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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review: The Voodoo Doll Spell Book

by Denise Alvarado 

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (October 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453726462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453726464

    Disclaimer- I wouldn't feel right publishing this review without disclosing that I contributed one spell to this work, which the author found in my blog and thought would make an excellent contribution to this book.

    The Voodoo Doll Spellbook is the direct follow up to Denise Alvarado’s Voodoo Dolls in Magick and Ritual and promises to be the first in several volumes. Whereas the former delved into the history and types of dolls, the latter contains over 180 spells and rituals from various magickal disciplines including Hoodoo, Voodoo, Wicca, Paganism, and Ceremonial Magic.

    Though these spells come from various traditions, they all have one thing in common, that is, the construction and use of dolls used in the casting of spells. The author gives detailed instructions on how to construct various types of dolls (poppets, effigies, waxen images, etc…) as well as how to use them to achieve various goals. The spells themselves are organized by purpose in an A to Z format for easy reference.

    In addition to the spells, Alvarado has gone a step further and included various formulas for oils, and powders such as Lost and Away Powder and Bend Over Oil among others which some practitioners may be familiar with and which are utilized in the casting of spells. The inclusion of these formulas alone is well worth the price of the book. Throughout the Voodoo Doll Spellbook there are several photographs and illustrations of various voodoo dolls in the author’s collection which add to the mystique of this powerful tool of magick!

    Although the author has included some basic information on the theory behind how magic works, I suggest you refer to Alvardo’s previous work Voodoo Dolls in Magick and Ritual if you wish to delve into the history of voodoo dolls. The Voodoo Doll Spellbook is a practical, hands-on grimoire on the art of casting spells using various types of dolls. Here you will find everything you need to construct a doll in order to cast a spell for virtually any practical goal. This is a reference that you will return to again and again. 

    Carolina Dean 


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    Voodoo Mama said...

    Thank you for posting this review! I am so glad it gets your seal of approval. And your spell fit in so perfectly, ad if it were written for the book from the get go. So thanks again for your contribution, and perhaps we should be discussing volume 2?

    Carolina Dean said...

    Thank you for being so generous with giving my work a bit of a platform. I look forward to volume 2!