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Hoodoo in Theory and Practice
by catherine yronwode
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- LUCKY MOJO UNCROSSING SPIRITUAL SUPPLIES: TRADITIONAL FOLK MAGIC REMEDIES
- HAVE YOU REALLY BEEN JINXED, CURSED, CROSSED, OR HEXED?
- SPIRITUAL BATHS: A TRADITIONAL REMEDY FOR UNCROSSING, JINX-BREAKING, AND PURIFICATION
- SPIRITUALLY CLEANSING YOUR HOME OF JINXED AND CROSSED CONDITIONS WITH CHINESE WASH AND UNCROSSING BATH SALTS
- BURNING UNCROSSING CANDLES TO REVERSE A JINX ONTO YOUR ENEMY
- DOUBLE ACTION AND REVERSING CANDLES FOR UNCROSSING BAD LUCK
- AN UNCROSSING MIRROR-BOX SPELL TO FIX BAD WORK BACK ONTO YOUR ENEMY
- BEYOND UNCROSSING: REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE WHO JINXED OR CROSSED YOU
LUCKY MOJO UNCROSSING SPIRITUAL SUPPLIES:
TRADITIONAL FOLK MAGIC REMEDIES
The labels shown here are from a package of Lucky Mojo brand Uncrossing crystal salts for personal bathing or ritual cleansing floor wash, a bottle of Uncrossing dressing oil for fixing candles or wearing on the body, a package of sachet powders for blowing or sprinkling, a package of incense for fumigating an area to purify it, and a complete spell kit with instructions for those who want everything needed to do the job in one convenient package.
Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, these products contain genuine herbs and herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances. The ingredients in Uncrossing and Jinxing formulas may include Salt, Rue leaves, Hyssop leaves, a Broken Chain, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper, Sulphur, Sugar, Devil's Shoe Strings, Crab Shell Powder, Beef Gall, Chicken Feathers, the practitioner's bath or wash water, plus other herbs and essences. Lucky Mojo labels are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.
HAVE YOU REALLY BEEN
JINXED, CURSED, CROSSED, OR HEXED?
Not everyone who believes him or herself to be jinxed really suffers from that condition. Sometimes people believe that they have been crossed or cursed, but they have not been. They may be depressed, mentally ill, or physically ill and have wrongly decided that an enemy is the cause of their suffering. However, magical curses do exist, and their effects on their victims can be devastating. One way to diagnose your condition is to get a reading from a reputable psychic or spiritual worker. Another way is to diagnose yourself through some means of divination, such as card reading or the use of a pendulum.
If you have an enemy who practices hoodoo rootwork, you can be pretty sure that something is being worked against you, of course, but if you have been having bad luck for a long time or are suffering from an unnatural illness and you have no known enemy and no one has ever openly declared themselves against you, you may have been crossed or jinxed, or someone may have put roots on you. You may not know who did it...but you may suspect and even be able to remember how it was done.
One common way to cross someone is to sprinkle Crossing Powder, Hot Foot Powder, or Goofer Dust across their trackway or doorstep, or dress their socks or shoes. I have even heard of women who will dress their own privates so that a man will drag himself in it and lose his nature or jinx up his love life.
Another way to lay a trick or fix a person is to get something personal of theirs and stop it up in a bottle with roots and nails, pins, or needles. Your hair may have been gotten this way, or a piece of your clothing, or your personal concerns. This trick may have been done to you by an enemy to control you, dominate you, or get revenge on you by destroying your happiness in love and money matters.
If you want to undo this sort of work, it helps to know who put the jinx on you so you can call their name back at them, but even if you don't know who did it or how it was done, there are things you can do to take off the jinx.
If a jinx has actually been placed, it may take the form of a buried or hidden object such as a bottle spell, mojo bag, or powders that have been sprinkled. Check around your home and see if you can find something that anyone could have secretly put down to jinx you, like burying something in your front yard. This object must be removed and destroyed. Spiritual workers may call a spirit to help them and gifted readers will just "see" where the buried object can be found. If you find something, like a bottle with personal effects, roots, or hairs in it, dig it up and burn it or throw it away in running water. Even if you can't find such a thing, you may have been fixed with some mess sprinkled on your food or on your shoes.
If the trick cannot be found (for instance, if the perpetrator keeps a bottle spell hidden in his or her home and periodically shakes it up to cause trouble), then an uncrossing spell (e.g. a bath, rub-down, etc.) will be worked and may need to be repeated 3 or 9 times -- along with a reversing spell aimed at sending the bad work back onto the perpetrator. The client is also given a protection spell, often a mojo bag, after the final cleansing or jinx-breaking has been worked.
SPIRITUAL BATHS: A TRADITIONAL REMEDY
FOR UNCROSSING, JINX-BREAKING, AND PURIFICATION
To take off a jinx or remove crossed conditions, many people make use of a spiritual bath combined with a simple candle-spell. To perform this work, you will need a spiritual bath preparation made with purifying herbs or an Uncrossing type bath preparation. The hyssop and rue herb baths are things you can make up yourself from hyssop or rue leaves or you can buy ready-made Uncrossing Bath Crystals with hyssop and rue, or -- for a really strong job -- you can use the 13 Herb Spiritual Bath, which contains hyssop, rue, and 11 other Uncrossing herbs. Many folks use 13 packets of 13 Herb Spiritual Bath and take a bath every morning for a total of 13 days to clear away a really bad jinx.
You also need 2 white offertory candles and some Uncrossing Oil to dress them. Burning a packet of Uncrossing Incense while you work is said to increase the efficacy of the job as well.
If you believe that enemies have crossed, jinxed, or hexed you, look up the 37th Psalm. This is the one that begins "Fret not thyself with evil-doers..." If you believe that your bad condition today results even in part from your own bad activities in the past, look up the 51st Psalm as well, where hyssop herb is recommended for purification from sin. If you are not a Christian or a Jew, you can still use these herbs; they are traditional for jinx-breaking, Uncrossing and the removal of sin in any case, and instead of a Psalm, just write down your request in your own words that the jinx be lifted and the one who put it on you be struck down.
To prepare the spiritual bath, you arise before dawn, and either brew up the herbs into a tea and strain the liquid or dissolve the Uncrossing mineral crystals in warm water. If you wish to perform a spiritual house cleansing after your bath, save some of the Uncrossing bath salts back, for use in your house-scrub water, as described below.
Recite the 37th Psalm for jinx-breaking or the 51st Psalm for purification (or any Uncrossing spell of your choice) as you pour the bath water over your head. If you are taking the 13 Herb Bath, you pour the water and recite your Psalm 13 times for each morning's bath, 13 days in a row.
When you have finished the spiritual bath, step out of the tub and light the 2 white candles that have been dressed with Uncrossing Oil. Light the Uncrossing incense next. Stand between the candles. Do not dry yourself with a towel -- let the bath water dry on you in the air as the candles burn and smoke yourself in the incense. Recite your Psalm one more time. If you intend to work this spell for the full 13 days, pinch out the candles (don't blow them out) after a few minutes so you can relight them the next day. If you will be doing the spell only for one day, walk away after you recite your Psalm and just let the candles burn until they go out, no matter how long that takes.
SPIRITUALLY CLEANSING YOUR HOME
OF JINXED AND CROSSED CONDITIONS
WITH CHINESE WASH AND UNCROSSING BATH SALTS
After taking an Uncrossing spiritual cleansing bath, some people then use the remaining bath water to wash down their floors and especially the doorstep of the house, because it is believed that a good floor washing will greatly help to remove all bad conditions from the home and to prevent their return. Here's how:
Mix the remnants of your spiritual bath water into a bucket of warm scrub-water, with a bit of the Uncrossing Crystals that you save back when you made up the bath. Add a capful of Chinese Wash to make it even stronger, especially if it will be used as a floor wash. Wash from the back of the premises to the front. If you have carpets, you can just lightly spritz them, or sweep with a broom that you have covered with a cloth dipped in the floor wash and wrung out almost dry.
Sweep out the front doorway area while the floor is still wet. Once you are done with the wash or floor scrub water, carry whatever remains out of the house and pour it on the ground outside (not down the drain), to remove its influence from your home.
Do this every morning upon awakening for 13 days -- bathe, pray, light the white candles and incense, then wash down the house -- to bring you relief from crossed conditions.
BURNING UNCROSSING CANDLES
TO REVERSE A JINX ONTO YOUR ENEMY
If you know who has put this crossed condition on you and you want to reverse the jinx onto them, the best thing to hope for is to find the mess they put down -- whether that be powders, a doll, or a bottle spell. If you find it, just burn it all up or throw it into running water. Not only will this take the rootwork off of you, it will send it back to the one who sent it.
Most times, unfortunately, you will not be able to find the trick they put down to hurt you. In that case, one well-known way to reverse their work back onto them is to burn a reversing candle. This is a jumbo red candle that has been dipped into and covered with black wax. To use it, you carve the problem-causing person's name on it with a nail, dress it with an appropriate anointing oil such as Reversing oil or a blend of Uncrossing Oil and Cast Off Evil Oil and let it burn. If you don't know the perpetrator's name, carve the words "My Enemy" on the candle.
DOUBLE ACTION AND REVERSING CANDLES FOR UNCROSSING BAD LUCK
Similar to the reversing candle is the double-action candle, a jumbo candle that is half black and half some other colour -- half red if they have jinxed your love-life, half green if they have jinxed your money, half white if they have jinxed your health or peace of mind. You can use the double-action candle the same way as the reversing, but carve your enemy's name on the black end and your own on the coloured end and then dress the enemy's end with Crossing Oil and your own end with Uncrossing Oil. Some people prefer to carve the double-action candle to give it points at both ends so that they can light and burn both ends at once. To hold it in place, they stick it horizontally on the point of a heated rusty nail that has been hammered through a board and then placed on a sheet of aluminium foil or a large cookie tray. it's a drippy mess when it burns this way, but is said to be very effective.
Once you have reversed a jinx onto an enemy, it is a very good idea to maintain your defenses, especially if that person is hostile and will remain near you in your life, for instance on the job or in your family. To protect yourself from future attacks, you can make use of Fear Not to Walk Over Evil powders or oils. or erect a Fiery Wall of Protection spell around yourself and those you love.
AN UNCROSSING MIRROR-BOX SPELL
TO FIX BAD WORK BACK ONTO YOUR ENEMY
If you know who crossed or jinxed you, just cleansing yourself and reversing the jinx onto them may not be enough, for they can always come back and try the same tricks on you again. To prevent a recurrence of the problem, it is a good idea to bind your enemy up in a mirror-box spell. The mirror box will keep everything evil they do bouncing back to them, hurting them each time they try to hurt someone else.
To work this trick you will need a doll-baby of some kind to represent your enemy. You can use any kind of doll that looks like them or sew one or make it of twigs, or whatever feels right to you. Try to get something personal of the enemy -- hair, a photo, or the like -- and incorporate it into the making of the doll. One simple way to make a doll is to use a black candle in the figure of the Devil and carve their name on it and use that as an effigy.
Next get a small box that will just hold the doll-baby or effigy. It need be no larger than a shoe box and it can be chipboard or cardboard. It must have a lid.
Go to a store where cheap mirrors are sold and buy one without looking in it yourself. This is difficult; but be sure to not look. If there is a stack if similar mirrors, just take one from behind the front or top one, so you don't look in it. When you get the mirror home, take a hammer and break the mirror into pieces, still without looking into it. Glue the pieces into the bottom, sides, and lid of the box -- still without looking. (My preferred glue for such work is a brand called Goop; it is sticky, flexible, relatively fast-setting, and makes a very tight bond to a variety of surfaces.)
An alternate way of making the mirror box, shown here, is to get six 4-inch mirror tiles. Join them together to make an open box with all the mirrors facing inward. The sixth mirror is kept to one side to make the lid of the box.
Working by the light of a black candle that has been dressed with a combination of Uncrossing and Reversing hoodoo conjure oils, place the prepared doll-baby or effigy in the box and sprinkle it with red pepper powder and sulphur powder or a prepared spiritual sachet powder containing red pepper and sulphur, such as Reversing Powder, Crossing Powder, Revenge Powder, D.U.M.E. powder, Goofer Dust, or a combination of these. As you sprinkle the sachet powder, say, "Here you are, [Name], and here you will stay, and from this time forth, all the crossed conditions you try to bring about, and all the jinxes you try to make, all the foul words that you use, and all the evil that you do will come back to you as these mirrors reflect your image back to you -- and in this hell of your own devising you will burn until God releases you in judgement, Amen."
Close up the box, tie the lid down tight with string, carry the "coffin" to a graveyard, and dig a hole. Ask the spirits in the graveyard to help you hold your enemy down, and as you do so, pay them a dime for their trouble either by throwing it over your left shoulder as you make your request or by placing it at the head of the grave. Then bury the mirror box, walk away, and don't look back, going home by a different route than the one you took to get there.
Since this work consists of laying a trick, even in a good cause, when you get home, you should perform the 13 Herb or Uncrossing spiritual bath and candle burning spell as described above, reciting the 51st Psalm for purification and removal of any sin you have committed.
BEYOND UNCROSSING: REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE
WHO JINXED OR CROSSED YOU
If you want harsher revenge instead of a mere reversal of the crossing spell, then you can lay a trick or fix them. Burn a black candle on your enemy's name (put their name on a paper beneath an overturned saucer under the candle) or carve their name on the candle.
If you use a black candle in the figure of the Devil and carve their name on it, then anoint it with an appropriate dressing oil. If you don't know the name of the person who did this trick to you, carve the words "My Enemy" on the candle before you dress it. If you use Cast Off Evil Oil, Hot Foot Oil, or Run Devil Run Oil, the enemy will get out of your life. If you use Reversing Oil, what they did will bounce back on the enemy and things will go fairly hard with them. Dressing the candle with something very strong, like Crossing Oil, Revenge Oil, or D.U.M.E. (Death Unto My Enemies) Oil may express your desires more accurately. The dressing oil or combination of oils you work with is for you to decide, depending on your own wishes in the matter.
Burn the dressed black candle on the toilet tank, a little bit each night, pinching it out between burnings. Burn it down while the moon is growing smaller -- and on the dark of the moon, the darkest night of the month, turn the burning black candle stub upside down and extinguish it in the toilet bowl, saying "Thus will you, [name of enemy], meet your fate!" Alternatively, you can throw the remaining black candle stub and wax into a crossroads -- or into the yard of the person who had put the roots on you or jinxed you. (This is an old spell, and it used to be performed in an outhouse, so the candle would fall into the piss and shit already there and could just remain in that place.)
When you are finished, wash down the room where you did this job with a mixture of Uncrossing Crystals and Chinese Wash in warm water, to clean it out. You might also want to take the 13 Herb Bath or Uncrossing Bath as described above, reciting the 51st Psalm for purification of your self.
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