What You Need To Know Before Learning Voodoo

| Monday, August 27, 2007 | |
What You Need To Know Before Learning Voodoo Cover There is more propaganda about Voodoo than there is about how many nukes are ready to be launched into the stratosphere. In this article, I’m vacant to try to separate some of the fact from the fiction. It isn’t simple to do for a variety of reasons, some of which you may be more than well aware of.

At the top of the list of offenders is Hollywood. Movie makers have long been misrepresenting the Voodoo faith (yes, it is a faith) since the days of Bela Lugosi in Voodoo Man made in 1944. This is the stereotypical movie of the pins in dolls misconception that people have about Voodoo. Not all Voodoo is about black magic. It is not all terrible. As with anything else, there is excellent and terrible in Voodoo. White Magic in Voodoo is just as common. It just isn’t as talked about because it isn’t as controversial and titillating.

Small do most people know, again mostly due to all the propaganda and Hollywood’s perpetuation of the myths, is that there are really several forms of Voodoo including Haitian Vodou, Louisiana Voodoo, and West African Vodun, which is probably the one people most identify with, even even if it itself is grossly misrepresented. The amount of factual Information online about any of these forms is sparse to say the least.

Voodoo black magic is what is most in material form in the movies and throughout literature. The reason is obvious. It’s like the tale about a crowd of people on foot by a lady feeding pigeons in the park. Nobody stops to notice. But walk past a 10 car pileup on the freeway and everybody stops. Traffic backs up for miles. Evil is always more fascinating than excellent.

You’re probably wondering why I am telling you all this. The reason is simple. Voodoo is more than just black magic. There is a lot of excellent that Voodoo can do, including really healing people of their sins and diseases. If one goes into the culture of this discipline looking only for the terrible and to cause harm, they are missing the whole point and missing a huge part of the Voodoo faith.

Downloadable books (free):

Rasmus Anderson - The Younger Edda Also Called Snorre Edda Or The Prose Edda
Anonymous - Steps To Knowledge From 1 To 49
Israel Regardie - The Art Of True Healing

Casting Hexes Curses Black Magic And Voodoo

| Monday, August 20, 2007 | |
Casting Hexes Curses Black Magic And Voodoo Cover It's a problem encountered time and again: an inexperienced person, finding themselves with the need to cast black magic, makes an attempt to ask to more experienced pagans how to do so only to be turned away by fluffy-bunny new-agers ranting about "karma" and "the rule of three."

There is good news for those in the market to cast harmful Black Magic Spells but still lacking the know-how. The fact is, not all magic is of a religious nature. Much traditional folk magic and witchcraft spells were devised for use outside of religion, particularly in areas where the mainstream churches disapproved of such practices. Indeed, in a world of free religious choice, there is no reason a person can't be allowed to perform "evil" black magic spells if they so desire.

The aspiring spellcaster made of strong stuff can still fight the fight and try to ask for first-hand information amongst the Pagan Community, hoping to find real spells. However, the type of person who requires revenge spells in the first place is often a person whose feelings are easily hurt; as such, the ill-treatment they receive from the people they go to for magickal help merely enhances their desire for such harmful magic. Quite counter-productive!

Those who wish to avoid judgments and scoldings, then, are advised to turn to the helpful world of occult books.

One of the latest spellbooks with real spells focused on the subject of harmful black magic is Death and Destruction: How to Cast Magic Spells for Vengeance, Harm, &c. It is designed with practitioners of modern hoodoo folk magic in mind. As a result, it does occasionally make references to Christianity and its beliefs, but does not particularly expect the reader to follow them. The spells tend toward religiously neutral witchcraft, and often make use of popular conjure formulas with names like Crossing Powder, Revenge Oil, Zula Zula, and Goofer Dust available from botanicas, candle stores and curio shops.

The following is an example of one of the more than forty real spells the book provides, used here with permission of the author:

To Ruin the Happiness of Your Spell-Target

Bottle or Jar
Paper with enemy's name written 9 times
Goofer Dust
Black Salt
Red Wine Vinegar

Begin by rubbing the name-paper thoroughly with Goofer Dust, while cursing your enemy. Shake off the paper, and place it into the jar.
Fill the jar a portion of the way with Black Salt, and say "__(name)__, this destroys your luck." Then top it off with the Red Wine Vinegar, and say, "__(name)__, this sours your fortune." Tightly cap the jar, and give it a thorough shaking: the contents will combine into a black sludge. Dispose of the jar in a graveyard.

The fact is that we live in a golden age for spellcasters. No more are magic spell books printed at the mercy of what a publisher imagines will be popular or acceptable to a mainstream pagan market. New print-on-demand technology has allowed many authors to release their spell books to the public. Death and Destruction is a shining example of this, and is sure to benefit those who purchase it.

Downloadable books (free):

Konstantinos - Summoning Spirits The Art Of Magical Evocation
Joanne Pearson - Wicca And The Christian Heritage Ritual Sex And Magic
Susan Greenwood - The Nature Of Magic An Anthropology Of Consciousness
Sirona Knight - The Cyber Spellbook Magick In The Virtual World
Douglas Ezzy - Practising The Witchs Craft Real Magic Under A Southern Sky