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Why You Should NOT Work with Anima Sola

Anima Sola (aka Intranquil Spirit) is invoked when you want your ex to come back against their will. It is a forever and ever binding kind of spell. One should not feel sorry for Anima Sola “The Lonely Soul” — because she is invoked when you are so lonely for your ex that you cannot bear to be without them. It’s like making a pact with the devil in my mind. (I bring up feeling sorry for her because someone wanted to work with her to “make her feel better.” Um. NO.)

I have always been very cautious about her.

Anima Sola is invoked when you want your ex to come back against their will. It is a forever and ever binding kind of spell. One should not feel sorry for Anima Sola “The Lonely Soul” — because she is invoked when you are so lonely for your ex that you cannot bear to be without them. It’s like making a pact with the devil in my mind. You are basically cursing your ex to be forever intranquil, forever restless, until they come back to you.

Even this article says, “Though it’s understandable to anyone who has been through an especially painful break up how one might be in the position of wanting the return of their lover NO MATTER WHAT — magical workers often find that working with the Intranquil Spirit creates more complications than it solves and that the reconciliations this spirit brings about are often still emotionally fraught.”

I find (personally) that those who want to invoke her to bring back an ex at any cost have psychological and emotional problems that need to be addressed. Working with Anima Sola is not a healthy way to have a relationship.  Love work is good, it can be positive, but generally clients get very anxious about it. Sometimes, to the client, it seems that Anima Sola might be a great way to go. But in terms of emotional or love health — no, I do not think so. Because they are grieving, they want their ex back desperately at any cost. That is the main purpose of Anima Sola. She has no other purpose as far as I know. People who want to invoke her and use her to get the ex back are grieving and unwilling to move on, much like Anima Sola herself.

To those who want to work the Anima Sola spell, I understand how you feel.  It’s so hard. I have been there. If I had known abotu Anima Sola when I was in my twenties and this guy broke up with me, I would have totally done it.  OMG, I am so glad I didn’t though. Time, work, therapy, etc. helped me through it. Having a child with another man helped me.  This love and this getting over the love is such a REAL thing.

Face It: Hoodoo is Christian

A suggestion. Please research hoodoo just a tad. It’s not pagan nor is it ceremonial magic nor is it Egyptian, nor is it something other than Christian. It’s just Christian. Which means: it’s the Bible, it’s God, it’s Jesus, it’s the Holy Ghost, it’s going to church, etc. Thank you.

You don’t cast circles.

You don’t invoke Ra. (or any other deity other than the Trinity)

Please do not advocate a “pick your pantheon” philosophy. It’s plain out just not hoodoo. Unless you state ahead of time “this is not hoodoo, but…” Really, there is only ONE pantheon in hoodoo, it’s the Jewish – Christian one.

Hoodoo does not mix with ceremonial magic. Nor is it Palo. Or some other mix. Frankly, it’s just Christian. And NO: Ganesh or other Hindu deities are NOT a part of hoodoo.  OMG. No. Just effin’ no. Rolls eyes. OMG.

People who get shitty about the Christian stuff probably don’t belong on one of my groups, but really I have found that people generally don’t argue with me about it. They might be some other tradition but they don’t argue with me about it. It’s important to be respectful!!! Sometimes people are confused and mix up the ATR traditions. They discount the Christian nature of hoodoo. But it is important to NOT discount it.

Sometimes people will mention the “veneer” of Christianity. This  makes me think that they are thinking of Voodoo. Hoodoo is explicitly Christian. It’s not a veneer. Trust me.  Voodoo has a Christian veneer and actually many Voudouisants will also say they are Christian (Catholic.) They see no conflict with this at at all.

A poster at the FB group Hoodoo Arts wrote: ” One problem is that the word hoodoo has become a lot like the word kleenax. It is uses by a lot of people currently to mean any kind of folk magic just like people use Kleenex to mean any kind of facial tissue. Hoodoo with a big H IS Christian based. No other powers are drawn upon. Anything else is folk magic of a different flavor that is lumped in and labeled as hoodoo with a little h…its semantics but its very important to remember that there are people that actively practice Hoodoo and we need to respect their culture and original beliefs and traditions.”


Egg Limpias and Regional Differences Part 2

Even within a tradition, everyone has their own take or filter in which they practice it. I LOVE hoodoo and totally honor it…even the strict traditional parts…but these traditional parts do get filtered within my own “feeling” for the practice. I don’t always practice according to conventional methods. I frequently practice according to spiritual direction (either an elder has directed me or or a spirit has directed me)

Traditionally, black hens were specified for use in cleansing or uncrossing; when an egg was used, it would traditionally be preferred to be from a black chicken as well.  The reality nowadays is that most people have no connections to farms or rural living and it is unlikely that most people would have access to eggs that they know are from black chickens, and it does make sense that people would adapt to use what eggs are available.

One of my colleagues writes, “As far as egg reading, I view it similar to reading tarot cards. Traditionally, tarot would not likely have been available to the early black inhabitant of this country. I do notice that it is not uncommon that modern practitioners might include them into their divination set, though. I certainly wouldn’t say it is a general part of hoodoo, but it is present at this point.

Reading an egg before disposing of it is pulling in yet another opportunity to “divine” the condition. No, it is not standard, and yes, it has been imported.

I was taught to use what I have on hand as much as possible. Much of hoodoo is practical in nature. For example, the use of torn paper grocery bags to write petition papers on. It was paper one had on hand and if you are dirt poor, you use what you have on hand. Also, the use of red flannel for mojo bags has its origins in practicality. The plantation owners would give the slaves red flannel to make their clothing out of. So they used the scraps to make the bags.

In my mind, the use of the eggs you have on hand is therefore traditional. Besides, if you are rural, farm eggs are notoriously non-uniform and vary hugely in size. I have friends who raise chickens and their eggs look NOTHING like grocery store eggs. They are funky looking and oddly shaped!!! and on the farm, you don’t know whether an egg has been fertilized or not, so breaking it will sometimes give you a big surprise.

I had a friend in college who was raised dirt poor on a family farm and she said that once she got off the farm, she swore she would never eat a farm egg again because it really disgusted her to break open an egg and see a partially formed chicken fetus. You don’t get any surprises, frankly, with grocery store eggs.

The reason why Native American herbalism became a part of hoodoo is because the slaves had to adapt their magical methods to the plants that were in their region — another example of using what you have on hand.

Anyways this is my perspective on why hoodoo varies from region to region — history, culture, tradition, availability.

See Also Egg Limpias and Regional Differences


Trusting an Online Hoodoo Worker Part 2

I think most honorable workers aim to be affordable. If you pay someone to perform work for you, it should be reasonably priced. Workers need to eat and pay bills too, but they don’t need $700 to remove a curse. When hiring a worker, always get it plainly stated what the price is, what kind of work is to be done, and ask for pictures. Divination is optional and may cost extra but I certainly recommend it. And there are NO guarantees that work performed will be successful. Divination after the working will indicate whether it has worked or not, and if not, may suggest WHY it did not work. (Remember, we humans don’t always have the final say in whether spiritual workings will be successful or not —- the Universe is the final arbiter.)

A fellow worker I know wrote: “I once heard of two psychic women charging up to a thousand for run of the mill cleansings anyone who read an article online could do. Please don’t believe everything you are told.”

And another friend wrote: “I met a girl the other day who paid a ‘psychic’ $700 to take off a curse…. what a crook! Any ‘psychic’ with a heart will give you the tools or information you need to help your Self. There are MANY ways to break a curse”

I could not agree more. There is nothing wrong with charging for spell work or readings or to have work done. But be sure to get recommendations from friends you trust! Ask around for people who have a good reputation. Join some online hoodoo forums — many respectable hoodoo rootworkers are on them and donate their time and knowledge for free.  If you feel you need their services, you will have  a sense of whom you connect with and whom you think is trustworthy and will treat you right!

See also Trusting an Online Hoodoo Worker Part 1


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