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Magical uses of the Psalms.Magical uses of the Psalms.

2005-11-26 - 10:12 a.m.
The following was original published on the originally published on the The Jewish Education Network. Translated by Rabbi Ephraim Enkaoua from the original by Matatia Chetrit, it is a list of the Psalms and their magical uses. The Psalms were usually attributed to David HaMelech (King David), who is said to have led his life with joy, devotion and enthusiasm for Hash-m and for Torah. Throughout the ages his psalms have been read by those who seek respite from worry, problems & suffering.

The list below gives the Psalms (in the order they appear in the Hebrew bible) and their uses. The reason the order is changed in the Christian Bible is anyone's guess, probably because of some spin factor as yet undiscovered.

If I get a chance I will do a comparison between the old and new so you can use the Psalm list with a Christian bible.

Why would anyone want to use the psalms as a spell book? Well partly because it annoys the Christians of course, but mostly because it should be remembered that a lot of works in the Bible (including the majority of the Psalms) come from pre-Christian works that still have relevant messages today, as well as providing insights into our past.

In magic, intent is everything, and words carry our intent to the Universe. The Psalms give a great basis for strong words to use when we want our intent to be heard loud and clear. For example:

"Oh my God, I trust in thee; let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me."

This comes from Psalm 25, which serves as a protection against danger. Incidentally, if the word 'God' worries you, then use Goddess, but bear in mind that the God referred to hear is the one, gender-neutral source God, the God of Kether (in the Qabbalah), the place from which the first couple (Jahweh and Shekinah) sprang forth. Sadly you will not find this distinction the Bible - Shekinah, the creator Goddess of Judasim got written out of the script in the remake...

I digress. Here then is the list of Psalms (in Hebrew Order) and their magical uses:

1. For a woman who miscarriages
2. In case of stormy seas
3. For headaches or shoulder pain
4. Good for anything
5. Against bad spirits
6. For eye illnesses
7. To chase away your enemies
8. To find grace
9. For a sick child
10. For someone who has enemies
11. To lose your enemies
12. To not tremble
13. To escape accidental death
14. Against fear
15. To destroy one's demon
16. To discover the thief
17. To say on a voyage
18. To save oneself from kings
19. To attain wisdom
20. In case of judgement
21. For going before the king
22. Against all grief
23. To consult dreams
24. To be saved from floods
25. Against any danger
26. Against trials or danger
27. Against wild animals
28. For prayer
29. Against bad spirits
30. Against all bad things
31. Against the evil eye
32. To implore for mercy
33. For a woman whose children die
34. For going on a voyage
35. For those who rise against us
36. To exterminate the evil
37. To cure the drunkard
38. For someone who received the evil eye
39. For someone who is fasting
40. To save oneself from the bad spirit
41. Against those who destroy our interests
42. To build a house
43. To build a house
44. To save oneself from the hands of an enemy
45. For a man who has a bad wife
46. For a man who hates his wife
47. To repent
48. To make oneself feared by their enemies
49. Against fever
50. To guard against thieves
51. For someone stained with debauchery
52. To preserve one's tongue from bad
53. To create fear in those who hate us
54. To avenge against one's enemies
55. Against all bad
56. For the prisoner behind bars
57. For material success
58. Against a mean dog
59. Against the evil inclination
60. In case you are going to war
61. For those who are afraid to be home alone
62. To say after Mincha and Arvit [Shaharit: morning prayers; Mincha: afternoon prayers; Arvit: evening prayers - Jacobus Swart]
63. To be successful in ones affairs
64. To pass over a river
65. To obtain something from someone
66. For them who have a good spirit (say this psalm)
67. Against continuous fever
68. Against a downtrodden spirit
69. For someone who covets and for the licentious
70. Against war
71. To find grace
72. To find grace and benevolence
73. To escape from fear
74. Against those who hate us
75. To abate haughtiness
76. To save oneself from a danger by fire or water
77. To not fail in one's trials
78. To find benevolence from the king
79. To make those who hate us submissive
80. To never become a rebel (non-believer)
81. To never become a rebel
82. To be successful in one's mission
83. Against war
84. For someone who is weakened by by illness
85. To receive a favor from a friend
86. To be saved from a bad spirit
87. To save one's city
88. To save one's city
89. For someone who loses one of his limbs
90. Against the lion
91. Against a bad spirit
92. To assist at great miracles
93. To be victorious in justice
94. Against the enemy that oppresses you
95. To not be deceived by the people of your city
96. To make one's family members happy
97. To make one's family members happy
98. To implant peace between without friends
99. To become a Hassid (very pious)
100. To gain victory over one's enemies
101. Against the bad spirit
102. For a woman who is barren
103. For a woman who is barren
104. To farthen the demon
105. Against fever that befalls one every 4 days
106. Against fever that befalls one every 3 days
107. Against a continuous fever
108. For success (material)
109. Against snares of one's enemies
110. For his enemies to make peace (with you)
111. To have many friends
112. To fortify oneself with divine energy
113. Against atheism
114. For someone who buys and sells
115. For someone who speaks against renegades
116. To not die an accidental death
117. For one who slanders in vain
118. For atheists to do Tshuva (repent)
119. (see below)
120. To spread peace
121. To go out alone at night
122. When we go to see a great person
123. For the slave in flight
124. To go in a boat
125. Against enemies
126. For one whose child died
127. For the child who is born
128. For a pregnant woman
129. For a mitzvah [good deed/fulfilling a religious obligation - Jacobus Swart]
130. For one who voyages in a boat
131. Against haughtiness
132. Against oaths
133. To obtain esteem from those close to us
134. To say before learning Torah or Talmud
135. Against idolatrous (or non-monotheisitc) thoughts
136. To recognize one's faults
137. To drive away hatred
138. To remove haughtiness
139. To rekindle the love between spouses
140. Against hatred between spouses
141. Against heart aches
142. Against pain in the knees
143. Against pain in the arms or shoulders
144. Against fractures in the hands
145. Against terror
146. Against strikes from a blade (sword or knife)
147. Against snake (or venomous) bites
148. Against fires
149. For a fire not to spread
150. To glorify G.. in all His works

119. This is the longest psalm and contains 174 verses. These verses are divided into 22 groups, each which can help to achieve a certain purpose.


01 - 08: For one who wants to do a mitzvah
09 - 16: Against forgetfulness
17 - 24: To save one's right eye
25 - 32: To save one's left eye
33 - 40: To guard oneself from sin
41 - 48: To make oneself feared by the powerful
49 - 56: For spleen illness
57 - 64: Against illness of the large intestine
65 - 72: For the left kidney
73 - 80: Against the hunch
81 - 88: For the right nostril
89 - 96: Against judgement
97 - 104: Against pain from the right hand
105 - 112: To go on a trip
113 - 120: For all needs
121 - 128: For pain in the left hand
129 - 136: For the left nostril
137 - 144: To destroy one's enemies
145 - 152: For pain in the foot
153 - 160: for pain in the right ear
161 - 168: To terrify our enemies
169 - 176: For pain in the left ear

Note: Consider these divisions as being a psalm in itself and able to achieve healing. Only recite the verses that are concerned with the illness and not the whole psalm.

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