Posted 15 June 2010 - 03:47 AM
It's been a while since I've posted much on the boards, and I'm so very happy to see familiar handles being active!
In the last year or so I've become very interested in Hoodoo, and in the last few months I've began learning it. On my own at the moment, but I am looking for someone to study under in my area.
Any how I don't remember ever hearing anyone from GV mention rootwork. So I'm just curious if there are any other villagers out there who are experienced in it, or just learning it? Perhaps we could chat a bit about it.
Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:07 PM
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Posted 23 June 2010 - 07:58 PM
Illuminated One- I think there are many different kinds of “witch craft” around. I've never actually heard hoodoo/ root work referred to as such. I think it would be more appropriately termed as “Folk Magic”. I personally like to use the term root work the most because it acknowledges that this particular practice revolves around using roots and herbs.
Moonchild- Sure! I'm learning more every day, and there is a lot to learn! Catherine Yronwode has very eloquently defined a broad definition of root work. “Hoodoo consists of a large body of African folkloric practices and beliefs with a considerable admixture of American Indian botanical knowledge and European folklore.”
Root work relies heavily on natural objects like herbs, roots, and animal bits (bones, blood (although most modern practitioners use symbolic oils/scents in leu of blood) ect.) Specific objects are naturally endowed with specific energies. These natural objects are used to create inks, oils and incense. From what I've learned so far the oils are perhaps the most important as they are used to dress objects and anoint people.
Root work can be used for just about anything! However I've noticed a particularly large focus on “love”, “luck” and “money” drawing spells. If you've ever heard the term “Mojo” then you have heard a root work term! The term mojo has taken on some kind of sexual connotation to mainstream America. I think mainly do to all the blues songs out there that talk about “my mojo” that have love/sexual focuses.
Creating mojo bags is a large part of practicing root work. Mojo bags can be created to draw things near (love, luck, money, success...ect.) and protect from enemies, persons that mean harm or just bad luck. Ummmm....what else...Oh, washing ones floors and taking spiritual baths also is a focus of root work which is basically combining specific herbs/roots in water and in a ritual fashion washing ones floors or ones self. There are of course different recipes for different purpose (success, protection, cleansing, ect.).
The thing that drew me to this magic work however, is the fact that it primarily deals with “spirits” not deities. It does not require a religion (and it's not a religion, but a practice). I do not believe in a religion nor am I an atheist...but a spiritualist. I believe in energy after death. In root work, you work with spirits and have spirits work for you. I think it's a mixture of natural, will based and talismanic magic.root work isn't by any means anti-religion however. You can be Christian, Hindu, Jew, Dou and simply use it to enrich your religious experience....or use your religion to enrich your root work practice. It's very versatile and I've met quite a few other magic practitioners who use bits of root work in their own (pagan, wiccan, druid) magic.
CrysCat- Thank you for taking an interest and reading up a bit on it! Rootwork/hoodoo is on of the most interesting topics I think I've ever studied.
Laurie Ann – In root work any time you conjure that will have a “negative effect” on someone else...it is considered black magic. There are degrees of black magic. Laying a trick for an enemy with the intention of causing a disruption in their love life or work is relatively mild compared to a “Love me or die” spell which means just that...”love me...or die soon or live the rest of your life in ill health.”. Black magic isn't necessarily frowned upon, but anyone who is considering using it to a higher degree is urged to consider the ramifications it will have on their target and their own spirituality. I heard one man say that if you wouldn't be willing to put a gun to someones head and pull the trigger, then you shouldn't lay a (high degree) trick on them either.
As I said....I'm only in my first month of learning. I didn't realize how much I've learned. It has been interesting to set down and just start writing about it. I noticed places where I have huge gaping holes of info and other places where I had to stop myself from “over detailing” a description.
Thanks for replying everyone:)
Posted 12 September 2010 - 10:10 PM
Posted 13 October 2010 - 06:30 AM
On a more serious note... Rootwork is awsome... My family has used it for generation to cure things like asthma in young children and to purify the blood... I've heard it refered to witchcraft,,witchdoctoring,etc..
I agree as to it being a spiritual work because ya have to really believe in the spirits and engeries of all living things including plants and trees...Depending on what ya use this knowledge is for wheither it be for healing or more.. When dealing with healing ya must learn the right concoction for the right person otherwise ya could OD someone or make them worse...Same goes for the protection Bags or Spiritual rites involed with this trade... Too much or to little or even a left out herb or root cuold bring about something negative instead of Possitive...
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