Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Banishing, or a Banishment, are works performed to get rid of or remove a specific person, problem, or general negativity in one's life. There are three man types of banishing works.

1.) Banishing evil/negativity and bad habits

This involves magic performed to rid a person or dwelling of evil, negativity, especially if such originates from troublesome spirits or entities. What separates these spells from spells to cleanse or purify a person or dwelling is that these spells have more power or are more forceful in nature, as in to forcible remove or evict an entity that may be causing problems. In effect these types of works can be referred to as exorcism rituals. The intended target of the eviction can often be a negative spirit or entity or may be something more abstract such as an alcohol or cigarette addiction. Such works are also often performed for weight-loss.

2.) Gentle banishing of a troublesome person

These wokrs are performed to remove a troublesome or problematic person from one's life without the use of cruel intentions or the causing of harm to the person. When such works are performed the outcome can actually be a blessing-in-disguise for the person being banished. For example, say a neighbor is causing one trouble to the point where one decides that they cannot have this person be in their life anymore. A gentle banishing work is performed with the result being the person ends up getting a better-paying job requiring them to move out of state. With the use of these gentle banishing works, both parties benefit.

3.) Harsh banishing of a troublesome person

These works are performed to remove a troublesome or problematic person from one's life with the addition of cruel intentions and the disregard for any harm the person may suffer in the process. When such works are performed the outcome tends to be destructive toward the person being banished by using force to create hardships in their life until they leave one alone. Unlike the use of gentle works for banishing, these types of works only benefit the worker to the detriment of the person being banished..

Banishing works are often deployed with the burning of black candles, for both gentle and harsh banishing work as black candles can either be used to curse or to remove evil/negativity, and the use of oils, powders, incense, herbs, and stones. Other methods and procedures may also be used. Commercial products sold for use in banishing works can have multiple names such as; Go Away, Get Away, Drive Away, Drive Away Evil, Move Away, Far And Away, Cast Off Evil, Hot Foot, Run Devil Run, or may simply be labeled 'Banishing'.

Banishing Spells

Banishing Spells And Banishing Rituals

Banishing Spells

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Goofer Dust

Goofer Dust is the name of powder used to curse one's enemies in the practice of Hoodoo/Rootwork. Occasionally the term goofer dust is used as a synonym for graveyard dirt but usually graveyard dirt is but one ingredient in a recipe for goofer dust. The name 'goofer' stems from the Kikong word 'Kufwa', meaning "to die" while other people have translated it as "to kill". In effect, Goofer Dust is "magical killing powder". It is perhaps the strongest black magic powder found in the practice of hoodoo/rootwork.

The actual recipe for goofer dust varies from practitioner to practitioner; however a basic recipe for goofer dust will normally contain one or more of the following:

- Graveyard dirt
- Brimstone (Sulpher) Powder
- Red Pepper
- Black Pepper
- Powdered Mullein Herb
- Powdered Toxic or Poisonous Herbs
- Ash
- Salt
- Snake Skin
- Crushed Bugs, Insects, or Snails (Usually poisonous or venomous varieties such as ants, spiders, and wasps. Also may include their homes or nests.)
- Powdered Lizards
- Powdered Bones
- Magnetic Sand

Once concocted the powder is traditionally deployed by sprinkling in the path of the enemy. When the victim steps on the goofer dust it is believed to magically "poison them through their feet". More creative practitioners may find other uses for goofer dust, such as to sprinkle it on the victim's mattress, laundry, or in their shoes. Other sneaky forms of deployment include placing the goofer dust in a mojo bag or bottle which is secretly hidden in the home of the victim or buried on their property, preferably near to where the victim will walk.

Victims who have been successfully cursed with goofer dust are referred to as being "goofered", and sometimes the term goofered is used as a synonym for being cursed. People who have been goofered will begin to experience extreme bad luck, dangerous health complaints, insanity, and even death if the proper magical procedures are not performed to remove the cursed condition.

Though normally deployed in black magic spells for revenge, goofer dust is sometimes used in love spells designed to make a specific person love the spell caster. Such spells also fall under the category of black magic as they interfere with the free will of the intended person. Such spells are designed to produce pain and suffering in the object of desire in order to force them to submit to the spell caster. If by chance the victim does not submit then they may eventually die if the curse/love spell is not eradicated with the proper counter-rituals.

The rituals performed to counter-act goofering include spiritual baths, the burning of candles and incense, and cleansing or "uncrossing" rituals of the afflicted individual and of the home and property. Generally such rituals are often followed with rituals to protect from further attack or to reverse the curse back to the spell caster. (See REVERSING SPELLS)

Goofer dust, like graveyard dirt, is often offered for sale in various occult shops. As with so-called "graveyard dirt", let the buyer beware. Usually what is offered as "goofer dust" appears to be nothing more than dyed and scented talcum powder, or else powdered mullein herb used as a pseudo-substitute. Even shops who claim to sell "the real deal" often adulterate their product with talcum powder or similar powders

Goofer Dust

Goofer Dust Spell

***Note: I present this information for educational purposes only. I do not condone the making of or use of goofer dust. Don't be deceived. Goopher Dust has no positive uses.

Monday, February 27, 2012

'Meeting From Hell' Caused Exectutive Officer To Have Building Blessed

Luanne Panacek, Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, brought in a woman to bless the building after a heated meeting. The woman prayed and dressed desks and doors with holy oil. The problem is that the next day employees began to complain and it was mistaken for some kind of poison.

Religious ritual at children's agency has 'alleged demon' steamed

Friday, February 24, 2012

Graveyard Dirt

Graveyard Dirt or Graveyard Dust is literally dirt, dust, or soil taken from a grave at a cemetery. Graveyard Dirt is a famous ingredient in many spells of various magical traditions. Although graveyard dirt is more commonly associated in the mind of the public with black magic and curses, in reality graveyard dirt is also an ingredient in various good works, such as for protection, luck in gambling, and even love-drawing.

In order to harvest graveyard dirt certain rituals must be performed. Rituals for the gathering of graveyard dirt vary from practitioner to practitioner but the following is a good basic guide as to how graveyard dirt is gathered.

- For legal reasons do not use any tools to dig the dirt. Also do not carry any containers into the cemetery as well. Ideally one should place any dirt they gather into their pockets directly but some people choose to use a small baggie.

- Items needed include a small baggie (optional), and a small gift to leave behind at the grave. One or more shiny new pennies or dimes, or items the deceased individual enjoyed in life such as a cigarette, a shot of whisky, etc., will usually suffice.

- For good works, dirt taken from the graves of family members, friends, lovers, or people who had a good moral reputation are best. For black magic spells dirt from the graves of "sinners", evil people, criminals and murderers are the most powerful.

- Pray and meditate before going to the graveyard.

- Ideally one should only gather dirt from the grave of one's ancestors.

- Upon reaching the grave one has been led to, knock on the headstone three times and call out to the spirit of the person buried there. Ask them permission to take the dirt from the grave and then wait for the answer. If the spirit answered positively then proceed by bending over and grabbing a fist full of dirt in one hand from the area located over the heart of the deceased. In the other hand place the gift one brought with them at the spot where the dirt was taken. Otherwise the gift can be placed on top of the headstone. Only gather one fistful of dirt per visit.

- Perform a cleansing on one's self.

- Upon returning home one might want to transfer the graveyard dirt to a respectable container, as one should show respect to the dead. A small decorated container should do.

Graveyard dirt can also be purchased in various occult shops; however let the buyer beware. Very few places seem to sell pure graveyard dirt and there is no guarantee the dirt was gathered according to the proper rituals. Usually the dirt sold in these stores has been adulterated by adding talcum powder or similar powders. In some cases powdered mullein herb is sold as a substitute for graveyard dirt. Don't be deceived.

Graveyard dirt is also sometimes referred to as 'goofer dust'. Such term most always refers to a negative or black magic use for the dirt. Traditionally graveyard dirt is but one ingredient in a powerful recipe for 'goofer dust', which is used to magically kill or harm one's enemy.

Graveyard Dirt

Uses And Gathering Of Graveyard Dirt

A Graveyard Dirt Primer

Graveyard Dirt Spell

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Witch Bottle

A witch bottle is a bottle that is filled with various ingredients such as urine, nails, pins, needles, broken glass, hair clippings, fingernail clippings, blood, herbs, stones, etc., which is often buried on a person's property in the belief that such will ward off evil and protect the owner from witchcraft.

In modern times, a witch bottle has also come to mean any spell involving ingredients sealed up in a bottles. Such spells are performed today by practitioners of various magical traditions.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

The Witches Bottle

17th century urine-filled 'witch bottle' found

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


A Reversing, a.k.a. reversal, mirror-back or deflection, is the name of a category of spells in the practice of occult magic. Practitioners from nearly all cultures have some form of these types of spells.

Reversing spells are aimed to reflect back evil, negativity, pain, hatred, etc., to the person who sent it. They are also employed against a person who has performed a black magic curse against a victim.

Reversing spells give the appearance of being black magic, especially to the recipient of the spell as well as to uninformed people, but in reality they are examples of white magic, similar to protection spells. It's very important to realize that most of the recipients of reversing spells will claim they are victims of a curse, rather than accept ownership of their actions.

Reversing spells work much like the childhood phrase, "I'm rubber, you're glue. Whatever you say bounces off of me and and sticks to you!"

According to practitioners, the energy, good or evil, that people put forth wants to naturally return to the sender and it eventually will with time. By using reversing spells this time for the energy to return to the sender is greatly shortened.

Reversing spells are favored by Wiccans who adhere to their vow of the Wiccan Rede and don't practice black magic. Reversing spells are also favored by people who feel that such spells are more preferred over using black magic, especially since they perfectly embody the phrase, "Let the punishment fit the crime".
Reversing spells should not be performed lightly, as they often are more harmful and even deadlier than black magic curses. The reason being that people are their own worst enemies and evil or negative people often have strong self-destructive desires within their beings. There are even tales amongst practitioners of evil people who have actually died shortly after a reversing spell has been performed. In such cases it is assumed the person had been sending out evil energy for the death of another and paid the price for it. Ideally, one should only perform a reversing spell when actual harm has been done or when threats of harm have been made. It would not be appropriate to perform a reversing spell for something trivial as a woman shooting you an evil glance on the bus or a man spouting something offensive to you in passing, for example.

Reversing spells are more commonly placed on specific people, but in situations where the identify of the evil person is not known they can still be utilized. The evil energy directed at the victim knows the identity of the sender and wants to naturally return to him/her. Unfortunately it is possible for the evil person to deflect the reversing spell if they know magic, but usually only for a limited time. Eventually the evil person's will will falter and their own evil energy will immediately return right back to it's 'home'

Many items are utilized in the performance of reversing spells. Such items include special reversing candles, oils, incense, powders, stones, and herbs with the magical reputation of sending back evil to the sender. Because of the symbolism of "mirroring back" or deflecting, mirrors are often employed in reversing spells. Otherwise, a reversing spell may simply be cast with strong meditation and visualization techniques, with the individual visualizing the negative energy being sent to them as being deflected and returned back to the sender.

Reversing spells should not be confused with a spell to stop another spell, unless that spell is a black magic curse.

Warning: The following links contain spells. Peform at your own risk.

A Century Of Spells Draja Mickaharic - Reversing Spells

Reverse Spells

How to Reverse a Spell Using White Magic

Spell To Reverse Negative Psychic Energy

Mirror Spell - to Reverse a Spell or Hex Put on You

Spell to Reflect Negativity

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Voodoo Death"

The following is taken from Voodoo And Hoodoo by Jim Haskins;

"In 1969 a 22-year-old woman dashed into the emergency room of a Baltimore hospital and hysterically begged for help. Her twenty-third birthday was only three days away and she was sure she was going to die before it came. The bewildered emergency room staff calmed her down and asked her to tell them why she believed she was going to die. She had been born on a Friday the Thirteenth in the area of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, the young woman explained. After her birth it had been discovered that the midwife who had delivered her was a "voodoo" [Hoodoo Woman] and that she cursed every child born on such a fateful day. The young woman knew of two other girls born on a Friday the Thirteenth in the same area whom the same midwife had cursed. The midwife had predicted that one would never live to be sixteen. That girl had died in a car accident when she was fifteen. The midwife had said that the second girl would never see twenty-one. She had been shot and killed in a gun fight in a night club on the eve of her twenty-first birthday. The third girl faced her questioners in the hospital in Baltimore and told them the midwife had said she would never live to be twenty-three. Though skeptical, the hospital staff admitted the young woman for observation. The next morning a nurse found her dead in bed. Cause of death was listed as unknown."

The phenomena is called "Voodoo Death" and believe it or not, it is a real occurrence. Though most doctors and scientists don't believe in the power of Voodoo, they do believe in the power of the mind.

It is a known fact that prolonged periods of fear cause brain damage, weaken the immune system, and produce large amounts of stress in the body.

Combine such a state with the mind's absolute belief that one is going to die and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent it, and voila! A bona fide case of "Voodoo Death" often results.

Originally, the term "Voodoo Death" applied only to cases where people died due to their belief they were cursed. With time the phrase has been applied to any manner of unexplained death of a seemingly healthy individual who has undergone a period of intense fear.


Studying voodoo death; Syracuse cardiologist makes sense of rare heart disorder

Voodoo & Hoodoo by Jim Haskins

Saturday, February 18, 2012

How To Make An Oil Lamp

A comment from a reader inspired this blog entry.

I do not own a fancy oil lamp. My great grandmother burned them, but I do not own one. Instead, I've only used the kind that I've made myself. The type that I tend to use is one that is made from a baby food jar. The directions for this are below. The following information is presented for information purposes only. Never leave a burning lamp unattended. Show proper caution. Children need to have adult approval and supervision.

Making An Oil Lamp From A Baby Food Jar

Items Needed:

-Glass Baby Food Jar
-Old Sock
-Olive Oil
-Herbs Of Your Choice


Cleanse the jar and bless the items. With the nail and hammer, make a hole in the center of the lid of the jar. Doing so will often deform the lid. Try to reshape it as best you can. Next take the scissors and cut out a small strip of cloth from the old sock. I don't actually measure this, but I would say about an inch wide and up to 4 or 5 inches in length. This will be your wick. Thread this through the hole so that about a half inch or so of the cloth is poking out. Add a pinches of whatever herbs you may choice into the bottom of the jar. Fill the jar about half-way with olive oil. Place the lid with the wick on the jar. Allow the wick to soak up the oil. If for some reason the wick is not soaking up the oil then you will need to take the wick out, dip it in the oil in the jar, and then re-thread it through the hole in the lid. Light the wick. If the lamp is smoking then the wick will need to be adjusted. Carefully lift up the lid and with the tweezers pull the wick down some. If the flame is too small, use the tweezers to carefully pull up more of the wick.

Now, the crafty conjurer will know that if you want a lamp to dominate or control someone, even if in love work, then using the dirty sock of the person being worked on, for use as the wick, will also serve as the personal effect. Heck, it can even be used in enemy work, especially hot foot work on someone. By using it in hot foot work you are literally putting the flame on their feet! 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

St. John's Wort

St. John’s wort doth charm all witches away
If gathered at midnight on the saint’s holy day.
Any devils and witches have no power to harm
Those that gather the plant for a charm:
Rub the lintels and post with that red juicy flower
No thunder nor tempest will then have the power
To hurt or hinder your houses: and bind
Round your neck a charm of similar kind

-Traditional English Poem

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum, or any of the 400 species of Hypericum) is a plant with a long history of both medicinal and magical uses. Many cultures employed the plant in a variety of treatments, however it's the plants magical reputation which has made the plant famous.

St. John's Wort gets it's name for the fact that it both flowers near and is traditionally harvested on St. John The Baptist Day. The plant's yellow flowers symbolize the sun and as such it is a perfect symbol of Midsummer celebrations. It's resemblance to the sun also lent the plant a share in the sun's ability to drive off darkness with it's light, hence the origin of the belief the plant is imbued with powerful protection against all evil and witchcraft.

For use in magic:

-St. John's wort hung in bundles in the home as well as crafted in wreathes and hung on the door for protection.

-A sprig of the herb carried in the pocket or carried in a bag around the neck was a sure charm to keep away the devil.

-Fresh St. John's Wort rubbed on the doors and door frames of a house protects it from lightening and storm damage.

-St. John's Wort carried on the person destroys a witch's power to harm.

-The leaves of St. John's Wort could be uses in a fortune-telling rite to determine who a young woman would marry.

-If one sleeps with a sprig of St. John's Wort under their pillow, St. John The Baptist will appear in one's dreams.

In modern times the belief that St. John's Wort has the power to chase away darkness is carried over into it's use as an antidepressant. The plant is an effective and natural treatment for mild cases of depression.

St. John's Eve And It's Magical Herb, St. John's Wort


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

'Happy Valentine's Day' And A Come To Me Love Work

King Solomon Pick-Up Lines

Okay, so the words from the Song of Solomon may not work on today's women in public; however, we hoodoo folk know how powerful that book is in love conjure work. It packs a punch!

Today is Valentine's Day and it's the one day of the year we can openly burn red candles and sprinkle rose petals around without anybody knowing we are conjuring us some lovin'!

So I thought I would share a love work using the Song of Solomon.

Come To Me

This work can be used by women or gay men to draw their lover to them. For this work one can use "come to me" spiritual supplies, such as oil, incense, and powder, but it's not necessary.

Items Needed:

Fresh Rose Petals
Patchouli or Cinnamon Sticks
*Red Candle
*Come To Me Spiritual Supplies


If you want to use the candle and spiritual products then go ahead and carve the person's name in the candle and then dress it with come to me oil. Burn it on top of a photo of the beloved. Burn come to me incense and sprinkle a circle of come to me powder around the candle.

Into a bowl place fresh rose petals, lavender, and patchouli. Patchouli will draw your lover to you. If you don't have patchouli then add a stick of cinnamon. Add water to the bowl to cover the items. Pray the verses below over the bowl three times and then allow the bowl to sit overnight.

Song Of Solomon 3: 1-5

1 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

2 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

3 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.

5 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

Now, at dawn rise and take the mixture and sprinkle it from your front porch or front door back to your bedroom. Walk backwards and call his name as you sprinkle the mixture. If you want to make it stronger, you can start sprinkling the mixture from the nearest crossroads back to your house. When you get to your bedroom you will sprinkle the mixture on your bed. With the remaining water you need to dress your bed posts and then dress yourself. Be sensual when you dress yourself and pay close attention to the parts of your body you want your lover to pay attention to! He will come to you.

How To Seduce Someone With A Love Spell

Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing Everyone Some Good Lovin' Tonight!

Monday, February 13, 2012


A binding is perhaps one of the oldest forms of magic, dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks, and possibly even the ancient Egyptians.

Binding spells in antiquity were used for the following three general areas;

1.) The binding of a person to make them love the spell caster, or the person who is employing the spell caster. See Thrall.

2.) The binding of a person as a means of cursing them.

3.) The binding of a god or spirit as a means of temporarily restraining their influence or to prevent a beneficial god or spirit from leaving or withdrawing it's power or influence.

These binding spells were performed with either images or effigies of the person, god, or spirit, similar to modern notions of a voodoo doll, or else took the form of spoken and written incantations, spells, or curses, written on tablets or votive offerings. Bindings done in order to curse an enemy were usually inscribed upon sheets of lead which were either deposited in wells or buried deep underground to be closer to the cthonic deities of the underworld who would be invoked to help grant the request of the spell caster.

In the types of spells involving effigies or poppets, such were usually bound with string, sinew, or leather.

All three examples above could be described as black magic, but it should be noted that such practices were considered normal for their time period.

In more modern times, a binding has come to take on a different interpretation as put forth by practitioners of the Wiccan faith.

Bindings have increased in popularity, mostly due to the 1996 movie, The Craft, in which the character of Sarah performs a binding spell on the character of Nancy. Unlike binding spells of the past, this modern version is done not as a curse but to rather restrain Nancy from doing harm to other people, as well as herself. However, it should be noted that some in the Wiccan community frown upon using such binding spells as they do interfere with the person's free will. Instead, such Wiccans would usually advise the use of a reversal spell, a spell designed to send evil and negativity back to the person who sent it.

Binding spells of all sorts continue to be used today. They range from the traditional method of making a specific person love the spell caster to the binding of bad habits such as spell casters who wish to quit smoking or lose weight. There are even practitioners who still use binding as a form of cursing an enemy, though the Wiccan crowd vehemently opposes such use.

For more information on bindings and examples of bindings, click the links below. Perform any spells at your own risk.

Ancient Greek Love Magic – Spells for Attraction

Curse tablet

Construction and Use of Ancient Greek Poppets

Binding Magic

Binding spell

Knotweed (Ladies Thumb) (Also can be used to bind bad habits, like smoking and for weight loss.)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Man Attacked Girlfriend For Going To A "Root Lady"


A Thrall is love work or a "love spell" placed on a specific person in order to make that individual love the spell caster, or whom the spell caster is working for.

The term thrall comes from the word enthrall, which means to enslave, to ensnare, to captivate, or to bewitch.

Though referred to as love spells, thralls actually are believed to work by creating an overwhelming obsession in the target or else produce a zombie-like state in the target. Thralls do not produce true love, as the magic invoked violates the targeted person's free will. Because of such, thralls are considered by some to be a form of black magic. For this reason members of the Wiccan faith do not perform love spells on specific people due to the karmic consequences, but rather only cast love spells to meet someone new, someone who is also seeking new love.

A good example of a thrall can be found in the 1996 movie, The Craft. The character of Sarah places a thrall on the character of Chris, a boy she has a crush on. The spell evokes in Chris a dangerous obsession for Sarah, an obsession that ultimately backfires on Sarah, resulting in an attempted rape.

It is possible this scenario in the movie was taken from real-life stories told of people who suffered consequences from performing thralls. Even I have heard a story of a New Orleans witch who performed a thrall on a man only to find herself become a genuine rape victim. These stories of consequences in performing thralls are usually told as a means of communicating morality and ethics in the use of magic. They are the witches' version of morality plays and serve to express the ultimate warning for dabblers of the magical arts, "Be careful of what you wish for, because you just might get it."

Perhaps my most favorite portrayal of the consequences of performing a thrall can be seen in the episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Series, titled Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. In the episode, the character of Xander gets a witch to perform a love spell on a specific girl. Hilarious consequences ensue.

Note: In hoodoo/rootwork/conjure we will perform works to get people to love them. If the person being worked on has a spark of desire for the person then there usually aren't any problems. Problems tend to arise when a person wants to force someone to love them when they don't even know that person exists. Also, depending on the person's will, it may take a lot of effort and time to subdue the person being worked on. I would caution workers to treat everything on a case-by-case situation.

For further examples of thralls, click on the links below. Perform these at your own risk.

Love Me Spiritual Supplies In Hoodoo/Rootwork


Specific Love Spells




The following non-thrall spell can be used on a specific person to find out how much they love you. It was recorded by Cat Yronwode, owner of the LuckyMojo Curio Co. The spell is called, "All My Love Come To Me".

All My Love Come To Me

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hoodoo Magic Color Correspondence & Symbolism

('*' symbolizes a black magic use)

WHITE - Blessing, Spirituality, Protection, Cleansing, Can Be Substituted For Any Other Color Candle When It Is Not Available. Also Burned For People Who Have Recently Passed-Away So That Their Soul May Transition Smoothly Into The Next World.

- Banish Evil & Negativity, *Banish Troublesome People, *Curses & Black Magic

GRAY - Neutrality, To Neutralize A Situation, To Stop A Spell, Maturity, Professionalism, Sleep, To Bring Storms & Rain, *Confusion, *Depression

RED - Love, Sex, Lust, Heat, Passion, Will, Protection, The Blood Of Jesus, *Anger, *War, *Violence

PINK - Friendship, Love, Healing, Femininity, To Live A Clean Life

ORANGE - To Change One's Luck, To Open The Way To New Opportunities, To Draw Anything One May Wish.

- Money, Prosperity, Growth, Gambling Luck, Plants & Vegetation

- Wisdom, Mental Clarity, Communication, Cleansing, Joy & Happiness

- Psychic Abilities, Success, Power, *To Influence, Control, Or Dominate Other People Or Situations.

BLUE - Protection From The Evil Eye, Peace, To Keep The Law Away, Cold, To Bring Clear Skies, *Depression

BROWN - Stability, Court Cases & Legal Matters, To Prevent A Situation From Changing, *To Hold Someone Or Something Down Or Put Pressure Upon.

GOLD- The Sun, Masculinity, Wealth, Fame, Success, Glamour

SILVER - The Moon, Femininity, Wealth, Protection

MAGENTA - Energy, Speedy results

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Money House Blessing

Money House Blessing is the brand name of a line of products produced by E.Davis, Inc.

The line includes aerosol air fresheners (my favorite kind, vanilla pictured left), automobile air fresheners, incense and soap.

The product appears in this blog due to it's name. Many who have come across these products might be curious about the name. Are these products supposed to draw money?

The name Money House Blessing, is a typical spiritual product name among products sold to Hoodoo practitioners. The name communicates the purpose of the product, in this case to both draw money into the home, as well as to bless the home. The imagery also identifies it as being a spiritual product. The cornucopia represents prosperity, the Indian head is found on may spiritual products and refers to the Indian Spirit Guide, a concept found among both Hoodoo practitioners and Spiritualists. The number 9 in "9 Indian Vanilla" represents power (3 x3).

The products would likely be used in conjunction with magical Hoodoo rituals for ridding the home of evil or negativity, as well as traditional house cleaning. Spraying the vanilla air freshener would be a good way of "sealing" the rite.

Today the name Money House Blessing has become the name of the product line and no longer indicates a true spiritual product marketed specifically for Hoodoo practitioners. This said, if one knows the properties of various herbs and scents, then one could theoretically still use these products for magical purposes. For example, pine is used magically to cleanse the home of evil and negativity, vanilla can be used to draw love, cinnamon draws both love and money, and dragon's blood can be used to draw good luck, money, power, as well as to cleanse the home of evil or negativity.

MONEY HOUSE BLESSING: Ritual Cleaning and the "Indian Spirit" in Hoodoo

You can order Money House Blessing products HERE, or else you can pick them up yourself in a store near your location. Many stores carry them. Check your local dollar store.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Man Finds "Voodoo Dolls" At Father's Grave

(From August, 2009)

Houston, TX, resident Pilar Martinex Jr, made a recent shocking discovery at his father's grave. Buried two feet under the headstone were 22 jars filled with wax "Voodoo Dolls" stuck with pins, women's panties, and pictures of unidentified women.

A Houston Voodoo priest believes the items were put there to work harm against someone.

The family would like a Pastor to bless the grave or even a new burial due to the desecration.

If Police can locate the individual(s) responsible for the desecration they could face charges of criminal mischief.

Son Finds Voodoo Dolls At Dad's Grave

Note: The items buried may not have anything to do with the deceased, as people working "black magic" will often take items to dispose of at graveyards. However this isn't the only interpretation for the placement of the items. It is possible that a member of the family may have invoked the spirit of the deceased to help them gain revenge on their enemies. A third explanation is that we are dealing with a love spell or a spell to keep a woman faithful, however I tend to personally lean toward the first option. My guess is that we are dealing with a female perp and that the spell was designed to get rid of or to gain revenge on her female

I'm more interested in learning what color the wax was as this could determine what type of spell was being performed and if it was truly "Voodoo Dolls" which were discovered, or say just the remnants of candle wax used in spells. There are even candles in the shape of a man or woman which are employed in magic as well.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Laveau, Marie (c.1801-1881)

Marie Laveau (circa 1801-1881) was a New Orleans, LA, creole hairdresser who later become famous for being a 'Voodoo Queen'. There are so many legends and stories about Marie Laveau that it is difficult to get to the truth of who she was. In fact, her stories are so beloved by believers and followers that the truth is most likely not even desired.

Rise To Fame: As a hairdresser, Marie Laveau was most likely trusted with the secretes of her "gossipy" clients. Some believe she used these secrets to make people in town think she had special powers. The most famous legend concerning the rise of her power as a 'Voodoo Queen' involves her being given a gift of a home, referred to as 'Maison Blanche' (White House) due to the color. Legend states that a wealthy white client gave the home to Marie Laveau in exchange for using her powers to help his son, who was facing trial, imprisonment or possibly the death sentence depending on the story. Other stories claim that Marie Laveau had the Maison Blanche built from the wealth she had acquired from her clients.

The Controversy: Was Marie Laveau a practitioner of Voodoo? I believe she was not. Marie Laveau was skilled in hooodoo/rootwork/conjure, knowing the roots, herbs, and like for various conditions. This would imply that she was a Hoodoo Woman or Rootworker. The problem is that Marie Laveau did hold dances in Congo Square where men drummed and women danced with snakes, but is this Voodoo? I personally think not. The key thing to understand about Marie Laveau is that she was a great performer. Marie Laveau also preferred white clients, as she believed they payed more. It is my personal belief that the whole 'Voodoo Queen' aspect was an act, performed by Marie Laveau, in order to draw paying white clients. At that time, as well as today, most white people could not tell the difference between Hoodoo and Voodoo. Other evidence leaning toward the fact that Leveau practiced Hoodoo and not Voodoo was the fact that she was reportedly taught her skill by one 'Doctor John'. It is a well established tradition amongst Hoodoo Men to label themselves as 'Doctor', per the synonym for Hoodoo, Root Doctor. Even further proof that Marie Laveau was not an actual Voodoo practitioner is the fact that she is said to have worshipped an African God named Zombie, in the form of a pet snake. There is no African God named Zombi. The word Zombie can mean ghost, spirit, or the reanimated dead, but it is never a term for a God.

Shady Business Practices: Most believers and followers fail to realize that Marie Laveau used 'mob tactics' against competitors in order to run them out of town. Laveau had a large number of followers to do her 'dirty work' when needed. This is truly how Marie Laveau came to rule New Orleans.

The Rumors: There are so many rumors surrounding Mare Laveau that it would be nearly impossible to list here. Some of the more spicy rumors are that Marie Laveau was a Madame on the side, running a brothel out of the Maison Blanche. There were rumors of wild parties with naked black women, all for the enjoyment of her white male clients. Other rumors suggest that Marie Laveau may have used her knowledge of herbs to sicken people so that they would come to her and pay money for the cure. Probably the most famous rumor of all surrounding Marie Laveau is that she lived to be over 200 years old. This rumor more than likely stems from the fact that Marie Laveau's daughter, of the same name, took up her mother's work when she retired.

The Painting: When most people visualize Marie Laveau, they usually think of this painting which you can view HERE. Unfortunately this painting is not of Marie Laveau, but is instead a painting of an unknown creole slave woman. Even to this day many people incorrectly believe that the painting is of Marie Laveau. There are other paintings that are said to be of Marie Laveau, though it is likely that none of them are truly of the original Marie Laveau, but are instead either of her daugher or of an imposter Hoodoo Woman or 'Voodoo Queen' using Laveau's name to draw fame to her own practice.

The Ritual: According to legend, there is a ritual by which one can have a wish granted by the spirit of Marie Laveau. The ritual involves traveling to Marie Laveau's mausoleum, marking three 'x's in red brick (Though people use markers these days), knocking three times on the mausoleum, and then making one's wish. When the wish is granted it is custom to travel back to the mausoleum and leave an offering of thanks to Laveau's spirit. Offerings of beads, flowers, liquor, cigars, and cigarettes are common. Interestingly, there are two mausoleums for Marie Laveau, possibly being that of the original Marie Laveau and that of her daughter of the same name.

Note: The woman in the above clip who claims that "it doesn't matter what ingredients go into a gris-gris, that only the intention counts", is wrong. The ingredients placed in a gris-gris, otherwise called 'mojo', are symbolic representations specific to the condition the gris-gris is being made for. For example, a gris-gri or mojo made for gambling, would contain roots, herbs, stones, and even animal parts considered to have a "lucky" reputation. More on gris-gris/mojo in a future blog.

Marie Laveau

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Johnson, Robert Leroy (May 8, 1911 - August 16, 1938)

Robert Leroy Johnson, the titled 'Grandfather Of Rock-N-Roll', was a famous Blues musician, who like many later greats such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain, died at the young age of 27.

Robert Johnson survives in folklore as allegedly selling his soul to the Devil in exchange for his talent. The truth of the matter is that Robert Johnson was a practitioner of Hoodoo, with many of his songs containing references to the practice. Johnson was well aware of the lore surrounding meeting The Black Man At The Crossroads, though there is no evidence that he actually went through with such rite himself. Instead, a musician with a similar name, Tommy Johnson, was said to have gone down to the crossroads and sold himself to The Black Man.

The Legend: According to the legend, Robert Johnson went to the crossroads where he met a large, black man who took his guitar, tuned it, and gave it back to him. This was how Johnson supposedly acquired his sudden talent and fame.

Death: Johnson died at a crossroads in Greenwood, Mississippi of poisoning. The fact that he died at a crossroads most likely cemented the notion that he had sold his soul to the Devil in many people's minds, with the belief that the Devil had come to claim his own. In reality, Johnson was believed to have been poisoned by a laced bottle of whisky either by a woman whom with he was having an affair or by her husband.

The Photograph: There are only a couple of photographs known of Robert Johnson, with the most famous showing Johnson sitting with his guitar which you can view HERE. In the upper right of the photo there is a devilish face. I have no word on if this is just a trick of the light or if it was done intentionally to add credence to the Devil legend. I'm sure many people take it as proof that the legend is true.

Robert Johnson In Culture: Johnson's music was a huge inspiration on various singers and bands, but with regards to the Devil legend, references to such have been made in the television series Supernatural, in an episode titled Crossroad Blues, which is also the name of one Johnson's songs. The 1986 movie, Crossroads also played heavy on the Johnson legend.

Deal with the Devil: Understanding Robert Johnson, His Music and His Impact

The Robert Johnson Blues Foundation