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)


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


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


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


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