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Removal of Sin )

From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Removal of Sin (was: Re: Three-fold Law (was Re: Marriage Spell Query))
Date: Wed, 03 Feb 1999 12:13:13 -0800

In regard to the question of the three-fold law and karma -- the
problem, as always, seems to be one's expectations. Those who work
manipulative ("black") magical spells from a cultural context in which
such spells are within the limits of the norm do not usually suffer
remorse. Those who feel that in performing such a spell they have
transgressed a sacred law (e.g. the threefold law of return, the rede,
God's laws, etc.) may feel intensely the stain of their guilt. 

Here's an example, from my own experience; a recent query from email:

>    I did something terrible. I peformed a spell to break up a couple 
> so they would not marry. Now I am feeling guilty. I am afraid I have 
> angered God. Is there anything I can do? Will I be punished? I have
> gotten sick and I think my spell-work was the cause. 
>    You told me that people who had done wrong could use the 51st 
> Psalm and hyssop herb -- how do I use them? Please send the 51st Psalm 
> and all the info, including shipping options, to order the hyssop 
> herb -- if I can't find some locally today, I'll order it from you.
>     Please say a prayer that God will forgive me.
>     Thanks,

Simple stuff first -- i sell hyssop for $2.00 per packet, plus postage
and handling. You can order by phone, etc. -- just see our order form at

Second, here is the spell you requested: 


Spell to remove guilt or sin, for personal cleansing, 
and to make a plea for forgiveness for transgressions, 
based on the Biblical injunction in Psalm 51:
   Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: 
   wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 

Make a weak tea of hyssop herb and strain it to use as bath-water. 
Use only spring water, ocean water, river water, rain water, or 
-- if these are not available -- tap water to which you have 
added your own tears of regret and remorse. 

Light two white candles. Stand between the candles and pour 
the hyssop bath over yourself while reciting the 51st Psalm.

When you are done, carry the remnants of the bath water to a 
crossroads, throw it over your shoulder to the east, walk away, 
and don't look back. 


Psalm 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

 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before

 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

 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.


Good luck to you, 

catherine yronwode

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A.K. wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Feb 1999, catherine yronwode wrote:
> > Spell to remove guilt or sin, for personal cleansing,
> > and to make a plea for forgiveness for transgressions,
> > based on the Biblical injunction in Psalm 51:
> Did you get this from the Greater Key of Solomon?  It sounds like a
> simplified version of one of the (many) purifications found there.
> Agnieszka

I got this spell from an African-American woman who was a customer in a
spiritual supply store in Oakland, California, circa 1965. We got to
talking and she told me that one, and also the use of the 37th Psalm for
Uncrossing and Unjinxing. Where she learned these spells, i do not know
-- i never thought to ask, in fact. Solomonic magic has been known and
practiced in the hoodoo community for a long, long time, of course, so
she might as easily have read the spells as learned them orally through
the "folk process." 

Looking back on the incident, all i can tell you is that this woman and
i were standing in the aisle of a candle store, and we got to talking. She
was friendly, intelligent, well-spoken, knowledgable, and far older than
i was -- and she laid this information on i accepted her wisdom,
but like the teenager i was, i memorized what she told me, thanked her,
and never thought to ask her name or try to study with her. 

catherine yronwode

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