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Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: The Art of Hoodoo Candle Magic

In Rootwork, Conjure, & Spiritual Church Services

  • Author: Catherine Yronwode
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Missionary Independent Spiritual Church (April 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983648360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983648369
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches 

I would like to preface this review by saying that I am a graduate of the author's Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course (student # 56G) and, as such, I count Cat Yronwode as a mentor and teacher. That being said, what will follow is an honest and fair review of her work.

At the outset, I just have to comment on the beautiful artwork that adorns the cover. As I mentioned in a previous review of a similar title, you can tell that a great deal of thought and planning went into the cover design. Everything from the color-scheme, font-choices, and the artwork really catches one's attention and really make you want to pick up this book and take it home! 

The contents of the book are no less satisfying. Cat draws on her years of working candle-magic in the Hoodoo Tradition and shares her wealth of knowledge with her readers in this step by step guide that begins with a history of candle-magic and then transitions into more practical matters such as assembling the tools you need to burn your own candles. The next portion of the book covers everything from choosing the right candle for you, the symbolism of colors, marking candles with your petition, dressing them with condition oils, and even various methods of burning them (all at once vs a little each day, moving candle spells, etc..). From here, Cat offers several examples of proven candle spells from her repertoire before finally delving into the area of divination by candles and wax remains. Finally, the book ends with a how-to manual for conducting your own Candle-Light service. 

As you can see Cat has packed a great deal of information in the 96 page tome that makes up The Art of Hoodoo Candle Magic. This is a great reference book for beginners just starting out with their own magical endeavors. I personally don't know of any spiritualist, rootworker, magician, etc... that does not strive to expand their knowledge of their art and improve their skills and so this grimoire would make an excellent guide for the seasoned practitioner to review his or her own ideas, beliefs, and practices regarding candle-magic as well.

Some reviewers have complained that a portion of the information found in The Art of Hoodoo Candle Magic can be found online at lucky mojo or even on sites which have pilfered the author's original works. However, what these folks don't understand is that there is a certain segment of the population who actually loves books (not thin electronic tablets and readers), who appreciate and respect the efforts of our elders to pass on their knowledge and wisdom of these arts to us, and who will actually show that respect by purchasing something that yes we can probably get somewhere else (in whole or in part) for free.

Click here to purchase your copy of The Art of Hoodoo Candle Magic by Catherine Yronwode today.

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