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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578635136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578635139
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a work of considerable value to anyone interested in the workings of magic as performed in New Orleans...a serious compilation of authentic rituals, spells, and instructions gathered by a rootworker who grew up in the area." -- Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland's Book of Gypsy Magic

"Presented in a down-to-earth, easy to understand style -  and jam-packed with a wealth of practical information -  The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is, without a doubt, a practitioner's fondest dream cone true. No magical workspace is complete without it!" --Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked and Everyday Magic

A triumph of painstaking and meticulous research. A brilliant and all-encompassing work and an invaluable source of recorded oral tradition. --Dr. Ann Nyland, author/translator of Complete Books of Enoch

"Here you will find spells, rituals, formulas and prayers for virtually any conceivable purpose along with correspondence charts arranged by use or purpose for easy reference to assist you in crafting your own spells and formulas." -- Carolina Dean Associate Editor and Contributor to Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly

"You could not ask for a better introduction to Voodoo, hoodoo, gris gris or conjure than Denise Alvarado's The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook." -- Aaron Leitch, author of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires

"A triumph of painstaking and meticulous research. Esteemed author Denise Alvarado, herself raised in New Orleans, has studied mysticism and practiced Voodoo Hoodoo and indigenous healing traditions for over three decades. She is an academic anthropologist, cultural psychologist, writer, artist, spiritual adviser, and consultant. The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is the culmination of the author's decades of practical experience in authentic Voodoo rituals. Wonderfully readable, The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook will prove a necessary companion to both beginner and experienced practitioner alike. A brilliant and all-encompassing work and an invaluable source of recorded oral tradition." -Dr. Ann Nyland, author/translator of Complete Books of Enoch

"Presented in a down-to-earth, easy to understand style--and jam-packed with a wealth of practical information--The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is, without a doubt, a practitioner's fondest dream come true. No magical workspace is complete without it!" -Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked and Everyday Magic

"Hoodoo and the conjure arts are at the center of a growing spiritual movement, as Western seekers redefine their relationship to religion and the occult. The self-help phase of the occult revival--epitomized by the New Age and Neopaganism for the last half-century--is quickly giving way to nuts-and-bolts, hands-on practical magick that gets things done. You could not ask for a better introduction to Voodoo, hoodoo, gris gris or conjure than Denise Alvarado's The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook. The author grew up in New Orleans and Mississippi, and learned the art directly from the source. She is also an anthropologist with a firm grasp on the African Diaspora and its relationship to her home town. This book contains everything from history to folklore, Loas to Orishas, saints and psalms, oils, powders, inks, washes, gris gris, talismans, candles, and conjure spells for every imaginable need. Whether your interest in Voodoo and hoodoo are academic or you want to learn to lay a few tricks, The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is the best place to start." -Aaron Leitch, author of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoire

"Denise Alvarado's The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a work of considerable value to anyone interested in the workings of magic as performed in the New Orleans area of Louisiana. It is not a tourist-tempting hodgepodge of phony recipes but a serious compilation of authentic rituals, spells, and instructions gathered by a 'root worker' who grew up in the area. As background to the meat of this work, Ms. Alvarado includes a history of this particular folk magic and of its practitioners. Whatever the spell or charm you need, you are certain to find it here...and it will be effective! Along with her words, enjoy Denise's beautiful artwork." -Raymond Buckland, Buckland's Book of Gypsy Magic

"New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo have a uniquely sumptuous flavor all their own. Denise Alvarado captures that flavor perfectly in The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook because she has long been immersed in its magic and culture. The spells she presents are steeped in the wisdom of the river, the bayous, and the roots and plants that folk practitioners have used for centuries. As the famed New Orleans Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau did before her, Denise creates a path to these traditions for all who seek to discover them. Explore everything from the pantheons of Voodoo to their corresponding saints and the prayers to call them; learn about the roots, herbs, oils, and other ingredients that practitioners use; and employ voodoo dolls, gris gris, and other powerful spirit tools that can help you work the magic!" --Christian Day, author of The Witches' Book of the Dead

"Born and raised in New Orleans, Denise Alvarado learned her craft at a very early age from members of her family, and later from various teachers and mentors. Over the past several decades she has not only made a scholarly study of various forms of magick and healing, as an anthropologist and psychologist, but she has also practiced these traditions at length, becoming a respected spiritual-worker, consultant, and writer in her own right. Written in a simple, easy-to-understand style, The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is overflowing with valuable information pertaining to the theory and practice of authentic Voodoo hoodoo. In addition to a brief historical overview of these practices in New Orleans, here you will find spells, rituals, formulas, and prayers for virtually any conceivable purpose along with correspondence charts arranged by use or purpose for easy reference that will assist you in crafting your own spells and formulas. In short, this book contains everything you need to know in order to practice successful magick in the Voodoo Hoodoo tradition. This is a book that you will return to again and again." -Carolina Dean, author, associate editor and contributor to Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly

From the Author


This book represents  a lifetime of learning and living New Orleans Voodoo hoodoo. I have never before written down so much of my personal knowledge and experience for public consumption. I admit, I was hesitant to share much of it; but, ultimately I felt it was important to preserve the cultural knowledge that was passed on to me through multiple channels. Many of the old ways have been lost or forgotten. Many of the old ways have been diluted through the commercialization of Hoodoo. I know that much of what I learned was impacted by this phenomenon as a child born in 1960, thirty years into the commercial Hoodoo heyday.  Like so many things, however, the New Orleans tradition adapted to the changes. As an adult, I have come to understand those things that were "created" by marketeers and those that are pure Hoodoo and conjure. In the end, Hoodoo is about what works.

One of my goals in writing the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook was to emphasize the many influences that are found in the New Orleans tradition. Voodoo and Hoodoo as it is expressed in New Orleans does not look the same as it does in other areas of the country in some very significant ways. A major hallmark is the fusion of Voodoo and Hoodoo - or lack of separation of the two. Voodoo is not just a religion and Hoodoo is not just a magickal system in New Orleans. It never was. And, gris gris is not just a mojo bag.  For many of us, Voodoo, Hoodoo, and gris gris are each a part of a whole Creole tradition. Just like the merging of my indigenous, Spanish and French ancestors makes me a whole Creole woman, the merging of multiple cultures makes New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo a whole Creole tradition.

Whether or not you agree with what you read in these pages is not important. What I write is my experience and is my understanding. I am but one person. But, I am one person for whom the tradition lives on in my blood and in the blood of my children and my children's children. I am not writing as an outsider looking in. I write as an insider looking out, and there is a big difference in the two perspectives.
           
May the blessings of our beloved Voodoo Spirits be with you always!
Denise Alvarado
June 7, 2011

More About the Author

Denise Alvarado (1960) is a New Orleans-born, native Creole raised in the Voodoo and hoodoo rich culture of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has studied indigenous healing traditions from a personal, professional and academic perspective for over four decades. She is the author of numerous books about southern conjure, including the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook, Hoodoo Almanac 2012, Hoodoo Almanac 2013 Gazette, Workin' in da Boneyard and the first Hoodoo magazine - Hoodoo and Conjure. Her provocative artwork has been featured on National Geographic's Taboo, The Originals, Blue Bloods as well as in several books by other authors. She is a rootworker in the Louisiana Hoodoo tradition, a spiritual artist, and teacher of southern conjure at Crossroads University, www.crossroadsuniversity.com. Visit her website: http://about.me/denisealvarado.

Customer Reviews

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a necessity!
T. Richardson
I look forward to purchasing a few more of her books as well as the magazines.
Lisa A. Green
For the novice, I would highly recommend this as the first book you read.
S.D.M.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Richard Marino on March 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Readers out there need to be informed on how poorly this book was written, truly i was disappointed by it. Within an hour of skimming the whole book, I put it aside (in the trash-I just couldn`t bring myself to sell or donate it, not wishing to confuse potential readers with nonsense). I was rather disappointed that there's nothing traditional or authentic about Hoodoo Voodoo as she claims it to be. I can actually list the excerpt of the mistakes, errors etc that she did within the WHOLE book (!) I'll give you some examples, especially on the formulas since she included plenty of formulas and most of them are repetition from one chapter to another.

1) The formulas aren't exactly New Orleans, or how she claims her book to be. They basically came from 3 main sources : a) Published formulary books ( Slater's or Tarostar), b)Internet hoodoo formulas, c)1 or 2 of her personal formularies (which in truth weren`t even hers, they were "borrowed" from flunkies and lifted from the Hyatt books).
These formulas are extracted from these sources, then slightly modified by adding extra ingredients or 2 to show the authenticity or by using the existing formula and renaming it as a different formula (!).
An example of Slater's bogus formula which doesn't make sense at all would be the Aunt Anna Wishbone Oil that includes Sandalwood, Orris, Allspice and Musk (! )/ Now, Im wondering why on earth would the name be called "wishbone" unless the wishbone is a part of the formula, right? ? She missed that one (LOL).

For the attraction oil formula, she used the Attraction Love Oil from Tarostar's formulary..i wonder, doesn't she has a formula of her own? But of course I know the answer-she hasn`t the lineage she claims (see the link below for another truthful assessment).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Reyes on November 9, 2012
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I bought this book a while back and it was really helpful to me as I became more interested in studying voodoo and similar practices. I do indeed think that there is a lot of information in this book that can be useful like recipes, talismans, etc.

Three years later I've discovered that there is more information that could be put into this book and in some parts I feel the author skimped on it, but just a few, not too much for me dislike it. It would be nice if she made another book, a sequel perhaps that gave more extensive information on some of the things in here although this is a spellbook I think that some of the lore in here could benefit from a deep study, which is how I went about in in my three years.

So my suggestion is, take this book for what it is. A compilation of info that she has put together to teach a solitary practitioner some simple and basic techniques in a tradition she has called her own. Learn from it and learn more elsewhere because this book doesn't provide everything, but in essence it's a good reference book and can definitely help out someone who is eager for information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ariel on December 23, 2012
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Awesome and informative accounts with personal accounts and good perspective! Highly recommended reading to help bring understanding and a bit of history as well:)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2012
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There are a lot of folks running around these days calling themselves experts on Voodoo or Hoodoo, but Ms. Alvarado's Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is the best I've seen in a long time! Very well done, and very readable - its like visiting a Voodoo practitioners home and being taught the secrets. I loved every word. Thank you Ms. Alvarado!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.D.M. on May 22, 2013
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The authors of "Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook" have definitely "swept the house clean" with this book. The history alone that is so thoroughly yet simply explained makes this book a must have even if you are not interested in Voodoo or Hoodoo as a practice. For the novice, I would highly recommend this as the first book you read. The authors just give the facts to you straight! No word is waisted. A great place to start your journey. A great reference to go back to over and over again for the novice, "seasoned", indigenous religion buff, or the just plain curious. Never judge a book by its cover! This book is a must have.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Kuppin on October 23, 2011
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I have the original Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook but heard this one had additional info. And it does! More info on the origins of voodoo, spells, baths, oils, etc. If you need to add a book on voodoo to your collection, I highly recommend this one! You will not need any other book on voodoo!

The intro by Doc Snake is incredable. The additional spells and more info on herbs, oils and baths is fantastic. There are also quick reference charts on the Saints and also info on Saints. This is something I've always looked for and love this condensed version.

And if you want more from Denise, get her magazine and other books. She is very knowledgeable on voodoo and is a practioner herself so she knows what she is talking about!

I am now a big fan of Denise's and plan on also purchasing the Kindle version of the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook so its with me all the time.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Myers on November 29, 2013
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I understand that this book is an expansion of her self-published book titled "The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook." I also understand all her original material in that book remains in this book. For that reason, I cannot recommend this book -- and following is a letter that I wrote to the author herself. I am awaiting a reply:

Dear Denise:

Recently I obtained a copy of your book The Hoodoo Voodoo Spell Book. Something about the book bothered me and I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it gnawed at me horribly.

Today, I was reading one of my favorite spell books written by the by poet Valerie Worth. This book was published by Llewellyn Publications in 1988. I realized that the spell you have on page 131 of your book titled "Charm to Bind an Enemy" is almost a word-for-word lifting from Valerie Worth's book. Please compare your text with hers on page 71 of her book. You changed the opening prose to "your" spell slightly, but then reproduced her spell verbatim from her book with only very slight changes to the last paragraph of her original work. Your book was published in 2009.

When it comes to magickal literature I am very well read and remember almost everything I have read to some degree. Without going into a long email (it would take hours) I find these same similarities between your work and the work of other magicakal authors. I'm assuming your using of material not yours was not intentional?

I would love to hear back from you on this when you have time, especially since I have personal relationships with some of the authors (and even the staff at Llewellyn Publications) from whom material has been lifted with no credit given. And for the record, yes, Valerie Worth's material was unique and original -- she wrote all her material and spells herself.

Best:
Ócháni.
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