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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lucky Mojo Curio Company; 4th Edition edition (August 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971961204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971961203
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author, catherine yronwode, is the proprietor of the Lucky Mojo Curio Company, a manufactory for traditional herb-based spiritual supplies. A former staff editor for Organic Gardening Magazine, she has written extensively on subjects as diverse as gardening, home crafts, antiques and collectibles, comic books, rural music, and other aspects of popular culture. She lives in Northern California with her husband, a dog, cats, and chickens.

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From the Introduction:

Herbs and Roots, along with a select few mineral and animal curios, are the most important elements in traditional hoodoo. They are used as the basis for all manner of oils, powders, incenses, washes, perfumes, mojo hands, doll-babies, spell bottles, and tricks laid down to be walked over — and for this reason, Southern conjures are called "root doctors" and when folks jinx their enemies they "put roots on them." In fact, "rootwork" is a synonym for hoodoo in much of the country.

This alphabetical list of botanical, mineral, and animal hoodoo curios has been compiled from many sources, both oral and written. The information about modes of use is drawn primarily from the African-American tradition of the American South, but it can be employed by anyone working in a tradition of natural magic, no matter what their ethnic background.


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Catherine Yronwode is the proprietor of the Lucky Mojo Curio Company, a manufactory for traditional herb-based conjure supplies, and the pastor of Missionary Independent Spiritual Church. She is the author of Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic; Hoodoo in Theory and Practice; Throwing the Bones: How to Foretell the Future with Bones, Shells, and Nuts; and The Art of Hoodoo Candle Magic in Rootwork, Conjure, and Spiritual Church Services. She lives on an old farmstead in rural Northern California with her husband, a dog, cats, and chickens.

Customer Reviews

The book has alot of great information i enjoyed the read!
tj
This fascinating and informative book shows the traditional way that Hoodoo practitioners work and the ingredients that are used.
Lightbringer
The book is organized alphabetically by herb or item along with uses for each.
Sarah Lightkeeper

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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By El Brujo on February 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
I really love this book, and found it so helpful, it is rare that you will find a book with so much information on the usage of herbs as done in the Hoodoo Magical system. This is the first book of its kind, dealing directly with the botanical usage within African-American Folk Magic. This book is packed with about 750 useful potions, spells, baths, and powders that the reader can start to learn Wright away. The 500 herbs, roots and minerals used in this book are so helpful, even for those who practice Santeria, and Voodoo, and even the Witch or Herbalist with European background will find this very useful. No where will you find a collection of magical herbs such as this. Herbs mentioned are, Adam and Eves roots, Devil's Shoestring, Bloodroot, Devil Pod, and this book goes on and on. I was really excited about this book, and it has not let me down. My favorite sections and what really caught my eye on these books are the 6 very helpful charts that cover everything from love drawing, to protection, and conjurations. Also the 50 black and white illustrations are also really good.
This book also covers the preparation of famous Voodoo and Santeria oil dressings, bath crystals, incenses, floor washes, cleansing and spiritual baths and the preparation of mojo bags.
I have to highly commend Catherine Yronwode, for such an important book, which in my opinion is a modern classic in the usage of herbal magic. This book belongs in every rootworker, witch, santero, and shamans private collection. I highly recommend this book, and wish I could give it more stars.
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69 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
An earlier reviewer seems to think Ms. Yronwode limited her researches solely to Harry Middleton Hyatt's five volumes, and therefore awarded her only three stars instead of the five she should have been given. I am pleased to say that that reviewer is profoundly mistaken.
Catherine Yronwode, the author, is a woman of frighteningly enormous intelligence. She has studied hoodoo for at least 35 years now in both its historical and current forms. She is profoundly well read in rootwork (and I should add that she's studied it at levels a very rare few magic users of any system ever achieve.)However, the important fact that that earlier reviewer is obviously ignorant of is that Ms. Yronwode has made it a lifelong habit of learning from actual practitioners of the system. She continues to be deeply fascinated by the living, changing art of rootwork and, as she runs her own spiritual supply shop, she has ample opportunity to compare notes with her rootworking clients. It is important to note that she has told me that the majority of her clients are Black, and if that isn't a recommendation then nothing is. Both she and her clients learn from each other continuously. She has an impressive collection of rootwork artifacts spanning most, if not all, of the last hundred years.
This expertise and thoroughness carry over to the book. The book is an encyclopedia of hoodoo herbs, roots, and related items such as lodestones, Florida water, black cat bones, and blueing. The herbs, roots, and animal and insects have their scientific names given so that no confusion can be made. Each entry contains a thorough description of how the item in question is used, and usually gives actual directions for magical use, very often in several different ways.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By El Brujo on February 20, 2003
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I really love this book, and found it so helpful, it is rare that you will find a book with so much information on the usage of herbs as done in the Hoodoo Magical system. This is the first book of its kind, dealing directly with the botanical usage within African-American Folk Magic. This book is packed with about 750 useful potions, spells, baths, and powders that the reader can start to learn Wright away. The 500 herbs, roots and minerals used in this book are so helpful, even for those who practice Santeria, and Voodoo, and even the Witch or Herbalist with European background will find this very useful. No where will you find a collection of magical herbs such as this. Herbs mentioned are, Adam and Eves roots, Devil's Shoestring, Bloodroot, Devil Pod, and this book goes on and on. I was really excited about this book, and it has not let me down. My favorite sections and what really caught my eye on these books are the 6 very helpful charts that cover everything from love drawing, to protection, and conjurations. Also the 50 black and white illustrations are also really good.
This book also covers the preparation of famous Voodoo and Santeria oil dressings, bath crystals, incenses, floor washes, cleansing and spiritual baths and the preparation of mojo bags.
I have to highly commend Catherine Yronwode, for such an important book, which in my opinion is a modern classic in the usage of herbal magic. This book belongs in every rootworker, witch, santero, and shamans private collection. I highly recommend this book, and wish I could give it more stars.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Avvy on June 21, 2007
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This is a great book, but can be a pain to find what you're looking for easily. Want a love oil? You'd better be prepared to flip to each magic herb or ingredient with that property and hope it's under one of them. I had to resort to writing an index in the back cover. I now use it mainly as a secondary research book because of it's incovenience. Much of the great spells or recipes simply get lost in the book.
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