Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 18

Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 18

HYMN XVIII

A charm to avert evil spirits of misfortune and to secure prosperity

We drive away the Spotted Hag, Misfortune, and Malignity:
All blessings to our children then! We chase Malignity
away.
Let Savitar, Mitra, Varuna, and Aryaman drive away Stinginess
from both the hands and feet:
May Favour, granting us her bounties, drive her off. The Gods
created Favour for our happiness.
Each fearful sign upon thy body, in thyself, each inauspicious
mark seen in thy hair, thy face,
All this we drive away and banish with our speech. May Savitar
the God graciously further thee. p. a18
Antelope-foot, and Bullock-tooth, Cow-terrifier, Vapour-form,
The Licker, and the Spotted Hag, all these we drive away from
us.