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The label shown here is from a Lucky Mojo brand King Solomon Wisdom Vigil Candle, burned by those who wish to increase mental powers, enable wise decsion-making, aid leadership qualities, and bring about excellence at acdemic studies and test-taking. The same herbs and fragrances used to dress this candle for customers and clients are the basis of Lucky Mojo King Solomon Wisdom dressing oil . used for anointing oneself, fixing the home, preparing yellow offertory candles or feeding a mojo bag. These herbs and scents also can be found in King Solomon Wisdom incense powder, sachet powder, and bath crystals.
Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, this product contains genuine herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances -- among them genuine Solomon Seal Root. Lucky Mojo labels are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.
The Biblical Jewish King Solomon (Shlomo) was known for his many talents. He was a powerful national ruler, a wise judge, and a reputed occultist who could communicate with both animals and demons. Not only was he the administrator who oversaw the building of the First Temple in Jerusalem, he was also a noted lover and poet.
King Solomon had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. He is also the attributed author of "The Song of Songs," the only book of the Bible that deals openly with sexual love, and which is commonly said to take as its subject matter his intense affair with the Queen of Sheba, an African woman who was his greatest love.
Additionally, Solomon is the reputed author of "The Book of Proverbs," a collection of wise sayings and truths which presented the aphorisms, beliefs, and folk-sayings of the times.
After his death, Solomon's reputation continued to grow.For instance, he is widely believed to have controlled demonic and spiritual forces, as attested by the Medieval grimoires that bear his name as author, "The Key of Solomon" and "The Lesser Key of Solomon." The signs, sigils, seals, and pentacles of Solomon find wide use in hoodoo rootwork and are available separately from the books, printed on parchment paper.
The picture at right is the cover of the Key of Solomon the King (Clavicula Salomonis) edited by S. L. MacGregor Mathers. This was originally published circa 1450, and redacted by Mathers in 1888. It is one of the most famous of the various "books of seals" or talismans used to invoke the powers of planets, angels, spirits, and demons. MacGregor Mathers was a founding member of the Order of the Golden Dawn and this book is widely used by European-style ceremonial magicians and hermeticists as well as by African-American conjurers.
Because Solomon excelled in so many fields of endeavour, King Solomon Wisdom, the hoodoo herbal formula named after him, is related to formulas of several other types of spiritual supplies. For instance, it is somewhat like Clarity and Master Key in that it enhances mental acuity and occult wisdom. It also bears a resemblance to formulas for personal achievement, such as Crown of Success; and through its connection with Solomon's excellent record as a judge, it can also be said to have a connection to Court Case spiritual supplies. Each one of these old-time recipes is slightly different -- some placing emphasis on mentality, others on occultism, or still others emphasizing judicial wisdom or leadership ability -- but they have in common the underlying aim of enhancing the magician's internally generated forces, enabling action upon the external world.
The above formulas may, of course, be mixed and matched in any way that suits the practitioner, or may be teamed up with formulas from another line of goods, such as a financial or money luck formula like Money Drawing, or a passion and sexual love spell formula like Love Me.
How you choose to use King Solomon Wisdom spiritual supplies is, of course, up to you, but one method is to employ them calls specifically upon the spirit of King Solomon for aid in concentration, intellectual advancement, and test-taking. This method is a form of dressing or anointing the head. It is common, but not necessary, to blend King Solomon Wisdom oil with Crown of Success dressing oil.
You may perform this blessing for yourself or for a child who will be going to school to take tests. You may be open about your work or you may conceal it by adding a small amount of King Solomon Wisdom oil to the child's usual hair-care products.
When using King Solomon Wisdom and/or Crown of Success brand dressing oils, it is customary to anoint the head only: place the spiritual oil on the thumb, index, and middle fingers of your dominant hand. Starting at the bridge of the nose, brush outward, above and parallel to the eyebrows, with thumb and middle finger, then brush upward from the bridge of the nose along midline of scalp with index finger. This form of anointing is accompanied by the prayer: "May i have the Wisdom of Solomon and may all my works be crowned with success as his were." You finish by giving the crown of the head a little squeeze with the heels of the hands.
In order to facilitate your powers of concentration, learn and memorize written materials, and excel at filling out paperwork, it is the custom to lightly blow a pinch of King Solomon Wisdom brand sachet powders onto the book, papers, or test materials. In the case of a book, you may lightly dust the fore-edge and then riffle the pages to make the sachet powders fly off. Another method is to gently waft the book or papers through the smoke of King Solomon Wisdom brand incense powders.
Having prepared the book or other papers, you should now pray over them. One common prayer is the simple recitation of scriptures from Proverbs 1:5 --
You may write this onto a bookmark, dust it with the King Solomon Wisdom brand sachet powders and insert it into the book you are studying from."A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels."
Thereafter, you should sleep with the study materials under your pillow or on your nightstand or under your bed, (as well as actually reading them, of course).
The Psalm most often read over books that have been prepared in this
manner is the 23rd Psalm.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Amen.
There are thousands of specific spells that employ a variety of hoodoo spiritual supplies. Here are some of the ways you can use King Solomon Wisdom brand spiritual supplies to achieve the results you desire.
You may perform spells for increasing mental insight, wisdom, and wise decision making whenever you desire. If the need is not urgent, you can take time to align your spell-casting with cosmic forces and work by a Waxing Moon Phase, so that the Moon grows bigger while you work. But don't let the Moon Phases hold you back: if the timing is not right, you can do the work whenever it is best for you.
Before dawn dissolve half the packet of King Solomon Wisdom Bath Crystals into a tub of hot water. Pour the water over your head 9 times as you say the 23rd Psalm and name what you want. Air-dry yourself and collect a basin of the used bath water, which now has your essence in it. Dress in fresh, clean clothes, carry the basin of bath-water to your front yard and throw the water toward the sunrise in the East.
Dust your body, your important paperwork, or your socks and shoes with King Solomon Wisdom Sachet Powder, or sprinkle a pinch of King Solomon Wisdom Sachet Powder in the four corners of the room where you plan to meet with those whom you wish to infuence. Each time, say the 23rd Psalm and name what you want.
Make the King Solomon Wisdom Incense Powders into cones (use a twist of paper or a small candle snuffer cone, pack the incense in with your finger, and turn it out of the cone) or place it loose on a brazier. Many people find that keeping a pot of Incense smoking while they work increases their ability to break through into a spiritual space or magical way of working.
Carve your full name on a yellow Offertory Candle and dress the candle with King Solomon Wisdom Oil. As you dress it, speak aloud your petition, such as, "May i have the Wisdom of Solomon and may all my works be crowned with success as his were."
You may burn the candle in sections (generally 15 minutes at a time) or let it burn through to the end, no matter how long it takes. If you burn it in sections, you may fnd it a good idea to light and burn the incense each time as well.
If you want the spell to be ongoing, or want a light at home to "back you up" while you are about your business, you would be better off to use a fixed and prepared King Solomon Wisdom Glass Encased Vigil Candle. Write your petition on paper, cross it with your name written 9 times, and set the Vigil Light in a safe place, such as the sink, bath tub, or shower stall, where it will not cause any problems while you are out.
Whenever it is convenient for you, dissolve the remaining half of the bath crystals in hot water and add the liquid to the rinse water when you do your laundry, especially your underwear and stockings. When you wear these clothes, you will be "dressed" for luck.
It is important to properly dispose of ritual remains.
Because these are magic spells for good luck, you may want to
keep the remains around your home. Wrap up any
left-over candle wax,
and used sachet powders in a
piece of cloth. Secure and tie it with thread or string.
Bury it in your back yard.
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