Conjure Quarterly #2
last, Issue #2 has arrived! And it is even better than the
first! Over 150 pages of authentic hoodoo and conjure from a
variety of traditions, not to mention we have jam-packed it
with information about New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo. Read
about Louisiana superstitions, New Orleans Gris Gris, how to
grow a botanica in your backyard, and home protections and
wards. We've got information on the Voodoo Doctors of New
Orleans, Pomba Gira, red brick dust, Indian Spirit Hoodoo
and St. Anthony. Learn how to invoke Archangel
Iophiel, make a business Elegba, and feast your eyes on
Altars, Crossroads of Power.
This issue features our very
first international submissions, one about Belizean
indigenous death rites by Winsom Winsom and our featured
cover story about Mama Moses and the conjure tradition of
the underground railroad by Witchdoctor Utu. These articles
will NOT disappoint you.
As far as charms and
formularies, we've got a whole section on sex and love
magic, protection charms, a Lavender Lust bottle for same
sex couples, selections from a witch's Hoodoo grimoire, how to make Jupiter Cakes and more!
As for folklore, read the very
informative and entertaining How Br'er Rabbit Lost his Foot,
the Dreaded Plate Eye and more.
And that's not all!
We've got book reviews and a
contest to win a jar of crossroads dirt and a Papa Legba
Believe it or not, there is
even more than this. And well, to find out everything that's
in it, you'll just have to pick up a copy!
Book bound, full color bleed,
156 pages of pure, fabulous conjure!
Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly Premiere Issue
Out of Print
A family in New Orleans awakened not long ago
to find a cross of moist salt on the front porch. Neighbors gathered and the
newspapers carried headlines concerning the symbol that portended trouble for
the members of the household, for Voodoo, hoodoo, and conjure, though subdued,
still exists in that city.
If you should wake up tomorrow morning and find
a cross of salt upon your front porch, what would you do?
If you live in Iowa or Michigan or even
Pennsylvania, you might just sweep it off the porch and chalk it up to a
neighbor’s prank. But if you live in Louisiana you might act quite differently –
for a cross of salt, in the language if hoodoo, means trouble!
That is why Mr. and Mrs. Gauthier of New
Orleans thought twice before sweeping away the cross of salt that they found on
their porch a few months ago and that is why neighbors flocked to the Gauthier
home to examine it and the newspapers carried headlines about it. For Voodoo and
hoodoo is not dead in New Orleans. It has been trampled upon by the police, it
has been scoffed at by the intelligent element of the city, it has dwindled,
withered, lost many of its followers – but it still lives! (Hammond, 1930, New
Orleans Times Picayune)
Today, hoodoo and conjure are emerging from the
shadows and into the lives of everyday people. There seems to be more root
workers, two-headed doctors, conjurers, Voodooists, and hoodoos more than ever
before. People are flocking to related social networking sites hungry for
information about taking control of their lives, defending themselves from their
enemies, thriving in a recession, and connecting to the Invisibles. Websites
are popping up daily that specialize in the art of conjure. These websites
feature “love doctors”, “rootworkers”, and “Spiritual Mothers” who offer a
variety of psychic and spiritual services and carry the hard to get sticks,
stones, roots and bones needed by the eclectic conjurer. Hoodoo no longer
belongs to the poor black demographic of the South as typically depicted;
indeed, practitioners cross every racial, political and socioeconomic line.
In 1930, the three by two foot cross caked
mass indicated someone put it there in a thoroughly dampened condition. There
were neighbors who insisted that they had heard strange noises in the early
morning hours: there were others who spoke of seeing a dark form glide by the
house: there were some who had heard nothing but the baying of hunting dogs. But
on one thing all agreed: a cross of salt does not mean death. A coffin with a
name written upon it with pencil dipped in vinegar would mean that, or an acorn
stuffed with hair and bearing four holes in its side, but a cross of salt only
The neighbors stood and gossiped. Some
recommended throwing finely chopped basil leaves over the cross to destroy the
“gris gris”: some staked their all on a frizzly chicken, the most potent of all
spell-breakers, but gradually they began to speak of other things and to recall
the tales told by their grandmothers and great grandmothers of the days when
Voodooism was at its zenith in Louisiana.
In the 1800s, tales of the swamps abound where
the Voodoo worshipers gathered on St. John’s Eve to dance in wild ecstasy.
Tales of Dr. John, who lived in a house on Bayou Road, was sought by those who
wished to gain fortune, love, or domination over the mind of a hard master.
Tales of the infamous Marie Laveaux, the greatest queen that the Voodoo religion
ever bowed to, singlehandedly put the business of Voodoo and hoodoo on the map
with her potent gris gris charms that consisted of a magickal symbol or vévé
written with dragon’s blood ink on parchment paper and sewn into cloth or
leather bags. Her clients spent thousands of dollars on these charms and swore
by their effectiveness (Alvarado, 2009). Marie Laveau’s successor Malvina Latour…
each of these calm, deliberate and powerful names are not forgotten, for they
once struck terror into the hearts of thousands. These names still remind one
from time to time of what many believed to be a short, strange chapter in
Louisiana history (Hammond, 1930, New Orleans Times Picayune) .
Recognizing the resurgence of folk magic and the growing community of hoodoos,
healers, and conjurers, we at Planet Voodoo have created a new, high quality
publication that meets the needs of today’s conjurers. Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly
magazine shares historical and contemporary information about the conjure arts,
including magico-religious practices, spiritual traditions, folk magic, hoodoo,
and religions with their roots in the African Diaspora and indigenous herbology.
Each issue of Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly magazine brings you original and traditional
formulas, spells, tutorials, root doctor and conjure artist profiles, and more!
The premiere issue features
the following articles and authors:
The Origin of
profile: The Georgia Mojo Man
Ritual: Magickal Doll to Raise the Ghost of a Loved One
What is Real
Orleans Folklore: The Devil Baby of New Orleans: Fact or
Magick and the Venus Love Tub Lamp
The Real Dirt
on Visiting the Dead
The Return of
Psalm Magick and the Mixed Qabalah
H. Byron Ballard
Cove-Witches and Curanderas: Traditional Healers and
Magic-Women in Modern Appalachia
And there are several formulas for
magickal oils and powders, a little lagniappe (that's Cajun
for a little something extra) magick, a free conjure doll
baby template, and a historical text related to Voodoo in
New Orleans by Lafcadio Hearn.
Now, go forth and conjure your world,
New Orleans Style!