Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Bessie Smith Movie Coming Out

I'm excited to see it. I wonder if there will be any references to hoodoo as there are in Bessie's songs. I'm also really pleased that they are not whitewashing her sexuality. Bessie was at best bisexual but I strongly feel that she was a lesbian who only married men out of societal pressure. I'm also pleased that Queen Latifah is playing Bessie Smith. The movie debuts on HBO on May 16, 2015.

Bessie Smith - Lady Luck Blues (1923)

In Lady Luck Blues, Bessie sings about various good luck charms and rites, such as horseshoes and knocking on wood, as well as mentions performing a work involving using goofer dust in a love rite to draw her man back. I've always wondered if this song was truly about a man or was Bessie simply changing the gender and pronouns of her lover in order to create a song that was acceptable to society of that time.

Trivia: After Bessie died in a car crash at the age of 43 she was buried in an unmarked grave. Janis Joplin, who credited Bessie for her inspiration, later paid for a headstone for her grave.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Review - The Art Of Hoodoo Candle Magic By Cat Yronwode

The book is, The Art of Hoodoo Candle Magic by Catherine Yronwode.

I almost didn't read this book. I had been tipped off by a couple of people that everything in the book can be read for free on Cat's site. After eventually breaking down and reading it I can guarantee you that everything in the book can be found on Cat's site or easily elsewhere online. I can also assure you that this information is also the same information that she teaches in her hoodoo course, that is the candle magic part. So if you want to save money by just reading her website or even printing out pages of her website for your own personal use you can. If you want everything compiled into one book then you can purchase and read the book.

The info itself is good and gives not only a basic overview of hoodoo candle magic but also gets into some specific areas with detail, such as loading and butting candles.

The one issue I do have with the book is the author's inclusion of another man's work. The author included Mikhail Strabo's book, How To Conduct A Candlelight Service. The author is long dead but the material is presented as if it is an official collaboration between the two authors. The material of  Strabo's book has a completely different tone that Yronwode's book and should not have been included in my opinion.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this book a 7. I have to take off points because the information is available for free online. If the information was not available for free online I would easily give it an 8 or 9. The information itself is still good though.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spirit Dream

So my granddad passed away before New Years. Well, the other night I had my first dream of him. In the dream he and my grandma, who is still living but paralyzed from a stroke, were sitting in this house or living-room setting that I did not recognize. My granddad told me that I could kill someone by shooting a bullet at some one's picture. Don't ask me why he said that, he just did. Then my granddad starting asking questions about pictures and wanting me to show them to him or tell him about some pictures. I didn't know what he meant and I told him that. Well, he looked a bit frustrated and then my grandmother tried to talk but started to cough something fierce. I then wake up. Not the next day but the day after I was talking to my sister-in-law and I mentioned the dream. She then told me to go talk to my dad because my dad was talking about pictures. So the day after that I went and talked to my dad. It turned out that the day before my dream my dad had gone to my uncle's house and had gotten a whole box full of old pictures of the family from decades ago and was going through them. So I smiled and knew it was an actual spirit visitation and not just a dream.

Monday, April 20, 2015

2 Year Anniversary Of Quitting Smoking

April 10th was my 2 year anniversary of quitting smoking. I can't believe how far I have come. The entire trip has been relatively smooth and easy. I have not once cheated and smoked a cigarette, although I still continue to smoke in my dreams. In fact, last night I had another smoking dream, a dream where I am smoking a cigarette and am enjoying it only to then realize that I had quit smoking. I normally wake up feeling guilty. However, in waking life I have no desire to smoke a cigarette. In fact, they now repulse me. I get ill when I smell a cigarette.

When I start vaping I started on about 24mg of nicotine e-liquid and then worked down to 12mg, then 6mg and now I vape 3mg nicotine e-liquid. So the next step would be to move down to 1mg nicotine e-liquid, if they even make such. However, I'm in no hurry to quit vaping as I really enjoy it and of course it's safer than cigarettes.

The battle for vaping rights is not over with. The FDA continues to threaten new legislation that would be implemented next year that would basically hand over the entire industry to Big Tobacco and force people back to smoking cigarettes by making the vaping experience be unsatisfying. Additionally, many state and local governments are going all-out Nazi against e-cigs and vaping and are trying to pass draconian laws. In once city, sorry can't recall offhand, they want to make it illegal to vape in a vaping shop. That's how insane the haters can be.

I still encourage current smokers to try vaping. I would very much like for all current smokers to transition over to e-cigs. However, the main hurdle is the stubbornness and stupidity of some smokers who think that since they are currently healthy then therefore they don't need to transition. Well, the whole point is to transition before you develop adverse health problems from smoking, not to wait until they develop. The reason being is that some people don't get a second chance to try to change their life around. If a person waits until they are diagnosed with COPD then they need to realize that they will never be cured or recover from it. They will have it the rest of their lives.

Just to recap some benefits of vaping:

-No stink.
-No staining of teeth or fingers.
-No having to go outside in the heat or cold. (When I was a smoker I was so addicted I would stand outside during a raging thunderstorm just to smoke.)
-Breathe easier. The smokers' cough quickly disappears after transitioning.
-Huge choice of flavors.
-No tar means no cancer-causing chemicals.
-No offending of nearby people. The majority of people are cool with e-cigs and people vaping. Only a few paranoid Nazis think that being near a person vaping i dangerous. I vape in public all the time and not once has anyone acted like they were offended or asked me to stop or go elsewhere to vape.
-Easy to get around bans. Even in places where there are e-cig bans it is incredibly easy to vape with no one knowing. Since there is no stench or smoke there is really no evidence that one was just vaping.

When you realize there really are no benefits of smoking then current smokers should realize that they need to transition. Current smokers should realize they are not in love with nor addicted to cancer-causing tar in cigarettes. It's the nicotine they are after and e-cigs completely satisfy that craving.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Thank You, St. Expedite

Once again, you have come through for me in my time of need in a very quick and efficient manner. Thank you, St. Expedite! 

Hollywood Babylon (1991)

This is a 1991 documentary on the life and books of Kenneth Anger. Anger's main claim to fame were two books, Hollywood Babylon and it's sequel, Hollywood Babylon 2. If you haven't read them I would highly recommend them. The books are about old Hollywood from the golden era and contains a lot of seedy gossip and intrigue on the lives of various celebrities. Some of the information is wrong but overall both books are good. Kenneth Anger is also a filmmaker, though usually his work is more "artsy" as well as an occultist. Toward the end of the documentary he talks about magic.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Etsy Witch Warning

It's come to my attention that there are multiple self-styled witches on Etsy who are performing "spells" for paying clients. Many of them claim to practice hoodoo and are charging $100-$150 for a "spell". I've looked into them and the majority of them are simply lighting candles, usually 7 day glass candles, and are calling it a "spell", as if that's what real conjure workers do, just light a 7 day glass candle because that's the sum of what we know and do. That's what hoodoo is right? We just light a candle and be done with it.

For one, these witches are stealing clients from legitimate workers. For another, they are not actually practicing hoodoo. Finally, these witches are scamming people. Simply lighting a 7 day glass candle should not cost over a hundred dollars. I charge $30 to set a light using a 7 day glass candle. Most workers charge between $25-$50 for this service.

Just another reason why I can't stand these self-styled witches. This is how they come in an destroy. The people who go to them do not know they are being ripped off and they don't know enough about real hoodoo v.s. this self-styled witch shit to be able to tell the difference.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Root Doctor Rap

This little "rap" is taken from a documentary on Voodoo that I don't think has been released. The root worker in the video makes up a hand for a client. The hand consists of multiple John the Conqueror roots that have been smashed with a hammer, possibly to unleash the power in them, some herb that might be 5 finger grass and some powder that is either sachet powder or powdered sugar, I can't tell. Also note how much the root worker wets the hand with oil and that he sprayed the bag with a hoodoo aerosol spray. I remember on a forum once that I mentioned I saw a real-life worker spray a person down with a hoodoo aerosol spray and I was attacked and made fun of as if I made it up or didn't know what I was talking about. This guy is the real deal and he represents the style of real-life workers of days passed. He's a dying breed. Too bad I don't have his personal information nor do I even know if he's still alive.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Witch War

Since season two of WGN America's Salem is titled Witch War I thought I would write a bit about what a witch war is and why they are so bad.

A witch war, a.k.a. wizard duel, magician brawl, rootworker feud, etc. is when two magical practitioners begin to feud and more importantly, begin to throw for each other, to sling crossings, hexings, and curses back and forth at each other in an attempt to establish dominance by destroying the other practitioner. Witch wars rarely end well and even more importantly, rarely end quickly. Instead, they tend to be drawn out and can fester for years with no resolution.

What makes a witch war so bad is the tendency for innocent people, and even pets to accidentally get hit in the crossfire and suffer the consequences. The actual participants in the war tend to know enough on how to protect themselves to reverse any attacks making the victims be the unknowing public who has no idea this sort of thing takes place.

As a rule, I never throw for nor spiritually attack another worker. I may get mad or upset and say some stuff but I never stoop to doing any form of magic on another worker simply because I'm smart enough to realize that witch wars are incredible stupid, time-consuming and wasteful of one's power. All that energy that is directed toward trying to hurt another could be spent bettering my life. Instead, I rely on my spirit guides to warn me when I'm being attacked. They usually don't tell me who is doing it, only that there is something incoming and then I know I need to reverse it.

So there you have it. That's what a witch war is in a nutshell. I strongly caution the newbies out there to seriously think twice before trying to take on another worker. Even though I don't use conjure work against other workers I have been attacked by newbies who think they are all big and bad and all powerful. Unfortunately they tend to underestimate me or what I can do and usually suffer for it. And that reminds me of a very important bit of knowledge that practitioners should always keep in mind. You can't tell how powerful a person is by looking at them. You can't tell how powerful a person is by their online presence. Spiritual power is not firmly connected to physical power and so the signs of physical strength are not going to provide hints of how spiritually powerful a person is. There is always going to be somebody out there that is more powerful than you and if you go around biting off more than you can chew by throwing for that person then you could be in for a rude awakening. Also keep in mind that spiritual power can ebb and flow, wax and wane with time. So you may think that a person is weaker than you but then you end up trying to hit them when they are at a peak in their power and you will suffer the consequences.

So my best advise is to avoid succumbing to the temptation to perform conjure work on another worker. It's just not worth it. You may not come out on top and you may end up losing your life in the process.

Two of my favorite references to "witch wars" can be found in the 1963 Disney cartoon, The Sword In The Stone and in the 5th episode of the sixth season of Charmed titled Love's A Witch.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Is Not Named After A Pagan Goddess And Easter Traditions Are Not Pagan

Note: I'm not sure why my typing is all wonky below. I don't even know how to fix it. 

It's Easter-time again. One of the most popular myths that have been spread by both self-styled witches and pagans as well as certain types of Christians, is that Easter, the most important holiday in the Christian religion, was named after a pagan goddess. This is an error that takes some additional knowledge to be able to see through to the actual truth of the matter. It all started with this:

Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated "Paschal month", and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.
-Bede, De Temporum Ratione, Chapter 15. 

This is the only written reference to any goddess named "Eostre". There is zero corroborating evidence to indicate that such a goddess ever existed or was worshiped. And the reason why there is no evidence is because there never was such a goddess. Instead, what has occurred was a popular folk practice of personifying a feast or holiday and giving her a female form. For instance, there is a figure called Frau Perchta, Berchta or Bertha in English. She is similar to Frau Holle or Frau Hulda. Today she is viewed as a bogeyman figure or a witch that punishes lazy boys and girls during the 12 days of Christmas. Self-styled witches and pagans claim she is a surviving Germanic goddess. They are wrong. Frau Perchta is in fact a personification of the Feast of Epiphany. The name Perchta or Berchta, comes from the word Berchtentag, which is another name for the Feast of the Epiphany. Perchta/Berchta also means "shining, bright". Keep attention of that last bit because I will make a connection. 

Eostre is not a pagan goddess. She is the folk personification of Easter which Bede and possibly others confused with being a pagan goddess. Now for that connection I mentioned. Easter means "east, dawn, to shine". So we have two holidays that both mean "to shine" or which are connected to light and both have been personified into female figures. So clearly this was a trend of the time. These "to shine" names for the religious holidays possibly is a reference to them being holy or heavenly. 

So what about the Easter Bunny, dying eggs, Easter egg hunts, wearing new clothes, Easter lilies, etc. Isn't all of that stuff pagan?  NOPE! 

The overwhelming majority, if not all, modern Easter traditions only date back to the 1800s to Germany and to the same people who gave us the Christmas Tree, which is also not pagan. 

Well, what about Easter being so close to the Spring Equinox? Doesn't that mean that Christians stole that from the pagans? NOPE! The Easter story is firmly connected to Passover, not any pagan holiday. The date of Passover changes each year. So if Easter falls near the Spring Equinox then it's just a coincidence. The Spring Equinox will always be from March 20-23. Easter can fall well into late April. So there really is no attempt to try to steal a pagan Spring festival. Besides, the Spring Equinox was never a real big thing for ancient pagans. May Day (Beltane), a.k.a. or the night before, Walpurgisnacht, was the big fertility celebration of the year and it occurred on April 31-May 1.

I plan on writing some more blogs about uncovering the truth about a lot of stuff, especially from witches, that is being spread around that is wrong. In the meantime, I wish every reader a very happy Easter or Passover.

Trivia: Easter is not the proper name for the holiday. The proper name for the day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus is called Pascha. The Germanic peoples were using terms that meant "to shine" or "bright" for Christian religious days and so they called Pascha "Easter", from "east, dawn, to shine". The Saxons were a Germanic tribe which is why the English and Americans use the term Easter instead of Pascha. Today's personification of Easter would be the Easter Bunny, just like Santa Clause is the personification of Christmas.