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Gamblers -- whether they play at cards, bingo, horse racing, policy, the lottery, or other "numbers" games -- tend to want a winning edge. For this reason they often enhance their personal power through the use of amulets, charms, and ritual spells to bring favour to their enterprises. This page is a shortcut providing links to all of the Lucky W Amulet Archive gambling amulets -- plus complete instructions for some simple, folkloric gambling spells (marked with a *) drawn from "Hoodoo in Theory and Practice," my online book-in-progress about African-American folk-magic. I also maintain a web page cataloguing money-drawing spells for those interested in that subject.
On this page you will find links to many gambling spells, good luck charms,
lucky mojo bags, and other curios employed by those who play games of chance:
The following lucky gambling charms, amulets, curios, and talismans are collected and displayed as
part of the
Lucky W Amulet Archive with full descriptions and instructions for use.
Not every item shows at the Lucky W Amulet Archive is for sale, for many
of them are actually museum pieces demonstrating the rich history of lucky charms and talismans from ancient times to
the present, but we stock as many of them as possible at the Lucky Mojo Curio Company Occult Shop
-- both root and herb curios and man-made artifacts employed
by those who want that "winning edge." You will find ordering links on each page that showcases something we stock,
or you may look for items by name at the Lucky Mojo Curio Company Complete Inventory Page.
Dream books specifically designed for lottery play may provide interpretations of dreams
(dream divination), but they also have something that other dream books do not have --
lucky numbers for you to bet on, depending on what your dreams reveal. Lucky dream
numbers are often believed to be the best numbers not only for betting, but also to use as telling "signs"
of the kind of luck you will have on certain days, at certain addresses, and in dealing
with certain people.
These are some of the best and most often requested dream books utilized by folks who combine gambling play with signs and significations from hoodoo, conjuration, and rootwork. We offer all of these books for sale at our Lucky Mojo Divination and Dream Book sales page, for which the link is found below.
For those who play the numbers regularly, steadily, and often, the numbers themselves
begin to aquire symbolism, not merely in terms of dreams, but in terms of
odds-busting "runs" or "patterns," whereby old winning numbers can be used
to derive new numbers thought to be on the verge of catching. There are many
systems of derivatives, including run-downs, work-outs, "relative" nubers, and
The books in this list include the most famous and popular of the many run-down and work-out systems that have been developed by students of numberology and gambling.
Perhaps the most famous, and the best, of gambling charms is the mojo, which Robert Johnson mentions in his famous blues song, "Little Queen of Spades," recorded in 1937:
LITTLE QUEEN OF SPADES
Johnson's "gamblin' woman" uses a mojo to bring in the winnings, but she also "trims" or marks her card deck, so that she can cheat a little, too. Because she is a card sharp, it is very likely that her particular mojo bag contains lucky hand root and five-finger grass, both of which are reputed to "aid in all the work that five fingers can do." Many people like to carry a mojo hand or conjure bag with them to the casino, for they feel that this will increase their luck. The most popular mojo hands for gambling have names such as these:
- Fast Luck -- for luck in a hurry at slots, keno, bingo, races, lotteries
- Three Jacks and a King -- for poker players
- Money Drawing -- for gambling and for conventional business success
- Lady Luck -- for dice players; brings in "the luck o' the Irish"
- John the Conqueror -- extremely popular for gambling and sex-luck
- Lucky Hand -- contains a rare orchid root shaped like a hand
- Money Stay With Me -- it's not how much you make, but what you can keep
All of these mojo hands are filled with various roots, herbs, and minerals that are reputed to be lucky in drawing money and bringing in the winnings -- such as John the Conqueror root, Lodestone, Magnetic Sand, Rabbit Foot, Cinnamon chips, Five Finger Grass, Lucky Hand root, and so forth. The bags come supplied with a dram vial of the named oil and instructions for personalization and use. Old-timers may also dress the bags with whisky or with the urine of their sexual partner.
I know many people who like to prepare for
casino gambling by washing their hands with a lucky
herbal hand wash
One of the nest of these is Gambler's Gold
Lucky Seven Hand Wash, a special blend of seven
herbs reputed to bring luck. You brew it up as a tea, then
strain off the liquid, and wash your hands in it before
going to play. The herbs included in this mixture are
Chamomile, Calendula, Coriopsis, Alfalfa, Irish Moss,
Cinnamon Chips, and Allspice Berries -- all of which are
said to bring monetary good fortune or at least to drive
One old-time rootwork practitioner who gave an interview to Harry M. Hyatt on May 26, 1938, in Memphis, Tennessee, told him a quick and simple way to bathe before going out to play cards at night: Dissolve saltpeter, sugar, bluestone (we'd use blueing balls now), and your own urine into the bathwater, then bathe downward and say the Lord's Prayer three times to cleanse yourself. Follow this by lightly dressing your playing cards with "any kind of oil that you believe in" to draw good luck; when asked which oil was best, the informant specified Rose Oil. (Hyatt entry 1719 cylinder 1542:12)
If carrying a mojo hand
or brewing up a herbal hand wash is
too much trouble for you, you
can always rub a specially prepared dressing oil
pn your hands before you go to play. The oil can also be used to dress your coins and chips, or even to anoint your money before you
use it to buy lottery tickets.
Among the best these conjure dressing oils for gambling are:
- Fast Luck -- dress hands before playing slots, keno, bingo, races, lotteries
- Three Jacks and a King -- dress your hands before playing cards or video poker
- Money Drawing -- dress your hands and forehead before playing
- Lady Luck -- for dice players; dress both your hands and the dice
- John the Conqueror -- dress your money and carry a dressed root in your pocket
- Lucky Mojo -- an all-purpose lucky oil for love, money, or games of chance.
- Lucky Hand -- dress your money and hands before playing cards or video poker
- Money Stay With Me -- dress your money to make your stake last loner
- Pay Me -- usually this is employed to force someone to repay a debt that is owed, but it can also be used to force a casino to cough up the cash, as you will see below in "Miss Robin's Lucky Gambling Spell."
- Lucky Number -- for playing the lottery, bingo, or any numbers-based game.
- Good Luck -- an all-pupose luck formula for gambling, love, health, and general good fortune.
- Lucky 13 -- used as a "house dressing" to prepare the rooms where folks gamble; can be used by the "house" or by players to gain an edge.
[The following was written by -- and is copyright by -- Robin Shepherd York,
and is used with permission
of the author.]
Sunday, March 13, 2005
I would like tell you about the gambling spell i use when i go to bingo. It has worked every time now. This does not mean you will get rich, but it does make your pocket feel good.
It takes a little preparation:
The night before, take a bath in Pay Me bath crystals by Lucky Mojo. Air dry, don't towel dry yourself. Take a small bucket or a mug-size cup of your used bath water outdoors and throw it over your left shoulder to the West and don't look back.
Take all the money that you're going to play with and write, "Money, return to me" (or "RTM" for "Return to Me") and put your name (or your initials) on each bill of the money, then anoint each bill with three hoodoo oils: Lady Luck, Pay Me, and Alleged Money Drawing oil. Finally, dust Pay Me powder on all the money.
Use two vigil candles: Lady Luck and Lucky 13 candle. Put a little bath crystals in both candles. Put the prepared money under both candles, then light the candles and say, "Let this money bring me more money."
When you are done, put some Pay Me powder on your chest or bosom and go to sleep that way.
Let the money stay under the candles until it's time to go to play, then take it out -- and Good Luck to you.
This has worked for me five out of six times and the one time it didn't work it was because I did not do the work fully and I lost big time.
I went to bingo Saturday, March 12, 2005 and I won $575.00. This picture shows what it is like when it works really well: last week, March 5, 2005, i won $1300.00 and a DVD home theater, plus lots more money.
If you ask around on the internet for lucky numbers, you will soon find many professional mediums and card readers, especially tarot readers, who won't serve number-seekers.
Why is this?
Well, in the first place, tarot readers often have no cultural or technical background in getting lucky lottery numbers for clients. They are willing to look into the future of your love life, but the future of your luck life -- your fortune -- is not part of their cultural repertoire. They are not Fortune Tellers, in the old and literal sense of that term.
In the second place, many modern tarot readers have been taught by their own teachers to view and to narrate your card reading as your own personal psychological "journey" and if they believe that your "journey" does not include winning the lottery, they won't look into your numbers.
If you ask for lucky lottery numbers, these folks will often come at you with the typical weak excuse that, "If i knew the lottery number i would have bet and won it myself already." This little piece of sarcastic rigamarole is meant to belittle clients and make them feel foolish for even asking. If you want a laugh, push right back at them by saying, "That's all right, dear; i understand. Winning the lottery -- and helping your clients to win the lottery -- is not part of your own personal, sacred tarot journey." Then walk away.
If you want lucky numbers, here are two great options:
For do-it-yourself numberology, take a chance on dream books and work-out systems. These handy lists and methods have brought satisfaction -- and wins! -- to many. Every region of the country has its favourites, and it doesn't hurt to shop around a bit, but from "Aunt Sally's" to "Billy Bing's" and from the "National" to the "Kansas City Kitty," these time-tested compendiums of betting lore are both culturally and magically designed to get you what you want.
Alternatively (or additionally) you can consult a numerologist or numerological bibliomancer. These are readers who specialize in betting -- readers who will work out your personal lucky numbers for you. It's a great service and generally not costly. If you tune in to Professor Charles Porterfield on "The Now You Know Show," you can pick up his lucky numbers each and every Thursday for free -- he serves up these hot single digits and three-digit combinations weekly, with the slogan, "If you hit, remember where you git!"
Good luck, and don't let anyone tell you that scoring a win is not going to be a part of "your personal tarot journey."
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