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INDIAN HEAD CENTS

In Hoodoo and Conjure Folk-Magic

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The Indian Head Cent is one of the oldest curios found in African American folk magic. At one time a common, everyday coin, it has retained its place on hoodoo spell-casting despite having been phased out of circulation by the United States government and replaced by the Abraham Lincoln cents many decades ago. Because it was common and cheap -- worth only a penny -- when new, an Indian Head Cent in average circulated condition, which is all that is needed for its use in conjure and rootwork, can be had for a few dollars, which is less costly than it would be to replicate it. In fact, the price of Indian Head Cents in average condition fluctuates with the market price of copper.

Because Native Americans resisted domination by colonial white interests and because they also took in and intermarried with Africans who had escaped from slavery in the South, they earned a reputation as great helpers, scouts, and warriors. They are commemorated in hoodoo spiritual supplies such as Indian Spirit Guide, and because they fought the law, they are also used in conjunction with Some of the oldest Law Keep Away spiritual supplies and spells. In such tricks, the Indian Head Cent -- a copper penny with the head of an Indian depicted on it -- is a "lookout" or "Indian Scout" who keeps the "coppers" -- the Police, INS, social services, DEA, collection services, IRS, and others away. This Scout is identified by those in the Spiritual Church Movement with the Sauk and Fox warrior Black Hawk, also known as "The Watcher on the Wall," in reference to the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 62 in the Bible.

INDIAN HEAD CENTS AND RAILROAD SPIKES

Indian Head Cents can provide protection from the law. For instance, if a home is being used as a business from which to conduct illegal activities, you may drive four Railroad Spikes into the ground at the four corners of the building, and anoint them with Law Keep Away and Indian Spirit Guide anointing oil while reciting Psalms 1 ("And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper") followed by Psalms 18 ("I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust...").

Alternatvely (or additionally), members of the Spiritualist Church recite the 62nd chpater of the Book of Isaiah in its entirety, or at least Verses 6-7, and call upon Black Hawk as a "watcher on the wall" every time them employ an Indian Head Cent in any kind of conjure work:

ISAIAH 62:6

1. For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake
I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as
brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

2. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy
glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the
LORD shall name.

3. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a
royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

4. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any
more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy
land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be
married.

5. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee:
and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God
rejoice over thee.

6. I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never
hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep
not silence,

7. And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem
a praise in the earth.

8. The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his
strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine
enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for
the which thou hast laboured:

9. But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD;
and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of
my holiness.

10. Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the
people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a
standard for the people.

11. Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye
to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his
reward is with him, and his work before him.

12. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the
LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
Say your prayers over each spike, and cover each one with an Indian Head Cent, face-up, so that the Indians will act as lookouts, watchers, and scouts, and will warn you of approaching danger as well as protecting your place of business.

Many hoodoo tricks make use of personal concerns, and in this case you may employ the foot track dirt of a policeman to make the laws stay away.To seal the work and hide the coins from sight, sprinkle over them with the bought-and-paid-for Graveyard Dirt of a deceased policeman (especially a former Chief of Police), so that the cops, represented by the copper coins, will treat you kindly.

The Railroad Spikes are then "set" in place by the act of urinating on them. As animals mark their territory, so does the property owner mark his or her boundary corners in this way, leaving behind the powerful protective guardian spirits of the iron Railroad Spikes, the Indian Head Cents, the spirit of Black Hawk and the Indian Spirit Guides, and the policeman's Graveyard Dirt.

INDIAN HEAD CENTS AND LAW KEEP AWAY OIL

To Keep Off the Law, nail a row of Indian Head Cents or "Scouts," into the threshold or around door frames. You can drill each cent and drive a nail through it, or hammer two nails beside each penny and then flatten the nails across each other to form an "X" over the coin -- which is said to "X-out the Laws."

A row of four Scouts is usually sufficient for a home, but nine may be employed where illegal business is conducted, and one old building in the South was found to have 1,500 of them nailed around all the doors and windows!

To keep your Scouts watching out for you, dress them once a week with Law Keep Away anointing oil This is a real old-time spell; the U.S. government has not minted Indian Head Cents since 1909.

INDIAN HEAD CENTS, BLACK HAWK, AND PSALMS 91

How you choose to use Indian Head Cents as spiritual supplies is, of course, up to you, but one last, and very traditional method is to employ them in conjunction with the 91st Psalm, while praying for all that is desired. Dress each cent with Indian Spirit Guide anointing oil Then bury the cents, heads up, under a thin layer of dirt across every path that leads into your yard or toward your entrance doors. You can do this on the paths leading to barns and other farm buildings as well. Over each cent, as you bury it, recite the entirety of Psalms 91 and ask the spirit of Black Hawk to watch over you and your land.

PSALM 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most 
   High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my 
   fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the 
   fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under 
   his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be 
   thy shield and buckler. 
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; 
   nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; 
   nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand 
   at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the 
   reward of the wicked. 
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, 
   even the most High, thy habitation; 
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any 
   plague come nigh thy dwelling. 
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to 
   keep thee in all thy ways. 
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou 
   dash thy foot against a stone. 
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young 
   lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will 
   I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he 
   hath known my name. 
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will 
   be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and 
   honour him. 
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my 
   salvation. 

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