Musings on Rootwork

Egg Limpias and Regional Differences

There are a variety of ways to read an egg. A fellow worker reminded me recently that the traditional hoodoo method of egg reading involves rolling an egg from a black hen across a person’s body while reading Psalm 51 and then throwing an egg against a tree to see if it looks clean or normal.

In Texas, we read the signs of the egg the curanderismo way, in which we do an egg limpia and then read the signs of the egg by breaking it into a glass of water.  Since an egg picks up the energies of the person being cleansed, the cracked egg in water will reveal patterns, images, and various spikes that the worker can read to determine what kind of junk (if any) was picked up off the person.

In Texas, hoodoo is very influenced by the presence of Hispanic folk magic as well as the more traditional African based hoodoo methods. There is a lot of crossover. When people talk about regional differences, this is the kind of thing they mean. Hoodoo is not the same everywhere. There are family variations and cultural variations. If a person needs an egg reading, it does not matter what kind of egg it is. In curanderismo, a white grocery store egg can be used.

It’s like using the phases of the moon to time your workings. You *can* do that if you have the luxury of time, but if you don’t, throw moon phases out the window and get your working done! Same with a cleansing and an egg reading. A cleansing and egg reading may not be able to wait until you can get a hold of a black hen’s egg, but the likelihood that you have a white grocery store egg right there in your fridge is extremely high. (As a side note, if you are going to use the egg from the fridge, let it sit out for a while to bring it up to room temperature).

Those who promote one tried, true, authentic way to get something done forget that there are varieties and flavors in hoodoo. It is not one great mono-practice. People are influenced by their environment, which varies greatly across the United States. You use what the locality and the culture offer you.

Further Reading: http://www.ancestralapothecary.com/blog/2009/11/05/a-day-of-limpias/

Curanderismo http://texas-hoodoo.com/curanderismo/index.html

See Also Egg Limpias and Regional Differences (part 2)


Trusting an Online Hoodoo Worker Part 1

So, when working with a worker that you do not know personally, that is on the internet, what do you expect? E.g. I think pictures and divination are expected. Admittedly, you don’t know that the pics they are taking are of YOUR working but there’s trust involved. How do you determine trust? What makes you feel assured that the worker is doing what you are paying them to do? How is trust built up online?

Both clients and workers differ in their expectations. A lot of work these days is done online. A client recently complained to me


that he worried workers didn’t do the work he paid them to do. He was worried that they just lit a candle, prayed over it once, and was done with it. That there should have been more and some kind of proof. I completely understand this client’s concern. After all, if you hire me to do something for you, how do you know I did it??? Hm? So first there is faith in the worker — you trust them to do what they say they will do (this does NOT mean the working will WORK though — that is a different issue

So with a tarot reading, it’s obvious. Either you get the reading or you don’t The tarot reading you get should get should be personalized in an obvious way to you. It should be answering your question and be giving you information to help you.

So the tarot reading is more obvious in whether the worker has done their job or not. But what if you are not sure? How can you be sure? A fellow hoodoo worker wrote, “See I think that’s the problem with that cause people can’t tell if the stuff was done on their behalf or were they taken by a fool. Usually when someone ask me for something I do not charge them yet I send them photos via email stating in full detail of what I did and the time. Usually when I do something you feel the effects. Its hard to trust people these days period. Since everyone is so money hungry out there.

Another worker said this to me:

When doing free work, I don’t always take the time to take pictures, but do discuss what I’m doing with the person. If I am being paid, I will give updates throughout the work if there is something that stands our or just to keep the person in the loop, but at the end of the service, I do send the client photos that I took daily and share anything that I noticed along the way.

Building a trusting relationship with a rootworker, especialy if the work is being done long distance and you don’t know the worker personally. The key to success in trust is to establish what the worker will do and won’t do. It’s good to have that in writing, even if it’s just informally in an email.  It’s always good to clarify if you don’t understand.  Expectations should be clearly stated. Also, what a worker will do for free is very different than what they will do for a fee. Ask for and make sure you get pictures and a written report if you are paying for the work


A friend commented: “ I have only worked with 2 [rootworkers] and they were given me by more known friend. However, even with that, it can be [difficult to trust]. Trust needs to be established and Facebook is not a great establishment for trust. Buyer be very aware!” Could not agree more! Though I might replace “Facebook” with “the Internet in general.”  Establish a relationship with a rootworker, get recommendations, ask for evidence that the work was done, get as much as possible in writing.

Trusting an Online Worker Part II

Hoodoo A Conjure Craft

Hoodoo, A Conjure Craft by Alexis Scobee

This is the transcript of the flash media post. I am including it because I think it is informative and extremely relevant. As such, it’s educational to people who are new to the tradition.  If you are an American worker of magic (any kind) it is important to learn about the various traditions of American Folk Magic.  Yes — the US has a folk magic tradition. How could we not? We are a melting pot. People brought their traditions from the countries they emigrated from and transplanted them to a new land. The land then changed these traditions and melded a unique and NEW tradition.  This is the way culture works!!! Hoodoo was brought to the U.S. by African slaves….it is now a vital part of  American folk magic culture. What is more, there are regional differences in the US. We are such a large country that areas of our nation differ culturally. This makes our country distinctive and unique in the same way that all countries are unique by virtue of their history and population.

Transcript: Hoodoo, A Conjure Craft

A rootman/woman is merely someone who uses roots mainly in acquiring medicines, poultices, and other healing applications for physical more often than spiritual illness. They heal people through spells, candle burning, and the use of incense, Psalms, and seals of talismans. The Theban Alphabet, also known as the Witch’s Alphabet, is used in Hoodoo spells. When writing a binding, love, protection, or any curse spell the practitioner would use the letters from the Theban. Hoodoo extensively uses herbs, minerals, parts of animal’s bodies–such as fur, teeth, bones, horns, and claws– and possessions of an individual. Unlike formal religions, Hoodoo does not have a structured hierarchy, an established theology, clergy, laity (members of a church or religious group), or order of religious worship services. Nevertheless, Hoodoo is thought to be strongly Christian in the way that God is the archetypal hoodoo doctor.
Zora Neale Hurtson stated “The way we tell it, hoodoo started way back there before everything. Six days of magic spells and mighty words and the world with its elements above and below was made.”
Most practitioners use the Bible as a talisman (an object believed to give magical powers) and as a spell book. Hoodoo uses the “Secrets of the Psalms” to conjure. The bible is also carried for protection. Hoodoo and Voodoo are often mistaken for one another. In reality, Voodoo is a religion, whereas Hoodoo is a group of Magical Practices. In Haiti, Cuba, and many other Caribbean Islands, they worship Vodoun Gods (called lwa or loas, which are biological or archetypal ancestors, saints, angels, or archangels), this is Voodoo in practice. Because Voodoo has worship rituals and moral structure, it is considered to be a Western Religion. Cultural History American Hoodoo is thought to begin with the African slaves, particularly in the American Southeast. Historically, its existence has been documented in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Hoodoo, also known as Conjure, is a form of traditional folk magic that originated from Africa. It incorporates practices form African Native American Traditions and European magical practices and Grimoires (a textbook of magic). The goal of Hoodoo is to allow people access to supernatural forces to improve their daily lives by gaining power in many areas of life, including luck, money, love, divination (foretelling the future), revenge, health, employment, and necromancy (attempting to communicate with the spirits of the dead).
Most spells and practices were passed down from person to person to become the next Hoodoo doctor.
But some hoodoo practices were passed down an entire family line because most spells and practices are within the realm of “folk remedies” or “common knowledge” (like old family remedies; “my grandma always said….”) Conjure Craft Contact with ancestors or other spirits of the dead is an important practice within the conjure tradition. Conjuring also deals very heavily with the work of nature. Not just using roots and stones but understanding how one must treat the Earth. Gris Gris, Juju, or Mojo Bags/Sacks Juju or Mojo is a blessed object that is said to keep evil and negativity at bay. Hoodoo practitioners are known to carry Gris Gris bags or sacks that contain good Juju objects like rice for fertility and white sage for cleansing the soul. They say that Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. But what if those words involved using sticks, stones, roots and bones? Like spells of love, cure, prosperity and even malicious deeds of death, destruction, and horror. This is Hoodoo. Hoodoo Vs Voodoo Poppet Much like Voodoo dolls a Hoodoo poppet is a doll made to represent a person for casting healing, fertility, or binding spells on that person. Poppets are believed be infused with the life of their makers.

Blockbuster Candle Spell

One of my personal favorite workings in hoodoo is unblocking magic.  This (Blockbuster Candle Spell  is an easy but effective one. The purpose of a Blockbuster Spell is to get rid of the blocks and draw in abundance and success to you. Prior to doing a Blockbuster Spell, especially, if you are unsure what you should to or what blocks you have, you may wish to perform a Blockbuster Tarot Spread. Obstacles cross everyone’s path and must be overcome in order to live your life to the fullest. You may wish to consider these nine reasons you are being prevented from achieving your goals. The article will help you change your thinking and attitudes — which are powerful ways to break through any blocks to your ultimate success!

You will need for the Blockbuster Candle Spell
2 large, jumbo sized candles (1 black, 1 either orange or yellow)
4 oils — Banishing Oil, Van Van and Road Opener and some kind of attraction oil
a sharp object like a needle

For this particular spell, you may also choose to work with another oil that is known to draw in abundance, prosperity or success, like a Money Drawing Oil or Attraction Oil. For, mix equal parts of the Banishing, Van Van, and Road Opener oils.

To begin, to the black candle and carve all the things you wish to unblock.

On top of all the things you wish to unblock carve your name directly on top.

Dress the black candle with Blockbuster oil beginning at the middle of the candle and pushing the oil down to its base. This would be the time to visualize or pray, according to your beliefs!

Next, take a piece of brown paper bag and right down the things you would like to see prosper such as your love life, money, your business, your social life, etc. These are the blessings you want to bring into your life.

Fold this paper in half making sure you are making the fold towards you.

Turn it 90 degrees and fold it towards you again.

Take your orange or yellow candle and carve your name in it three times.

Dress the candle with a prosperity or attraction type oil, pulling the oil up the candle towards you and the wick.

You can personalize this spell as much as you want by placing items near the yellow (or orange) candle that reflect what you what such as flowers, money, a blank check, job applications, hearts, etc.

Set your candles side by side.

Under the yellow (or orange) candle, place your folded petition.

Light the black candle first.

Read Psalm 23.

Sit quietly for 15 minutes, meditating, visualizing, praying all your blocks away.

Wait 15 minutes before lighting the yellow (or orange) candle. Say as you light it, “Lord, [or your deity of choice] smoothen my path to my success by Your Holy Hand of Fire.”

When you light the yellow (or orange) candle, visualize and say thank you, one by one, to all the blessings you want to bring into your life.

Wait another 15 minutes before pinching the candles out.

Repeat this daily for 7 days. On the last day, let the candles burn until they go out on their own.

Reconciliation Work Part 2: Reconciliation Soup

Reconciliation Work. A difficult working that many workers won’t perform for people. There are many issues with it… 1. the break up happened for a reason 2. Usually there’s only one partner wanting to get back together 3. the feeling is often a one way street 4. I could go on.

Okay, in looking up reconciliation work I came across a recipe for Reconciliation (i.e. “Reconciliation Soup”). Obviously it’s a non hoodoo food. BUT I like it and I like the idea. Make it and feed it to the person you wish to reconcile with. It requires that you *actually spend time* with the person you are trying to reconcile with. You must be nice, sincere, affable, forgiving, kind, loving. You must want to make amends. Really, nothing else works quite as well. :) (for more suggestions on getting your ex back, click here which has a lot of articles advising on how to get your ex back)

Recipe for Reconciliation Soup
My suggestion is add some pinches of reconciliation herbs to the soup – like catnip, coriander, ginger. Pray over the soup for sincere reunion. Be nice. Be loving. Be friendly. Be the person they fell in love with in the beginning. Make this soup and feed it lovingly to the person you wish to reunite with.

The idea of feeding someone…it is so good on a number of levels. You must be committed to nourishing the person you love. The relationship is not all about  you and what you want.  You must be willing to sacrifice of yourself — your time, your emotion, your energy, your effort. Do not be all about yourself and how it is not your fault things went wrong.  You must be willing to acknowledge your part in the devastation of the relationship.  Be humble and not filled with righteousness or pride.

Do not seek their return just so no one else can have them or to ease  your own loneliness. These are not good reasons to convince someone to come back.  In these cases, seek some one new for yourself.

Pray this prayer for healing a romantic relationship….( it is just a suggestion )

Dear Lord,
I offer you this prayer, to help me with my current relationship situation. Please take away all the pain and hurt in my heart. Fill it with love, joy, patience, and understanding. Bless me and my partner, so that we may never surrender to whatever challenges that come our way. Fill our hearts with love for each other, and may you make each one of us realize each other’s worth. Please touch the heart of my partner,fill it with much love for me. Make our complicated relationship become uncomplicated. I seek for your mercy and blessing that you may allow us to spend the rest of our lives with each other. Please make this feeling mutual for both of us. Lead us not into temptations. Guide us wherever we go. Always put us in each other’s heart and mind. Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer. I love you. Amen.

(SOURCE OF PRAYER IS http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=2997)

see also…. Reconciliation Work Part 1 and Reconciliation Work Part 3

Further Reading

How to Move from Forgiveness to Reconciliation

Reconciliation with an Ex…Is it a good idea?

Getting Back Together With an Ex Love? Do Second Chances and Reconciliations Ever Work?

Prayer for Forgiveness and Reconciliation (for families)

Win Your Boyfriend Back: 5 Simple and Stunning Steps to Getting Your Boyfriend Back Forever!

To Banish An Enemy

As anyone who works hoodoo, we know that an enemy can be out there, that some person  is possibly out to harm us in some way. It is important for all practitioners of magic to protect themselves from their enemies, and devise strategies to beat them. However, enemies consume time, attention, resources, well-being and happiness in life itself. So, the best thing to do is banish your enemy.

Normally, using a glass jar is traditional, but I have gone for a friendlier environmental impact by using either a toilet paper tube or paper towel tube, which will eventually compost/disintegrate naturally.

When the moon is in a waning phase, write on parchment paper (or whatever you have) the full name of the person you want to move, along with birth date if known.  Place hot peppers like jalapenos, cayenne, habaneros, Thai, or ghost.  Roll up the pepper inside the paper and then place the rolled up paper inside either a toilet paper tube or a paper towel tube, with a photo if you have one. Now pee on it. Really soak it in your pee! Pray Psalm 5:10 over it while peeing on it: “Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.” (NIV). Toss into a river, visualize your enemy going far, far away as the bottle is washed away. As soon has you have thrown it into the river, turn around an walk away…do not look back.

You may be interested in this tarot spread that will reveal your enemy. Do this tarot spread to reveal your enemy to you before casting the “To Banish An Enemy Spell.”

Know Your Enemy Tarot Spread


How to Use Hoodoo to Find Your Soul Mate Part 3

Okay, so in Part 1 I talked about using the tarot to determine if a person was indeed your soul mate using this tarot spread

In Part 2, I described some of the different methods that hoodoo has of bringing love to you — plus three more tarot spreads. You DO have a soul mate — trust in that! There is a very special someone you are meant to share a great love with. If you haven’t found this person already, it’s likely you’re interested in meeting him or her.

Now you need to attract this soul mate into your life and for this, I have the following spell suggestion. In addition, you may find this article interesting:  Attract Your Soulmate — Ten Top  Ways

Attract Your Soul Mate to You Hoodoo Spell

Things You’ll need for the Spell:

Pink Candle

Come to Me Oil

Pink Construction Paper

saucer or plate

2 cups of sugar

rose petals or rose buds

1tbs damiana

1 tbs cinnamon

1 tbs catnip

  1. Cleanse and Consecrate the Candle with Florida Water and then Holy Water; dress the candle with Come to Me Oil. Mix the sugar with the herbs
  2. Cut  a Paper Doll out of the construction paper. Your paper doll can be as fancy or as simple of a cutout as you want it to be.  https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/20/8e/ff/208eff3c17c35387c23730b93ecd85f4.jpg
  3. Light your candle and do so consciously. Be aware that fire has an affinity with the spiritual realm.
  4. Write your wishes, desires and goals on the back of the paper doll. Be as specific as possible.
  5. Call upon St Raphael, the saint of happy encounters! “Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings, lead me by the hand toward the one I am looking for. May all my movements and all their movements be guided by your Light and transfigured by your Joy.”
  6. Ask for what you want and need in a future mate. Be honest and open — but also be realistic. No one is perfect and the Universe cannot send you some ideal “perfect” person.
  7. Place the paper  doll on the plate or saucer and cover it with the sugar-herb mixture
  8. Stick the candle in the center of the sugar-herb mixture, speak your desires for a soulmate and build up as much energy in your heart as possible.
  9. Burn the candle for 13 minutes.
  10. Continue to ask for all that you wish for in a soulmate. Be honest and forthright. Be clear and operate only in harmony with the Universe
  11. Keep the dish with the sugar, paper doll, and any wax drippings.
  12. Repeat the next day for a total of 13 days
  13. After the 13 days, take the paper doll and put it in a safe place and keep it until your wishes, goals and desires have come true.
  14. When what you have called comes to you, be sure to thank both Divinity and St. Raphael for your good fortune.
  15. Return the paper doll to nature by either burning it, burying it or throwing it into a river, lake or the ocean.



Removing Obstacles

With this Removing Obstacles Spell, you can get eliminate bad luck, loneliness, financial troubles, and anything else that gets in your way. If you feel that something or someone is preventing you from achieving your desires and goals, but you do not know what it is, please consider getting a tarot reading or some other kind of divination done to help you figure it out more specifically.

What You Need:

Yellow candle plus candles in the colors belonging to the saint(s) you choose to work with
Flowers that match the colors of the saint(s) you choose to work with
Abre Camino incense
Picture of (your choice) St Peter, St. Barbara or St. Sebastien
A Glass of Water
Pen and torn paper from a grocery store sack

You will be choosing to work with the saint that best suits your petition. For example, Saint Barbara would be an excellent choice to petition in situations where there are love, romance and dating obstacles; also family issues. Work with St. Peter if there are financial, job, or employment difficulties. Choose St. Sebastien to clear your path when enduring legal troubles.

Saint Barbara
Feast Day – December 4
Day of the week – Saturday
Candle color – Red
Symbol: The sword
Petition – Protector of women-Love problems-When in-laws are trying to break up a marriage-Gambling luck-Clear path of obstacles-Release someone from prison-Protection during storms

Saint Peter
Feast day – June 29
Day of the week – Tuesday
Candle color – Red, Orange
Symbol: keys
Petition – Success-Remove obstacles-Better business-Strength-Courage-Good luck – Open Roads

Saint Sebastian
Feast day – January 20
Day of the week – Tuesday
Candle color – Red
Symbol: the Arrow
Petition – Justice-Remove obstacles-Success-Good fortune

In this spell, the Saints are invoked to remove obstacles and difficulties in your path. These saints are able to get rid of the strongest of barriers. The spell can be adjusted to encompass all sorts of life decisions. Make sure you start your spell on the day that is appropriate to the saint you are working with. You should also add the symbol of the saint to the altar or card a depiction of the symbol on the candles.

Light the Abre Camino incense and place the flowers and the rice in front of the Saint.

With your hands together, pray to God:


Father, I sing praises unto Your Precious and Mighty name. I thank You for all You have done. Be with me daily Lord, guide me and protect me as You help me to remove obstacles in my way. Lead me along the plain path of righteousness, Oh Heavenly Father, bless me with Your divine favor and mercy.

Give me the strength to persevere and overcome the obstacles in my life, whether it is of You, to make me stronger or of the evil one who tries to knock us down. Despite it all, Satan’s evil works will not prevail, for the battle is already won and I shall overcome, just as You overcame the world.

Loving King, draw near in these difficult times.  I confess that we need You at this very moment and I cannot gain victory over my obstacles without You. Remove  every obstacle that prevents me  from getting closer to You, our merciful Savior, remove them! In Jesus name I pray! Amen!

Light the candles and tell the Saint what you most desire. The Saint will send your prayers to God.

Now commit your wishes to paper and place  the paper under the statue. Say:

Oh Saint (name of saint) take now these wishes of mine. Mold them, shape them, work them until together we can bring them to fruition, with God’s help.

Pinch the candles out.

Repeat for the two following days, finally -letting the candles burn themselves out on the last day.

Afterwards, do not disturb the statue or picture for three days..

Before long, a new way will be shown to enable you to achieve the goal you have been blocked from. Give thanks by sharing your blessings with others and making further offerings to the Saints who appreciate a thank you.

 For more information about obstacles and how to remove them, please see these articles….

Obstacles and Goal Setting: Ways to Open Your Roads!
9 obstacles that keep you from achieving your Goals
Overcoming Obstacles to Achieving Your Goals
Self Empowering Steps To Overcome Obstacles
How To Achieve Goals And Overcome Obstacles
The Obstacles to Wealth Creation
Challenges and obstacles are all a necessary part of any success journey
Conquer The Obstacles to Achieving Your Goals In Life
How To Overcome Obstacles

Video: How to Make a Love Honey Jar

Video: How to Make a Love Honey Jar. by CrystalMoonGoddess40.  A Honey Jar Spell is a classic hoodoo spell designed to sweeten someone to you.  Honey and other sugar spells are very slow to work, because they take time, but they are a very gentle working.  If you have the patience and don’t want to mess too much with someone’s free will, a sweetening honey jar spell is for you! Honey jars aren’t only used for love, but I think they are most commonly used for love spells.  But really, you can use one any time you want to sweeten someone to you — like a boss, a cranky neighbor, your mother in law…. :)

Further Reading:

HONEY JAR MAGIC SPELL To Sweeten Your Relationship

Honey Jar (Love)

How to do a honey jar spell

MAGICK SPELLS 101: Sweetening Spells & Sugar Magick, Honey Jar Spells
by Taliesin McKnight ANOTHER VIDEO!!! :)

What Are Curses?

There are actually two kinds of curses; ancestral curses — which are where an ancestor has been cursed and it had been passed down through the generations in the DNA, and then there are curses where they have been directed at you.

This article will cover curses that have been directed at you.

Curses are essentially energetic chain or net around you: they prevent you from moving forward. They might be designed to generally keep you stuck or more specifically to stop you from obtaining a certain thing that you desire in your life, for example; a curse to keep you from getting a job you want or finding romantic love. When someone casts a spell for either white or black magic, an energy structure is formed that takes up residence inside you.  Someone who is a victim of the black arts frequently have energy structures within their physical or energy bodies. The sole purpose of these energetic structures is to cause chaos and blockages in the life of the person who has been cursed.

So who has the ability to throw a curse at someone? All people have the power to cast a curse: all it takes is a lot of intense energy (for example, someone hating you or being jealous of you). So once a person starts from a place of hate or jealousy, it doesn’t take much to travel down the road of throwing curses at a person.

Many times these curses, if mild enough, can be removed with intense prayer. What I would call a “low intensity” curse can be removed by prayer by anyone who has a deep connection to Spirit. Why does prayer work? The tongue and every word we speak contain the power of blessing or blockages. Words have the power to bring happiness and blessing, or to bring blockages and bad luck through the energy they contain.

More intense curses are more problematic to remove and may take time and multiple efforts.

There are some highly effective methods to remove curses. For more information, see our articles on curses at www.hoodoo-conjure.com.

Forthcoming: Ancestral Curses.

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