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.
|Publisher:||Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Katrina Rasbold, PhD, is the author of over thirty books, including eighteen on various aspects of the magical arts. She also pens the popular fictional series The Seven Sisters of Avalon, as well as other fictional and nonfictional works. Born in the hills of Kentucky and raised around folk magic, Katrina studied the magical arts all over the world, including in the Marianas Islands and the UK, before settling in her current home in the forested Eden of the High Sierra Mountains of California. She has taught classes throughout the world and frequently teaches at Pantheacon in San Jose, as well as at Sacramento Pagan Pride and PanGaia Festival in Fair Oaks, California. She currently teaches classes with her husband, Eric Rasbold, at LightWeavers Academy in Citrus Heights, California. She and Eric are co-creators of the CUSP spiritual path, a detailed magical structure using the ancient agricultural holidays to create positive life change year after year. They co-authored the Bio-Universal Energy Series and their first book, Energy Magic, spent several weeks on the Amazon Best Seller list for Neopaganism upon its release in 2013. They are founding members of the non-profit organization, North Western Circles Association which raises money to benefit the Sacramento Wildlife Center. In addition to writing and lecturing, Katrina works as a professional bruja and conjure woman, and for years, she and Eric owned the shop Two Sisters Botánica in Roseville, California. She now has an online store where they sell handmade magical products and offer their services. Find it at twosistersbotanica.com. They have six adult children who are grown up and loose out there in the world.
Table of Contents
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an extremely informative, well-written book covering the history and practice of Appalachian and Ozark Granny Magic, Hoodoo, Brujería, and Curanderismo. I had very little knowledge about Hoodoo, Brujería, and Curanderismo going into this book, but having grown up in the northern Appalachians, I recognized some of the traces of Granny Magic in the traditions passed down from my grandparents. The author's personal experiences brought the traditions and current practice to life and I respected that she didn't shy away from discussing issues around cultural appropriation in her own practices. Highly recommended as an overview of these practices and a good starting point for further study of any of the branches of American Southern folk magic.
Loved this book of folk medicine and religion. Learning about the different traditions including VooDoo of the deep south and especially Louisiana, Wise women or Granny women from the Ozarks, Brujeria and the Curanderismo. They healed and helped with so many of the needs of the people.These types of practices have been brought over by different immigrants and the native americans as well. All these beliefs combine and change to different types of magic. Few clear distinctions are to be found anymore. I loved reading about all the traditions. The mojo bags, gris gris and amulets were of particular interest to me. I received this book from Net Galley and Llewellyn Publishing for a honest review. The opinions are my own.