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The term "voodoo hoodoo" is a term used by Louisiana locals to describe the unique variety of Creole Voodoo found in New Orleans. It is NOT a term I made up, contrary to some ignorant, self-proclaimed experts on New Orleans traditions. In this book, you will find a plethora of authentic Voodoo and hoodoo rituals for love, justice, gambling luck, luck in court, prosperity, health, crossing, hexes, curse removal, and much more. The author has stripped the shroud of secrecy that has always surrounded Voodoo, and provides detailed instructions on everything from making gris-gris, magickal oils, talismans, and powders, to casting hexes.

This book is the real stuff ... the “Secret” of the Law of Attraction revolution, the B.B. King of the music industry. This, my friend, is the Real Mojo of the metaphysical industry!

“Voodoo Hoodoo” is the unique variety of Creole Voodoo found in New Orleans. The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a rich compendium of more than 300 authentic Voodoo and Hoodoo recipes, rituals, and spells for love, justice, gambling luck, prosperity, health, and success.

With a clinical and academic background in both cultural psychology and anthropology, root worker Denise Alvarado, who grew up in New Orleans, draws from a lifetime of recipes and spells learned from family, friends, and local practitioners. She traces the history of the African-based folk magic brought by slaves to New Orleans, and shows how it evolved over time to include influences from Native American spirituality, Catholicism, and Pentecostalism. She shares her research into folklore collections and 19th- and 20th- century formularies along with her own magical arts.

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook includes more than 100 spells for Banishing, Binding, Fertility, Luck, Protection, Money, and more. Alvarado introduces readers to the Pantheon of Voodoo Spirits, the Seven African Powers, important Loas, Prayers, Novenas, and Psalms, and much, much more, including:
  • Oils and Potions: Attraction Love Oil, Dream Potion, Gambler’s
  • Luck Oil, Blessing Oil
  • Hoodoo Powders and Gris Gris: Algier’s Fast Luck Powder, Controlling Powder, Money Drawing Powder
  • Talismans and Candle Magic
  • Curses and Hexes

Editorial Reviews


"The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a work of considerable value to anyone interested in the workings of magic as performed in New Orleans...a serious compilation of authentic rituals, spells, and instructions gathered by a rootworker who grew up in the area." -- Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland's Book of Gypsy Magic"

Presented in a down-to-earth, easy to understand style -  and jam-packed with a wealth of practical information -  The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is, without a doubt, a practitioner's fondest dream cone true. No magical workspace is complete without it!" --Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked and Everyday Magic"

A triumph of painstaking and meticulous research. A brilliant and all-encompassing work and an invaluable source of recorded oral tradition." --Dr. Ann Nyland, author/translator of Complete Books of Enoch"

You could not ask for a better introduction to Voodoo, hoodoo, gris gris or conjure than Denise Alvarado's The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook." -- Aaron Leitch, author of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires"

Here you will find spells, rituals, formulas and prayers for virtually any conceivable purpose along with correspondence charts arranged by use or purpose for easy reference to assist you in crafting your own spells and formulas." -- Carolina Dean Associate Editor and Contributor to Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly

From the Author

This book represents  a lifetime of learning and living New Orleans Voodoo hoodoo. I have never before written down so much of my personal knowledge and experience for public consumption. I admit, I was hesitant to share much of it; but, ultimately I felt it was important to preserve the cultural knowledge that was passed on to me through multiple channels. Many of the old ways have been lost or forgotten. Many of the old ways have been diluted through the commercialization of Hoodoo. I know that much of what I learned was impacted by this phenomenon as a child born in 1960, thirty years into the commercial Hoodoo heyday.  Like so many things, however, the New Orleans tradition adapted to the changes. As an adult, I have come to understand those things that were "created" by marketeers and those that are pure Hoodoo and conjure. In the end, Hoodoo is about what works.

One of my goals in writing the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook was to emphasize the many influences that are found in the New Orleans tradition. Voodoo and Hoodoo as it is expressed in New Orleans does not look the same as it does in other areas of the country in some very significant ways. A major hallmark is the fusion of Voodoo and Hoodoo - or lack of separation of the two. Voodoo is not just a religion and Hoodoo is not just a magickal system in New Orleans. It never was. And, gris gris is not just a mojo bag.  For many of us, Voodoo, Hoodoo, and gris gris are each a part of a whole Creole tradition. Just like the merging of my indigenous, Spanish and French ancestors makes me a whole Creole woman, the merging of multiple cultures makes New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo a whole Creole tradition.

Whether or not you agree with what you read in these pages is not important. What I write is my experience and is my understanding. I am but one person. But, I am one person for whom the tradition lives on in my blood and in the blood of my children and my children's children. I am not writing as an outsider looking in. I write as an insider looking out, and there is a big difference in the two perspectives.
May the blessings of our beloved Voodoo Spirits be with you always!
Denise Alvarado
June 7, 2011

From the Back Cover

Like the vibrant streets of New Orleans where author Denise Alvarado was raised, the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook will enchant you with its abundance of magical incantations, spells and remedies. It brings love, prosperity, luck, fertility, health, protection and revenge from the traditions of New Orleans Voodoo and hoodoo culture directly to your doorstep.
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Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook