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"This is the most famous spiritual supply we manufacture. Over the years there have been two different formulas called FAST LUCK -- ours is the genuine "Algiers-Style" formula, one of the sweetest-smelling -- and reportedly the luckiest -- products you will ever be pleased to try. Used for luck in Gambling and in Love Matters, it is sure to please!"
-- The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. catalogue
The labels shown here are from packages of Lucky Mojo brand Fast Luck crystal salts for bathing, putting in the laundry, or performing a ritual floor wash, self-lighting incense powders for fumigating an area where one wishes to increase one's luck, sachet powders for sprinkling on love letters or money to be spent gambling, and anointing oil for dressing candles. Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, these products contain genuine herbs and herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances. The ingredients in Fast Luck formulas may include Cinnamon, Vanilla, and other herbs and essences. Lucky Mojo labels are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.
Fast Luck is a popular conjure formula for hoodoo oil, soap, sachet powders, bath crystals, and floor wash. It was sold through the catalogues of companies like the Standard O and B Supply Company as early as the 1940s and it is still manufactured by comapnies such as Sonny Boy Products of Birmingham, Alabama and my own Lucky Mojo Curio Co.. A Double Fast Luck Soap is made by the E. Davis Company of New Jersey and Suerte Rapida (Spanish for Fast Luck) is a pale green sachet powder imported from Mexico.
There are several formulas for Fast Luck, but the best and most popular version is New Orleans Style Red Fast Luck, shown here in a series of products manufactured by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. This particular Fast Luck formula was given by Zora Neale Hurston in her 1935 book "Mules and Men," detailing New Orleans and Florida hoodoo practices of the 1930s. The major ingredients in Red Fast Luck are Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Wintergreen. These herbal essences symbolize its use in both both money spells and love spells, making Fast Luck an all-purpose formula, intense but of short duration. The Lucky Mojo Fast Lucklabel indicates this dual usage, as the woman who is receiving the blessings of this formula is holding her skirt up to catch a mixed rain of dollar bills, coins, and hearts.
Among gamblers, Fast Luck is preferred by those who play the slots or the lottery -- that is, those who want "luck in a hurry;" it is not as popular with card players who stay up all night at a game and need long-term luck. (For them, there are Three Jacks and a King spiritual supplies.) when it comes to romantic love spells, Fast Luck, like Kiss Me Now!, draws instant results, but they may not last forever and they may not lead to marriage.
New Orleans Style Fast Luck is a flashy bright yellowish-red, resembling the Dr. Martin's dye that is coded as YR4 by old-time comic book colourists, the colour one would expect if one somehow managed to dissolve a handful of Cinnamon Red Hots candies into a half-pint of Extra Virgin olive oil. The fragrance is INCREDIBLE. Even if one only considers its visual and olfactory impact and disregards luckiness entirely, Red Fast Luck Oil is a wonderful item.
How efficacious is Red Fast Luck? Well, in October, 1995, I used it, along with two small lodestones and magnetic sand, to perform an informal invocation to Red Venus (also known as Red Tara). While perfoming this love spell i anointed the corners of my bed with the oil (as Memphis Minnie once sang, "I'm getting SO tired, sleepin' all by myself...") and applied it to my copper Indescribable Lucky Charm and to a 7" dusky-pink candle in an iron frog-shaped candleholder. (Don't try this at home, kids, unless you have Venus conjunct Mars in Aries!)
What happened? Within one week --
Very Fast, very Red, very Lucky.
All in all, i would consider this a signal of Efficacy and Speed on the part of Red Fast Luck With Added Lodestones and Magnetic Sand.
A Satisfied Customer
Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, this product contains genuine herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances. Lucky Mojo labels are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.
Fast Luck is one of a family of related formulas that also includes Lucky 13, Lucky Number, Lucky Buddha, Lodestone, Magnet, Attraction, Aunt Sally's Lucky Dream, Lady Luck, Japanese Lucky Seven, Three Jacks and a King, Lucky Hand, and our signature-scent, Lucky Mojo products. Each one of these old-time recipes is slightly different -- some placing emphasis on magical conjuration, others on magnetic attraction, herbal allies, spirit contacts, spell-casting, or speedy results, or all of these combined with good fortune and luck at ritual, occult, and ceremonial workings -- but they have in common the underlying aim of enhancing the practitioner's luckiness and ability to draw in that which is desired from the external world.
The above formulas may, of course, be mixed and matched in any way that suits the practitioner, or may be teamed up with formulas from another line of goods, such as a financial or money luck formula like Money Drawing, or a passion and sexual love spell formula like Love Me.
How you choose to use FastLuck
spiritual supplies is, of course, up to you, but one very traditional
method is to employ them in conjunction with the 23rd Psalm, while praying for all that is
PSALM 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Amen.
There are thousands of specific spells that employ a variety of hoodoo spiritual supplies. Here are some of the ways you can use Fast Luck brand spiritual supplies to attract the luck you desire.
You may perform spells for increasing luck, serendipity, fortunate coincidences, and acquiring whatever you desire at any time that is convenient. If the need is not urgent, you can take time to align your spell-casting with cosmic forces and work by a Waxing Moon Phase, so that the Moon grows bigger while you work. But don't let the Moon Phases hold you back: if the timing is not right, you can do the work according to the Planetary Rulers of the days of the week, the Atrological Sgns of the Zodiac, or whenever it is best for you.
Fast Luck hoodoo oil can be used as a bath oil, to dress candles for magic rites and rituals, as an additive to oil-based furniture polishes, or to wear oin your own body as a magical perfume. The genuine and authentic herbs and roots in the bottle are your assurance that this is a hand-made conjure oil and not a chemical-scented factory product.
Before dawn dissolve half the packet of Fast Luck Bath Crystals into a tub of hot water. Pour the water over your head 9 times as you say the 23rd Psalm and name what you want. Air-dry yourself and collect a basin of the used bath water, which now has your essence in it. Dress in fresh, clean clothes, carry the basin of bath-water to a crossroads and throw the water toward the sunrise in the East. Walk back home and don't look back.
Dust your body, your important paperwork, or your socks and shoes with Fast Luck Sachet Powder, or sprinkle a pinch of Fast Luck Sachet Powder in the four corners of the room where you plan to meet with those whom you wish to influence. Each time, say the 23rd Psalm and name what you want.
Make the Fast Luck Incense Powders into cones (use a twist of paper or a small candle snuffer cone, pack the incense in with your finger, and turn it out of the cone) or place it loose on a brazier. Many people find that keeping a pot of Incense smoking while they work increases their ability to break through into a spiritual space or magical way of working.
Carve your full name on a purple Offertory Candle and dress the candle with Fast Luck Oil. As you dress it, speak aloud your petition, such as, "With the help and grace of God, may i achieve what i require and desire."
You may burn the candle in sections (generally 15 minutes at a time) or let it burn through to the end, no matter how long it takes. If you burn it in sections, you may fnd it a good idea to light and burn the incense each time as well.
If you want the spell to be ongoing, or want a light at home to "back you up" while you are about your business, you would be better off to use a fixed and prepared Fast Luck Glass Encased Vigil Candle. Write your petition on paper, cross it with your name written 9 times, and set the Vigil Light in a safe place, such as the sink, bath tub, or shower stall, where it will not cause any problems while you are out.
Whenever it is convenient for you, dissolve the remaining half of the bath crystals in hot water and add the liquid to the rinse water when you do your laundry, especially your underwear and stockings. When you wear these clothes, you will be "dressed" for luck.
It is important to properly dispose of ritual remains. Because these are magic spells for good luck, you may want to keep the remains around your home. Wrap up any left-over candle wax, incense ashes, and used sachet powders in a piece of cloth. Secure and tie it with thread or string. Bury it in your back yard.
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