Balaam's Ass - Rembrandt
Balaam encounters the angel of the Lord. Note the spellbook in his saddle bag.

Miss cat yronwode has urged me to post the powerful and sharply pointed version of this prayer I offered on the December 3 edition of the Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Radio Hour: “Political Magic with Miss Michaele.” You will find the text here.

Some time ago, I heard this from a self-employed (and successful), non-church-going gay man, whose parents disapproved of all these aspects of his way of life.

I know that [my father] prays a lot, and I know that [my mother] gives out a milder version of the evil eye like some sort of Jinx-O-Matic. I’ve had the fact that his prayers affect me and that she evil-eyes me confirmed by divination, and also by the fact that any time she decides to get upset about something, it feels like someone has cursed the living crap out of me.

… So what I’m looking for is a way to either get them to back off, bind them from effecting me, or find some way to redirect their jinxiness (maybe something like an effigy of me that can absorb it.)

This is what I told him:

Recall the story of Balaam, who attempted to curse Israel three times because he had been hired to do so. Your parents are jinxing you, as you well know, because they believe it is right to do so.

Anyhow, Balaam was unable to curse Israel; he blessed them three times instead, because God’s power overcame him. You’ll find the whole story in Numbers chapters 22-24.

God directly tried to warn Balaam away from his nefarious task, too:

And the angel of the LORD said unto him … Behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:
And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.
And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men [sent by King Balak]: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

Now, you may summarize this passage, so:

“Behold, [NAME], the angel of the Lord has gone out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before God. You have sinned. Go your way, but only the word of the Lord shall you speak: and this is the word of the Lord:”

Follow that statement with the most loving verses you can find in Scripture, such as these, which invoke God’s mercy:

  • When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up. – Psalms 94:18
  • For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. – Psalms 108:4
  • The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. – Psalms 138:8
  • He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? – Micah 6:8
  • But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. – Matthew 12:7
  • To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace… – 2 Timothy 1:2
    — But instead of “Timothy,” say your own name.
  • Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. – Jude 1:2

A concordance or searchable online Bible will yield many other verses to bless yourself with. Of course, you don’t need as many as I have quoted here.

Now, if someone has cursed you for a specific kind of failure and bad luck, you may certainly address that: If you are unlucky in love because your first boyfriend’s mother disliked you and was spiritually powerful, you could say: “Now this is the word of the Lord: ‘Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. ‘” — Matthew 19:4-6

Or if you have been cursed with poverty, declare that the Word of the Lord is: “And the LORD hath blessed [me] greatly; and [I am] become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.” — Genesis 24:35

You can follow such a verse with more verses that apply to your condition.

Balaam candle CDMC
You can also order one (or several) Balaam candles burned on the altars at Caroline Dye Memorial Chapel.

And don’t hesitate to use Psalm 23, which speaks of fearlessness in “the valley of the shadow of death” and the feast table that God has “prepared in the presence of my enemies.”

An effigy — a decoy doll baby — is a good idea, and so is a full-out campaign of reversing work. You can pray the Bible verses above by the light of Reversing candles. Let them have a taste of their own medicine, by all means. Of course, they don’t need to know where it comes from.

3 thoughts on “Turn Curses into Blessings: shutting down the Jinx-O-Matic

  1. Thank you for this. My husband and have struggled to rid ourselves of his ex wife who has jinxed his money which has hurt mine. I do all I can but this blog speaks to me. I know I need my husband to do what I do to get “clean”. I burn Lucky Mojos Money House Blessing Candles with great success. I’m on my 2nd one in a year.

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