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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:

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:13 pm

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Leaves from the Root Doctor's Garden: WHEN HOODOO WAS ILLEGAL

Tier 1 SEPTEMBER 7th, 2021

Hello, everyone, and thank you for supporting "It's All Ephemera"!

This week in "Leaves from the Root Doctor's Garden," i take a look at the United States Post Office's successful legal action to suppress the folklore writings of the famed African American author Zora Neale Hurston

1) "When Hoodoo Was Illegal"

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This illustrated page introduces us to the Afro-India Import Company and its suppression at the hands of the United States Post Office in 1959.

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2) "Herb Magic" Web Site

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"When Hoodoo Was Illegal" is part of the Herb Magic web site, which is dedicated to herbs, roots, and minerals in African American hoodoo folk magic. If you are not yet familiar with the public portion of the site, check it out!

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Thu Oct 07, 2021 5:11 pm

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Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog: WHEN HOODOO WAS ILLEGAL: Henry B. Gottlieb

Tier 1 OCTOBER 7th, 2021

Hello, everyone, and thank you for supporting "It's All Ephemera"!

This week in "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog," i take a look at the United States Post Office's successful legal action to suppress prayer and folk magic and prevent its practice by African-Americans.

1) "When Hoodoo Was Illegal: Henry B. Gottlieb and Twinz Co. versus the United States Post Office"

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This illustrated page brings us the Twinz aCo. of New York City and its suppression at the hands of the United States Post Office in 1956.

Thanks to my wonderfully supportive Patrons -- you have made this web page possible.

2) "Southern Spirits" Web Site
http://southernspirits.org/wiki/

"When Hoodoo Was Illegal" is a category of web pages at the Southern Spirits web site, which is a site that collects primary documentary accounts of the practice of hoodoo, the folk magic of African-American practitioners. If you are not yet familiar with the public portion of the site, check it out!

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3) The Public Southern Spirits web site:

http://www.southernspirits.org

Southern Spirits one of my nicest, but least-known web sites. Online since 1994, Southern Spirits brings the ghost-voices of our magical past into the modern age. These are our spiritual ancestors speaking -- both as others heard them and as they told the world about themselves. Listen!

The material at Southern Spirits was gathered from a variety of sources, including old books, magazine articles, newspapers, and even fragments extracted from novels and short stories. It is heavily annotated with interpretive and comparative notes, especially distinguishing between narratives told *by* practitioners and narratives *about* them, particularly when the latter are recounted by derogatory or "amused" white observers.

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4) "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog" Private Forum:

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As a Patron, you have access to our exclusive threads at the Lucky Mojo Forum! Signing up takes a few seconds, and each thread allows you to participate in discussions with me about the ongoing Patreon page publications. To comment on this week's new pages, or any of the previous posts, please go to my private Patreon forum at the web address above.

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When Hoodoo Was Illegal: The Old Chief Medicine Co.

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Tier 2 NOVEMBER 14th, 2021

Hello, everyone, and thank you for supporting "It's All Ephemera"!

This week in "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog," i take a look at the United States Food and Drug Administration's successful legal action to destroy traditional American herbal knowledge that had its roots in ancient Native American medicine.

1) "When Hoodoo Was Illegal: FDA versus Indiana Botanic Garden and Old Chief Medicine Co. 1950"

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This illustrated page brings us the story of A. L. Machris and the Old Chief Medicine Co. of Detroit, Michigan, a mail-order house that purchased bulk herbal teas from Joseph E. Meyer's Indiana Botanic Gardens in Hammond, Indiana. Lucky for us, while ordering several shipments of these folkloric medicines to be destroyed, the FDA also carefully noted down all of the ingredients in six different remedies -- so now you can make your own!

Thanks to my wonderfully supportive Patrons -- you have made this web page possible.

2) "Southern Spirits" Web Site

http://southernspirits.org/wiki/

"When Hoodoo Was Illegal" is a category of web pages at the Southern Spirits web site, which is a site that collects primary documentary accounts of the practice of hoodoo, the folk magic of African-American practitioners. If you are not yet familiar with the public portion of the site, check it out!

DISCUSSION FORUMS FOR PATRONS

3) The Public Southern Spirits web site:

http://www.southernspirits.org

Southern Spirits one of my nicest, but least-known web sites. Online since 1994, Southern Spirits brings the ghost-voices of our magical past into the modern age. These are our spiritual ancestors speaking -- both as others heard them and as they told the world about themselves. Listen!

The material at Southern Spirits was gathered from a variety of sources, including old books, magazine articles, newspapers, and even fragments extracted from novels and short stories. It is heavily annotated with interpretive and comparative notes, especially distinguishing between narratives told *by* practitioners and narratives *about* them, particularly when the latter are recounted by derogatory or "amused" white observers.

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4) "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog" Private Forum:

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As a Patron, you have access to our exclusive threads at the Lucky Mojo Forum! Signing up takes a few seconds, and each thread allows you to participate in discussions with me about the ongoing Patreon page publications. To comment on this week's new pages, or any of the previous posts, please go to my private Patreon forum at the web address above.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Sun Nov 21, 2021 5:09 pm

Conjure Doctoring and the Walking Boy: From the Southern Workman and Hampton School Record, Vol. 28 August 1899

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Tier 3 NOVEMBER 21st, 2021

Hello, everyone, and thank you for supporting "It's All Ephemera"! This week in "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog," i take a look at how African-Americans were documenting hoodoo and conjure practices in the 19th century.

1) "Conjure Doctoring and the Walking Boy: From the Southern Workman and Hampton School Record, Vol. 28 August 1899" presents three personal anecdotes of root doctoring experienced by a young student-teacher between 1885 and 1895. Not only are her recollections a rare example of black Americans collecting and publishing their own folklore prior to 1900, the forms of divination used by the root doctors are very old and obscure today. In particular, the secret of diagnosing hoodoo with a walking boy is almost unknown at the present time, and is described here in detail.

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Thanks to my wonderfully supportive Patrons -- you have made this web page possible.

2) The Public Southern Spirits web site:

http://www.southernspirits.org

Southern Spirits is one of my nicest, but least-known web sites. Online since 1994, Southern Spirits brings the ghost-voices of our magical past into the modern age. These are our spiritual ancestors speaking -- both as others heard them and as they told the world about themselves. Listen!

The material at Southern Spirits was gathered from a variety of sources, including old books, magazine articles, newspapers, and even fragments extracted from novels and short stories. It is heavily annotated with interpretive and comparative notes, especially distinguishing between narratives told *by* practitioners and narratives *about* them, particularly when the latter are recounted by derogatory or "amused" white observers.

3) "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog" Private Forum for Patrons only:

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As a Patron, you have access to our exclusive threads at the Lucky Mojo Forum! Signing up takes a few seconds, and each thread allows you to participate in discussions with me about the ongoing Patreon page publications. To comment on this week's new pages, or any of the previous posts, please go to my private Patreon forum at the web address above.

4) If you want to support me on Patreon, please go to "It's All Ephemera," where you can read my update posts and sign on as Patrons:

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5) Please follow me on Facebook at

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Tue Dec 07, 2021 9:17 pm

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Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog: THE CONJURE DOCTORS

Tier 1 DECEMBER 7th, 2021

Hello, everyone, and thank you for supporting "It's All Ephemera"! This week in "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog," we dive deeper into African-American documentation of hoodoo and conjure in the 19th century.

1) "The Conjure Doctors: From the Southern Workman and Hampton School Record, Vol. 24 August 1895" by Leonora Herron presents personal accounts of root doctors collected in 1878. These rare examples of 19th century black Americans publishing their own folklore tell us what Conjure Doctors did, where their powers came from, and what they looked like ... more than 140 years ago!

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Thanks to my wonderfully supportive Patrons -- you have made this web page possible.

2) The Public Southern Spirits web site:

http://www.southernspirits.org

Southern Spirits is one of my nicest, but least-known web sites. Online since 1994, Southern Spirits brings the ghost-voices of our magical past into the modern age. These are our spiritual ancestors speaking -- both as others heard them and as they told the world about themselves. Listen!

The material at Southern Spirits was gathered from a variety of sources, including old books, magazine articles, newspapers, and even fragments extracted from novels and short stories. It is heavily annotated with interpretive and comparative notes.

3) "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog" Private Forum for Patrons only:

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As a Patron, you have access to our exclusive threads at the Lucky Mojo Forum! Signing up takes a few seconds, and each thread allows you to participate in discussions with me about the ongoing Patreon page publications.

4) If you want to support me on Patreon, please go to "It's All Ephemera," where you can read my update posts and sign on as Patrons:

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5) Please follow me on Facebook at

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Patrons at Tiers 4, 5, and 6 can expect their packages of books and ephemera to go out on December 1st, 2021.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Tue Dec 14, 2021 12:01 am

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Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog: The Conjure Doctors of Virginia

Tier 2 DECEMBER 14th, 2021

Hello, everyone, and thank you for supporting "It's All Ephemera"!

This week in "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog," i present a 19th century black educator's perspective on African-American folk magic and folk medicine.

1) "THE CONJURE DOCTORS OF VIRGINIA" by Rev. Daniel Webster Davis, from the Southern Workman and Hampton School Record, Vol. 27, December 1898.

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This illustrated page brings us a memoir written in 1898 by Rev. Daniel Webster Davis, in which he describes the Virginia conjure doctors of his youth. Born into slavery during the Civil War, Davis became a public school teacher, a poet, and a teacher to other black educators. An upwardly aspirational man who played an active role in the progressive politics of the 19th century, he also documented a recipe for a buried bottle spell that is virtually identical to those still found in 21st century hoodoo.

Thanks to my wonderfully supportive Patrons -- you have made this web page possible.

2) "Southern Spirits" Web Site

http://southernspirits.org

The Southern Spirits web site includes material about hoodoo gathered from old books, magazine articles, newspapers, and fragments extracted from novels and short stories. It is heavily annotated with interpretive and comparative notes, especially distinguishing between narratives told *by* practitioners and narratives *about* them. If you are not yet familiar with the public portion of the site, check it out!

3) "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog" Private Forum:

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Patrons have access to exclusive threads at the Lucky Mojo Forum! Signing up takes a few seconds, and each thread allows you to participate in discussions with me about the ongoing Patreon page publications.

4) To support me on Patreon, please go to "It's All Ephemera," where you can read my update posts and sign on as Patrons for as little as $2.00 per week:

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5) Please follow me on Facebook at

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Patrons at Tiers 4, 5, and 6 can expect their packages of books and ephemera to go out on December 15th, 2021.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Tue Dec 21, 2021 12:02 am

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Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog: 19th Century Kentucky Hoodoo (Patreon Tier 3, December 21st, 2021)

Hello, everyone, and thank you for supporting "It's All Ephemera"! This week in "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog," i present a black Kentucky woman's first-hand memories of 19th century folk magic and folk medicine.

1) "19th CENTURY CONJURE DOCTORS OF KENTUCKY" by Mrs. Duncan, from "A Folk History of Slavery in the United States, From Interviews with Former Slaves, 1936-1938."

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This fully illustrated page brings us an interview from 1937 with Mrs. Duncan, in which she describes the Kentucky conjure doctors of her youth. Born into slavery prior to 1855, she documents the use of silver dimes, horseshoes, herbs, and a glass pistol in hoodoo spells of protection and curing.

Thanks to my wonderfully supportive Patrons -- you have made this web page possible.

2) "Southern Spirits" Web Site

http://southernspirits.org

The Southern Spirits web site includes material about hoodoo gathered from old books, magazine articles, newspapers, and fragments extracted from novels and short stories, heavily annotated with interpretive and comparative notes. If you are not yet familiar with the public portion of the site, check it out!

3) "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog" Private Forum:

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My Patrons have access to exclusive threads at the Lucky Mojo Forum! Signing up takes a few seconds, and each thread allows you to participate in discussions with me about the ongoing Patreon page publications.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Tue Dec 28, 2021 9:03 pm

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HARLEM CONJURE MEN, 1938

Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog: Conjure Doctors of Harlem (Patreon Tier 3, December 28th, 2021)

Hello, everyone, and thank you for supporting "It's All Ephemera"! This week in "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog," i present --

HARLEM ROOT DOCTORS: "SAGWA" and WILLIAM WEINER, THE JUPITER MAN

Interviewed in New York City in 1938 by Vivian Morris [Thelma Berlack-Boozer]

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This illustrated and heavily annotated page brings us two interviews conducted by an African-American journalist in 1938 in which a professional conjure doctor and an herbal pharmacist present a wide range of magical spells and folkloric health remedies as practiced in the early 20th century hoodoo tradition.

Thanks to my wonderfully supportive Patrons -- you have made this web page possible.

"Southern Spirits" Web Site

http://southernspirits.org

The Southern Spirits web site includes material about hoodoo gathered from old books, magazine articles, newspapers, and fragments extracted from novels and short stories, heavily annotated with interpretive and comparative notes. If you are not yet familiar with the public portion of the site, check it out!

"Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog" Private Forum:

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Tue Jan 04, 2022 5:19 pm

I have been having a lot of fun placing historical material about hoodoo online, with my annotations and links to related pages. I want to thank my Patrons, whose financial support for me at Patreon.com has made this work possible.

One year after each of my new web pages is shown to my paying Patrons, it is released free of charge to the public. My Patreon series on conjure history started on January 7th, 2021, so look for new pages to go public soon. Not all of them are about hoodoo history, but quite a few are, and when they open up to the public, i will announce them here.
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Tue Jan 04, 2022 5:21 pm

Hello, all,

Over on Facebook, i received the following question from an African-American person, addressing me as a Jew. I have removed the sender's name and slightly reworded the text to preserve the author's anonymity:

I have a question and it’s a serious one. How can you practice Hoodoo? Hoodoo is a closed practice. It was developed by my ancestors and is to be only used by their descendants.

I responded to this common misconception, but the querent had already pre-blocked me. My reply was as follows:

Well, that is your opinion, and you got it somewhere, but it not historically true. There is a lot of divisiveness and gate-keeping and shaming in this world that is not factual.

If you want to discuss this at the Lucky Mojo Forum, i would be glad to. I also have a Patreon stream that explores the history of hoodoo as found in material published by African-American folklorists going back to the 19th century. You don't have to subscribe to my Patreon feed (it's $8.00 per month for 4 new articles, one per week), because after one year, each page opens up to the public for free. Stay tuned for the articles opening up in 2022. They will prove to you that hoodoo has never been a "closed practice" or limited to people of one genetic lineage. It is definitely African American, but that is a much wider genetic field than you might think, and a much more open sociological phenomenon than you might know.

I am hopeful that your will take time to learn the true history of hoodoo. It is much, much more friendly, welcoming, and cosmopolitan than modern "gatekeepers" try to pretend -- and luckily for us, many black folklorists have left a record of the truth.

Good luck to you, and may your New Year be healthy and filled with magic.


Messages like these started showing up at my Facebook page in 2012, mostly in response to the completely unfounded, ungrounded, and offensive statements by a number of racist so-called "magicians" and "witches" who falsely claimed that hoodoo was originally "Scottish" or "Appalachian," and that black people had "stolen" it. The person most closely associated with this racist rant is " Rev. Wendy C Allen aka EelKat of Laughing Gnome Hollow," of "The Church of the Holy Rhinnestone," whose article "So sick of people calling Hoodoo an African American Folk Magic! Hoodoo is Scottish NOT African! Get with the program people!" caused a lot of controversy and called me out by name for having written that hoodoo African-American folk magic.

"Eelkat's" unsound racist scenario was quickly countered by a number of black people claiming that hoodoo is "hereditary" or even "initiatic" and is "not open to white people." That is not true either, but at least i understand the impulse behind defending one's family traditions from racist haters like "Eelkat." The argument that conjure is "for black folks only" may contain wording like, "white folks have no authority of the spirits." This idea would make sense if hoodoo were a religion in which one has to receive "license" or approval by an authority-figure in order to seek the help of exclusively African spirits -- but since the spirits consulted by both historical and modern hoodoo doctors range from God, Biblical angels, and deceased human beings to family ancestors and the life-force of plants and animals, there is no logical basis for the contention that people of non-African genetic backgrounds would be unable to connect with the spirits. The anti-white messages i received at Facebook hit a high peak in 2017. They are now on the downswing, as more historical material is being put on the web.

The funny thing is that had this querent joined our Forum, the information would have been easily available. More material is coming along, too. For instance, in the advance notice for one of my Patreon-sponsored web pages, cited immediately above, mention is made of an article by an African American journalist who interviewed two conjure doctors in Harlem, New York in 1938. In one year this web page, with my extensive annotations, will be free to the public and will add another piece of evidence, bolstered by census records, that demonstrates how cross-cultural sharing adds texture to the African warp and weft of conjure.

Hoodoo has been and remains primarily part of black culture -- but it is high time that uninformed gatekeepers step back from their embattled and bitterly hostile positions and realize that there is no fight here ... and that by learning about historical hoodoo root doctors, practitioners, and shop owners and their long-standing practice of cultural sharing, nothing will be lost, and the beautiful originality of African-American folklore and folk magic will be even more apparent.
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Re: Historical Hoodoo Root Doctors, Practitioners, and Shop Owners

Unread post by coastwitch » Sun Jan 09, 2022 5:34 pm

I just read the AIRR web page on Dr. Jim Jordan, written by Miss Michaele and Miss Cat. You folks are doing wonderful work preserving the history of this craft. The biographies are part of the tradition almost as much as the spells are and we are lucky to learn about these people.
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:30 am

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Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog: Her Mother Was Conjured (Patreon Tier 2, January 14th, 2022)

Hello, everyone, and welcome to "It's All Ephemera"! This week i am opening a one-year-old Patreon page to the public and creating a new page in "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog" as a one-year Patreon exclusive for those who are financially supporting my writing.

Lula Taylor, born in slavery, tells how her mother ws conjured in the days before Emancipation.

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This illustrated and annotated web page gives an account of a black husband and wife team of conjure doctors who stole a slave from her white owner and forced her to work for them, then fed her a concoction of herbs that caused her to marry the suitor they chose for her.

The Southern Spirits web site includes material about hoodoo gathered from old books, magazine articles, newspapers, and fragments extracted from novels and short stories, annotated with interpretive and comparative notes. If you are not yet familiar with the public portion of the site, check it out!

http://southernspirits.org

My Patrons have access to exclusive threads at the Lucky Mojo Forum which enable discussions with me about the ongoing Patreon page publications. If you are a Patron, come on over to the Private Forum for "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog" and we can talk about the project:

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

Unread post by MysticAurora » Wed Feb 02, 2022 2:30 pm

Wow! Went through these posts and it is so amazing to be able to learn this information and really be able to understand different perspectives of some issues that were touched on.

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

Unread post by catherineyronwode » Fri Feb 04, 2022 12:38 pm

MysticAurora,

I'm glad you enjoyed the posts. As my Patreon pages beome open to the public one year after i write them, i will be announcing them and linking to their pages in this thread.
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Re: Historical Hoodoo Root Doctors, Practitioners, and Shop Owners

Unread post by catherineyronwode » Wed Feb 09, 2022 7:51 pm

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Thanks to my Patrons, who contribute as little as $2.00 per week for an exclusive one-year sneak-peek behind the scenes, i am able to write a new web page every week on the history of folk magic and divination. This week, as my husband and i continue our second year at Patreon, two of last year's private Patreon pages have gone public. THANK YOU, Patrons, for making this possible. Go to https://SouthernSpirits.org to find the newly public pages, and please consider supporting me on Patreon so i can keep on working on "It's All Ephemera!"

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

Unread post by fredburke » Mon Mar 07, 2022 11:37 am

I think these are the Patreon posts I've most enjoyed, and I look forward to a lot more history articles!

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