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

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

by Katrina Rasbold


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738757865
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 287,608
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 They have six adult children who are grown up and loose out there in the world.

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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Crossroads of Conjure: The Roots and Practices of Granny Magic, Hoodoo, Brujeria, and Curanderismo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SRKirchner 3 months ago
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.
Sunshine1006 9 months ago
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.