Saturday, December 31, 2011

Conjuring A Blessed 2012!


Greetings and a well-wishes for a wonderful 2012 to my readers!

I've decided to give some tips on how to make 2012 a blessed year.

What To Do On Or By New Year's Eve:

- Purchase a new broom and throw out your old broom.


- Clean your home and perform a spiritual cleansing of the home.


- Take a silver coin and hide it somewhere outside your home. At 12:01 AM , or as soon after midnight as possible, retrieve the coin and bring it inside. This is a form of first-footing that will ensure you have a steady supply of money coming into the home.


- Open your windows and doors at midnight to welcome in the new year and it's energy and allow the old year's energy to leave.


- Make sure to get that New Year's kiss at midnight!


What To Do (Or Not Do) On New Year's Day:

- Do not do any cleaning, especially sweeping or washing. You may wash away or sweep away your coming luck for the year. You should either do your cleaning on New Year's Eve or wait until January 2nd. So if it's laundry day, here's your excuse to be lazy!


- Do not use scissors. You may cut your good luck for the year.


- Eat black-eyed peas for good luck. If you want to make a full meal of it then I would recommend cornbread, fried potatoes, and greens.

- Any spiritual work you do should be concerning your own prosperity and happiness (or of your household). Do not do any spiritual work for anybody else on this day. Definitely do not do any enemy work on this day.  


- Be observant for a first-footing omen. First footing is basically the idea of how a thing begins is an omen of the future. For example, rain on a wedding day is an omen for an unhappy marriage. When looking for first-footing omens for the New Year look for the people who first enter your home and the objects they bring with them. A dark-haired young man is the best person to first enter your home. Money, food (especially sweets), and plants are the best omens for a prosperous new year. If you want to take matters into your own hands, then have or hire a dark-haired young man to bring in money, food,  sweets, a plant, or other fortunate items into your house.

A local occult shop used to make first-footing bundles for customers. I love the idea and began making them for my friends and loved one's each year. Below you will find information on how you can make your own first-footing bundles.

First-Footing Bundles

Items needed:

- Colored Tissue Paper (If you prefer you can use green, gold, or silver for wealth.)
- Gold Or Silver Metallic Ribbon (for wealth)
- Hershey's Kisses (for love and sweetness)
- Shiny New Pennies (for luck and money)
- Small Quartz Crystals (for magic)

Procedure:

Cut out a small square of tissue paper. Place a Hershey's kiss, a penny, and a small quartz crystal in the center of the paper. Wrap the paper up and tie it off with ribbon. Give a bundle to your friends and family and tell them keep it outside the home and bring it in front door after midnight.



Wishing Everyone A Happy New Years And A Wonderful 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Hoodoo Candles, a.k.a. 7 Day Glass Candles, Prayer Candles


Hoodoo Candles, a.k.a. 7 Day Glass Candles, Vigil Candles, Novena-Style Candles, are candles enclosed in glass with a specific color, or combinations of colors, of wax and often with an accompanying silk screen or paper label that signifies the candle's use for a specific condition in the practice of Hoodoo/Rootwork. Some Hoodoo candles have no labels and are distinguished as "plain color 7 day candles". For examples of Hoodoo candles, click HERE.

Hoodoo candles, though a relatively recent addition to the practice of Hoodoo, have become very noticeable and identifiable to non-practitioners.

With regard to Hoodoo candles I am reminded of certain dialogue from the 1996 movie, The Craft.

Lirio: You know how to use candles?

Sarah: Yeah, you light the wick.


In the above encounter, Lirio the occult shop owner was actually asking Sarah if she knew how to use candles in magic, not the everyday use of candles. Similarly, with Hoodoo candles, many people falsely assume that all one does is light them. In reality, Hoodoo candles need to be prepared or "fixed" as well as "worked" on a daily basis while they burn. Interestingly, in the movie the Craft, when the girls first enter the occult store, Lirio is herself fixing a plain white pillar candle but in a way similar to how Hoodoo candles are fixed. .

Below one will find the method I was taught to fix Hoodoo candles. The methods used to fix Hoodoo candles will vary from practitioner-to-practitioner, but all methods should be rather close with regards to style. For the example below I will be using a Hoodoo candle designed to attract money.

How To Fix A Hoodoo Candle

Items Needed:

- Money-Drawing Hoodoo Candle
- Money-Drawing Oil
- Money-Drawing Incense
- Money-Drawing Powder, A Money-Drawing Herb, Or Green Or Gold Glitter
- Name Paper/Petition Paper
- Eyedropper
- Screwdriver, Nail, Or Icepick

Procedure:

Create a name-paper or petition paper (more in a future blog). Next, take the candle and pray over it your desire. Take the screwdriver, nail, or ice pick and make three holes in the top of the candle. The holes need to be deep but do not have to go all the way to the bottom of the glass. Take the eyedropper and add enough money-drawing oil to fill each hole. Allow a little to over-flow onto the surface of the candle and then swirl this in a clockwise fashion with one's finger in order to draw the money toward one's self. Next, take a tiny pinch of Money drawing powder, powdered herbs with the magical reputation of drawing money, or glitter and sprinkle it on the top of the candle's surface in a clockwise manner. Please keep in mind that one should only use a very tiny amount as using too much may interfere with the candle burning correctly. At this time I like to rub my hands vigorously until they are hot via friction and then I visualize my desire. In this instance I may visualize a shower of coins or dollars falling on me. The point is to visualize money coming one's way. I then "stick" this image to the candle by forming a semi-triangle with my thumbs and first fingers and then running my hands down the sides of the candle glass. When I sense my desire has "stuck" I then seal the candle by picking it up and knocking the bottom of the glass on the table or workspace three times. Then I place my left hand over the top of the glass and then knock my right fist against my left hand three times as well. My desire is now "stuck and sealed" in the candle. I then pick the candle up and move it in the form of the cross. I set the candle to burn on top of my petition paper. I light some money-drawing incense and then I light the candle and pray once more, closing in the name of "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Amen", while making three "x" formations with my first two fingers on my right hand. At this point the candle has now been properly fixed and has been lit. Once a day I need to "work" the candle, by "feeding" it drops of money-drawing oil into the liquid wax pool if necessary, burning money-drawing incense, and by praying and concentrating on my desire. When the candle is finally extinguished the spell is complete. I would then look at the glass for any omens. If the glass is clear and there is little-to-no remaining wax then this is the best omen and my desires will likely manifest. If the glass is sooty with a lot of wax remaining at the bottom, then such is a bad omen and may mean that there are many obstacles in my path and that my desires may not manifest, may be slow to manifest, or may not manifest to my liking.

Notes And Safety Precautions:


- Never leave a candle burning unattended.

- Hoodoo candles can sometimes explode. Some people will burn a Hoodoo candle in their bath tub, kitchen sink, or in a metal bucket or small metal trash can, just in case the glass explodes. It is extremely rare for a Hoodoo candle to explode, but if it does then this is a bad omen and may mean that someone is working against you.

- Hoodoo candles, once lit, should ideally be allowed to burn themselves out completely. If by chance one needs to extinguish a Hoodoo candle the proper way to do it would be to place a plate or book on the top of the candle to smoother the flame. Be careful not to burn the item used for this purpose. One shouldn't blow out the candle because this would be akin to dismissing the magic or breaking the spell. Use a long fireplace match to relight the wick when needed.

- When using oils, be very careful of the type of oil as it may effect the candle. Essential oils can often cause the flame to burn incredibly bright and hot which may crack or shatter the glass of the candle.

- Never use any alcohol-based spiritual products on candles as they may explode.

- Burn the Hoodoo candle away from flammable materials.

Hoodoo candles can be purchased in various occult shops or candle stores, at various supermarkets that have a wide selection of ethnic goods, or at online occult shops.

Trivia & Assorted Ramblings:

1.) The term, "7 Day Glass Candle", references the misconception that the candles are supposed to burn for 7 days. From my experience they usually burn 4-5 days.

2.) Hoodoo candles are a modern development in the practice of Hoodoo/Rootwork.

3.) Many practitioners today don't use them. I only use them occasionally and I also burn them from time to time for normal, non-magical use.

4.) Hoodoo candles make great emergency candles. I would advise stocking up on them.

5.) If you want to burn a Hoodoo candle but don't want people to know your business then choose a plain-color Hoodoo candle based off of color symbolism. That way, anybody who sees your candle won't know that you are burning it for magical purposes.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dang It!

The day before Christmas Eve I went to a local Mexican Grocery that carries novenas and 7 day candles of many types, not just saint candles. They were on sale for 99 cents. I only had 4 bucks on me so I could only buy 3 of them. Tuesday I went back thinking I was going to stock up on a lot but found out the sale was over. I still bought 3 more but kept thinking that I could have gotten like 6 for that price. LOL I ended up with a couple of the 7-colored Lucky Flame/Money Drawing candles (My favorite Hoodoo candle!), a Peaceful Home candle, a purple 7 day candle, and a couple of saint novenas. At only $1.99-$2.99 a piece they were still a bargain compared to purchasing them online or at occult shops.

Oh, and remember the tip that if you are needing just a plain color 7 day candle that you can always purchase a saint novena candle in the color you need and simply remove the label by soaking the candle in water overnight. You could also soak it in hot water for a few minutes to remove the label but you have to be careful as this will usually start to melt the wax as well.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Florida Water


Florida Water is a type of commercial toilette water used in hoodoo/rootwork, as well as many African Traditional Religions and similar spiritual practices.

Florida Water is used primarily for cleansing purposes. Some of the methods practitioners use Florida Water can be found below.

- To cleanse items such as candles one has bought from an occult shop.

- To cleanse one's hands before doing a reading or before performing any work.

- To sprinkle around the home to cleanse the dwelling and freshen the air.

- To add to water, such as Blue Water, to set out in a room for cleansing purposes and to freshen the air.

- To sprinkle on a workspace or altar to cleanse it before any work is undertaken.


Florida Water and Kananga Water

Lanman & Kemp

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Florida Water Woes

I think I reached my breaking-point with regard to the price of Florida Water. Back in the day I use to be able to get a bottle at local dollar stores for a dollar. That didn't last long. I then read online that various stores were pulling the bottles because they were being used in "voodoo". I could still purchase bottles at local Mexican grocery stores for about $2.99 each. Then the prices steadily increased over the years. Currently the bottles are going for $5.99 a bottle. Occult shops are worse. Most of the occult shops that sell Florida Water charge up to $14 for the same size of bottle. So I've reached my breaking point. I'm no longer willing to shill out that much for a bottle of cologne/toilette water. For now on I will simply purchase cheaper colognes/perfumes as well as use rubbing alcohol to cleanse my items. I think enough is enough.

For those who are unfamiliar with Florida Water, I will post a blog on it tomorrow and include how Florida Water is used.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Graveyard Rooster Sacrifice Divides Hoodoo Community

Recently Dr. Christos Kioni, a professional rootworker and Palo practitioner, has found himself in hot water after allegedly posting a picture of an animal sacrifice he performed at the grave of a soldier. Catherine Yronwode, Hoodoo occult shop owner, appears to be behind the rampage to have Dr. Kioni arrested for animal abuse. So just what happened?

The accusations are that Dr. Kioni burned a rooster alive at the grave site as part of a magical working for a client. Animal sacrifice is legal, though burning an animal is not. Dr. Kioni allegedly posted pics of the sacrifice on his Facebook, though Dr. Kioni claims someone hacked his account. Catherine Yronwode is now spear-heading a campaign to have Dr Kioni arrested by supporting a petition against Dr. Kioni. Yronwode didn't originate the petition, instead it was created by one of her associates, but she sure as hell is promoting it.

The case is complex and both Dr. Kioni and Catherine Yronwode have brought shame to the Hoodoo community. Dr. Kioni and Catherine Yronwode have a long professional history of working together. It appears, in my opinion and in the opinion of those in the know, that Catherine Yronwode has ulterior motivations for waging war against Dr. Kioni. I will not repeat the rumors here.

It's unlikely that any charges will be brought up against Dr. Kioni as it would be far too difficult to prove that the chicken was alive at the time of it being allegedly burnt. However, it is very likely that Dr. Kioni will now find himself under police scrutiny for some time to come.

For the record, Dr. Kioni states that the rooster was killed legally. Dr. Kioni and Catherine Yronwode have severed professional ties. The mother of the soldier whose grave was used as the location of the ritual is quite naturally upset and shaken over the incident.

Note: Though I am a practitioner of Hoodoo, I am strongly opposed to animal sacrifice of any form. I do not harm any animals in my practice.

Dr. Kioni Speaking Of His Services


Hoodoo ritual sacrifice shocks family

Dr. Kioni, the Red-Hot Rooster, and a Fractured Community

Bullies Of Voodou

Stop Dr. Christos Kioni From Burning Chickens Alive!(With Alleged Picture Of Rooster Sacrificed)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Frankincense May Go The Way Of The Dinosaurs

The world's source of frankincense comes mainly from Ethiopia. There the trees that produce the resin are under threat. Production of frankincense may decrease in half in as little as 15 years and by 90% in 50 years. In a nutshell the use of frankincense as an incense is likely to be limited to only the wealthiest individuals in the future. Of course the trees that produce the incense may also go extinct. This is truly sad news for conjure workers. Expect the price of frankincense to quickly soar.

In conjure work, Frankincense is a stable for blessing and purification rites, to add power to workings, and for general spiritual work. Just how one can burn white candles for any purpose, one can burn frankincense for any purpose as well. This is truly sad news.

Christmas Staple Frankincense 'Doomed,' Ecologists Warn

Friday, December 16, 2011

John Domingo, a.k.a. "The Black Constable"

John Domingo, a.k.a. The Black Constable, was a notorious Hoodooman and necromancer in Charleston, SC, in the 1880s. At the time Domingo was believed to be the most powerful conjurer in the state of South Carolina.

Domingo possessed a sliver ring in the form of a serpent. According to Domingo the ring had been forged along the banks of the great Congro River. The ring was believed to be the center of his power and allegedly allowed him to command the spirits.

Domingo was legendary for his curses and for his love spells. It was claimed that Domingo could make even the oldest or ugliest man a magnet for young, beautiful women. People flocked to Domingo for his mojo hands and lucky jack balls. Sailors and fishermen paid Domingo visits to purchase favorable winds, as it was believed that Domingo had power over the weather. It was even claimed that Domingo could raise the newly dead, but such talk was said only in hushed-whispers. Perhaps it was Domingo's visits to cemeteries late at night to gather graveyard dirt that inspired such tales.

Despite the origin of such rumors, in modern times the legend of Domingo raising an army of zombies to do his bidding has spread. Such legends are quite incorrect with regard to zombies but do have a kernel of truth as Domingo was a very skilled necromancer. It has been said that people were afraid to come onto his property and especially to enter his home for fear of strange, human-shaped shadows the people believed were the souls of the dead that Domingo had conjured.

People, and especially neighbors, generally feared Domingo. In fact, even the white police force left Domingo alone for fear of magical retribution. The death of the Black Constable did not ease such fears. According to legend, Domingo met his fate while attempting to dish-out magical justice to a couple of thieves. Domingo grabbed the thieves, one in each hand, and and unwisely made the sacrilegious comment that he was, paraphrased, "just like Jesus, with a thief on each side". Domingo foolishly added a blasphemy, "Accept that I am more powerful than Jesus". At that moment witnesses reported that Domingo began foaming at the mouth and that his body rose up off the ground, as if lifted by a supernatural force. Domingo began clawing at his throat as if something was strangling him. Whatever had lifted him threw him back to the ground. Domingo was dead.

Domingo's death itself did not end the strange activity. Witnesses reported that Domingo's corpse seemed to age drastically and appeared far older than Domingo looked in life. Domingo's body was taken to a local butcher shop and displayed on a counter until a doctor could arrive. It was claimed that by the time the doctor showed the corpse was nothing but a shrivelled husk.

After his death, it was alleged that Domingo's ghost was seen walking the streets of Charleston as well as haunting his former home until it was finally demolished.

Doctor to the Dead: Grotesque Legends and Folk Tales of Old Charleston by John Bennett

Encyclopedia of the Undead by Bob Curran

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Loading Candles

The term, "loading candles", literally means to add items to a candle, i.e. to "load them with objects".

The practice of loading candles is action associated with the practice of candle magic within various magical traditions, such as Hoodoo/Rootwork/Conjure. The reasons for loading candles include the desire for secrecy as well as tho make the candle magic work more powerful. A loaded candle, depending on the type of candle used, can be burnt in the presence of others without people realizing that the candle is part of a magic spell or working.

In theory just about any candle can be loaded. However, in practice only candles such as Hoodoo Candles, image candles, and large pillar candles are traditionally loaded. As far as the items loaded into candles, such includes condition oils, powders, herbs, roots, stones and minerals, zoological items and personal effects such as hair and nail clippings. Certain practitioners may load name papers or petition papers into the candle, usually after folding them up as small as possible. I strongly recommend practitioners not do this. I can attest to doing this once and only once. The result of such was that I awoke in the middle of the night with the house full of dark, black smoke from the petition paper burning.

How To Load Candles

For instructions on how to load Hoodoo Candles (7 Day Candles, Novenas), click HERE.

For this example I will be loading a candle for protection for myself.

Items Needed:

1 large Pillar Candle
1 Coffin Nail
1 Knife (optional)
1 Small Candles (votive, emergency, tea light, etc.)
Candle Holder
Rag or Cloth
Matches or Lighter
Items To Be Loaded Into The Candle

Instructions:

Light one of the small candles. Place it in a candle holder. Take the coffin nail and wrap a rag or cloth around the head of the nail. This is the part in which you will hold the nail. Hold the nail over the flame until the nail is good and hot. Turn the pillar candle upside down and gently insert the nail into the bottom of the candle. The was will melt when the nail is inserted. Repeat this process until a large enough cavity is formed. If you prefer not do this method then use a knife to carve out a cavity but beware that this method may end up shattering or cracking the candle. Now it's time to load the candle. Since this candle will be for protection, I will use some of my own hair, a pinch of protection powder, a pinch of herbs or roots such as basil or angelica root. I will put this into the cavity. Next I will take the lit candle and drip the wax over the items to seal off the cavity. If one prefers, the type of candle used to do this can be color-matched to the candle being loaded so should if anyone pick up the candle they would not know that it was being used for a spell or magical working.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Offertory Candles




















Offertory Candles, a.k.a. Household Candles, Stick Candles, Petition Candles, are a staple type of candle used in the practice of Hoodoo/Rootwork.  Other than emergency candles, offertory candles are the most often used type of candle in spell work. For images of offertory candles, click HERE.

The typical offertory candle is circa 6 inches in length and is the right size to be almost fully encompassed in one's hands in a praying fashion. Offertory candles come in a wide variety of colors and are burned based on magic color symbolism.

Below one will find a basic guide to the use of offertory candles. As an example I have chosen a white offertory candle burned for protection.

How To Burn Offertory Candles

Items Needed:

- 1 White Offertory Candle
- 1 Candle Holder
- 1 Name Paper/Petition Paper
- 1 Coffin Nail (Optional)
- Matches or Lighter
- Protection oil
- Protection Incense
- Protection Powder, Protection Herbs, or Salt
- Bible



Procedure:

Create a name-paper/petition paper and place it on the work surface. Place the candle holder on top of the paper. If one prefers, one can carve a name or a short phrase of intent into the candle with a coffin nail. Rub one's hands together vigorously to heat them up via friction and then take the offertory candle in one's hands and hold it in a "praying position". Pray over the candle and then bring it to one's mouth and speak to it and tell it what you wish it to do or else pray over it and allow one's breath to fall on the candle. In this instance one can visualize something that symbolizes protection, such as a "bubble", "force-field", or even a "ring of fire" around one's self. When one is convinced that one's desire and visualization has "stuck" to the candle, set the candle down. Take the protection oil and pour some oil in one's palm. Rub one's palms together to spread the oil and then take up the candle. Hold the candle so that both hands grip it, with the right hand being on top of the left hand. Move the right hand in a clockwise fashion while moving the left hand counter-clockwise. This will rub the oil onto the candle. Next, rub the bottom of the candle on one's left palm to make sure it is oiled and then draw-up one's fingers along the candle tip and wick to oil the top of the candle. The candle has now been dressed with oil and is now sealed. Place the candle in the holder and sprinkle a circle of protection powder, protection herbs, or salt in a clockwise manner around the candle. Light the protection incense. Light the candle and then pray over it the 23rd Psalm. The candle should burn between 4-6 hours. Allow the candle to extinguish itself and then look at the remaining wax for omens. If there is little-to-no remaining wax then this is the best omen and one should expect one's desires to be granted. If there is much wax left then it may be a sign of obstacles blocking the achievement of one's desire. If the flame goes out prematurely or if someone else blows out the flame then such would be the worst omen and means there is much negativity in the situation or that someone is working against one. Pay attention to shape of any remaining wax. The shape of the remaining wax can also be read as an omen. In the case of this spell, wax in the shape of a cross, dove, or hand would be a very good omen. In the case of a love or money spell, the shape of a heart or dollar sign would also be very good omens that one's desires will manifest.


For Safety & Precautions

- Never burn a candle unattended
- Never burn a candle near flammable materials
- Do not use any alcohol-based spiritual products on candles as they may explode or prove a fire hazard.
- Show caution using certain essential oils on candles as they may make the candle flame burn exceptionally hot and bright and may prove a fire hazard.
- If one needs to extinguish the candle for whatever reason, wet one's fingers with saliva and pinch out the flame. Do not blow the flame out for doing this dismisses the magic.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Weird Junk Mail Omens

Omens can come in surprising ways. I will relate to you how I recently received 2 omens via junk mail.

The first incident occurred back in late summer when I received a magazine for California. It was a like a magazine advertising California for vacations and travelling. When I touched the magazine I immediately thought it was an omen for something. Later that night I spoke to my mother and told her about it and she laughed and said that she was going to tell me that my niece had won the first round in a modelling contest and the second round was to be held in California.

The second incident happened yesterday when my sister received a baby magazine in the mail. She approached me and asked me if this was an omen about her possibly becoming pregnant. At first I dismissed it but then when I touched the magazine I knew it was indeed an omen but not about her. I told her someone we know is expecting. So in today's mail I received a Christmas card from an old High School friend. She's expecting her first child. LOL

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving And Wishbones!

I just wanted to take the time to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Afer you have enjoyed your meal make sure to get the wishbone from the Turkey. The ritual for breaking the wishbone varies from family to family. When I was younger my Grandmother and I would simply get the wishbone and break it right then. Other families may wash and dry the wishbone first.

So you have your wishbone, now what? You need two people. Each person makes a wish to themselves in their mind and then grabs one end of the wishbone with their pinky finger. On a count of three each person then pulls their end. When the bone breaks the person having the longest piece of bone is believed to have their wish granted.

If by chance you do not wish to break the wishbone in this manner, one can also take the wishbone and wash and dry it. The wishbone can then be decorated by wrapping colorful thread around it. Once decorated the wishbone can be hung in the home for good luck.

Wishbone Ritual With An Unusual Twist!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rite To See If One Is Has Been Worked On/Hexed, Or Is The Victim Of The Evil Eye

I was listening to an interview with Dr. Evelyn Paglini and she mentioned a rite that one can do to determine if they've been cursed, been worked on, or are hexed. The ritual she gave is a very old genuine rite. What Paglini didn't know is that it is usually done to determine if one is the victim of the evil eye. However, it can be used in the manner that Paglini claims. Here is the rite below for my readers.

Take a bowl of water and quickly add to it 3 drops of olive oil. If the drops of the oil merge or cling together, you are fine. If the drops of oils scatter then you are under the influence of the evil eye or have been cursed/hexed.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Strange Hoodoo Food Ritual

I found the following while conversing with a person online and letting them know that eating squirrels, especially their brains, can be dangerous as squirrels carry a version of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (similar to Mad Cow Disease) and which can be passed on to humans. Even cooking does not destroy the pathogens as the pathogen in question is not alive, but rather a "mutant" protein called a prion.

This is a recipe for "Burgoo", a type of stew. Pay attention to the end.

Kentucky Burgoo (Serves 25)

Makes 1200 gallons of stew; used for the Kentucky Derby Day celebration This recipe is from a very old southern cookbook entitled "322 Old Dixie Recipes"(1939)
Squirrels - 1 doz.to each 100 gals.
600 lbs. lean soup meat (no fat, no bacon)
200 lbs. fat hens, plucked
2,000 lbs. potatoes, peeled and diced
200 lbs. onion, peeled and diced
5 bushels of cabbage, chopped
60 lbs.of tomatoes, deskinned & chopped
24 lbs. of tomatoes - pureed
24 lbs. of corn, cut from cob
Red pepper and salt to taste and Worcestershire by the pint.
Mix the ingredients, a little at a time and cook coutdoors in huge iron kettles over wood for 20 hour, stirring constantly.
The name burgoo literally means a soup composed of many vegetables and meats delectably fused together in an enormous caldron, over which, at the exact moment, a rabbit's foot at the end of a yarn string is properly waved by a black preacher whose salary has been paid to date. These are the good omens by which the burgoo is fortified.
 
http://www.mad-cow.org/~tom/victim23.html#Kentucky

Of course the rabbit foot is for luck so this definitely is a Hoodoo ritual for the blessing of the Burgoo.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Notes On Curses

YouTube user thetoadsbool gives some excellent advice on using curses and more importantly, when not to.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Spider Dream That Came True

Yesterday I decided to take a quick nap for about 45 minutes. While napping I had a dream of being in my room and looking out my window. There was the silhouette of a huge spider dangling mid-air from a spider silk strand. I could see the shadow through the curtain. I was not afraid during my dream but was perplexed about how big the spider was. When I woke up I immediately thought that this might be a warning about someone doing work on me. Normally my dreams warn me in advance so that I can do work to protect myself. In these cases a threat manifests outside of my house in my dreams. Whatever the threat may be it always tries to gain access to my house. So I assumed that this may be a warning but I just didn't feel like it was the case.

About 2 hours later I was putting up Halloween decorations when I bent down to pick up a box. A large spider immediately crawled up my bare arm. With no fear I merely blew it off with my breath. I then realized that this was what my dream was about.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happly All Souls' Day.... & Pumpkin Seeds!

I missed posting something on All Saint's Day, and for that I apologize. Hopefully next year I will be able to post some very good information on All Saints Day and conjure work.

Today is All Souls' Day, the day to to honor the Christians who have passed on. It is a time set aside for honoring the blessed ancestors. As far as actual practices, a good activity to do is to visit the cemetery and spend time with our loved ones. Bring along items the deceased enjoyed in live, small treats, flowers, cigars or cigarettes, or libations of liquor. Practitioners can also create an ancestor shrine  with white cloth and white candles. As far as flowers go, mum and marigolds are the flowers of the dead but if these are not available then any white flowers will do. Sprinkle perfume on the cloth or else place a bowl of water into which perfume has been sprinkled on the altar. Place pictures of the deceased and items they enjoined in life on to the altar along with glass of water and treats. Say prayers for the dead and speak to them out loud and let them know they are loved, cherished, and not forgotten.

This may be a little too late for most people, but in the future when carving jack-o-lanterns, save the pumpkin seeds. Not only are they good to eat when roasted, but pumpkin seeds are also excellent for money and prosperity work.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Wishing Everyone A Hauntingly 'Spooktacular' Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Double Action Candle

YouTube user, underworldclassroom, gives some instructions on butting a candle and preparing a double-action candle for uncrossing.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Figure Candles And How To Use Them

YouTube user Krazyboytx gives a good basic introduction to image or figure candles.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wow...Just Wow!

I've been doing magic for well over 20 years now and I am still shocked by how it all works out.

Let me explain. I just had some enemy work that I did 5 months ago manifest in an incredibly powerful way.

I've been a member of a certain website since 2006. I've worked my way up the ranks. I'm not like a mod or anything but I do have a title. Anyway, back when I was new to the site I had received a message from a mod there who told me he didn't like me and warned me to "lay low". When I replied asking him what he was being nasty to me and what he meant by "laying low" he responded by saying he was sick of reading my posts. A couple of weeks later he banned me from posting and on the message he put for the reason why, "He pisses me off" I was banned for posting there for a year and half. I complained to the admin but she responded that she didn't care and that I just needed to leave. I did not do any enemy work on him because I didn't know his real name and I felt like it would be a waste of my energy for something online. Well, he ended up dying horribly in an accident. A friend emailed the new mod just how unfairly he treated me and I was asked to come back.

So this past May this newbie to the site began to harass me. He replied to my posts with nasty comments, called me every name in the book. I mostly ignored him. Then all of sudden he was mysteriously promoted to mod. One of the first things he did was to ban me from posting. Once again I complained to the admin who advised me that he was her personal friend and that mods can do whatever they want and that I just needed to leave. I was so pissed. This time I decided to do enemy work on both her and the mod who had been harassing me. That was 5 months ago. I was banned for posting for 5 months.

So I get an email this morning. I'm now back at the site posting again. Turns out a new company bought the site and brought in a new admin. The new admin wanted to keep the staff but the old admin threw a fit and did some things which pretty much made it impossible for her to continue on as admin as it was so unprofessional. So she got the boot. I'm told that the mod who had harassed me has been demoted now and has no more power. This news just made my day. So a friend had told the new admin what they did to me and he reversed it. Yay!!!

So the point is never give up. Believe in your power. It may take time but your work will manifest, especially if you are in the right.

So keep working the magic folks!


Oh, and here's the thing....

I didn't know their real names. All I did was print out their profile page and concentrated on that during my enemy work. It worked! The reason why is because Spirit knows who the guilty people are. Just remember that enemy work needs to be justified. If you are doing justified work then Spirit will comply. Hope this helps.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Toadsbool: A Spell Request - To Cause Headaches And Drive Someone Crazy

Warning: If you are going to be doing this spell then make sure you are justified in doing so. This is some serious stuff, the kind of thing that can destroy some one's life, so show caution.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dressing A 7 Day Candle

Here we have a clip of a YouTuber showing how they dress or prepare 7 day candle. For information on how I fix them, click on the link below.

Hoodoo Candles



The only think I would clarify on is that I would not personally recommend loading a petition paper into the candle as in the above video. I have done that once and only once and the result was being awoken at 4:00 AM to the smoke alarm going off and a house filled with black smoke. When the flame reaches the petition paper it will burn and it won't just burn up and disappear. Instead, it will burn like a wick and will draw up melted wax and produce a huge quantity of black smoke. So avoid loading petition papers into candles. Instead, place the petition paper under the candle or else tape it to the glass, or better yet, write it on a sticky pad and then just slap the petition paper on the side of the glass. If you are using the type of candles with a silkscreen or printed imagery and words, then a petition paper is usually not necessary. In those case what you can do is to load the candle with a snip of hair. As the candle burn the hair will cling to the side of the glass and everything should fine.

Once again, follow safe candle burning guidelines. Never leave a candle burning unattended.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

TheToadsBool - Keeping A Partner Faithful

YouTube user TheToadsBool has a fantastic video on keeping a partner faithful

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Clear and Protect Yourself and Your Home From Black Magic

YouTube user Shacohoodoo has made the following clips on how to clear and protect your home from black magic.

Part 1


Part 2

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How To Make A Voodoo Doll

Carolina Dean shows viewers how to make a voodoo doll in the below clips.



Saturday, October 8, 2011

How To Make A Cone Of Incense Powder

Caroline Dean shows viewers how to make a cone using incense powder. In the past, some manufacturers would provide a small metal cone so that the practitioner can easily make their own cones. Today, most producers and sellers of loose incense powder do not include such cones and so practitioner must make their own.



I use a small metal cone that came with an antique Vantine's incense tin that I bought.

If preferred, loose incense powder can be burned directly on charcoal disks make for incense.

Please makes sure to follow all safety precautions when burning incense. Make sure to use a heat-proof container on which to burn your incense powders.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Drawing/Lodestone/Magnet

Drawing/Lodestone/Magnet is the name of a condition formula for condition oils, incense, powders, and bath salts used in the Hoodoo tradition. Drawing/Lodestone/Magnet spiritual products are designed to attract or draw to the practitioner anything they may desire. The magical "active ingredient" for Drawing/Lodestone/Magnet spiritual products are Lodestones, Magnets and Magnetic Sand. For examples of Drawing/Lodestone/Magnet spiritual products, click HERE, HERE, and HERE.

9 Quick Recipes For Drawing/Lodestone/Magnet Spiritual Products

Lodestone Oil:

Place a Lodestone and a pinch of magnetic sand into a bottle. Add scent of choice. I prefer Orange oil. Top with carrier oil of choice. I prefer mineral oil for this recipe. Shake to mix. Label the bottle and set it in a dark place to charge for a month.

Magnet Oil:

Use the same recipe above, only instead of a Lodestone, substitute a magnet. I prefer the flat magnetic strips that are used to make refrigerator magnets. These can easily be cut with scissors to shape. Add a pinch of magnetic sand, your choice of scent, and top it off with your carrier oil of choice. Shake the bottle to mix it, label it, and store it in a dark place for a month to charge.

Drawing Oil:

Add 1 Lodestone, 1 Magnet, 2 pinches of magnetic sand, and a pinch of powdered sugar to a bottle. Add scent of choice. Top with carrier oil of choice, shake to mix, label the bottle and set it in a dark place for a month to charge.

Lodestone Sachet Powder:

Place a Lodestone and a pinch of Magnetic Sand into a bottle. Top with either talcum powder or cornstarch powder. If one prefers the talcum or cornstarch can be tinted with powdered food color. Place the bottle in a dark place for a month to charge.

Magnet Sachet Powder:

Place a Magnet and a pinch of Magnetic Sand into a bottle. Top with either talcum powder or cornstarch powder. If one prefers the talcum or cornstarch can be tinted with powdered food color. Place the bottle in a dark place for a month to charge.

Drawing Sachet Powder:

Use talcum powder or cornstarch as a base. To it add powdered sugar and Magnetic Sand taken from a Lodestone or Magnet. To accomplish this, take a Lodestone or Magnet and set it in a bowl or dish. Sprinkle some Magnetic Sand over it. Let it sit for a week. After a week has gone buy, take a pinch and add it to the powder. If one prefers, a Lodestone or Magnet with a pinch of Magnetic Sand can be placed in the bottom of the container and then topped off with the powder sugar/talcum or cornstarch mixture. If one prefers the powder can be tinted with powdered food coloring.

Lodestone Incense:

To any powdered incense place a small Lodestone and a pinch of Magnetic sand. Allow the mixture to sit for a month in a dark place to charge.

Magnet Incense:

To any powdered incense place a small Magnet and a pinch of Magnetic Sand. Allow the mixture to sit for a month in a dark place to charge.

Drawing Incense:

To any powdered incense place a small Lodestone or Magnet or simply use a pinch of Magnetic Sand that has been left to charge on a Lodestone or Magnet for a week. Add a pinch of powdered sugar. Allow the mixture to sit for a month in a dark place to charge.

***Note: You can also simply purchase the oils, incense powders, and sachet powders from a company such as Indio/Wisdom, and simply add the ingredients to the bottles. For example, I can take a bottle of 7 Sisters Drawing oil and then add a small Lodestone, a pinch of Magnetic Sand, and a pinch of powdered sugar to the bottle.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

St. Expedite

St. Expedite, a.k.a. St. Expeditus, (pronounced Saint Ex-pe-deet or Ex-pe-dee-tus. However today it's most common for people to call him Ex-pe-dight) is an obscure and unofficial Catholic saint associated with the fast granting of help or petitions. For images of St. Expedite, click HERE.

Not much is known of the life of the saint but according to legend he was a Roman Centurion who was martyred via decapitation in the early second century over his conversion to Christianity. What can be said to be false are the stories or legends that the devotion to St. Expedite began as a group of nuns who received a package with the relics of an unlabelled saint and who subsequently confused the word "spedito" on the crate for being the name of the saint. This legend in all it's forms is completely false.

In folk magic and especially in the practice of Hoodoo, St. Expedite is invoked when quick results are needed. This use is reflective in the iconography of the saint who is shown holding a cross with the word "Hodi", Latin for "Today", and with a raven underfoot with a banner in it's mouth reading "Cras", Latin for "Tomorrow". In effect, St. Expedite doesn't put off for tomorrow what can be accomplished today. The rest of the saint's iconography details his life. He is dressed as a Roman Centurion and carries in his hand a palm leaf, signifying him as a martyr. The rich red cloak he wears is believed to be the origin of why the color red is said to be his favorite color.

When working with St. Epedite in Hoodoo and folk magic, it's important to know certain information. Below one will find some information and tips that may prove helpful to individuals who have never worked with St. Expedite. Remember that in Hoodoo and in folk magic the saints are who they are. It's not like in Voodou or Santeria where the saint represents an African deity or spirit. In Hoodoo or folk magic the saints are who they are, spirits of the blessed dead who agree to intercede on behalf of the living.

Tips For Working With St. Expedite

1.) St. Expedite's favorite colors are red, yellow, and white.
2.) St. Epedite's number is three when offering him small items like coins or candy.
3.) St. Expedite's days of the week are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
4.) St. Expedite's Feast Day is April 19.
5.) St. Expedite's is a "hot" spirit, which is why he works so fast. This means he is quick to anger and to take offense. Treat him with respect and by all means keep your promise to him if he fulfills your petition. According to lore, if you are foolish enough not to keep your end of the bargain then St. Expedite will take the life of one of your family members as payment.
6.) Because St. Expedite was beheaded he is believed to be somewhat dim-witted, as in "he lost his head". This means that one has to be very careful to word their petition specifically to describe what they want happen. Otherwise St. Expedite will get confused. For example, If I were to petition St. Expedite and tell him that I want a girl friend to stop cheating then he may respond by making her get into a car accident where she's paralysed below the waste and can no longer receive any sexual satisfaction. Or worse, he may kill her. So please make sure to correctly and specifically word the petition to thoroughly communicate, without any confusion, what you wish to happen.
7.) St. Expedite can be petitioned for both white or black magic purposes. He will destroy your enemies. He will even do nasty things to people who truly don't deserve it, if petitioned. Once again, it's because he lost his head.
8.) To petition St. Expedite one will need either an image of the saint, be it a statue or a picture. If one is using a novena candle with an image of St. Expedite then no other image is necessary. One will need a red, yellow, or white candle. Once again, if using a novena candle then this is not necessary. One will need St. Expedite Oil, Holy Oil, All Saint's Oil, or Olive Oil to dress the candle.  One will need St. Expedite Incense or Frankincense to burn as well. Finally, one will need a glass of water left out for the saint. A workspace will be needed to set these object up on. Cleanse the workspace with Florida Water, Rubbing Alcohol, or Whisky.
9.) When petitioning St. Expedite one will need to say a prayer. This prayer can be from the heart or it can be a standard prayer, such as the one below:

"Saint Expedite, you who lay in rest. I come to you and humbly ask for the granting of my desire. (State Your Desire) Expedite now what I ask of you. Expedite now what I want of you, Immediately this very second. Quickly, don't waste another day! Grant me my desire. I know your power, I know you because of your work. Do this for me and I will (Make Your Promise). Saint Expedite, expedite this wish!"

10.) Let the candle burn out and place the ingredients in the empty glass novena. If not using a novena then wrap the ingredients up with foil. Take them to the crossroads and set them down and walk away and don't look back.
11.) If St. Expedite grants your request then I advise you to quickly fulfill your vow or promise. Remember, he gets angry fast. Don't put it off.
12.) Do not offer St. Expedite pound cake or liquor in advance of fulfilling the petition. If you do that then he will consider it "job well done". Meaning he got his reward and you got nothing.
13.) St. Expedites's favorite offerings include flowers, pound cake, coins, and liquor. I've found he also likes hot sweet things like cinnamon candy. Some people offer him peppers too.
14.) There is a belief that St. Expedite only likes Sarah Lee pound cake. This is not true. You can offer him that if you want, but you can buy other brands or make it yourself as well. To prepare his pound cake you need to stick a stick or taper candle in it as well as three coins. Some people slice the cake and put a coin on each slice. Other people only offer St. Expedite one slice and then stick the candle in the middle of that slice, but I think that's rather rude. I give him the whole cake. So you stick the candle and the coins into the cake and you light the candle. You are going to say that it is done in fulfillment of your vow to St. Expedite. When the candle has extinguished itself naturally, take the cake out to a place in nature for the animals to eat it. Otherwise you can leave it out for period of days, some say three but others claim nine days. It's up to you.
15.) You can petition St. Expedite for anything, however big or small.
16.) If St. Expedite works for you then spread his fame by telling at least one other person.

SaintExpedite.org

Saint Expedite

Saint Expedite

Friday, September 30, 2011

Uncensored History Of The Blues

A look at some of the women in famous Hoodoo-themed Blues songs.

Show 41 - Hoodoo Women

Thursday, September 29, 2011

St. Jude

St. Jude is an official Catholic saint, the patron saint of lost causes. St. Jude is traditionally the saint to turn to when all other options have failed and where one is desperate and in need of a miracle. For images of St. Jude click HERE.

In life, St. Jude was a relative of Jesus and was a member of the twelve apostles. Not many details are know of the life of St. Jude, only that he travelled extensively in the Middle East. St. Jude was the one who asked Jesus in John 14:22 why he didn't reveal himself to the world after resurrection. St. Jude played a major role in bringing Christianity to Armenia and was martyred in in Persia in 65 A.D.

In Iconography St. Jude is portrayed dressed in white and wearing a beautiful green robe. Above his head is the flame of the Holy Spirit. Around his neck he wears the holy image of Jesus that brings great miracles in healing. St. Jude is also portrayed with either a club, an axe, or arrows, as these were the alleged implements used to take his life. St. Jude may also be pictured with a palm frond which signifies his martyrdom.

In Hoodoo and folk magic, St. Jude is invoked for help in desperate situations and miracle healings. Remember that in Hoodoo and folk magic the saints are who they are, meaning that unlike with various African Traditional Religion such as Voodou and Santeria, the saints in Hoodoo and folk magic are not masks for an African deity or spirit. Instead, the saints are blessed souls of the dead who have agreed to intercede on behalf of the living.

Tips For Working With St. Jude

1.) St. Jude is NOT Judas Iscariot. St. Jude suffers greatly from people confusing him with the betrayer of Christ. Because so many people false confuse him for Judas Iscariot it's important to make one's vow to place a newspaper advertisement thanking St. Jude for his aid, so as to spread his fame and counter the negativity.
2.) St. Jude's colors are green, white, and red.
3.) St. Jude's numbers when offering him small items are one or three.
4.) St. Jude's day of the week is Sunday.
5.) St. Jude's feast day is October 28.
6.) St. Jude is a "cool spirit", meaning he is loving and kind and is slow to anger. St. Jude is very forgiving and will generally tolerate delays in fulfilling one's vow or promise to him, though one shouldn't invoke his aid in any further matters until one fulfills one's prior vow first.
7.) When St. Jude works he tends to either work immediately or he takes his time and may not work until almost the last minute. I've literally had times where St. Jude worked for me on day two of the novena.
8.) St. Jude is somewhat dim-witted because he had his head bashed in with a club or axe. As such, and similar to St. Expedite, one will need to be very specific when petitioning him. Make sure to properly and specifically word the petition or else St. Jude may become confused.
9.) St. Jude cannot be used in black magic and he is too loving and kind to destroy one's enemies. He can be used to call upon protection against one's enemies. When doing such St. Jude, in my experience, seems to act to confuse their minds, make them "dopey", make them act "goofy" where they can't think straight. St. Jude will not do any bodily harm to people.
10.) St. Jude's favorite offerings are water, candles, incense, coins, and flowers. In my experience he rarely if ever takes food or other types of drink.
11.) To petition St. Jude one will need an image of him, either a statue or a picture of him. If one is using a novena candle then this is not necessary. One will need a green or white candle, again if one is using a novena then an additional candle is not necessary. One will need St. Jude, Holy Oil, or Olive Oil, St. Jude or Frankincense Incense, a glass of water and a coin, preferably a shiny new penny. Cleanse the workspace with Florida Water, rubbing alcohol, or whisky, prior to setting up the space. Fix the candle and set it down. Light it and the incense. Place a glass of water for the saint down and then place the coin in front of the candle. One will then either pray from the heart or pray a standard pray such as the one below:

"Most Holy Apostle St. Jude, Faithful Servant And Friend Of Jesus. I Am So Helpless And Alone. I Implore You To Bring Visible And Speedy Help And Come To My Assistance In This Great Need. I Will Be Ever Mindful Of This Great Favor, To Always Honor You As My Special And Powerful Patron. (State Petition And One's Vow) Amen."

You will pray this daily for 9 days.
12.) The most common vow made to St. Jude is either the taking an ad out in the newspaper to spread his fame or the giving of money to charity.
13.) At the end of the 9 days and after the candle has extinguished itself then one can place the left-over items into the empty novena candle glass and take it to the crossroads and then walk away and don't look back.
14.) If St. Jude grants your request then you need to fulfill your end of the bargain and honor your vow. St. Jude is slow to anger so if there are delays in fulfilling your vow he will most likely be forgiving.
15.) If St. Jude works for you then you should tell at least one other person to help spread his fame.

St. Jude Thaddaeus

St. Jude Biography

Old Style Conjure - Saint Jude

Saint Jude

Thank You St. Jude!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sprinkling Salts

Sprinkling Salts is an alternative form of condition sachet powder used in the practice of Hoodoo in which salt is substituted for the talcum powder or cornstarch base. Powdered herbs, oils, or other items are then added to the mixture. If preferred, the salt can be dyed based on magical color symbolism. Sprinkling Salts are deployed in the exact same manner as sachet powders, though generally they are not applied to the body. Sprinkling Salts can be sprinkled in the shoes, however. Sprinkling Salts can also be used as bath salts for spiritual baths.

Quick Recipe For John The Conqueror Sprinkling Salts

Items Needed:

- 1 John The Conqueror Root
- Salt (Table or Sea Salt)
- Bowl And Spoon
- Red And Blue Food Coloring
- John The Conqueror Oil (Optional)
- Hammer And Towel
- Empty Container With Lid

Procedure:

Take the John the Conqueror root and wrap it in the towel. Take this outside and set on the ground and use the hammer to smash it into small pieces and powder it if possible. Set this aside. Into the bowl take the salt and the food coloring. Use enough food coloring to dye it a nice purple color but avoid wetting the salt too much. If preferred, add a few drops of John the Conqueror Oil to scent. Add the small pieces of John the Conqueror Root or the powdered root and mix well with a spoon. Spoon the mixture into a container. Seal and label the container.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jack Ball

A Jack Ball is a small round ball containing a core of items, usually roots, herbs, stones, and a personal concern, all rolled together in wax, that is wrapped in red string with enough string left so that it can be held with the ball suspended. The creation and use of Jack Balls is a practice associated with Hoodoo/Rootwork/Conjure. By nature, a Jack Ball is a combination of mojo bag and pendulum. Jack Balls receive their name due to the similarity in appearance to the red ball used in the game of jacks. As for use, a Jack Ball is either used as a pendulum in order to divine answers to yes or no questions or is swung around by the practitioner in order to produce a magical effect. Like mojo bags, a Jack Ball must be fed regularly, usually with whiskey, perfume, or condition oils, and is usually kept in a red flannel bag until it is needed.

Examples of Jack Ball uses:

1.) John wants to know if Suzie will go out on a date with him. He takes out his Jack Ball and uses it as a pendulum. The Jack Ball sways vertically, which John interprets as meaning "yes".

2.) Darla has a Jack Ball for domination over her husband. From time to time as she deems necessary, she will lock herself in her room, take out her Jack Ball, and swing it around in a circle clockwise while speaking the name of her husband and stating phrases such as, "Franlin Russell Jefferson,You are under my power! Do you hear me? You will do what I say. I'm the one in control..."

In the YouTube clip beow, Carolina Dean has made a video on how to make a Jack Ball.



Jack Balls

HOODOO LUCK-BALLS (JACK-BALLS) by Mary Alicia Owen

"Love Me Or Die" Jack Ball Spell

Monday, September 26, 2011

Blessed Olive Oil

Blessed Olive Oil is the true "all purpose" oil used in Hoodoo/Rootwork/Conjure. The use of Blessed Olive Oil is ancient in the practice of Conjure and predates the use of condition oils. Below one can find a simple procedure for blessing olive oil.

How To Make Blessed Olive Oil

Items Needed:

- A Bottle Of Olive Oil (Any variety will suffice but certain practitioners prefer "virgin" or "extra-virgin" due to it's connotations with purity.)
- Salt [Optional] (Any salt will suffice but many practitioners prefer Kosher salt as it's believed to be more "holy")

Procedure:

Starting on a Sunday, Remove the bottle cap. If one prefers, a pinch of salt can be added to the bottle. One then will pray over the bottle the Psalm 23. Place the cap back on the bottle and put it in a dark place. Repeat this every day for a total of 7 days.

For a more complicated method that comes from one of Harry Middleton Hyatt's informants, follow the information below.

Items Needed:

- Olive Oil
- Salt
- Bowl
- White Sheet
- Funnel (optional)
- Bottle or Container (If one doesn't want to use the same bottle the oil comes in.)

Procedure:

Starting on a Sunday, pour the olive oil into the bowl. Sprinkle a pinch of salt onto the oil. Take the white sheet and place it over your head so that it covers both you and the bowl. When you are concealed, bring the bowl up to your mouth and pray Psalm 23 over it, so that your breath falls upon it. When you are done, remove the white sheet and use it to cover the bowl. Place the covered bowl in a dark place. You will repeat this process for a total of 7 days. After the 7 days is complete, use the funnel to re-bottle the oil.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Autumn Equinox!

Today, September 23, 2011, is the Autumn Equinox. On this day there will be equal amounts of day and night, or light and darkness. Starting tomorrow the night or darkness will grow longer until the Winter Solstice. Summer is officially over and Autumn has begun!



Wishing everyone a wonderful Autumn!

Hoodoo & Almanacs

Hardy Jackson has an interesting take on the prevalence of Hoodoo and alternative spirituality among buyers of almanacs.

Hardy Jackson: Almanacs and alternatives

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Enemy Work

Enemy Work is the term used for magic that is used against one's enemies. The term is most often found in the slang of practitioners of Hoodoo.

Enemy work can take the form of offensive Protection Spells, as compared to defensive protection spells, reversing spells, banishing spells, binding spells, confusion spells, break-up spells, and even vengeance spells. Enemy work is usually considered justified unless it is motivated from jealousy, paranoia, or intense hatred of a person. Despite what Wiccans and certain other types of magical practitioners may claim, the use of justified enemy work will not automatically come back upon the person who cast the spell.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Chicken Feet

Dried Chicken Feet are used in the practice of Hoodoo, as well as other magical traditions, for protection and for enemy work. The feet are believed to be powerful protection against evil doers and are believed to work by magically "scratching" one's enemy. Many practitioners will use a chicken foot as part of an anti-theft spell which is usually hung in the open, such as from a rear-view mirror or above a door.. In such use the foot represents the threat of magical retaliation. In a nutshell, a chicken foot is a non-verbal means of communication by which a warning is sent to any would-be-thief that if they steal then they will be magically "f*cked up". Chicken Feet are usually used in pairs and placed in a "x" manner by crossing them. Chicken Feet can also be used alone as part of a charm, fetish, or for inclusion into a mojo bag.

Certain online sources indicate that Chicken Feet are used for good luck. Though this use is logical, based on the notion of the foot grasping luck and money, it is not traditional.

The most powerful Chicken Feet come from black-feathered fowls. For images of Chicken Feet, click HERE.

Note: Chicken Feet are not obtained via sacrifice. They are obtained via natural slaughter of chickens for food. The Chicken Feet that can be purchased at occult stores and other curio shops are usually provided by local farmers.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Review: The Magic Candle

The book is The Magic Candle: Facts And Fundamentals Of Ritual Candle-Burning by Charmain Dey.

Don't let appearances deceive you. This is more of a booklet, a mere 62 pages in length. Though it is very short, there is more useful information in it's pages than similar "candle magic" books that are a 100 pages plus. In this book the reader will learn the types of candles burned in magic and how to properly use them. Included in the book are sections on magical oils, incense, magical color correspondence, seals, and planetary tables. This book is great for individuals interesting in learning candle magic. The only downside of the book is that there are a few errors but I will not nitpick here.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give the book a 9. I would definitely recommend that practitioners have a copy for their personal occult library.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Book Review: Hoodoo Herb & Root Magic

The book is Hoodoo Herb & Root Magic: A Materia Magica Of African-American Conjure And Traditional Formulary Giving The Spiritual Uses Of Natural Herbs, Roots, Minerals, And Zoological Curios by Catherine Yronwode.

Hoodoo Herb & Root Magic is perhaps the best book on the market with regards to the magical uses of herbs, roots, and natural items, especially the use of such in the practice of Hoodoo or Conjure. The book is written in an encyclopedic fashion, with major herbs, roots, minerals, and animal parts having their own listings complete with official scientific names as well as suggested workings. Included are also black and white drawings of some of the herbs, roots, and other items. The bad things concerning the book are the spelling, grammar, and capitalization mistakes, which appear to be a trademark of the author. Additionally, there is much information that could have easily been included in this book but which for some reason was not. The individual listings could also easily have been expanded with additional uses and workings.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give the book an 8. Hoodoo Herb & Root Magic is definitely a must-have for every practitioner of the magical arts. However, if you are outsider to magic or are looking for a scholarly work, you may be dissapointed.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Book Review: Voodoo & Hoodoo

The book is Voodoo & Hoodoo: The Craft As Revealed By Traditional Practitioners by Jim Haskins.

This book brings back memories for me, as I first read it back in 1989 and was extremely embarrassed when I checked it out at the library. I had to hide it from my parents for fear they would catch me reading it. But there's always that thrill of excitement when you are sneaking something!

Don't let the title of the book fool you. There is nothing about Voodoo, the religion, in the pages. This book is almost entirely about the practice of Hoodoo, a.k.a. Conjure, Rootwork, etc. I say almost because there's a bit of the "Louisiana Voodoo" thrown in.

The book takes the reader on an interesting journey into the world of Hoodoo, from the African origins to the modern day practice. Included are various spells and workings. There are a few black and white photographs in the book and I have to say, there is a hilarious story of one picture. There is a picture of the African god Exu that is shown as a hand-made devil-doll with a rather large erection. This image can be found in the older or original copies. Newer releases have censored the image by removing the offensive phallus. But here's what's so funny, Just a couple of pages after the censored photograph is an advertisement for another Voodoo book that has a drawing of two crossed phalluses. I kid you not. It's hilarious. It's supposedly a Voodoo charm to make a man potent, but just the thought they would censor the photograph but keep the drawing is just mind boggling.

The good thing about the book is that it is a wonderful read. You will not be bored and the reader will learn a thing or two about the practice of Hoodoo. The only negative comment about the book is that it contains a few botanical errors, so please show caution when attempting to use the roots and herbs in the manner listed in the book.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with one being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this book a 10.

If you are interested in purchasing this book, try to purchase a copy of an older printing. The newer version has a very ugly cover. Older versions have a black background with the title in yellow, white, and orange, which is much more attractive. Additionally, by purchasing an older version you will receive an uncensored version of the photograph I touched on above.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Magic Is In The Air....

Yesterday felt like a wonderful fall day, though technically the Autumn Equinox isn't until September 23. It was overcast, a high in the upper 50s, with occasional bouts of lite rain. This was great weather considering less than a week ago the temperature was over a 100 degrees. The weather put me in a very Halloween-mood, so I began to put up decorations.

Magic was also in the air yesterday. I had the pleasure of having two workings I did manifest yesterday. One was a good work and the other was enemy work, against a corrupt person in a high position of power. All I can say on that is this evil, arrogant, corrupt man in power has now received his comeuppance. He wronged me greatly and now he will pay the price. Unfortunately he doesn't know anything about the magic stuff and will never know that it was I who had done work on him. Oh well, I finally got justice.

As if the day could not get any better, I also was able to go the State Fair. I had a blast and was able to ride several rides. My sides are even bruised from the jostling, but I don't regret it. In fact I'm hoping to be able to go back!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Book Review: Black And White Magic Of Marie Laveau

The book is Black And White Magic Of Marie Laveau by Bivens N.P.D. This is a more of a booklet, being only 64 pages in length. The original book is old, dating to circa 1920. In fact, it is believed that Zora Neale Hurston plagiarized from Black And White Magic Of Marie Laveau for her book, Mules and Men. I won't be getting into that topic here, because it is definitely a topic that ruffles feathers. As for the author, the identity of "Bivens N.P.D." remains a mystery.

Despite the tile of the book, it is extremely doubtful that any of the spells or workings contained within the book have anything to do with Marie Laveau or even Voodoo for that matter. All of the workings contained in the book are examples of Hoodoo magical workings. Most people who purchase the book today will purchase a reprint or copy produced by International Imports, a.k.a. Indio/Wisdom products, as the original copyright has expired.

The good thing about this book is that much of the material in it can indeed be worked into a modern practice. Additionally there are sections on the use and meaning of playing cards, candle work, and lore on astrological sun signs. At the beginning of the book is an introduction on Spiritism. I would venture to write that most occultists would probably enjoy having a copy of this book in their collection. Beginners, or those disinterested in Hoodoo may not enjoy it.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give it a 5.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Working On Multiple People

When doing work on multiple people it's best to divide the people up into groups of say no more than three people.

For instance, let's say that 9 people owe me money. If were simply to do one spell to compel all 9 people to pay me then the energy of that spell will be weak, as it will be divided 9 ways.

Preferably I would try to do separate work on all 9 people, so that the work is strong. If I cannot do this for money or time reasons then I would break them up into three groups of three people each. Or four groups of two people and then one single person.

I know this may sound odd, but sooner or later practitioners will run into a situation where they will need to do work on multiple people and this information can come in handy.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Reminder: Stock Up On Black Candles

Now is the time of year to stock-up on black candles. As practitioners may be aware, many stores simply do not sell black candles outside of the Halloween season. Practitioners also might want to stock-up on orange candles and Halloween novelty or figural candles as well.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I Almost Got Sprayed By A Skunk Last Night!

As I went for my evening walk last night a skunk came out of nowhere, stopped about 5ft in front of me and then quickly turned around, lifted it's tail, and aimed for me. LOL I immediately took off running.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

How To Make Cold Infused Herbs

Items Needed:

1 glass jar w/ lid
Herbs (Use 1, 3, 7, 9, or 13 combinations of herbs that are good for specific condition, such as for money, love, luck, protections, etc...)
Oil of your choice (vegetable, canola, olive, almond, mineral oil, etc...)
Color dyes (optional)
Vitamin E as a preservative (optional)
Masking Tape & Marker to label the oil, what kind of oil it is, what herbs were used, and the date.

Procedure:

Place the herbs in the jar. Top with just enough oil to cover the herbs. Secure the lid. Pray over the bottle and then place it in a cool, dark place. Once a day take it out and shake it up or stir it. Pray over it and put it back. After about a month to six weeks, take it out. If the oils smells nice go ahead and use it. If one wants a stronger oil, strain the oil, throw out the old herbs, and add new herbs and repeat the process. One can then add the vitamin e and colored dye if one wishes.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Tobacco Oil

Really easy to make...

Good for many different conditions. Also, when one is burning black candles and doesn't have access to other more specific condition oils, then this is the oil to use. Also good for "Indian Spirit Guide", "BlackHawk", communication spells, and domination spells.

Items Needed:

Any Tobacco
Glass Jar
Carrier Oil

Add a good portion of Tobacco to the jar. Fill with oil. Set the jar in a cool, dark place and leave for up to 6 weeks. If the oil doesn't start to turn brown, it's because you didn't use enough tobacco.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wal Mart Hoodoo

Guess what I picked up at the local Wal Mart.....


"Lucky Lottery" 7 Day Glass Vigil Candle
It's a "Lucky Lottery" 7 day glass vigil candle, a.k.a. "Hoodoo Candle".

I was completely shocked & pleased that Wal Mart carried it. Earlier this year Wal Mart began carrying the Catholic novena candles as well as plain color 7 day glass vigil candles.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wildcrafting!

My wildcrafting is almost done! I have about a dozen or so more select plants to get and I do think I will finish by the Autumn Equinox!

Now, the tricky part will be getting the Nettle, Thistle, and Spurge Nettle! (Very Prickly!)


Maple, Elm, Weeping Willow, Bur Oak, & Pine Needles

Crepe Myrtle, Lilac, Poke, Bindweed,
& Fox Grape

Magnolia, Mulberry, Horse Nettle, Peach Pitts,
Elm, Mimosa, White Oak, Fox Grape, Crepe Myrtle
& White Oak Bark

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Grape Oil

Back in the 70s and 80s, Grape Oil was considered very good for gambling luck. The oil was usually artificially scented and not natural, but it still played off of the imagery of the grape vine and it's spirit of abundance and prosperity.

Grape Oil

Coincidentally, I just wild-crafted some Fox Grape (wild grape). I hope to get some pictures up of my finds shortly.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Truth About Essential Oils

When it comes to using essential oils in magic, many people subscribe to the notion that only essential oils should be used. There's a slight problem. The problem is that most of what is sold as "essential oils" is not essential oils.

If you purchase essential oils from a company that sells a wide-variety for $4, $5, or $6 a bottle then you are most likely not buying true essential oils. Why? Because essential oils are expensive and the do not cost all the same. Some essential oils of plants may be inexpensive, at a few dollars a bottle, while other essential oils from plants may cost $20+ for a small vial. So what is going on?

The trick is that many shops are selling "blended oils" as being "essential oils". If you add oil or dilute an essential oil it is no longer an essential oil. It would be false advertising to sell a diluted essential oil as being an "essential oil", but most companies do just this.

In order to avoid false advertising, some shops will sell their false essential oils as "Essential Oils In Carrier", as in an essential oil that has been diluted in a carrier oil. However, many shops don't even do this much.

So the trick is to be smart. If a shop sells essential oils all at the same price then you are almost guaranteed it's not a true essential oil.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Burning Test Candles

I just wanted to stress how important it is to burn test candles on one's workspace so that one knows how a candle will normally burn on a given workspace or altar. To do this, one will need to burn at the very least on 7 day glass candle and one stick or household candle on the workspace. These candles are just to let the practitioner know what is normal for the space they are being burned on.

Ideally one wants an altar or workspace to be even/level and draft free, but sometimes this can be difficult and one needs to burn test candles so that one has an idea of what is normal for that space. Otherwise, one will come into problems when trying to discern omens from the remaining wax or glass.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cleansing Candles Before Use

Candles should be cleansed before they are used. Here are some of the methods that I am aware of how one can cleanse candles.

-Florida Water (hold the candle and splash some on it and rub it around)
-Whiskey (same as Florida Water)
-Other Liquor (same as Florida Water)
-Rubbing Alcohol (use a cotton ball to rub them)
-Ammonia (dilute it in water, use a cotton ball to rub them)
-Vinegar (use cotton ball)
-Salt Water (dip them in saltwater or else let them sit in a tub of saltwater for a period of time)
-Soap & Water (just wash them as one would normally do it)
-Holding them under running water, such as a faucet

Use any method one prefers. I prefer Florida Water and Whisky, but will just as happily use salt water or soap and water if it's all I have.

Real old-time practitioners will use either Whisky, Liquor, or Rubbing Alcohol to cleanse candles. It's just up to you. Just make sure to let the candle thoroughly dry before using it, especially if one is using flammable stuff like alcohol.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Adding Herbs To Incense Powders

To make your incense powder more powerful, add herbs/roots/minerals or other items.

For example, If I was going to burn 7 Sisters Black Cat incense, I would first add some black cat hair, not a lot because the smell of burning hair is disgusting, and then thoroughly mix it in.

Now, I normally add either 1, 3, 7. 9, or 13 ingredients. Large amounts are not necessary, just a pinch will do.

This is in reference to the loose incense powders that are usually colored wood shavings with added fragrance. If you are using something like powdered sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh, and the like, then this tip is not necessary.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Love Potion No. 9





Love Potion No. 9

Items Needed:

1 Decorative Bottle
Alcohol (Vodka, Red Wine, Or Your Choice)
Red Food Coloring (Optional)
Red Rose Petals
Cinnamon
Lavender
Cloves
Damiana
Catnip
Red Clover
Hibiscus flower (dried)
Cardamon

Procedure:

Add a small pinch of each herb to the bottle. Add a couple drops of red food coloring if desired. Top with alcohol of your choice. Cap and shake well. Label and let sit for a month before use.

Note: If you can't find an herb you can substitute with any love herb of your choosing as long as it is safe to consume. Additionally, some people just like to brew the herbs up as a tea and use that instead.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How To Use Dominating Powders

Just a heads up for those who may not know...

The best way to use "dominating" sachet powders (Bend Over, Compelling, Commanding, Controlling, Domination, Follow Me Boy, Follow Me Girl, etc...) is to put some on your fingers and then touch the person, preferable skin-on-skin.

Of course you can also sprinkle it on candles, on the ground where they will step, put it in mojo bags, etc. It's just that by touching the person you are creating the link and are asserting your dominance over that person.

If you can make a quick clockwise circle with your fingers, the better.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Police Station Dirt

Dirt taken from a police station, preferably your local police stations, can be used in law stay away work as well as in protection work. You could even use it when you want to bring the law down on someone.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Red Brick Dust

Red brick dust is used for protection and in certain money-drawing or customer-drawing rites. It can be sprinkled around the home, the doors, and in the four corners. Red brick dust can also be placed in scrub water, sprinkled on candles, and in mojo bags.

To make red brick dust take one red clay brick and wrap it with an old towel. Bash the brick with a hammer until it is nice and pulverised. Collect the powder. Additional items can also be added to the powder if one desires.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Reminder: Now Is The Time For Wildcrafting...

Just a friendly remind for people who wildcraft. If you haven't started yet, now is the time! Many practitioners feel that any wildcrafted plant must be obtained prior to the autumn equinox. After the autumn equinox plants begin to withdraw their energies, die, or sleep.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I Saw An Owl Up-Close Tonight...

While going on my nightly walk I saw an owl perching on a "No Parking" sign. I was able to get real up-close to it. Beautiful creature. Unfortunately I made a move too quickly and must have scared it as it flew up into a tree. I never knew an owl's wingspan was so big.

My brother's, girlfriend's family is paranoid about owls. They have a lot of Native American blood and they believe that owls are evil. They won't even allow an image of an owl into their homes. I don't think owls are evil. I think they are extremely beautiful creatures, especially barn owls.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Bank Dirt

Dirt gathered from a bank can be used in money drawing and prosperity work.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hot Foot Powder

Hot Foot Powder is a name for a strong banishing formula found in the practice of hoodoo/rootwork. The name 'hot foot' refers both to the ingredients in the powder which are meant to magically burn and bring pain and suffering to the victim who steps on it as well as to the phrase, 'hot foot it out of town', meaning to leave in a hurry.

Recipes for hot foot powder vary from practitioner to practitioner, but a basic recipe for the mixture is made from the following:

- Powdered Red Pepper
- Powdered Black Pepper
- Brimstone (Sulphur) Powder
- Salt (or Talcum Powder or Corn Starch)

The mixture is ground into a fine powder and is deployed by sprinkling in the path of the victim. When the victim steps on the powder it is believed to magically poison them through their feet. People who have been afflicted will experience bad luck, nervous complaints such as mania, agitation, anger, physical restlessness, and a troubled mind, all of which will work together to force the victim from the worker's life. Unfortunately the effects may be permanent. The afflicted may never again find peace in this world.

Although originating as a powder, the hot foot recipe has been adapted into an oil, incense, and even floor wash form which are sold commercially. Let the buyer beware. Some occult shops sell products with the 'hot foot' label that do not contain any genuine ingredients. A good way to judge if such is the case is to smell the product. If it smells "too nice" then it's probably not the real deal.

Note: Please use caution when using Hot Foot Powder. If a person has done you no wrong then one may wish to try another less-gently method for magically removing them from your life. The effects of Hot Foot powder may be life-long, so please keep that in mind.