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- LUCKY MOJO CROSSING SPIRITUAL SUPPLIES: TRADITIONAL FOLK MAGIC REMEDIES
- CROSSED CONDITIONS
- THE JINX
- A SIMPLE CROSSING SPELL
- A MIRROR-BOX CROSSING SPELL TO FIX BAD WORK BACK ONTO YOUR ENEMY
- REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE WHO JINXED OR CROSSED YOU
- CLEANSING AND PROTECTION AFTER DOING CROSSING WORK
- PREVENTING CROSSED CONDITIONS AND UNCROSSING YOURSELF
LUCKY MOJO CROSSING SPIRITUAL SUPPLIES:
TRADITIONAL FOLK MAGIC PRODUCTS
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Crossing is a strongly African concept in hoodoo, a sub-set of the tradition known as direct foot-track magic, whereby one can affect another by
The word "Crossing" has several meanings in the hoodoo tradition. In its original form, it refers to laying down a trick in a "quincunx" "five-spot" or "X" pattern or creating a "cross-mark," such as a circle with an "X" through it, to "poison" an enemy who steps in it. Crossing is thus a form of direct foot-track magic and it may be the oldest and most African of this type of spell.
Cross-marks and "wavy snake lines" intended to hurt an enemy can be laid down with small stones, inscribed in the dust with a sharp stick, or drawn with chalk or sprinkled Crossing Powder on a sidewalk or street. The marks are placed in the foot path of the victim and activated by spitting into them while cursing the one for whom they are laid.
What happens to innocent people who walk over such marks is a matter of debate. Some folks will tell you that the cross-mark only affects the one it was put down for -- but almost as many people will tell you to never walk across such a mess when you see it, because you just might get crossed or "hurt through your feet" anyway.
Jinxing includes all the forms of crossing mentioned above, and is sometimes used as a synonym for crossing, but it also includes a few other tricks. For instance, people who have been verbally cursed, have had their foot-tracks whipped, have had black candles burned on their names, have been "throwed after" (that is, had bad-luck herbs, sachet powders,, or minerals thrown behind their backs by their enemies after they passed by), or who have been "dressed" or "poisoned" or "throwed for" with powders, insects, snake dust, or spiders secretly placed on their are usually said to be jinxed.
In theory, while only a person who actually steps across a cross-mark or a trick laid in "quincunx" pattern could be said to be literally "crossed" or suffering from "crossed conditions," in practice those terms have almost become synonyms for jinxing and are casually applied to anyone who is jinxed or is undergoing bouts of bad luck and trouble, even if the cause is not known.
A SIMPLE CROSSING SPELL
This is a basic crossing spell that employs foot track magic to mess up an enemy's life. For the purposes of this work, we will say that the enemy was a liar and a manipulator who had caused a lot of trouble in the neighborhood.
Get the person's picture, write his or her name on it, and cross the name over with your command, such as "Burn in Hell, you liar." On the back, copy out the whole of Psalms 1:
Psalms 1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Wipe fresh, wet dog shit over the paper on both sides. Sprinkle it with Goofer Dust and Red Pepper on both sides. Drop it at the person's doorstep. Over this item, in the form of a large X, sprinkle the contents of one whole packet of Crossing Powder. The X should be large enough that your enemy will have to step in, over it, or through it when he or she goes out the door.
If you are worried that your enemy might recognize your handwriting -- be careful! Write the name and the command and the copy of Psalms 1 in block capital letters, very neatly with your OTHER HAND (that is, if you are right-handed, write in ALL CAPITALS with your left hand.)
Go home and bathe in weak tea brewed from Hyssop herb and drink a small amount of the tea as well. As you do this, recite Psalms 51 for forgiveness of sin:
Psalms 51  Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: 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 which thou 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 thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
A MIRROR-BOX CROSSING SPELL
TO FIX BAD WORK ONTO YOUR ENEMY
If you have been Crossed, Goofered, or Jinxed, your first step should be to perform a spell of Uncrossing or Jinx Breaking to take that mess off. However, if you know who threw for you, just cleansing yourself and turning the trick back onto them may not be enough, for they can always come back and try the same curse on you again. To prevent a recurrence of the problem, it is a good idea to cross or your bind your enemy up in a mirror-box spell. The mirror box will keep everything evil they do bouncing back to them, hurting them each time they try to hurt someone else.
To work this trick you will need a doll-baby of some kind to represent your enemy. You can use any kind of doll that looks like them or sew one or make it of twigs, or whatever feels right to you. Try to get something personal of the enemy -- hair, a photo, or the like -- and incorporate it into the making of the doll. One simple way to make a doll is to use a black candle in the figure of the Devil and carve their name on it and use that as an effigy.
Next get a small box that will just hold the doll-baby or effigy. It need be no larger than a shoe box and it can be chipboard or cardboard. It must have a lid.
Go to a store where cheap mirrors are sold and buy one without looking in it yourself. This is difficult; but be sure to not look. If there is a stack if similar mirrors, just take one from behind the front or top one, so you don't look in it. When you get the mirror home, take a hammer and break the mirror into pieces, still without looking into it. Glue the pieces into the bottom, sides, and lid of the box -- still without looking. (My preferred glue for such work is a brand called Goop; it is sticky, flexible, relatively fast-setting, and makes a very tight bond to a variety of surfaces.)
An alternate way of making the mirror box, shown here, is to get six 4-inch mirror tiles. Join them together to make an open box with all the mirrors facing inward. The sixth mirror is kept to one side to make the lid of the box.
Working by the light of a black candle that has been dressed with a combination of Uncrossing and Reversing hoodoo conjure oils, place the prepared doll-baby or effigy in the box and sprinkle it with red pepper powder and sulphur powder or a prepared spiritual sachet powder containing red pepper and sulphur, such as Reversing Powder , Crossing Powder, Revenge Powder, D.U.M.E. Powder, Goofer Dust, or a combination of these. As you sprinkle the sachet powder, say, "Here you are, [Name], and here you will stay, and from this time forth, all the crossed conditions you try to bring about, and all the jinxes you try to make, all the foul words that you use, and all the evil that you do will come back to you as these mirrors reflect your image back to you -- and in this hell of your own devising you will burn until God releases you in judgement, Amen."
Close up the box, tie the lid down tight with string, carry the "coffin" to a graveyard, and dig a hole. Ask the spirits in the graveyard to help you hold your enemy down, and as you do so, pay them a dime for their trouble, either by throwing it over your left shoulder as you make your request or by placing it at the head of a particular grave. Then bury the mirror box, walk away, and don't look back, going home by a different route than the one you took to get there.
Since this work consists of laying a trick, even in a good cause, when you get home, you should perform the 13 Herb or Uncrossing spiritual bath and candle burning spell as described above, reciting the 51st Psalm for purification and removal of any sin you have committed.
REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE
WHO JINXED OR CROSSED YOU
If you use a black candle in the figure of the Devil and carve their name on it, then anoint it with an appropriate dressing oil. If you don't know the name of the person who did this trick to you, carve the words "My Enemy" on the candle before you dress it. If you use Cast Off Evil Oil, Hot Foot Oil, or Run Devil Run Oil, the enemy will get out of your life. If you use Reversing Oil, what they did will bounce back on the enemy and things will go fairly hard with them. Dressing the candle with something very strong, like Crossing Oil, Revenge Oil, or D.U.M.E. (Death Unto My Enemies) Oil may express your desires more accurately. The dressing oil or combination of oils you work with is for you to decide, depending on your own wishes in the matter.
Burn the dressed black candle on the toilet tank, a little bit each night, pinching it out between burnings. Burn it down while the moon is growing smaller -- and on the dark of the moon, the darkest night of the month, turn the burning black candle stub upside down and extinguish it in the toilet bowl, saying "Thus will you, [name of enemy], meet your fate!" Alternatively, you can throw the remaining black candle stub and wax into a crossroads -- or into the yard of the person who had put the roots on you or jinxed you. (This is an old spell, and it used to be performed in an outhouse, so the candle would fall into the piss and shit already there and could just remain in that place.)
When you are finished, wash down the room where you did this job with a mixture of Uncrossing Crystals and Chinese Wash in warm water, to clean it out. You might also want to take the 13 Herb Bath or Uncrossing Bath as described above, reciting the 51st Psalm for purification of your self.
CLEANSING AND PROTECTION
AFTER DOING CROSSING WORK
The 51st Psalm tells you how to use the Hyssop bath. After you brew it and let it cool, you don't need to fill a tub of water, just use a pan full. Stand between the 2 white candles , recite the 51st Psalm, and pour the hyssop-water over your head. You cn also drink a small amount as a diluted tea. After this bath, some people then use the dirty wash water as a floor wash to wash down any room where they might have performed a crossing or jinxing spell and to clean the doorstep of the house so no evil can enter in. In any case, once you are done with the bath and/or wash water, it must be properly disposed of. Carry it out of the house and pour it on the ground at a crossroads (not down the drain). Then go home and light a candle dressed with Cast Off Evil Oil. This will bring you relief from the sin of having created crossed conditions for your enemy.
PREVENTING COSSED CONDITIONS
AND UNCROSSING YOURSELF
If you suspect that someone is trying to cross you by laying tricks for you to walk over, you can protect yourself by sprinkling Fear Not to Walk Over Evil Powder or or Jinx Killer Powder in your pathway or use any of the various Jinx Killer products on objects such as doorknobs or papers that you suspect have been messed with, to neutralize them.
If you have already been crossed, rooted, throwed for, or jinxed, you can perform an Uncrossing spell to take off the curse, jinx, or crossed conditions.
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