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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Doll Baby (Poem)


Taking needle and thread in hand,
that love not pass me by;
I formed the image of a man,
in crimson-cloth and with herbs dry.

I gave him life with sacred breath,
and water blessed his soul;
before the altar of Holy Death,
I prayed that She would aid my goal.

I held him close by candle-light
anointing him with mystic oil;
side by side we slept each night,
my little man to spoil.

Now here you are, my lover, my friend
and together we are one;
my lonely days are now at end,
our new life has begun!
 
Carolina Dean 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Workin'-Man

My Written-Petition
First of all, I'd like to say thanks to all my followers for not abandoning this page after I had not posted as consistently as I have before. As many of you may or may not know, until recently, I was on unemployment and searching for not only a job, but also a job that would allow me to maintain my present lifestyle or something better. 

It took 14 months and I don't know how many prayers, spells, and just plain old begging but as of the last week of July I have returned to the work force. My new job is very physically demanding and after being so inactive for such a long time, dealing with depression, and over-eating...it has been an adjustment to say the least. I have already gone down one notch on my belt and I can see that my clothes are fitting better. 

As I continue to adjust to my new circumstances, I will be blogging, working on my websites and writing articles for Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly as well as The Witch's Hour Magazine -----so please be patient with me.


Workin' Man Mojo Bag Recipe 

  • Gravel Root 
  • Guinea Peppers
  • Salt 
  • Whole Buckeye
  • Lodestone (fed)
  • SIlver Dime 
  • St. Expedite Medal
  • Small Key
  • Written Petition
Suggested Timing

  • Moon Phase: New to Waxing
  • Day: Thursday or Sunday
  • Hour: Jupiter, or the Sun 
Suggestions for Your Petition:
  1. Write a brief paragraph outlining what you are looking for in a job. Turn the paper sideways and write your name crossing this description nine times. 
  2. Write your name seven times cross and cover this with the words GOOD JOB in bold letters.
  3. Write your name three times, cross and cover this with the exact Job Title that you desire and then write your specific petition for this type of job in a circle around the name and job title. Make sure all the letters connect, for example bankmanagerjobcometome. You can spread this out in one long sentence, or write the statement over and over until it forms a circle. 
  4. To add some punch to your mojo bag, you may want to write your petition on a two dollar bill. Before folding the paper place at least one hair from your head in the center to further personalize your mojo. 

Suggested Prayers

  1. Psalm 23- An all purpose prayer.
  2. Psalm 32- Calls love, grace and mercy upon those who pray it. It has been used by the unemployed to obtain a new job.
  3. Psalm 70- For fast results in matters of money.
  4. Psalm 112- To get a loan or job.


Carolina Dean 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Kudzu Witch (Poem)


In the backyard,
by the ditch;
spy real hard
for the kudzu witch.

Her guise
and personality,
before your eyes
shift constantly.

Among the vines,
so thick and green;
you can find
almost anything.

A dinosaur
stomping around,
from ancient lore
a fairy mound.

A bird in flight,
an empire of grass,
an elven wight,
a swirling mass.

A spider's web,
children at play,
the ocean's ebb,
the land of Fey.

But should you see
her true face,
cursed you'll be
to take her place!
 
Carolina Dean 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mailbag Monday: Hoodoo Vs. Wicca

Today's question comes from M.T. He writes, 
It seems there is a spiteful prejudice towards those that do practice both Wicca and Hoodoo?

MM, M.T. and thanks for your question. 
After the last laws against Witchcraft were repealed in England in the early 1950's, Wicca as a religion has seen several growth spurts roughly every 20 years. Perhaps it reached its peak in the early 90's with the "solitary-practitioner" movement popularized by Scott Cunningham. Around the same time the internet was bring the information super-highway right through our living rooms making information much more readily available to the average person.  Wicca achieved mainstream status with movies like "The Craft" and television shows like "Charmed" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
While being Wiccan was a serious religion/magickal practice to many people, it also became something of a fad among teens and young adults for a number of reasons. Some of these individuals were seeking spiritual enlightenment and self-empowerment, others simply jumped on the band-wagon, and others just wanted to look cool. At any rate, when something becomes popular, there is an inevitable backlash. Many popular authors, such as Silver Ravenwolf, became quite controversial as they were seen as having sold out or mislead the public with their information, faked their credentials, etc....

I think that many Wiccans have become disillusioned with their Craft, just like Christians before them. There have been too many witch-wars, too many arguments over whose traditions is older, and whose has a direct lineage or not. The perception is that our spiritual leaders no longer serve the people but rather serve themselves.

I see Wicca as the older sibling and Hoodoo as the new kid that mommy and daddy have brought home. No, I'm not saying that Wicca is older (or better) than Hoodoo, just that many Wiccans may be feeling left out. I've seen many Hoodoo-ers who feel that some Wiccan practices have their origin in African Traditional Religions and some resent that Wiccans don't acknowledge this, especially when Wiccans incorporate Hoodoo into their practices.

Wiccans on the other hand have had years and years of experience with people adopting an eclectic approach borrowing beliefs, practices, and concepts from several places and cultures and weaving these into a highly personal practice within the confines of Wiccan beliefs and theology.

As Hoodoo is becoming more and more popular and mainstream (The Skeleton Key, Supernatural) I believe that a similar backlash is inevitable. It happened with Christianity, it happened with Wicca, and its going to happen with Hoodoo.

We are already seeing what has been dubbed "Hoodoo Wars", we are seeing many arguments over what is "authentic" Hoodoo, and many disagreements over "tradition vs. eclecticism". We are disrespecting our teachers without whom many of us would know squat about these practices. Look at cat yronwode, people either love her or hate her for her work/contribution to Hoodoo; and Denise's books have been stolen a million times over, her name has been dragged through the mud, and people hate her for trying to share her knowledge with the world AND trying to make a living.

Its time to wake up and make positive changes before our egos destroy this beautiful tradition that many of us say we love and respect so much!
Carolina Dean