In the name of the Almighty and supreme God, I conjure you Lord Sun, the illuminator, the King of all the stars, the begetter of vision. O Sun, who nurtures and causes the herbs and the trees to bear fruit, who adorns the whole world with Majesty, who banishes adversities in the darkness, who divides the beautiful things from the ugly ones; O Sun, the embellishment of priceless things, the beauty and the majesty of pearls, gold and precious stones, the glory of the Kings and the thought of the judges; I conjure you, Sun, lord Sun, inconceivable, incomprehensible, who sees the powers of heaven and understands the splendours of the supreme God. I conjure you, Lord Sun, candle that burns before the dreadful God Sabaoth, do not disobey me. I conjure you in your following names: Pithankouz, Doriel, Sinae, Madoel, Lytrophar, Phryktouel, Pelkadon, Andraphor, Iymedon, Alianos, Gararouel. [In your above names, grant your grace, power and virtue in the present work I want to attempt.] Turn back your foul fortune from me. Bring me only good fortune. Amen.


Lord Almighty, supreme, creator, King of kings and Lord of lords, who created and fashioned man, who embellished the heavens with stars and adorned to the earth with flowers and animals, before the site of whose power every creature, visible or invisible, shivers and trembles, I, your unworthy servant, beg you and I entreat you to hear me and subdue to me the virtue of this planet. Lady Luna, the order and the knowledge of the world, the figure of the heaven, the consolation of the night and the Queen of the constrained spirits; lady Luna, the indication of time, the sign of all celebrations and festivals; I conjure you, Luna, by the high throne of God, by the solar rays, by the rest of God, by the Cherubim and the Seraphim, by all the orders of the holy angels, and in the following names: Khariomo, Gallagil, Benouel, Agramouel, Adekael, Thyeloel, Rhaphael, Zygothoel, Galael. [For your above names, do not disobey me, but to grant your grace, power and virtue in the work I am going to attempt.] Turn back your foul fortune from me. Bring me only good fortune. Amen.


O Lord, powerful and mighty, whose anger dries the bottom of the sea, whose powerful glance breaks mountains, the mountains feared you and the abyss was terrified by you. Every choir of archangels and angels worshipped to you. In your name, my Lord, I dare to attempt every work. I conjure you, Mars, bellicose Mars, by the heart of the mighty lion and by the flame of the strong, burning fire, to obey me. I conjure you, Mars, sanguine and daring, by the air, by the earth and by the centre of the earth, to obey me. O Mars who rejoices in calamity and despises happiness, I conjure you by Him, whom you and every planetary creation fears, and in your following fiery names, Agla, Aser, Pioriroth, Alband, Endor, Omer, Skonaphor, Kalonos, Almanos. [In your above names, grant your grace and your virtue in my present work.] Turn back your foul fortune from me. Bring me only good fortune. Amen.


In the name of the Omni-benevolent God, Amen; O Lord, who dwells on high and beholds the humble, who guides the reins and the hearts, the Lord of spirits, the King of heaven and earth, grant your grace to me, the sinner, O Lord, in order to subdue the powers of the planet Mercury. O Mercury, the most skilled in logical arguments, the effective and most excellent in wisdom and in every science; who divides and distributes the art and craft of each person; the experienced and skilled soldier, since without you all things, mobile or immobile, cannot be known; O Mercury, creator, philosopher and greatest among orators, who rules over minds; I conjure you by God who created you and placed you in the heavens. I conjure you by your heaven, by your sphere, by the treasure and by the secret wisdom of God, by his strong and immeasurable hand and by all the myriads of angels, do not disobey me. I conjure you in the following names: Siboraz, Hyielisphak, Iagrou, Hysoreono, Eililoph, Naendor, Gelstamot, Khaselon, Aseoulouel, Teratouon, Sphalikon, Kyrmaen, Barnidon. [In your above names, grant me your grace and your virtue, in order that any work I attempt be effective and true; by the omnipotence of God, Amen.] Turn back your foul fortune from me. Bring me only good fortune. Amen.
Lord our God, the great, praised and incomprehensible, whose height of divinity is immeasurable, unto you I pray. I, the unworthy, beg the height of your compassion, hear me and make this attempt and the work I want to do, to be highly effective. I conjure you, most valorous and most beneficial Jupiter, by the immeasurable ankle of God, do not disobey me. I conjure you, Jupiter, by the grace of all herbs. I conjure you, Jupiter, by your valour and justice, by your miraculous virtues and in your following names: Misthan, Mesaou, Alasigno, Pelkhaous, Aabio, Kedesod, Olaber, Sedio, Azanor, Merran. [In your most great and valorous names, grant your grace and your virtue by the work I am going to do.] Turn back your foul fortune from me. Bring me only good fortune. Amen.


In the name of the most supreme God, in his most desirable name, I conjure you, most harmonious, most beautiful and most fair Lady Venus, who lies in valour, and in the might of love, who tortures the human flesh from within. O Venus, who rules over passion and distributes love, most comely Venus, who leads every yearning in the hearts of men and women and moves the entrails of people; O lady, crowned with the wreath of love, I beseech you for your power, in order to torture the people I want and make them fall under my feet. I conjure you, Venus, by God, who created you and placed you in the heavens. I conjure you by the seal that is in your heart, by your wreath, by your heaven, and in your following names: Montoaran, Maugoran, Ktioel, Pyrgeton, Lioikon, Ikarizi, Iakor, Ladokon, Parinos, Phrektiouz, Phaloumpol, Kraipophon, Alleopon, Estoge, Iaseph, Zaglytai, Krigenos, Ooulan. [In your above names, do not disobey me, but to grant your grace and your virtue in the work I am going to attempt.] Turn back your foul fortune from me. Bring me only good fortune. Amen.


Lord our God, the great and supreme, who created and fashioned man, the abyss saw you and feared, the living saw you and became lifeless. In his name and by his great and mighty power I conjure you, Saturn. By the height of heaven and by the depth of the sea, I conjure you, Saturn, do not disobey me. By your antiquity and by your preeminence I conjure you, O cold Saturn, who has authority over every harm, who gives treasures and who offers everything. I conjure you again, O Saturn, in your following names: Arphin, Orkip, Ouliob, Berik, Ouraphon, Sarok, Taimon, Odel, Sigep, Sotad, [grant your grace and your virtue to every work I want to accomplish.] Turn back your foul fortune from me. Bring me only good fortune. Amen.

Make an offering of lights, water, and incense with the mala around it. Pray the following:

Whatever spirits, traces of spirits, memories, or echoes remain in these bones  – I liberate you.
Take these offerings and go.

Rise with the incense (wave your incense ceremoniously and lift into the air)

Flow with the water (Pour a little of the water onto the ground)

And disperse with the light (hold the light aloft)


Hold the rosary between your hands and roll it around.


All composite things are illusions.

Aggregates made of aggregates

I honor the original purpose of this tool

And pay homage to those who made it

As all things are impermanent, I am cutting the thread

And in the name of Transcendent Hekate

Dedicating it to a new purpose
Cut the thread over a bowl so the beads fall inside.


IO HEKA IO HO (100x breathed over the bowl)


Sprinkle water onto the bones:

By the waters of Lethe your old purpose is unwound and forgotten.


Pass them through incense:




Breathe upon these bones and make them a fitting vessel for the dead and all powers of Hades and Hel.



To Bless Plants and To Purify Water for All Personal Uses
From the Cipriano

Let there be a firmament in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters, that which is above is like that which is below and that which is below is like that which is above for the accomplishment of the One Thing. The Sun is its father, the Moon is its mother and the Winds carried it in its womb, it ascends from earth to the heaven and again it descends to the earth. It is purified! I exorcise you, creature of water, that you may be for me of the living God in my works and a font of life and the ablution of sins. May ashes be returned to the font of living water and may the earth be fruitful and sprout forth life by the three names that are Netzach, Hod, and Yesod, in the beginning as in the end, by Alpha and Omega, who is are in Spirit Azoth.


And since there are so many cases where this relic preserves one from the Devil and his charms, blessed is he who keeps the four Holy Gospels. May Luke, John, Mark, and Matthew cleanse us of all evil, to enjoy the pleasure of the celestial homeland as we wish.


The Gospel of Saint Luke
And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

The Gospel of Saint Matthew
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Then the devil takes him up into the holy city, and sets him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil takes him up into an exceeding high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaves him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

The Gospel of Saint John
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we bheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Gospel of Saint Mark
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.


O coffee! By the mighty Name of Power do I invoke thee, consecrating thee to the Service of the Magic of Light. Let the pulsations of my heart be strong and regular and slow! Let my brain be wakeful and active in its supreme task of self-control! That my desired end may be effected through Thy strength, Adonai, unto Whom be the Glory for ever! Amen without lie, and Amen, and Amen of Amen.

From the diaries of Aleister Crowley, published in Liber DCCCLX: a special supplement to The Equinox, Vol I, No I.


Today, my Padrino gave me a small bundle of Pica-Pica (Mucuna pruriens), a tropical herb used in Palo and conjure as a component of conflict, cursing, hexing, and hot foot powders. In Mozabique, they are known as Mad Beans (feijões malucos) and in Nigeria, they the plant’s pods are called Devil Beans.

Medicinally, Mucuna pruriens is used in Unani and Ayurvedic medicine.
Random notes:
Never hand someone a cursing herb if you don’t intend on crossing them. Put it down and let them pick it up.
(Image via flickr / google images. I’m not in the mood to brave the rigors of touching the herb in order to photograph it at the moment.)



California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica

Lemon Verbena
Aloysia triphylla

Blue Sage
Salvia clevelandii

Native California Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla

True Comfrey
Symphytum officinale

Greek Mullein
Verbascum olympicum

Hyssopus officinalis

French Long Lavender
Lavandula stoechas pedunculata

Levisticum officinalis

Artemisia vulgaris

Passion Flower
Passiflora incarnata

Red Clover
Trifolium pratense

Rosmarinus officinalis

Ruta graveolens

Clary Sage
Salvia sclarea

White Sage
Salvia apiana

St. John’s Wort
Hypericum perforatum

Tanacetum Vulgare

Achillea millefolium

Sanguinaria canadensis

Black Cohosh
Cimicifuga racemosa

Althaea officinalis

Tobacco Tree
Nicotiana glauca

Calendula Officinalis

Sweet Bay
Laurus nobilis var. Crestwood

Solomon’s Seal
Polygonatum biflorum

Echinacea purpurea

Cymbopogon flexuosus

Bloody Dock
Rumex sanguineus

All Heal
Prunella vulgaris

Angelica archangelica

Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

Winter Savory
Satureja hortensis

Sweet Marjoram
Origanum majorana

Greek Basil
Ocimum minimum

Creeping Orange Thyme
T. praecox?


Behind the veil of all the hieratic and mystical allegories of ancient doctrines, behind the darkness and strange ordeals of all initiations, under the seal of all sacred writings, in the ruins of Nineveh or Thebes, on the crumbling stones of old temples and on the blackened visage of the Assyrian or Egyptian sphinx, in the monstrous or marvellous paintings which interpret to the faithful of India the inspired pages of the Vedas, in the cryptic emblems of our old books on alchemy, in the ceremonies practised at reception by all secret societies, there are found indications of a doctrine which is everywhere the same and everywhere carefully concealed. Occult philosophy seems to have been the nurse or god-mother of all intellectual forces, the key of all divine obscurities and the absolute queen of society in those ages when it was reserved exclusively for the education of priests and of kings. It reigned in Persia with the Magi, who perished in the end, as perish all masters of the world, because they abused their power; it endowed India with the most wonderful traditions and with an incredible wealth of poesy, grace and terror in its emblems; it civilized Greece to the music of the lyre of Orpheus; it concealed the principles of all sciences, all progress of the human mind, in the daring calculations of Pythagoras; fable abounded in its miracles, and history, attempting to estimate this unknown power, became confused with fable; it undermined or consolidated empires by its oracles, caused tyrants to tremble on their thrones and governed all minds, either by curiosity or by fear. For this science, said the crowd, there is nothing impossible, it commands the elements, knows the language of the stars and directs the planetary courses; when it speaks, the moon falls blood-red from heaven; the dead rise in their graves and mutter ominous words, as the night wind blows through their skulls. Mistress of love or of hate, occult science can dispense paradise or hell at its pleasure to human hearts; it disposes of all forms and confers beauty or ugliness; with the wand of Circe it changes men into brutes and animals alternately into men; it disposes even of life and death, can confer wealth on its adepts by the transmutation of metals and immortality by its quintessence or elixir, compounded of gold and light.

  • Transcendental Magic, Eliphas Levi