Developed in the depths of the Louisiana Bayou, the magical tradition known as Hoodoo is filled with odd-sounding ideas such as the gris-gris bag and the lagniappe. Based on elements of Voodoo, Hoodoo is a genuine, 200-year-old tradition.
Now you can make use of Hoodoo secrets thanks to Charms, Spells & Formulas, written by Hoodoo practitioner Ray T. Malbrough. This compendium of folk magick is filled with techniques and recipes for incenses, oils, powders and washes that you can use to make a positive change in your life.
A gris-gris bag is simply a charm -- a small, red, drawstring bag filled with a number of common items. Do you know someone whose health is in jeopardy? Include rosemary, carnation, eucalyptus and some other items. Are you looking for love? Then your gris-gris bag should contain a pair of lodestones, a beryl, and an orris root.You also get full instructions on how to set up your altar and perform the ritual to charge the bag so that it becomes a powerful magical tool.
Another major part of Hoodoo is the use of dolls. These are simple figures made of cloth and clay in the form of a human. You will learn how to use them to bring love, happiness, and good fortune to yourself and others. You'll also learn how to use candles by adding secret selections of powdered herbs to the oil used to prepare the candle for ritual. This way the power of the rite is greatly magnified. With the help of this book you can take the magick you already know and increase its power!
You'll learn how to overcome the evil eye and how to use a simple hurricane or kerosene lamp for magick. And, of course, there are the formulas. You'll find formulas for anointing oils, washes, incenses and sprinkling powders, all of which you can make and use.
A lagniappe (a term mostly used in Southern Louisiana) is a small bonus item a shopkeeper might add to a purchase. The term has been extended so that it also means an extra benefit or gift. In Hoodoo, it relates to the influence of Catholicism and how, by using prayers and psalms you can solve your problems. Psalm 57 brings good luck while Psalm 69 will help you break bad habits. Psalm 41 will help you with material needs such as food and clothing. You will find many more listed here, just as you will also find which of the Catholic saints to pray to for various causes. St. Anthony will help you find lost things. St. Elena will help you overcome sorrow and sadness. Sample prayers are given, too.
If you want to energize your magick with a real magical tradition, this book is for you! Malbrough writes in an easy, fun-to-read style that makes learning all of this information easy. But when you try it out and see that you really can help yourself and others - that's when you'll find the real power of Hoodoo!
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