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"Here is a formula that is said to work from the inside as well as the outside. On the one hand, the name CAST OFF EVIL refers to ridding yourself or your loved ones from the corrupting influences of wicked so-called friends -- and on the other hand it symbolizes gaining the inner strength to break any bad personal habits that have held you or your loved ones back from living the good life."
-- The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. catalogue




The labels shown here are from packages of Lucky Mojo brand Cast Off Evil crystal salts for putting in the laundry or performing a ritual floor wash, self-lighting incense powders for fumigating an area one wishes to purify, sachet powders for sprinkling on letters of sympathy and prayer, and anointing oil for dressing candles or anointing the body. Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, these products contain genuine herbs, roots, and herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances. The ingredients in Cast Off Evil formulas include Eucalyptus, plus other herbs and essences. Lucky Mojo labels are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.

Cast Off Evil is the name of a series of hoodoo supplies used by Spiritual Workers who wish to help rid themselves or their loved ones or clients of bad habits and to break the hold that bad companions may have upon them.

There are many ways to utilize Cast Off Evil products. Some folks like to sprinkle Cast Off Evil Powder around their home or on the corner where drug dealers hang out; others make up a mojo bag with natural curios such as Eucalyptus leaves to carry themselves or give to a troubled person to carry while they are trying to overcome an addiction to a harmful substance such as tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs. Family members are known to secretly sprinkle a small amount of Cast Off Evil Bath Crystals into the laundry rinse water of troubled family members while doing their washing, in the hope that wearing clothes -- especially underwear and socks -- dressed with Cast Off Evil will help them persevere in seeking treatment and stating away from bad influences.

Perhaps the most common way to use these products is to undertake a simple spell that may involve burning a figural candle and incense. Practitioners may light a brazier of Cast Off Evil Incense, carve the affected person's name with a pin into a white crucifix candle (for sanctity and blessings) or a white 7-knob or Vigil candle (for prayers and wishes of an ongoing nature), anoint the candle with Cast Off Evil Oil, and recite a Psalm while the candle and the incense burn. One of the most revered Psalms for the purposes of helping someone in trouble is the 121st Psalm ("I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help").





I am often asked how to best use magic spells and magical hoodoo or conjure oils to cure or help an alcoholic or drug addict. This is always a difficult issue. Magic alone often cannot help a person with severe alcohol or drug dependencies. In order to effect a change, the work must go to changing them at their very core, not just to a little part of them, like making a boss give you a raise or getting a man to stay home more. So when trying to help an addict of any kind (and that includes tobacco as well as alcohol and other drugs), i recommend a three-part work: (1) get them in a program, (2) get them in church, (3) do your spell casting and prayer work on them. Even two out of the three has a better chance of success than any one alone.

The program should be one that is suited to their temperament, whether that be a secular rehab center or a religiously oriented self-help group like Alcoholics Anonymous. This program is free, all over the world. It is a group program, where members help each other in recovery and build strength and sobriety through attendance at meetings and by assisting others with the same problem.

The church should be one that has a strong community focus, and if it is the church they grew up in, so much the better. I need not be a Christian church if they are not Christian; i am using the word "church" here to mean a formal body of congregants engaged in communal spiritual practices under the leadership of clergy.

The work you do should be long-term and ongoing. Change will not happen in a day.



Use white lights, such as the glass-encased vigil candles or jumbo candles Keep one lit continually as a vigil. On one side of it place a small incense burner and on the other side a Bible open to the 121st Psalm. In front of it place a small stand-up frame containing a picture of the person for whom you are working. Make a flat packet with his name written three times on paper, crossed with the words

     CAST + OFF + EVIL

Put the following three herbs inside the packet as you fold it away from you (to cast off the evil influences): Angelica root powder, Eucalyptus leaf, Hyssop leaf. Add Motherwort herb and Life Everlasting flowers if the person is your own child.

Dress the packet with Cast Off Evil Oil, Blessing Oil, and Healing Oil, as well as any other magical hoodoo or conjure oils that seem appropriate to the persons situation, and place it behind the picture as you insert it in the frame. Dress the four corners of the picture frame with the three dressing oils. Dress the candle with the same magical herbs and the same three oils. Light Cast Off Evil Oil incense and pray daily before the burning candle in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, petitioning for the person to be safely guided toward a better life.

Also, in the meantime, get some of the person's favourite form of alcohol. Put some in a small glass bottle -- and if you can get the remnants from a bottle he drank from, this will be FAR stronger -- and add red pepper, nine pins, and nine needles, plus a few drops of Cast Off Evil Oil. Write his name nine times on a small piece of paper with the command GET SOBER written across his name nine times. Fold the paper very small, folding away from you each time so that his condition will be cast away, and put this paper into the bottle as well.



Top the bottle up with Four Thieves Vinegar, but leave enough room so it will slosh around inside when you shake it.

Now, every day as you pray for his salvation, also shake this bottle and curse his life of alcoholism. Say,

"As these needles and pins strike your name in this bottle of booze, so will booze cause you pain and suffering until you LEAVE IT!

"As this vinegar sours everything it touches, so will booze sour your life until you STOP USING IT!

"As this hot red pepper burns, so will booze burn at you until you GIVE IT UP!."

This is called "playing both sides of the case" or "using both the carrot and the stick." You lure him to the good with a white candle and soothing magical herbs and anointing oils for strengthening and healing, while you push him away from the wrong with hot magical herbs, sour Four Thieves Vinegar, and painful pins and needles.

This spell can be adapted for other situations beyond alcoholism. It has even been used to help someone break an eating disorder or to enable them to let go of a lover who was bad for him. It can be worked by a person for his or her own benefit or -- as is more common -- by another person to benefit a friend, client, or family member. Those who like to perform rootwork by the phases of the moon may wish to start this spell while the moon is waning, so that as the moon decreases in size, so will the person's dependency on harmful substances or his reliance on companions who are not good for him.

Finally, a word of advice for anyone reading this who is not an alcoholic: Alcoholism is a disease that has strong genetic components -- some people are more susceptible to the addictive effects of alcohol than others. If there is alcoholism in your family, you are at risk and you should avoid alcohol -- remember, you cannot get addicted unless you start using.

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