Musings on Rootwork

Collecting Grave Yard Dirt for Spells

A hoodoo conjure woman gives tips on using and collecting grave yard dirt.

How to make rootwork oil


Santisima Muerte road opener spell (abre caminos)


Here is a candle spell to use when you want to remove obstacles or open your path in life working with Santisima Muerte. Also, I share one of my latest statues of her. Enjoy! With the money from the offerings, you can use it to get more offerings for her altar, etc. The most important thing with money offerings is once you offer to her, never use it for anything else other than for her. And you never want to completely take all if the money off. Leave it all there.

How to make Florida Water

How to make Florida Water

This video we are going to make Florida Water!!!!!!!! This is what you will need: 2 cups Alcohol,2 tbsp of rose water,16 drops of bergamot,12 drops of lavender,6 drops of may chang,3 drops of rosemary,2 drops of jasmine and 2 drops of rose attar.

How to take a Spiritual Bath

How to take a Spiritual Bath

A hoodoo conjure woman gives tips on taking a spiritual bath.

Protecting Yourself in Magical Facebook Groups

A hoodoo conjure woman gives advice on staying protected in magical facebook groups.

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.

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