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by Vestapol
Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Ask Us for Conjure Help with Spirits, Religion, Psychism, Dreams, Magic, Ethics
Topic: Bible Verses Psalms Prayer Scripture Questions and Answers
Replies: 672
Views: 335516

Re: Bible Verses Psalms Prayer Scripture Questions and Answers

Yes, this is a very helpful thread. I'm realizing how vengeful Hoodoo can be (and discovering how cruel some of the Psalms are). The vengeful component of Hoodoo frightens people. So I'm creating my Hoodoo practice with the values I endorse. I'd be interested to hear from Hoodoo practitioners who fo...
by Vestapol
Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: Hoodoo in History / Hoodoo in the News
Topic: looking for information on history of love spells & magic
Replies: 12
Views: 9946

Re: Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by catherine yronwode

There's a Blues musicians' Forum on which I'm active. They'd appreciate knowing about Hoodoo Jukebox and HOODOO, CONJURE, and ROOTWORK: AFRICAN AMERICAN FOLK MAGIC . I wouldn't do this without permission from Catherine and LMForum leaders, but I'd like to cut & paste sections from here to that Forum...
by Vestapol
Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Ask Us for Conjure Help with Money, Business, Finances, Job, Career, Gambling
Topic: Spells to Fix Problems With Boss, Manager, or Supervisor
Replies: 603
Views: 210893

Re: Spells to Fix Problems With Boss, Manager, or Supervisor

This is a really painful situation you're in. And you're naturally feeling trapped and powerless with it. There is power, however, in sending this woman healing energy. She's stuck in what was done to her (what was done to her is probably much more than you know) and she needs release from that. Use...
by Vestapol
Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Hoodoo in History / Hoodoo in the News
Topic: looking for information on history of love spells & magic
Replies: 12
Views: 9946

Re: Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by catherine yronwode

Doug, i've been pretty much 'buked and scorned by academics for the past 20 years. Some have asked for my time, and a few of those have even cited or quoted me -- but only as a shop-keeper, never as a researcher, because i am of no use to them in academia. You see, i have no letters behind my name ...
by Vestapol
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: 2013 Public Forum Introductions
Topic: Hi from Vestapol
Replies: 12
Views: 2679

Thanks from Vestapol

Thanks, jwmcclin, Michaele, Micki, Aura, cat, and all for your warm welcomes. I've had a chance after several weeks here now to explore in more depth some threads and links. I keep discovering substance, surprises, and pithy syntheses. This Forum is so impressive, balancing good scholarship with nur...
by Vestapol
Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Hoodoo in History / Hoodoo in the News
Topic: looking for information on history of love spells & magic
Replies: 12
Views: 9946

Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by catherine yronwode

Friends, let me set the context for the point I want to make. I've been reading casually about Hoodoo for years. Mainly tangent to my passion for Blues history. I've visited Hoodoo stores in Atlanta and New Orleans, and done field research on Blues musicians in Anniston, Alabama and the Mississippi ...
by Vestapol
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Books, Pamphlets, Instruction Manuals, and Grimoires in Hoodoo
Topic: Hoodoo Jukebox - Conjure Toolbox CD Questions and Answers
Replies: 25
Views: 25997

Re: Hoodoo Jukebox - Conjure Toolbox CD Questions and Answers

magicmurphy wrote:I'd pick up Volume 2! There's interest here. :)
Me too, MM. No question.

Doug
by Vestapol
Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: Books, Pamphlets, Instruction Manuals, and Grimoires in Hoodoo
Topic: Hoodoo Jukebox - Conjure Toolbox CD Questions and Answers
Replies: 25
Views: 25997

Re: Hoodoo Jukebox - Conjure Toolbox CD Questions and Answers

Yousa, yousa, Blues you can use. The Hoodoo Jukebox ... I've been a student of the Blues for years and have always wanted a collection of Hoodoo-themed tunes. But til I got this collection, probably the first such anthology, I didn't realize how many Hoodoo-referencing Blues tunes there were out th...
by Vestapol
Sat May 25, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Ask Us for Conjure Help with Spirits, Religion, Psychism, Dreams, Magic, Ethics
Topic: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma
Replies: 126
Views: 122665

Re: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma

Vestapol- To me, hoodoo is a very generic term....Though they may not be written down in formal ways, these ethics already exist. Thanks for the reminder about how diverse the Hoodoo practices and values are. Diversity is part of the folk process, the oral tradition. Which is exactly why the issues...
by Vestapol
Thu May 16, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Ask Us for Conjure Help with Spirits, Religion, Psychism, Dreams, Magic, Ethics
Topic: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma
Replies: 126
Views: 122665

Re: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma

Catherine, thanks for the careful thought you put into this...your care for preserving Hoodoo traditions is clear. Yeah, I kinda worry that professionalization and ethics might compromise the folk process. But your refusal to see folk process and professionalism as mutually exclusive is reassuring e...
by Vestapol
Wed May 15, 2013 7:37 pm
Forum: Ask Us for Conjure Help with Spirits, Religion, Psychism, Dreams, Magic, Ethics
Topic: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma
Replies: 126
Views: 122665

Re: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma

I am not sure that i follow your claim that ethics by definition deals with professional codes of conduct. Merriam-Webster says,"the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation," and that's good enough for me. AIRR is not the first professional group of hoodoo pr...
by Vestapol
Sun May 12, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Ask Us for Conjure Help with Spirits, Religion, Psychism, Dreams, Magic, Ethics
Topic: Bible Verses Psalms Prayer Scripture Questions and Answers
Replies: 672
Views: 335516

Re: Bible Verses Psalms Prayer Scripture Questions and Answers

This may be helpful...that's my hope anyway...that we are developing a science base for the core strategies of Hoodoo (like conscious use of intuition) and for some specific practices. And things are lookin good for both intuition in general and distance-intentionality (such as prayer) in particular...
by Vestapol
Sun May 12, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: Ask Us for Conjure Help with Spirits, Religion, Psychism, Dreams, Magic, Ethics
Topic: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma
Replies: 126
Views: 122665

Re: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma

Vestapol, For many root doctors, the practice of hoodoo is indeed a profession. The engagement of magical work as a profession has been documented in African American society since before the emancipation of the slaves. Asa profession, root doctoring was documented in Africa before enslavement and ...
by Vestapol
Sun May 12, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: 2013 Public Forum Introductions
Topic: Hi from Vestapol
Replies: 12
Views: 2679

Re: Hi from Vestapol

Doug, A comparison of African American folklore with the folklore of various regions of Africa shows more similarities to Central African (specifically Bantu/Kongo) languages and customs than to Western African (Yoruba/Ewe/Fon) languages and cultures. Both can be found, as can traces from other are...
by Vestapol
Sat May 11, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: 2013 Public Forum Introductions
Topic: Hi from Vestapol
Replies: 12
Views: 2679

Re: Hi from Vestapol

Hi, and thanks for your welcome, jwmcclin. This website and forum is an exciting discovery.

Cheers,

Doug
by Vestapol
Sat May 11, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Ask Us for Conjure Help with Spirits, Religion, Psychism, Dreams, Magic, Ethics
Topic: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma
Replies: 126
Views: 122665

Re: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma

Ethics : a formal profession's written code specifying Values, Principles, and Procedures, used for self-policing and to protect the community of clients. Morality: family, individual, or religious definitions of good behavior and bad. We're in the middle of these. Neither a profession or a religio...
by Vestapol
Sat May 11, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: Ask Us for Conjure Help with Spirits, Religion, Psychism, Dreams, Magic, Ethics
Topic: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma
Replies: 126
Views: 122665

Re: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma

Vestapol, For many root doctors, the practice of hoodoo is indeed a profession. The engagement of magical work as a profession has been documented in African American society since before the emancipation of the slaves. Asa profession, root doctoring was documented in Africa before enslavement and ...
by Vestapol
Sat May 11, 2013 7:03 am
Forum: 2013 Public Forum Introductions
Topic: Hi from Vestapol
Replies: 12
Views: 2679

Re: Hi from Vestapol

Thanks, Catherine. I really appreciate your grounding in the anthropological and folklore research. It's rare to find someone spiritual who's scientific too... :) Fantastic collection, the Hoodoo Jukebox. How can I not add that to my collection? I noticed you have Johnny Shines on there. I was his j...
by Vestapol
Fri May 10, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: 2013 Public Forum Introductions
Topic: Hi from Vestapol
Replies: 12
Views: 2679

Hi from Vestapol

Hi, everyone. My name is Doug and I use Vestapol as my nom de Hoodoo . I came to Hoodoo through childhood passion for the Blues and African-American folklore in general. "Vestapol" is a slang term for a particular Blues guitar tuning and represents my connection to Mississippi Delta history and lore...
by Vestapol
Fri May 10, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: 2013 Public Forum Introductions
Topic: In Need of Help and Encouragement
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: In Need of Help and Encouragement

Wow, you're one strong, resourceful woman to have made it this far! I can think of two things you could do to keep your energy up and movin. First, use your positive energy strategically... When you feel down or dread, tell yourself you're going to find someone's strength...you'll see someone doing ...
by Vestapol
Thu May 09, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: Ask Us for Conjure Help with Spirits, Religion, Psychism, Dreams, Magic, Ethics
Topic: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma
Replies: 126
Views: 122665

Re: Ethics: Moral Justification Before God, "Black Magic," Karma

Morality is our family or individual sense for what is good and what is bad behavior; or it is a religion's list, like the Ten Commandments. Law is a formal, public community's list of what most agree is good and bad behavior. Ethics is a profession's code of values, principles, and procedures that...

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