse yourself.