Prayer is, or at least should be, an important part of any spiritual workers life. The spoken word is truly powerful and that power is alive and well within prayer. It can provide comfort or reassurance in times of loss, strength in times of weakness and can give us something else to focus on deeply to calm our minds if that’s all that’s needed. If you practice any magickal system you probably know this better than anyone. But did you also know that you can work with the Psalms for other reasons as well?
It’s no secret that in Hoodoo we often make use of various Psalms and other holy scripture in our magickal workings. The bible is chock full of great information, recipes and powerful prayers and that information has long been used in conjure work to either protect oneself from evil, cleanse the body and home or for a number of other mundane needs. So I’ve picked out what I believe to be the 5 most important Psalms that any good rootworker should know. Let me know if you use any of these in your work or even if you use them differently! It’s always really neat to see how other workers use prayer in their own practice.
Okay onto the good stuff…
1. Psalm 51
What better way to start this list off than with one of the absolutely most notable Psalms used in Hoodoo.
Making the top of this list is the prayer that almost every spiritual worker I know seems to be able to recite at a moments notice off the top of their heads and for very good reason. It is a staple of the Hoodoo community when it comes to cleansings and even directly mentions the use of Hyssop and Rue to perform a cleansing.
Psalm 51 is most commonly used in conjunction with a spiritual bath. There are several different ways to go about using this method of cleansing but here’s my favorite method if you want to give it a try:
Take equal parts of Hyssop and Rue, mix them in a pot of water and set it on the stove on low heat, the reason for this is to get some of the plants natural oils released into the water. I usually remove it after about 20 minutes or so. After you remove it from the stove, allow it to cool down for another 5-10 minutes and then strain your liquid into a glass jar. Add a few pinches of the herbs in as well and discard the rest outside. I usually put a few drops of holy water in the jar as well but this is optional or you can even substitute it with Florida Water if you prefer. Pray Psalm 51 over this, put a lid on it and store it away until you are ready to use it.
It is of course ready for use right away however.
When you are ready to use it all you need to do is pour a small amount into a bowl and take it with you to your tub. Get in the tub and use the bowl to pour the liquid beginning at the top of your head so that it runs across your entire body. As you are doing this you will recite Psalm 51:1-12. If you get done with the bowl but are still reciting the Psalm you can brush the liquid downward your body with your hands as you continue to pray. When finished, just step out of the tub and allow yourself to air dry (no towels as this would rub off the liquid with intention) before getting dressed. Collect a small amount of the used liquid from the tub into a container and dispose of it at the base of a tree. Done.
And now for the Psalm:
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones whichthou hast broken may rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thyholy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
2. Psalm 64
Psalm 64 is a really useful prayer for when it comes down to needing some good strong protection from people who are trying to do you harm. Simply recite it when you feel threatened or just need that extra layer of protection before going to confront an enemy or heading into a dangerous area. If you know the persons name you can write it on a brown piece of paper and place that face down under this Psalm and burn a black candle on top of it.
Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.
3. Psalm 78
If you a card reader you will probably love this one!
Psalm 78:2-4 can be recited to increase ones psychic abilities. Try this the next time you are performing a reading, light a yellow candle and place it next to your cards, bones dice or whatever you use and recite Psalm 78:2-4 as you pick them up and roll them or pass them between your hands. You can stop reciting the prayer whenever you like and begin your reading.
I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
4. Psalm 29
So if you’ve tried my method for cleansing yourself using Psalm 51, you are going to love using Psalm 29.
This Psalm is also for cleansing but this time, it’s your homes turn. There are so many really good methods for cleansing your home that it’s really hard for me to decide on just one specific way that I like best but Psalm 29 can be incorporated into just about any method. Try to incorporate to this method that I wrote about.
The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
5. Psalm 65
Last but certainly not least we have Psalm 65 or how I like to refer to it…. The Gamblers Psalm
Yep, this Psalm is used to bring luck in all things large and small in ones life. Recite it before you go out to gamble or are doing anything that requires a great deal of luck. Pray it over any gambling oils or powders. In this sense it is also just as useful as an amplifier for any magickal work you are doing or rather it is an amplifier for any luck that may be involved in the work being successful. Can you tell that luck is the keyword with this prayer yet?
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.
You care for the land and water it;
you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
to provide the people with grain,
for so you have ordained it.
You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.