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Unread post by Meisterlowin » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:02 pm

Good call to whomever reworked the topic title. In retrospect it was a little random.

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Most of what is known of their journey - includig a decision, halfway, to abandon their terrified children with strangers - has been told by the women to lawyers, friends and the police. …
Don't compare yourself to others . You have no idea what their journey is all about!

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Unread post by Miss Phoenix » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:56 am

This is really interesting. I am curious to see if there are any reports of this from American sources, as this was written by a UK website. There is a lot of incorrect information and I wonder if that would be true from a more local source who might have more access to valid information?
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Unread post by ConjureMan » Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:03 pm

In interesting news:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/0 ... ird%20News

John Robert Lind Admits To Putting Semen In Co-Worker’s Coffee: Cops

by David Lohr, Senior Crime Reporter, The Huffington Post

09/05/2014 04:41 pm ET
Updated Jan 13, 2015
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Unread post by DocMurphy » Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:28 pm

He liked her and thought that was a way to get her to notice him? Seriously?...
Dude, that is not how to impress a woman.
Yeesh. Someone send that poor woman some Four Thieves Vinegar.

Keeping my lid on my lattes. LOL.

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Doc,

You're funny!! LOL
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Unread post by MissMichaele » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:41 pm

Well... it was a trick, but not sneaky.

Seriously, why would anyone drink spoiled cream? Even if it was actually spoiled cream?
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Unread post by AlyssaH » Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:27 am

Not sure if this is for the news section, but it's written on a topical comedy site, but it gave me a chuckle & it's Hoodoo related :) (Spoiler, it's written from a sceptic's viewpoint.)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-bizarre-o ... ck-charms/

5 Famous Lucky Charms That Get More Baffling With Research

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Unread post by caffeinated24x7 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:47 pm

Interesting article. I live near Dallas and have traveled that road between Dallas and Shreveport many times. Freaky.
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:40 pm

http://fox42kptm.com/news/local/man-cau ... lston-shop

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Man caught on camera dumping 'symbolic' pile of dirt at Ralston shop

by Steve Saunders

Monday, February 13th 2017

RALSTON, NE (FOX42KPTM) - Candle shop owner Alex Fernandez spent part of the afternoon reviewing his security footage.

"When we came in Sunday to open up, we noticed there was a pile of what looked like sand or dirt on the mat in front of our doorstep and that's not normal,” said Fernandez as he watched the video from Saturday night.

It shows a man dumping something from his bag on the front step of the Hearthside Candle shop in Ralston.

It's something that's left Fernandez stumped.

"We are a meta-physical shop and this was kind of the meta-physical equivalent of leaving a dead fish on someone's doorstep. It's meant as a threat," said Fernandez.

He says that threat could bring bad luck to his business, including a lack of customers.

"The fact that this person would do this and get caught doing it is just pretty stupid," Fernandez.

He says his focus is now to step up security. Since the incident, he has installed a new surveillance camera.

"We went and talked to people today to see if anybody had seen anything, and the community has really rallied behind us since we got here,” said Fernandez.
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Unread post by amithyzt » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:28 pm

I couldn't stop giggling at the implied jab- 'This is unusual as they get - at least, here in Texas; I don't know about Louisiana.'

Meanwhile, I was HOOKED as soon as the steering wheel "squirmed to life and started pummeling her" ... That's some heavy snizz right there!
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:45 am

Here's an interesting news story, courtesy of Shelby O'Connelly, who spotted it and posted it to Facebook:

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‘Beef Tongue Shut Up Hoodoo Spell’ Doesn’t Block Fraud Charges

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – A financial adviser and former radio host accused of running a Ponzi scheme has discovered there is no magic way to escape the charges.

An FBI affidavit made public this week says agents searching Dawn J. Bennett’s home recovered instructions for placing three Securities and Exchange Commission attorneys under a “Beef Tongue Shut Up Hoodoo Spell.”

Agents found written instructions for casting spells – and also shelves filled with hundreds of pairs of shoes.

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A full account of the findings at the home of Dawn J. Bennett, including multiple freezer spells made with the names of officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission, can be found here:

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/08/ ... doo-spell/

I am always fascinated to see evidences of folk magic in unlikely situations. In this case, it seems that the practitioner was printing out spells from the internet and using them to try to stop the court proceedings against her.

More details on Dawn J. Bennett and on the SEC case, as of 2016, can be found here:

http://www.investmentnews.com/article/2 ... -j-bennett

Folks in Facebook are chuckling, saying that she did "the wrong spell" or that magic is foolish, but i give her an A for effort. She tried. The thing is, if she really is a criminal, she may have been so full of herself that she forgot that God also listens to the prayers of the sorrowful, the injured, and the victims of crimes such as these, and she was not the only one working to win.

My takeaway lesson from this is not that a greedy, narcissistic, rich, white woman used African American hoodoo spells that she found on the internet to try to beat a serious legal charge of financial fraud -- it's that in the Book of Proverbs 15:6-9 there is still great truth:

Proverbs 15

6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
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Unread post by amypeacelove » Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:53 pm

So interesting that she’s out on a $5 million bond. I love the quote from Proverbs.

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Unread post by BroderickG » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:14 am

You don't think this was written by a local source and sold to the british paper? I thought that's how these things are done usually.

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Unread post by ain sophist » Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:44 pm

There is an update on Dawn J. Bennett. the fraudster with the freezer spell. She was convicted.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryla ... story.html

Not really worth posting except I was heartened that her personal beliefs were not dragged into the trial, considering the recent divisory political climate.

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Unread post by hboston23 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:21 am

As an African American woman, witch, and root worker from Texas, I found this article very interesting. I am not, and have never been, one to adhere to any type of exclusionary groups, whether they be covens, churches, or anything else. I am always willing to take in knowledge whether it be from the European traditions, Native American, or Eastern. However, there have been many moments during my spiritual journey that I longed to see more people who "looked like me" or were raised in similar backgrounds and hearing about their own journeys and practices.

While I know there is some debate amongst Hoodoo practitioners about whether or not the origins stem from the Orisha centered traditions of West Africa, or are more closely associated with the deities and practices of the Congo, this is still an interesting article for me, mostly because it acknowledges the dual partnership and integration of Christianity with the African Spiritual traditions for today's young witches or color.

Disclaimer: I am not promoting any particular group with this post

Check it out!

https://www.theatlantic.com/internation ... SEpqcnu6mQ

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Unread post by ain sophist » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:02 pm

Canada overturned a law prohibiting "anyone who pretends to exercise witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment, conjuration or fortune telling, or claims to have the ability to find lost or stolen objects". Problematic workers now fall under general fraud laws.

The Washington Post: Canada decriminalized fake witchcraft. But it was too late for the ‘white witch of the north’.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/20 ... tch-north/

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Unread post by nagasiva » Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:36 pm

Dianne Reber Hart wrote an article for the Press Democrat in Sonoma County for which Christopher Chung took a bunch of really cool photos. You can find it here:

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9644 ... lucky-mojo
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Unread post by Miss Athena » Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:26 pm

How wonderful! The photos are very cool indeed, and the article is respectfully written (although I love how he calls the shop "THE Lucky Mojo"). Very nice bit of press!
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:54 pm

Athena, we loved that article and those photos!

Maybe that "the" is a rural thing? We buy groceries at The Safeway, get gas at The Circle K, pick up fast food at The Burger King ... and purchase our candles and oils at The Lucky Mojo. When i lived in Missouri, we shopped at The MFA, got gas at The Texaco Station, bought fast food from The Dairy Princess, and watched movies at The State Theater.
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Unread post by Miss Athena » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:05 pm

Wow, I never thought about a geographical bias or sociological syntax. When I lived in San Francisco, I got into a weird habit of calling it The Safeway (and only that one store), but I thought I was just having a brain freeze. Perhaps I picked it up by overhearing it. Very interesting.
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Unread post by ain sophist » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:24 pm

Atlas Obscura sent me this one today: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/w ... d-africans
what haint blue means to descendants enslaved africans?
As it says on the tin - Indigo, along with some brief discussion of root workers.

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Unread post by ain sophist » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:39 pm

https://globalnews.ca/news/7180307/lemo ... coquitlam/
I saw a follow up with someone trying to cover...‘it’s a love spell’ lol!

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:04 pm

ain sophist --

The Lemons story made me laugh! Guess the intended victim is a hiker who uses that trail!
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Mon May 16, 2022 2:57 pm

While bot about conjure per se, thi announcement about an extended exhibit of antique black dolls may be of interest to those who practice magic with dolls.

New-York Historical Society Exhibition Explores Handmade Black Dolls Through the Lens of Race, Gender, and History

Black Dolls on view February 25 – June 5, 2022

https://www.nyhistory.org/press/black-d ... ace-gender
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