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Re: Altars: Questions and Answers

Unread post by Sister Jean » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:29 am

Hello Blackcattt0123,

Yes those are great ideas!

Take care.

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Holy water is water, so only use it on objects that will not be harmed by water. That is, do not put it on paper or leather. Just use common sense.
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Re: Altars: Questions and Answers

Unread post by Deliciousdonut » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:43 pm

JayDee hi, I think this is the place to ask this question because I I get confused because there so many forums to choose from,ok here’s my question, ok the only kit I ever did was my cut & clear ok with the break up spell kite and incense and cleaning supplies well I need to make mine a portable alter so I got 2 incense burners for one for the good work and one for the bad work was that a good idea? I got a candle snuff, I have lemon ammonia to clean, no to I need to buy a table cloth? And do I clean up with the ammonia before t start my work are after? And is there any prayers to say for protection, I just want to not have any of this come back on me

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Re: Altars: Questions and Answers

Unread post by JayDee » Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:58 pm

Deliciousdonut,

This seems like the right spot to answer these questions. Many people use working alters based on 1. space 2. privacy, 3. need, 4. the magic being done. A dresser top, a chair top can all be alters. It is also very common for people to use different burners and area to work the good and the bad in. Cleansing the area to start off is ideal. You can then burn a nice incense as you pray to God for help, protection and call on any spirits, ancestors to come and aid in the work, speak to the herbs used in the work and appeal to their spirit as well. You do not need a table cloth, but many people use a table cover related to the work, maybe a red placemat for love work, green for money, a black one with halloween type skulls for negative work. I put my work in glass pyrex dishes when I burn them. A good prayer is the Lords prayer asking for protection, Psalms 23, Psalms 53 to protect against enemies known and unknown. Here is a LM book that is filled with great information on alters:
http://www.luckymojo.com/hoodooshrinesandaltars.html

You asked about prayers, though this book is not filled with prayers it is filled with using bible scripture in work and prayers and would go great with the book listed above:
http://www.luckymojo.com/hoodoobiblemagic.html
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Re: Altars: Questions and Answers

Unread post by Deliciousdonut » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:56 pm

JayDee, thanks again I’m going to get a black mini table cloth I can’t wait until my products arrive so I can really get the ball rolling, I’m going g to ask you a few more questions when my things arrive so I can Make sure I’m doin everything right, to make the spell work they I want it and protecting myself, do you think I shooget the clarity incense Powder???

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Unread post by JayDee » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:51 pm

Deliciousdonut ,

Clarity incense is a great product to use on yourself when you need to think clearly, make a wise decision, or to help someone else do that. It is a goos incense to have in the collection for the alter work. As starting out I would order an incense of each: One for love, one for luck, one for cursing, one for cleansing/uncrossing. If you doing love work use the love incense, cursing etc.. As you work and try new products expand from there.
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Unread post by Deliciousdonut » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:20 pm

JayDee, ok thanks so much! I’m going to order them now ,

1) do you think I need to have the church lite another clarity candle for me, or should I just wait until I get my order? That first candle helped my so much.

2) what incense I get for cleansing ?

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:38 pm

deliciousdonut,

Please ask your questions in the topic threads where they belong. This thread is about altars,

1) Ask here: MISC Candle Services General Questions and Answers misc-candle-services-general-questions- ... 30273.html

2) Ask here: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers general-loose-powder-resin-incense-ques ... 11840.html
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Unread post by faithandprosperity12 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:11 am

Hello. Hows it going. i am a newbie. I found some hoodoo courses online and I am halfway through a beginners course.

I was just wondering. Do i need to set up an altar first before I start doing spells or can I just do a spell then do the altar setup later.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:47 am

faithandprosperity12,

Hello and welcome to the Lucky Mojo Forum.

You do not need an altar to cast spells in the African American hoodoo tradition -- depending on what kinds of work you are doing. Here are one dozen examples:

1) Foot-track magic -- no altar required.
2) Bathing -- no altar required.
3) Anointing of the hair or body -- no altar required.
4) Candle magic -- does require at least a flat space, which some call a working altar, even if it is not dedicatory or venerational.
5) Making a mojo or a doll -- requires only a work space, but many practitioners will dedicate the items with candles or incense at an altar.
6) House cleansing -- no altar required.
7) Spells cast in food -- no altar required.
8) Dusting lottery tickets with sachet powders -- no altar required, but some workers hold the tickets on an altar until the numbers are drawn
9) War Water or Hot Foot Powder at an enemy's house -- no altar required.
10) Paper in your shoe -- no altar required.
11) Freezer spells -- no altar required.
12) Drifting water spells -- no altar required.

I teach a one-year course in hoodoo and this sort of information is covered in my course. If your "beginners course" does not cover it, you ought to approach your own teacher and ask for better teaching.

This thread in the forum contains many pages of questions and answers -- i recommend that you go back to page one and read all the way to here. Then, if you have more questions, just ask.

By the way, we have published an entire book on altar work in hoodoo -- a great, and very economical, guide to all types of altars. Here it is:

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Hoodoo Shrines and Altars by Miss Phoenix LeFae
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Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgements 4
Altars of the Ancestors
Hoodoo: A Brief Introduction 5
How Do We Know About Hoodoo Altars? 6
Altar Described by Newbell Niles Puckett 8
Altars Described by Zora Neale Hurston 9
Altars Described by Harry M. Hyatt 10
You Shall Build There an Altar
Definition of Altars 14
Basic Types of Altars 16
Altar Work or Just Work? 19
Altars for What Purpose? 20
Building the Altar 21
One Altar or Many 25
Practical Altar Tips 26
Altar Objects 27
Magical and Spiritual Correspondences 37
Preparing the Altar Space 41
Keeping Your Altar Clean 42
Altars for Ongoing Work 47
Cat Yronwode's Secrets of Altar Respect 48
Altars for Various Conditions
Altars for Love 51
Altars for Money 52
Altars for Healing 53
Altars for Protection 54
Altars for Justified Enemy Works 55
Altars for Cursing and Vengeance 56
Dedicated Shrines
Altars for Ancestors 57
Shrines for Catholic Saints 59
Making Offerings to Spirits 60
Unusual Altars
Travelling Altars 65
Pocket Shrines 63
Hidden Altars 66
Business and Office Altars 69
Candle Ministry Altars 72
Frequently Asked Questions 78
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Re: Altars: Questions and Answers

Unread post by faithandprosperity12 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:25 am

Thanks so much. Def gonna purchase the course and book soon.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:08 pm

faithandprosperity12

Thanks for your interest in my course. About 2,170 people have taken this course so far, since it was first offered in 2003. This is not an online course. It is a regular program of study with me. It is taught in the form of a 432 page hard-bound book, with 8 homework assignments. As a student you will have access to a secret or private portion of this forum, where you will be able to view videos about African American culture and post messages about the lessons and the homework assignments, and i will reply. Upon graduation you will receive a certificate and you will be eligible for free apprenticeship training by me in person, at my premises.

In order to enroll, you will need to make some required purchases of specified types of herbs, minerals, oils, powders, incenses, bath crystals, washes, and other items, so that you can actually handle the materials i teach about and also have in hand the items needed to complete your homework assignments.

Read more about the course here:

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Then, if you are interested in studying with me, please put the words, "I am a prospective student, please log my purchases" in the message area with each order you make until you have made all of the required purchases and we have scheduled a telephone interview so that we can get to know one another.

In the meantime, please enjoy the thousands of FREE teaching pages in this forum, courtesy of our dedicated moderators (graduates of the course) and also my free online book "Hoodoo in Theory and Practice," here:

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Re: Altars: Questions and Answers

Unread post by Jimm108 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:07 pm

I have my ancestor Altar set up and everything has been great so far. Pictures, bible, rosary, water, crucifix all feel right. I am stuck at the color of the candle, etc. I have a red oil lamp and feel drawn to use it, as red is associated with love, and I am reminded of my connection to my family and I think the words "Blood of my blood", and how we are connected by blood, it helps me to focus and appreciate my blood line and the fact that I am here because of them.
I have read that many people use a white candle. So, I am unsure what is best and don't want to second guess. Are there any insights/suggestions?
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Unread post by Miss Athena » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:12 pm

Hi Jimm108,

If red feels right to you, then use it. There is no hard and fast rule about such things, although in hoodoo red is used for passionate love, not familial love, but you can go with it if it is speaking to you in the manner you describe.

Many cultures around the world use red vigil lights for ancestral veneration, so you would be in good company.

I hope this helps. Good luck.
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Re: Altars: Questions and Answers

Unread post by Jimm108 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:38 am

Thank you! It definitely helps.

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