Simple Magick Series: Making Your Own Mojo Bags
What is a mojo bag?
The mojo bag has been used in the practice of Hoodoo (folk magic associated with the religion of Voodoo) for hundreds of years, and it can still be used today to magickally attain a particular need or desire. To put it simply, a mojo bag is a bag filled with miscellaneous items that can be worn on a person's body to literally carry a spell around with the practitioner. Being able to wear a spell on one's body makes it that much more powerful, as it is fueled by the practitioner's thoughts, body heat, and energy. The mojo bag might literally absorb the wearer's intentions and energetic vibrations, making the spell contained within act quicker and act with more veracity.
This installment of the Simple Magick series explains what a mojo bag is and how it can be used. We also discover some very easy and cheap ways of creating our own mojo bags for almost any desired outcome.
How mojo bags were used.
Mojo bags are known by other names and have literally been used in dozens of cultures all over the world. They are most well-known as mojo bags, gris-gris bags, medicine bags, spell bags, and amulets.
When speaking specifically of the mojo bags used by the African slaves in early American history, we know that the practitioner who wore the mojo bag used the spell inside to acquire things that he or she needed. Many times the mojo bag was used to ward off evil, sometimes known as the "evil eye" and that they were also used in order to gain good luck or in healing. But magick wasn't always used for good or with good intentions, sometimes mojo bags were used in revenge.
Mojo bags made by the early African-Americans were usually made out of flannel fabric. The flannel fabric was something that they already had in their possession; when their flannel pajamas wore out, they would cut them up and use the fabric to make mojo bags. Magick to the early Americans (both African and otherwise) was always something that came from items that the practitioner already had in their home or in the nearby vacinity. They didn't have all kinds of money to go out and spend on miscellaneous items for their spells. They probably didn't have much time to do that either. So the items inside of their mojo bags were also items that they already...things like: shells, dirt, dried herbs, roots, stones, etc.
The bag was made from the flannel, the magickal items inserted, and probably a spell/chant was said over it as the mojo bag was tied shut. Some say that spitting in the bag before tying it up was traditional. Visualization of the need coming to fruition during the mojo bag creation was probably a large part of the magick, as well.
Make your own mojo bag!
In traditional Hoodoo magic, a mojo bag was made from flannel fabric but in this day and age you can use any type of fabric you'd like to make your own mojo bag. You can even purchase a mojo bag already made, but I would suggest for a more powerful effect to literally piece your own mojo bag together and sew it up yourself. You can use pieces of fabric from an old tablecloth, set of pajamas, or purchase a small amount of fabric from a nearby store or thrift store. Mark the fabric with two squares, cut them out, and sew them together. It's pretty much as simple as that.
Once you have the mojo bag made, you'll want to think about what you want the contents to be. Traditional items in the slaves' mojo bags might have included roots, dirt, herbs, and coins. You can use these types of things or add other items that you have in your house or yard like seashells, broken trinkets or jewelry, locks of hair, old keys, a dollar bill, pennies, candle wax, leaves, etc. Each item that goes into your mojo bag should have a specific purpose and support your main intention. For instance, for a money mojo bag you might want to use cinnamon as the dried herb (cinnamon has properties of success), a penny or two (or a dollar bill), and green candle wax.
While you're making your mojo bag, you should be visualizing the desired outcome of your spell. With each piece that you put into your mojo bag, picture that item aiding in your magickal energy. Spit in the bag and over the mojo bag's contents, then tie the bag together with a ribbon or string. Wear the mojo bag around your neck (and under your shirt) for as long as you feel fit, until the desired outcome has manifested.
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Feeding the Mojo Bag
In Hoodoo and folk magic, when a mojo bag is used it is also "fed" something on a daily or weekly basis. Usually these feedings include an oil of some kind, an herb, or some other essential magickal item. The idea behind feeding the mojo bag is that the content inside are indeed "alive", and that you must feed them to keep them alive and appeased in order to succeed at aiding you in your desires/will.
Many people who talk about making mojo bags, gris gris bags, or nation sacks tend to leave out this important part of the process. Hoodoo and folk magic is based on a very deep-rooted belief that everything in this world is alive and is a part of the divine...the universe...God (whatever you want to call it). And to put some contents in a bag and hope that they help you with your goal or desire and not think of them as being alive and conscious is a silly thing to do indeed. You must look at those contents as though they are the magick (alongside of your intentions)...and they are alive in and of themselves. Feed them.
Written and copyright by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.
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