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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 www.bulletjournal.com




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:

KEY

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.