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The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook: The Most Complete Book about New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo in Contemporary Literature

Updated on August 12, 2013

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Since first writing this lens almost 4 years ago, I got a contract with Weiser Books to publish the book with them. As a result, most of the content was changed, updates and much improved. While the first version had information from previously released sources with credit given, the new version contains original content and formulas and information heretofore never been published about New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo.

There are different spells, different formulas, additional chapter information, and expanded overall.

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

Product Description

The term "voodoo hoodoo" is used by Louisiana locals to describe the unique variety of Creole Voodoo found in New Orleans. In this book, you will find a plethora of authentic Voodoo and hoodoo rituals for love, justice, gambling luck, luck in court, prosperity, health, crossing, hexes, curse removal, and much more. The author has stripped the shroud of secrecy that has always surrounded Voodoo, and provides detailed instructions on everything from making gris-gris, magickal oils, talismans, and powders, to casting hexes. Denise Alvarado was born and raised in the Voodoo and hoodoo rich culture of New Orleans. She has studied mysticism and practiced Creole Voodoo and indigenous healing traditions for over three decades.

This is the original version of the book which is being sold at astronomical prices which I have no control over. It has been out of print since 2011, and though I am flattered, the new version is a much better book!

Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook - NEW VERSION

This is the new and much improved version of the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook.

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook
The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

"Voodoo Hoodoo" is the unique variety of Creole Voodoo found in New Orleans. The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a rich compendium of more than 300 authentic Voodoo and Hoodoo recipes, rituals, and spells for love, justice, gambling luck, prosperity, health, and success.

Cultural anthropologist and root worker Denise Alvarado, who grew up in New Orleans, draws from a lifetime of recipes and spells learned from family, friends, and local practitioners. She traces the history of the African-based folk magic brought by slaves to New Orleans, and shows how it evolved over time to include influences from Native American spirituality, Catholicism, and Pentecostalism. She shares her research into folklore collections and 19th- and 20th- century formularies along with her own magical arts.

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook includes more than 100 spells for Banishing, Binding, Fertility, Luck, Protection, Money, and more. Alvarado introduces readers to the Pantheon of Voodoo Spirits, the Seven African Powers, and other important Loas, Prayers, Novenas, and Psalms, and much, much more, including:

* Oils and Potions: Attraction Love Oil, Dream Potion, Gambler's Luck Oil, Blessing Oil

* Hoodoo Powders and Gris Gris: Algier's Fast Luck Powder, Controlling Powder, Money Drawing Powder

* Talismans and Candle Magic

* Curses and Hexes


Mam'zelle Laveau, Li Grand Zombi & Papa Guede

Mam'zelle Laveau, Li Grand Zombi & Papa Guede
Mam'zelle Laveau, Li Grand Zombi & Papa Guede

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

DJ Parhams,author, May 27, 2009


I recently purchased this book, and I found it too be extremely informative. It's more than apparent that Ms. Alvarado is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the arts of voodoo/hoodoo. I especially enjoyed her recipes for root work and oils.

5.0 out of 5 stars

April 8, 2009

By Sara M. Kay "pagan bookworm" (Newport, OR) -

Exactly what I wanted to write myself, but..., ...Denise Alvarado beat me to it!

I bought this book from Denise's website "The Mystic Voodoo" along with the companion CD (which has extra occult texts and material not in the book), and couldn't be happier with my purchase. While the term "Voodoo Hoodoo" might throw off some viewers, the writer is clear in the proper definitions of both Voodoo AND Hoodoo early on in the book. This is chocked full of information regarding the Loa, Catholic saints, magic, folk remedies, superstitions, recipes for occult oils, rootwork and just about everything else. A great introduction to both New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo, a must-buy for those interested in these paths.

Essential Tools of the Rootworker

1.Baskets for harvesting.

2.Bottles and jars. I encourage recycling bottles and jars of all kinds – perfumes, pickles, baby food, etc.

3.Cauldron. A cast iron pot or Dutch oven will suffice.

4.Charcoal blocks. This is the best way to burn loose incense, but avoid those that contain saltpeter as it is toxic. Pure bamboo charcoals from Japan are preferable.

5.Chimnea. This is a miniature fireplace. They come in a variety of sizes and are great for rituals and burning incense.

The Crossroads

The Crossroads
The Crossroads

Sample Spells from the Spellbook

  • TO MAKE PEOPLE LOVE YOU - Take nine lumps of starch, nine of sugar, nine teaspoons of steel dust. Wet it all with Jockey Club cologne. Take nine pieces of ribbon, blue, red or yellow. Take a dessertspoonful and put it on a piece of ribbon and tie it in a bag. As each fold is gathered together call his name. As you wrap it with yellow thread call his name till you finish. Make nine bags and place them under a rug, behind an armoire, under a step or over a door. They will love you and give you everything they can get. Distance makes no difference. Your mind is talking to his mind and nothing beats that.
  • Salt and Saltpeter Bath for Undoing Tricks - When taking spiritual baths to remove jinxes or negativity in general, you should always wash with downward strokes. This uncrossing bath is for when you are a victim of foot track magic, i.e. something has been buried in your path or under your porch. You will need:

    One-half teaspoon of saltpeter

    Eight quarts of hot water

    Wash with downward strokes from your face all the way down nine times. Take the left over water and throw it towards sunrise early in the morning before the sun comes up.

New Orleans Voodoo Doll

New Orleans Voodoo Doll
New Orleans Voodoo Doll

Formula for Command and Compel Oil

Sample Formula from the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

Essential oil of bergomot

Licorice root

Calamus root

Few bits of frankincense

Top off with honeysuckle or rose oil for fragrance

In a base of mineral oil

Sample Voodoo Hoodoo Love Spell

There is a general consensus amongst Occultists that the best times to do love drawing spells is on Thursdays and Sundays when the moon is waxing or full.

Attraction Love Spell

Purpose: To attract the person you love. This spell is most effective when performed during a full moon or when the moon is waxing.


Pink candle

Favorite perfume or essential oil



Take the candle and engrave a heart into it with the toothpick. Place the candle on a windowsill with the heart in the moonlight. Place the perfume or essential oil in front of the candle and say, "Oshun, bestow upon me the love that I need; let this scent attract (name) to me!"

Sample Unhexing Spell from the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

Here’s what to do if you think someone has put a hex or curse on you: Before going to bed, cleanse a white household candle with Florida water and/or holy water. Anoint the candle with psychic or dream oil, light the candle, place a glass of water next to the candle and pray to your spirits for clarity and understanding of whatever is causing you distress. Do this for three nights in a row beginning on a Monday night. If you receive no clear answer by the end of the week, contact a root worker or tarot reader to see if he or she can determine why these issues have arisen in your life.

A Charm to Get a Better Job

Sample Spell from the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

The purpose of this spell is to secure better employment with better pay, and to attract wealth and prosperity.


Green fabric

Salt, Magnetic Sand, Pyrite blend (provided)

Hemp rope

Money drawing incense

Charcoal block

Directions: Take piece of green flannel cloth and lay it flat with one of the corners facing you. Place in the middle of the fabric the salt, magnetic sand, and pyrite blend. Fold up the corners until you have a bundle and tie it closed with the hemp string.

Place the charcoal block on a fireproof dish. Place a pinch of the money drawing incense on the charcoal block and light the charcoal. Pass the better job charm through the smoke and say the following nine times:

"Essence of light, earth, and fire, send me the job that says "please hire".

Send me better money, a better job, that I will be happy, wealthy, prosperous, and proud!”

Before each interview, hold this bundle and visualize yourself walking into the interview room, radiating confidence. Imagine yourself being in a position to pick and choose jobs at will.

Carry this better job charm with you to your job interviews. Accept that any rejection is a sign from the universe that the job was not right for you.

Great stuff you can buy about Voodoo Hoodoo - Vote for your favorite. Or, add what's missing!

Voodoo and Hoodoo: The Craft as Revealed by Traditional Practitioners
Voodoo and Hoodoo: The Craft as Revealed by Traditional Practitioners

Voodoo and Hoodoo tells how these spiritual descendents of African medicine men and sorcerers lay tricks and work their magic and explains the hold these practices have had on their believers, from their Old World origins until today.

Hoodoo Mysteries: Folk Magic, Mysticism & Rituals
Hoodoo Mysteries: Folk Magic, Mysticism & Rituals

Conjuring money and attracting love, reversing hexes and stopping slander-it's all in a day's work for the Hoodoo practitioner. This is true American folk magic, colorful and powerful, yet little-known outside of the bayous and backwoods of Louisiana. Let Ray Malbrough take you deep inside the Hoodoo mysteries. You'll learn the secrets of root working and magical baths, the Head Pot and the Medium's necklace. You'll discover how to divine the future with playing cards and cowrie shells, and how to work with the spirits of the dead. Step inside a world of magic and intrigue you never knew existed-enter the hidden world of the Hoodoo.

Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Conjure: A Handbook (Greenwood Folklore Handbooks)
Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Conjure: A Handbook (Greenwood Folklore Handbooks)

Hoodoo, voodoo, and conjure are part of a mysterious world of African American spirituality that has long captured the popular imagination. These magical beliefs and practices have figured in literary works by such authors as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Ishmael Reed, and they have been central to numerous films, such as The Skeleton Key. Written for students and general readers, this book is a convenient introduction to hoodoo, voodoo, and conjure. The volume begins by defining and classifying elements of these spiritual traditions. It then provides a wide range of examples and texts, which illustrate the richness of these beliefs and practices. It also examines the scholarly response to hoodoo, voodoo, and conjure, and it explores the presence of hoodoo, voodoo, and conjure in popular culture. The volume closes with a glossary and bibliography. Students in social studies classes will use this book to learn more about African American magical beliefs, while literature students will enjoy its exploration of primary sources and literary works.

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure

This is the first book of its kind, presenting accurate botanical information about roots and herbs employed in conjure, with sample spells that will show you how to make and use your own mojo bags, spiritual baths, and incenses. 224 pages 500 herbs, roots, minerals, and rare zoological curios, 750 traditional spells, tricks, and magical recipes, 50 black and white illustrations

Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo & Conjuring with Herbs
Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo & Conjuring with Herbs

2005 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Winner for Best General Interest Book! Hoodoo is an eclectic blend of African traditions, Native American herbalism, Judeo-Christian ritual, and magical healing. Tracing Hoodoo's magical roots back to West Africa, Stephanie Rose Bird provides a fascinating history of this nature-based healing tradition and gives practical advice for applying Hoodoo magic to everyday life. Learn how sticks, stones, roots, and bones - the basic ingredients in a Hoodoo mojo bag - can be used to bless the home, find a mate, invoke wealth, offer protection, and improve your health and happiness.


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