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"Here is a strange name, but evidently this Essence of Bend-Over has been well known, because it mentions in a book that tells about the paraphernalia of Conjure that ESSENCE OF BEND-OVER has been used to RULE AND HAVE YOUR WAY. From this we assume that people who are anxious of having their own wishes or desires brought about have used ESSENCE OF BEND-OVER. We do not sell for this purpose and make no claims that it will bring about any Supernatural occurrences. If you desire ESSENCE OF BEND-OVER as a Curio, you may use it to keep things smelling sweet and pleasant. Sprinkle on your clothes or money, rub on your body to have a delightfully fragrant aroma about your person, sprinkle in your bath, add to floor wash, or burn as incense to keep the home smelling nice, the way you like it."
-- The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. catalogue
The labels shown here are from packages of Lucky Mojo brand Essence of Bend-Over crystal salts for putting in the laundry or performing a ritual floor wash, self-lighting incense powders for fumigating an area where one wishes to bend another to one's will, sachet powders for sprinkling on letters or documents demanding a certain response or on people to be controlled, and anointing oil for dressing candles. Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, these products contain genuine herbs, roots, and herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances. The ingredients in Essence of Bend-Over formulas include Calamus Root, 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.
Essence of Bend-Over is the curious name of a series of hoodoo spiritual supplies designed to subjugate another person to your will. The name "Essence" specifically refers to the original formula, which was an alcohol-based perfume, but through the years the word "Essence" has remained attached to all sorts of Bend-Over products, from candles to sachet powders.
My introduction to Bend-Over products came in 1962, when, as a 15-year-old girl, i walked into a candle store in the African-American section of Oakland, California. I was browsing around and saw a bottle of Valmor brand Essence of Bend-Over Floor Wash. The label, with its old-time culturally appropriative image of a white woman wearing a bikini and a turban bowing down to a golden Buddha is pretty amusing, and i started to laugh, because the name was so odd, but i thought better of it and instead asked the proprietor, "Why would someone use a floor wash called Essence of Bend-Over?"
His answer opened a new perspective on race relations for me. I was a teenager from a liberal, academic, Jewish-agnostic, socialist family and was primarily familiar with black life through blues music and the civil rights movement. Disregarding my age, the man addressed me with the deference he probably gave to all white women. "Some of the people," he said, emphasizing the word "people" to indicate that he mean his people, "work for other people" (and by this i knew he meant white people), "and they wash the floors."
That was it. That was his entire reply. He didn't need to say anything more; i got the picture: If i had to wash people's floors for a living, i might well want them to "bend over" too. In other words, he was letting me know that if you used it right, Essence of Bend-Over would cause the white lady to treat you very nice, and if you used it a lot, it may get her to hire your brother-in-law as a gardener. Not only would she give you her almost-new silk dresses, she would definitely let you have an extra day off for Christmas when you asked. And nice? You bet she'd treat you nice!
Society has become much more equalitarian since those days, but Essence of Bend-Over products are still popular, because they can not only be used on a boss, but also in rites aimed at allowing you to rule and control a recalcitrant lover or spouse -- or anyone who opposes your will and whom you wish to see humbled and obedient to your desires.
Essence of Bend-Over is similar to the formula for Compelling in that it forces another person to do your bidding, but Essence of Bend-Over products are both more intimate and crueller in intent than Compelling products, because they may actually bring about degradation or subjugation. Whereas Compelling oil, powders, incenses, and bath crystals are primarily recommended in cases where one is owed money or a favour, or a promise has been broken.
Similar to two other old formulas, Domination and Boss Fix, Essence of Bend-Over is said to subjugate the will of any boss, co-worker, lover, or competitor in business or sports, so that they will greatly wish to please you, will do as you say, and will be more generous and pliable, without causing a confrontation of wills. It is also employed by people who seek sexual domination over a partner, with the object of making the lover submit to degradation or humiliation. When used in spells of female domination over men, the Essence of Bend-Over products are sometimes mixed half-and-half with Follow Me Boy spiritual supplies. When used on the job, they may be mixed half-and-half with Boss Fix products.
There are many ways to lay down tricks that utilize Essence of Bend-Over products. Some folks like to dress the boss's office with Essence of Bend-Over; others make up a mojo bag with natural curios such as five-finger grass (to cause people to comply when you ask a favour), and High John the Conqueror root (for personal power), then dress it with Essence of Bend-Over, and wear it when they are around the person whose mind they want to influence.
Others prefer to undertake a
more complex spell that may involve burning a figural candle
and incense. They may light
a brazier of Essence of Bend-Over, carve the person's
name with a coffin nail into a
offertory candle or black crucifix candle.
Essence of Bend-Overoil,
and place it on top of a picture or name-paper
of the person they
have in mind.
ESSENCE OF BEND-OVER SPELL
To Dominate, Subjugate, and Rule your Lover, Boss, Family Member, Friend, or Rival
You will need:
Preparation: In addition to the items here, you will need an incense burner, a plate, a piece of paper, a red ink pen a black ink pen, a pot in which to heat water, and something personal of the person you wish to dominate -- hair, nail clippings, baby tooth, or concerns of that nature. If you cannot obtain a biological item, get their photo, a piece of paper with their handwriting on it, or a business card. If all else fails, write the person;s name 9 times on a piece of paper with black ink, spit on it, and wad it up into a ball.
Bathing: Before dawn, dissolve half the Essence of Bend-Over Bath Crystals in a tub of hot water. Pour the water over your head 9 times, saying each time, "Spirit of Domination, open my way! Make [name of person to be dominated] come before me and Bend-Over to my Will!" Rub yourself upward to draw what you want. Air-dry yourself and collect a basin of the bath water, which has your essence in it. Dress in clean clothes, carry the basin of bath-water to a crossroads and throw the water over your left shoulder toward the sunrise in the East. Walk back home and don't look back. You are now ready to start the work.
Doing the Job: Make a bit of the Essence of Bend-Over Incense Powders into a cone (use a twist of paper, pack the incense in with your finger, and turn it out of the cone). Lay a pinch of the Essence of Bend-Over Sachet Powders in each corner of the room; if you are doing the job where you work in order to dominate your boss, sprinkle sachet all around his or her desk, walking backward as you do so. On the paper, write the full name of person to be ruled 9 times in black ink. Carve your full name and the words "I RULE [NAME]" on the Black Candle. Dress the candle with Essence of Bend-Over Oil and place it on top of the name-paper. Light the incense. Light the candle and say, "This is how I will rule [Name!]"
Place the person to be dominated's personal item(s) in the plate, saying "Spirit of Domination, cause [Name] to Bend Over to my Will!"
Place the John the Conqueror Root Chips in the plate, saying, "[Name], as John the Conqueror ruled the world, so will I rule you."
Place the Licorice Root Chips in the plate and say, "[Name], From this day onward, sweeten your words to please me."
Place the Calamus Root Chips in the plate and say, "[Name], from this day onward, do my bidding at my whim and will."
Burn the black candle for at least 15 minutes and pinch (do not blow) it out. For the next 8 days repeat the procedure of burning incense, lighting the candle, and reciting the spell. If you are doing the job at a place of business or in another person's home, put everything away safely between burnings.
On the 9th day, light the incense and candle as before, but when you have said the recitation, take the person's name-paper from under the candle. Turn the paper a quarter turn sideways and write your full name 9 times in red ink over his or her name, covering and crossing it. Touch the corners of the paper with the oil and fold the paper around his or her personal item. Fold toward you, turn it and fold toward you again to draw your wish, saying, "Thus shall it be done!"
Place the packet in the Purple Bag. Put a pinch of Sachet Powder in the bag and add a pinch each of John the Conqueror Root, Licorice Root, and Calamus Root. Moisten the bag with a drop of oil and smoke it in the incense as you say, "I am now the ruler!"
Quench the candle in water, heat the water, dissolve the remaining Bath Crystals in it, and use it to wash down the floor, walls, or furniture where you deal with the person you intend to dominate, and/or put it in their laundry rinse water when you wash their socks and underclothes.
Carry the Purple Bag on your person or conceal it where you work. Wear the Essence of Bend-Over Oil as a dominating scent.
Cleaning Up: Dispose of left-over water, wax, ashes, roots, and powders by throwing them into a crossroads.
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