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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450573177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450573177
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Contains recipes and formulas that include the following: 7 Herb Bath, 9 Herb Bath, Abramelin Incense and Oil, Chinese Wash, Four Thieves Vinegar, Goofer Dust, Jinx Removing Salt, Kyphi Incense, Notre Dame and Peace Waters, Special Oil No. 20, War Water, 7 Holy Spirits, Ancient Wisdom, Angel, Attraction, Banishing, Beauty, Bend Over, Beneficial Dream, Better Business, Black Cat, Blessing, Block Buster, Breakup, Buddha, Calming, Can't Stay Away, Candle, Cast Off Evil, Cleansing, Clearance, Cleo May, Come To Me, Commanding, Communication, Confusion, Conjure, Controlling, Convince, Courage, Court Case, Crown of Success, Cut and Clear, D.U.M.E., Dark Arts, Divine, Dixie Love, Double-Action, Drawing, Earth, Easy Life, Exorcism, Fantasy, Fast Luck, Fiery Command, Fiery Wall of Protection, Fire of Love, Follow Me Boy/Girl, Fortune Teller, French Love, Friendship, Gambler's, Glow of Attraction, Gold and Silver, Good Luck, Goona Goona, Happy Home, Has No Hanna, Healing, Helping Hand, High Altar, Holy, Hot Foot, Hummingbird, I Dominate My Man/Woman, Irresistable, Jinx Killer, Jockey Club, John the Conqueror, Keep Away Evil, King Solomon, Kiss Me Quick, Lady Luck, Lodestone, Look Me Over, Love, Love Breaker, Lucky Profit, Marriage, Master, Mind Bender, Miracle, Money Drawing, Money Stay With Me, Most Powerful, Mystic Rites, New Life, No One But Me, Peace, Please Me Always, Positive Energy, Power, Prosperity, Psychic Vision, Quick Money, Reconciliation, Restless, Return To Me, Reversing, Road Opener, Run Devil Run, Safe Travel, Separation, Sex Bomb, Showers of Gold, Stay With Me, Steady Work, Tranquility, Uncrossing, Understanding, Victory, Wealthy Way, Witch's, Zodiac, and many others.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Henchperson on June 12, 2012
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Two stars instead of one only because she actually cites her sources for the recipes.

The book contains some formulas for various hoodoo oils, but without the amounts, just lists of ingredients. And some of the ingredients don't "jive" with a lot of other sources - I'm sure Ms. Felix has found them to be useful, but looking at most of the hoodoo tables of correspondence and various other sources, some of her recipes just don't make sense. There's also the bit where the author, at the beginning of the book, gives her blessing to using synthetic sense, which is absolutely ANTITHETICAL to what hoodoo is about. Conjure workers believe that the magic resides in the plants themselves, which is why the various mixes of herbs and oils work to bring about the desired result. Synthetic scents are chemical representations of the scent of herbs and flowers, and to my way of thinking, contain none of the innate magic that comes from the earth. In addition, the synthetics often contain various chemical blends and solvents that emit toxic fumes when burned. And from this, the reader is to make candle-anointing oils and incense? Heaven forbid. This is the only conjure or hoodoo book I've ever seen that gives a pass to synthetic scents, and for a very good reason - it's just not done.

The "substitutions" lists are interesting, but I'm not sure how accurate they are. There's two lists - one for substitution by scent, another for substitution by attribution. Isn't the attribution what matters? This isn't a book about perfume, it's about conjure oils.
I am not a hoodoo practitioner, but I have read a lot about it and have friends in the hoodoo community. If you're a beginner, this book will only confuse you and give you incorrect information. If you're not a beginner, it'll just annoy you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. GREEN on July 29, 2010
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This book is full of recipes without much explanation of the usage. Most of the recipes can be found anywhere online, give or take a few. The book has approximately 80 pages of recipes, so it is a bit small. The recipes dont list how much of each item to use but if you already know how to mix/measure your own this would be a great book. Personally, I am pretty much a beginner so this may be a hinderence for me, if only for a little while. the substitution by fragrance & substitution by function is included and very helpful.

I did find 2 recipes that I had been looking for and to date I have not been able to find them anywhere. They are NOT online or as far as I can tell, anywhere else, so I guess that in itself makes the book worthwhile for me. I only gave 4 stars because of the brief explanations for use and the missing amounts to use in each formula to create the actual "potions". The author does have a disclaimer as to "why" which makes sense, but I believe this goes back to the secrecy surrounding these formulas. Talia was able to write a book of the reipes that most everyone in hoo doo/conjure wants, without giving away the "actual" formula (especially the two I mentioned earlier).

Maybe this will push me to stretch my magickal muscles and see what I come up with, after all, that is what learning is about isnt it?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Jim on June 28, 2010
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This book contains 198 recipes and formulas for many classic conjure products. There is also an extensive table of substitutions, both by scent and by function. In addition, the author provides attribution for each of the recipes. Hoodoo formulas are notoriously hard to come by, and there are very few good books on the topic. I'm happy to say these formulas are pretty much in keeping with the hoodoo tradition as I have learned it. Ms. Felix has done a lot of research and seems to have a good enough grasp of the topic to keep from repeating the sort of errors you find in the Slater formulary and similar books.

If you are just beginning to make your own products I think this book would serve you well as a starting point, as you can follow these as written. If you've been at it for awhile and already have your own formulas you will still likely find some useful ideas here. I long ago gave up the search for the "one true formula" for most of these recipes (because even the "published ones" are open for review as this book shows in the Fast Luck discussion). Personally, I am always tweaking my formulas and I transfered extensive notes from this book into my own formula book. I may have half a dozen or more formulas for many things, like Crown of Success or Love Me, but I'm always open to more. I'd be surprised if even the most experienced conjures didn't find something useful here.

Almost all of the formulas use available ingredients, but for those occasions when substitution is warranted there are about 15 pages listing well-considered substitutions for a couple of hundred ingredients. If you think about substitutions as more about different ways to achieve a goal then these make sense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Devi Spring on October 6, 2010
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Overall, I did enjoy this book, I just wish there had been a bit more meat to it. It's basically a straight-up formulary, which is very useful for those of us who like crafting our own oils and incenses and such. There are a few pages in the front overviewing conjure and the usage of the basic condition formulas. If you're ready to dive into a formulary, then you probably already know all that info, but it's nice to have. There was also some good info about substitutions, and some listings (not exhaustive by any means) of the most commonly used herbs/oils and their general usage as well.

I liked most of the formulas, though some of them did puzzle me somewhat. As some are drawing from a wider botanical catalog than you generally see in rootwork, some ingredients were a bit of a head-scratcher. This is where I wish there had been a little bit more information. While most blends did make sense to me, some were a little strange, and I would have very much liked to have known what magical associations some herbs were bringing to a blend. If a plant were bringing something new to the table other than the associations that are most commonly recognized, I would like to know about it! But this problem was not epidemic, and so can be overlooked for the most part.

I would also have been curious to see what proportions she was using in her blends, as this did not provide them but just provided the list of oils/herbs to use in a specific blend. While I realize this varies greatly from practitioner to practitioner and that there is always room for personalization when blending, it would be nice to have a reference point to start from on some of them. But again, this is just a nit-picky critique.
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