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Unoriginal Rubbish-Save Your Money!
on April 1, 2012
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).Sshe did NOT learn hoodoo (or Voodoo) at her daddy`s knee. And she hasn`t even lived in (or made any trips to) NOLA in a hundred years.
Anyway, she included the Bend Over Oil (on page 132) which was clearly plagiarised from Cat's free recipes web, and then included another Bend Over formula on page 142, which is a combination of Slater's formula and Cat's! Now that doesn't sound that authentic isn't it? I will not consider honeysuckle as a bend over ingredient and the same goes for Rose Geranium. She failed to explain the inclusion of every ingredients in the formula. As I was taught, every Domination formulas should have a confusion aspect so the opponent we are working on may be a little vulnerable, thus we can dominate them easily! Here's my friend Amyrul personal formula which I have used for many years with utter success!
ESSENCE OF BEND OVER
Licourice RootThere are 2 essence of Van Van formula included within the whole book. Here are the excerpts of both formulas:
Essence of Van Van (page 143)
Essence of Van Van is one the most popular conjure potions in New Orleans.It is used for success, goodluck and power spells.
Essential Oil of lemongrass
Alcohol ( Everclear or perfumer's alcohol)
Simply add 10 percent of oil of lemongrass to alcohol. Use to bless your home by scrubbing your front steps and foyer. Of (a typo error of If?) you need a real good cleaning, wash all of your floors with it and wipe down your furniture and walls.
Essence of Van Van ( page 174)
Used for luck and power of all kinds. This is considered by many to be the most popular conjure drug in Louisiana.
10 percent oil of lemongrass
Start by scrubbing the front doorstep and go from the front to the back to draw in business.Throw the remaining water to the east at or before sunrise.
Coincidence that she might accidentally included both of the same formula in different chapters? I think not!!! These are merely "copy-paste" from a document to another.I noticed that this was first published by Houston's Mule book and Spells, Charms and Formulas by Malbrough.
There are a lot more to be written here about this half-assed book, but I`ll re-post at another time the mistakes & rubbish that this book is chock fully of Heck I can actually criticise the work from one page to another! To summarise, there's nothing authentic or revised about this book, basically it's a thicker expanded book of informations gathered from Henri Gamache , Herman Slater, Tarostar, Lewis de Claremont, Godfrey Selig, Catherine Yronwode and a few other authors out there, as well as from online information. Often the spells are Wiccanised by the addition of 4 elements and the "So mote it be phrase".
There are a lot more to be written here, but I will continue writing to you the mistakes from time to time! Heck I can actually criticised the work from one page to another! To summarise, there's nothing authentic or revised about this book, basically it's a thicker expanded book of informations gathered from Henri Gamache , Herman Slater, Tarostar, Lewis de Claremont, Godfrey Selig, Catherine Yronwode and a few other authors out there, as well as the online information! Some of the spells are oftenly wiccanised, by the addition of 4 elements and the "So mote it be".
And just in case you would like another review (that basically reiterates mine) here`s a good link: [...]
Note than any positive reviews you might see are either written by friends exhorted to the task or written by bloggers bought off for a bottle or two of her crappy oils (& a copy of the book-whoop de doo!).
Stay away from her businesses, too (Planet Voodoo, Mystic Voodoo & Etsy Crossroads Mamas. She takes your money & never supplies product on time (if at all). And she got pissy with me when I "dared" to request a refund. After grudgingly (& FINALLY) giving that refund she promised me a bottle of oil gratis, "to make up for the trouble". That was 6 mo.`s ago & never received. I just talked today to a friend whom she`s offered a free book-3 mo.`s & it still hasn`t been delivered. Crossroads University? Nothing you can`t teach yourself(& don`t be fooled by the low rates for classes, Once you`re on her hook it suddenly becomes a 2 year/2-3K proposition. AND she`s as late on her classes as she is with everything else) Not that anybody with any wit would sign uo for these classes, Denise is well-known on the net to be a fraud, plagiarist & bad businesswoman. Contact PayPal to ask about her reliability, they`ve made many, many judgments against her.