Intro to Hoodoo
In this area you will find the basics of Conjure and the tools used. But first, a short lesson on what sets root work apart from other practical magick practices.
Rootwork also known as Folk Magic, Folklore, Conjure, or Hoodoo has unique characteristics different from many forms of pagan or Wiccan magick. You will see some similarities, however, rootwork has it’s special flavoring with using Christian psalms, unique curios (animal parts and plant parts, etc), roots and herbs, poppet dolls, candle burnings, mojo bags, the use of personal concerns, and disposal of ritual content such as visiting a crossroads, rivers, graveyards, and more. The elements of Hoodoo are always symbolic of what we are trying to achieve with this style of magick. Hoodoo was a practice that was brought to America’s southern states through African slaves. It became a popular practice among African Americans and some White Americans in early turn of the century. In traditional hoodoo, its practice today encompasses folklore and beliefs of African culture, Native American, Catholicism, and European culture. Charms, Bags, Gris Gris, bottle spells and other magickal crafted fetishes used in Hoodoo can be seen in both African and Native American cultures. Medicines made from roots and herbs are again familiar practices in African and Native cultures. The use of Psalms and Catholic Saints is mingled in Hoodoo as well. Many workers are of an eclectic Christian or Catholic faith. Many believe in God, believe in Jesus and are active in Church’s of different Christian branches. Family recipes and folklore are key ingredients to working Hoodoo. Influences by family and regional area differences, ie. Appalachian mountain magic versus the more deep south areas of Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi is observed in root work practices. Hoodoo is not a religion. It’s a system of magick that is practiced by someone who may be religious, magickal, and/or people with an interest in Occult mysteries. Traditional rootworkers work with bible prayers and psalms, petition Catholic Saints, along with other spirits, deities, and angels of many different kinds. Sigils and seals from Grimoires or Jewish Mystic Qabalah are sometimes used by rootworkers. We may use graveyard spirits, African deities, Ancestors, Catholic Saints, Native spirits, plant spirits, animal spirits, or God to aid us in our work. Many workers lead normal lives as your pharmacists, doctors, ministers, lawyers, nurses, college professors, business owners, healers, community volunteers, and a variety of other professions. Traditional practices, beliefs, and recipes were once spoken teachings much different from the way of how new age and neo pagan traditions are passed on through books. Rootwork tools are symbolic of universal energies, day to day dealings, and situations which you can read about through the pages under this area.