Usually, the reason a spell or formula doesn’t work is that for some reason, it is against Nature. Sometimes it is that the person doing the spell wasn’t prepared or qualified to do it. Sometimes it is something that simply cannot happen, on the level of dropping a rock and having it fall up instead of down. Sometimes the problem is that one’s Guardians or Head knows that getting what they ask for would be bad for them.
This is why you should do some research before attempting a work. You would learn the basic use of tools and practice on smaller, less complicated things before you began to build a bookshelf. You should learn about Vodun or whichever system you’re most comfortable with before attempting to do a working.
Learning is not enough though. Lifestyle is important. People who live at a priestly level have a better success rate because they live in a state of ritual purity. They observe the obligations and taboos of their Head, and make regular offerings. They don’t just jump into action when someone asks them to do a working. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they stay in active service to the Spirits. Many also do psychic development exercises to enhance abilities that help them to increase their awareness and range.
So when they approach a working, they can do so with the confidence that to the best of their abilities, they are ready. Then there is the necessary divination to find out whether or not the Spirits approve of a working being done at all.
Very few people who find spells on the internet take the time to prepare themselves or do divination before attempting a work. They don’t ask if the work should be done, or if they should do it themselves or have someone else do it or some parts of it for them.
Other Reasons for Limited Success
If two people participated in a crime, and you went to the police to report it, but then told them to only arrest one of them because the other one was useful to you, what would they say? If you ask for justice, but then want to tie the hands of the Spirits, then you don’t really want justice.
Similar things happen when people do spells for love. They ask the Spirits to cause someone to love or be attracted to them, but don’t take that person’s personality or needs into consideration. Just because someone is attracted to you or loves you doesn’t mean they will express it in the way you want them to. Also, the Spirits may bring someone to you, but you must be brave and express interest in them when they do.
Too many people are too picky about how a blessing comes to them. They ask for opportunities, and the Spirits bring them opportunities, but then the asker doesn’t take the opportunity.
In short, if you want to do workings for yourself, and want them to work, you have to do just as good a job as a priest/ess. Research and respect the Spirits you’ll be working with, and don’t try to force or tie their hands.
Even if you did everything right
Sometimes, even if you do everything right, a spell or working will not work because the other person involved actively resists Nature. Assuming that you or your priest did divination first, got clearance, and gave offerings, there is no ceremonial reason it didn’t work. Something else is going on.
In the case of many love workings, there can be counter magic from others who also want the same person, or that person has the wrong kind of protections, or they are willing to suffer to get what they think they want instead of what they need. There could be any number of causes of resistance.
With young, sought-after people, the reason is usually counter-magic. You are not the only one who has done a working or directed extreme will towards getting with them. In this case, there is a kind of vortex of chaos around them, or whoever has the strongest innate spiritual authority/power will win. It will be sort of metaphysically “Darwinian”.
So if there is resistance, your priest needs to know so that they can put more energy into it or find a creative angle. Don’t just let it go and assume it was a wasted effort. In some cases, if you didn’t do it yourself, you will have to start doing some things for yourself so that you are adding your energy to the effort. If you did do the working yourself, you may need assistance from a priest or a good friend who also legitimately wishes this person would love you.
More hands in the pot may ruin the stew, but more guests in the dining room makes a better party. So you may need to sponsor or host an ebo. Remember, you’re dealing with Oshun and related Spirits. Even if you or your priest lack the innate individual power to break through multiple people’s chaos, Oshun can certainly do this.
To be very blunt, most people are not going to put that kind of effort into getting a specific person, so you may win based on effort. Another thing to consider is that in an ebo as opposed to solitary workings, there are more perspectives to draw from. Someone may get a message that might have been missed by you or your priest as an individual. No matter how strong a person is, they are just one person.
Warning, sweeping generalizations about men and women ahead. I am aware that these are classic gender roles that don’t quite fit everyone perfectly, so think of “men” like masculine people, and “women” like feminine people.
If there is no counter magic, and the person is resisting, the reason is quite often social or financial. In the case of many women, it is both. Young, beautiful women nowadays think they have more time than they actually do, to “field their options”. Even if their heart pulls them to someone, they may resist because they are holding out for someone “better”. This could mean someone more socially convenient or who has more money or “game”.
Men too have their unrealism. They think they don’t have a wall. They don’t know that only 1/3 of men age gracefully even below the belt. Above the belt, most are looking like the creepy old guy at the club by 30.
Unrealistic options cross the television screens and pages of romance novels and convince people they can have it all and well into their thirties and 40’s. Even very strong magic can’t make someone smarter if they insist on believing the popular lies. At the point that you know you’re dealing with a person in aggressive denial of reality, you do have the option of controlling spells, but I don’t recommend this course.
The problem is that the Orishas are forces of Nature and to flow with them, you must behave like a Natural person who can function in the role they claim to belong to. If you wish to be viewed as a man, you need to fill those shoes in your society, or have the courage to go against the grain. If you wish to be viewed as a woman or have your femininity recognized, you too have to conform in a way that you can do the job, or rebel in a way that you don’t need to conform to be whole and have a whole relationship. Either conforming or rebelling, there’s a price for said choices. I can’t tell someone else which choice to make or to what level, but I will say from experience that it is worth the journey to at least figure yourself out. Then someone can choose to be with you or not with both of you knowing what they’re getting into.
You are blocking the Orishas’ efforts if you are not behaving like you have some balls if you’re a man, or like you have some compassion and tact if you are a woman, or both if like most people, you need to have some range.
So here, we get back to another reason some spells don’t work: the person who requested or did them busily undoes the work of the Orishas sometimes because they don’t know what they want or who they are. If you spend your time or money doing a work, don’t mess it up by closing doors that the Orishas open.
The closer you are to Nature, the closer Nature is to you and the more she can do for you.