LUCKY MOJO CURIO CO.
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The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. occult shop is located in the relatively small town of Forestville, California. We operate a mail-order business on the world wide web as well as a regular walk-in store for local customers to browse. We have a couple of acres here, and we grow many of our own herbs in our garden.
If you plan to visit Lucky Mojo, make sure to leave yourself sufficient driving time: we are about 90 minutes north of San Francisco or Oakland, and we close at 5:00 pm. To make sure you have time to spend looking around as well as shopping, you'd probably want to get on the road in the morning or early afternoon.
If you have never been here before, please speak right up and say so, and ask for the "ten minute tour." Someone will be glad to show you the layout of the shop. Feel free to ask questions, and we will do everything we can to make your visit enjoyable.
Lucky Mojo is situated in a charming garden setting with a picnic table for the use of guests. We sell cold sodas and fruit juices on the site, and if you ask, we can microwave a cup of tea for you as well. And between shopping or looking around the gardens, don't forget to visit Missionary Independent Spiritual Church, a tourist destination in its own right, which happens to be The World's Smallest Church. Souvenir church fans commemorating your visit are available inside for a voluntary donation.
The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. shop 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Everything is hand-made, so you can shop off the shelves, but if we are out of something, one of the lab staff will make what you need on the spot. However, if you are coming here from a distance and are planning a large "annual order" with us, or want to be sure that catherine will be around to meet you, please call ahead and pre-pay for Will-Call Shopping and let Robin or Angela know when you'll be here so cat will have some time to say hello.
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Lefty in his coffin with Florida Water and his dashing bow tie.
At the left is Lefty, our 1880s-era skeleton, in
his beautiful redwood coffin. We don't know what his name was in life, but we
do know that he was a Caucasian man, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, who was between
20 and 35 when he died. He probably succumbed to an infectious
disease, since his skeleton is unmarked by injury in any way.
He was mounted as a medical skeleton for the use of student-doctors sometime
during the late 19th century; all the bronze wing-nuts that hold him together were
hand-made and his cartilage is really his, not the nylon or plastic cartilage
that is used on contemporary medical skeletons. Lefty's coffin is a
typical Victorian era "toe-pincher,"
made from first-growth California redwood that has been hand hewn. He was, for many
years, kept as a ritual skeleton in a Northern California Odd-Fellows Lodge, where he was
used to exemplify Death during initiations. At some point during the 1970s, he,
and several other Oddfellows Lodge skeletons, were sold to an antiques dealer, who
kept them for decades in his storage area.
We purchased Lefty in 2002 We had his wooden coffin cleaned and refinished with tung oil, then relined it with shimmery royal blue cloth spangled with metallic red stars. If you look closely at the photo, you will see a small bottle of Florida Water at his feet. This is a traditional offering to the spirits of the dead. As you can also see, Lefty is wearing a black bow tie. I put this on him as a festive touch in August, 2002, when we were hosting a party at the shop -- but the next day, when we went to take it off, he let us know that he liked it very much, and indeed, it suits him very well.
The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. shop in Spring 2006. The Walnut tree behind the shop is just beginning to leaf out and the early roses are starting to bloom.
Dusty at the Front Door.
forget to say hello to Dusty, the six-foot tall, extremely life-like wizard sculpture
who stands just inside the doorway
at the entrance to the shop. In his upraised right hand he
holds a softly glowing crystal ball. This has earned him the title of "largest
night-light in Forestville." Fans of Garrison Keillor's show "A Prairie Home Companion"
will recognize the names of Lefty and Dusty from "The Lives of the Cowboys," a favourite
radio drama of mine.
We do not operate a conventional downtown-style business in a big city, as you can tell by this photo of the walkway up to the front door of the shop. Instead, our store is up a long driveway at the back of our home property, under a redwood tree. However, just because the shop is off the beaten track, that doesn't mean we are anti-social. Quite the contrary! We love having visitors and shoppers drop in. Also, if you happen to see us driving around Northern California in our lucky and religious themed artcar, the MOJO CAR, be sure to come over and say hello.
Folks are always welcome to drop by the store to browse, shop, or simply talk to us from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday. If you have a large order you want filled, it's good idea to phone it in a day or two ahead of your visit if you are driving up from the Bay Area -- we make everything by hand jn very small batches, and we don't want to disappoint anyone by not having everything ready for you if you show up unannounced.
We have achieved Church! Look what sprang up along the path to the shop in 2007! it's MISSIONARY INDEPENDENT SPIRITUAL CHURCH.
Rows of jars line the shelves of the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. shop.
We have about 3500 different herbs, roots, candles, dressing oils and ritual oils, essential oils, incense blends, amulets, books, tarot and cartomancy cards, mineral curios, posters, holy cards, religious statues, soaps, hair care products, zoological curios, and crystal salts in stock at any given time, but if you want particular items custom-made for you, please phone us ahead so that we can put them together in time for your arrival, or be prepared to watch (and even pitch in!) as we prepare your order to your specifications.
We make all of our oils, incenses, sachet powders, and bath crystals on the premises in the old-fashioned drugstore laboratory shown here. The 12 foot tall dark chestnut wood cupboard along the back wall, holding all the jars of herbs, was built in the 1880s. It came out of a demolished pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the foreground you can see coloured, unscented bottles of almond oil, and on top of them, a row of bottles of the various concentrated essential oil compounds that are blended with herbs and minerals when we make up our spiritual oils.
While you are checking out the shop, be sure to open our hand-made oils and SMELL the goodness inside! This is what makes Lucky Mojo such a special source for spiritual supplies -- each article is hand-made and prayed over, using natural herbs and essential oils, according to an individual and unique formula. No two formulas look or smell the same -- so enjoy the opportunity to select the items that will best serve your situation, while also best pleasing your aesthetic senses.
At right is Sophie the Portuguese Water Dog wearing her Hot Foot Chili Pepper bandana and sitting by the small Chinese painted cupboards in the Candle Island.
We sell retail to individuals and wholesale to shops all around the world, and we count among our customers some of the nations's best spiritual workers and root doctors. Many of the items we carry are unique to us, including our own special moulds for figural candles and amulet jewelry. We specialize in ritual tools for magickal work that are beautiful as well as useful, and we strive for authenticity and the continuation of traditional forms of spell-craft above all else.
If you specifically want to meet catherine, please call ahead for the best times. Cat is usually available in the afternoon, but *not* always on Mondays or Tuesday, due to her other tasks. At those times (or other times), you can count on Robin, Heidi, Greg, Nicole, Angela, Alicia, Eileen, Oran, Elvyra, or Nagasiva to help you.
If you can't come to Forestville in person,
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Sophie the Portuguese Water Dog may bark to signal your arrival, but she is extremely friendly.
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We are located west of Santa Rosa in Sonoma
a block and a half north of Highway 116 in the town of Forestville.
Our address is
6632 Covey Road
Forestville, California 95436
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Take California State Highway 101 to Santa Rosa, California.
From Santa Rosa, take Guerneville Road west to the end of the road at a 'T' intersection with Highway 116. Turn right (north) on Highway 116 and proceed to the town of Forestville.
As you enter Forestville, the road makes a sweeping uphill left-hander, and at the crest of the hill you'll see Carr's Drive-in on the right. This is the junction of Covey Road and 116.
Turn right (north) on Covey Road and pass between two churches (a large tan one on the left and a small white one on the right).
Cross Center Street and continue for one-half block and on your left you'll see a post with the number 6632 in white lettering on green tiles, atop a larger black-and white sign that reads, "Drive Slowly. Watch for Animals."
Enter the driveway, which is lined with rose bushes, apple trees, and fence posts on which there are nailed abalone shells. Drive to the top of the hill and park by the big old white barn, where an old yellow and black sign says "Customer Parking. Unauthorized Cars Will Be Towed Away."
Walk across on the sidewalk past the red, green, and golden church to the one-storey, red, green, and golden building.
Thanks to Mari for the photo of Lefty and to Marc for the photos of the shop.
Hey! We got visited! The History Channel tv show "Weird U.S." made a pilgrimiage to our shop in 2005 to document its weirdness. Here are some pictures of the event, featuring "Weird U.S." hosts Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran, plus technical crew from KPI-TV.
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LUCKY MOJO is a large domain that is organized into a number
of interlinked web sites, each with its own distinctive theme and look.
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Here are some other LUCKY MOJO web sites you can visit:
OCCULTISM, MAGIC SPELLS, MYSTICISM, RELIGION, SYMBOLISM
Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode: an introduction to African-American rootwork
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by cat yronwode:a materia magica of African-American conjure
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode: an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
Sacred Sex: essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
Sacred Landscape: essays and articles on archaeoastronomy and sacred geometry
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
The Lucky Mojo Esoteric Archive: captured internet text files on occult and spiritual topics
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive:FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Aleister Crowley Text Archive: a multitude of texts by an early 20th century occultist
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, and more
Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
Free Money Spell Archive: money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races
Hoodoo and Blues Lyrics: transcriptions of blues songs about African-American folk magic
EaRhEaD!'S Syd Barrett Lyrics Site: lyrics by the founder of the Pink Floyd Sound
The Lesser Book of the Vishanti: Dr. Strange Comics as a magical system, by cat yronwode
The Spirit Checklist: a 1940s newspaper comic book by Will Eisner, indexed by cat yronwode
Fit to Print: collected weekly columns about comics and pop culture by cat yronwode
Eclipse Comics Index: a list of all Eclipse comics, albums, and trading cards
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course with cat yronwode: 52 weekly lessons in book form
Hoodoo Conjure Training Workshops: hands-on rootwork classes, lectures, and seminars
Apprentice with catherine yronwode: personal 3-week training for qualified HRCC graduates
Lucky Mojo Community Forum: an online message board for our occult spiritual shop customers
Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour Radio Show: learn free magic spells via podcast download
Lucky Mojo Videos: see video tours of the Lucky Mojo shop and get a glimpse of the spirit train
Lucky Mojo Newsletter Archive: subscribe and receive discount coupons and free magick spells
Follow Us on Facebook: get company news and product updates as a Lucky Mojo Facebook Fan
The Lucky Mojo Curio Co.: spiritual supplies for hoodoo, magick, witchcraft, and conjure
Herb Magic: complete line of Lucky Mojo Herbs, Minerals, and Zoological Curios, with sample spells
Mystic Tea Room Gift Shop: antique, vintage, and contemporary fortune telling tea cups
catherine yronwode: the eclectic and eccentric author of many of the above web pages
nagasiva yronwode: nigris (333), nocTifer, lorax666, boboroshi, Troll Towelhead, !
Liselotte Erlanger Glozer: illustrated articles on collectible vintage postcards
Jackie Payne: Shades of Blues: a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer
Lucky Mojo Site Map: the home page for the whole Lucky Mojo electron-pile
All the Pages: descriptive named links to about 1,000 top-level Lucky Mojo web pages
How to Contact Us: we welcome feedback and suggestions regarding maintenance of this site
Make a Donation: please send us a small Paypal donation to keep us in bandwidth and macs!
OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
Arcane Archive: thousands of archived Usenet posts on religion, magic, spell-casting, mysticism, and spirituality
Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: psychic reading, conjure, and hoodoo root doctor services
Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic, plus shopping
Crystal Silence League: a non-denominational site; post your prayers; pray for others; let others pray for you
Garden of Joy Blues: former 80 acre hippie commune near Birch Tree in the Missouri Ozarks
Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
Hoodoo Psychics: connect online or call 1-888-4-HOODOO for instant readings now from a member of AIRR
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith; prayer-light services; Smallest Church in the World
Mystic Tea Room: tea leaf reading, teacup divination, and a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Satan Service: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
Southern Spirits: 19th and 20th century accounts of hoodoo, including ex-slave narratives & interviews
Tiger Tiger: prayer flags, singing bowls, beads, ritual religious statues, and altar tools from Thailand and Nepal
Spiritual Spells: lessons in folk magic and spell casting from an eclectic Wiccan perspective, plus shopping
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Yronwode Institution: the Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology