The Search for Samo: Voodoo Universe’s Pilgrimage to Basquiat

His art itself is magick, power, and invocation writ both large and small….In any case this past Memorial Day weekend we travelled to the source itself to leave offerings and honor his spirit. [Read more...]

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Black Salt, White Salt, and Red Brick Dust All Over

Hoodoo practitioners put Red Brick Dust almost everywhere- the thresholds, the windowsills, the property line… anywhere that needs to be protected. [Read more...]

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Bessie Smith, BB King and the Hoodoo Blues

The Hoodoo tradition is older than Bessie Smith and BB King put together. The resourceful and powerful system of practices “jes grew” out of hardship and the oppression of slavery and colonial injustice. Part of the creative beauty of Hoodoo is that it uses whatever it can. [Read more...]

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How to Use Cascarilla

Medically the plant was used as a tonic, an expectorant, to stop excessive farting, and also for “nocturnal pollutions.” For convenience sake the stuff used in ritual now is made from powdered eggshells. These Cascarilla cakes are used before, during, and sometimes even after any ritual working, and could definitely be considered a necessary part of the tradition. [Read more...]

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The Hype About HooDoo and Holy Water

Many may wonder how, or why, a Catholic mainstay like Holy Water found it’s way into traditional Hoodoo spells and formulas. I have already mentioned Hoodoo is resourceful, it’s practices survived and thrived despite years of prejudice and oppression. [Read more...]

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Grains of Paradise: A Spicy Bit of Magick

Hoodoo folk magick says to place the grains in a piece of red cloth and tie it up with a picture of St. Michael as a Gris-Gris or herbal spell for safety. [Read more...]

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March 19th Saint Joseph’s Day- A Celebration for All

This is the time to unveil a year’s worth of work celebrating culture, history and tradition… and the fun doesn’t stop there. [Read more...]

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