Recently at my day job, we’ve had some upheaval.

The gist of it is, a few people on the team aren’t playing nice. In fact, they’re downright nasty: mean, disrespectful, unprofessional, and decidedly manipulative.

While I’m more than capable of holding my own, watching these folks antagonize my hardworking, highly capable coworkers has quickly gotten old. You want to try to interfere with my ability to do my job? Fine. I will find ways to work around you. But when you try to cripple our entire department’s productivity and trash our reputations? Slow your roll there, Ace. All that nasty? I’ll be sending it right back at ya.

I used the Lucky Mojo freezer spells page as a starting point (scroll down to the section titled “To Freeze an Enemy Out of a Job”). But I modified things a bit to suit my personal style and intention – I’m a firm believer that anything you can do to make your spells more meaningful to you and your situation adds some extra juice. Regardless of whether or not those spells involve fruit. 😉

I grabbed my lemon, razor blades, chili pepper and red pepper flakes, trusty athame (OK, it’s a purple pocket knife), some aluminum foil and a freezer bag. Rather than asking for my nasty colleague to lose her job, I just asked that her nastiness reflect back at her, in kind x 9. As I put the red pepper in the lemon, I requested that her hurtful words burn her throat. As I put the razor in the lemon, I asked that her attempts to cut down others backfire and reveal her weakness.

I sealed the lemon with a pin and rolled it up in tinfoil, shiny side in asking that her actions reflect back at her. I folded over the foil so there’s a shiny side on the outside as extra incentive to me to be super-nice and professional with her so that if she comes at me she looks like a whack job. Because your actions reflect back on you. It goes both ways. I popped my foil-wrapped lemon into a zip-lock bag with my coworker’s name on it and shoved it to the back of the freezer, where Mr. W knows to leave it well enough alone.

The other wonderful thing about lemons?

They’re a cleanser. A large part of my intent here is to cleanse my workplace of toxicity.

I’ll let you know how it goes.