up for auction – evil eye charm bracelet, OOAK rootworker’s rosary necklace

Hoodoo Rootworker's Rosary Necklace – conjure doctor's talisman, point chaud empowered

First, let me explain why I'm including both hoodoo and voodoo in the listing title.

Hoodoo and voodoo are of course two distinct traditions, the former being folk magic and the latter being a religion.  In the Louisiana area, though, especially New Orleans, there is a strain of practice where the two are often blended to a greater extent than elsewhere in the world and the African diasporic traditions.

Furthermore, in the work of Tau Michael Bertiaux, the systems of Haitian voodoo and hoodoo are blended into a dynamic system that offers step by step instruction to the practitioner who seeks to access to the Gnosis by means of esoteric prayer.

This set of hand made rosary beads is a product of the place where Louisiana culture and tradition meet Gnostic Voudon and good old Big Lucky Hoodoo.

Sometimes called a "medium's necklace," this set of beads is ritually created, consecrated, anointed, and censed on nine different altars by a fully consecrated bishop and exorcist in a gnostic voudon lineage of apostolic succession (me), and empowered to assist the practitioner in his or her work as a rootworker, serviteur of the spirits, and interpreter of messages from the Invisible World.

In creating this ritual piece, I have made a type of point chaud (aka pwen cho, and sometimes called a pwen achte for reasons I explain in an article I've written if you don't know this type of work; I can direct you to it) – a hot point, or physical object, in which the spirit is called (actually often sung) down into the piece through creation of a three dimensional (or four dimensional, depending on your perspective) crossroads where it is then housed.

This is not exactly the same type of point chaud that mambos and houngans in traditional Haitian sevis would prepare for a serviteur, or that you may have read about in some academic sources over the last fifty or sixty years – I have not imprisoned a spirit here, and this is not dangerous for the experienced worker, and no spirit or being was coerced.  The type of points chauds work I do is a bit different and informed by my own lineage's practice and my own experience and work, which is not what you're going to find anything about in that older academic work (I can direct you to some small amount of material/info on this if you like – just drop me a note upon purchase).  While it would be very unwise to become the owner of this piece and not feed it, it is not going to result in anybody's death if the spirits are not fed and worked with – it's not that kind of point chaud.  It is not, however, created for the novice or newcomer – I call this a rootworker's/medium's necklace for a reason. It's not likely to hurt a novice or new DIYer, but it's not likely to be a lot of use to one either, as it's designed for some fairly specialized things that most people doing conjure work at home for themselves and their family are simply not going to have a need for.

Bishop Tau Michael Bertiaux says of the rosary, in his chapter on Upadhi I in The Gnostic Voudon Workbook, that prayer beads are among the most effective ways to generate spiritual energy and "hook up" to God energy.  He conceives of the rosary as a "prayer machine" and emphasizes that the rosary is further blessed and empowered through use.  I have blessed and empowered this rosary, but it will absorb deeper spiritual energies through your repeated use.  For more information, see The Gnostic Voudon Workbook (and my blog, where I have a few articles on esoteric prayer and non-traditional rosaries – follow the tags).

This particular rosary is designed to assist the worker and serviteur with just about every aspect of spirit work and rootwork you encounter.  I have pulled out all of the stops with this one.  I have only ever made one of these a year at most, and some years I'm not able to make any because I don't have the time or materials when the appropriate astrological and celestial events roll around.  So I haven't made one of these for a couple of years now. This one is dedicated to mediumship, as the last one was, but it has other elements as well, including those for protection specifically geared for rootworkers and serviteurs.

It is made with stone, metal, and glass beads in segments of color appropriate to the following:

* Simbi, represented by St. Patrick; the patron of magicians and mediums

* Baron Samedi, represented by St. Gerard; the patron of communication with the ancestors and the dead

* St. Joan of Arc; the patron of clairaudience

* Legba, represented here by St. Anthony; the patron of Yoruban divination

* St. Clare of Assissi; the patron of clairvoyance

* St. Michael, the warrior archangel and supreme master of protection and all spirits, often called upon alongside the more traditionally "dangerous" spirits to protect the worker in these rites

* St. Benedict, a powerful ally for exorcism of both people and places

* St. Cyprian, the patron of magic and magicians

There is a medal for each saint and spirit, some modern "charm" style medals and some vintage medals imported from Europe.  The center bead is a large, lost-wax-method cast brass bead imported from Ghana, Africa, as are the pater beads, which are sand-cast (I purchase these locally from a local importer who owns a family-run shop and is a native of Ghana).  These one of a kind rosary beads also feature a small glass bottle pendant, with stopper, to hold a few drops of oil or a bit of powder – the top screws in securely via fine-threaded metal so you don't have to worry about losing it.

A vintage skeleton key on the strand opposite the glass bottle is at least fifty years old, possibly older, and to boost the key's traditional "road opening" power, it has been touched to doors/gates/entrances to several different important symbolic buildings or places, to give the bearer mastery over them, including a graveyard entrance gate, a police station door, the entrance to a neolithic longbarrow tomb in the UK, the door of a courthouse, and others.

From the center bead hang two charms. The first is a reproduction of an antique cross, hand-cast in bronze from a mold made from the 18th century original, a solid, sturdy piece that will hold up despite what looks like a delicate design of four equal arms terminating in relief patterns with an overall shape of a Jerusalem or Crusader's cross, emblem of the warriors of God.

The second is a bronze Tibetan prayer box pendant that opens to hold your small personal curios or items.  I will add appropriate herbs and curios to consecrated beeswax to secure them inside the pendant so they will stay safe.  These will include a Job's tear, genuine flakes of 24 K gold, a pinch of real diamond dust, and a genuine black cat bone – a tiny toe bone, complete with claw (my last claw that is not spoken for already).  This is my preferred type of cat bone to use when making protective and/or "work" amulets for professional workers and readers, because we need to hone certain skills for our own good when working with the public, aside from the usual divination and casting skills (and if you've read this far, you doubtless know the kind of thing I'm talking about – but if you don't, and you win the auction, I am happy to fill you in – just ask).  I will leave enough room inside for you to add your own stuff as well.  

Message me after purchase to give me any customization requests for blessings, prayers, or consecrations, or if you have any questions about its use.  I will finish its ritual preparation for its new owner, including preparation of the amulet ingredients and censing/dressing on any additional altars that you request, before shipping your new hoodoo rosary to you – so please allow me adequate handling time to do this work. This rosary has already been blessed at nine altars, and will remain on my medium's altar until it finds its new home.

The loop section measures app. sixteen inches with ends held together (not counting the cross and charm hanging from the center bead) – so this is a very long piece. The beads are large to match the size and presence of the piece – most are 8mm and some are larger – so it is not a lightweight piece either.  It is designed for ritual use, not for casual wear, and while I make it as sturdy as I can, you risk segments coming unconnected or glass breaking if you wear it out dancing to a nightclub.  So please don't do that (if you have to take it out wth you, then carry it in a pouch inside a pocket  or bag, ok?).  But this does not mean you should not wear or use it – you SHOULD wear it when working or reading, and you should use it regularly. I have consecrated it, but it will only become more powerful and more responsive to you as you use it over the years.  It was NOT designed to be laid up in a box or museum or curiosity shop and just looked at.  It was made to be worn and used in ritual work.

Ask me if you need care and feeding instructions (many of the recommendations for caring for mojo bags will apply here, including keeping away from casual handling and making sure it's fed regularly). It is designed with an eye towards the spiritual significance of the beads, charms, etc, not with an eye towards comfortable length for jewelry or the latest trend in necklaces, so this may be one of the odder-looking pieces you've likely seen.  But every single element of it is there for a specific reason, and you will not find another like it anywhere else. 


Evil Eye protection charm wrap bracelet

Beaded wrap bracelet is made with Czech glass seed beads spiraling around five loops of memory wire.  I've attached a plethora of dangles and charms, consisting mostly of multicolored resin evil-eye-protection beads hanging from large, brightly colored, sturdy aluminum jump rings.  There are also a couple of Czech glass beads and shiny metal dangles. 


livejournal is being stupid. I suddenly can't upload any more pictures. Earlier this past week I couldn't post at all, so I couldn't announce these auctions when they started.  I hope I don't have to pull up stakes and move to blogger – this is really beginning to irritate me.

Anyway, the memento mori chaplet can be seen at the below link :/

Memento Mori ancestor chaplet bracelet – matching earrings

Memento Mori rosary (technically a chaplet) is made of silver-plated brass beads and feature two bone skull beads carved from yak bone.  Offset with African cast brass spacer beads.

Bracelet is nine inches long and has a lobster clasp.  Matching earrings hang from silver-toned french hook ear wires and hang just shy of two inches from cener of earlobe.

In the Middle Ages and well into the Victorian era, images of skulls, skeletons, and other symbols associated with death were used to remind the wearer or bearer of the item to contemplate his or her own mortality, to remember that he or she would one day die.  Some people used this as a reason to seize the day; others used it as a reason to reject life's transient pleasures and focus on eternal rather than earthly glory.  Some used it as a reminder of the Christian promise of the resurrection of the dead
at the end of time, when bodies would rise at the Last Judgment and be reunited with their souls.

Regardless of the meaning you bring to it, this is a rosary (technically a chaplet) that would be suitable for the lover of medieval stuff or the Victorianist on your gift list, as well as any devotee of the family of Vodoun loa known as the Ghuede, who are patrons of death and sexuality and rule the cemeteries.

how to learn about hoodoo (from a client query)

A client contacted me asking what websites (aside from cat’s at luckymojo, which I figure everybody knows about) are out there that provide good information on hoodoo.  She’s specifically looking for spells.

My answer: there aren’t a lot of them.  Most of what you find out there in internet land is adulterated and eclectic collections of spells from various traditions that are put together by those who follow syncretic, new-age paths. (And that is fine — it’s just not hoodoo).  There might be some hoodoo in it, but there will be a lot of other stuff too, and you pretty much already have to “get” what a hoodoo spell generally looks like in order to know if what you have is worth your time.  Here are a few sites I DO recommend, with caveats or comments, if you are interested in learning hoodoo spells (if you’re looking for formulas, you’re largely out of luck; you’ll have to figure out how stuff works and learn how to put two and two together, or five and seven as the case may be, for yourself).  The thing is — and I hope you’re paying attention right here even if you skim the rest of this — there are no spell books out there that will tell you how to do something just so.  The good thing is that if you grasp the principles, you don’t NEED to have a spellbook to tell you how to do something just so.  There is very little of that “must be done on a Tuesday when the moon is waning and this exact rhyme said just so” business in hoodoo, which is an eminently practical sort of folk practice.

1.  Lucky Mojo.  The single most well-researched, carefully attributed, and thorough site out there for info on hoodoo.  You can spend a lot of time on this site and it will all be worthwhile.  She also has pages of correspondence and emails preserved from earlier, in which people have asked questions or contributed spells, which she has then commented on.  You will learn a great deal from these comments.  This should be one of your first stops, and you should visit frequently; it’s an incredible resource by an incredibly generous woman.

2.  HyattSpells on yahoo groups.  From the list description: “This list is dedicated to the workings of Harry M. Hyatt and his studies of Witchcraft, Hoodoo, Rootwork, Conjuration, Folklore and Mythology. A list to discuss spells collected from conversations with Hoodoo Doctors and informants from the deep South from 1936-1940. Not for the squeamish, this list is to discuss spells that use ingredients that some may find offensive. Don’t join if you offend easily! For 17 years of age and over!”  Dara is another incredibly generous practitioner and researcher who takes time to maintain this valuable discussion list.  A word to the wise: follow the group rules and don’t barge in there asking for spells.  Use the message archive search feature, and stay on topic.  The list is dedicated to Hyatt material and you should keep that in mind when you post.

3.  Of Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston.  The e-text of this book is hosted by the University of Virginia.  Hurston, a Southern-born African American anthropologist who attracted some criticism due to “going native” in her fieldwork, collected material in several states for this book.  You should read her introduction on collecting folklore as well — if you really want to learn conjure, you have to talk to people.  It’s not a “book” tradition. That doesn’t mean books haven’t informed it at various stages in various areas of the country, but that it’s largely been an oral, hands-on tradition rooted in communities and neighborhoods. 

Other resources, which I can recommend with caveats:

Conjure on yahoo groups.  The noise to signal ratio is pretty high on this list, though, and if you subscribe you will have to wade through a bunch of BS about “my voodoo priestess says this” and “well my Palo initiator said this!” and “well Hyatt said this” “well nobody who would use a black cat bone is a good person” etc etc, apples and oranges stuff which frequently disintegrates into conversations about radiators and dieting.  I suppose the safest thing to say is that these folks and this list have a different definition of conjure than I do, and you shouldn’t assume conjure=rootwork=hoodoo on this group (and you will note, if you read Hyatt and Hurston for instance, that the practitioners they talked with sometimes made distinctions between these labels too, but I’ll leave that alone in an introductory post).  Conjure should probably not be your first stop unless you really have a lot of time on your hands.

Mojo Moon.  The spells on this page are all unattributed, but there is some stuff here that works from a hoodoo perspective.  There’s also some stuff that does not.

See also the blogs and sites I’ve linked to in my “links” section; they have info worth looking at.

Got a site to add?  Got a site to warn people about?  Got a question about material on a site?  Post a comment!