Monday, August 15, 2016

Magical Love Herbs of Old Time Hoodoo

Some herbs and flowers used in love magic can be determined by their folk names. A partial list is as follows:

Heart’s-Ease (Viola tricolor)
Kiss-Me-Quick (Saxifraga umbrosa)
Forget-Me-Not (Ajuga chamaepitys)
True Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpioides)
Love-In-A-Mist (Nigella damascena)
Love-Bind (Clematis vitalba)
Love-Apples (Lycopersicum esculentum)
Love-Ache (Levisticum officinale OR Ligusticum scoticum)
Love-Me (Myosotis palustris)
Lover’s-Links (Umbilicus rupestris)
Lover’s-Pride (Persicaria maculosa)
Lover’s-Steps (Lolium temulentum)
True-Love (Paris quadrifolia)
Lad-Love-Lass (Artemisia abrotanum)

Methods for employing these herbs might typically consist of including sprigs worked into bouquets which were presented to a lover, or mailing the flowers or leaves along with love letters. Many were also taken medicinally as aphrodisiacs. Those familiar with modern conjure formulas may also recognize a few of the names; one can presume that the plants originally were included in their namesake mixtures, or that the concoctions were at least intended to mimic their perfumes. For example, Cristiani’s 1877 book of perfume recipes included the following one for Kiss-Me-Quick:

1 pint extract of jasmine, no. 1 (alcohol scented from first rinsing of jasmine pomade)
½ pint extract of violet, no. 2 (alcohol scented from second rinsing of violet pomade)
½ pint extract of rose, no. 2 (from rose pomade, as above)
¼ pint tincture of vanilla
¼ pint tincture of vetivert
½ pint tincture of orris
¼ pint tincture of musk
1 ounce oil of bergamot
1 dram oil of rose
1 dram oil of cloves

8 ounces rosewater, double

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Voodoo Hours" for Enhancing Your Magical Powers

Jim Haskins, reportedly taking his information from the Voodoo Museum of New Orleans, reports on the "Voodoo Hours" that are used for spell enhancement. He then prints a list of the hours of Venus, used to enhance love spells. Now, one familiar with European grimoire magic quickly recognizes these are the same as the planetary hours from the Petit Albert.

I know from some comments I've gotten about my translation of the Albert as well as my other works that there are some people who really resent the idea that hoodoo and voodoo have any bookish European influences in them, but this is in an instance where we have undeniable evidence that, at least in the modern practice, this piece of European grimoire magic made it into the ritual repertoire. (Probably through the Petit Albert which was extremely well-known in the French speaking parts of the Americas, and spells from which actually pop up all the time in folk magic practices.)

Traditional planetary hours are reckoned by the time of the sunrise and can vary in length depending on how many hours of daylight are actually available in a day (the "hours" thus rarely span sixty minutes.) The Voodoo Hours are evidently a simplified version, reckoned by the hours of the clock, which eliminates the need to recalculate the hours for each day of the year and to account for location when doing the math. However, the hours are different for each day of the week. 

Sunday's hours
Sun: 1 AM, 8 AM; 3 PM, 10 PM
Moon: 4 AM, 11 AM; 6 PM
Mercury: 3 AM, 10 AM; 5 PM, 12 PM
Mars: 7 AM; 2 PM, 9 PM
Saturn: 5 AM, 12 AM; 7 PM
Venus: 2 AM, 9 AM; 4 PM, 11 PM
Jupiter: 6 AM; 1 PM, 8 PM

Monday's hours
Sun: 5 AM, 12 AM; 7 PM
Moon: 1 AM, 8 AM; 3 PM, 10 PM
Mercury: 7 AM; 2 PM, 9 PM
Mars: 4 AM, 11 AM; 6 PM
Saturn: 2 AM, 9 AM; 4 PM, 11 PM
Venus: 6 AM; 1 PM, 8 PM
Jupiter: 3 AM, 10 AM; 5 PM, 12 PM

Tuesday's hours
Sun: 2 AM, 9 AM; 4 PM, 11 PM
Moon: 5 AM, 12 AM; 7 PM
Mercury: 4 AM, 11 AM; 6 PM
Mars: 1 AM, 8 AM; 3 PM, 10 PM
Saturn: 6 AM; 1 PM, 8 PM
Venus: 3 AM, 10 AM; 5 PM, 12 PM
Jupiter: 7 AM; 2 PM, 9 PM

Wednesday's hours
Sun: 6 AM; 1 PM, 8 PM
Moon: 2 AM, 9 AM; 4 PM, 11 PM
Mercury: 1 AM, 8 AM; 3 PM, 10 PM
Mars: 5 AM, 12 AM; 7 PM
Saturn: 3 AM, 10 AM; 5 PM, 12 PM
Venus: 7 AM; 2 PM, 9 PM
Jupiter: 4 AM, 11 AM; 6 PM

Thursday's hours
Sun: 3 AM, 10 AM; 5 PM, 12 PM
Moon: 6 AM; 1 PM, 8 PM
Mercury: 5 AM, 12 AM; 7 PM
Mars: 2 AM, 9 AM; 4 PM, 11 PM
Saturn: 7 AM; 2 PM, 9 PM
Venus: 4 AM, 11 AM; 6 PM
Jupiter: 1 AM, 8 AM; 3 PM, 10 PM

Friday's hours
Sun: 7 AM; 2 PM, 9 PM
Moon: 3 AM, 10 AM; 5 PM, 12 PM
Mercury: 2 AM, 9 AM; 4 PM, 11 PM
Mars: 6 AM; 1 PM, 8 PM
Saturn: 4 AM, 11 AM; 6 PM
Venus: 1 AM, 8 AM; 3 PM, 10 PM
Jupiter: 5 AM, 12 AM; 7 PM

Saturday's hours
Sun: 4 AM, 11 AM; 6 PM
Moon: 7 AM; 2 PM, 9 PM
Mercury: 6 AM; 1 PM, 8 PM
Mars: 3 AM, 10 AM; 5 PM, 12 PM
Saturn: 1 AM, 8 AM; 3 PM, 10 PM
Venus: 5 AM, 12 AM; 7 PM
Jupiter: 2 AM, 9 AM; 4 PM, 11 PM


Venus hours are best for love magic; Jupiter for money and luck; Mars for hatred or protection; Saturn for death and also for wealth; Mercury for changes, swift results and mystic rites; Moon for safe travel and protection from disease; Sun for success, eloquence, friends and purification.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Better Business Perfume Blend



Combine, and spray this in the place of business or on the object you use for business.

This spell is a classic from Zora Neale Hurston, who also notes: "If a prostitute, sprinkle [the perfume onto] the bed."