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Hoodoo – A General Summary of the Tradition

guest Blogger: Dr. William Bailey.

I am a movie buff.  I just can’t get enough of good movies with outstanding plots that contain some basis of truth.  The Skeleton Key is a movie based upon Hoodoo and the swapping of souls from an older person into a younger and more vibrant individual, thereby achieving immortality.  The “conjure of sacrifice” is a concept used within the movie that allowed the soul swapping.  It was a record supposedly made by a famous Hoodoo worshiper that was an integral part of soul swapping and thereby making one immortal.  The one main essential concept for Hoodoo to operate properly and receive the outcome you wish for is faith in the practices and rituals of Hoodoo.  Like all other religions and spiritual traditions, belief or faith is a requirement for the religion or tradition to work and become an essential part of one’s life.  At the end of the movie the conjure sacrifice ritual was completed, thereby swapping an older woman’s mind and soul with a much younger woman’s body, more importantly achieving a new and fresh start at life.  I have searched on the web for an actual “real life” Hoodoo ritual that would theoretically swap people’s minds and souls with another.  To this day I can’t find a real Hoodoo conjure of sacrifice ritual (there may be one in existence, but I couldn’t locate one).  This movie has sparked interest in Hoodoo in many people and faiths throughout the religious and spiritual communities.

Although a Hoodoo ritual was not found to directly transfer one into another, I did come across a very interesting and documented concept referred to as “Mind Uploading”.  Mind uploading is an absolutely tremendous concept that appears to be an actual realistic invention that will materialize within the next few decades.  The apparent approximated date of conception of this truly Earth shattering invention is to materialize in or around the year 2050.  Imagine if you will an endless and effortless way to achieve mental stability and control without the need of your physically broken down body to acquire what you desire.  All of those outlandish science fiction movies we’ve watched as kids are coming true.

Hoodoo (conjure) is folk magic and the practice of folk belief with its followers being the vast majority of African American.  Hoodoo is also known as witchcraft or rootwork with its folk beliefs originating in the Southern United States with other influences from Africa, Native American Traditions, Ashanti & Senegalese African Tribes, and European magical practices.  American slaves throughout the southeastern United States is where Hoodoo is said to have originated, various states include Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas.

Don’t mistake Hoodoo for Voodoo.  Voodoo is an organized and recognized religion; whereas Hoodoo is African-American traditional folk magic developed through various cultures throughout the world and doesn’t have an established theology or Sunday services however, some may find that Hoodoo practitioners mingle within Christian religious communities while subscribing to the Old Testament of the Bible.  A member of the Hoodoo community is able to be guided by a practitioner and be one’s apprentice.  One may also take it upon themselves and learn the magic on their own however; traditionally the knowledge is passed on by word of mouth.

It’s the goal of Hoodoo to better their existence by achieving power in multiple aspects of their lives by utilizing supernatural powers.  The supernatural powers will have positive effects on divination, financial situations, luck, health, revenge, jobs, spirituality, magic, herbal usage, animal parts, and most of all bodily fluids.

Johannes Gottfried Seelig discovered “Secrets of the Psalms” which he claimed were magical secrets within the Bible’s Book of Psalms.  He believed that by stating certain names of angels, God, and of demons, wishes would be granted.  The following are versus and specific situations for which they help:

  • Psalms 45 – If a man has a wife that is less then nice to him, he must recite Psalm 45 over pure olive oil, and then he must spread the oil on his body, after which his wife will be very nice.
  • Psalms 46 – If a man attempts to be with his wife and wants his wife to return the passion, he must recite Psalms 46 over pure olive oil and spread the oil on her body.  She will then return the passion and love will bloom.
  • Psalms 61 – When moving into a new home, recite Psalms 61 prior to moving in, along with an additional prayer that suits the occasions.  You will then receive good luck with your home.
  • Psalms 121 – If you are a lone late night traveler, recite Psalms 121 seven times and you will be safe in your travels.
  • Psalms 3 – For a severe headache or backache, recite Psalms 3 over a small amount of pure olive oil and apply the oil to the painful area.
  • Psalms 132 – This Psalm is to be read if in fact you promised someone that you would do something on a specific time table and fail to stick to the time table.  You are to recite this Psalm daily.

There are other various Psalms that in fact will bring good luck such as a safe childbirth, warding off evil, help with the law, assistance with evil and enemies.  Some are to be recited with miscellaneous rituals and other actions.

As previously stated, many Hoodoo practitioners are Christians, although many are not.  There are Catholic traditions that Hoodoo practitioners share.  They utilize Catholic Saints to coincide with their Hoodoo spirits.

Being that Hoodoo is based upon folk magic, there are a large number of Hoodoo supplies utilized for spells and rituals including crystal salts, numerous mojo oils, incense and incense powders, various spell kits, vinegar, amulet bags or medicine bags, oils, washes, pennants, bells and chimes, mystic sprays, peridot treasure bottles (each for various occasions such as friendship, wealth, health, and uplifting emotions), rowan berries and leaves (used for psychic vision, contact with families, protection, success), Sabbath herbal charged spell candles, and Goddess blend bath salts for calling upon the Goddesses with herbs and oils made with waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

After a long and in depth search through numerous research banks, I located an old tradition Hoodoo doctrine.  The following are a list of eight major components in the old tradition during the African Slave era:

  1. Assist Africans in their escape.
  2. Stop white people from harming Africans.
  3. Save a loved one from slavery, or stop the initial sale of an African.
  4. Cause the slave owner or “Master” and his wife to become sick and or die.
  5. Sabotage the Master’s agriculture and kill their animals.
  6. Reverse the roles of the class system (control the Master, his wife, and their children).
  7. Health care.
  8. Collect food.

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