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« Topic Start: August 26, 2009, 03:17:47 am »

I know Llewellyn publishing usually isn't that good but I'm hoping maybe I found a gem? Maybe?!?  The book is entitled, "Charms, Spells and Formulas,"  by Ray T. Malbrough.  Is this any good?  And do you have any better suggestions?  I cked out the luckymojo.com site a little bit, it was very interesting.  Might look into it a little further.  I got the book at a used book store, so at least I didn't pay full price for it!
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« Reply #1: August 26, 2009, 08:12:29 am »

I know Llewellyn publishing usually isn't that good but I'm hoping maybe I found a gem? Maybe?!?  The book is entitled, "Charms, Spells and Formulas,"  by Ray T. Malbrough.  Is this any good? 

It's a "not bad" book on magick and formulas. The formulas are not that different from other sources I've seen listing them. As a source of info on Hoodoo itself, I don't know.
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« Reply #2: August 26, 2009, 08:58:14 am »

It's a "not bad" book on magick and formulas. The formulas are not that different from other sources I've seen listing them. As a source of info on Hoodoo itself, I don't know.
Thanks for the review.  But do you have any suggestions?  I wouldn't know the crap from the good stuff since I know practically nothing about hoodoo.  I can discern a good wiccan book from a bad one for my self but not a hoodoo book. Plus, I don't have the money to be going through the hit and miss ordeal of going through the good and bad books.  I looked through the side bar on this board for some book suggestions and found one but it was suggested that it wasn't that good, if you had any others that would be helpful.  Although, I did find some online books on Voodoo but I am not that interested in that. 
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« Reply #3: August 26, 2009, 10:12:34 am »

Thanks for the review.  But do you have any suggestions?  I wouldn't know the crap from the good stuff since I know practically nothing about hoodoo.

It's not something I'm expert in. Cat's luckymojo.com site is excellent and the course she offers is reportedly quite good.
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« Reply #4: August 26, 2009, 10:28:04 am »

  I cked out the luckymojo.com site a little bit, it was very interesting.  Might look into it a little further. 

I've also heard some really good things about the course offered by Cat at luckymojo.com. I thought about signing up for it a while back but didn't have the funds at the time. There's some pretty extensive information on the site itself though if you look around a little bit... Grin
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« Reply #5: September 18, 2009, 11:28:01 pm »

I know Llewellyn publishing usually isn't that good but I'm hoping maybe I found a gem? Maybe?!?  The book is entitled, "Charms, Spells and Formulas,"  by Ray T. Malbrough.  Is this any good?  And do you have any better suggestions?  I cked out the luckymojo.com site a little bit, it was very interesting.  Might look into it a little further.  I got the book at a used book store, so at least I didn't pay full price for it!

I haven't read it.  But I can tell you right now that if you only buy one book on Hoodoo it ought to be "Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic" by catherine yronwode.  Anything else you need to know you can find out from the Lucky Mojo site.   
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« Reply #6: September 18, 2009, 11:54:14 pm »

I know Llewellyn publishing usually isn't that good but I'm hoping maybe I found a gem? Maybe?!?  The book is entitled, "Charms, Spells and Formulas,"  by Ray T. Malbrough.  Is this any good?  And do you have any better suggestions?  I cked out the luckymojo.com site a little bit, it was very interesting.  Might look into it a little further.  I got the book at a used book store, so at least I didn't pay full price for it!

Technically, any magic using candles, 'mojo' bags, power objects, dressing oils & powders... could be considered 'hoodoo'. Hoodoo is basically American folk magic, syncretized from Native American traditional magic, Vodou, and Mexican/South American magic the further west you go, or European folk magic the further north you go. It's also got some Carib & Polynesian islandic folk magic in the mix.

Traditional Western African magic is sometimes called hoodoo, but it's more properly spelled as 'hudu' or 'hounban', and has more similarities to Yoruban Santeria or Dahomean Vodou (primarily ancestor veneration & a large body of healing work) than to what is considered hoodoo in America. 

As far as books go, it's a mixed bag. Most books about hoodoo will contain any number of spells or 'conjures', tips on making mojo bags or gris gris, charms, washes, powders, blending oils, etc. - but the best way to experience hoodoo is to just develop your own method and go with it. There aren't any strict laws or guidelines as to what constitutes hoodoo or who can practice it.
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« Reply #7: September 19, 2009, 09:58:25 am »

Technically, any magic using candles, 'mojo' bags, power objects, dressing oils & powders... could be considered 'hoodoo'. Hoodoo is basically American folk magic, syncretized from Native American traditional magic, Vodou, and Mexican/South American magic the further west you go, or European folk magic the further north you go. It's also got some Carib & Polynesian islandic folk magic in the mix.

Traditional Western African magic is sometimes called hoodoo, but it's more properly spelled as 'hudu' or 'hounban', and has more similarities to Yoruban Santeria or Dahomean Vodou (primarily ancestor veneration & a large body of healing work) than to what is considered hoodoo in America. 

As far as books go, it's a mixed bag. Most books about hoodoo will contain any number of spells or 'conjures', tips on making mojo bags or gris gris, charms, washes, powders, blending oils, etc. - but the best way to experience hoodoo is to just develop your own method and go with it. There aren't any strict laws or guidelines as to what constitutes hoodoo or who can practice it.
Thanks for the reply! And to the others who have replied! I agree it is mostly about personalization, I have found a few sites on the net that have been most helpful in discovering this aspect.  But there are certain guidelines you should follow, like Florida water should have lemon juice in it and shit like that.
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« Reply #8: September 19, 2009, 01:18:28 pm »

But there are certain guidelines you should follow, like Florida water should have lemon juice in it and shit like that.

Heh, I'm not crafty. Both my local Smith's grocery store & Wal-Greens have a small patent remedy/botanica type section that carries Florida Water & Orange Blossom colognes for about $3 a bottle. 
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« Reply #9: September 19, 2009, 06:08:53 pm »



I have the book, and took Cat's class.  She recommends the Malbrough book as a supplement, even if the kind of hoodoo she teaches isn't identical.  Malbrough's is much closer to New Orleans-style Voodoo than to general hoodoo, but it's all part of the same family of "syncretized African-European-Native American folk magic systems of North America." 
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