General Questions About Lucky Mojo Baths, Washes, and Waters
Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:12 am
Bathing is done for the mundane purpose of cleaning and refreshing the body, but it is also undertaken as part of religious, spiritual, and magical rites. In African American spells of hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork, baths may be undertaken as an act in and of itself to remove unwanted or negative energies, crossed conditions, or jinxes, as a personal cleansing rite preparatory to undertaking spell work, and as a concluding rite after having performed aggressive or negative work that might have left one unclean.
Because bathing is a general human necessity, customs surrounding its use in folk magic may vary from place to place, based in part on the forms in which water is available or is contained, and also based on family and regional traditions passed down through generations. In short, spiritual bathing is one of those things where different people have different styles.
When it comes to spiritual baths in conjure:
Mineral Salts Bath
You may make a mineral bath with dissolved minerals.The minerals are selected based on their spiritual symbolism, according to the prayer, petition, or intended outcome of the bath or the rootwork of which it forms a portion. Examples include Salt, Epsom Salts, and Alum.
You may make an herbal bath with herb tea. The herbs are selected based on their spiritual symbolism, according to the prayer, petition, or intended outcome of the bath or the rootwork of which it forms a portion. Examples include sincle herbs such as Rue, Hyssop, Catnip, and proprietary herb bends, such as Love Herbs Mix, Protection Herbs Mix, and 13 Herb Bath.
Herbal-Mineral Salts Bath
You may make a mixed herb-mineral bath. The mineral-herbal blend is selected based on their spiritual symbolism, according to the prayer, petition, or intended outcome of the bath or the rootwork of which it forms a portion. Examples include Uncrossing Bath Crystals, Money Stay With Me Bath Crystals, and Fire of Love Bath Crystals.
Prepared Liquids Bath
You can make a quick bath by adding a liquid spiritual condition oil, a cologne, or a prepared liquid such as Chinese Wash to warm water. Add as much of the oil, cologne or wash to the water as you like, depending on the amount of water you have. If you wish to take a soaking bath, then you will have a lot of water and can use more wash or bath liquid. With an herb-based condition oil, such as Clarity Oil, Court Case Oil, or Lucky Number Oil some will add three drops, some will add nine drops. Florida Water Cologne is generally poured in by the capful to quarter cup or even half cup, depending on how much water the bath tub holds. Chinese Wash, which is very concentrated, is usually added by the capful -- one capful per full tub of water.
Special Ingredient Baths
Some baths have sugar, honey, or milk in them; these are usually love or beauty baths.
Most people pour and do not soak, except in the case of love baths -- those are more likely to be soaking baths.
Most of the time people do not make a spiritual bath into a soapy water scrubbing bath -- it is a bath in which the active ingredients are mineral salts, herbs, a mixed herbal-mineral blend, or a prepared spiritual bath liquid or combination of liquids. .
If you have a tub, you prepare the bath and then hand-scoop the water onto yourself.
If you only have a shower, just prepare the warm bath water and put it into a cup, pitcher, bowl, or the like, and pour it over yourself as you say your prayer. Then use your hands to rub upward or downward:
Rub upwards to draw good things in.
Rub downwards to release negative conditions.
You do not need to wash your hair if it is inconvenient; just wash from the face down.
Wash your hands and face in a basin with a drop of oil for a quick change of spiritual condition; a spiritual soap can be used as well.
In the old days, you took the bath in a galvanized metal outdoor tub and tipped the water to the East to draw in blessings or toward the West to remove unwanted conditions. The modern version of this is to take a cup or glass of the remnant bath water outdoors and throw it to the East or to the West, as desired. Some people pitch the water forward, others turn their back and toss the water over their left shoulder in the direction they wish it to do. Throwing over your left shoulder is more common when the work is a bath of removal of negative conditions -- you are symbolically leaving them behind.
You are not required to carry a remnant of your bathwater to a crossroads to disperse it or send it into the world, but in recent years it has become a popular ritual among people who live in apartment buildings, because they have no yards or natural environment in which to dispose of the water. Many of them just dump out the cup of water at a street intersection and fail to make use of the old tradition of pouring to the East for blessings and pouring to the West for an end to suffering.
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We have published a wonderful book on the magic of baths and bathing in the hoodoo tradition by our Forum Moderator Aura Laforest, complete with lists of herbs and oils for various conditions that are sold by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co., and recipes for bath mixtures that you can make at home from common kitchen ingredients.
Hoodoo Spiritual Baths by Aura Laforest
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HOODOO SPIRITUAL BATHS:
CLEANSING CONJURE WITH WASHES AND WATERS
by Aura Laforest
Hoodoo Spiritual Baths is a clear, concise, and authentic guide to traditional techniques of bathing and cleansing. Learn how to perform a spiritual house cleaning, how to take a magical bath, and how to ritually dispose of bath waters. This practical guide contains clear instructions on how to use easy-to-find ingredients for teas, baths, and washes, plus dozens of time-tested spells and recipes for every condition, including uncrossing, protection, love, sexuality, marriage, beauty, money drawing, business, gambling luck, blessing, and success.
Aura Laforest is a community herbalist and root doctor who wildcrafts, teaches and consults from her rural home in Quebec, Canada. When she isn't making herbal products from local herbs and roots, you'll find her hiking or leading herb walks.
Hoodoo, A Bit of Background 5
Spiritual Supplies 6
Basic Conjure Terminology and Practices 8
Cleaning the Home and the Body 9
House Cleaning and Bathing for Specific Purposes 10
Hiring a Hands-On Spiritual Worker 10
How Often and How Long 11
Preparation: Terminology and Techniques 12
Spiritual House Cleaning 14
House Cleaning in Seven Easy Steps 15
Floor Washes 16
Fixing the Laundry 18
Floor Sprinkles 20
How to Take a Spiritual Bath 22
Bathing by Proxy 24
Timing When to Bathe 26
Prayers for the Bath 28
Drinking Teas and Bathing 30
Bathing Body Parts 32
Dissolving Words in Water 33
Deployment and Disposal of Waters 34
Ingredients for Teas, Baths, and Washes 35
Special Waters 35
Liquids Other Than Water 36
Spiritual Soaps 41
Recipes For Spiritual Baths 42
Baths for Uncrossing 42
Baths for Protection 42
Baths for Love, Sex, and Marriage 46
Baths for Money Drawing and Business 52
Baths for Gambling Luck 54
Baths for Blessings and Success 56
Baths and Washes for Beauty and Glamour 56
Baths and Washes for a Peaceful Home 60
Frequently Asked Questions 62
Baths and Floor Washes, 1934 - 2014 13
Circa 1890 Bath Tub and Shower Combination 21
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