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Magical Powder Recipe: Bring Me Love or Love Draw

This powder recipe here is one of the two powders that we made at Pagan Unity day in myIntroduction to working with Incenses and Powders. All of the ingredients will have links to where you can buy them in the amounts given.

Materials

Materials:
1/2 ounce Rose Petals
1 ounce Dragons Blood
Half ounce cinnamon
half ounce Catnip
One ounce Nutmeg
Mixing Bowl
Wand

How to

Step 1: Gather your materials in your work space

Step 2: Ask the herbs to bless your work and guide you in your work

Step 3: Take the Dragons blood and pour it into the mixing bowl

Step 4: Place your wand over the Dragons blood and ask them plant for its blessings of lust and desire as well as to protect your love and your passion that no harm may come to you and them in the relationship

Step 5: Add the Rose petals

Step 6: As before ask the Rose petals to grant you romantic love but also that the thorns harm any who would come between the two of you

Step 7: Take your wand and direct those emotions into the blend as you stir it with your wand.

Step 8: Add the Nutmeg to the blend

Step 9: As you blend the Nutmeg into the blend ask the spirits for a healthy relationship and to be in a relationship where fidelity is honored

Step 10: Finally add the Cinnamon

Step 11: As you mix the cinnamon into the mixture ask for there to be lust and desire in the relationship and that you have the power within to protect them and yourself if needed.

Step 12: Add the Catnip

Step 13: As you add the catnip ask the spirit for loyalty, friendship and love. Relationships need to have a strong base of friendship and love before romantic lust and desire can really be the focus

Step 14: With you hands mix the mixture longer focusing on blending the energetic forces of the plants. Repeat the need for protection,romance,strength,courage,power and lust over and over. Once you have felt the power build up and the chant is running rather fast force the energy raised through your hands into the mixture

Step 15: Hold the bowl to the heavens and thank the spirits of the plants. Place a small sprinkle of the mixture on the earth and thank the earth mother, and the green realms for helping you in the ritual.

Step 16: Place mixture in a storage container until ready to be used.

Uses

This is a powder. It can be used as a spell by itself, in spells, and as an incense. Let your magical imagination guide you on working with this powder.

Magical Powder Recipe: Protect My love

Protect My love

This powder recipe here is one of the two powders that we made at Pagan Unity day in myIntroduction to working with Incenses and Powders. All of the ingredients will have links to where you can buy them in the amounts given.

Materials

Materials:
1/2 ounce Rose Petals
1 ounce Dragons Blood
Half ounce cinnamon
1 oz Plantain
Mixing Bowl
Wand

How to

Step 1: Gather your materials in your work space

Step 2: Ask the herbs to bless your work and guide you in your work

Step 3: Take the Dragons blood and pour it into the mixing bowl

Step 4: Place your wand over the Dragons blood and ask them plant for its blessings of lust and desire as well as to protect your love and your passion that no harm may come to you and them in the relationship

Step 5: Add the Rose petals

Step 6: As before ask the Rose petals to grant you romantic love but also that the thorns harm any who would come between the two of you

Step 7: Take your wand and direct those emotions into the blend as you stir it with your wand.

Step 8: Add the Plantain to the blend.

Step 9: As you blend the Plantain into the mix as for courage to protect your loved ones and strength to do what must be done

Step 10: Finally add the Cinnamon

Step 11: As you mix the cinnamon into the mixture ask for there to be lust and desire in the relationship and that you have the power within to protect them and yourself if needed.

Step 12: With you hands mix the mixture longer focusing on blending the energetic forces of the plants. Repeat the need for protection,romance,strength,courage,power and lust over and over. Once you have felt the power build up and the chant is running rather fast force the energy raised through your hands into the mixture

Step 13: Hold the bowl to the heavens and thank the spirits of the plants. Place a small sprinkle of the mixture on the earth and thank the earth mother, and the green realms for helping you in the ritual.

Step 14: Place mixture in a storage container until ready to be used.

Uses

This mixture can be used in any form of love spell or protection spell. Its actually best in a spell where you are protecting a loved one a friend, a family member, romantic partner, etc. All of these are ways you can work with this blend.

Starting with Powdered Incense and Magical Powders

Starting to work with Magical Incense and Powders

 

An introduction to Powdered Incense and Magical Powders

 

Who I am and Why I do this

My name is Loona Wynds.  I have been a practicing with for many years.  I started as a teenager.  At the time the only incense that was available to me for my spell work was the commercial large brands I could find at the local music store.  Which for me at the time was great.  Once and a while I was get a chance to go to a Hippy shop where I could buy Frankincense sticks, Myrrh, and my favorite Dragons Blood.  These worked fine for a 13 year old who was just starting out on her journey in witchcraft but after working with them for 5 years things changed.

Most of the commercial incense (not Nag Champa) use synthetic scents.  These are chemicals whose scents mimic natural scents from herbs and resins, and for some people these are fine.  However my fiance can not breathe with those types of scents burning.  Not wanting to stop my ritual work and my spell work I started to get supplies to craft and make my own powdered natural incense.

This was 10 years ago.  I would only make some incense as I needed it now.  I would store the rest for future use.  This for me just meant more trips to the Leapin Lizards, the local metaphysical store for new herbs and resins for different blends.  Making incense for me made me feel at my witchiest.

I was in control of all the energy in the blend.  I was the one who was able to blend, mix, and shape the energetic forces of the incense to do as I willed.  I got into a trance and I could really feel that the incense was in fact a spell in the making.  The grinding of the resins and flowers or roots together put the physical energy of my desire into the work which lead to manifestation.  This was how I started to understand the real essence of herbal magic.

I’m going to be honest right here and right now.  I never once used a recipe for my incenses.  I never once had a book top guide me in the steps.  My only resources were the herbal packets themselves which had properties and uses on the back and Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Herbs.   I was purely using my intuition, my inner knowing as the old conjureers call it.  So all of my blends were unique.  They were never the same twice, and at the time I didn’t bother to record what I was doing as they were all experiments of the spiritual science of magical herbalism and spiritual aromatherapy.

3 years ago My fiance noticed that though I was trying really hard I was simply not able to find a job.  I applied everywhere and I even had a few interviews.  Nothing was working.  One of my dreams has always been to have my own Metaphysical shop where I could sell supplies to people on their spiritual journeys and help them grow as a witch or pagan or what ever they identified as.

We had been told that because of me history I may be able to get a grant through the Small Business Development center.  I talked to my worker helping me find work and we decided to try to go this route.  After doing a test market of my tinctures, incenses, and some basic herbs I was able to prove that this was a dream that would work.  And now with their help I have come to be able to make and sell the incenses and powders that I do.

 

Why work with powdered incense?

The most original form of incense is pure herbal incense.  The witches, priests, shamans, and magic workers would dry plants and herbs and throw them on the fire for an effect during ritual.  Over time they created different herbal combinations for different rituals and workings.  From there they developed working with small batches for an individual working rather than a full community ritual.  These small batches are how witches continue to work.

By working with the loose herbal and resin form of incense you can control the power of the essence more effectively.  You are also able to communicate with the spirits of the plants.  While they have been dried and harvested the dried plants are like the bone of a person.  They still contain aspects of the plants spirit and essence.  When we make powdered incenses for spell and ritual work it is this essence that we are tapping into.  It is this part of the plants spirit we are working with.

While most incense stick may have some traces of essential oils in the blends you are not dealing with a pure plant essence.  You are simply dealing with the chemical concoctions.  To get a connection with the natural essence of the plant you want to work with dried plants that you either gather yourself (the best option) or buy from a reputable supplier.  Otherwise you may not even be talking to or working with the plant spirit.

In essence witches work with the spirits of the plants they work with.  Using powdered incense that you make yourself is one of the best ways that you can start working with the plant spirits.  You can feel them, speak to them, and get a sense for their energetic properties.  Over time the more you work with the plants the more they will teach you about them and working with them.  I worked with marigold for years in spell work and incense before it revealed its uses in money,finance, and succsess work.  Prior to that most of my work had been with the healing attributes and the psychic development attributes and its still one of my main go to for those works.

 

What are Magical Powders?

Magical powders are not as common in witchcraft as they are in Hoodoo and other folklore and folk magic tradition.  Powders are a very effective way to work magic without being seen or known.  Powders are effective because they work in silence and in the shadows without much fuss or muss.  You are simply sprinkling a mixture around an area or on an object and letting the powder do the work.

In magical powders it really is the spirit of the plants that are doing the work.  While incense send the words and prayers up to Gods and spirits other than the plant spirits, powders are direct to the earth.  Its just the plants, your intent, and mother earth that makes things work.  In magical powders you are really relying on the inner conjure power of the plants and of their spirits.  They will work for you if you are respectful to them.

Not all magical powders are plant matter though.  Several powders like Red brick dust, and grave yard dirt are not based on plant matter but on the organic matter of them.   They are still full of power because of the spirits in them.  The spirit of the place is an important aspect of gathering these powders.

Grave yard dirt is gathered at the cemetery and used in rituals depending on the grave it came from.  This dirt can contain plant matter but in essence instead of the plants you are working with the spirit from the grave where you took the dirt from while.  This is why it s important to do research on the grave you take the dirt from and give them an offering.  It is also for this reason that most people will gather graveyard dirt from the cemeteries of their ancestors or beloved dead.

Powders like Hotfoot and black salt are often made with herbs as well as other items.  In these powders it is still the plant spirits that are working for you, but it is also your intention in the work. Your desire and knowing that the work will be done that makes it work.  The herbs are what boost the intent for the powder and it is sprinkling them onto the earth or object that makes it work.

 

Why you should make your own

Making your own incense and powders is one of the best things you can do in magic and witchcraft. I say this because it allows you to really control the power and the intent in the product.  No one else but you really knows what type of healing you need done or what your money issues are.  By making your own you can really be the magic and be the power behind the working.

It is important to remember that intent is everything in magic and witchcraft.  When you start to make your own blends you get to put your emotional state and your intent into the product from the very beginning.  You are asking the spirits of the plants to aid you in this work and lend their power to your working.  By stating this while you blend and grind the power gets transferred and the energy mixes very well.

While you can use products that have been pre-charged and made by others you will not have as much control over the energy in the product.  They will not have your emotional connection to the spell or working you are trying to do.  The creator of the incense or powder can ask the spirits of the plants to charge the creation for a specific purpose and it will work, just not as effective.  They will put their own emotional charge into the work as their blessing but without your own inner emotional force it is missing and aspect to be as effective as it can be.

You are the magic.  It is your will that directs magic. This is why even when buying stuff from a store you will need to spend your own emotional energy as you do the work.  You will have to make sure that all of your energy gets into the working so that the spirits know your desire and can work for your intent.  This is why in the end I prefer to make all my own products.  It has my partnership with the plant spirits starting from the moment I choose the herbs.

 

 Tools of the Trade

There are several different tools involved in making incense and powders.  You have the Mortar and Pestle, the scale, a mixing bowl, wand, yourself, bags and or containers, and of course the herbs,resins, and essential oils that you wish to work with.  Each of these tools plays a central part in creating your own unique blends of incenses and powders.

The most important tool is the Mortar and Pestal.  Right now I do not have any in stock but my friend does at his shop: Mortar and Pestle.  The mortar and Pestle is how you actually grind and blend the herbs in the incense and powder making.  You choose the herbs, weigh the amounts out and grind them.  Some people grind them one at a time and then place everything in a mixing bowl for a final blending with hands or a wand.  Other people will blend and grind them all within the Mortar and Pestle.  My advice is to start with one herb at a time.  Once you get a feel for the power it takes to grind the herbs in this fashion you can add more herbs to the blend at a time.

 

Available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/232615595/marble-mortar-and-pestle?ref=shop_home_active_10

Mortar and Pestal Via Phoenix Rising Apothecary

 

The next tool you need are baggies or some sort of storage container.  Once you have made your incense any that you do not burn in a spell or ritual (and a little of homemade magic goes along ways) you will want to be able to store it.  This is the reason I keep most pickle, salsa, and jelly jars.  I can us it for storage of incense, powders, and other blends.  You never know when you will want to do a particular ritual again so it is important to know you can use the same blend again.

You also want to have some sort of paper to record what you did.  This way you will know what you made and be able to make it again if it work perfectly.  If something did not work well (and not every blend works out perfectly the first time) you want to look at what you did so you can try and tweak the recipe and make changes.  This is also a good way to track any manifestations from the work.

A mixing bowl is great if you only have a small mortar and pestle and need more space to blend your herbal mixture.   In this you can fold and mix and blend the herbs ground or not to your hearts content.  I typically do a mixture of using a wand or using my hands.  The wands are great at blasting a direct force of energy into the mixture while my hands do a subtle constant exchange through my personal touch.

One of the reasons I like to use my hands is that I get a direct personal connection with the herbs that I am working with.  As I dig into the herbs I can feel them mix and I can feel the energy as they blend.  I can feel the plants talking together about the purpose and mingling to the best of their abilities.  It also lets me connect with the first witch, the earth mother as all plants are small representatives of the Earth mother.

Unless you are following a specific recipe you really dont need a scale or measuring devices.  If you are following your intuition you can just work with what feels right.  In Mystic Echoes because of the large amount of product I create in a single sitting I weigh the ingredients out by the ounce.  For your own personal use if you want to keep accurate records tablespoons or teaspoons are all you are going to need.

Finally you need to have the herbs.  Your herbs, resins, and essential oils are the most important part of the process.  With out the herbs, essential oils, and resins you will not have any sort of incense and powder.  These are what make your blend your own.  There are hundreds of herbs out there many with similar properties.  It is your personal choice of the herbs you work with and in what amounts that will make your incense blends really your own.

 

Choosing the Herbs and essences

 

The herbs are what make up your powder and your incense.So it is important to choose the right herbs for the right blend.  In two follow up posts I am going to give recipes for a protect your love powder and a love incense.  For now we will cover resources and how to choose the herb to work with for your unique products.

There are many uses for many different herbs on the market.  One of my favorites Dragonsblood (which is a resin) can be used for protection, but also love, lust, money, exorcism, and power.  Its also an offering specific to Dragon spirits.  Another herb Angelica root has Angelic Work, Protection, Hex Removal,Exorcisms, Health, Meditation, and Divination as associations.  Every herb on the market has properties that make them versatile in spell work and in ritual work.

So how do you choose?  One of the things I do is I look up a few recipes in the various book resources I have.  I then write down the recipies that appeal to me.  After having 3 or 4 different recipes I see what is common in them and what is different.  I write down all the herbs that are mentioned and go from there.  This is where my intuition and working with the spirit comes into play.  This is where I let the spirit of the plants guide me.

Once I have a few guides to look at I see what the herbs themselves have to tell me.  More often than not the blend I end up with is different than the one that I had intended to use.  I can see a lust recipe and start working with the herbs I thought might be good and half way through the creation I get a message from an herb “hey your supposed to use me” or a sensation that another plant would work better in the blend.  So I put aside the herb I was going to use and grab the one that told me to work with it.

For those who are new to working with incenses and powders my advice is to actually follow a recipe unless something tells you very strongly to use something else.  In this case many of the books that have recipes and associations with herbs and oils will have replacements or herbs that can be used interchangeably.

This is where many people can start to panic.  They might not have the exotic herbs like Dragons Blood or Angelica root.  But they have something like Basil and black pepper in their kitchen cabinet.  Often times I get asked can I use the same herbs I use in cooking for magic?  And my response is very much yes!  Cinnamon is a good example here.  Cinnamon has properties of money, luck, love, lust, protection, and prosperity.  Black pepper has protection, removal, and magical offense properties.  Your kitchen cabinet has many magical options for you.

This is my point here.  Use what you have on hand.  In the ancient times the witches and priests only had what they could gather locally in the woods or that they could grow in their gardens.  If its something you have in your home I guarantee you can use it in incense or powders.  By doing this you are also well on your way to learning about kitchen witchcraft as well.  I will cover kitchen witchcraft herbs and kitchen witchcraft spells in another post but for now I’ll make the point clear again.  Use what you have on hand.

Working with powders and Loose Herbal Incense

 

Working with loose herbal incense does require a few additional tools.  You need to have charcoal discs and a censor to burn the charcoal disc in.

Censors and charcoal can be bought from me here:
Medium censors via Mystic Echoes  & Charcoal discs via Mystic Echoes

Lighting the charcoal can be done with any lighter but I personally recommend these aim & flames: Aim & Flame

Aim & Flame Via Mystic Echoes

 

The reason I suggest you use those longer lighters is that the charcoal discs spark when they are being lit.  It is these sparks across the disc that actually start it burning.  Once it has been sparking you will see a red ring around the charcoal.  Using tongs place it in the censor and sprinkle the incense on the disc as needed for the spell or ritual.  Now your incense is being used in a spell or formal ritual work.

Powdered incense or loose herbal incense can be used in more than just formal rituals.  You can use them as powders sprinkling them in packets, satchets, or around properties.  They can also be used as incense by being burned for offerings to spirits and the Gods.  In rituals they provide atmosphere and make the place feel and seem sacred.

The best way I have found to work with powdered and loose herbal incsnes is both as a powder and as an incense.  When yuo burn the incense your intent is carried by the smoke to the spirits of the air and to the universe via your prayer and charge into the incense when you light it.  Adding it to packets or rubbing the powder on candles will continue the effect and allow another way for the energy of the incense to work.

All of the powdered incenses found at Mystic Echoes:Loose herbal incense & magical Powders by Mystic Echoes can be used as a powder or as an incense. They are very versatile.

Powdered incense has one final beneficial use. There are some incense blends like the Happiness Blend and the Stress Relief blends which can be used as aromatherapy. By buring certain scents a person can heal and change their emotional state. This is one of the benefits of powdered and herbal incense. Variations of the Healing Incense would be burned during many healing ritual baths and they would be one of the best aspects of the bath-the soothing scent and caress of the spirits of the plants aiding me in my healing work.

Powders are best used in spells. You can use them to bless a work place by making a blessing powder. The only way they can really effectivly be used in rituals is when they are made in the rituals. For example at Maine Pagan Unity Day after making a love and protect my love incense and powder in my workshop I had some left that I went outside and sprinkled on the ground as a thank you. It was part of the ritual of friendship in the making of the blends and sprinkling it was a thank you and a spreading of the blessings.

You can use them in many different types of spells. In candle magic you roll a candle in the powder as part of dressing the candles. In packets you feed the packets with the powder to keep them going and you can also add them to the packets in the process of making the packet. You can sprinkle them around the house for protection or removal depending on the powder. There are some who even use them in freezing spells and jar spells. In essence you could use them in any spell work you can imagine. With all magic the only limit to their use is your imagination.

Resources

 

Today I am going to end this blog post with a few books and resources on herbal magic and associations.  These are books that I go to every time for my workings.

Papa Jim’s Herbal Magic workbook by Papa Jim

Herb Magic for Beginners By Ellen Dugan

Mama D’s Herbal by Dru Ann Welch

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

Backwoods Shamanism by Ray Hess (small but valuable correspondences section)

Magical Herbalism by Scott Cuningham

Kitchen Witchery by Marilyn F. Daniel

Magical Aromatherapy By Scott Cunningham

The complete book of Incense Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham

Hoodoo Herb & Root Magic by Catherine Yronwode

Realizing teachings from spirits

So here is something interesting I thought of recently. I started making my own incense for different workings 10 years ago. At the time I had no recipes. I had no books to guide me other than Cunningham’s herbal encyclopedia and magical herbalism.

I had a mortar and pestal and I had some herbs on hand for different workings (but I was mostly clueless at the time). I realize now that really the ones who taught me how to make incense were not the books. They were in fact the spirits of the plants. Which is why my recipes and practices are as effective and as powerful as they are.

I mention this now because there have been times I have mentioned that the spirits really haven’t taught me all that much. I look back and realize now that the lessons were much more subtle. They actually were more my partners than anything else.

Just like how I’ve always listened to the spirits of the land when it comes to my practice on the sabbats. I’ve always worked and done them really when it felt more energetically appropriate for me and the land that I live on.

The apartment I currently live in was gifted by the spirits of this land. After we left our viewing I said a simple prayer to those spirits asking them that the apartment go to the ones who need it the most, and the right people for the land. The next morning I get a call saying we have the apartment. If that is not spirits working for me and with me, guiding me I dont know what is.

Product Review: Formula 4T3 by Doctor Hawks Cures and Conjure

Product Review:
Formula 4T3 by Doctor Hawks Cures and Conjure

4T3

Today I am going to be reviewing a phenomenal product by Doctor Hawk.  I’ve already spoken about his Achilles Balm which for me works better than Neosporin on any of my wounds and has also helped my rashes and issues with ingrown toenails.  This product is event better than that. THis is one that I wish more people knew about. This is one I am actually going to be keeping in stock on a regular basis.

I have a few chronic issues for my health that run in my family.  Sinus pressure and pain (with out obvious congestion) is a big one and personally I have had issues with my ears in various forms since I was less than 3 months old.  My ear problems have run from chronic ear infections to both excessive earwax and too little earwax.  Though I would have to say my most annoying problem from my ears would be the constant ringing when there is silence.

I also tend to get any and all versions of the cold and flu that go around.  As an asthmatic (its mild but colds and flus make it worse) I am open to these issues more than other people (at least that is how it seems to me).  For myself because of the asthma I often get a large build up of phlegm and it can be difficult to deal with without the use of Mucinex or other over the counter medicines.  Not so much any more.

This medicine the Formula 4T3 has created a major change in my life. I can appreciate the silence of the night.  I can site outside and listen to the wind, water, and crickets without any issue.  I can actually be at peace with the true music of the night.  For once I can enjoy true natural silent meditation in nature and really get something out of it.

I no longer have a constant state of ringing in my ears.  I can sleep every night easily.  If I wake up and there is no music going I can fall asleep without dreading the return of ringing ears.   I’ll put it this way.  The ringing in my ears was so bad that if there was silence it would make itself louder and louder until it was almost deafening.  Now the only time this seems to happen at all is if I missed a dose.

I do not have the phlem build up that I used to.  I actually seem to hardly ever need to use either of my inhalers anymore.  They seem to only be required once a day for the controller (instead of twice) and the as needed only when its unbearably humid or I have been much more physically active than my norm.  I dont need to use it when I vacuum at work anymore.  This is a good thing.

I was getting two sinus headaches a week with pain.  Since I have started this treatment there are no sinus pressure headaches.  The sinus pressure and pain were actually a new thing for me.  They were bad.  It was so painful that I only felt that sleeping and lying down could cure it.  Again it seems that the only time I get these issues anymore is if I happen to miss a dose.  This past weekend I was away and forgot to take it with me.  Monday I had the onset of a sinus pressure headache.  To fix that I took a dose of this and it went away almost instantly.

These are some of the main physical ailment ways that this product has helped me heal and be more aware of myself and my life.  There are several mental health issues that I deal with on a daily basis as well.  Some of these issues were the inspiration for several of my aromatherapy baths.  However I have found that this has done the job very well.

Since taking this I am starting to remember my dreams more often and dream more vividly.  My emotions are much stronger than they have been in a while. I feel my power as a witch flowing much freer than it has in a long time.  I feel like I am returning to myself.  Which may be one of the unknown spiritual effects of this product.

I can’t comment on the spiritual aspects of this product myself as I have not used it for that purpose yet.  Doctor Hawk’s products all come with a practical aspect as well as a spiritual aspect to them.  For him it is essential to treat the whole person.  This is one of the reasons I recommend you talk to him and ask about his products yourself.  He really is a true Root Doctor who treats the body and spirit as if they are one for they really are one.

To see more of his products and to order them for yourself contact him through his Facebook pages

Doctor Hawk’s cures and Conjure: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doctor-Hawks-Cures-and-Conjure/1428801757335612

Or talk to the man himself on his personal page

Ray Hess: https://www.facebook.com/ray.hess.9066

Book Review: Backwoods Shamanism

Backwoods ShamanismThis book is full of information. At first I wasn’t really sure what to think by the title of the book. The book is titled backwoods Shamanism, and for me most books on shamanism are vastly different from this book. Most books cover spirits of the land, trance work, and some rituals to honor those spirits. This book contains information on working with spirits and some rituals/ways to honor them but it is not your typical book on shamanism.

I’d put this as a mixture of shamanism and hoodoo myself which is what makes the book so unique. The author teaches about working with spirit and how we need to focus on the physical and the spiritual to heal and have holistic lives. Yet his approach to shamanism and shamanic work is not the familiar Native American style. Its more reminiscent of the African traditions which is due to the Hoodoo practices.

This book comes in three primary sections with five different appendix resources. Each section including the appendix actually deals with a specific and unique area of Hoodo/conjure work. This set up makes the book ideal as a reference for a beginner to the craft and spiritual practice that is Hoodoo.

The first section of the book is all about the history and basics of Hoodoo. One thing I like is how the author approached Hoodoo themselves. In many books you get the feeling that unless you were either raised in the south or are African American you can’t practice Hoodoo. He takes a slightly different approach to this view.

The author makes it clear this it is a specific culture or way of life that makes Hoodoo what it is. He makes it clear that if you can respect the origins and the culture that created Hoodoo you can practice it.

The author spends some time talking about the view of God in Hoodoo. He makes it clear that while Hoodoo is not a religion, a relationship with God and some spirits is essential. The view of God the author expresses is not a conventional view either which further shows that Hoodoo is not a religion but a holistic craft that deals with the spirit and the body together.

For those who are new to magic in general the author includes a basic idea about how magic works. He describes the process of working magic known as sympathetic magic or imitative magic.. This is also part of the authors explanation on how and why you will see things like hair, nails, shed skin and much more in Hoodoo workings.

The last bit of information in the foundation of the book is on ancestral veneration. Working with ancestral spirits is one of the key components that make Hoodoo what it is. The author includes the reasons for working with our ancestors as well as how we can work with them and instructions for setting up an ancestral altar.

The second section of the book is one I wish the author had spent more time with. This is the section on home remedies and folk medicine. A major component of Hoodoo is the medicinal work with herbs and treatments. It is here that the author gives information on the medicinal practices in Hoodoo.

Rootdoctors are one of the many names associated with hoodoo practitioners. This is because many rootworkers were also the neighborhood healers. They were the ones with the knowledge of what herbs could be used for healing what ailment. In the areas where Hoodoo was formed there was little to no money to go see a city doctor unless it was a major problem. So they relied on the local Root Doctors.

This section though is a bit too small. While there are instructions on the different medical terms for herbal mixtures and how they are used there are only a small handful of remedies available. The definitions of the types of remedies and the information on the doctrine of signatures is very useful.

The remedies offered include a cough syrup, flu relief, sleep aid, and a general salve. So while there are only a few remedies these are simple and are enough to start a newbie working on holistic medicine for themselves and their family. They are a starting point, and we all need someplace to start from.

Now we get to where the real meat of the work is. The third section in the book is all about the magical practice. The author titles this section Conjure. This section is full of spells, rituals, workings, and many other useful bits of information. This is why many people will buy the book.

The author starts off by going over the importance of performing divination before doing any sort of working. It is a part of the Hoodoo traditions. These readings not only tell you if work needs to be done but also what sort of work needs to be done to correct the situation you are in. The author covers bone reading and playing card reading and gives instructions on how to work with and use both of them.

The author covers mirror work, making a scrying mirror & scrying, container spells, a few bottle and jar spells, poppet, baths, and more. The author provides detailed instructions on how to perform each spell and how they will work.Something I had never heard of before were wish boxes. With the information provided by the author I may just make one myself.

The last section of the book before we get to the appendices and resources is a section on related traditions. Here the author provides what information he can on traditions that are related to Hoodoo or have similar practices. The author includes this information as he believe that there is something about Hoodoo that is attracting more and more people and that these related traditions may have connections to our own ancestral paths or have something that Hoodoo doesn’t and we need in our practice.

The book serves as an excellent primer on Hoodoo and provides a little bit of everything you need to get started in the practice of Hoodoo.

Book Review: Mama D’s Practical Herbal Guidebook

Mama D's Practical Herbal Guide Book

My first impression of this book is that honestly its way to short. While there is all sorts of information in this book I honestly felt that it was way to short. There should have been more chapters. The author could have done so much more to not only give the book more information but also to help with those new to herbalism and herbal work in any form.

I do think that the author could have spent more time providing some resources for herbs. Places online and other resources. Some of the herbs mentioned are easy to find as they are in many culinary cabinets or they can be found in your backyard like dandelions. Knowing which herbs can be found in the wild and which herbs may need to be ordered would be very useful. There are many small and large businesses online that sell herbs.

As part of the resources I believe that some sort of image or representation of the plants in the book would have been very beneficial. Even if not every herb listed had an image but every two or three it would make things much easier. Not only would the book have had the information on the uses of the plants but it would also have information on how to identify some of the plants.

The author does list a few herbal resources. Unfortunately she also mentions quite clearly that one of the resources is no longer in business. It would have been better if a website that was still in business and still had useful information had been posted instead of one that the reader shouldn’t even bother to find as they are no longer in business.

The best thing the author does in this book is provide an excellent disclaimer. There are many herbal books on the market that cover medicinal aspects of herbs and provides home remedy instructions. However without a lot of personal study and knowledge a person can do more harm than good from trying alternatives to modern medicine. For this reason the authors disclaimer is perfect. It protects her information and explains that using these remedies is at your own discretion and risk.

One thing I really do like is how simple and direct the information is. The author organizes and presents the information provided to you by both type of ailment and herbal associations. For me this is a great way to present the information as you see the associations and uses in two different formats.

In the listings I find it a bit of a relief that the author makes note of a few of the herbs that could be problematic and explains what some of those issues are. This information is essential to anyone who has any sort of reaction to aspirin or who may use an herbal supplement longer than prescribed because its natural and not chemical. Just because its an herb doesn’t mean it wont have an effect on the body that could be negative.

I do wish that the author had provided more recipes and information on making your own. In the recipes section there are only a handful of teas and incenses covered. Incenses and teas are only one way you can work with these herbs for health and magic. I would have liked some information on adding to foods and tinctures or other workings with herbs. A few more specifics on step by step preparation would have also been useful.

In the end I am going to continue to use this small guide as a reference in my practice of magic and herbal wellness. I would like to see it expanded into a larger volume with more information on the herbs and more ways to work with them.

Book Review: Papa Jim’s Herbal Magic Workbook

Papa Jim's Herbal Magic Workbook

This is a very small book but full of wonderful information.  There are no chapters only a brief introduction to Herbal Magic and then alphabetical listings of all sorts of herbs with properties and a few spell suggestions with them.  The third section of the book is a selection of herbal recipes for many different solutions.

From Angelica Root to Valerian Root this book is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in herbal magic and folklore.  Not only are there spells with the various herbs and suggestions on how to work with the herbs.  There were several herbs and items listed in this book I had never heard of before now, and now I want to look for more information on them.

While I feel that this book could be much larger there is still a lot of useful information in this book.  Folklore and folk magic in the Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Rootwork traditions is easily accessible with this slim book.  Not only is the information very easy to read but its presented in simple language letting the true beauty of folk magic shine.

The author does include references to other products and items to be used in the various lore and spells.  The author does not provide recipes for the fast money oils or Hoyt’s cologne when referencing to these items.  It is assumed that the reader will have access to those materials.  The author does include a list of what he carries in his own personal Botanica.  So while the author did not provide recipes for the additional item in the spells and workings, he does provide a resource for obtaining those items.

The book ends with a list and translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish of the various herbs covered in the book.  This is an important resource as there are many different common names for herbs based not only on location (geographically) but also with language and religious tradition and style.  This translation allows people to break the language barrier and know what herbs the other person is talking about.

The herbs in this book come from many different cultures and many different traditions.  While the author comes from a Hoodoo/Santeria/Voodoo background the variety of herbs covered in this book tells me that the author has experience with cross cultural herbal magic and workings.  For this reason I would highly recommended any magical herbalist add this book to their collection.

Review: Papa Jim’s Herbal Magic Workbook

Papa Jim's Herbal Magic Workbook

This is a very small book but full of wonderful information.  There are no chapters only a brief introduction to Herbal Magic and then alphabetical listings of all sorts of herbs with properties and a few spell suggestions with them.  The third section of the book is a selection of herbal recipes for many different solutions.

From Angelica Root to Valerian Root this book is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in herbal magic and folklore.  Not only are there spells with the various herbs and suggestions on how to work with the herbs.  There were several herbs and items listed in this book I had never heard of before now, and now I want to look for more information on them.

While I feel that this book could be much larger there is still a lot of useful information in this book.  Folklore and folk magic in the Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Rootwork traditions is easily accessible with this slim book.  Not only is the information very easy to read but its presented in simple language letting the true beauty of folk magic shine.

The author does include references to other products and items to be used in the various lore and spells.  The author does not provide recipes for the fast money oils or Hoyt’s cologne when referencing to these items.  It is assumed that the reader will have access to those materials.  The author does include a list of what he carries in his own personal Botanica.  So while the author did not provide recipes for the additional item in the spells and workings, he does provide a resource for obtaining those items.

The book ends with a list and translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish of the various herbs covered in the book.  This is an important resource as there are many different common names for herbs based not only on location (geographically) but also with language and religious tradition and style.  This translation allows people to break the language barrier and know what herbs the other person is talking about.

The herbs in this book come from many different cultures and many different traditions.  While the author comes from a Hoodoo/Santeria/Voodoo background the variety of herbs covered in this book tells me that the author has experience with cross cultural herbal magic and workings.  For this reason I would highly recommended any magical herbalist add this book to their collection.

Protection Spell and ritual

This is a simple protection spell that even the children can participate in!

Friendship bracelet braid by Charity Bedell

Materials:

One 2 foot length of each of the following flosses (the kind you find in the sewing/embroidery isles for friendship bracelets) Red, Yellow, Green, Violet, White, Black, and Gray

A small piece of tape to tape the floss to the table while making the bracelet

Spell:

Tie a knot at the top of the bracelet and state:

“BY these colors and by my love you are protected”

Proceed to weave the floss one color strand after the other over the others in the shape of a 4.

After every color has been done once tie another knot visualizing a shield for protection

Repeat the above process 7 times

Tie the bracelet together and give it to your friend

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