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Armed with these four simple pieces of data, you are ready to add zodiacal work to your spell-casting arsenal.
THE TWELVE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC
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HOW TO USE ZODIACAL SPIRITUAL SUPPLIES
Lucky Mojo Zodiacal Vigil Lights or Glass-Encased Candles find general use in promoting altar work, either as "helper lights" or to represent people of various signs. These candles have full-colour paper labels naming Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and other astrological signs, with information about their attributes. They are made of soft wax in symbolic colours and will burn continually for at least 120 hours. They stay alight for many days and are appropriate for petitions and prayers. Some people dress Zodiacal candles with anointing oils; others do not.
Lucky Mojo Zodiacal Oils find general use in dressing candles to represent persons born in a particular sign, to dress any sort of conjure candles whose petitions are appropriate to the astrological sign thus named, or to be worn as personal scents during the months associated with those signs in order to strengthen connections to the energies represented by the signs of the zodiac. Some workers keep a "Master Candle" on their altar at all times and dress it each month with that month's appropriate Zodiacal oil.
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Lucky Mojo Zodiacal Sachet Powders may be used to dress petition papers, to dust on the body, or to subtly work into a carpet or door mat during the times of the year symbolically related to the various Astrological Signs.
All of our Lucky Mojo Zodiacal products may be combined with our Lucky Mojo Planetary products when working astrologically-based or timed spells.
HOW TO ADD ZODIACAL LIGHTS TO YOUR ALTAR
Let's put the above ideas into practice. Say your candles were four in number, and they were:
Some practitioners would light all four candles at once on one altar. I would not. At Missionary Independent Spiritual Church, we have FOUR altars, and in this particular case, that selection of candles happens to work out to one candle per altar. Our altars are:
So if you were working in my church, i would recommend that you light one candle on each altar, with the Road Opener coming first.
However, if you wished to add the power of the twelve zodiacal signs to your spells, i would suggest that you select helper lights that relate to the persons for whom the work is being done. In other words, i would recommend that you light TWO candles at a time, each on a different day, according to the ruling planet of that form of work.
These eight candles could either be placed at the same altar on the different days -- or on different altars on the days indicated.
You do not need to have twelve altars, one for each sign of the zodiac, in order to work with the energies of the zodiacal signs. You can have four altars, as we do at Missionary Independent, and at Four Altars Gospel Sanctuary, or even just two altars -- one facing East for attraction, and one facing West for removal.
If you can only put up one altar, due to space considerations, you can divide it into either two halves, four quadrants, seven planetary segments, or a circle of twelve zodiacal regions, as you wish.
ASTROLOGY IN TRADITIONAL HOODOO
It is a misconception of many people who are new to hoodoo or come to it from an outsider's perspective that African American root doctors and conjure practitioners either do not work with Zodiacal spiritual supplies or do not care about astrological timings, including Moon signs and phases, Planetary days or hours, or Zodiacal signs.
I wish to correct these misconceptions.
In all human cultures since prehistoric times, people have observed, marked, and predicted the movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets with varying degrees of interest and varying degrees of astronomical accuracy -- and have applied symbolic or astrological meanings to the aspects, angles, eclipses, retrograde movements, and other observable phenomena of the heavens.
Hoodoo is the folk magic of the African American community nationwide (not of Africans). It shares elements with African folk-magic, European folk-magic, Jewish folk-magic, and Native American folk-magic of the South East.
Because hoodoo contains evidence of a great deal of cultural sharing (North American herb lore from Native Americans, the use of the Biblical Psalms in magic from the Jews, First-Footing traditions from Scotland, tea-leaf reading from England, fava beans for luck from Sicily, etc.), it is only be natural to assume that it also incorporates a certain amount of common and widely distributed European and Arabic astronomical and astrological knowledge.
To assert that African Americans -- while retaining African folk-magic knowledge and also incorporating diverse elements from other cultures -- could not, would not, or did not observe and record astronomical phenomena and/or apply symbolic or astrological symbolism to astronomical movements is unsupportable, because historical evidence in print in fact demonstrates that African American practitioners of hoodoo were reading and professionally casting horoscopes and having their horoscopes cast for them from a time period dating to shortly after the Emancipation and the end of the Civil War.
If you wish to research this further, i suggest that you look into two names of African American professional root doctors from the era before World War Two who used modern astrology, sold their spiritual supply products to African American mail-order clients and customers nationwide, and left a "paper trail" of their astrological interests. They were Dr. E. P. Read of Philadelphia and Edward Lowe of Chicago. I have written about both and have supplied evidence of their interest in astrology at my hoodoo training workshops on "Astrology for Rootworkers." A third African American conjure doctor, D. Alexander of Brooklyn, New York, was arrested in 1925 for selling Goofer Dust which, as he noted in his sales flyer, was made during the "New Moon" or the dark of the Moon, but whether he was an astrologer or was simply working according to visible lunar phenomena is not known. You can read about him at my Southern Spirits site.
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