Friday, August 19, 2016

I Done Jinxed Myself

So it's been three months since I blogged about my one year anniversary of having my weight loss surgery. You can read the blog entry at the below link.

http://mysecrethoodoo.blogspot.com/2016/05/today-is-my-1-year-weight-loss-surgery.html

In the past three months I've only lost a measly 6 more pounds, putting me at 184 lbs and 14 pounds shy of my goal of reaching 170 lbs.

I won't give excuses. It's my fault, really. I haven't been exercising as I should these past few months. I've also eaten too many carbs and have consumed more alcohol than I would normally. However, I'm not going to beat myself up because at least I haven't gained any weight. In fact, I had a not-so-pleasant encounter with a man who told me that I was doomed to regain the weight I had lost and added that "everyone he knew who had the surgery gained the weight back". Well, I tried to explain to him that the surgery removes 80% of my stomach. The stomach doesn't regenerate, meaning it's not going to grow back. Even if I slip up I will never be able to binge eat like I did prior. So before surgery I could break down and eat a dozen donuts. After surgery, if I give in I can eat one or most of one donut. So I won't ever be in a position where I would gain weight so rapidly that it would be out of control. In the past I could easily gain 15 or 20 lbs a months. I don't think I could do that now even if actually tried to.

Since I practice conjure work for myself, and not just for my clients as some people mistakenly believe, I will be hitting some work strong in the next week. I plan doing a thorough cleansing and will do some block-buster work to clear out the obstacles that are standing in the way of my success. In the mean time, I was able to find a picture that was taken about 5 months before my surgery. I don't even recognize myself in it. I'll also post some more pics of my transformation. As usual, I can not recommend the surgery enough to morbidly obese people who have tried everything. I truly believe the surgery saved my life. I was pre-diabetic, had sleep apnea and had high blood pressure and all of that cleared up after surgery. Below is a link to a FAQ I wrote on the surgery I had.

http://mysecrethoodoo.blogspot.com/2016/05/q-may-17-2016-gastric-sleeve-edition.html

Before & After Pictures:

This BEFORE pic was taken in December, 2014. I had my surgery in May, 2015.




If I look goofy it's because I was drunk in the above pic. lol



At my highest my weight was 388 lbs. So to date I have lost 204 lbs. I went from size 46 pants down to size 32. I went from 4X shirts down to Medium. It's been an awesome journey. My only regret is not having the weight loss surgery sooner. 

If you are obese, are interested in having the surgery and have questions, feel free to email me at MySecretHoodoo@mail.com  In the past three months I've received eleven emails from people who are interested in the surgery and I'm happy to be of whatever help I can with regard to answering questions on the surgery and of what to expect. It truly will save your life. You will feel like you've been reborn. 


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Reminder To People Who Want Me To Call Them For Free

It goes something like this:

"Hi, Doc. Read your blog. Really like what you got to say. I need some help with a situation. I really prefer to speak to you on the phone. Can you call me? 580-469-****. Thanks!"

I get a dozen or so emails like this each and every week.

I charge $50 for a 30 minute phone call to speak with me or $100 for a one hour phone call.

Why do I charge?

1. My time is valuable. You may think that it's nothing for me to devote an hour or two of my life to listen to your problems. However, what you don't understand is that you are just one of about a dozen or so people a week, close to 50 people a month, or close to 600 people a year who also think they deserve 1-2 hours of my times for free.

2. 99% of the people who want me to call them for free on the phone have no true intention of ever actually hiring me for conjure work. They are just people who want to dump their problems on me, to have me listen to them, to be able to confide in me because they have nobody else they can talk to. That's the truth and it's one of the first lessons I learned when I first started in this line of work. They claim they are interested in hiring me for conjure work but that's a lie. They just want somebody to talk to. 

3. Charging people to talk to me weeds out all of these people. If  person is willing to pay to speak to me they are also willing to hire me to be their conjure worker. 

So that's why. Hope you understand. :)

You can communicate with me via email for free but if you want me to take time out of my day to talk to you on the phone then you will compensate me for my time.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pink Vigil Candle Service Pictures





Last Sunday I held the Pink Vigil Candle Service, as promised, for those who bravely battled breast cancer. After setting the lights and praying, I pulled up a chair and meditated on bible verses concerning healing and deliverance.

Psalm 103:2-4 KJV

2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thin diseases;
4. Who redeemth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and mercies 

Jeremiah 17:4 KJV

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: For thou art my praise.

Isaiah 41:10 KJV

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee: I will uphold thee with he right hand of my righteousness. 

Psalm 50:15 KJV

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shall glorify me. 

Before I knew it nearly an hour had passed by. I closed in prayer.

Thank you for all of my readers who submitted names of your loved ones to be included. My honest hope and prayer is that breast cancer, as well as all cancer, will finally be 100% curable in the near future and that not another person shall lose their life to it.

As a sadder note, my mother's test results came back. The cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. She will be beginning chemo in the near future. Please continue to pray for her.

God Bless All,

-Doc


Saturday, July 30, 2016

A History Of God (2001)

This is a fascinating documentary on the history or evolution of our concept of God. If the female narrator's voice sounds familiar, it should be. That is Gloria Foster, most famous for her role as the Oracle in the 1999 movie, The Matrix.


 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Update On My Mother

My mother has been released from the hospital. The surgery went well. She's in a lot of pain but that is to be expected. They removed some lymph nodes and are checking to see if they have cancer. If cancer is found then my mom will have to undergo chemo. We should find out the results in a week.

I just would like to take the time to thank my readers who have prayed for my mother and who have sent me encouraging emails. It is much appreciated.

God Bless,

-Doc

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Prayer Request & Pink Candle Vigil Service


My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer about a month ago. I've been putting it out of my mind because denial is far easier than having to deal with the reality of the situation. Or should I state that denial is perhaps the first phase of accepting a harsh reality.

My mother and I have bumped heads continuously throughout my life. We are very much alike. I think I'm more like her than my father. Sometimes she makes me so freaking angry that I want to tear my hair out. For example, she doesn't tell me stuff. Technically, she has yet to tell me she even has cancer. Of course I knew from other family members but the fact that she withholds information from me just drives me bonkers. She's my mother and we only get one. She is the one who bore me and brought me into this world. We can all exist without a father being present in our lives but for the majority of us our mothers are the only thing that stood between us and certain doom in this life. 

My mother is having a mastectomy on Tuesday. I know she's a fighter and she will pull through. However, I would appreciate any prayers, well wishes and positive energy that my readers would like to send for her. Her name is Linda. 

As a man I know that I'm going to be oblivious to many of the struggles that women have to endure in life. I also know that women are likewise oblivious to many of the struggles that men face. I hate the fact that cancer is one of these. The very notion of cancer linked to just being female (or male) is just absurd to me. I mean, I think we all can understand lung cancer from decades of smoking or liver cancer from decades of alcoholism. But to develop cancer that is linked to just being "XX" is freaking nuts. I don't understand what mother nature was thinking when she concocted that aspect of human existence. I feel the same way about prostate and testicular cancer for men. I feel even worse for children with cancer. 

They did tests and determined that the cancer was fueled by her hormones and so they told her that her choices were chemo followed by being on hormone blockers for the rest of her life, which is completely horrible because it transforms you into a different creature and also effects your mind, or she could have surgery. She chose the surgery. We are also looking into options for reconstruction. They have made a lot of advances with that aspect and now it's routine for tummy tucks to be done and the tissue used to reconstruct the breasts so that the results are surprisingly realistic and natural looking. The only thing I'm concerned about is that they are only doing one breast. I mean, I can only speak for myself but if I was a woman and was diagnosed I would want the peace of mind of having a full mastectomy and not having to possibly go through round two at a later time. But it's not my call.

Next Sunday, July, 31, 2016, at 7:00 pm CST, I will be holding a pink candle vigil service for any woman who has survived breast cancer or reproductive cancer. I will also be setting angel lights in memory of the brave women who have passed on. Any of my readers can participate by sending me an email to MySecretHoodoo@mail.com with the subject line of "Pink Candle Vigil Service",  along with the name of the woman. Pictures can also be included if you so chose. If you have a loved one who has non-reproductive cancer, feel free to join in as well as I won't turn away any request for this. If any of my readers would like to join me by setting their own lights in their homes that would be wonderful as well. 

Additionally, if you can afford it then please consider donating to the Susan G. Komen foundation or similar programs and charities that help combat breast cancer with research and prevention. There are also programs that provide free mammograms to women who may otherwise not be able to have one. It's extremely important that we support each other, men included, as we are either women ourselves or we owe our lives to women. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their life time and we need to drastically reduce this number. 

God bless each and every brave woman touched by this. You were heroes long before this and will continue to be such. 

(For the men out there who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, feel free to join in as well. Although statistically smaller with only one in one hundred men diagnosed, your struggle is the same.)

http://ww5.komen.org/



October is breast cancer awareness month. 



Find free and low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings in your area – National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

Had To Cross Up A Client

I had a client do a chargeback on their credit card for a reading. The client gave me the excuse that the chargeback was done in error and that they would make sure I got paid. I gave the client ample opportunity to make it right. So after a considerable amount of time without the client keeping to their word I was forced to cross them up. Additionally, I feared that the client may be performing credit card fraud so I contacted the client's local police.

So let me state that there is a reason why I ask for your full name, birth date and a picture for your reading. Not only does it help me to tune into your energy for your reading but if you decide to screw me over because you don't like what you were told during the reading then it gives me recourse to do what I have to do to make sure you get what's coming to you in return.

It always amazes me how a certain percentage of people seeking a reading somehow think that we readers are supposed to tell them exactly what they want to hear instead of what we honestly pick up on. They then think they are entitled to a refund or believe they have the right to badmouth a reader because of such.

This is the second time I've had to cross up a client, with the first being an insane transgendered prostitute who hired me for a one question reading for $15. She was upset that a wealthy, elderly client broke off contact with her because she truly thought that this guy was going to financially support her for the rest of her life. She was mistaken. I was honest with her and told her there was no hope in the situation and that his health was not good. She went 100% psycho, ranted, told me that not only was I wrong but I was the worst psychic ever, demanded her money back and threatened to talk shit about me everywhere she possible could online, etc. She is the reason why I no longer offer one question readings. I crossed that whore up good and I sure as hell would not shed a tear if she is currently in her grave as she was seemingly racing toward it at full speed even before she crossed my path.

So bitch, let me get this real clear. Not only did you do the chargeback and then not keep your word to make it right, but a chargeback is not free. I additionally had to pay $25 for the chargeback fee, meaning I ended up paying you for your reading. So I want you to know that I crossed you up something fierce and I am more than happy to keep hitting the work for as long as it takes until your life is transformed into a steaming pile of shit. :)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Witch Ball


Witch Balls, a.k.a. glass floats, originally were hollow spheres of glass that were used by fishermen to keep their nets afloat. In the 1700s such devices began to be re-purposed as charms that were believed to protect against witches, spirits, curses, and general evil. With time spheres of glass were being deliberately made for use as witch balls. Most were traditionally blue, the color of protection and especially protection against the evil eye, and possessed strands or webbing inside which were believed to trap any witch or evil spirit that ventured too close. Witch balls were often hung in eastern windows where it was believed that the rays of the rising sun would kill or destroy any trapped spirit within.

Today, witch balls are made in a variety of colors, designs, and sizes. Many people are attracted to them for their artistic appeal. Popular also are the gazing balls, close cousins of the witch ball, being large spheres of glass that were generally displayed in gardens to catch the light and dazzle the eye.

I picked mine up last year from Iron Elegance. I stumbled upon their website after purchasing a blue witch ball from another website and being horribly disappointed with it. It was such terrible, shoddy work that I can't believe the company really had the nerve to sell it. It contained massive air bubbles in the glass and large cracks that were not part of the design. The top part of the sphere, where one would hang it, was not attached properly and at a weird angle, making it impossible to hang . I seriously don't understand why they just didn't recycle this piece. Even the blue color seemed fake, as if it was painted on and not genuinely tinted glass. So when I found Iron Elegance I was entranced. Their witch balls are very beautiful and professionally made. You can tell they truly care about their products. Too bad I didn't discover their website first. If you are looking for a place to purchase a witch ball for yourself then I strongly recommend them.

http://www.ironelegance.com/maintemplate.asp?category=Witch+Balls

As far as my personal opinions on witch balls, I believe they became so very popular in the 1700s as this was the time that most prosecution of alleged witches were coming to an end. However, the belief in witches was still widespread. As such, people invented all sorts of rituals, devices and apotropaic charms to keep witches at bay. Witch bottles also developed and became popular at this time as well.

Look What I Found Behind My Shed!



It's a giant Polkweed. You can't tell from the pic but it's very tall. It's well over my head and I'm 6 ft. I bet the root must be massive! I'll harvest some of the leaves but I don't want to harvest the taproot because it will kill it. I've never seen one this big before so no sense in destroying it.