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Unread post by Auset2013 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:31 pm

Greetings all. Though I am Jamaican, I have lived in the States for most of my life. I have served in US Army, raised a son on my own, built a satisfying career, etc., etc., etc.
My great aunt on my mother's side would teach me bits of the Science (not our word) when she was alive and I was much younger and totally unaware. Like with most things that many don't understand, Obeah can have a negative connotation. In Jamaica there is the Church and there is Obeah. No middle ground.
So why am I here at Lucky Mojo looking into hoodoo? Because it's non-hierarchical. Respect for what it is and its roots are highly stressed. No initiation is required. Lots of time and effort has been spent to impart true information regarding the often misaligned and misappropriated African-America folk magic tradition. For this I bend my knee to Miss Cat, the staff of LM & its volunteers for maintaining such a huge knowledge base.

I love this explanation provided by Miss Cat:
"Hoodoo has its own cultural repertoire of tools, spells, formulas, methods, techniques, and beliefs. Within that cultural repertoire, people make their own choices of how to conduct themselves and how to create a work of magical intent -- but they remain within the cultural repertoire as they do so. I generally explain this by using a cooking analogy:

If you are learning to cook Italian style food, you have the choice of many arrays of antipasto, many styles of pasta, many styles of sauces, many forms of dessert. There are regional variations and historical variations as well. BUT -- you know, when you see it, smell it, and taste it, if the food is "traditional Italian." WHY? because even with all the possible variations invoked by the cook, the list of ingredients, the methods of preparation, the chosen combinations of taste and texture all fit the cultural context of "food" as defined by generations of Italian people.

What seems to the outsider like "a matter of personal preference on the part of the cook" is actually a personal preference on the part of the cook WITHIN A CULTURAL TRADITION. No Italian cook would serve Yorkshire pudding as antipasto. No Italian cook would boil pasta in vinegar. No Italian cook would substitute Coffee liqueur for Olive oil. No Italian cook would serve marinara sauce on rice noodles. No Italian cook would prepare scampi with molasses in the sauce. WHY NOT, if it was their "preference" to do so? Because it would NOT be their preference to do so, because they are serving a generations-long tradition, called Italian cooking. "

I have read and re-read many of the articles in the Hoodoo in Theory & Practice online book. Every time I log on I find another piece of information that is important to me. In 2014, I am hoping to take my studies to another level and join the HRCC.
Bottom line: I am here to learn all I am allowed to learn about hoodoo. From the bottom up.

Thank you.

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Unread post by aura » Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:17 am

Hi Auset2013 and welcome to the Forum. It's a pleasure to have you with us and yes, Miss Cat is a wonderful teacher, folklorist, talented reader, writer and connoisseur of Conjure. If you've never had a reading from her - it's worth your time and money as is the HRCC which has spring-boarded so many of us into the practice of Hoodoo.

Alhtough you're probably already aware, here are a few of the most popular pages for you to browse. And, some forum rules that we do ask everybody to read.

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Here is some info on how the forums are set up. It is divided into four parts:

1) News and Announcements about the Lucky Mojo Curio Company and this site.

2) Lucky Mojo Spiritual Supplies and how to use them, listed in threads by product type and product title.

3) Life Conditions and Situations, with recommended Lucky Mojo products, spells, and advice.

4) The Online Hoodoo Community, including sites, events, and outreach sponsored by Lucky Mojo.

When you post, it helps your moderators, who are recompensed volunteers, if you post in the area of the board that is best suited to the archival of your question or comment. That way moderators will not have to move your post or merge it into ongoing threads.

If you can't find a post you made, it may have been moved or merged. Go to your profile by clicking on your name and "search recent posts" -- you will find it.

Within each board section there are STICKY threads -- ones that always stay "stuck" to the top. These are popular discussion-threads that you can read and add to if your questions or comments fall into one of these oft-broached topics. If you don't see a "sticky" that relates to your question, feel free to start a new thread in the relevant section.

We do have a few "thou shalt not" rules here, and they can be found in the Forum Rules link at the top of each page. Most important for newbies are these four common errors to avoid:

1) Please do not come here asking for our formulas for conjure oils or for instructions on how to use spiritual supplies that you bought at a grocery store or at a competitor of ours; this is the Lucky Mojo Forum and is financially supported by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.

2) Please do not spam the moderators by sending multiple duplicated private messages asking for personal help outside the board; many of our moderators do perform readings and rootwork spell-casting for clients, but they are professionals and you should approach them as you would any other professional.

3) Please do not post illegal copies of material from other web sites or from books.

4) Please do not post put-downs of any group of people based on their religion, race, or national origin, including derogatory comments about religions to which you may have previously been an adherent or comments in which you seek to falsely conflate any religion with the practice of evil sorcery.
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