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Hoodoo in Theory and Practice
by catherine yronwode
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The labels shown here are from packages of Lucky Mojo brand Jinx Killer crystal salts for sprinkling into the bath or laundry water, or for performing a ritual floor wash; Jinx Killer incense powders for fumigating an area to be cleansed; Jinx Killer sachet powders for laying down over and thus deactivating Jinx Powder that was used in foot track magic, for dusting clothing and bedding that has been jinxed, and for powdering the body; and Jinx Killer oil for anointing items such as door knobs on which one's enemy might have put Jinx Oil. The little "dead" or upside-down cats are the ghosts of the Black Cats that represented the jinx's string of bad luck and trouble.
Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, Jinx Killer products contain genuine herbs and herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances. The Lucky Mojo labels are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.
Jinxing is similar to Crossing a person, and the word "jinxed" is sometimes used as a synonym for "crossed," but jinxing is more often done to steal or to destroy someone's luck than to doom or curse them. Unlike Hot Foot Powder, Jinx products do not drive the victim from door to door, and unlike Goofer Dust, they do not kill a person.
If you believe that someone has put the jinx on you or your loved ones, and especially if they have done so with contact work, such as through foot track magic with Jinx powders or Jinx oil, you are advised to "kill" the Jinx by laying down a line of Jinx Killer powders over the enemy's powders, or by washing away all signs of the Jinx with scrub water made up by dissolving Jinx Killer crystal salts into a bucket or basin of water and performing a ritual floor wash or pouring the liquid over the mess on the ground.
Here are some 20th century rural and urban acoustic blues
songs that mention the jinx. They span a range of about 50 years and
are listed in chronological order of recording.
You will find full lyrics for each of these songs, courtesy of
Blues Lyrics and Hoodoo, as well as some mp3 recordings,
at the pages linked:
SALT LAKE CITY BLUES by Papa Charlie Jackson
Now the jinx all on me all over this town,
That's the reason why I'm Salt Lake City bound.
BAD LUCK WOMAN BLUES by Papa Charlie Jackson
My bad luck woman is a jinx and a worry too,
I can't get rid of her no matter what I do.
RAMBLER BLUES by Blind Lemon Jefferson
I got a girl in Texas, I've got a brown in Tennessee
Lord, but that brown in Chicago have put that jinx bug on me.
PANTHER SQUALL BLUES by Blind Blake
She got Elgin movements, that's twenty years guaranteed
I bet my last dollar, she done put them jinx on me.
June 14, 1929
SCREAMIN' AND HOLLERIN' THE BLUES by Charlie Patton
I woke up this morning, jinx all around my bed;
Turned my face to the wall and I didn't have a word to say.
October 23, 1931
SCARY DAY BLUES by Blind Willie McTell
I said she got that mojo and she won't let me see
And every time I start to love her, she's tried to put that jinx on me
January 31, 1934
REVENUE MAN BLUES by Charlie Patton
I wakes up every mornin' with the jinx all around my bed
(You know I have them jinx here now)
I have been a good provider, but I believe I've been misled
August 9, 1934
JINKS MAN BLUES by Buddy Moss
I'm just a mistreated man, and the jinx is on poor me
Since my baby's left me, seems like the whole wold is down on me
September 7, 1934
LAST WEEK BLUES by Peetie Wheatstraw (william Bunch)
Last Sunday I had the blues, last Monday night I had the jinx
Because my woman she had left me, ooh well, brown, and I don't have no place to stay.
April 10, 1936
I COULDN'T STAY HERE by Charley Jordan
Won't you tell me, baby, who can your good man be?
I woke up this mornin', baby, with the jinx all over me.
October 15, 1936
THE INS AND OUTS OF MY GIRL by Bo Carter
I mean, the girl got something like a stingaree
She can stand in Memphis, man, and put the jinx on me.
April 9, 1936
CUT OUT BLUES by Peetie Wheatstraw (William Bunch)
I'm gon' cut out playing policy because my numbers just won't fall.
Somebody's put a jinx on me, oh well, well, and I can't have no luck at all.
September 3, 1936
JINX BLUES by Casey Bill (Will Weldon)
Well, the jinx on me, I can't see the reason why
But seem like these jinx sure oughta pass me by
April 2, 1937
LONESOME MAN BLUES by George Torey
Well, I went up on a mountain, takin' a peep in that old deep blue sea
I was tryin' to find that woman put them jinx on me
November 2, 1937
I'M GONNA CUT OUT EVERYTHING by Peetie Wheatstraw (William Bunch)
I'm going to cut out playing policy because my number just won't fall
I know somebody have put a jinx on me, ooo well, now I know I won't have no luck at all
September 11, 1941
JINKS LEE BLUES by Johnnie Temple
Well, I got a little woman and her name is Jinkie Lee
Reason why'r I like her, she keep these jinx off a' me
July 17, 1942
THE JINX BLUES by Son House
I said, I got up this mornin' with the jinx all round my bed
Know I thought about you and, honey, and it like to kill me dead
May 2, 1945
JINX IS ON ME by Gabriel Brown
The jinx is on me, jinx is on me,
I can't have no luck at all, jinx is on me.
October 16, 1963
JINX BLUES by Big Joe Williams
Well, it's peoples tryin' to tell me low-down jinx ain't bad
Well, then it must not a' been them low-down jinx I had.
[...] The hoodoo jinx in my bed
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: My deepest and most sincere thanks to Alan Balfour, Gorgen Antonsson, Chris Smith, Paul Garon, Patrice Champarou, and Jonny Meister of the Pre-War Blues List for their contributions to the lyrics quotes and discographical information above and elsewhere on this site.
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