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Charms, Spells, and Formulas (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) Paperback – March 2, 2012
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Many of the ideas of Hoodoo have become part of magical lore. You may have heard of the famous gris-gris bag. Ray not only shows you how to make one, he teaches you how to make them for a wide variety of purposes and then shares traditional rites for charging the bags.
Other traditional Hoodoo techniques include using the magical powers of Bible psalms and special ways to pray to the Catholic saints. You'll learn all about them in this book, and you'll be able to put them to use.
You see, this is not a book about Hoodoo, it is Hoodoo. It captures the very essence of this folk tradition that is true American Magick! By working with it you can become a Hoodoo practitioner. In fact, the last chapter includes wise advice concerning what you need to know to become a better magical worker.
We live in a time where people are abandoning the past. But while it is important to embrace the future, there are many valuable aspects of the past which should be kept and honored for the treasures that they are. This includes our magical traditions. I hope you will learn from the past and create your future. This book can help you do exactly that.
About the Author
Ray T. Malbrough was born in New Orleans and was raised in the "Pays des Cajuns" Region of southeastern Louisiana. He learned the basics of hoodoo in his early teens with the permission and encouragement of his mother. At age 19, he started working in a New Orleans tearoom as a reader/advisor, and has since earned a good reputation as a Hoodoo worker all over the region surrounding his hometown of Houma. He is a 1982 graduate of the Seax-Wica Seminary founded and directed by Dr. Raymond Buckland. The author is active in the parapsychology Association in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. Today, Ray is a full time reader/advisor and hoodoo worker in his home in Houma.
Top Customer Reviews
In the first five chapters, he talks about how to do the rituals/spells, how to make/use gris-gris bags, different charms you can use to improve your life, how to make/use dolls in magic. Also included are informative correspondences and how to set up an altar. The rituals are easy to follow and perform, each with a drawing on how you should set up your altar for that particular ritual. All the oils and powders that he says to use in the rituals/spells he shows you exactly how to make in the second half of the book.
In the second half of the book, he shows you how to make incense, oils, powders, and washes with clear and effective directions. He doesn't beat around the bush or ramble on incessantly just to fill the pages. The best thing about this section is that the ingredients are easy-to-find ....... has all the herbs you could need and everything is pretty easy to make. I especially liked the section on incense. Then there is a Lagniappe section which is about asking for the help of angels and saints through prayers which I really liked.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in folk magic. It's a wonderful book for a wonderful price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best information is on the plants themselves the psalm info and then lastly some of the recipes
This book first edition was in the 80's and is a it more of a wiccadoo... Read more
Eh, it's OK. It's more of a white lighter version of hoodoo. Still not totally bad for a beginner to hoodoo, but I found all the warnings against cursing just to sickly sweet for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Materne
Ray Malbrough is an genuine Conjure, whose abilities have expanded by-way of his studies and experiences in complimentary means and ways, including Seax Witchcraft. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Other Me Again
I had a copy of this for many years, but lost it. When I saw the chance to get another copy at a modest price, I seized the opportunity! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anita R. Perez