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Monday, July 4, 2016

A Ritual of Thanksgiving to Increase Your Blessings

"The more you are grateful for what you have, the more you will be grateful for."
Zig Ziglar 

Most folks are familiar with the seven knob candle and it's use in making wishes come true. To use such as candle a person will typically carve either one wish on each knob or a seven different wishes on each knob. The candle is then dressed, or anointed, with a condition oil which corresponds to your wish(es) and one knob is burned each night for seven nights. Hint: the candle flame is pinched out in between knobs rather than blown out. 

Some folks like to time their spells with the phases of the moon. So to draw about their wish they would start the ritual on the night of the New Moon or shortly thereafter so that their wish will come to them as the moon waxes or grows. 

Alternately if your wish is to move something away from you, then you would start your ritual on the night of the Full Moon so that whatever you name will shrink away from you as the moon wanes. 

Instead of using this type of candle to bring about a wish, why not use it to count your blessing? Take a blue seven knob candle and etch one thing for which you are grateful on each knob. If you do not have a seven knob candle, you can use a plain offertory candle. Divide the candle in seven equal section by sticking 7 pins through the candle. (Seven pins would divide the candle into 8 sections, so the 7th pin goes through the wick). In place of writing your gratitude list on the candle itself, you can write a list on a piece of paper, dress this with Blessing Oil and place this under the candle. 

Dress the candle with Blessing Oil and burn one knob a night each night as the moon grows and offer up a prayer of thanksgiving. If you are the type who struggles with prayer, you can read Psalm 23 from a place of gratitude.   On the final night, burn your gratitude list in the flame of the candle and watch your blessings increase! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bullet Journaling for Hoodoo

What is a Bullet Journal?

"The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less"   Ryner Carroll, creator The Bullet Journal System

To get a better idea of what bullet journaling is I highly recommend that you check out

Bullet Journaling For Hoodoo: Candle Burn Reports

One of the ways that I have incorporated bullet journaling into my rootwork practice is by keeping track of all the candles I am burning as part of my setting-of-light or candle-altar-service for others. The first thing that I did was purchase a cheap blank journal to act as my Candle Altar Service journal. On the first page I created a key of symbols specifically for this purpose.  They are:


Order Received
S Pre-Scheduled
Candle Fixed and Lit
-- Notes
Candle Spent / Burned Out
Order Completed

Putting it All Together

Let’s look at a typical order from beginning to end and how I use the symbols to help me keep track of orders. In this example, John Brown has ordered a Money Magnet Candle. As I have a day job, I usually go over all new orders in the evening when I get home. I start by reviewing each order and confirming that the customer’s payment was processed and that they have submitted a petition.  I make an entry in my journal that looks like this:

John Brown  5-8-1984   
1/1 Money Magnet Candle

As you can see the entry begins with the customer’s name and birth date (if it was submitted ) along with their astrological sign. This is not always necessary but it does help me better understand the person I am setting the light for.  

Sometimes a customer will purchase a candle but request that it not be lit until a later date such as a specific day of the week or moon phase. If that is the case I will include the “S” symbol to indicate that this candle should be lit at a later date. For example:

John Brown  5-8-1984   
1/1 Money Magnet Candle
S    Friday, 6-03-16

I also include the type of candle he purchased as well as the number of candles purchased. Sometimes a client will purchase a candle in “runs” meaning that they will order multiple candles for the same purpose having a new one lit shortly before the previous one has burned out. In this case John Brown has only purchased one candle. If he had purchased three, it would read ⅓ Money Magnet

If the candle was meant to affect another person, such as a Follow Me Girl  candle, that information would also be included in the journal beside the candle description. Again, this just gives a little more information about the people involved and helps me to better understand the relationship dynamics from an astrological perspective but not every candle worker takes these factors in mind. For example:

John Brown  5-8-1984   
1/1 Follow Me Girl Jane Doe  9-18-84

Once I have all my orders logged, I print out the petitions provided by the customer and then  take my journal to my candle prep station and pull all the candles I will need as well as those herbs and oils I will use to prepare or fix them. The candles are fixed and placed on the altar with their corresponding petition beneath them.

Since I like to light my candles in the morning as opposed to the evening, I rise the following morning at least an hour before I need to get ready for my day job. At my altar, I light some illuminator candles and some incense. Then, one by one, I pull the petitions from under each new candle, read it over, smoke it in incense while praying for my client and his or her goal to come to pass. The petition is folded and placed under the candle after which the candle is lit.  

Later before I leave for work, the client will be sent an email acknowledging that their order has been received and that their candle has been lit and they should expect their candle burn report in about seven days. This is a very easy task thanks to google’s “canned responses” I can easily create generic emails for various purposes and email them quickly.

Next, I spent some time updating notes in my journal about how all the candles are burning. This includes not only the new candles but also any candles which were previously lit and were already burning on the altar. In the case of the new candles, a diagonal line is drawn through the previously drawn square and half of it is shaded signifying that the candle has been fixed and lit.  I also add the date the candle was lit as well as the current moon phase. For example

John Brown  5-8-1984   
1/1 Money Magnet Candle
Wednesday 6/1/16
Waning Moon in Aries

Again, not every worker will note the moon phase, however, I do this because if a person becomes a client over a long period of time I may notice that they purchase certain candles in patterns such as during certain moon phases or when the moon in in certain signs. For example, let’s say that John Doe purchases a Reverse Evil candle every month around the time the moon in Taurus. Well I know that some folks believe that the best time to root someone is when the moon in in their sun sign, so this alone may tell me that John might think he’s just have bit of bad luck but it is more likely that he is being magically targeted by another practitioner.

The next few days, I watch the candle and make notes of how it is burning, any sounds that it may make or the behavior of the flame. For example.

John Brown  5-8-1984   
1/1 Money Magnet Candle
Wednesday  6/1/16
Waning Moon in Aries

--- Thu 6/2 Strong, Steady Flame
--- Fri 6/3 Flame is rising and dipping. Some herbs are clinging to the side of the glass.
--- Sat 6/4 A black mark has appeared on the inside of the glass, it is roughly the shape of triangle

As you can see, I skip down a few lines to leave room for notating when the candle is spent. When the candle finally burns out, the square will be fully shaded in. I will also make a note of the date and moon phase that the candle burned out, and for quick reference the number of days it burned

John Brown  5-8-1984   
1/1 Money Magnet Candle
Wednesday  6/1/16
Waning Moon in Aries
Monday 6/6/16
New Moon in Pisces

--- 5 days total
--- 1 re-light
--- Thu 6/2 Strong, Steady Flame
--- Fri 6/3 Flame is rising and dipping. Some herbs are clinging to the side of the glass.
--- Sat 6/4 A black mark has appeared on the inside of the glass, it is roughly the shape of triangle
--- Sun 6/5 The wick drowned in the wax and had to be dug out and re-lit

Depending on what time the candle actually burned out, I usually write up my reports in the evening when I get home and after I have logged all the new candles. This starts with photographing the candle to give a view of not only the whole candle but also any marks, symbols or patterns left on the glass or even in the bottom of the candle.

I have found that many times the herbs settle in the the bottom of the candle and form patterns.  These patterns will also be noted in the journal. Over time you will develop a person symbolic dictionary and you will know that the appearance of a rabbit will mean abundance, or an X will mean the client will get their wish or that a heart relates to their heart’s desire, etc…..

Once the candle burn report is written up and emailed to the client a circle is drawn at the end of the first line to represent completion. For example

John Brown  5-8-1984    -
1/1 Money Magnet Candle
Wednesday  6/1/16
Waning Moon in Aries
Monday 6/6/16
New Moon in Pisces

As you can see it is a fairly simple and easy system and it is completely customizable to you can translate the system to your life and / or your practices in a way that works for you.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Spirit House for the Ancestors

This is an easy, fun, and creative weekend project that you can do to create a warm, friendly, inviting environment within your home for your Ancestors.

Review: What is a Spirit House

A spirit house serves as a dwelling place for a disembodied entities and a means through which the magician can communicate with them.  They may take the form of a pot, a wooden-box, a jar, or even a doll.

Spirit Houses are not entirely unique among magical practitioners in that they are found in many magickal traditions where humans have contact with non-physical beings. Examples of spirit houses include the European Spirit-Box; the Govi of Vodoun; the Prenda/Nganga of Palo; the Geni Lamp in Arabic tales; the Brass-Vessel associated with Solominc rites; a mojo bag; or even a spirit-doll. It would be difficult to compare and contrast each of these types of spirit-vessels, therefore I will focus on those things which they have in common.

Each object consist of some type of receptacle inside which an additional object, or objects, are contained. In some instances a few of these contained objects are not only traditional but also required.  For example, a properly prepared and consecrated Nganga will should always contain 21 sticks from various trees, among other things.

In other cases, that which goes inside a spirit-house will depend on the purpose that it is to accomplish. For example, a European Spirit-Box calls for quartz crystal and red thread in addition to anything associated with one's ancestors such as their belongings, grave-dirt, cremation ashes, photos, etc..... On the other hand a Solomonic brass-vessel will often require the sigil of the spirit and a drawing of the spirit,  as well as herbs and offerings associated with the spirit. Mojo bags, doll-babies, and spirit-bottles fall into this category as well.

Creating Your Spirit House

To make my spirit house, I purchased a cheap chipboard birdhouse from Walmart for .99 cents. To begin, I used a lead pencil to write out a prayer on the roof of the birdhouse to invite in my ancestors which included specific names of Ancestors that I wish to invite into the house. Finally, I also drew sigils for money, love, and protection around the door because this spirit house will also act as a sort of simulacrum or “voodoo doll” of your own home; that is whatever happens to the spirit house will also happen to your own house.

The next step entails painting the house and before I did this I put a very tiny drop of certain condition oils into my paint such as Peaceful Home and Money House Blessing.

Next, I stuffed  a mojo bag containing bread crumbs (food), salt (money), a holy cross (protection), and a prayer paper (the same prayer which written on the birdhouse) into the bird house .

Finally, the birdhouse was placed on the Ancestor Altar along with several lit candles and a brandy sniffer full of cool water to act as offerings for the Ancestors.  The names of Ancestors were called out one by one and  invited to settle into the house and bring with them their wisdom, knowledge, experience, love, protection and energy to the home.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

MIPC: The Sigils of Zozie de l'alba

"What you need, is a system."
Zozie de l'Alba, 

Background: Zozie de l'Alba (not her real name) is a character in The Lollipop Shoes, the second book in the Chocolate Series by Joanne Harris. The first being Chocolat and last being Peaches for Father Francis.  

Zozie is hard to describe because she is not one woman, but many. She is a witch, a chaoist, a shapeshifter, identity thief, con artist, murderess, and lover of shoes....but she is also a tragic character with her own story that makes her quite likable and empathetic. If they ever make a movie out of this book, I see her being played by a young Barbara Carrera who has played witches with style and flair in the past. 

As I stated above, Zozie is a witch who has taken an eclectic approach to her use of magic. Her three main sources of power and manipulation (i.e. her system) are reading colours, i.e., auras; her fingerings (sigils) and she can also tell a lot about people by their shoes using her observations as a sort of character analysis to size up a person. But this is less of a power and more of a skill. Finally, it should be noted that she has the charisma and skills associated with non-magical con-arstists and manipulators. 

This blog entry will focus on her fingerings which are somewhat ambiguous in and of themselves. First of all, they are sometimes referred to as symbols being drawn in the air, on objects, etc.... and other times they are referred to as gestures, but this may be a question of semantics on the part of the author. 

Secondly they are never fully described, or described only vaguely. For example, the sign of Lady Blood Moon is described as a red circle; but One Monkey is described as a  broken cross. For the purposes of this blog, the symbols you see at the top of this article are my own interpretation of Zozie's Sigils. By now you may be thinking, "Lady Blood Moon", "One Monkey" these are strange names; however these are actually deities associated with MesoAmerican myth and lore for which Zozie has an affinity. I have removed any references to these deities in this article and will focus only on their practical applications. Even Zozie herself says that the names are unimportant so long as you know what the symbols mean. 

The Sigils of Zozie de l'Alba....

(See image above left to right, top to bottom) 

  • Ear of Maize- wealth, riches, prosperity, sacrifice. 
  • Smoking Mirror- illusions, revelations, allows you to see things that others do not. 
  • One Jaguar- strength, power, protection 
  • Two Rabbit- good luck, fortune, increase 
  • Lady Blood Moon- desire, seduction, enchantment 
  • Rabbit Moon- love, fertility, growth, birth, increase 
  • Cactus- helps you unlock secrets, gain the trust of others, prophecy
  • Huracan- destruction, curses, black magic, the breaking down force in the universe 
  • Seven Macaw- success, achievement. 
  • Changing Wind- change, movement, send someone away 
  • Fish- fast-breaker, home, hearth, personal treasures and protection thereof. 
  • Rain Bringer- rain, life giver. 
  • One Monkey- trickster, mischeif maker, deception 
  • Eagle Snake- power, education, knowledge, skill. 

How the Sigils are Used 

Over the course of the Lollipop Shoes, Zozie is shown to drawn the sigils in the air before or around nearby people to affect them, or on objects. She may draw a single sigil to produce an affect or they may be combined to produce a variety of affects. For example, in one instance she draws the Huracan (hurricane) on a piece of chocolate which another character eats and brings about his own ruin. In another instance she draws Ear of Maize along with Lady Blood Moon over the lintel of a door to draw steady customers and a flow of money to the business. Finally, there is another instance in which the Ear of Maize is drawn on the palm of character's hand allowing him to attract money. 

Once drawn, the sigils are said to glow for a few seconds with a light which is said to be seen only by other witches or people with the power of second sight their power taking affect when the glow has faded. In most instances the colors associated with Zozie's sigils are red and green, but I have drawn a few in black and blue as well. 

Real World Applications 

I first read the Lollipop Shoes several years ago and began experimenting with developing symbols for Zozie's Sigils and using them in my own life and I have to say that when used with intent they have a high success rate. I see them as being similar to the Futhark Runes which are also often drawn in the air and on objects to produce magical effects. To flesh out my own understanding of and associations with them, I have drawn correlations between Zozie's sigils and other magic symbols. For example, I associate the Huracan with the Tower in the Tarot; Ear of Maize is similar to Feoh in the Runes, etc....

Since I am a writer, words are often very important to me no matter what form of magic I am practicing so when I use Zozie's sigils, I often frame my intent not only with my choice of sigil(s) by also by either speaking out loud or internally words which reflect my intended goal. 

For example, I may draw Ear of Maize and Two Rabbit on my debit card or paper money and say "I am now attracting a continuous flow of money.  It comes to me from sources known and unknown so that all my needs are met and more."  

In other instances I may draw the Smoking Mirror along with the sign of Cactus over my divination tools for insight and prophecy while saying "Spirit, please provide me with information about X that is both truthful and will be of assistance to me {or client's name}. Amen." 

Finally, I may invoke the Changing Wind to transform red lights to green whispering: "I summon, stir, and call forth the changing wind to open the way before me that I may move forward along my journey. And it is so." 

After the sigil is drawn,  I spend a few seconds visualizing the symbols glowing with a brilliant light and once the image fades I move on and let the power go to work....for once a wish, or even a curse, is uttered you must believe that God will make it so. 


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Crow Man & Star Man: A Love Story

Crow Manitou, or Crow Man, was a wise and gifted Medicine Man. Among his tribe, his manitou (spirit power) was considered the most powerful of all manitous. Stronger than Bear Manitou, wiser than Wolf Manitou, and more clever than Coyote Manitou even. For this reason Crow Man was the chosen protector of his tribe; but he was often called upon as more than a protector. As his tribe’s medicine person he was their healer, their magician, their counselor, and their priest.

Now Crow man had an enemy. Where Crow Man was wise his enemy, the serpent, was devious. Where Crow Man came as a helper to mankind, the Snake Woman came to destroy him. In each life, Crow Man and Snake Woman would come into conflict with each other, in one form or another, for the fate of mankind. When Crow man was the victor, peace would be upon the earth for one generation until the Snake Woman appeared again in her next life and the cycle would repeat itself. Conversely, Snake Woman’s victory would bring war, famine, and disease to the land and death to the people.

In this life, Crow Man fell in love with a man... which was not unusual because Crow Man had loved both women and men at various times in his many lives; but this man, the man that he loved, was special. Crow Man’s beloved was a man who studied the stars and sought to travel to them. The love between Star Man and Crow man drew the attention of Snake Woman, who despised love, denied love, and perverted love to her own ends…. and so Snake Woman sought to destroy the Crow Man by destroying all that he loved.

Snake Woman knew that Star Man and others like him who shared his dream of visiting the stars had built a great spear; a silver spear that could pierce the heavens and touch the stars. Snake Woman sought to turn this spear into a weapon of unimaginable power with which she could destroy not only Star Man, and Crow man, but all men... everywhere. So Snake Woman slithered into Star Man’s tribe and, by her foul magic, counted herself among his friends. Her hatred of mankind was so great that she sought to point the great spear at a tribe beyond the sea inciting a war in which there would be no winners. Upon seeing Snake Woman, Crow Man recognized his enemy and the battle was joined. Crow Man and Snake Woman fought valiantly beneath the great spear and Snake Woman was cleverly able to launch the spear at the cost of her own life, her body burning up in the fires beneath the great spear.

Now Crow Man, in his wisdom, knew that his single life was not as important as the lives of all the people in all the world. And so Crow Man embraced Star Man and kissed him. "If I don't come back" Crow Man began. "Shhhhh" Star Man interjected "just come back." And then they kissed once more as Crow Man melted into shadows only to appear seconds later as a huge, towering Crow made of shadows and yet glowing with a tangible power. So large was this shadowy figure that its wings would span the length of the vast expanse of the canyon in the northern mountains.

Star Man watched in awe as the Crow Shadow took to the skies in pursuit of the great spear, flying faster than any bird has ever flown before. The Crow Shadow clutched the great spear in its mighty claws and, sacrificing himself, carried it into the sun to be swallowed up in its cleansing fires. As his body burned up in the fires of the Sun, Crow Man’s last thoughts were of Star Man and then there was darkness. His remains fell to earth as ashes where they were scattered by the cold and unforgiving winds that blow without ceasing.

Star Man waited for many days and weeks for his lost love to return to him, vowing to wait for him always. The Grandmothers and Grandfathers tried to comfort Star Man because they too had felt the pain of loss at one time or another in their own lives, but he would not listen.

When three moons had come and gone, Turtle Man, approached Star Man saying “Come with me and let me be a husband to you and we will share a long life together.” But Star Man replied “Would if I could, but I love you not; and better it be that I live out my days alone that with someone I do not love.” And Turtle Man bowed his head and slinked away.

And when another three moons had passed, Bear Man appeared before Star Man saying “Come with me and cleave to my chest. My strength will be yours and you will be mine through many winters and many springs.” Again, Star Man replied “Would if I could, but I cleave to the memory of another. To him I belong and I simply cannot give myself to you.” And Bear Man growled and ambled away.

And yet when another three moons had passed, Wolf Man came to Star Man and said “Come with me and we shall run through the hills and the forest with my pack, we shall be brothers, and share in the glory of the hunt.” Star Man answered saying: “Would if I could, but you are not my brother and I have no desire to run through the hills and the forest because what I seek cannot be found therein.” And Wolf Man disappeared into the shadows.

After all this time, no one would approach Start Man again. He became something of a ghost among the people. Coming and going in silence, being seen and yet unseen at the same time neither speaking to nor being spoken to...only spoken of and only then in whispers. “There goes Star Man, poor thing” the sons and the daughters would mutter to one another in hushed tones as he passed by, “when Crow Man died he took Star Man’s soul with him.” “Hush” the mothers and the fathers would admonish them, “leave him be.”

At night Star Man would stand outside, and search the skies for some sign of his love just as he once dreamed of visiting the stars.. “Just come back” he would whisper into the darkness, but the darkness did not respond. In time, a murder of crows would gather in the nearby trees and observe Star Man as he, in turn, observed the heavens. At first there were only a few of them, but their numbers grew each night. One night the crows came down from the trees and gathered around Star Man. In his pain the Star Man cried out at the crows "Go away you damn birds!" But the crows were just as silent as the darkness. With the rising sun, Star Man began to make his way home only to have the crows follow him. At first they simply walked behind him, but Star Man walked faster, and so the crows flew around him at a distance moving closer and closer swirling about him with the anger and fierceness of a whirlwind and he was filled with fear.

Star Man screamed and once he began screaming he could not stop. It was as if a dam had given way inside him and a flood of emotions burst forth out of him. So violent was his screaming that it felt as if Star Man’s cries came from a place buried deep within his own soul and all his anger and grief spilled out of his body in the form of an nebulous shadow. Star Man watched as the shadow danced among the swirling crows, seemingly swallowing them up. The shape grew will each crow it swallowed becoming a large shapeless shadow and Star Man feared that the shadow would swallow him next.

To his surprise, the shadow began to take on a vaguely human shape…. a shape that he began to recognize, the shape of his beloved Crow Man. When Star Man saw Crow Man he ran to him, they embraced and kissed one another for what seemed like a lifetime. When his shock and surprise began to abate, Star Man could only form one word, "How?" It was then that Crow Man placed his hand over the Star Man's heart and spoke for the first time saying "When last we kissed, I put a part of myself inside you so that I could find my way back to you again."

And seeing that Star Man did not understand, Crow Man continued saying, “Death could not take me because Death could not take all of me.You see, my precious one, it was all of my love that I gave you which allowed me to escape Death and return to you now. And because you endured the loneliest days of your life, never gave up, and never gave my love away to another, I am here with you now ….and always.” 

 The End

Friday, January 1, 2016

Magical Thinking: Magnetizing the Mind for Success!

When people think of Hoodoo, they often think of candles, doll babies, mojo bags, condition oils, herbs, roots, etc... but these really are a physical symbol of an internal process that goes on within the conjuror or root doctor along with his spirit and the spirit with whom he or she communes.  We don't talk about this internal process a great deal in rootwork although many wise and powerful workers do what I am going to teach you within this article. And what exactly am I going to teach you, you say? I am going to teach you how to magnetize your mind for success! How to control your thoughts instead of your thoughts controlling you, how to harness the power of your mind and get it to work for you rather than against you!
The Power of Thought
In the Bible it states that God spoke the universe into creation. In Genesis 3:1 God said, Let there be light: and there was light. However the ancient scribes, whether by accident or design, left out a very important step in the story of creation.   You see, people (and Gods) don't typically create something without some thought beforehand.  Our words, therefore, have their origin in our God thought the universe into creation.  
Why do you think that it took God a whole day to create light and dark, and then another to create Heaven, and another to bring forth Earth, and another for the Sun and Moon and another for the fish of the sea and the animals that walk the Earth and finally on the 6th day he created man? Why did it take so long when he could simply speak his desire into being? You see, God was (and still is) an artist, craftsman, the architect of the Universe and he used that time to consider his creation(s) with much thought before he spoke all these things into being.  And just like God, thought up the universe you can create a world for yourself; and what you make of that world is completely up to you.
You don't believe me? People create things with their thoughts everyday. Look at the cell phone, your watch, your clothes, your car.....anything man made. All these things  existed as a thought or idea in someone's mind before that idea was channeled into reality. The same process that allows a person to conceive of an idea and channel it into reality work on intangible things such as wealth, love, health, and success just as it does on tangible things like watches, cell phones, and clothing.
Proof of the Power
The Doctrine of Signatures is a concept which can be found in many cultures, magical systems, and religions which accept magic as part of its belief system. Simply stated the Doctrine of Signatures states that God marked everything he created with a sign or symbol which indicates its use or purpose. A few examples of this belief include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • A cross section of a carrot looks like an eye and many folks believe that eating carrots will improve one's eyesight.
  • Walnuts look like the human brain, so it is believed that eating them will help make a person smarter by allowing them to retain knowledge. Scientist recently discovered a chemical in walnuts that they believe will help Alzheimer patients retain their memories.
  • The juice of beets resemble blood and it is now know that beet juice helps reduce blood pressure.
  • The active ingredient in Viagra comes from peanuts and we all know that many men refer to their testicles as "nuts".
  • Violet leaves resemble little hearts and they used in magic to attract love by placing them in one's shoe.
In Genesis 1:27 it states that God created man "in his own I image, in his own image created he them, male and female". Therefore, I say to you  that because we are made in the image of God, our purpose is to be as Gods ourselves. Now people get hung up on concepts of male/female, black/white, gay/straight but what they fail to realize is that it is not our bodies that were made in the image of God, not this weak, impermanent flesh. It is actually what is inside of us that is made in the image of God.
What this thing is inside of us has many names in different cultures. Some call it our soul, our spirit, our chi, our aura, our chakras, our Higher Self, or Holy Guardian Angel. Whatever you call it, it all boils down to energy. I call this energy the Divine Spark and it is that part of ourselves that is God and is of God and because we are made in the image of God and have a portion of God's spirit within us, we also have the power to create and destroy just as God himself does.  Simple stated are Gods.
Three Biblical Principles for Manifestation  
Remember earlier when I said that we are made of energy? Well the truth is that made of energy. We see colors because color is just energy vibrating at different speeds.
It's like taking a pot of water and placing it on the stove with some heat under it and those molecules in that water will speed up, and bubble and pop so that the water will become steam; but you take that pot off the stove and place it in the freezer and those molecules will slow down and solidify becoming ice. So whether you speed up the molecules that make up that water or slow them down they change their form but the water is still there right? That ice can be melted and that steam can be condensed and return to water.  And just like you manipulated the molecules (or energy) in that water to change its form, you can manipulate your own energy to change your life in similar ways.
Following God's example in the book of Genesis, we have three Biblical Principles of Manifestation. They are:
  1. Thinking. God conceived the Universe.
  2. Speaking. God spoke the universe into existence.
  3. Doing. God fashion man from mud and breathed into him the breath of life.
Thinking: The Power of I AM
When God appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush, he announced himself as "Yahweh" which in Hebrew means "I am who I am", or simply "I am." Because of the nature of the Hebrew language, when God says Yahweh it means "I am" when humans say Yahweh it means "He is". When God introduced himself as "I am", he was not only introducing himself, he was proclaiming his power.  "I am" are the two most powerful words in our language. Due to your God-like power to manifest your will, any words that you place after "I am" will become manifest.  
So when you find yourself thinking  I'm poor. I’m sick. I’m alone. I’m lonely. I'm depressed. You will manifest poverty, disease, depression, and loneliness. However, when you shift your thoughts and begin thinking I am blessed. I am rich. I am healthy. I am loved and loving...then you will manifest more of the same. You see your thoughts are like a dial on the radio, they allow you to tune yourself to certain frequencies.
Speaking: The Breath of Life
Your thoughts often find expression through your words, so it is just as important that as you are thinking positively you are also speaking positively. Expressing our thoughts with words, by speaking them out loud make them more real and brings our desires out in the open.
Speaking our desires out loud also represents their transition from the realm of thought to the realm of being. Remember words have meaning, they vibrate when we speak them, that vibration is energy, our breath with which we speak them is the same breath with which God gave Adam life.  So when we speak, we are giving life to our words and so we want to use words that are in accordance with our will. Some of the way we can do this is include:
  • Mantras: Mantras are brief sentences which describe something that you affirm to be true. Examples include: I am a money magnet. I am loved and loving. Etc...
  • Affirmative Prayer:  Like a mantra, an affirmative prayer is a prayer which focuses on a positive outcome rather than an existing negative condition. For example, instead of saying something such as "God please help me pay these bills." You might say something like "I know recognize and acknowledge the Divine Spark in me as that part of myself that is God and is of God. I see and I feel the divine spark in me manifesting wealth and prosperity in accordance with my thoughts, words, and deeds; making me an example of  and inspiration for others to encourage and uplift them. I desire only that which is good for all. Thank you God in me for wealth and prosperity. Amen."
Many believe that this form of prayer is what Jesus taught when he said “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). Remember when you are praying to God, you are not only speaking directly to the God outside of yourself but also to the Divine Spark or God within you, cheering yourself on and motivating yourself not to give up and keep working towards your dreams.
Doing: Conscious Gratitude
Zig Ziglar is quoted as saying that "the more you are grateful the more you will have to be grateful for." This concept in and of itself is nothing new.  The scriptures are filled with endless verses regarding the concept of gratitude. For the Christian and the Jew alike, it is believed that all things come from God and so gratitude is an essential part of worship and praise. If we look to the Bible we know that Jesus gave thanks before he fed the multitude of 4000 with only a few loaves and fishes (Matthew 15: 35-37); he gave thanks before raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:39).
In like fashion, Islamic teachings states that the first to enter paradise will be those who praised God in all things and that those who are grateful will be given more (Sura 14). In the spiritual path of Buddhism, kindness and gratitude are two practices that the adherent are encouraged to develop together. Gratitude for a kindness is more that a general appreciation but rather a special kind of appreciation in which one honor the effort put forth by the one who extended the kindness.
As you can see, gratitude is about more than saying "thank you" it is a practice, something that you do, a way of expressing your thankfulness. How can you practice conscious gratitude? Here are three ways:
  1. Be kind to others, because God has been kind to you. This is really another form of the "Golden Rule" which states that you should "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." (Matthew 7:12) and the Silver Rule which states "do not do unto others as you would have them not do unto you."   However, it is a little more than this because people who are grateful for what they have, who have been helped in times of need are more likely to help others in need because they have done through a similar experience themselves. The second part of this practice is not to expect anything in return for your kindness, not even a thank you; because anything that is given with an expectation of something in return from that person is not truly given freely.
  2. Find the Spiritual lesson in a negative experience or situation.  It is often been said that we learn more from our mistakes than from our successes and so I learned to be thankful for my enemies because they taught me the value of my own strength; I am thankful for false-friends because they taught me the value of independence; I am thankful for being sick because it taught me to appreciate good health; I am thankful for losing a job because it forced me to get out of a negative, unhealthy situation and opened the way for something better.
  3. Be satisfied with enough. So many of us get caught up in the rat-race. We accumulate things because we think it will bring us happiness and satisfaction but its never enough. Whether its a bigger house to replace your current one,  the newest cell phone model, gaming system, etc.... its a never-ending quest that fails to bring contentment. When you are not satisfied with what you have, you are not showing the universe that you are grateful for what you have been given in the first place.Imagine that you got up early one morning and decided to buy your co-workers coffee and donuts; and when you gave your co-workers these gifts they complained that the donuts are stale or the coffee is too cold, too sweet, too bitter, etc... How likely would you be to buy them coffee and donuts again? I imagine not very likely. So how likely do you think God is to improve your situation if you are not grateful when he has given you enough?
The Hoodoo Connection
Having read this far you're probably thinking, what does this have to do with Hoodoo? The answer is everything and nothing. You see, everything that I have shared up to this point can be used by anyone whether they are a Rootworker, a Christian, a Wiccan, a Buddhist, a Vodoist, or even a Satanist! What this article boils down to is recognizing how your thoughts are the building blocks of your life and how they shape your life and future and learning how to control your thoughts to shape the life that you want to have and to live.  
You can choose to incorporate into your practices or not. It is not my intention here to change your beliefs or to change how you serve your spirits but rather to introduce you to a new perspective and help you to attain a deeper understanding of how magic works when we take the responsibility and power out of the hands of someone or something outside of ourselves, and reclaim your power by recognizing and acknowledging your own Godhood.
Why Can't We Just Use Thoughts and Prayers All the Time?
When folks hear me talk on this subject the number one question I get is "if we can manifest our desires with our thoughts, why don't we just use our thoughts all the time? Why do we need dolls, mojos, oils, and candles?" There are a few reasons for this.
First, God could have easily said let there be man and woman, but no he didn't. He gathered up some dirt, spit in it and shaped it into a man. He breathed life into this man and later he took a rib out of this man and made woman.  So the candles, dolls, mojos, herbs, roots, and oils are just another tool at our disposal.  We use these tools to manipulate the energy that they are made up of. Remember, everything is made up of energy. So when we want to manifest something we choose items that vibrate at the same frequency. These are often called correspondences.  This term refers to the relationships that can be used for magical workings. They make use of the connectedness of things. It is helpful to think of correspondences as a list of possible ingredients from which you can make selections. There are three types of correspondences, they are:
  • Astrological Correspondences- This term refers to the energies of the Moon Phases, Days of the Week, Hours of the Day, and the position of the Moon in the Zodiac, as they pertain to the timing of casting your spells.
  • Natural Correspondences- This term refers to those things occurring in nature which relate to our goals in a direct manner. These correspondences include color, shape, sound, numbers, herbs, scent, gems, elements, animal energies, deity energy, the energy of the cardinal points, the winds, etc….
  • Personal Correspondences- This term refers to those correspondences which resonate with us on a deeply personal level, and which empowers us more than any other correspondence.
The second reason we use dolls, mojos, herbs, oils and such is because they can help us to attune to the frequency of our desires. If you put a spoon in the freezer it will get cold, place an egg in red dye and it will turn red. Soak a piece of cloth in rosewater and it will come out smelling like roses. So by exposing us to items that resonate at the same frequency of our desire it can and does have the effect of helping us to get on the same wavelength. This happens because the items used in Hoodoo engage our senses. We see the redness of a candle, the flame fascinates the mind, we smell the burning smoke of incense and the aroma of the condition oil, we feel the doll in our hands, we feel the oil on our bodies, we hold the herbs and roots as we pray, we may taste the sweetness of honey on our tongue, the music we play, sing, or hum during our ritual evokes powerful feelings and emotions.
So our thoughts initiate change by beginning inside of us, deep within the mind and working their way outside ourselves through our words and deeds, while the tools of conjure initiate change beginning outside of ourselves and working inward. This is the beauty of God's creation (the kingdom of heaven is in your midst) that everything works together.  
In Conclusion
Our thoughts are the building blocks of our lives. By controlling our thoughts and expressing them in accordance with our will through our words and deeds we can make our desire manifest. We, as humans, have this ability due to our Divine Spark which is that part of ourselves that is God and is of God. We recognize and acknowledge that everything, including ourselves, is made up of energy. We attract that energy to which we are attuned. By focusing our thoughts on what we desire, we change our personal frequency to match our desires and manifest what we want.  
Additionally, by engaging our five senses in ritual acts and making use of tools such as doll babies, roots, herbs, condition oils, candles, etc.... that also vibrate at the frequency of our desire we bring ourselves into harmony with our desire. While our thoughts work from inside ourselves and move outwardly into the universe, our use of tools such as doll babies, roots, herbs, conditions oils, etc.... work from outside ourselves and moves inwardly. The axis where these two paths meet (our own internal crossroads) is where magic occurs.