Sunday, May 29, 2011

The 4 Laws Of The Mage

The 4 Laws of the Mage, a.k.a. The 4 Powers of the Magus, The Witches' Pyramid, etc., are guidelines for the practice of effective magical working which have come down to us via Ceremonial Magic.

1.) To Know...

The refers to the "how to" with regard to magic. It also refers to the ancient inscription at the Oracle of Delphi, "Know Thyself".

2.) To Will...

If the desire is not there then the work will not be successful. It is the desire that is manifested.

3.) To Dare....

To have the audacity to enforce your will upon reality, to bend reality to your desire, to do what it takes to accomplish a work. Many people who make it past the first 2 laws falter and fail at the third law. For example, if a spell require graveyard dirt but the practitioner simply doesn't have the courage to follow through and go to the graveyard to obtain the dirt, then that practitioner likely does not possess that audacious spirit associated with effective magical workings. Surf the Internet and one will uncover so many people giving "substitutions" for graveyard dirt. There's no such thing. These people offering substitutions for something so easy to obtain are likely to be weak and produce ineffective work. 

4.) To Keep Silent....

Power shared is power lost. Loose lips sink ships. 

Now, if I were to add a fifth law it would be.....

5.) To Forget....

After one has performed a work then one needs to push it out of one's mind. Go forward with the knowledge that one's desire will be manifested but do not dwell or obsess over it as such will prevent one's desire from manifesting. One should lay their trick, walk away and don't look back.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

How To Fix A Buckeye Nut For Luck

This blog entry is the result of a request by Athena who wants to know how to fix a buckeye nut.

There are multiple ways of doing it. Here are just a few of the ways I know of.

1.) Carry the nut by itself, but oil it every now and then by rubbing it on the skin next to one's  hairline and on the sides of the nose. This will coat the nut with the oil produced by one's skin. It may be somewhat gross but it's very powerful.

2.) Instead of using the oil from one's skin, dress the buckeye with a good luck-type condition oil.

3.) Dress the buckeye with a good luck-type or money drawing condition oil. Wrap the nut up in a two dollar bill toward you and then tie it off with red string.

4.) Make a jack-ball out of the buckeye by wrapping red string all around it so that one can no longer see the nut and then tie it off so that a portion of the string remains free and which is held to "swing" the jack-ball. I will go into more further details on jack-balls in the future.

5.) Add the buckeye nut to a mojo bag.

So there you have 5 ways you can fix a buckeye nut.

Friday, May 27, 2011


I came across this article with some rather interesting lore about buckeyes. I especially like the part about buckeyes being used to ward off "were-beasts" (shape-shifters).

What in the world are buckeyes good for?

Additionally I would add that buckeyes also have the magical reputation for being lucky, for drawing money, for helping one find a job, to ward off migraines and improve rheumatism.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Bird In The Home...

Talk about strange coincidences. Shortly after viewing this clip below something unusual happened.

I started to hear this strange flapping sound coming from the water-heater area. As soon as I opened the door for the water-heater, it flew straight out. I was able to get my dogs in check long enough to open a window and let the poor bird out. The whole thing reminded me of that European superstition about birds in the home being an omen that someone will die soon. Just in case, i will set a light for protection tonight.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Four Thieves Vinegar

Four Thieves Vinegar is a potion used in various folk-magic and folk-medicine traditions, especially that of hoodoo/rootwork, for the purpose of personal protection, the prevention of illness, the banishing of troublesome people, and the cursing of one's enemies.

According to legend, there was a band of four thieves who in the middle-ages made a fortune by stealing from the bodies of people who had died from the black death or bubonic plague. When the criminals were arrested they where advised their lives would be spared if they divulged the secret method they used to prevent becoming infected. That secret would become known as four thieves vinegar. Another origin of the concoction is that the name 'four thieves' is a corruption of "forthave's vinegar", which was a popular vinegar remedy of it's time. Despite the actual origin of four thieves vinegar, the use of herbs steeped in vinegar is not new and is among some of the earliest medicines or remedies used by ancient peoples.

Recipes for four thieves vinegar vary from practitioner-to-practitioner, as well as from manufacturer-to-manufacturer. There are also two basic types of recipes for four thieves vinegar. Those recipes are for a concoction that can be consumed and for a concoction that can only be used externally. The concoction that can be consumed contains herbs that are edible while the concoction that cannot be consumed naturally contains herbs that are inedible. A basic recipe for a four thieves vinegar will contain a minimum of four herbs, though occasionally one may find a recipe that only calls for the use of garlic alone. Additionally the type of vinegar called for in most recipes is either apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar, though normal white vinegar can be used if one prefers.

My personal recipe for Four Thieves Vinegar:

-Apple Cider Vinegar
-Black Pepper
-Red Pepper (Cayenne Pepper)
-Black (Brown) Mustard Seed
-Poppy Seed
-Lavender or Mint (depending on what I have on hand)
-Pinch of Salt

Take a bottle of vinegar. Remove the label (may have to soak in warm water first). Open the bottle of vinegar and pour up to half of it into a cup which is set to the side. Add the ingredients in whatever amounts one wishes. Top the bottle off with the remaining vinegar in the cup. Close the bottle and set it someplace dark for approximately a month before use. After that time one can strain and re-bottle if one prefers, though I prefer to keep the herbs in the bottle.

A basic guide to using Four Thieves Vinegar can be found below:

-To reportedly prevent becoming sick Four Thieves Vinegar that is concocted to be consumed can be taken by the spoonful each day. One can also gargle with Four Thieves Vinegar, which is said to help prevent throat and mouth infections, as well as help with gum disease. A rag or cloth can also be soaked with the mixture and sniffed to help clear the nasal passages and reportedly prevent sinus infections.

-For person protection add Four Thieves Vinegar to one's bath water. Your enemies will not prevail against you. This would be an example of a white magic spell for protection.

-To banish a troublesome person, take a bottle or container of Four Thieves Vinegar, open it, and throw the liquid on the persons door or else dump it on the person's porch while cursing them and telling them where they should go or what you want them to do, such as; "get the f*ck out of this neighborhood!", "get the f*ck out of town!", or even, 'f*ckin' go to hell!'. This is of course a black magic use for Four Thieves Vinegar.

-To curse an enemy, take a personal item or concern from the victim, such as some hair, nail clippings, a photograph, etc., and place it in a bottle with nine pins, 9 needles, and 9 nails. Add to it graveyard dirt and then top it off with Four Thieves Vinegar. Shake the bottle while cursing the enemy and then bury it on their property, preferably where they will step over it. This would also be an example of a black-magic spell that incorporates Four Thieves Vinegar.

Additionally, one can use Four Thieves Vinegar in any spell that calls for vinegar.

Many occult shops sell what is claimed to be Four Thieves Vinegar but which is nothing but plain white vinegar. If by chance you do stumble upon a location that sells genuine Four Thieves Vinegar make sure to ask the owner or shop help if the mixture is safe for consumption before purchasing.

For an interesting and somewhat humorous clip concerning Four Thieves Vinegar, click HERE.

Four Thieves Vinegar: Evolution of a Medieval Medicine

Four Thieves Vinegar

***Note: I present this information for educational purposes only. I do not claim Four Thieves Vinegar has any medicinal value but rather provide information on how it was used in the past as part of folk-magic and folk-medicine.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

'Black Magic' Is Not A Synonym For Occult Magic

I think we've all heard it before. Someone uses the term 'black magic' as a synonym for all occult magic. Well, it's time to set the record straight. The term 'black magic' is not a catch-all phrase for any type of occult magic. Instead, 'black magic' refers to malefic or evil magic, magic or curses motivated usually from envy and hatred, which only serve to bring pain, harm, illness, loss, destruction, or death upon the intended target. Occult magic is a much larger classification of magic that includes both 'white magic' and 'black magic'. So there is a difference. So spread the word. No more allowing people to use the term 'black magic'. Instead, remind them to use plain 'magic' instead.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Coast To Coast - Black Herman - George Patton 5/15/11

An interview with George Patton, great nephew of the famous Black Herman and author of the book Black Jack.

Black Herman

Black Herman, a.k.a. Benjamin Rucker was a famous African-American stage magician and Hoodoo/Conjure worker during the early half of the 20th century.

Rucker originally mentored/partnered with one Prince Herman from whom he learned many of the secrets of his craft. When Prince Herman passed away in 1909, Rucker continued the act and adopted the name Black Herman. Black Herman went on to become perhaps the most famous African-American stage magician of his time, if not also in present times. Black Herman's popularity was so great that he skirted the Jim Crow segregation laws of his day and performed for mix-raced crowds.

In addition to performing stage magic, Black Herman also practice Hoodoo/Rootwork/Conjure and dabbled in mentalism, spiritualism, horroscopes, and the giving of lucky numbers for gambling. It seems that this aspect of Black Herman's life blurred the boundaries between stage magic and occult magic practices.

The act for which Black Herman achieved much fame from was his work he dubbed, "Black Herman's Private Graveyard", an act where he was buried alive and then exhumed three days later to astonished crowds. Interestingly, many stage magicians to this day seek Herman's secrets to this trick.

Naturally, this trick evoked in the public a belief that Black Herman was somehow "death proof", but unfortunately such was not the case. In 1934 in Louisville, KY, Black Herman collapsed on stage in the middle of one of his routines from what was probably a heart-attack but which was described at the time as "acute indigestion". Unfortunately the crowd did not realize what had occurred and did not believe Black Herman to be dead, thinking it to be part of his act. Reportedly most attendees did not leave until Black Herman's body was removed. A public viewing of the body was held for which fans were charged admission. The viewing is claimed to have drawn in as many attendees as for Black Herman's shows.

Due to Black Herman's interests in Hoodoo/Conjure, various spiritual products have received his name, such as the oil pictured HERE. I'm assuming such products would be used by Hoodoo practitioners when working with the spirit of Black Herman or when they wish to tap into his powers of mentalism, illusion, and for his knack of "escaping death".

Black Herman

Find A Grave: Benjamin "Black Herman" Rucker

Black Herman's African American Magical Synthesis

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A. Schwab Is Closing

Located on famous Beale St. in Memphis, TN, A.Schwab first opened it's doors in 1876. The owners have recently announced their plans to sell the business. Rumor is any buyer will probably convert it into a bar. Very sad news, especially since A. Schwab has a hoodoo/spiritual products section.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Friday The 13th!

Bust out your lucky rabbit's foot and four-leaf clover because today is one of those rare and mystically-powerful days of the year.

For many people, Friday the 13th is either a day to be dreaded or to be ignored. For magical practitioners, Friday the 13th is a powerful time of chaos and chance. Today is the day when we need to come out of our shells, break our routine, and embrace the powers of chaos by taking risks we would not normally take. Translation; rush to your nearest convenience store and purchase lottery tickets (preferably 13), ask that girl or guy you think is cute out on a date, apply for a loan or that job you had previously thought you didn't qualify for, ask your boss for a raise, etc. Now is the time to break free from the self-imposed shackles and let the chaotic powers of the universe flow into our lives. While your at it and open to the universe, why not allow it to remove or take away those aspects of your life that are dead and or need to be transformed? We all need a bit of "Spring cleaning" in our lives every now and then.

Remember, change is inevitable. Both "good" and "bad" luck all stem from the same source and are often only a matter of our perception.

Good Luck!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Free Hoodoo Spell/Work - One Last Tear

This should only be used as a last resort. It is used to make a lover stop hurtful behavior and is done when the relationship is literally on the edge of falling apart unless the other person changes their ways. Don't expect to make the person change into a completely different person as you see fit. This will only work in one problem area, say like a lover who can't be faithful, or a spouse whose verbal abuse is just too much to bear. This spell can be used by either a man or a woman, straight or gay.

To perform this spell one must be brought to tears from the pain caused by this person's actions. This must be natural. Don't force it. When you are brought to tears by the actions of the person, take your finger and wipe a tear on your finger. Place your finger in the food or drink of the person while saying:

"This is the last tear I will ever shed for you concerning (state situation). Accept it and change or else leave me be as I will cry no more."

Shortly after they eat the food or drink the drink, they will either change or they will leave you. Regardless, you will cry no more.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

From The Weird Files....

Went on my evening walk tonight and came across a dead snake. I thought it had to be a rubber snake because it was so big, about 2ft long or so. Of course I just had to reach down to touch it only to discover it was real. It appeared to be a python and was probably an escaped pet. Sad. For a moment I thought about harvesting some parts or even drying out the carcass. Snake skin and bones have a place in hoodoo and are used primarily in enemy work. Fortunately I was not in a gruesome mood and left it be. Poor snake.

What Personal Concerns Are And Why They Are Used

Personal concerns are items from the body of a person, items that portray the likeness of a person, items that represent a person, items that belong to a person, or items that a person has touched. Examples of personal concerns include hair, nail clippings, skin scrapings, body fluids, soiled or dirty clothing, photographs, items owned by the person, samples of handwriting, and a person's full name. Personal concerns are used in the practice of hoodoo, and magic in general, to provide a link to the person on whom the spell is being cast or whom the work is being done on, as well as to make the spell or work stronger and more effective. So when a worker is doing a job and asks the client for a personal concern from the person on whom the spell will be cast, don't be alarmed as this is quite standard to the practice of magic.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hoodoo As I See It

Hoodoo, a.k.a. rootwork or conjure, is a system of magic composed of a mixture of African-American, Native-American, and European folklore, folk magic and folk medicine within a Christian religious framework. Hoodoo is practiced primarily in the Southern portions of the United States.

Hoodoo gets it's common name of rootwork, due to the prevalence of the use of whole roots and herbs among practitioners. The common name of conjure is in fact an archaic name for magic in general, both the occult form and stage-version.

Lighting candles, burning incense, fixing mojo bags, taking spiritual baths, and reciting Psalms are common rituals of Hoodoo. Such rituals are undertaken to draw luck, love, money, protection, or to gain revenge. Other standard rituals include those designed to uncross an individual or client, which is a ritual designed to remove a curse or jinx, carrying lucky pocket pieces such as a rabbit's foot or four-leaf clover, wearing of magical perfumes and colognes, and the creation of 'doll-babies' or 'voodoo dolls'.

Professional practitioners of Hoodoo, those who take on paying clients, are referred to as Root Workers, Root Doctors, Hoodoo Men & Hoodoo Women, Conjure Men & Conjure Women, Conjurers (pronounced "conjurs"), Two-Headed Men & Two-Headed Women, and Black Gypsies. Rarely one might find practitioners referred to as Spiritualists, due to the connection between some practitioners and the Spiritualist Church Movement.

A very common occurrence is the false equation of Hoodoo to the religion of Voodou (Voodoo). The difference between the two is mainly that Hoodoo is a system of folk magic with practitioners being mostly Protestant Christians. Voodou, on the other hand, is a religion unto itself.

The practice of Hoodoo has influenced American culture via music, primarily Blues, movies, and folklore. In the Southern portion of the United States the phrase, 'Don't Make Me Put Roots On You!', is an often heard quaint reference to the practice.


This is my new blog on Hoodoo as well as my twisted musings and experiences as a modern conjure worker. Here I will delve into the history and secrets of the practice of Hoodoo/Rootwork/Conjure, as it was practiced in the past and as it is practiced today. I will cover the basic beliefs, items, and rituals of conjure work and will even give a way a trick or two! If my readers have any questions on spell work or readings, fell free to send me an email at and I will be happy to respond.