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Friday, December 14, 2012

Book Review: Workin' in the Boneyard

  • Author(s): Denise Alvarado, Madrina Angelique
  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480003271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480003279

Description: “Workin’ in the Boneyard is a primer for conjurers seeking a tangible connection to their past, their ancestors, and the Spirit World by working with graveyards and graveyard dirt. From practical issues of safety, choosing a cemetery, locating ancestral graves, reading gravestones signs and symbols, avoiding haints and hauntings, to gathering graveyard dirt and making goofer dust. Workin’ in the Boneyard has information needed for working effective graveyard conjure, as well as words of caution for the ill-prepared.”  ---from the book.


Workin’ in the Boneyard represents a collaborative effort between Denise Alvarado (the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook, the Hoodoo Almanac and Georgia native Madrina Angelique a writer and initiate in several spiritual traditions herself.  More than the history or chronicle of how spiritual workers have worked with the dead in the past, Workin’ in the Boneyard is a practical manual detailing how you can use their secrets of our ancestors to gain love, protection, success, justice, health, peace and much, much, more through working with the dead.

The book covers everything the aspiring worker needs to know from history, etiquette of working with the dead, choosing cemeteries, types of graves, preserving graveyard dirt, signs and symbols, recipes, spells, rituals and more. In addition, the book itself has purposefully been published in the look and style of older publications of yesteryear complete with black and white photographs giving it a quaint quality. However, what truly makes Workin’ in the Boneyard a product of the 21st century are the QR Codes interspersed throughout the book. Resembling futuristic talismans, these codes can be scanned with your smartphone to access even more information on the internet.

Workin’ in the Boneyard is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone seeking to foster a relationship with their ancestors, work with the dead, gain spiritual allies, and learn to make use of the products of the graveyard. 

Happy Hoodoo-ing 


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