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The Hoodoo Almanac 2012
The World's First Hoodoo Almanac!
Published in the tradition of respected almanacs throughout history, The Hoodoo Almanac is a new source of traditional wisdom, Hoodoo faqs and lore for rootworkers and conjurers across the globe. Within its pages you will find a true Southern perspective of hoodoo and rootwork as only those who have lived and breathed it can do.
The Hoodoo Almanac has content expected in an almanac but with an emphasis on Southern Hoodoo, folk magic and folklore. There are rituals, spells, lore, legends, Voodoo charms, Herbal secrets, recipes, moon magical and a variety of other material you will find useful and entertaining.
Written by Hoodoo and Conjure magazine's own Denise Alvarado, Carolina Dean and Alyne Pustanio.
Available at http://www.hoodooalmanac.com.
To the Reader...
In days of old, the ordinary person would refer to their almanacs for information that was relevant to their lives. For those who live close to nature, gardeners, and farmers the almanac would contain tips for best planting times, astrological correspondences, weather predictions, moon phases, and other basic rudiments of their lives. For a person living in the country or on a farm, the traditional almanac was an invaluable tool that helped one make the best decisions based on available information.
The Hoodoo Almanac 2012 brings the traditional almanac into the 21st century with information that will speak to you directly as a modern spiritual practitioner.
Presented in a vintage style format that reminds one of yesteryear, the Hoodoo Almanac 2012 is 352 pages of information and entertainment. If you are a lover of Hoodoo or folk magic, you will not want to miss this one!
Read on to see some of the never before published content of this history-making publication.
Table of Contents
See What's Inside...
There are four pages that comprise the table of Contents in the Hoodoo Almanac 2012. This is just the first two pages. Starting with a glossary of terms that is itself ten pages long, there is a list of notable days including feast days of the saints and spirits as well as movable feasts, articles, lore and quaint recipes and culinary receipts.
19 WAYS TO USE FLORIDA WATER
Florida Water is valued as a multipurpose cologne-turned spiritual water. Originally, Florida Water was known as unisex cologne, suitable for men and women. It was touted as "The Richest of all Perfumes" and "The most Popular Perfume in the World" by Murray & Lanman, the company that created it.
In Hoodoo, Florida Water is used in spiritual cleansing and home protection. It can be worn on the body, used as an ingredient in magical works or by itself as a cologne, put in the bathwater and misted in the environment to purify it. In fact there are so many ways Florida Water can be used it is no wonder it remains a favorite conjure item among practitioners. Here are some ways Florida Water can be used to make your life more enjoyable.
1. Add to spiritual baths to enhance spiritual cleansings;
2. Wear as a cologne for a protective shield that leaves a delicate scent.
3. Mist in the environment to repel negative energy and negative spirits.
4. Mist in the environment to attract good spirits.
5. Add to floor washes for its cleansing properties.
6. Place a bottle on your altar as an offering to the Spirits;
7. Use to wash a pair of lodestones in preparation for use.
8. Add a few drops to a bowl of water and place on your
ancestral altar as an offering to your ancestors.
9. Use after showering for an exhilarating rubdown and toner.
10. Use as an astringent and skin lotion to tone the skin, leaving it with a feeling of freshness.
11. As a rubdown for the sick, Florida Water has a beneficial, stimulating effect similar to alcohol rubs but much more pleasant due to its aromatherapeutic qualities.
12. Applied to insect bites it provides some relief.
13. For high anxiety it can be applied to the forehead and used as a rubdown, providing some relief for nervous tension.
14. Use to cleanse and bless candles prior to use (be sure the candles are completely dry before lighting).*
15. Use to wipe down altars and altar items to keep free from negative energy.
16. Pour a little in a cast iron pot or cauldron and light it to aid in spirit communication through fire.
17. Pour a little in a cast iron pot or cauldron and light it, then place your hands over the flames warming them before engaging in money drawing activities like working and gambling.
18. Pray the 23rd Psalm over it and use in place of Holy Water.
19. Periodically spray a little on your altar to keep it receptive to the spirits.
*CAUTION: Florida Water is highly flammable. Use extreme caution when working with it.
LORE AND QUAINT RECIPES
SPIRITUALIST HOLY WATER
The holy water for the altar is obtained in this way: Set a receptacle out to catch rainwater. If it thunders while the vessel is exposed, the water is defiled. Take it in before the sun shines in the vessel. No thunder, no sun. Take it in immediately and say the Lord's prayer nine times with your hand in the vessel of water. Bottle it and put it on the altar, and give it out when necessary.
MOTHER HYDE'S SPIRIT OIL
Mother Hyde combines conjure and spiritualism. She burns candles as do the Catholics, sells the spirit oil, but gives a "cake" to be used with the oil. This bit of cake, saturated with spirit oil, is enclosed in a salve box with "God be with us" written on the top. Mother Hyde told me, "In case of trouble, arise at dawn and face the east. Take the vial of spirit oil in one hand and the cake (in its box) in the other. Read the Twenty-Third Psalm and let that be your prayer. When you come to the part, "Thou anointest my head with oil," shake the bottle well and pour three drops on your head and anoint your head.,Do this every time you want to conquer and accomplish.
Food as Medzin
The realm of Food as Medzin/Medicine and as offerings to the spirits is wide open for helping us live more spiritual lives. Food can serve as offerings to the spirits and can be prepared and eaten to clear our bodies of negative energies and to invite positive energies in. As cooks, we have the ability to influence everything and everyone in the household through the food that we prepare by being mindful of the ingredients we use, as well as our intent, our words, and the process of creating the meal. Our bodies are our temples; with food we can affect positive physical, mental and spiritual change from the inside out and betwixt and between.
For a general offering to the Spirits. Take one quart of flour, three teaspoonfuls of cream of tartar, mixed well through the flour, two tablespoonfuls of shortening, one teaspoonful of soda, dissolved in warm water, of sufficient quantity to mould the quart of flour. For large families the amount can be doubled.
Take flour, little sugar and water, mix with or without a little yeast, the latter better if at hand, mix into paste, and fry the same as fritters in clean fat. Eat prior to any important event in which good luck is needed.
INDIAN HOODOO BREAD
One quart of butter milk, one quart of cornmeal, one quart of coarse flour, one cup of molasses, add a little soda and salt. This makes a most wonderful offering to the Indian Spirit Guides.
HOODOO OMENS ABOUT FLOWERS
BEES AND FLOWERS
To see one or more bees on a flower is an omen foretelling of success and love.
Never pick a flower before it is completely grown or extreme misfortune and evil will befall you.
If a bouquet of flowers fades quickly when inside a home, it is a warning to be careful interacting with those who reside there.
MARIE LAVEAU CHARM AGAINST BAD LUCK
a Marie Laveau charm to ward off bad luck consisted of a rabbit's foot, gold ore (probably pyrite) and a magnet wrapped in a piece of chamois cloth and tied shut. This was carried on the person for protection and repelling negativity.
TO REMOVE A CONJURE
To remove a conjure, place 9 needles, 9 brass pins, 9 hairs from the head of the afflicted into a bottle or jar, cover with their urine and close. Set it behind the fireplace and when the bottle bursts, the conjure will be broken.
TO WARD OFF EVIL
A pocket Bible or Book of Psalms held in the bra or a front shirt pocket is said to ward off negativity and evil spirits.
TO CUT EVIL
A knife, bow and arrow, and hatchet placed above the door are said to cut evil.
GYPSY CURE TO PREVENT BALDNESS OR THINNING HAIR
Take an ounce of rosemary and put it to boil in one pint of fresh water for five minutes. When cool, rub the water into your scalp during the waxing or full moon (never waning). Say the following three times as you rub:
“The del amen a gulo, del eg meschibo par amara choribo.”
(In Romanian gypsy this means, “May the sweet God give us a remedy for our poverty.”)
GYPSY CURE FOR A HEADACHE
Place a lock of your hair underneath a stone, turn your back and walk away quickly saying aloud the words, “Sherrom shookar” in time with your first nine steps.
SPELL AGAINST CURSES AND EVIL SPIRITS
For protection against evil curses and evil spirits, write the following enchantment on a piece of white cloth which has been soaked in angelica tea and dried in the sun.
N. I. R.
N. I. R.
After writing the charm, say:
All this be guarded, here in
time, and there in eternity.
The meaning of the charm is this: "God bless me here in time, and there eternally."
De Laurence. (1919). Albert Magnus Egyptian Secrets White and Black Art for Man and Beast. Chicago, Il.: The de Laurence Company.
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