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The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook Paperback – March 25, 2009
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On the positive side, Alvarado does a great job of explaining that Voodoo and Hoodoo are two different practices and that Voodoo is a religion whereas Hoodoo is folk magic. It would have been nice if the author stated, for the sake of clarity, that this is how she practices the two together or that the book represents a very region-centric version of Hoodoo and Voodoo co-mingled that is unlikely to be found outside the State of Louisiana.
I strongly disagree with her assertion that in New Orleans the two are called "voodoo hoodoo" because they were melded together. They may be melded together in the author's practice or in the praxis of people who practice both, but, again, what is in this book doesn't represent all practitioners nor the broader Hoodoo Tradition.Read more ›
I bought this book from Denise's website "The Mystic Voodoo" along with the companion CD (which has extra occult texts and material not in the book), and couldn't be happier with my purchase. While the term "Voodoo Hoodoo" might throw off some viewers, the writer is clear in the proper definitions of both Voodoo AND Hoodoo early on in the book. This is chocked full of information regarding the Loa, Catholic saints, magic, folk remedies, superstitions, recipes for occult oils, rootwork and just about everything else. A great introduction to both New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo, a must-buy for those interested in these paths.
I would also recommend the following as companion purchases: Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure, Dr. Snake's Voodoo Spellbook and Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals.
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.
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I say again this woman is a FRAUD.. I know it as fact and you can quote me. If you don't like it Denice Alvardo too bad. What goes around comes around. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by John Doe
Purchased this as a gift, and the recipient is delighted! Good info, clearly written, and the author has her own site where she teaches and shares more.Published on October 16, 2010 by Deborah J. Ellair
Very informative. Easy to read with lots of good material. I recommend this book to beginning practioners to seasoned practioners. Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by Oenname
Denise Alvarado has got to be the most versed person in the art of voodoo hoodoo~! I love the book, it is smack full of background information, spells, ingredients, etc. Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by Tzangel
This is a fantastic book! I really enjoyed reading this book. It is full of helpful and useful information on Voodoo and how you can apply it to your own life. Read morePublished on June 27, 2010 by Amy Gardner
This book (thanks to the author) gets you straight down to the business of learning and working some Hoodoo without asking for your mothers maiden name or asking you to drink a cup... Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by N. Devine
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I had never researched many of the spele of the voodoo Hoodo, An eye opner,... Read more