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Crossroads of Conjure: The Roots and Practices of Granny Magic, Hoodoo, Brujería, and Curanderismo

Crossroads of Conjure: The Roots and Practices of Granny Magic, Hoodoo, Brujería, and Curanderismo

by Katrina Rasbold


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Explore the Fascinating World of Southern Folk Magic

Featuring an introductory look at Granny Magic, Hoodoo, Brujería, and Curanderismo in the American South, Crossroads of Conjure provides a fresh perspective on folk magic. This authentic and powerful book demonstrates how these systems are interconnected, celebrates their sustainability, and dispels the myths and misunderstandings about them.

Learn about each path's beliefs, practitioners, history, and how its traditions are carried on in modern society. Discover the techniques practitioners use for healing, survival, protection, and more. This entertaining and informative exploration of folk magic also helps you determine which practice resonates with you the most.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738757865
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 315,748
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Katrina Rasbold is a practicing bruja, rootworker, Tarotologist, teacher, and author of over thirty published books who has been active in the magical arts since 1982. In 1997, she and her husband, Eric, founded the CUSP spiritual path, now practiced worldwide. Katrina has presented at California festivals for more than two decades and is a founding member and president of North Western Circles Association. She is also a frequent presenter at Pantheacon.

Table of Contents


Disclaimer xv

Introduction 1
Ethics in Folk Magic Practice 11

Part 1: Hoodoo
Chapter 1: About Hoodoo 21

Chapter 2: Types of Practitioners 29
Root Doctors 29
Conjure Doctors 31
Two-Headed Doctors 31

Chapter 3: History and Development of Hoodoo 33
Stages of Hoodoo Development 37
The Relationship Between Hoodoo and Healing 42
Marketeered Hoodoo 48
Henry Middleton Hyatt 51

Chapter 4: New Orleans Voodoo 55

Chapter 5: Basic Beliefs of Hoodoo 61

Chapter 6: Hoodoo/Conjure/Rootwork Today 67
A Community Divided 70
The Rebirth of Hoodoo Practice 76

Chapter 7: Hoodoo Charms and Spells 87
The Nature Sack 88
Brick Dust 88
Foot Track Work 90
Silver Dimes 91
Sweet Jars/Sweet Pots 92
Graveyard Dirt 93
Mojo Bags/Gris Gris 97
Crossroads Magic 98

Part 2: Appalachian Granny Magic

Chapter 8: About Granny Magic 103

Chapter 9: Types of Practitioners 107
Granny Women, Healers, Yarb Doctors, and Root Doctors 108
Goomer Doctors, Conjure Doctors, and Power Doctors 111
Seers 114
Water Witches and Witch Wigglers 115

Chapter 10: The History and Development of Granny Magic 119

Chapter 11: Basic Beliefs of Granny Magic 131
The Foundations of Mountain Spirituality 132
Crops, Animal Husbandry & the Weather 135
Marriage and Weddings 137
Healing 140
Birth 142
Death 147
Witches, Curses & Other Mystical Things 149
More Magical Beliefs & Practices 153

Chapter 12: Appalachian and Ozark Granny Magic Today 159

Chapter 13: Appalachian and Ozark Charms and Spells 169
Protection 169
Removing and Warding Off Curses 170
Health 171
Marriage and Home Life 172
Luck 172
Divination, Omens, and Portents 173

Part 3: Brujería and Curanderismo
Chapter 14: About Brujería and Curanderismo 177

Chapter 15: Types of Practitioners 185

Chapter 16: History of Brujería/Curanderismo 191

Chapter 17: Basic Beliefs of Brujería/Curanderismo 199
Divination 215
A Tale of Two Sisters 216

Chapter 18: Brujería/Curanderismo Today 231
Limpias…So Many Limpias 234

Chapter 19: Brujería/Curanderismo Charms and Spells 239
Aceite de Serpiente de Cascabel (Rattlesnake Oil) 240
La Piedra de Iman (Lodestones) 240
Los Siete Nudos (The Seven Knots) 241
Encourage Good Sleep 241
Childbirth Magic 241
Agua Bendita (Holy Water) 242
El Credo de los Apóstoles (The Apostles' Creed) 243
Las Doce Verdades de Mundo (The Twelve Truths of The World) 244

Crossroads of Conjure 249

Glossary 255

Bibliography 269

Index 275

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