Hoodoo Voodoo Lore
A collection of folk beliefs from the Voodoo Hoodoo tradition from the book "The
Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook" by Denise Alvarado
"If you want to learn how to
make songs yourself, you take your guitar and your go to where the road crosses
that way, where a crossroads is. Get there be sure to get there just a little '
fore 12 that night so you know you'll be there. You have your guitar and be
playing a piece there by yourself…A big black man will walk up there and take
your guitar and he'll tune it. And then he'll play a piece and hand it back to
you. That's the way I learned to play anything I want."
Hoodoo Mysteries: Folk Magic, Mysticism & Rituals
If you lay a broom across the doorway at
night, a witch can't come in and hurt you..
Having a woman visit you the first thing
on Monday mornings is bad luck for the rest of the week.
Don't borrow or lend salt because that
is bad luck.
If you sweep trash out of the house
after dark you will sweep away your luck.
Don't shake a tablecloth outside after
dark or someone in your family will die.
Never sew or make a piece of clothing
for a sick person or that person will die.
A spider seen in the morning is a sign of grief; a spider seen
an noon, of joy; a spider seen in the evening, of hope.
Voodoo Spells, the "cure-all" was very popular amongst followers of Voodoo.
The "cure all" was a voodoo spell that could solve all problems. There were
different recipies in Voodoo Spells for "cure all", one recipe was to mix
jimpson weed with sulphur and honey. Placed in a glass, rubbed against a black
cat, and then slowly sipped.
You may bury my body, down by the highway side.
You may bury my body, down by the highway side.
So my old evil spirit can catch a Greyhound bus and ride.
-- Robert Johnson, Me and the Devil Blues
keep your partner faithfull in Voodoo Spells, just write the name of the partner
on a slip of paper and place in the chimney of your home. Pray upon the note.
New Orleans Voodoo, the most popular Voodoo Spell was "gris-gris".
stop a voodoo spell being placed upon you, acquire some bristles from a pig
cooked at a Voodoo ritual, tie the bristles into a bundle and carry them on you
at all times.
Take a lodestone and some
brimstone to a crossroads at midnight. Light the brimstone with a match, and a
spirit will appear and give you advice in gambling.
Place a dime under your
client's tongue: If the client is under a spell, the dime will turn black.
To send someone away, take a
rotten egg and write that person's name on it nine times. You can also write
where you want that person to go. Take it and throw it against their door at
To kill someone, get a sock
or shoe that belongs to that person. Put graveyard dirt in it and bury it under
their front steps.
To ensure the safety of your
child, cut a lock of its hair while it is still a baby and keep it with you. The
child must have all it's hair before it can die.
A cow licks her hair and that hair goes down
in the left side of the pouch and forms a ball, and if you have one of those
in your hand you can bewitch anyone.
A evil person can take the length of your fingers and
hoodoo you in two days, to make you do what ever they want.
A hoodoo bag can contain salt, pepper, chicken feet, a
rabbit foot, ashes and a piece of a razor.
A hoodoo can rub their hand over your head and make you
bald-headed inside of two weeks.
A hoodoo person can let you bite a piece of an apple
and all your teeth will fall out of your head.
A hoodoo person can take your old clothes and run you
A love powder is a half teaspoonful of sugar,
teaspoonful of peppermint and a teaspoonful of grated candied orange peel;
give a teaspoonful of this mixture in a glass of wine and the person will love
A person can take some of your hair and make you go
A person can take one of your shoes and bury it and make
you walk all the time
A person can make you get very thirsty by putting a
whiskey bottle under your porch for three weeks, and then throwing the bottle
into a fire which will make you very thirsty for whiskey.
A sure way to hoodoo a person is to catch their eyes
when talking to them and don't let them go.
A witch can cure her pain by rubbing sugar, salt,
vinegar and hot water over her pain.
A witch doctor can tell if you are bewitched when he
looks at you, for if you are, he will see white clouds floating around you.
A witch is one that sells her soul to the devil and she
has to keep someone in her power all the time; if not, the devil will make her
suffer untold agony.
A woman should take her first urine on Monday morning,
put it in a jar and place it under the bed for nine days and it will hold her
Always carry a black cat's bone in your pocket, if you
think someone is bewitching you.
As you eat the wing of a chicken, take the little bone
that is near the end and drop it into the pocket of the fellow you are going
with, without him knowing it, and he will ask you to marry him.
Boil a black cat until all the meat comes off and take
the bones to the four corners of the road and you will meet the devil.
Burn a black cat up and there will be one bone that will
not burn up; that is called the lucky bone, and if you carry that bone you
will never have bad luck.
Burn your shoes as soon as you are through with them and
you will never be bewitched.
Bury some hair from the top of your husband's head under
the front doorstep and he will never leave home for good.
Bury your husband's shoes in the front yard with the
toes toward the door and he will never leave you.
Carrying a rabbit's foot keeps all evil away.
Clean out the stables between Christmas and New Years,
and the witches will not hurt your stock during the year.
Cut some hair from your private hair and some from your
man's head, and tie it all together to wear in your left shoe and make him
crazy about you.
Every seven years the witches come to life.
Get a pair of old shoes and put pepper inside, then send
them to a person and it will give them the rheumatism.
Grave dust is what a witch uses to hoodoo you, and you
will conquer her if you get some and wear it.
Hang black coats over all the outside doors at night, to
keep witches out of the house at night.
If you don't want your man to talk to another woman,
take a nail and drive it at the end of his heel prints, and he will run from
her the next time he sees her.
If you take a strand of hair out of a person's head and
wear it in your pocket for two days, it will give that person the headache.
If your husband is running around, take some of his hair
and a piece of his necktie and put them in a bottle, then throw that in the
river; and when that necktie rots, that will change him.
If a hoodoo person wants to show you something, let them
put their own hand on it, for if you touch it they can poison you.
If a man carry a gun all the time, he will kill someone
soon; because a gun can hoodoo him.
If a man get your hair and put it in a bottle of
vinegar, it will make you crawl on your stomach for him.
If a man loves you and you love him, don't let him get
a strand of your hair; for if you do, he will run you crazy.
If a man sees a woman he wants, he can get her by
taking a picture of her and sleeping with it face down under his head for a
week; and she will look for him until she finds where he lives.
If a man wants to get rid of his wife, he should make a
hole in a tree, then put her monthly rags in that hole and stop it up; which
will kill the tree and his wife will die.
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