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Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones
Hoodoo, Mojo & Conjuring with Herbs

By: Stephanie Rose Bird
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738702759
English  |  288 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: June 2004
Price: $17.95 US,  $20.95 CAN
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"A magickal guide to African and African American herbalism with an emphasis on the spiritual aspects. Historical tidbits and lore of African herbalism makes this a great historical reference to herbal enthusiasts, and the practical recipes and crafts make it a must for any bookshelf! I love researching herbal lore from around the world, and this book has a treasure trove of interesting folklore traditions." Carly Wall, editor of "Wholistic Woman" an www.iVillage.com magazine

"What an excellent book! A grand contribution to African healing traditions, herbalism, and ethnobotany. Written with the expertise of someone who truly understands, from personal background and experience, the rich complexity of the African healing traditions. Stephanie Rose Bird explains in great detail and depth the multicultural history of African folk medicine and its influence on many other systems of healing found throughout the world. Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones is full of practical advice, recipes, and tips on how to apply this ancient system of 'rootwork' in our modern lives. I loved every page and plan to use this practical and inspiring book as a reference in my programs and classes."
Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist, author, and founder of United Plant Savers and California School of Herbal Studies

"Stephanie Rose Bird is a gifted writer who writes with Spirit that will bring her before you, allowing you to feel as if she is standing right in front of you sharing a most fascinating coverage of rituals and ceremonies, all of which are simple, clear, and precise."
Jamilla Powers, ND, DM, CHT, and author of Candle Reading Interpretations: Guide to Burning and Interpreting the Burning of Your Candles

"If you are fascinated with folk magick in general, or African spiritual concepts in particular, you will find this book captivating. Highly recommended." Witchcraft Magazine

"In this book you receive a topnotch appreciation of Hoodoo. . . . Gifted with a smooth writing style that captivates the reader's interest, Stephanie Rose Bird give a fascinating account. With over three decades in the practice of rootwork, she is highly qualified to write this book." Ghostvillage.com

"If you want to keep your MOJO working, this is the book for you. This is a fascinating and well researched book. It tells how many of the African religious practices which held close to nature spread around the world mainly because of slave trading. . . .This is the most complete book I have read on the subject. It is not only history, but a wonderful text on how to create charms. . . . This book covers everything you would want to know on the fascinating subject."
The Path Review

"This book is a fascinating mish-mash of magickal recipes from all over the world, its extremely eclectic and contains some fascinating sounding spells such as Growin' Green; Oya's Herbal Graveyard Dirt, Queen Elisabeth's love dust and Spirit of Love Floor wash! Recommended to people interested in African magick, who also work within a western pagan tradition." Avalonia, UK

The author "traces its (Hoodoo's) roots back to Africa and gives practical advice on recipes, rituals, spells and charms. Because of the similarity between the names, hoodoo and voodoo (more properly 'voudoun') often get mixed up, but their respective practitioners claim they are quite different. In case you wondered, the title of the book refers to the common objects found in the hoodoo mojo bag carried by a conjure man or woman." The Cauldron, UK

"Hoodoo is not a religion but a body of ritual and spellwork used by people of varying faiths. Bird does, however, note the spiritual purpose of the rituals, sometimes mentioning the specific orisha-a being compared to a god or goddess of the African-based belief systems--upon which a particular ritual or spell is focused.

Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones, primarily a recipe book of Hoodoo practices, serves as an invaluable reference for those interested in rootwork or herbal magick. In addition, it provides a glimpse into the ancient origins of an almost-extinct world where everything-- from the trees in one's backyard to the stones in the driveway--is
sacred." Dancing World

"When most Americans outside black culture hear the words hoodoo or mojo, they think of ridiculous movie stereotypes-sticking little dolls with pins or cooking up a noxious brew to keep your man from straying. Now, in Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo & Conjuring With Herbs, Stephanie Rose Bird-a talented author, healer, and artist who inherited her family's way with roots and spirits-offers a deep, sumptuous new guide to hoodoo's true origins, philosophy, ethics, tools, and techniques, worth reading if just to learn more about Afro-Atlantic culture. You might think you'll never find time to concoct 'Angels on High Soap' or 'Commanding Powder'-'for tough jobs, strength, and to build courage'-but, honey, you never know when you might need a 'Stay Away From Me Mojo' hand". Village Voice

"It is always a rare and exquisite experience to find a new author, particularly when the subject is neglected and in jeopardy of being lost. Stephanie Rose Bird's Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones outlines and documents Hoodoo explaining its origins and practices. . . . I think many Wiccan and Pagan practitioners will find this book helpful because it discusses the use of folk magic, Hoodoo, that can be adapted and incorporated in many different paths. The book presents a fusion of American magic that has sources from other countries and traditions, particularly Africa and the Caribbean. I think Ms. Bird's book addresses a need for African influenced Paganism in a Celtic influenced Paganism dominated field. My thanks to Ms. Bird for writing this book! I am already waiting for her next book." WiccaNet

"With humor and a postive outlook, Bird does a convincing job of inspiring the reader to rediscover life's magic through a connection with the natural world. In addition to providing plenty of useful and easy-to-follow recipes for making a 'mojo,' or trick bag, Bird shares her boundless enthusiasm and respect for the power of Hoodoo. Her book . . . shares a rich piece of American history that often goes untold." Herb Quarterly

"I welcome Stephanie Rose Bird's contribution to the herbal literature. Her contribution stands well apart from most works already on the market, not least due to her focus on the magical herbal traditions of African American origin known as Hoodoo." www.sacredearth.com

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