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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.



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 Powders 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.

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 purple offertory candle or black crucifix candle. anoint the candle with Essence of Bend-Overoil, and place it on top of a picture or name-paper of the person they have in mind.



To force an apology, Essence of Bend-Over is a classic anointing oil. Burning a series of small purple lights on a vinegar jar of this sort would sour him, but it might pucker up his ability to apologize, which was part of the design of the spell. I would consider some candle sculpture:

Get a black skull candle and hollow out the moth by carving it with a sharp knife.

In the mouth pack a mixture made of Deer's Tongue herb (to make him speak) and Poppy Seeds (to confuse his mind) and Essence of Bend-Over Incense Powders (for him to bend to your will) and Saltpeter (to burn), cemented together with lard and Essence of Bend Over Oil. Write out a "tongue" for him in the form of a sheet of brown paper about the size and shape of a Chinese fortune cookie slip, with the words "I will declare mine iniquity" on one side and "I will be sorry for my sin" on the other side, both running in the same direction, with the first letters by his head and the final letters hanging out. Coat both sides of the "tongue" with a very light layer of lard and fix it into his mouth among the herbs. The words on this paper are a quote of Psalms 38 (see below).

Set the prepared skull onto a sheet of paper on which you have written out Psalms 38, either the entirety of the original King James Version or a modified version in the form of a command. (See below for how to do this with the whole Psalm or with a modified curse based on the Psalm.) Set everything on a fireproof pan which you have lined with a bed of Epsom Salts, which is a laxative, to give him "a running at the mouth," so to speak. Bury the tip-end of his "tongue" in the Epsom Salts. Melt a 4" purple candle to the top of the skull, and dress it and the entire skull with Essence of Bend-Over oil.

Burn small candles dressed with Essence of Bend-Over oil on this skull every night when you think he is asleep. If you wish to work by the Moon (and not everyone does so this is optional), you may start the work when the Moon is dark and in the sign of Aries, which rules the head or skull. As you burn the small candles, either --

1) recite Psalms 38, and at the words "thine arrows stick fast in me," stick a heated gold-eye needle into the skull and focus your mind on your command for confession


2) recite the modified curse version of Psalms 38 and at the words "mine arrows stick fast in him," stick a heated gold-eye needle into the skull and focus your mind on your command for confession.

After a month or more, the candle will be studded all over with needles. Then it will be time to set the skull candle itself on fire. If the wick is buried in wax drippings from the little candles burned on top of it, dig it out. If at any time during your working, the wick of the skull is set alight by the tail end burning of one of the little lights, let it go -- it is eager to work. Keep up your prayer, your commands, and your curses as the skull burns.

Be sure that at the end, the mouthful of herbs, the paper "tongue", and either the original version or the modified version of Psalms 38 also burn, while you speak your wrath and your commands. You may hasten the final conflagration by drenching the last remnants with Hoyt's Cologne, which is highly flammable.

This work should be performed in a fire-safe space, needless to say.

This is the ORIGINAL King James Version of Psalms 38:


1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.
22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

This is a MODIFIED CURSE, based on the King James Version of Psalms 38:

1 O LORD, I rebuke NN in thy wrath: I chasten NN in my hot displeasure.
2 For mine arrows stick fast in him, and my hand presseth him sore.
3 NN, There is no soundness in your flesh because of mine anger; neither is there any rest in your bones because of your sin.
4 For your iniquities are gone over your head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for you.
5 Your wounds stink and are corrupt because of your foolishness.
6 You are troubled; you are bowed down greatly; you go mourning all the day long.
7 For your loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in your flesh.
8 You are feeble and sore broken: you have roared by reason of the disquietness of your heart.
9 NN, all your desire is before thee; and your groaning is not hid from me.
10 NN, your heart panteth, your strength faileth you: as for the light of your eyes, it also is gone from you.
11 Your lovers and your friends stand aloof from your sore; and your kinsmen stand afar off.
12 They also that seek after your life lay snares for you: and they that seek your hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
16 Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over you: when your foot slippeth, they shall magnify themselves against you.
17 You are ready to halt, and your sorrow is continually before you.
18 You will declare your iniquity! You will be sorry for your sin!

Note that some people think it objectionable to modify a portion of scripture in this way. If you do not wish to do so, simply do not do it.

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