Hi! So recently a Gris Gris I made isn't working like it used to, and I fear it might be turning "lazy". I feed it regularly with colonge, oils, and sugar (I don't have corn starch). How can I keep it working at its prime?
Gris Gris is a practice, most people will get mojo bags and "working" Gris Gris in the same boat and they are two different practices. You literally have to work your gris gris its not something you create and leave around its a form based on sympathetic and contagious magick it is considered talismanic magick yes but its more of an act than an actual object. Lets break down what we know about "Gris Gris" and see if we can find a solution to your problem. When your targeting the "contagious" side your adding DNA or very personal effects of your target or yourself to the vessel/object this is very symbolic for linking oneself with the spiritual nature. "Sympathetic" is when you lack the fingernail's, hair, etc and instead you create something to the likeness of your target using similar attributes to their own life. Gris Gris can also be a spell or prayer it does not have to be in the form of a talismanic magick think of the gris gris as the intention for creating the magick, its the filling to the pie. Creating gris gris to me how i create any spell, you use what you have when the situation is called for it. This could be anything you have in your yard to whatever you have in your pockets at the time. When creating gris gris of any kind you still have to have purpose for everything you put in to it. How many items are in your bag? Are you doing weekly feedings? Was your intent in the right place?
Magick work's because of what we create with our sub conscious/conscious mind. It's why we are the best tool in witchcraft because how i see it when we learn something we have an understanding, but it shouldn't stop there understanding a practice and actually doing the practice is two separate types of knowledge. Much like working gris gris, you have know to what your getting into, knowing is only the first step, i applaud you for being practical its the best way to learn. Your on the right path to learning, i would just go a bit further with it and ill send you some link's to read and you can make your own judgement's.