The Devi Kavacham is a "must do" recitation text for all those pursuing the Shakti path or worship of Divine Mother, as it basically provides a field of protection around you - Kavacham means armour and there are many other famous kavachas to recite. Its purpose essentially is to free you from evil tendencies, so it's a sort of functional instruction manual on psychic protection, rather than a tender love poem of praise.
If you have problems with compulsions of any kind, reciting a kavacham every day, or at least before you sleep is prudent and essential.
Don't then leap to the conclusion that natural urges are inherently "wrong" in some way. They are not. The urge to eat, procreate etc are all part of the human template, neither good nor evil. But it's what gets added to the urges to intensify thrills that can cause the problem.
The kavacham is also an excellent way to tackle addictions - drink, cigarettes, recreational drugs, gambling, you name it. This is the armour you need to wear or you get shot to pieces by forces of which you are unaware and cannot name. It deflects and destroys curses, too. So if misfortune dogs your steps or your families, recite this. Recite it with grim determination, as if you are about to join battle. This gives you victory. But remember, too, nothing happens overnight. You need patience and stubborn, day by day obstinacy. So don't make absurd commitments to recite, and then fail to live up to them. Be realistic.
My own experience of regular kavach recitation is that it simply kills dead a whole bed of thoughts, samskaras and tendencies that can tend to disturb someone set on celibacy or brahmacharya. And one day I felt something lift from me. Hard to describe this event, but in the middle of a very hot summer, suddenly for a few hours I was as cold as ice, and then... freed up.
As from July 2015, this text is now something the blogger chants every day, along with the Siddha Kunjika Stotram, at the conclusion to daily recitation of either the sri Lalita Sahasranam or the Sri Vishnu Sahasranam.
The Devi Kavach also keeps you close to Her, to your real Mother. She will do battle for Her child, just as you will do battle for Her. She is always victorious. She will help clean you and purify you. Now don't expect an overnight miracle. You have to put in some effort here. The real devotee will stick with it, will start to make this a beneficial habit, until it becomes as much a part of you as the clothes you wear. Imagine the feeling of freedom this brings you! Fearlesslessness, because you are so protected! Calmness, because you are no longer held back by bad habits, no longer self-defeating! Loving, because your ability to love is unveiled, recitation by recitation.
Here's a little test. read the meaning of the kavach as it directs protection to each and every part of you. Then have a look and see which aspect of the Devi protects the heart.
If you are worried about mispronouncing the names and getting some instant unpleasant karmic zap in return, might be a good idea to wonder what sort of image of the Devi you might have. Many of us in the West come from christian or Jewish backgrounds growing up, where the concept of hellfire, punishment and an angry, vengeful and petty god were not hard to find. Don't bring this image into Shakti worship. She is your Mother, for goodnesss sake! If you had a child and the child mispronounced your name, would then immediately punish the child? No, you would smile.
There is a you tube version of the Devi Kavacham that will help out here, so check it out:
The text published earlier contains a few mis-steps, and needs to be corrected. But this is quite a labour, so when I get round to it, I will try and transcribe it properly. In the meantime the text has now been removed, until it can be properly written. Apologies, but I do not have a text to send you, so please don't ask me...