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Skeleton Keys

A few weeks ago I had the lucky opportunity to go to San Antonio and purchase some hoodoo related stuff around there. Check out these skeleton keys that I got for a buck apiece:

photo credit Frances Osborne Austin TX

     Skeleton Keys are a very popular magical amulet in hoodoo workings

San Antonio is rich in its cultural practices, due to its high Latino and Hispanic population. The store I went to had an upstairs with more normal, touristy type items but I quickly discovered that they had a downstairs basement filled with every iconic statue and item necessary to practice one’s religion. I was also lucky enough to be there at the height of preparation for Day of the Dead.

Authentic skeleton keys :

 

  • Can be hung on a thread or string as pendulum for divination
  • Spells to unlock secrets and other hidden treasures

 

Skeleton keys have long been used as protective amulets and charms. Real skeleton keys are from the early 1900’s and are a bit rusty and oily due to age, use and storage.

Zora Neal Hurston, in “Mules and Men” tells a story about how God gave Eve the keys to the nation to control how much power Adam had over her (and how much abuse he could dish out to her). In the story, these keys kept the balance of power between a man and woman. A key in the hands of woman doing magic is a powerful thing – locking up a man’s nature, keeping them home with their family and responsibilities, keeping them tied to them. But the feminine connection with the key does not end with Hoodoo folk magic; keys are used in fertility spells, protection for a baby to keep them from begin stolen by fairies and many other healing spells.

When I saw these real skeleton keys in that San Antonio shop, I was obviously ecscatic and over the top about it. In general, if I can find something locally, it’s better, and the fact that I just happened to come across these keys by accident tells me that I was meant to have these five, at that very moment. To the spirits, I am very grateful for leading me in this direction.

I wish I could remember the name of this shop, but I can say that it was near the Menger Hotel, which is known in San Antonio to be a haunted hotel.

The Many Faces of Ellegua

African masks Loas and Orishas

Ellegua Elegua Exu Eshu Papa Legba MASK

Ellegua God of the Crossroads

This is the mask of Ellegua that I have and thought I’d share it with everyone.

Hoodoo Oil Pictures

I thought that people might enjoy pictures of the home made hoodoo oils that I make and use in my workings.

Hoodoo Oil Images

(http://myteacup.com/photos/index.php?/category/32)

Communication Spell

Write in cursive your name and the name of the target in a circle, without lifting your pen, such that the two names are joined together. (You can go back and cross the t’s or dot the i’s .) Put the paper into a jar with 3 oz. of whiskey along with 3 oz. of tobacco water, 3 pennies, three drops of Mercury Oil (planetary oil), and let it sit for 7 days. When the mixture is ready, spray it on a yellow 7 day knob candle while saying “Name of person, you will contact (talk to, communicate with, write, call, etc) me.” Burn one knob each day, and tell the candle each day that you want a particular person to communicate with you.

A Pink Candle Spell

Here is a pink candle love spell that you might find works very well.  It was originally a woman’s spell, because of the phallic shape of the candle, but there should be no reason a man couldn’t perform this spell.

First you will need a pink candle that will burn down in due time. I suggest a votive sized candle.

You will have to inscribe it (see below), so do not use a candle that is too small.  It can be be larger than a votive light (i.e. a pillar candle)

Prepare your altar and decorate it with those things precious to you and to the one you love. Using a rose thorn from a white rose bush, inscribe the words “All my love come to me” 3 times on the candle. Place the inscribed candle in the center of the altar and light it. For the entire time the candle burns, gaze upon it and visualize your love coming to you in all their wholeness and soulful entirety. When the candle burns out, collect the wax puddle that remains, wrap it up with the items from the altar and keep it all in a safe place until you decide it’s the right time to dispose of your spell remains.

The result of this spell will not give you a slave kind of love from the person: but you will receive ALL the love that person has for you — which may be less than, as much as, or more than the love you have for them. Accept the degree of love you receive with grace and tenderness. A person is capable of only so much love, and the Universe (God) has made them this way. It is not up to us to force them to be a different person than what God made them to be

If — in the future —  you no longer desire to receive this person’s love, dispose of the spell’s ritual remains in an uncomplicated  way. Depending on your situation, the wax puddle can be burned on a fire, buried at a crossroads, thrown into running water, mailed to him, ground to shavings and baked into a cake — or whatever you feel is right. But it is your responsibility to dispose of it if you no longer want to be loved in any way by this person. You have choices and you much choose the method that suits both you and the nature of the spell the best.

Soulmate Spell

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Attract Your Soulmate Spell

Create a poppet in pink cloth intended to represent your future soulmate. Put love herbs, love and attraction oil, and a glass or wax or paper heart in it. Also stuff a petition paper in it that describes what your soulmate. Include this poppet in a love attraction spell.

A poppet is a specially made fabric doll. It is a basic roughly human shaped figure made from 2 pieces of fabric, like flannel for example. While cutting the cloth, concentrate on who it will represent. It may then be worked on further with embroidering it with facial features, special characteristics such as a beard, mustache, long hair, etc. Even astrological signs can be embroidered onto the doll to help symbolize whom you wish to attract. Use your imagination and creativity in making your poppet. Sew the figure leaving the top open so that you can add your oils, herbs and wax heart.

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Sample Hoodoo Love Poppet

Once you have made your soulmate poppet, hold the poppet over your heart, close your eyes, and concentrate your thoughts on the soulmate you want to attract to you. See him or her in as much detail as you can: height, weight, eye and hair coloring. Think of the interests, sports, activities, you would like them to have. Then see the two of you together, walking hand in hand. Pray to the Universe to send this soulmate to you. When done, kiss the poppet and put it on your altar.  Do this every day that you are working this spell because the more that you do this, the more your poppet will be empowered. (You should do this spell for a minimum of 7 days, but keep it up until you have met someone that you think that possibly the Universe has sent you)

If you are using candle work to draw a soulmate to you, I recommend using a pink candle and not a red candle.  Pink is for love and red is for sex and passion. You could add a red candle if you wanted, but really I think that would be optional — to me, the pink candle would be the main thing.

Another suggestion I came across that I like very much is the use of a key in a love spell.  You wish to have the key to a person’s heart — you wish to unlock their heart and also know the essence of their heart. A small key could be put into the poppet, or one could be drawn onto the petition paper, or a key could be included on your altar.

Remember, this kind of magic not a case of drawing a specific person to you. Rather, a soulmate attraction spell is used to draw the right someone to you — the person that the Universe knows is your soulmate and the correct person for you.  Do not specify a particular person (that would be a different kind of love spell) though you can certainly describe the kind of person you would like.

Once the Universe has sent you someone that you think might be your soulmate, you can perform this Pendulum Love Divination to get further information.

Further Reading:

Attract Your Soulmate: Top Ten Ways

Find Your Soulmate: 5 Questions You Must Ask Yourself

St. Cajetan Job Seeking Candle Spell

St Cajetan is the patron saint of job seekers.

Saint Cajetan is regarded as the Patron Saint of the job hunter and the unemployed. This spell calls upon Saint Cajetan who is eager to help you find a job or a better paying job. If you are tired of your present job and looking for a better one, or if you are currently unemployed, appeal to Saint Cajetan, who will aid you in your quest for a better position or career.

Mix in a bowl:
–1/2 tsp of each herb. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Fenugreek seed, & Basil
2 oz green olive oil.

Bless the oil in the Name of the Holy Trinity.

You will need three new Green candles. Dress each one with the oil/herb mixture from bottom to top. You will arrange the candles in a triangle on your altar. On the top candle, inscribe “good paying job” and on the two bottom candles write the Success Symbol

Write a petition paper on a piece of brown torn paper grocery store bag. Write on a piece of paper what you would like in terms of a good paying job. Be specific. Write the city and state where you want the job. At the end of the petition paper, write out Psalm 118: 25: “Save now, we beseech thee, O Jehovah: O Jehovah, we beseech thee, send now prosperity.” Fold the paper and place it under the top candle. Place a dollar bill underneath the bottom left candle; on the bottom right candle place a W-2 form with your name and social security number on it.

Light the candles every day for seven days. When you light them, pray to St. Cajetan, the patron saint of job seekers. Offerings to St Cajetan would include bread and wildflowers.

Glorious Saint Cajetan, acclaimed by
all people to be the father of providence
because you provide miraculous aid to
all in need, I stand here before you today,
asking that you present to the Lord our God
the requests that I confidently deposit
in your hands today.
May these graces that I now request
help me to always seek the Kingdom
of God and his Righteousness,
knowing that God — who dresses with
beauty the flowers of the field and
abundantly feeds the birds of the
sky — will give me all other
things. Amen.

On the seventh day, light the candles and pray “Thank you Saint Cajetan for working on my behalf for a better paying job!” Keep the faith and continue to pray to Saint Cajetan as he will answer your prayers in his own time!

Dispose of the spell remains in an unobtrusive spot at a bank. When leaving, do not look back at the spell remains.

Sharing a Book Review

Thought that this book review might be of interest to readers of my blog:

Book Review: Candle and the Crossroads by Orion Foxwood

A book of Appalachian Conjure And Southern Rootwork

http://mystic-echoes.com/2015/10/02/book-review-candle-and-the-crossroads-by-orion-foxwood/

 

Green Candle Money Spell

Torn piece of brown paper from a grocery store sack. Image Credit: http://brainflavoured.deviantart.com/art/Brown-paper-pt-3-197397572

On a torn piece of brown paper bag (like from the grocery store), take a pencil and write how much money you need and why you need it. Draw a circle around the amount and then write your name around the circle, continuously, without lifting your pencil off the paper.

Next take Money Drawing Oil and dress the paper in a 5 spot pattern. Placing four dots on the circle and then connecting the dots in a counterclockwise direction starting at the dot in the north and ending at the dot in the north is very effective.
Pray over the paper asking for God’s favor. You can use Psalm 23

The paper is now folded in half, folding towards you. Fold it in half again and again fold it towards you. Carry it with you all day. Feel free to touch, reread (out loud is best, but in your had is fine), and pray over the paper throughout the day. When you fold it up just remember to fold towards you.

Green Candle

That night open the paper up and reread it. Place it below a green candle dressed with Money Drawing Oil. When you dress the green candle, rub the oil upward from the bottom of the candle to the top of the candle

Pray over the paper and candle. You can use Psalm 23 or Psalm 4

 Pinch out the candle and repeat for seven or nine nights. On the last night, burn your petition.

Tea Lights: What good are they in hoodoo, anyway?

Tea Lights: Cheap, Inexpensive and Appealing to the Frugal

Tea Lights: What good are they in hoodoo, anyway? They are so tiny, so small, and they burn so quickly. How on earth can they be any good for a hoodoo working?

A friend on my Hoodoo Arts forum asked me, “In your experience, have tea lights worked for you? I have a few of them but merely thought of them as teaser spells.”

Yes, they are kind of teaser. They are too small and burn too quick to be of any huge lasting effect. They are cheap, small, and a dime a dozen. Which, of course, makes them VERY attractive to the frugal minded.

I know they are indeed a kind of teaser, but I think they can be potent if you have a lot of people lighting them. This is where the power is: in numbers. In other words : lots of people = small candle = big working. But for me personally on my own — no.  Just one person lighting a single tea light is probably very small potatoes magic. This is why you need lots of people burning tea lights and why churches will give out tea lights to put on mass altars. In this case, it’s quantity, not quality.  Tea lights are GREAT for mass workings because they fit the concept of small effort + large number of people = big effect.

My friend’s thoughts are: “(I) think this boils down to intent again but it is well known that despite strong intent, once the tea light goes out, the working is considered done. With offertory and 7 day vigils, the work goes a lot longer. Energy and focus is key but a small firecracker that goes pop and one that goes boom, makes quite the difference.”

Another friend on my Hoodoo Arts forum commented in favor of tea lights: “I find tea lights work terrifically…I’ve even gotten requests at work and drawn pics of lit candles on post its, written the person’s name across it and used that as a focus. The lights are a focus point…the real  energy comes from the practitioner knowing how to use the point to focus and send energy. I have found that its not necessarily about what you use, rather how you use it. You can kick just as much ass with a piece if paper and pen as you can with a ton of candles, oils herbs and other things (not that those things aren’t cool and effective)….You can always “program” it for sustained release. You light the candle to start but the focused energy that has been imparted continue until the situation has resolved, the universe says “nope..not this time”, or whatever time frame you decide. It’s more than intent. You have to manipulate the energy. You can have the best intent but if you can’t control the energies you’re not going to get results no matter what you use.”

The use of post it notes is, in my mind, an interesting variation on candle working. If it works for her, she should continue doing that, but I personally am in favor of the actual flame, the actual candle, herbs and oils, etc. The debate pm whether “intent” trumps all is a worthy argument. I personally am on the side of “it takes more than just intent — ya gotta do the work too.” I personally am more on the side of “put some time, money, effort, materials, etc” into your working.  Not saying you have to break your bank at all. Because, for example, I am the queen of grocery store hoodoo — stuff from your local supermarket works just as good if not better than the stuff you buy at high end metaphysical stores.

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