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Unread post by Apo » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:58 pm

Is there a story behind the alleged Seven Sisters of New Orleans / Seven Sisters of Algiers?

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There is a brief explanation about halfway down this page

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Unread post by areder » Sat Oct 31, 2009 3:40 pm

I came upon this site yesterday while searching on the word "hoodoo," occasioned by a Wisconsin Public Radio show on same. I am intrigued by the Jewish aspects of hoodoo. I am Jewish and have felt for a long time that there are deep historical connections between people of Jewish and African descent that have been mostly erased from the Jewish cultural memory but less so the African-American one. Essentially, I believe there is considerable genetic as well as cultural overlap between people of those descents. This site seems like a possible gathering place for people whose studies might have taken them in that direction.

If that's the case, can any of you point me toward more information on this subject?

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

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Unread post by CopperFox » Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:05 pm

Hello, Areder!
You have definitely come to the right place -- the information you are looking for is here. Check out the Lucky Mojo webpages available for free study and you will find time and again links between hoodoo and the Jewish community. It is good to have you here and I hope you enjoy learning more about hoodoo and how it can benefit you and yours.
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Unread post by Mama Micki » Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:15 pm

I have a Bible called The Original African Heritage Study Bible which contains commentary on that very subject as well as information on African culture that pertains to various Bible passages. I would highly recommend it.

You might also check out The 8th, 9th, and 10th Books of Moses by Henri Gamache. He also believed that the Jews had African roots.

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Unread post by areder » Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:39 pm

Thanks, CopperFox. To be honest, I don't think links between hoodoo itself and Judaism will do me much good. I know there's lots of info on the site about that, but I'm looking for historical connections that go back many hundreds or thousands of years.

Here's a sample of what I'm trying to figure out: Many American blacks have the belief, passed down through their families, that they are deeply related in some way to Jews. You don't find the same belief nearly as widespread among Jews, near as I can tell.

There are other links between the peoples, too. For example, once you get past skin color, many Jews and blacks have similar facial features. I think there has to be an answer here in the proximity of northern Africa and the Middle East, trade between ancient peoples in those areas, etc.

There are also proven genetic links to Judaism in a pygmy tribe with claimed Jewish roots. I'm looking for more data along these lines and hoping people in the hoodoo community here can help.

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Unread post by areder » Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:40 pm

Thanks, Mama Micki. Great references!

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:32 pm

Check out various black tribes of Jews, recently confirmed to be of Jewish lineage by DNA. Go to google and look up the words Lemba Jews, Ethiopian Jews, and Falasha Jews. (The word Falasha is not a currently acceptable term, but older references will have used it and if they are archived at google books, that's the term you'll have to search for.) Also look for books like "Hebrewisms of West Africa."

To return from DNA and religion to folk magic -- there are dozens of "Jewish" spells of magic within hoodoo, some very ancient (2nd century Jewish). The presumption is that these spells passed down through the separated populations for millennia.
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Unread post by areder » Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:07 pm

Thank you, Catherine. I will follow these trails. As you present it, the hoodoo link may be more fertile than I had imagined.

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Unread post by bluesprof » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:46 pm

My grandmother was a Moorish Jew from the south of France. Although I have not been able to trace her side of the family any further back yet, she was born in 1871 and from my historical research it seems likely that her ancestors had at the very least co-mingled with the Moors who came north out of Africa. She had many little practices that I remember as a child that once I started studying and working with hoodoo seemed very similar to things I learned from the African American rootworkers that I've studied with in the South, as well as practices I've read about in doing research on hoodoo dating back to the 1700s in America. While I haven't ever had a dna test done I am aware that her side of my family carries the genetic condition known as thalassemia, closely related to sickle-cell anemia and also prevalent in peoples of Northern Africa.

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Unread post by brian_s » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:53 pm

Hello all!

So whenever I am reading through my copy of Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic, I always love looking at the old pictures of different herbs from old suppliers. Over the last year or so, whenever it crosses my mind, I will always try and do a quick google search for the companies featured in these old ads. However, nothing ever comes up in the search! (other than ebay listings of old boxes/paraphernalia)

I was wondering if you all knew anything about these old suppliers; why they went out of business, what other things did they sell, or who their audiences were.

Some examples that come to mind are Murray and Nickell (MFG Co.) and Allaire Woodward and Co.

If anyone has any information on the history of these companies, I would love to learn about them! And Cat, thank you so much for including the old ads in the book! I am a big history buff, so old advertisements and pictures are always so intriguing to me. Hope you all are enjoying your week! :]

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Unread post by J-Mo » Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:00 pm

Hey Brian,

I love the vintage ads as well, there is a ton of information Miss Cat has put up on the history of hoodoo at http://www.luckymojo.com/hoodoohistory.html
including info about some of the vintage companies. Blessings :-)
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Unread post by brian_s » Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:32 pm

I've read it, but thanks! I was looking for specific information about the companies I've mentioned. So strange how they have seemed to disappeared into thin air!
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:42 am

Brian,

There are two reasons those companies disappeared:

1) The passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 put a lot of pressure on herb vendors to keep their products pure, which was a good thing, but the agency that enforced the law -- the Food and Drug Administration -- seemingly colluded with large pharmaceutical corporations to drive a lot of small-time manufacturers of herbal teas, tonics, and poultices out of business. These intermediary manufactories were the largest customers of the herbal growers. When the Volstead Act ("Prohibition") was passed in 1919, the makers of herbal tonics were completely cut off from supplies of alcohol, which had been deemed a "dangerous additive" in 1906) and this caused a definite shrinkage in the number of such manufactories, depressing the market for raw herbs.

2) At the same time, in the search for standardization of doses (another form of "purity," and not a bad idea), the large pharmaceutical companies began to market the isolated chemicals found in herbs as "active ingredients. The best known example of this is aspirin, isolated from Willow bark. Some of the refinement was accomplished by using the herbs as raw ingredients (called crude drugs), but increasingly the "white tablets" and "convenient capsules" became purely a product of the synthetic chemical industry, and herbs were not always needed to craft the "active ingredients. This led the entire herbal medicine industry to crash and burn. One of the few survivors was Parke-Davis, which made a successful transition from herb packager to chemical manufacturing company. The others were simply not so lucky or were not s inclined. By the 1940s, herbal medicine was considered to be quaint, rural, rusticated, and old-fashioned.
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One of the early herb suppliers to hoodoo practitioners was the Oracle Products Co. This may be of interest to those with an interest in old Oracle advertising art, as much of it is included herein.

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Magic As a Definite Religion 8
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Oils Used in Magic 18

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LEGENDS OF INCENSE 35
Reasons for Using Incense 35
Incense in Divine Worship 35
Incense Used in Magic 37
How to Make Liquid Incense Oil 38
Formulas for Making Incense 38
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HOW TO USE INCENSE 40
Abtina Incense 40
Attraction Incense 40
Black Incense 40
Ceremonial Incense 40
Cleopatra Incense 41
Commanding Incense 41
Compelling Incense 41
Lovers Incense 41
Lucky Planet Incense 42
Magnet Incense 42
Mystic Rites Incense 43
Oriental Incense 43
Power Incense 43
Psychic Vision Incense 43
Spirit Guide Incense 44
Success Incense 44
Temple Incense 44

CHAPTER FIVE:
SACHET POWDERS 46
Sachet Powders 46
How to Make Sachet Powders 46

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WASHES AND BATHS
Baume Tranquille 47
Modern Baume Tranquille 47
Bush, Herb, and Condition Baths 47
White Lavender 47
Red Lavender 47
Chinese Wash 48
Seven Holy Spirit Baths 48

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LEGENDS OF HERBS 50
The Doctrine of Signatures 50
The Tree of Life 50
Herbs of the Classical Gods 51
Poisonsous Botanicals 51
Flowers and Herbs of the Virgin 52
Flowers of the Nativity 53
Herbs of the Crucifixion 55
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HOW TO USE HERBS 58
Adam and Eve Root 58
Alkanet Tree 58
Belladonna 58
Bethel Nut 59
Buckeye 59
Cactus 59
Clover 59
Devil's Shoestring 59
Dragon's Blood 59
Elder 59
Fern 60
Five Finger Grass 62
Frankincense 62
Fungi 62
Good Luck Herbs Mixture 63
Grains of Paradise 63
Graveyard Dust 64
Hawthorn 64
Hellebore 64
Henbane 65
Holy Herb (Yerba Santa) 65
Jack-in-the-Pulpit 65
John the Conqueror. High 65
John the Conqueror, Low 65
John the Conqueror, Southern 65
Juniper 66
Kalmia 66
Life Everlasting 66
Lodestone 66
Loving Herbs Mixture 66
Lucky Hand Root 66
Marjoram 66
Master of the Woods 66
Milkwort 66
Mistletoe 67
Myrrh 67
Myrtle 68
Oriental Gum Resin 68
Periwinkle 68
Poke 68
Queen Elizabeth Root 68
Queen's Root 68
Rattlesnake Master 68
Rosemary 69
Rue 69
Sacred Bark 69
Saint Johns Wort 69
Sandalwood 69
Sang Root 69
Sea Spirit 69
Smellage Root 69
Star Fish 70
Sumbul Root 70
Tonka Beans 70
Waahoo Bark 70
Walnut 70
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Classical Aphrodisiacs 73
African Love Beliefs 73
Hindu Love Beliefs 73
Persian Love Beliefs 74
Asian Love Beliefs 74
European Love Beliefs 74
American Love Beliefs 75
Midsummer Herbs for Love 75
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Hippomanes for Lust 76
Dill for Love 77
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Making the True Love Powder 77
Ambergris as an Aphrodisiac 78
Amulets for Love 78
To Continue Love Once Obtained 79
To Reduce Love 79
Turtle Dove Powder 80
Water of Magnaminity 80
Famous Love Poisons 81
Truffles for Seduction 81
Mandrake for Lust 82
Knapweed for the Future Husband 82
Basil and Women 83
Dragon’s Blood for a Lost Lover 83
Heliotrope for Fidelity 83
Lemon Peels for Truth in Love 83
Wecker’s Secrets 84
Cubebs, Opium, and Spices 84
The Notary Art of Solomon 85
Alcohol and Sugar for Lust 86
Herbs for Quenching Love 86
Water of Chastity 86
Wax Effigy Doll for Love Revenge 87
Untying and Tying the Knot 87
Three Impossible Tasks of Love 88

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Making Metallic Talismans 89
Table of Affinities 90
Talismanic Secrets 90
Seals from the 6th Book of Moses 91
Seals from the 7th Book of Moses 92
How Talismans Are Used 94

AFTERWORD 95

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Unread post by the9minds » Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:38 pm

I am trying to find a comprehensive list, or even compile one of conjure men and women from slavery through the 1950s. I know Aunt Carolyn Dye, Marie Laveau, and that's where it pretty much stops. Thank you so much in advance.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:48 pm

the9minds --

That list would be many thousand names long -- and due to the conditions that prevailed, many names will never be known. In my youth, during the 1960s, there were at least twenty professional conjure doctors in the East Bay alone and more than fifty each in Chicago and Atlanta.

Slavery ended in 1865 and your cut-off date is 1950, so that's 85 years. But if you want to go back *during* slavery, which began around 1500, that's 365 years earlier than emancipation. So let's just stick with the 19th and 20th centuries.

Newbell Niles Puckett cited 400 sources in the 1920s. Harry Hyatt interviewed more than 1,600 rootworkers from 1936 though 1940, and although he lost his "names book" that correlated names with interview numbers, we still have the names of dozens of his informants in part or in full.

Okay, so here are a few conjure doctors, all of them working before 1950 (and some working after that as well). The earliest on this list were born around 1830.

Jim Jordon
Allen Vaughn
Myrtle Collins
West Leland
Madame Wiley
Dr. Griffin
Sara Murphy
Dr. Sam
D. Alexander
Rev. Charles P. Colbert
Dr. Jack Kerry
Dr. E. P. Read
Ed Murphy
Sister Powers
Mr. Matthew Murray
George Jackson Dennis
Zippy Tull
Rajah Rabo (Carl Z. Talbot)
Madame Fu-Futtam (Dorothy Hamid)
Joshua Wilson
Madam Pauline
Dr. Buzzard
Robert Bryant
Daddy Snakelegs
Root Doctor Johnson
Aunt Dinah (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Ethel Waters (Wilmington, NC)
Doctor Paul Bowles
Rev. Arthur C. Foster
Madame Popalouse
Aunt Caroline Dye

So ... that's more than 30 names for you. And the list goes on and on and on.
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Unread post by the9minds » Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:20 pm

Thank you Ms. Yronwode.

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Hello, the9minds,

We all learned something from your question.
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:57 pm

Hello, the9minds --

I know that i was not be able to answer in full. I have a lot of stuff memorized, but not everything. Good luck in your research. :-)
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Me and a few friends visited Aunt Caroline Dye in Newport a couple weeks ago. It's about an hour drive from home. If anyone could appreciate current pics I figured it would be someone on this forum lol. I've been lurking here for a while and thought I'd make a profile so I could share.
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Not all of them have completely disappeared ;) -- Lucky Heart still exists in Memphis.
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Hi, MemphisRoots -- and welcome to our forum!

Yes, Lucky Heart still exists. They distributed herbs and they did manufacture spiritual supplies, especially before 1950.

Lucky Heart is a notable company, with an admirable history, and was the chief funder of the purchase of Lorraine Motel and its conversion to a civil rights museum. However, it is important to note that Lucky Heart primarily sells cosmetics now -- which was always part of the company's mix -- and has moved away from outright occult, metaphysical, and spiritual supplies. You can read a great write-up on the history of the Lucky Heart company in Carolyn Morrow Long's book "Spiritual Merchants."

For those with a further interest in old-time hoodoo herb and hoodoo product suppliers and vintage advertising art, my new book, "The Art of Making Mojos," contains four pages of vintage illustrations of ads for mojo hands from the Oracle Products Co, King Novelty Co., Famous Products, J. C. Strong, and Sovereign Products. Artists include Charles C. Dawson, Charles M. Quinlan, J. C. Strong, and a couple of Unknown Artists.
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MemphisRoots --

Thank you very much. That is a nice addition to the FindAGrave site.
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Unread post by nyalisa_13 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:44 pm

Interestingly, I see the idea that the spiritual baths in Hoodoo go closely with Jewish tradition, but specifically, Kaballah tradition is certain way.

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nyalisa_13 --

After Emancipation, as Black Americans with an interest in world-wide magical studies gained educatioal opportunities, many of them did indeed study the Kabbalah. The most popular of these books in the hoodoo community has long been "The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses." The members of AIRR wrote a page about it here:

The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses Kabbalah Grimoire in Hoodoo
the-sixth-and-seventh-books-of-moses-ka ... 93548.html

And in time, that gave rise to a more modern book combining Jewish Kabbalah with late classical magic and political pan-Africanism:

The Mystery of the Long Lost 8th, 9th, and 10th Books of Moses Hoodoo Grimoire
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Recently the AIRR Tech Team has been adding new illustrated pages on the Kabbalah (as well as on Native American visionaries, and African-American Root Doctors). For a list of that is new on the topic, just head on over to this section of the Lucky Mojo Forum and scroll through the page:

Free AIRR pages on Magic, Divination, and Spirituality
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Unread post by nyalisa_13 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:04 pm

Thank you for pointing me in the right direction, Catherine! I had a feeling it somehow connected, history always works miracles in explanation!)

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I am curious to know the admins' thoughts on whether or not white people can practice Hoodoo. I have heard different views but all seem to range from strong discouragement to prohibition. I appreciate your wisdom on this. Blessings.

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Unread post by JayDee » Sat Jun 26, 2021 1:05 pm

Waxworker,

There is a long history of many people working Hoodoo, it is not a religion, it does not hav an initiation. It is a blend of African, Jewish, European, Native American, protestant Christian traditions. I know many multi-ethnic individuals who practice hoodoo. You can learn a lot from Miss Cats information on Hoodoo. It is important to honor and respect the history of conjure and learning from those before us, who taught, wrote about it, shared their experiences. Lucky Mojo has a vast amount of knowledge you can learn from.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Sat Jun 26, 2021 8:27 pm

Waxworker,

JayDee is correct. Hoodoo, conjure, rootwork, and other practices identified as African American folk magic have always included some beliefs and methods adapted from Middle Eastern, Native American, and European sources, and along with those sources have come people of Middle Eastern, Native American, and European genetic ethnicity. Even Asian popular folk magic has played a role in forming hoodoo, at least on the West Coast and East Coast.

Can white people practice hoodoo?

Well, let's phrase that another way:

What are the earliest recorded and documented instances of white people practicing hoodoo?

Trick question! You see, the answer depends on who you choose to identify as "white" and how people of the past chose to identify themselves.

Paschal Beverly Randolph. born in 1825, was a mixed-race man who often "passed for white" and hung out in white social circles. His first wife was black, and his second wife was a white woman of Irish descent with whom he had a child. He practiced and wrote about hoodoo well into the 1870s. He never did call himself a "black" man, an "African" man, a "Negro" man, or a "coloured" man, which were terms of respect during his lifetime, although he is proudly claimed as such now, long after his death. The question is -- did his white clients see him as "white"? Apparently they did. He called himself a "sang melee" ("mixed blood").

Let's move forward now, to the 1930s. Before the folklorist Harry Middleton Hyatt embarked on his monumental journey through 13 Southern states, where he collected tens of thousands of hoodoo spells from more than 1,600 black root workers, he took a survey of hoodoo practitioners and believers. He reported that 40% of white people believed in or practiced some form of hoodoo and 60% of black people did so. He stated outright that for this reason -- economy of miles to be travelled and a better percentage of useful information per person interviewed -- he would only interview black people. Yet even those black informants told him of visiting white hoodoo doctors and conjure workers, and this was in the 1930s, during the height of Jim Crow segregation. For instance, Hyatt was told repeatedly that the original Doctor Buzzard of Beaufort, South Carolina, had been a white man, and that after his death, several black root doctors named themselves Doctor Buzzard in order to pick up clients.

Since Emancipation (and probably even earlier) white readers and rootworkers have served both white and black clients -- and black readers and rootworkers have served both white and black clients. Spiritualists, occultists, metaphysically-minded seekers, and folk practitioners often meet on common ground, abjuring segregation and racism.

The current attempt to enforce a sort of racial gate-keeping of hoodoo -- the spread of the false and anti-historical idea that it is confined to black people and must not be allowed to white people -- started only after hoodoo hit the internet. It did not exist during my young years in the 1960s. In fact during that time (and even earlier, before i was born) there were quite a few special spells and spiritual supplies recommended to those who wanted to mingle freely as friends and lovers, clients and conjure workers, regardless of skin colour.

Imagine if you were suddenly told via the internet that only black people could play jazz, only black people could cook Southern food, only Asian people could wear Asian-hair wigs, only Swiss people could yodel, only Jews could read the Bible, and only Germans could brew beer.

Would you believe it?

I'll tell you what: I am 74 years old and i have tasted some damned good Mexican beer in my time, and i have heard some damned good Mississippi yodelers, too.

I am not in any way trying to downplay or subtract from the horrors of racism and bigotry that have been used to take economic and social advantages away from people of colour and give them to white people. That is not my purpose or intention here.

Rather, i want to stand for historical truth and to help co-create a better tomorrow.

This old photo was taken in 1937, as you can see by the car headed toward the camera. The photographer was a white socialist named Louise Boyle (1910 - 2005) who was born in North Dakota and raised in upstate New York. She took this image for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, probably while she was documenting their work in Arkansas. The original is housed in the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives at Cornell University.

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Was Madam Stonar white ... or black? Why did she make a point of telling the world that she served ALL people, especially during a time when lynchings, voter suppression, and school segregation were the norm?

Why? Because this is our world, and as magicians, we can change it. Let us always respect, honour, and uphold the names and life stories of the culture-bearers who have preserved for us the magical and spiritual treasures that we love so well, and let us always meet on the level, in friendship and with open hearts. Amen.
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Re: Historical Hoodoo Root Doctors, Practitioners, and Shop Owners

Unread post by deaconmillett » Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:44 am

What a wonderful post to wake up to, Miss Cat. Thank you.
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Unread post by Waxworker » Sun Jul 04, 2021 8:46 am

Thank you catherine and JayDee for your responses to my inquiry. I appreciate the historical background, information, and wisdom you have shared. Much appreciated. Blessings be!

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Fri Aug 13, 2021 11:50 pm

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Re: Historical Hoodoo Root Doctors, Practitioners, and Shop Owners

Unread post by ychirea1 » Sat Aug 14, 2021 2:19 pm

I would love a copy of the Hurston Marie LaVeau book please, but I don't know whether that will be included in our monthly goodie box 😉

It is worth every penny though, I am sure!

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Sun Aug 15, 2021 7:45 pm

ychirea1,

I have you signed up for electronic Patreon files only, not the monthly Patreon goody box. Did you change tiers? I would be glad to send you one if you do sign up for the boxes.

Meanwhile, both last week's and this week's electronic Patreon web pages deal with historical root doctors and psychic readers. More to come!

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Introduction 5
Preliminaries 14
Preparing for the Work 18
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2. How to Dress Homes and Churches 19
Attracting Luck 20
3. Help for One Who Never Had Spiritual Help 20
4. A Hand for the Man or Woman in Bad Luck 21
5. The Man Whose Gambling Luck Was Crossed 22
6. The Lucky Hand 23
7. The Gambling Hand of the Goddess of Chance 24
8. The Best Gambling Hand (Called the Toby) 25
9. The Man Who Wants to Find Buried Treasure 26
10. The Hard-Working Man Who Wants Luck 27
Attracting Success 28
11. The Man Who Wishes to Get a Job 28
12. The Man Who Wants to Hold His Job 29
13. The Man Who Wishes to Obtain a Promotion 30
14. The Man Who Wants the Secret of Prosperity 31
15. The Man Who Wishes to Attract Attention 32
16. The Man Who Wishes to Influence People 33
Overcoming Financial Troubles 34
17. The Man Who Cannot Face His Debts 34
18. The Lady Who Cannot Face Her Landlord 35
19. The Man Who Has Difficulties on the Job 36
20. The Lady Who Has an Empty Boarding House 37
21. The Man Whose Business Is Poor 38
22. The Lady Who Lost Her Business 39
Overcoming Love Troubles 40
23. The Man Who Cannot Get a Sweetheart 40
24. The Lady Who Has a Love-Rival 41
25. The Man Who Lost His Sweetheart 42
26. The Lady Who Lost Her Lover 43
27. The Man Whose Wife Left Home 44
28. The Lady Whose Husband Left Home 45
Overcoming Family Troubles 46
29. The Man Whose Children Do Not Help Him 46
30. The Woman Whose Children Are Ungrateful 47
31. The Man Who Wants Peace in His Home 48
32. The Woman Whose Children Are in Trouble 49
Overcoming Legal Troubles 50
33. The Court Scrape, or: The Lady Going to Trial 50
34. The Man Who Is Pursued by the Law 51
35. The Lady in the Law Suit 52
36. The Man Whose Lodge Brothers Gainsay Him 53
Overcoming Social Troubles 54
37. The Man Whose Lady Friends Speak Badly of Him 55
38. The Lady Whose Men Friends Speak Badly of Her 56
39. The Man Who Has Been Slandered Among Men 56
40. The Lady Whose Lady Friends Spoke Meanly 57
41. The Lady Who Cannot Get Lady Friends 58
42. The Lady Who Cannot Keep Men Friends 59
Conquering Bad Neighbors 60
43. To Make Them Move Out of Their House 60
44. The Man Who Wants to Control Evil Neighbors 61
Conquering Enemies 62
45. The Lady Who Wishes to Cross Her Enemies 62
46. The Man Who Wants to Drive His Enemy Insane 63
47. To Conquer Those Who Have Made You Suffer 64
48. The Curse 65
Breaking Crossed Conditions 66
49. The Lady Who Wishes to Be Uncrossed 66
50. The Man Who Wishes to Be Uncrossed 67
51. The Woman Beset by Evil Spirits 68
52. The Woman Crossed with Sadness 69
True Messages from Dreams 70
53. The Secret of Dreaming True 70
How to Work with Candles 71
Candle Devotions 71
Trinity, Star, Cross, Octave, and Novena 72
Outstanding Significance of Candles 73
Birth Month Candles 74
Star-Sign Candles 74
How to Know the Zodiac 74
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo. Virgo, Libra, 75
Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces 82
Wedding Anniversary Secrets 87
How to Read the Cards 87
Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades 88
List of Supplies 92
Chronological Bibliography 96
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Re: Historical Hoodoo Root Doctors, Practitioners, and Shop Owners

Unread post by ychirea1 » Mon Aug 16, 2021 3:56 am

I have you signed up for electronic Patreon files only, not the monthly Patreon goody box. Did you change tiers? I would be glad to send you one if you do sign up for the boxes.
O man I don't know I just pay bills and see what stuff comes. :mrgreen:

Maybe I will wait and get the whole set

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