Thursday, April 23, 2009

Candle Magick

The following is an excerpt from chapter 5 of the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook.

The practice of using candles, oil lamps, or a flame of some sort to accompany prayer is universally accepted by most religions. There is a false assumption, however, that the use of candles is a form of Satanism, witchcraft, or Voodoo. While candles are used in these other traditions, the act of burning a candle as a focusing tool in prayer is nothing more than an act of devotion.

Candle magick is a primary activity in hoodoo. Hoodoo candles are available in all sorts of types and shapes. The most popular of the hoodoo candles are the glass encased seven-day candles with pictures of saints and angels on the fronts and prayers on the backs.

The practice of candle magick in hoodoo is fairly simple. First, a candle is chosen of a color that matches the specific need, such as green for money, black for repelling, etc. Then, it is then anointed with appropriate dressing oil (Money Drawing Oil, Fast Luck Oil, etc). The final step is lighting the candle while reciting the appropriate psalm or statement of intent.

Below is a short list of candle types and what they are used for:

• Black Cat – gambling luck
• Crucifix Altar - For divine assistance.
• Devil – For commanding lust and sex
• 7 Knob - For 7 day workings - adds power.
• Male/Female Image - To work a person.
• Gender - To affect the sexual nature.
• Skull - To invoke help of deceased spirits, meditating on death, or
gambling luck.
• Marriage - To work a marriage or lover pair.
• Coiled Snake - To bind or control.

For an in depth read on working the candles, the reader is encouraged to refer once again to The Magical Power of the Saints: Evocation and Candle Rituals by Ray Malbrough.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Get Rid of a Troublesome Neighbor

Oral tradition is the cornerstone of indigenous knowledge. It is the means by which our ancestors pass on their wisdom and ways of life so that we may benefit and carry them to generations to come. Today, much oral tradition is finding its way to print and paper. The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook represents one effort to preserve the wisdom of our ancestors by writing it down so that it can be enjoyed by all who care to read about it.

Voodoo is a fluid, adaptable, syncretic, and inclusive spiritual and religious practice that embraces the hearts of all people, no matter their race, creed, or origin. The loa, spirits, or mysteries, all terms used to describe the Divine archetypal spiritual forces of Voodoo, are everchanging, manifesting in infinite ways according to the filter of a given culture and geographic location. Because New Orleans was a major port where multiple cultures converged, the influences on New Orleans Voodoo are very diverse and different. For example, there are Cuban-inspired Santeros, Haitian-initiated Mambos and Hougans, Obean rootworkers from the West Indian islands (i.e. Belize, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic), followers of the Spiritualists Churches, Hoodoos who incorporate spells and superstitions, and followers of the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria. New Orleans Voodoo is also influenced by Native American spirituality and herbalism. For example, the famous Indian Chief Black Hawk is considered a Voodoo Saint and is often included in ritual work.

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is meant to provide authentic formulas that are southern in origin. My personal influences are Louisiana (New Orleans in particular) and Mississippi in origin and this work reflects those influences. It is not meant to be a complete course, as African-based folk magic is much larger than New Orleans. And, I doubt much of what it means to be a hoodoo can be accomplished through reading and coursework alone. Voodoo and hoodoo as it is experienced in New Orleans is a living, breathing culture. In the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook however, I have provided some of the basic information to get you started. It is up to you to put it into practice…or not.

Today's sample spell from the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook:

To Get Rid of a Troublesome Neighbor

1. Light a black candle and dress with castor oil.
2. Write the neighbor’s name on a piece of paper and the word “goodbye”. Place the paper under the candle.
3. Mix powdered mud daubers nest with graveyard dirt and throw it at the neighbor’s front door.
4. Recite psalms 74, 101, and 109 three times each and let the candle burn out.

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