After weeks of continuous writing, research, and all-nighters, the original Hoodoo Masterpost has officially evolved into the Spirit Roots Hoodoo Library!
The Hoodoo Library is a growing collection of tutorials, traditional recipes, directories, and databases of information on everything from traditional Southern black belt hoodoo to modern urban rootwork. All content within the Library is created by and for black rootworkers, which means that all sources of information about hoodoo come from black rootworkers only.
The Library mostly contains original content written by me, but it also features quotes and posts from other black authors, scholars, and rootworkers that are fully credited as a shareable/rebloggable embedded post or via a citation.
>>> 🌿 JUJU BABY ZONE
A space dedicated to answering the age-old question, “How do I get started with practicing hoodoo?” These articles and guides are specifically for those new to the traditions of rootworking.
- Hoodoo Dictionary: A guide to terminology and concepts
- Hoodoo History: An overview of the tradition’s origins and development
- Hoodoo vs. Witchcraft: The key differences (and overlap!)
- Ancestral Foundations: The important role that our ancestors play
- Basic Hoodoo Skills: A summary of key skills for rootworking
- Petition & Prayers: Understanding how we communicate with Spirit
- Mojos, Hands, & Spirit Bottles: A deep dive into one of the most powerful hoodoo practices
- Psalms in Hoodoo: The complex history behind the usage of Psalms
>>> 💫 HOW TO HOODOO
A gallery of tutorials and walkthroughs on rootworking techniques, skills, and methods. You’ll find step-by-step instructions for different traditional techniques and in-depth explanations of hoodoo methodology.
- How to Contact Ancestors: A simple guide to making and building a relationship with your ancestors
- How to Set Up Altars: Step-by-step through the process of constructing your own altar whether it’s for prosperity, love, or to honor your ancestors
- How to Time Workings: A walkthrough of the hoodoo perspective on using times of the day, days of the week, and lunar cycles
- How to Read Playing Cards: Background on the role of divination in hoodoo and how to use this traditional rootworker’s divination tool
- How to Write Petition Papers: Tutorial for writing and working petitions
- How to Use Florida Water: An overview of the many different ways to use this popular cologne
- How to Work Candles: An in-depth guide through the process of shaping, dressing, and working a candle the hoodoo way
- How to Work Mojos & Spirit Bottles: Working mojos and spirit bottles, including awakening and feed their spirits
- How to Dominate: Essential tips and tricks for putting the roots on someone to be under your control
>>> 📖 BOOK OF ROOTS
Recipes and instructions for working the roots, including a wide range from traditional Southern black belt methods to many of Yejide’s personal recipes as well as from other modern black rootworkers!
- Altar Designs: Layouts and suggestions for ancestor altars, shrines for saints or spirits, or working altars for prosperity and love
- Types of Dirt: Traditional uses of dirt in hoodoo and how to collect them
- Cologne & Perfume Recipes: How to make your own Florida Water, Hoyt’s Cologne, and Kananga Water
- Honey & Sugar Workings: Recipes and instructions for sweetening work
- Mojo Bag Recipes: Southern black belt recipes for making mojos
- Oil Recipes: Yejide’s classic oil recipes including Van Van, Fiery Wall of Protection, and “Come to Me”
- Powder & Dust Recipes: How to make both traditional and modern varieties of hoodoo powders and types of dust
- Hoodoo Psalms: Correspondences for the Psalms
- Symbols & Sigils: An overview of different symbols across African traditions and a list of Afrocentric sigils
- Card Spreads & Decks: Cartomancy spreads designed for rootworkers
>>> 🌳 HOODOO HERB DATABASE
The Hoodoo Herb Database currently includes over 70 different species of plants and natural materials traditionally used by black rootworkers.
- Master List: All the entries in the whole database listed out in alphabetical order
- Usage List: For entries where potential or traditional hoodoo usages are known, they are listed by type of working or properties
>>> 🗺️ ROOTWORK DIRECTORY
As a rootworker, it’s invaluable to know where you can safely learn more about the traditions and where to purchase supplies or readings. In this curated directory, you’ll only find black-owned blogs, websites, and businesses!
- Books: Well-known works on hoodoo with commentary and information about the sources to uplift black authors and encourage critical reading
- Websites & Blogs: Black rootworkers who share tutorials and information on hoodoo through their websites and blogs
- Shops: Black-owned businesses and diviners
The Library is passcode protected in order to keep all this content in the hands of those who truly can practice hoodoo. Only people of African descent have the ancestral link to rootworking traditions that is necessary to practice them (see more on this here).
To get access to the Library, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the exact subject line “Access Please” (the body of the email can be blank), and you’ll be sent easy instructions for receiving the library access passcode!
Updated January 7th, 2019. Stay tuned for future updates. See disclaimer.