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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Moon Magick: Calculating Your Lucky Days

How to Calculate Your Lucky & Unlucky Days According to the Moon Sign

 

On the Observation of Times

In the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1 it states that "to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."  Most rootworkers and spiritual practitioners who come from a Christian background and hold the Holy Bible in esteem have interpreted this passage as meaning that there are certain times more efficacious than others related to their spiritual pursuits.

Most of you reading this are, or should be, familiar with the idea of planning various workings according to the phases of the moon. Generally speaking, workings of increase or of a drawing-in nature (such as prosperity, love, good-health) are performed during the Waxing Moon; when the moon is growing from New to Full. Workings of decrease or moving something away from you (such as hot-footing an enemy, banishing illness, and removing cross-conditions) are done when the moon is Waning, or going from Full to New.

The same concept applied to mundane activities as well. In rural communities, folks were known to plan different farming and agricultural activities according to the moon’s place in the zodiac.  Perhaps due to an aversion to using Astrology (as many devout people associated it with fortune-telling and the devil) the signs were referred to as the areas of the body that they ruled, rather than the signs themselves.

  • Aries, the Head- Initiating action, new beginnings, confronting things, getting in other people’s head, controlling and dominating people and situations, breaking habits.
  • Taurus, the Neck- money matters, planning long-range goals, public speaking, dental work, putting up preserves
  • Gemini, the Arms- intellectual Pursuits, juggling task, travel, protection
  • Cancer, the Chest- attending to family and home matters, weddings, signing agreements.
  • Leo, the Heart- creativity, protection, love, children, self confidence, good for making large purchases, and doing that that you want to last
  • Virgo, the Bowels- organizing, analyzing, getting a job, healing, breaking bad habits, buying medicine, healing pets.
  • Libra, the Kidneys- partnerships of all kinds, marriage, creativity, socializing, diplomacy, writing, contracts.
  • Scorpio, the Genitals- research, investigation, psychic development, divination, seduction, lust, buying antiques.
  • Sagittarius, the Thighs- expanding the mind, freedom beginning a diet or exercise program, spiritual pursuits.
  • Capricorn, the Knees- pursuing ambitions, self-control, protection, organizing, focusing on your career.
  • Aquarius, the Legs-  friendship, volunteering, originality, art, socializing.
  • Pisces, the Ankles- banishing negativity, psychic development,
For this reason no household was complete without an almanac (an annual book which gives the dates for the phases of the moon, the moon’s place in the zodiac, a tide table, and long-range weather data). Most almanacs have a regular feature called “Best Days” which detail the best time to breed animals, begin potty training a child, plant above ground crops, below ground crops, quit smoking etc…. For example, you would never have a tooth pulled when the Moon is in the Head (Aries) as it runs the risk of hemorrhaging; and a child would be weaned from the bottle when the moon was in the knees (Capricorn).

Many of these folks wouldn’t even think about beginning or ending a chore without first consulting the almanac. Now you too can harness the wisdom of your ancestors by planning important tasks according to the moon’s place in the zodiac. 

How to Calculate Your Lucky and Unlucky Days

Calculating your lucky and unlucky days according to Astrology is quite simple. Each month when the moon occupies the same sign as your Sun Sign, is thought to be a fortunate day for you. This is a good day to take chances, sign contracts, buy lottery tickets, etc. 

However, when the moon occupies the sign opposite your Sun Sign, this is thought to be an unfortunate day for you, and you should not make any major decisions, etc. on that day. Refer to the chart below to determine your Sign, and Opposing Sign.



With 12 signs of the zodiac and roughly 30 days per month, the moon will occupy each sign of the zodiac for about 2.5 days each month.

2012 Moon Sign Table 




 Carolina Dean

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tarotscopes Winter 2011

Everyone knows what a horoscope is, most of you probably read your own horoscope every day, if not occasionally. A tarot-scope is different from a horoscope in that a horoscope is determined based on the position of the Sun, Moon, and planets in relation to one another for each of the 12 signs of the zodiac; whereas a tarot-scope is based on a random throw of a set of tarot-cards, called a reading, for each of the 12 signs of the zodiac.

Now gifted-reader Carolina Dean throws the cards in order to reveal, instruct, and prophesize YOUR winter tarot-scope exclusively for readers of Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly.

Aries (March 21 – April 20)

Get your gris-gris on as the nights grow colder,  the days longer and romantic relationships have the potential to become more intimate. Marriage or a similar commitment could soon be in the cards.  If you are single, be careful not to become so involved in your job duties that you miss out on a possible love-connection at your place of work or business. Wear a violet leaf in your shoe to lead you to new love.

Taurus (April 21 – May 20)

Steady-work brings added stress on the job. Your experience and attention to detail will enable you to successfully meet deadlines in record time, however, be wary of a newcomer with something to prove. A female associate with good judgment becomes a powerful ally. Light a candle to Martha the Dominator.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

With the bitter cold setting in, there is a natural desire to stay warm at home. However, the opportunity to break through personal obstacles and open the way for greater spiritual growth presents itself when you join a cause or charity helping the less fortunate. Make a sacrifice of your time and energy and reap the rewards of the spirit of renewal. Rise before dawn and bathe is silence.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

With a new year around the corner, now is a great time to cut and clear un-healthy ties and form healthy ones, especially in the area of love, romance and friendship. There is a natural tendency to resolve to change outmoded behaviors. However, the cards suggest setting a few small realistic goals rather than several large ones in order for your works to be crowned with success. Build an altar to your own success.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Now is a great time to reconcile your gains and losses in the previous year and give yourself a pat on the back for all you have achieved. Begin your plans for greater success in the new year. A business partnership with a trusted friend could be in the offing. Lay your burden down, at the crossroads.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Romance blooms when a proactive love-interest won’t take no for an answer. Step out of your comfort zone, shy Virgo, and see how the other half lives. A shake-up in the power-structure at work brings drastic changes—- but relax, your job is secure. Light a candle for those less fortunate.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

A fresh coat of paint and new furniture is just what the doctor ordered as a financial windfall allows you to give your home a much needed facelift.  A letter brings unexpected news and major transformations shatter preconceived notions.  Ward your home with sage and salt.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Frustration sets in as you find you have more projects than you can shake a stick at and you aren’t getting anything done. Goals which seemed in sight before now seem out of reach. Don’t wear yourself to a frazzle— prioritize your projects in terms of short and long-term goals. Carry high john for strength.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Adventurous Sagittarius longs to travel, but responsibilities keep you close to home. Keep cabin-fever at bay by visiting friends or taking your romantic partner for a day trip in your down time. Carry comfrey root to avert disaster.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

This is a year that you would rather forget. Despite your hardships, however, you learned many valuable lessons which have afforded you new wisdom and a strength which you did not know you possessed. Now is a time for celebration before you face your next challenge. Bathe in hyssop to cast off evil.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 19)

Your outer strength belies your inner doubts and fears, despite which you are able to forge ahead with plans and achieve goals in a relatively short amount of time. With the past behind you, a new beginning and a fresh start is now possible on all fronts. To walk over evil, fear not…..

Pisces (February 20 – March 20)

There’s nothing wrong with celebrating your successes, but don’t forget about the ones who helped you get to where you are today. A mentor imparts a powerful lesson that causes you to reevaluate your present path. You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. Pay homage to the ancestors.

Carolina Dean is a Witch, a Rootworker, Magickal Craftsman, and Gifted-Reader born in the deep south. He is the Assistant Editor and a regular contributor to Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly. Visit www.carolinaconjure.com for more information.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hoodoo In Review: The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

By Denise Alvarado

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578635136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578635139
Born and raised in New Orleans, Denise Alvarado learned her craft at a very early age from members of her family, and later from various teachers and mentors. Over the past several decades she has not only made a scholarly study of various forms of magick and healing, as an anthropologist and psychologist, but she has also practiced these traditions at length, becoming a respected spiritual-worker, consultant, and writer in her own right.

Now, in the second edition of her widely popular book "The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook", Alvarado expands on the Voodoo Hoodoo Tradition "according to [her] personal experience and understanding of the New Orleans Voodoo religious, spiritual, and magickal tradition." The term Voodoo Hoodoo, unfamiliar to some, is described by Alvarado as the unique amalgamation of traditions and practices found among practitioners in Louisiana and Mississippi, but more specifically New Orleans. This is Voodoo Hoodoo as she was taught it, as she knows it and as she practices it, a fact that a small but vocal number of her detractors have conveniently overlooked in their critique of the earlier edition of this work.

Written in a simple, easy-to-understand style, the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is overflowing with valuable information pertaining to the theory and practice of authentic Voodoo Hoodoo. In addition to a brief historical overview of these practices in New Orleans, here you will find spells, rituals, formulas, and prayers for virtually any conceivable purpose along with correspondence charts arranged by use or purpose for easy reference that will assist you in crafting your own spells and formulas. In short, this book contains everything you need to know in order to practice successful magick in the Voodoo Hoodoo tradition. This is a book that you will return to again and again. 

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

On Praying and Prayers

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What is Prayer?

Prayer has been defined as communion with God, however, I choose to believe that prayer is actually the act of having a conversation with God. When most people think about having a conversation with God (i.e. praying) they envision themselves talking to him when, in fact, they should do a little more listening than talking. People who pray regularly understand that it helps them to draw closer to God and to know his will and to obey him. 

Many people seem to think that prayer is something that you do in a few moments at certain times of the day, such as before meals or at bedtime, and then you are finished. However, the bible states that one should pray without ceasing on all occasion and with all kinds of prayers and requests (Ephesians 6:18). Maintaining constant contact with God in this manner is thought to ward off temptation and evil (Matthew 26:41)

Types of Prayer

People pray for a number of reasons, however most prayers can be categorized into three types.

  • Prayers in which the individual is giving thanks for his blessings.
  • Prayers in which the individual is petitioning God for something (protection, guidance, money, a new car, love,  health, etc...)either for themselves or for others.
  • Prayers in which a person is seeking forgiveness for sin.

How to Pray

Many people don't pray, simply because they haven't been taught how to pray. They may struggle for the right words, or they may not know exactly what to pray for. The bible tells us that when we do not know how to pray that the Holy Spirit will pray for us in a manner in which we cannot understand because the Lord knows what is in our hearts and in our minds before we even ask. (Romans 8:26:27)

Our prayers can be either spontaneous from the heart, or they can be a prescribed one such as The Lord's Prayer, the Apostle's Creed, or Hail Mary. Most prayers have four parts. They usually begin with an adoration of the Lord (...hallowed be thy name), followed by the confession of sin (...forgive us of our trespasses...), then our specific petition is made (...give us this day our daily bread), and ending with a statement of gratitude (for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory....)

Elements of Successful Prayer

Remember, it is not so much the words but our attitude and our beliefs about prayer. Successful prayer depends on several factors, they include

  1. Humility (2 Chronicles 7:14)
  2. Whole-Heartedness (Jeremiah 29:13)
  3. Faith ( Mark 11:24)
  4. Righteousness (James 5:16)
  5. Obedience ( 1 John 3:22 )

Hindrances to Prayer

The bible makes it clear that those who pray in faith will have their prayers answered, one might not always get what they prayed for, but they will get an answer. The bible also tells us that there are hindrances that prevent God from hearing our prayers or answering them. Some of these hindrances include, but are not limited to Sin, Disobedience, and Lack of Faith.

Ultimately, however, one's prayers must be in accordance with the will of God.