There is a loophole in conjure. It exists because hoodoo/rootwork/conjure is not a religion. It's a magical, spiritual tradition, but it's not a religion unto itself.
The loophole is that a person can practice hoodoo while not being a Christian, *if* such person uses the bible and prays to God. People who do this can claim to practice hoodoo. Failure to do this and the person is no longer practicing hoodoo and has no claim to the practice. Another term for this is "non-traditional". I will touch more on this at the end of this blog entry.
The problems are that some teachers online are not communicating this to their students and are allowing them to believe that they can just do whatever they want to do and slap a hoodoo label on it. It's not true. And it needs to be addressed. It also needs to be clarified that this is a loophole and that because it's a loophole there are old-school workers who don't agree with it. Real-life old-school worker do not want people of other religions and magical traditions to learn hoodoo. I don't care what you read online from an online worker. I'm telling you the truth. They do not approve of it. The loophole exists and I won't deny that. However, it's still a loophole.
I used to be naive about this. I know lots of other online workers are still naive about it. The naivety is the belief that people are going to see how wrong it is to just take the tradition, strip it down to just the magic, and then throw away the spiritual aspect. I used to believe that if we could get people to understand how wrong that is then people would realize how important it is to maintain the tradition. I was wrong. The majority of the non-Christians who are attracted to hoodoo do not give a flying f*ck about the spiritual aspect of the tradition. They just want to steal the magic.
Now, let me use Wiccans for an example. Many Wiccans are attracted to hoodoo because they recognize that hoodoo has power and that it is an actual craft, as in an art or skill that must be taught. Wicca itself is devoid of any actual craft with regard to magic. So a Wiccan is not interested in the spiritual tradition. They just want the magic. They don't give a damn what I, nor anyone else has to say about it. A Wiccan is not going to pray to the Christian God and use the bible no matter what any worker has to say about it. They're just not. The overwhelming majority of Wiccans have issues with Christianity. Not only that, it's against their religion. They do not believe in the Christian God, just like they don't believe in the Devil. Wiccans reject the Christian mind frame that is needed to practice conjure. Not only that, but the basic belief of Wiccans is that they are "the Old Religion", the elders of all magical religions and traditions and Christians are perceived as the oppressors and persecutors. So they are simply not going to work with the Christian God and the bible. They're just not.
This problem is a huge one. The majority of people online who are interested in hoodoo do not give a damn about the spiritual tradition. Most of them already falsely believe that it's "just magic". Most of them identify as witches or pagans. So it all boils down to this:
If you cannot work with the bible and pray to the Christian God then you are not worthy of learning conjure. You would simply be a vulture or scavenger who wants to steal from hoodoo to prop up your own religion or tradition. Do you understand this? If you refuse to even take advantage of the loophole that exists then you definitely should not be taught anything. However, we all know that the money-hungry workers online will gladly take your cash and teach you.
Finally, l think we all, myself included, should stop using "traditional" vs. "non-traditional". Because these terms are giving the false impression that someone who is "non-traditional" is still practicing hoodoo. Because they are not. There's no such thing as a non-traditional worker. You are either doing actual conjure work or you are just doing magic, spell casting, witchcraft, etc.