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learn hoodoo/voodoo folk magic

A guide by Talia (Santa Fe)

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Colloquially, the terms voodoo and hoodoo are used interchangeably. Practitioners distinguish between the two -- Voodoo is a religion that might include magical practice, wheres hoodoo refers to magical practice alone and a person of any religion might use it. Properly, this list is an advisement of hoodoo studies -- but a novice who came looking for "voodoo" may indeed discover here what they came for.


Spiritual Merchants

This book contains a lot of history on the subject of hoodoo, and gives background and details about how it has evolved from native folks customs to a more "urban" style of practice. Spiritual Merchants: Religion Magic & Commerce


Voodoo and Hoodoo

If you are indeed a true beginner and need a real introduction to the practice, my advice is to begin with Voodoo and Hoodoo by Jim Haskins. This book is a nice introduction, which includes a few spells and as much history as you really need to get started. Voodoo & Hoodoo: Their Traditional Crafts Revealed by Actual Practitioners


Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic

Not being a religion, hoodoo's main theme throughout practice is its use of ingredients. This book is an excellent guide to the uses of herbs and other curios in magic. Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure


Golden Secrets of Mystic Oils

Following the uses of herbs, you will need to learn how to use the patent formulas which abound in hoodoo instructional books. Some folks, unaccustomed to the practice of buying ready-made formulas, accuse hoodoo authors of just trying to "advertise their shops" with these sorts of spells -- as if completely unaware that multiple manufacturers produce these oils. When a cookbook says to use ketchup it doesn't mean the author is heir to the Heinz fortune, and when a magic book tells you to use a certain formula it is not because they're trying to rip off the reader. Golden Secrets of Mystic Oils (Revised edition)


The Conjure Cookbook

Nevertheless, if buying ready-made formulas is not your style, you can easily learn to make the mixtures yourself. Be prepared to invest a bit in essential oils and herbs -- but take comfort, for this book does provide a list of substitutions for hard to find ingredients (or for those unhappy days where you just need it NOW and can't get to the shop.) The Conjure Cookbook: Making Magic with Oils, Incense, Powders and Baths


The Master Book of Candle Burning

New Orleans style hoodoo tends to favor candle burning as a way of casting spells -- and with the world as it is today, where people who know each other don't always live close together, candle magic is almost a must. This is the book for learning such spells. Master Book of Candle Burning

Now with the basics covered, we can proceed to the real work. The following are favorite sourcebooks for spells and practices:

Voodoo Dolls In Magick And Ritual
Black & White Magic of Marie Laveau
Old Love Charms & Spells
Magical Rituals for Money
Death and Destruction: How to Cast Magic Spells for Vengeance, Harm, &c.

You can be happily started off with the information from these books.

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Spiritual Merchants
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