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One of the things that I, as owner of Llewellyn, have tried to do is find little-known magical traditions and help keep them alive. Ray T. Malbrough's Charms, Spells & Formulas certainly fills the bill. Better, it is not simply a book by an outside scholar, it is an actual text by a real practitioner. That way, you can learn Hoodoo as part of a living tradition. It's exciting, powerful, and fun!
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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875425011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875425016
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(...)Charms, Spells & Formulas is an excellent introductory book for those who follow paths other than Wicca. In fact, I think that it is better suited for those who are interested in voodoo or some variant thereof. The one thing that I did not like about this book is that I wanted it to be longer! There is a wide variety of information and I feel that Ray Malbrough did an excellent job touching base on so many different topics. It contains associations on colors, herbs, candles, and more. It goes into a little detail about voodoo practices and the blending in of Catholicism. I highly suggest that readers who enjoyed this book check out Malbrough's "The Magical Power of the Saints," which goes into greater detail on the Saints than what was briefly touched upon in this book, along with explaining novenas and the 7 day candles. As a non-Wiccan Witch that practices the style of magic as presented in these books, I feel that both are excellent and are ones that I continually refer to.
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By A Customer on January 13, 2000
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I bought this book over a year ago. I was new to the craft. It contains recipes that really helped me in my life. At the time, I was recently divorced and was in need of a part-time job to make ends meet. I had been applying for jobs all over town, for months, to no avail. I made the money drawing oil as listed in the book. Within the week, I got a new job. Some of the ingredients were hard to find but I own other books that suggest substitutions. I also tried the Sweet Bottle spell, and my love life is thriving!
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This was a fun little book. It never claims to teach the religion of Vodou (or Vodun ore any other number of spellings) nor does it claim to align itself with Wiccan philosophy. As a practicing Wiccan I can differentiate between spells I (personally) should and should not cast. As to problems with karma it's not so bad, it doesn't have nearly as much baneful magic as the venerable Modern Witches Spellbook. If you want to work with this one you should try and find access to a botanica to get many of the supplies. If you don't want to hunt around for the more exotic herbs try The Supermarket Sorceress series, all of the ingrediants for those spells can be found at the local grocery store. I have other spellbooks that I look to more frequently but it's nice to have something with hoodoo flavor in the collection.
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By A Customer on August 21, 2003
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I really liked this book. Don't let the size of the book fool you! It's a small book, but it has lots of information with clear directions.
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.
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I love this book! Colorful, entertaining, powerful, informative... these are all words that describe Charms, Spells and Forumulas by Houngan Rev. Ray Marlbrough. It's been out for a while, but if you don't have a copy yet, get with the program, buy a copy, choose an exercise or spell in the book, and just DO it! -- Mambo Racine
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This book was one of my favorite books that I have on my bookshelf.It had all the instruction that I needed to make my own dolls, oils, incense, powders, washes and it also had a few good spells in it.It also had diagrams of all the doll rituals in it that explained how to set up your altar and where to put everything.I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in doll magick, voodoo or creating your own spell ingredients.
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This book does not claim to be wiccan so be aware its not. Nor does it follow the rede made up by Gerald Gardner "an it harm none, do as ye will" It does not claim to be Vudu. The ingredients were not hard for me to find. I am a Ceremonial Magician and Witch (not wiccan by a long shot) I found this book to be very useful. Hey I even liked the Catholic stuff as I grew up in a Catholic household. This is defenitly a good spell book for pagans and non pagans. Hey if the Catholic stuff bothers you then just substatute pagan ideas for the Catholic ones. I actually thought this book was going to reek but was I ever wrong. The spells use plenty of candles and herbs, so if youre into that then this book of spells is the one to get. Ok His style is not much diffrent from Raymound Bucklands style so if you like Mr. Bucklands stuff you may just want to get this book.
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