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"Certain Hoodoos, Root Doctors, and Conjurers who are supposed to know about luck make many claims for MAGNETIC SAND. They say a little of it carried on the person or in a Red Flannel Bag should bring luck to anyone who posseses it. They say it is lucky in Money Matters and brings in the Winnings. Many people sprinkle MAGNETIC SAND on a pair of Lodestones to keep the luck in and they further say that the MAGNETIC SAND that clings to a Lodestone would be valuable to a person to draw Success in Games of Chance and make the person lucky in Love. However, we make no claims to this effect and sell a certain Magnetic Powder which is known as MAGNETIC SAND as a Curio only."

-- The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. catalogue

Lodestones -- pieces of naturally magnetic iron ore -- are prized for their "drawing" power. Their use forms a vital part of African-American hoodoo magic, and central to the rituals involving these stones is the practice of sprinkling them with magnetic sand (ultra-fine iron shot or grit).

According to Zora Neale Hurston, in her 1935 book "Mules and Men," Florida root doctors used large lodestones in pairs in spells to draw mutual love and fidelity. These paired stones were usually considered to be male and female, and dressing them with magnetic sand was called "feeding the he, feeding the she." The term "feed the he, feed the she" is also found in Harry M. Hyatt's compilation of hoodoo oral histories collected during the late 1930s throughout the South.

It is traditional to include small lodestone pairs dressed with Magnetic Sand in mojo bags designed to attract both money-luck and love-luck. Even smaller sand-fed lodestone pairs are commonly placed in bottles of anointing oils, especially Lodestone Oil. The magnetic interaction between the lodestones and the Magnetic Sand charges the oil, which can then be used to dress offertory candles, anoint a person, or do other ritual work.

Magnetic Sand is also a component in a number of spells that involve "training" lodestones to work for one in love spells or money spells. The training is accomplished by feeding the lodestones magnetic sand. The most generalized variation of this type of hoodoo spell can be found on the lodestone page, but here is a second version, just for money-drawing, that i like equally well:


You will need:
    • Seven
4" green altar lights or 6" green offertory candles (not big ones and not votive candles)
    • One large Lodestone
    • One packet of Magnetic Sand
    • One bottle of Money Drawing Oil
    • One packet of Money Drawing Sachet Powder
    • One packet of Irish Moss
    • Seven Two Dollar Bills
    • Seven Silver Dimes

Begin this spell on the New Moon. If you can do it at your place of work, so much the better. Otherwise do it at home. Place the lodestone on a tray or plate on a table or altar. Dress the candles with Money Drawing Oil. Arrange the seven candles in a crescent around and behind the Lodestone.

Starting from left to right, every morning anoint one of one green candle with Money Drawing Oil and light it. green candle and anoint the four corners of one bill with Money Drawing Oil and place the bill under the Lodestone. As you do this, say either the 23rd Pslam (if you are Jewish or Christian) or a simple invocation if you are not (such as "May my money increase"). Then feed the Lodestone with a pinch of Magnetic Sand and say, "Lodestone, as you draw these sands to you, draw money to me by day." Let the green candle burn halfway down each day and pinch it out (do not blow it out). At the end of 7 days, all the candles will be half-burned.

Now switch to doing the same spell at night. Everything is almost the same: you re-anoint one green candle with Money Drawing Oil and light it and re-light each night, but this time you anoint one coin each night with Money Drawing Oil and place it with the Lodestone as you say the Psalm or your invocation, and when you feed the Lodestone with Magnetic Sand, you say, "Lodestone, as you draw these sands to you, draw money to me by night." This time you let the candles burn until they are all burned out.

The spell ends at the Full Moon. Clear off the altar or table and bury any candle wax left over at a crossroads or throw it into running water. If you had to work the spell at home, take the tray or plate with the Lodestone, the Magnetic Sand and the money to your place of work. Now, at the business site, sprinkle or blow Money Drawing Sachet Powder in the four corners of the room where you do business or in your office. Place a pinch of Irish Moss beneath any carpets or rugs in the center of the room. (This layout forms a "quincunx" pattern.)

Take the bills and coins off the plate or tray and place them in your cash register or cash box. Place the Lodestone with its Magnetic Sand either in the cash register or somewhere near it, out of sight. The Lodestone will draw money to your place of business as long as you feed it once a week with Magnetic Sand and also allow it to physically touch some incoming money at least once a week to keep it "trained" to draw money.

Give the anointed money out in change to customers -- it will go into the world and bring more money back to your place of business to be with the Lodestone.

Renew the Money Drawing Sachet Powder in the corners of the room and the Irish Moss beneath the rug or carpet after every cleaning of the room that would remove them.

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