Overcome Evil Influences

In hoodoo lore, Moses was considered to be a powerful hoodoo mountain man. In the Old Testament, Moses led the slaves from Egypt to freedom in the promised land. In Exodus 7:8-12, Moses was able to match skills with and overcome Pharoh's sorcerors and magicians. Moses, by the Power of the Lord, caused the staff of Aaron to transform into a snake. When the Egyptian magicians caused their staffs to also transform into snakes, Moses conjured Aaron's snake to swallow up all the snakes of the sorcerors.

Psalm 90 is associated with Moses. Hence, Psalm 90 can be recited to overcome evil just as through conjuring Moses overcame the might of Egypt.

A purple or brown votive candle, sometimes called the "object candle" (aka "offeratory candle"/"focus candle"/"working candle"), can be dressed with Oil of Moses or myrrh oil and burned to drive away evil influences.

Traditionally, Oil of Moses is a mixture of cinnamon, myrrh, cassa, and olive oil. It is common for hoodoo practitioners to set up their own working space with two altar candles placed in glass cups as a home altar. The practitioner might annoint the altar candle with Oil of Moses as well.

Some practitioners also burn incense along with the candles. Frankincense is frequently used in this type of working, as it is a fragrant odor unto the LORD.

After lighting the candles and incense, the practitioner recites: Exodus 7:8-12, Psalm 90:13-17, and Exodus 15:1-18.

The practitioner should allow the candles to burn about 15 minutes while the scriptures are read, adding:

As the snake conjured from Aaron's staff overcame and swallowed up the snakes of the sorcerors of Egypt, as the armies of Pharoh were overcome by the waters of the Red Sea, I will overcome all evil influences. No force of darkness can touch me or mine. I am filled with the joy of living and the radiance of God's powers to overcome those who seek to do evil. Amen.
At the end of this time, the candles are extinguished. S/he should repeat this working for three consecutive nights.

The strength of this Psalm, which is associated with Moses, also can be used to protect one's home, especially from wild animals.

Exodus 7:8-12
And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

Psalm 90:13-17
Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Exodus 15:1-18
Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble. And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters. Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation. The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased. Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O LORD, which thy hands have established. The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.

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