Psalmistry Part 2

For examples on how to use the Psalms within magical ritual, and also to see my train of thought for appropriating verses instead of only whole chapters, refer to the first blog I’ve written on Psalmistry HERE.

In this list of Psalm correspondences you will find, unlike in most other lists out there, more direct relations to the words used in the verses themselves, making more relevant appropriations, including some metaphorical extrapolation that make for some strong magical opportunities. This list is far from complete, but represents a limited example of how you can appropriate the Psalms towards the many needs of life.

Where there are no verse indications, this means the entire chapter or at least most if not all of the verses contained therein are generally applicable to the attribute listed. In those instances you have a lot of freedom to choose which verses resonate best with your goal, or just stick with reading the entire chapter. What’s important here is emotionally resonating with the words used. When you come across a Psalm (any scripture in general, really) that you do not understand either because of lack of context or vocabulary, take some time to do a bit of research and you may end up resonating with it more. If you still don’t get excited about finding the perfect fit in a book filled with endless options, rest assured you can keep looking.

That’s why I made this list, because I found myself getting pretty excited about researching Psalms for my meditations and rituals, and ended up enjoying the scriptures more, not just as a means to an end. I hope those readers interested in using these will expand on what I’ve done and make their own appropriations, fashioning their own simple rituals, or learning more about how the scriptures can be used to amp up your work. Those with further ideas are invited to share.

Some further notes on these correspondences; there are certainly some reoccurring themes that run through the Psalms, most of them being prayers against enemies and praises to God. When using those that deal with prayer against the attacks of enemies, one might think that this isn’t applicable or practical. But, if you think metaphorically, it is clear to see that we all have enemies; Vices and imperfections. They assault us from all sides, every one of us; laziness, lust, greed, etc. A good exercise is to read these types of Psalms and try to figure out how you can apply them to yourself even if the subtle meanings may seem irrelevant to you at first. I recommend Psalm 69 for this, it is a powerful passage that includes many references to this theme, but there are numerous ones that can be used in this way.

I have even listed a good deal of curses (!), as there is some hefty power behind some of these chapters that sometimes deal wholly as “Dear Lord, fuck up my enemies, badly!” Some are even moderately graphic (like Psalm 58, which features poison snakes, broken teeth, melting and cutting enemies, melting snails, and miscarriages), and while I make no endorsements for the use of “black magic” per se, real enemies and real threats always exist and sometimes it is hard to sit idly by and let people drag you down. So, there’s that. No need to get into a discussion of magical ethics here, do as ye will. Let’s just be adults and recognize the much needed care that should be taken when accepting responsibility for using these Psalms to curse/hex others.

Another thing about the Psalms is that there is a lot, a LOT, of chapters categorized by Worship and Praise. This should give us a clue about the way we practice and pray; that maybe we should also dedicate as much time in praise and thanksgiving as we do in ritual for when we need something. The fact is, life will always be challenging, so there will always be problems to pray on, but for the many blessings in life we also need to be thankful as well. This should keep us reflecting on the issue of balance. So take the time periodically to fashion a ritual of thanksgiving or praise when good things happen, or even when they don’t! If you can’t find things to be thankful for, or if you can’t find the time to put together a ritual of thanksgiving, then, without trying to sound at all holier-than-thou, you may need to prioritize and reassess your approach to working with Judeo-Christian magic.

Notice also that the Penitential Psalms, those of confession for mercy, are Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143 (6, 31, 37, 50, 101, 129, and 142 in the Septuagint numbering). However, there are more than just these listed, many other chapters and verses have been listed as confessionals and for mercy, so keep a lookout for these when you find yourself needing some honest confession. Consider building a little ritual out of it if this suits you.


-PSALM CORRESPONDENCES-

1 To avoid wicked counsel, bad advice, gossip, or to surround yourself with righteous company
1:3 Prosperity
1:4-6 Judgement for the wicked

 

2 Against conspirators
2:9 Curse enemies with physical harm


3 Protection against oppression
3:4-5 For trouble sleeping, against nightmares
3:6 For confidence, against fear

4 Mercy
4:1 For prayers to be heard
4:4-5 To strengthen prayer
4:6 Against fear and despair
4:7 Thanksgiving
4:8 For trouble sleeping, against nightmares

5:1-4 For prayers to be heard
5:6, 9-10 To curse the violent and liars
5:7 Worship/Praise
5:8 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
5:11-12 For victory

6 Mercy, Against depression
6:9 Affirmation for prayers to be heard, for mystical manifestation
6:10 Curse to shame and vex enemies

7 Deliverance from evil
7:8-11 Justice
7:17 Worship/Praise

8 Worship/Praise
8:3-5 For Planetary Magic
8:6-9 For Elemental Magic

9 Justice/Deliverance
9:1-2 Worship/Praise
9:3-6 Protection against oppression
9:7-9 Justice
9:10 Trust
9:13-14 Mercy
9:18 Hope
9:19-20 Humility of Mankind

10 Against deceitful and fraudulent oppression
10:12 Justice for the humble
10:15-16 Curse against the wicked

11 Justice
11:6 Curse against the wicked

12 Protection from oppression
12:6 Alchemy

13 Against Depression/Prayers to be heard
13:5 Trust in Salvation
13:6 Worship/Praise

14 Curse against the wicked
14:5 To instill fear

15 To increase righteousness
15:1-3 Divination and Pathworking

16 Deliverance
16:3 For working with Saints
16:4 Against black magic
16:5-6 Prosperity
16:7-11 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
16:11 For happiness and contentment/Divination and Pathworking

17 For sincere prayer/Against depression
17:4-5 Safe travel
17:6 For prayers to be heard
17:8 To keep secrets or to be hidden
17:8-15 Protection against oppression

18 Deliverance/Justice/Affirmation of Faith
18:1-3 Trust/Hope
18:19-22 Prosperity
18:24 Manifestation of reward
18:25-26 Mercy
18:28 Knowledge/Wisdom/Against ignorance, For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, and indecision
18:29 To overcome physical trials
18:31 Faith
18:32 Strength through trial
18:32-50 Preparation for battle/war
18:40-46 Curse against enemies/Victory against oppressors
18:47 Vengeance

19 Worship/Praise
19:7-8 Self-transformation, Knowledge/Wisdom/Against ignorance
19:9 Endurance, Judgement
19:9-11 Against thirst for luxury
19:13 Against temptation of sin
19:14 For prayers to be heard and purified

20 For prayers to be heard
20:2-3 For presenting Offerings
20:4-5 For presenting Petitions
20:6-9 Trust and confidence

21 Worship/Praise
21:2 For prayers to be answered
21:3 Prosperity
21:4 Physical health
21:8 To expose hidden enemies
21:8-12 Curse against enemies

22 Against depression and despair

23 Worship/Praise
23:4 For comfort

24 Worship/Praise, Blessing for righteousness

25 Trust and Hope
25:7 To cleanse yourself of past sin
25:9-10 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
25:11 Mercy and plea for pardon
25:12-13 Victory for one’s children
25:14 Manifestation
25:16-22 Protection from oppression

26 Trust and hope/Affirmation of righteousness
26:9-12 To dissociate one’s self from the wicked

27 Confidence, Trust and hope
27:5 To keep secrets or to be hidden
27:6 Worship/Prayer
27:7 For prayers to be answered/Mercy
27:11 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, and the anxiety of indecision
27:14 Patience

28 For prayers to be heard
28:3-5 Deliverance from the wicked
28:6 Thanksgiving for manifestation of desire
28:7-9 Trust and Worship/Praise

29 Worship/Praise, Elemental Magic
29:3-4 Water Element
29:5-6 Earth Element
29:7 Fire Element
29:11 Blessing of Peace

30 Thanksgiving
30:6 Prosperity

31 Deliverance from depression, despair, anxiety, grief
31:14 Affirmation of Trust
31:18 Curse to silence liars
31:23-24 For working with Saints

32 Confession, for Mercy
32:8 To teach or instruct others

33 Worship/Praise
33:4 To discover truth
33:6 Air Element/Astrological
33:7 Water Element
33:8 Earth Element
33:9 Manifestation
33:10-11 To nullify evil
33:18-22 Divine Protection

34 Worship/Praise
34:7 Angelic protection
34:13-14 Against wicked speech/gossip

35 Justice

35:1-8 Curse against enemies

35:26 Curse enemies with shame, confusion, and dishonor

36 Worship/Praise
36:5 Mercy
36:7-10 Trust
36:11 Against pride

37 Trust/Hope
37:4-5 Mystical Manifestation
37:7 Patience
37:8-9 To calm anger, for patience and trust
37:16 For spiritual riches
37:17 Curse against the wicked
37:18-19 Prosperity
37:24-26 Hope in Divine mercy
37:29 Prosperity
37:33-34 Patience
37:39:40 Salvation/Deliverance

38 Against depression and despair, physical ailments
38:15 Hope
38:17-18 Confession

39 Meditation of humility and upon mortality
39:1 Against wicked speech/gossip
39:12-13 For prayers to be heard, against depression/despair

40 Thanksgiving, Worship/Praise
40:1 Patience
40:2 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
40:3 Inspiration (in yourself or in others)
40:4 Trust, against pride and lies
40:11 Mercy, Blessing for well-being
40:12-13 Against the troubles of sin
40:14-15 Curse against enemies
40:16 Prayer for the blessing of the righteous
40:17 Against poverty, for mercy

41 Mercy
41:4 Mercy, Confession
41:9-11 Against friendly betrayal

42 Against depression, spiritual confusion, or lack of faith

43 Justice, for favor in court
43:4 Worship/Praise
43:5 Against depression, spiritual confusion, or lack of faith

44:1-3 Work with ancestors
44:4-8 Victory against enemies/in competition
44:15 Confession of shame, against confusion
44:17-19 To increase faith and righteousness in time of distress and conflict
44:23-26 For prayers to be heard, Divine assistance

45 Worship/Praise
45:17 To inspire righteousness/evangelism

46 Protection
46:2 Against earthquakes
46:3 Against floods
46:8-9 Against war

47 Worship/Praise

48 Worship/Praise
48:9 To cultivate lovingkindness
48:14 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision

49 Meditation on mortality, humility, and the impermanence of wealth, against the haughty and proud
49:3 For wise speech and understanding
49:14-15 Curse against enemies

50 Hope in Divine judgement, curse against enemies and wicked speech/gossip

51 Mercy

52 Curse against liars and wicked speech

53 Against the unrighteous
53:5 To instill fear and shame

54 For prayers to be heard, Protection against oppression
54:6 For sacrifice, devotion

55 For prayers to be heard, Protection against oppression, Against corruption and violence
55:4-8 Against depression, spiritual confusion, or lack of faith
55:8 For Protection against storms
55:9-11 Curse against the corrupt and violent
55:12-23 Curse against betrayers and former friends
55:17-18 Thanksgiving for victory

56 For confidence, against fear, for Mercy, against enemies
56:4/11 Trust, Hope

57 Mercy/Deliverance/Protection against enemies
57:7 Devotion/Steadfastness
57 7-11 Worship/Praise

58: Curse against evil enemies/Physical harm hex

59: Protection against enemies
59:12 Against wicked speech/gossip
59:16-17 For Protection

60 Mercy/Against Sin and Defeat
60:2 Against earthquakes and natural disasters

61 For prayers to be heard
61:2 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
61:1-4 For Protection
61:7 For Mercy and Truth
61:8 For the keeping of vows

62 For Mercy and Protection
62:1 Patience
62:2 Salvation/Confidence
62:3 Curse against conspirators
62:4 Against lies and false speech
62:5-7 Salvation/Confidence
62:8 Trust
62:9-10 Against Vanity

63 Worship/Praise and Devotion

64 Against wicked speech/gossip and conspirators

65 Prosperity/Blessing of the Land
65:3 Purgation of Sin

66 Worship/Praise
66:12 Endurance through trial
66:13-20 For presenting Offerings/For prayers to be heard

67 Mercy, Worship/Praise, and Prosperity

68 Protection/Prosperity

69 Mercy, Against depression, addiction, and for Protection
69:22-28 Curse against enemies

70 Mercy/Deliverance
70:2 Curse to shame and vex enemies

71 For Trust and Deliverance from enemies/Strength in old age
71:13 Curse against enemies
71:14-16 Hope/Trust

72 Judgement against oppressors/Justice for the poor

73 Against the proud/greedy
73:24 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision
73:25-28 Trust/Hope

74 Protection against oppression

75 Worship/Praise

76 Against war/to invoke wrathful judgement

77 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision/ To recount Divine miracles

78 To recount Divine miracles/ Against the unfaithful and disloyal, Judgement against sinners
78:1-4 To reveal secrets or hidden knowledge, uncover mysteries

79 For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision, For mercy and Judgement

80 Protection against oppression, For salvation

81 Worship/Praise, to increase Divine awareness

82 For DIvine Judgement

83 Against enemies, Judgement of wicked

84 Worship/Praise, Trust
84:1-4 For matters of the Home, house blessing

85 For spiritual restoration, Salvation, Divine promises
85 Harvest magic

86 Mercy, Trust, To shame enemies
86:11 Spiritual direction

87 Worship/Praise

88 For prayers to be heard, against depression, For guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision

89 Worship Praise/Against oppression, protection in warfare

90 Against oppression

91 For Hope and Trust, Shelter, Divine Love, Deliverance, Salvation

92 Worship/Praise
92:9 Against enemies
92:12-15 Flourishing of righteousness

93 Worship/Praise, Divine strength
93:5 Temple blessing/consecration

94 Against oppression, Divine judgement

95 Worship/Praise

96 Worship/Praise

97 Worship/Praise
97:7 Against idolatry

98 Worship/Praise, Divine spark in Nature

99 Worship/Praise, Divine guidance

100 Worship/Praise, Thanksgiving

101 Against sinners and liars, for purity

102 For prayers to be heard, for relief in old age, against oppression,

103 Worship/Praise

104 Worship/Praise, Nature magic, to glorify natural beauty
104:34 Meditation

105 Worship/Praise

106 Worship/Praise, Thanksgiving

107 Worship/Praise, Thanksgiving, To recount Divine miracles

108 Worship/Praise, against enemies

109 Curse against the wicked, against accusers, against black magic

110 For protection, Against enemies, warfare

111 Worship/Praise
111:10 For wisdom

112 Prosperity

113 Worship/Praise, prosperity

114 Worship/Praise

115 Against idolatry, For trust

116 For prayers to be heard, Thanksgiving, fulfillment of vows, oaths and obligations

117 Worship/Praise

118 Thanksgiving, Divine refuge, prosperity

119 Worship/Praise, prosperity, wisdom, Grace, comfort, thanksgiving, protection, righteousness, deliverance, salvation, Divine refuge, sustenance, strength, Divine inspiration, endurance, for prayers to be heard

120 For prayers to be heard, Against distress, against warfare

121 For protection

122 For peace and prosperity

123 For mercy

124 For protection and escape

125 For trust, endurance

126 Divine restoration, salvation

127 For protection

128 For peace and prosperity

129 Against oppression

130 For prayers to be heard, for mercy, for endurance, for guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision

131 Against pride, for humility, for hope

132 For salvation

133 For peace and prosperity

134 Worship/Praise

135 Worship/Praise

136 Thanksgiving, Worship/Praise

137 Worship/Praise, Divine retribution

138 Worship/Praise, for prayers to be heard

139 For spiritual transparence, Worship/Praise,

140 For deliverance, against enemies, For mercy,

141 For prayers to be heard, for protection, against enemies

142 For prayers to be heard, for guidance, Against confusion, feeling lost, indecision, spiritual refuge

143 For prayers to be heard, for protection, against enemies, for spiritual direction

144 Worship/Praise, for protection, against enemies, deliverance, prosperity

145 Worship/Praise, prosperity

146 Worship/Praise, against oppression, against enemies, deliverance

147 Worship/Praise, protection, prosperity

148 Worship/Praise

149 Worship/Praise, against enemies, DIvine judgement and vengeance

150 Worship/Praise

 

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