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Simple Smoke-Free Flame-Free Room Purification - Hoodoo Witchcraft Folk Magic

Some people find difficulty with traditional room purifications that require fumigating with incense or burning candles. Even washing the room can be too much of a burden if there is a lot of furniture to move or other people in the house who will interfere with the lengthy work.  This is a nice simple room purification that can be done quickly. You do need a few prepared items (but that's common for hoodoo practices.)  1) Exorcism Room Spray or Purification Room Spray (recipes can be found in Conjure Cookbook ) - in a pinch you can also use any commercial Pine scented room spray. 2) Florida Water Room Spray (can be made by pouring Florida Water cologne into spray bottle) 3) Protection Water  in a spray bottle Ideally this should be done with open windows to let in fresh air, but if your room has no windows, it's okay.  First use the Exorcism Spray, spraying in a spiral motion all through the room. Then at each of the doors and windows make a cross or X shape with the spray Re

A Spellcaster; a la Raymond Chandler

It was another day in the life of the online hoodoo spell lady. She sat before her computer, staring at the screen, her inbox beckoning her. She knew the drill - the first task of the day was always to check her emails. A couple of spell inquiries were waiting, each vying for her attention. The first inquiry, however, made her heart sink. She knew it was the worst kind - the kind that demanded reassurance. The kind that would make her promise the impossible. She had warned people about this, but it seemed like nobody paid any attention. It was a woman this time, seeking a spell to make a man give her more of his time, sex, and conversation. The catch? She wanted to know if it was going to work. The online hoodoo spell lady sighed. She knew that success was a tricky thing, especially when it came to people wanting "more" of something. She crafted an honest response, but deep down, she knew that it would only discourage or confuse the woman further. Nevertheless, she hit the se

The Demons Who Write Books

In a New York Times article, Ezra Klein compares AI to conjuring demons . He's more right than he may realize.  It tends to happen with magic, that any time someone discovers the process needed to create the effect reliably, the exact phenomenon is no longer regarded as magic and now is instead science. (Thus ensuring magic will always be seen as superstitious make believe crap no matter how close it had been getting to the truth.) There's a whole tradition in medieval grimoires of conjuring "demons" who will write books for you. My Hoodoo Book of Dreams was written by such a process. But now, it's been perfected with computer technology.  In Marlowe's Doctor Faustus , the title character asks Mephistopheles, that he be given a book "where I might see all characters and planets of the heavens, that I might know their motions and dispositions" I type that to the AI and it suggests to me Almagest, and when I tell it to give me the explanation itself i

The True Queen's Root

The Queen Elizabeth Root used in hoodoo is usually nowadays an orris root. In older hoodoo it was taken from a plant called stillingia, or Queen's Root . I cannot find the exact point at which the new name was acquired, but it appears that the name "Queen Elizabeth" came to use coincidental with the time that it was being replaced in curio catalogues with orris root. In this instance, it was probably to evade accusations of fraud or mislabeling for selling queen's root from a different plant.   A similar thing happened with John the Conqueror root, where the easier to acquire jalap replaced the more traditional root, usually identified as either Solomon's Seal root or a Jack in the Pulpit root. 

Deadly Nightshade - Belladonna - Why is it called that?

The usual explanation one hears for the name of the deadly nightshade as "belladonna" is that it was used as a cosmetic eyedrop to make women beautiful. Another popular claim is that, because of its alleged use by witches, that it's a euphemism for a witch (compare the word beldam ) or perhaps a euphemism for the ancient goddess worshipped by the witches.  No one ever has produced written evidence to back up either of these claims. For the eyedrop theory, one would like to see a historical recipe for a purely cosmetic eyedrop made from the substance, and evidence of it in widespread use. All one finds are medical recipes used to treat diseases of the eye. The very idea of cosmetic eyedrops was rare in the era when the belladonna word appears, partly because it was hard to maintain purity of the ingredients to make a consistently eye-brightening formula. Even into the 19th century, eating a spoonful of whiskey and sugar was the kind of semi-superstitious beauty treatment

Hoodoo Bath Recipe for Healing from Heartbreak

  This is a modern style (new age) type of hoodoo bath. In the old time tradition, a mixture like Uncrossing would have sufficed for this intention.  How much bath salt you need for a single bath depends on the size of your tub and on your own body size (a bigger person displaces more water and thus needs less salt per bath.) I made this with about 1/2 cup of salt and 2 drops each of the pure essential oils. If you are using diluted oils you will need to increase the amount.  For this homemade heartbreak healing bath salt, you will need: coarse salt (such as kosher salt) green dye (food coloring or soap coloring) 4 green gemstones (any type so long as they are green) balm of gilead oil (might be sold under the name "balsam fir") rose oil (if you can splurge for the real stuff, please do so) Combine the salt and oils, and mix well. Add the green dye and see that it is well incorporated. Then put it into a clear jar or glass along with the gemstones. Place the container in a sp

Reminiscence Upon The Nightmare Before Christmas

As a little kid, I had a reputation for being a tomboy. I liked monster movies and  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I only would wear skirts for special occasions. I was thus shunned by the girls for this ungirlish inclination; and shunned too by the boys due to my inevitably remaining a girl .  This isn't to say I didn't also like the pretty princess stuff. But, for all Belle in Beauty and the Beast griped about not fitting in, she really didn't seem to have actual issues with being rejected or outcast by anyone -- the bookstore guy loved her so much he gave her free books and the most popular guy in town still wanted to marry her even though she couldn't stand him. I admired and idolized the princess characters, as they're so carefully crafted to make you want to do; but there was always something about their hopes and experiences that didn't really fit with my reality and worldview. They were always perfectly girly and perfectly liked by all "good&q