Slide Through it With Okra
To accomplish this, I resorted to using an herb that I've gained knowledge of through my Lukumí practice - okra! Okra, also known as quimbombó in Spanish, is a very effective herb for sliding out of situations or getting negativity to just slide right off of you. Anyone who has ever cooked with okra knows that it creates a slimy mucilage when it is cut open. This slippery slime is the key to its success. Other herbs that exhibit this same slimy quality that are used to get people to stop pestering you include chia seeds and slippery elm (two excellent herbs for stop gossip work).
A Spell to Slide Out of a Situation
In the spell (photo to the right) you can see that I used a white figural candle to represent my client, and two offertory candles, one for each of his children involved in the situation. Their names are carved into the wax and the candles are dressed with Fiery Wall of Protection Oil. A ring of 21 okra pods are placed around the edge of the plate to deflect the attention of any enemies, and a name paper was prepared with the client's name and his kids' names encircled with "out of sight, out of mind".
The candles were allowed to burn all the way down, then in a non-hoodoo twist, I placed the plate on top of Yemayá's pot for three days. Yemayá is the orisha (Lukumí goddess) of motherhood and through obí divination (using 4 pieces of coconut) she consented to help with my client's situation. Here's an example where magical techniques can be paired with other spiritual paths of similar African heritage for an unexpected plan of attack.
Okra Baths For Protection Against Negativity
Okra can also be used in magical baths to have enemy work slide right off of you. They are best used defensively once you get the sensation someone is working tricks against you. They are easy to prepare and effective, especially at calming you down if you're getting worked up about the issue.
- A washtub or big bowl
- A small bowl
- 13 okra pods
- white rum
- a strainer
Take the 13 okra pods and put them in the small bowl. Add about 2 cups of warm water. Begin manually breaking up the okra pods, squishing them between your hands and fingers, getting the mucilage to come out of them. Pray Psalm 23 while you mash up the okra. Continue to work the pods until they are finely mashed up in the water. Now strain the okra and pour the fluid only into the big bowl. Discard the chunky okra parts.
To the large bowl of water add sufficient bath-temperature water to fill the bowl. Add in a good glug of rum and a tablespoon of salt. (Sounds like we're making dinner, huh?) Stir the mixture around with your hand while you pray to God to take the evil afflictions, intentions and wishes of others off of you, to give you the fortitude to slide out of this situation and be protected and safe in His grace.
Take the prepared bowl of magical bath into the shower. Place two white candles on either side of the shower door or tub so that you walk between them when you exit. Light the candles, disrobe and take the bath with you into the shower. Pour the fluid over your body from your head down toward your feet praying Psalm 23. If you are EXCESSIVELY sticky you can rinse a bit with some fresh water from the tap. When you are done, wipe the excess fluid off of your body with your hands always wiping from head down toward your feet. Step out of the bath or shower by walking backward between the candles, (slipping out of the situation).
Towel dry, wear clean clothes, and stay out of trouble for the rest of the day (don't go into noisy places, bars, crowds, etc.). You can rinse out your tub or shower to get rid of the rest of the mucilage. Place the two white candles on your altar and allow them to burn down. There's no need to capture your used bath water or dispose of it in any special way.