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To remove evil:

On a petition paper, write your full name three times, turn the paper counterclockwise 1/4 turn, and write out Psalm 69: 13-18:
[13] But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
[14] Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
[15] Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
[16] Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
[17] And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.
[18] Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

Take off your clothes and rub the paper all down your body, praying that the negativity will be removed.  And get the soles of your feet, too!

On a square of aluminum foil, shiny side up, dot it in a five-spot pattern with Reversing oil.  Starting from the center of the foil, sprinkle salt going outward in a counterclockwise spiral.  Five-spot the paper with the Reversing oil, and place some agrimony, nettle, and bay leaf in the center; fold the paper away, turn the paper 90-degrees counter clockwise, fold it away again, turn paper 90-degrees clockwise again, and fold it away again.

Place folded paper into the center of the foil, dribble some Florida water on it, and set it on fire, praying that the flame will purify you of all evil and negativity and send it back to the sender, to the extent justified in God’s eyes.  Go to a 4-way crossroads with the foil, salt, and ashes, and throw it over your left shoulder towards the west.

Leave without looking back.

Homemade “Cast Off Evil” Oil

Just prepped a 2oz bottle of it tonight.  I don’t have a picture of the bottle, but it basically looks the same as number 5 in this post.  After blending the oil, I prayed over it with Psalms 56 and 69, both of which are good for casting off addictions and bad habits.

In hoodoo terms, Cast Off Evil is all about, well, casting off evil.  The “evil” in this case can by harmful friends and companions, bad habits (like procrastination), addictions, etc.  The way I blended the oil, it also has a clearing element to it.

In my case, the main vice I want to work on is procrastination.  More specifically, the habit of aimlessly browsing the Internet for what-the-fuck-ever, sometimes for hours at a time.  More generally, I want to work on my impulsiveness.  There are many factors to procrastination, one of which is impulsiveness and distraction.  By working on these things, I can get more done! :-)

The “Julie Andrews” conjure

This is  just a basic thing I created to bring positive vibrations into my life.  I call it this because I was inspired by the song “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, in which Julie Andrews sings about the “little things” in life that make her happy, and using it to feel better when circumstances are bad.  Therefore, I wrote up a list of foods, activities, games, TV shows, people, etc. that make me happy.  I wrote it out on a piece of paper torn from a sugar sack, anointed it in a five spot pattern with blessed olive oil, placed onto the paper a mixture of five herbs (rose, lavender, basil, frankincense, and myrrh), and folded up the paper before placing it into a little muslin sack.  Of course, I kept praying Psalm 23 and Romans 15:13 over it, the entire time.

I dressed the muslin bag with my homemade “blessing” oil and fed it with some whiskey.  I’m now wearing it on a chain around my neck, underneath my shirt, next to my heart.  In this way, “my favorite things” will comfort me and uplift me, and I attract ever more opportunities to enjoy them. :-)

 

Handmade Oils

Over the past several months, I have made up some oily blends, for different conditions, and I have 10 so far, one of which I just made tonight:

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I will go through each by number (with a brief explanation, if necessary):

  1. Love Uncrossing: Used to remove curses, hexes, jinxes, past pains and traumas, past mistakes, and bad habits that hold one back in the game of love.
  2. Camphor Oil: Mineral oil with chunks of camphor floating in it.  Basically for cleansing and clearing away evil and negativity.  Nothing fancy.
  3. Money Drawing: Self-explanatory
  4. Psychic: For awakening one’s innate psychic gifts, perception of energy and spirits, prophetic dreams, divinatory ability, doing magic, etc.
  5. Blessing: Happiness, joy, peace, comfort, healing, restoration.  You know, Psalm 23, “…He leadeth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul…Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…”
  6. Protection: From evil, negativity, curses, hexes, jinxes, illness, accidents, enemies, false friends, negative spirits, etc.  I use it when I like to feel extra safe.
  7. Blessed Olive Oil: Contains a grain of frankincense, of myrrh, three grains of coarse sea salt, and a rolled up paper with Psalm 23 written on it.  Multi-purpose, though I usually use it to dress my head before going to bed at night or leaving the house in the morning, to keep evil out and invite good in.
  8. Clearing: This blog post talks about magic designed to cut emotional ties and clear out the past, and the author says you can infuse oil with lemon to create just such an item.  The author says olive oil, but I’m using mineral oil, since the latter seems (to me) to be more suited to negative work, as I have read from others.
  9. John the Conqueror: Soaking John the Conqueror root pieces, plus other herbs and roots that I find relevant to the purpose.  For power and success in all my endeavors.  Kind of has a very “woodsy” scent to it.
  10. Follow Me Boy: Designed to make men desire me, follow me, and seek to please and serve me.  I sometimes mix the oil with this perfume before putting it on myself.

So far, as I’ve used these oils, I’ve gotten varying levels of success.  I’m managing to stay economically stable, I have a love life, bad things don’t really happen to me, and I’m becoming a more mentally adjusted and happy person in general.  One thing I’m particularly proud of: When I put the blessing oil on myself (head and heart), I notice an almost immediate rush of positivity.  Not like giddy-happy…just a sense of well-being and peace washes over me.

So yeah, I’m good like that!
Edit: Forgot to mention:

 

I bought some “Uncrossing Oil” at a local botanica, some time ago.  Later, of course, I learned the oils sold at botanicas are often, basically, mineral oil with artificial fragrances and colors added.  The oil, as I bought it, appeared to be nothing special, but since I’m blending oils for myself, now, I decided to “jazz it up” by adding some rue, agrimony, camphor, and a rolled up piece of paper with Jonah 2 written on it.  The chapter is about how Jonah (who was swallowed by the whale/fish) was bound and swallowed up — but prayed to God and was set free.  (Interestingly, the Spanish word for “uncrossing” is “desenvolvimiento,” which translates as “unwrapping”.)  Just as Jonah was set free from the fish’s inside, I like to think that this oil will be instrumental in helping people (me or others) be set free from and unwrapped from any negative or evil conditions.

In folk magic, you can get very specific formulas for drawing love, drawing money, getting married, keeping a spouse at home, keeping money, etc.  And, there are those who cater to this demand, both companies and individual practitioners, who have special proprietary blends for different conditions (and sub-conditions) for sale.

However, you don’t always need fancy, specialized supplies or special formulas that are exceedingly specific.  Sometimes, a white candle with olive oil, atop a written petition, can work wonders.  Sometimes, even prayer alone can make things move!

To that end, I sometimes make my own conjure supplies, and I’m on a mission to make supplies for myself that are very generic – that could be used for love, money, blessings, healing, protection, and much more.  The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. (of which I am becoming a very loyal customer) makes something called Special Oil No. 20, which can be used for multiple purposes.

This gave me the idea of making some general “positive” bath salts, sachet powder, and incense.  Thus, here we have my blessed bath salts.  Here is my recipe:

1 cup each of:

  • Epsom Salt
  • Kosher Salt
  • Sea Salt

1/2 tsp each of:

  • Five-finger grass
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Rose petals

Plus:

  • Three grains of frankincense resin, smashed
  • A paper with Psalm 23
  • A piece of devil’s shoestring
  • A length of white thread/yarn
  • Blessed Olive Oil

Ask the herbs, the frankincense, and the devil’s shoestring to awaken and work for you, and feed each one with whiskey.  Pray Psalm 23 over each cup of salt and state the intent (love, money, blessing, healing, protection) before pouring it into the mixing bowl.  Do the same with the herbs and the frankincense.  Mix the ingredients with your hands while praying Psalm 23 and stating the intent for the bath salts.  Anoint the Psalm 23 paper with the blessed olive oil, place the devil’s shoestring onto the paper, and roll it up in the paper (towards you) while praying Psalm 23.  Tie it with the white string, and make three ties, saying “In the Name of the Father” on the first tie, and “the Son” and “the Holy Spirit” on the next two ties.  Place the tied paper into a storage jar and pour the salt mixture on top.  For the next six days, uncap the jar and pray over the mixture with Psalm 23, plus your intentions.

Here are some photos:

Ingredients laid out:

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The three salts:

 

 

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Salts with herbs mixed in:

 

 

 

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Jar with petition added:

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Final product:

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I have six more days of praying to do over these, but I think it’ll be worth it.  I’ve always wanted to have some bath salts, and I think these will do nicely.  Plus, as a person of limited means, it’s helpful to be able to make my own supplies and also not have to put too much time, energy, and resources into getting two specific.

Week 7 – Cursing

This is the one that has given me the most pause, simply because I have so many fears of repercussions – both from targets and from the Universe.  I was debating and deliberating over who to target; options included the following: some people who have hurt me in the past, some exes, some family members, Ann Coulter, and Fred Phelps.  Eventually, I decided to just say “all of my enemies, known and unknown”.  I have heard this used on the Old Style Conjure radio show and blog. And, well, if that phrase is good enough for Momma Starr, then it’s good enough for me! :-)

Don’t feel like taking a picture, but it was your run of the mill black candle.  Herbs: quassia (to dominate and oppress my enemies), black mustard seeds (to confound them), and red pepper (to burn them).  Bible verse: Psalms 7:9-16 (some parts omitted); it calls down judgment upon the wicked, including an element that their own bad works will work against them.  I also used Jeremiah 17:18: Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.  Yeah, if you are making yourself my enemy, I don’t have much sympathy or compassion for you!

The general intention is this: If I have any true enemies out there, I want them oppressed and broken down to the point that they can no longer work against me, spiritually or otherwise.  If I have no enemies, then no harm done!
Two more weeks to go: Legal Matters and Power/Mastery!

This past Sunday night, I did a candle in the theme of cleansing and clearing away.

This is a basic road opening candle, dressed with lemongrass (clearing away evil mess), saltpeter (blasting away obstacles), agrimony (removing any ill magic or bindings), quassia root chips (control and power), and Van Van oil (road opening, changing bad luck to good, etc.).  For the Bible verse, I used 2 Samuel 22: 3-7, 17-20; though the verses are about escaping enemies, to me, they also felt relevant to road opening work.

Here is the candle:

So far, of all the candles I’ve done, I feel the most confident about this one.  (Partly because I now know not to overdo it with the oils and herbs in the candle!)

In other news, my love candle (for self-love) seems to be burning mostly clear, with a bit of residual wax and herbs clinging to the inside of the glass…  So, to me, that would say…mostly successful, with a few hangups…

If you were schooled in Christianity, you may have heard the story of the widow’s olive oil (2 Kings 4: 1-7).  Basically, the widow’s late husband had debts, and his creditors were going to take her sons as slaves because she could not pay the debts herself.  But, then God sent a miracle that saved her and her family from this fate.  Here are the verses:

  1. The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
  2. Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”  “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
  3. Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.
  4. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
  5. She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring.
  6. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”  But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
  7. She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

In mainstream Christianity, there are, of course, many interpretations.  However, from a magical perspective, this really symbolizes the essence of what we hope to accomplish.  We have a situation or problem (such as an impending debt) and desire a particular outcome (such as paying it off), but we do not know how to bring that outcome about.  For those of us who practice magic, the point is to put our intention into the Universe such that our intended outcome manifests – whether that manifestation be through expected means or unexpected (such as an endless jar of olive oil).

I have just started experimenting with the use of these verses in my own work, but I can sense considerable power in them.  The power to bring in – for the sake of manifesting my intentions – even the most unexpected and improbable resolutions.  For example, I like to use these verses in “fast luck” work so that even something from completely out of left field can come forth to grant my petition speedily.

I did candles for three more conditions: Love, Psychic Vision, and Money:

  1. Protection (see previous post)
  2. Blessing (see previous post)
  3. Love: This one is all about me learning to love myself, deeply and completely, rather than drawing the love of another person.  The intention is that I will see, acknowledge, and believe in all the goodness that is within me.  That I will see myself as lovable and worthy of love, both others’ love and my own love for myself.  As you will see below, it has been burning for a while, and I placed upon it a picture of myself.   (Kind of like, a candle to myself, rather than a spirit or saint.)  I do feel like it’s working, somewhat, as I become a bit more confident and nice to myself. :-)
  4. Psychic Vision: I have created a 9-herb psychic vision blend (anise, star anise, celery seed, etc.), as well as an oil infusion based on that same blend.  On the relevant night, I went to the crossroads, where I poked holes into the candle and put in the relevant herbs and drizzled some oil on it.  I put a picture of me on there, as well, and I drew an eye on my forehead to represent my third eye.
  5. Money: I meant this one to be a fast money spell, specifically, so I used herbs and oils dedicated to bringing things to me quickly.  For a Bible verse, I decided to use the store of the widow’s olive oil from 2 Kings 4: 1-7 because I feel like it represents the essence of “fast luck” – something from completely out of left field that helps you achieve your goal.

See the picture below, with the relevant numbers from above.  (To the far left, you can see my Week 2 blessing candle, with Bible verses glued to it, as well as an orange candle in the background, prepared by a friend of mine.)

candle pics

I still have some things to learn about dressing these suckers, but I think I’ll improve!  A friend of mine posted a vid, which I think will help me become much better at this:

Ever since I heard about the Crossroads Ritual in hoodoo, I have been wanting to do one.  Briefly, the Crossroads Ritual involves going to a crossroads a number of times in order to practice a manual skill: playing an instrument, knitting, creating a magical object, etc.  Supposedly, the “spirit of the crossroads” will, in exchange for your offering of effort, help you to become much better at that skill – making you a master of the skill, even.  I once heard someone advised to go to the crossroads to learn how to make mojo bags, making 9 different ones over a series of nine visits.

For mine, I decided to go with preparing candles.  I love the element of fire, and I love working with candles, so it only seemed appropriate for me to go with that and seek to become much better at that skill.  I can become a master preparer-of-candles!  Wish me luck… :-)

The white candle is a protection candle, and the blue candle is for blessing.  Seven more to go!

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