Hoodoo Voodoo Lore
A collection of folk beliefs from the Voodoo Hoodoo tradition
"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 spirt 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.
If a person is bewitched and the witch dies, the witch
must be dead a year before the spell is broken.
If a person is in bed and you don't want them to wake
up, just hang your nightie over their head so they can inhale the perfume and
they will sleep until morning.
If a person kill somebody and get way, a hoodoo can take
one of their letters and make them surrender in one week.
If a person keeps coming to your house and you don't
want them to come back any more, just pour some salt over the doorway and they
will never come back again.
If a person leaves you and you want them to come back,
just take their picture and turn it upside down, and they will come back to
If a person try to hoodoo you in leap year, put a
horseshoe over your door and they can't hoodoo you.
If a person wear your coat and give it back to you
before the time is up, they have hoodoo the coat; and if you wear it you will
If a witch comes to your house, say, "Kiss my ass"
three times under your breath, and she can't harm you.
If a woman can get a little of your blood on a piece of
cloth and tie it up in a bag and wear it on her leg, she will run you crazy in
If a woman don't know you and try to rub her jaw against
you, she will hoodoo you if you let her.
If a woman kisses you twice on one cheek and once on
the other cheek, she is trying to hoodoo you.
If a woman sprinkles some salt from her house to yours,
it will give you bad luck until you clean the salt away and put pepper over
your door sill.
If a woman wants her husband to stay away from other
woman, she can do so by putting a little of her blood in his coffee, and he
will never quit her.
If a woman's husband dies and you don't want her to
marry again, cut all of her husband's shoes all in little pieces, just as soon
as he is dead, and she will never marry again.
If another girl is after your boyfriend, get some of her
clothing with monthly stains on it and throw the clothing in running water;
when the stain fades she will fade out of his mind.
If anyone finds your monthly cloth and buries it, when
the cloth rots you will die.
If anyone puts your hair up in a tree when the sap is
coming up, you will be hoodooed and not get well.
If someone always comes to the house at dinner time,
place a bottle of castor oil by their plate which will make them so sick they
will never impose on you again.
If someone bewitched you, put a piece of red flannel in
hot water on the back of the stove and let it boil; so the one that has a
spell over you will come and ask for forgiveness.
If someone comes to your house and you don't want them
to come back, find their tracks and nail them full of nails and they will just
keep walking and walking; and will not be able to come back.
If someone dislikes you, break an egg into a glass half
full of water, put a needle in it and place the glass under your bed to take
that person's anger away.
If someone does you harm and you wish they would live a
lot to suffer, they will die before you.
If someone does you dirty and you don't want
them to come to your house, drop some some salt back of them.
If someone has put something down for you to walk over,
place a brown paper packet of red pepper in your shoes so walking will do you
If someone hoodoo or bewitch you, if you are a woman,
you must go to a man to take it off; and if a man, you must go to a woman.
If someone is going with your husband or beau and you
don't want them to go, go to their house and throw red pepper and salt in
front of the door so they will walk over it; which will start them quarreling
and they will fall out.
If someone is putting an evil spell on you; sit for an
hour and close your eyes while imagining that everything around you is orange
in color; which will break the spell.
If someone is bothering you, take a handful of salt and
call their name and throw it over your right shoulder, and they will not
If someone shit in your front yard, take it up on a
shovel, put turpentine on it, burn it, and their ass will burn forever.
If the law is after you, go and sleep in a cemetery
overnight; and the next morning you can get up and the law will not be looking
If the wife don't like her husband and she is pregnant,
she should turn her back to him and make a wish for the child not to like the
father, and the child will never care for the husband.
If two people are running around together and you want
to break them up, take salt and pepper and mix it good, then put it down for
them to walk over; and it will start them to fussing.
If you are blind this hoodoo woman can make you see in
If you are going with a man and you don't want him to
come back, get some of his hair and put it in a bottle, then go to the river
and throw it in, and the man will go whichever way the bottle goes.
If you are going with someone and want to stop, get a
can of acid and pour over their picture; and it will burn you apart.
If you are going with a young man and you don't want him
to come back, put some red pepper and salt right in his foot tracks, and he
will never come back again.
If you are going with a fellow and you can get one of
his socks he has worn but never washed, and sleep with that under your pillow,
he can never get away from you.
If you are going with a man and you want him to come
back, spit on his back just as he is leaving the door.
If you are rich, this hoodoo woman could put her hand on
you, and you will get poor in one hour.
If you can bury anyone's dirty clothes
down by a stream of running water, when that cloth rotes they will start to
fade and die.
If you can get someone's hair and bury it by a running stream,
it will make them fade away and die.
If you can keep chickens with the
feathers turned back the wrong way, you will never be hoodooed.
If you can't
sleep at night, put some blessed water under your bed, and the witches will
not bother you.
If you chew gum and lay it down around and a person don't like
you, they can take your gum and hoodoo you if they want to.
If you do
something to a person they don't like, they can drive a nail in your footprint
and it will make you walk yourself to death.
If you don't like someone, take
some of their hair and nail it on a tree; when that hair starts to grow, they
If you don't like someone, take a rattlesnake and kill it, dry the
snake and make a powder of it which, when placed in their coffee, will make
them full of little snakes.
If you don't want anyone to live in a house, put
rusty nails under their front doorstep and they will not live in that house
over three days.
If you don't like a person, take a tintype picture of that
person and bury it right where they walk over it; when it fades, they will
If you don't want someone to come back to your house, stick three nails
in their heel of their shoe where they leave a track in the yard.
If you don't
like someone and don't want them to come to your house, hang a bottle of blue
vitriol by the porch or door and they will not come in your house.
don't like someone and can get a tintype of them, and put it in the cemetery,
they will die.
If you don't want your friend to come back to your house, put
his picture in the ground in salt, with the face down touching the salt and
the head away from the house, and he will not come back.
If you don't want a
girl to marry another man, just get her engagement ring and wear it for three
days, then give it back to her; and she won't marry that man.
If you don't
want your husband to have any nature for you, when he is sleeping measure his
privates with a cord string and tie three knots in it; hide the string in the
house and he will not have any desire for you.
If you don't want someone to
come to your house, put red pepper, black pepper and salt under your door, and
they will not come back.
If you don't want enemies to come around your house
and put a spell on you, wash your front doorstep every Monday morning with
If you fall out with your sweetheart, get up on a Friday night at
midnight and put his picture on a cross and burn it up, and he will come back
If you fall out with someone, and want them to come back, place their
picture upside down while looking through a glass of water in front of a
looking glass; which will make them come back.
If you find a rag in your
feather bed with needles and thread just stuck in it, some old woman will come
dressed in black and want to buy bottles or fruit jars at your house.
get a man's foot prints and put a rusty nail in it, his foot will burn him all
If you get someone's sick clothes that you don't like, and bury them
in an old hollow tree, they will start to bloating and never will come sick
again unless you take the rags out of the tree.
If you get the eye of anyone
and can hold it, you can make them do anything.
If you get the hat of someone
and put vinegar and red pepper in it, then bury it, that will make them never
satisfied with anything.
If you go somewhere and think you will be hoodooed,
always carry a piece of bread in your pocket.
If you hang a bottle of bluing
down a fireplace, it will keep Satan away.
If you have an enemy and don't want
them to come around your house, wear salt nd pepper in your shoes.
If you have
a woman and don't want her to go with anyone, just give her a stick of powder
chewing gum, and she can't leave you.
If you have a beau and he leaves and you
don't want him to come back, throw a small bag of salt at him as he leaves the
If you have company and you don't want anyone to stay, try and get back
of them and sprinkle a little salt on their left shoulder and they will leave.
If you have got it in for someone, take their dress or (if a man) pants and
bury them; and when the clothes rot the person will die.
If you have it in for
someone, get red pepper and have it cursed, and sprinkle it around their house
so they can walk in it; it will make them very sick.
If you have not seen
anyone for a long time, take their picture and set it up against the wall on
the floor and you will see them soon.
If you have not seen anyone for a long
time, take their picture and put it behind the looking glass and they will
If you have trouble with your beau and want him to come back, take
his photo and bury it face down, wishing he will come back; and he will sure
come back in three days.
If you keep a silver dime in your mouth, no one can
poison you. If you like someone and you want them to return, take a pin and
lay it down with the point toward your front door, and leave it there nine
days; and they will return.
If you love someone and they are indifferent to
you, get a piece of their clothing that they have worn next to them and pin it
next to the clothing you wear next to you, and they will soon grow to love you
If you love someone and want to bring them back, take a piece of cream
cheese and some flour and make a ball of it, and drop it in their pocket
without them knowing it.
If you meet someone with whom you are not acquainted,
and he wants to pin a lower on you, he intends to bewitch you.
If you put your
stockings on wrong side out, the witch will get you.
If you put a horseshoe
over your door with the points down, a witch will never come under your door.
If you put salt and pepper in front of a house, it will bring bad luck to the
people that live in the house.
If you put some vinegar and pepper in a man's
pants, he won't be able to sit down in four weeks.
If you room at a house and
leave your clothes there, they can fix you so you can't leave if you wanted
If you rub hot ashes on the inside of a person's shoes, it will make their
If you see a witch coming, run and put the broom down in front of
the door and say, "Kiss my ass" three times and she will not be able to step
over the broom.
If you see someone on the street and they are very beautiful
and look real strong at you, you had better turn around and spit three times,
for they may have the evil eye and will throw a spell on you.
If you see someone coming to your house and
you don't want them, sprinkle some red pepper in the doorway and they will not
If you sleep with a Bible and a pair of
scissors under your pillow, the witches cannot bother you.
If you sprinkle
salt down every morning, anyone you don't want to come in your house will not
walk over that.
If you steal something, put red pepper in
your shoes and they will not catch you.
If you take a wishbone out of a turtle and
put it in a man's pocket, he can't leave you: He will just cling to you.
If you take
someone's picture and turn it upside down so the party is standing on her
head, facing a looking-glass; and she will feel just the way people are
talking about her.
If you think you are hoodoo, put a dime in your right shoe,
and if you are, the dime will turn black.
If you think someone is talking
about you, if you will put some salt on the stove and let it burn, they will
If you think your beau is going back on you, put a teaspoonful of your
monthly in a glass of wine and let him drink it; then he will not leave you.
If you think someone has a spell on you, take a fork and a rusty nail and
cross them and stick them in the ground to break the spell.
If you think
someone is bewitching you, make a cross and go to bed, and the witches will
not get you.
If you think your are bewitched, go to the priest and he will
pray a certain prayer over you.
If you throw flowers or a note into the grave,
the party will not rest until he or she does what you want them to do.
tie a dime around each ankle, you can't be hoodooed.
If you want a man and his
wife to separate, take some dog hairs, some cat hairs and salt and black
pepper and a little dirt, and mix that all together; then put in on their
front doorstep, and they will start to fussing and at last separate.
want a man to leave you, take the pockets out of his pants and he will go
If you want a man to stay with you, take chamber lye and put it in his
pancakes twice a week, and he will never leave.
If you want someone to die,
drill a hole in a tree, then take some hair off the back of their head and put
it in this hole, then plug it up; and they will start to fade and then die.
you want someone to die, make a hoodoo ball out of a ground puppy head and
something they wear, roll it in sulfur and put it where they will walk over it
and the ball will make them die.
If you want someone to die, take two white
mice and put them in a box and wish that when those two mice starve to death
the person will die that you want, and they will.
If you want someone to die,
take a tintype picture of them and put it in water with the face down, and
when the picture fades they will die.
If you want someone to move on, pour
turpentine in their tracks and they will start to running.
If you want someone
to do as you say, take a piece of rag and let them spit on it, then bury it;
and you can make them do what you want.
If you want someone to die, put salt,
red pepper and strychnine and a little dirt together, and put that on their
steps and they will die.
If you want someone to die, place a sprinkle of snake
dust around where they will walk over it and they will die.
If you want
someone to love you, take their handkerchief and bury it under a bean hill
just at nine o'clock at night, and don't tell anyone.
If you want some
particular person to come to your house, just get a snapshot of them and lay
it face downward on your dresser under the cloth, and they will come inside of
If you want to find out if anyone is a witch, place a pair of open
scissors under her chair; and if she is a witch, she will not be able to get
up out of the chair.
If you want to make a person sick, take a piece of their
clothing and put sulfur on it, then bury the piece of cloth.
If you want to
put a spell on someone, put a penny and two cockroaches in a bottle on their
doorstep and when they pick it up you will have a spell over them.
If you want
to keep somebody from coming to your house, just get and put some of their
hair under your doorstep.
If you want to make someone lose their mind, throw
some of their hair in running water and their mind will wander on just like
the hair is wandering on in the water.
If you want to get even with someone
who is always getting ahead of you, tie a yarn string across the path they
will walk and when they stop to step over the string, you run and jump over it
first and you will then conquer them every time.
If you want to make a person
restless so they can't stay in one place long, just sprinkle some salt and
pepper in their footprints, and they will keep moving.
If you want to make
someone suffer, put salt and pepper in their tracks and they can't stand
If you want to make someone's hands ache,
put acid in their hand prints. If you want to fall out with someone, give them
an apple to eat with quinine and let them bite into it, and the person will
soon get sick and fall out with you.
If you want to keep your beau or husband,
take two drops of blood out of your arm and put it in his coffee, and they
will love you forever.
If you want to leave a woman and
can't, get you some gopher dust and spread it over her chest and she will run
If you want to keep your husband from
running around, when he is asleep cut off some of his hair on the top of his
head and wear that in your right shoe, and he will never leave you.
If you want to marry a certain woman, just
you get a lodestone ring and let her see you wear it, and she will follow you
any place in the world and marry you.
If you want to get rid of someone,
write their name three times in red ink on a piece of paper, then throw the
paper in running water.
If you want to get rid of your sweetheart,
just turn his picture upside down and he will die.
If you want to make someone love you, take
and get their picture and some of their hair and bury it.
If you want to get rid of someone, start at
the head and end at the feet with pins, then put the picture away in a box and
in no time at all they will die.
If you want to get rid of someone, let them
sleep on a wet pillow. If you want to make a person leave town, just drive
nails in his footsteps in the ground.
If you want to keep your husband, bury an
old pair of socks and he will not leave. If you want to keep your husband
home, take his old dirty socks and hang them up behind the dresser, and don't
let anyone know it; and he will never leave the house.
If you want to get rid of your beau, take
and put his sock on a railroad track; and when the train runs over the sock,
he will travel the same way the train went.
If you want to get rid of someone, take
their dirty sock and throw it in running water, and they will never bother you
If you want to keep the desire of your
husband, take a white cord string and tie nine knots in it and wear that next
to your body.
If you want to kill a witch, draw her
picture on a large cardboard and drive a nail through her heart; every day for
nine days hit the nail on the head and on the ninth day she will drop dead.
If you want your man under your control,
take his hair make a bag and wear it on your leg, and he will be easy to
If you wash your front door every morning
with your pee, it will draw men to your house.
If you wear a dime in the heel of your shoe,
your enemies cannot put a spell on you. If you wear a piece of rattlesnake
skin in your clothing, you cannot be put under a spell.
If you will put a pair of scissors under
your pillow, open with the points to the head of the bed, no one can harm you
or bewitch you.
If you will take a dime and bore a hole in
it and wear it all the time on you somewhere, you can't be hoodoo.
If you will wear black pepper and salt
in your shoes, you can walk anywhere and not be hoodoo.
If you want to get a fellow out of town,
take his right shoe and pin it under a box car that is leaving town, and he
will leave and never come back.
If your beau is staying away from the house,
put some of his hair in a bottle of alcohol and set it in the closet so he
will come back to you.
If your beau leaves you and you want
him to come back, write his name on a piece of paper three times and wear this
in your left shoe, and he will come back to you.
If your boy friend has left you and you want
him back, put your dish rag under your steps; and when it rots, he will come
If your husband don't give you his
money, take your urine and put red pepper in it and sprinkle it through the
house, then sweep it up into one corner of the room for three days and he will
give you his money.
If your husband is running with another woman,
before bed sprinkle salt on the cookstove and hang his pants on the foot of
the bed for nine nights; and he will stop seeing the other woman.
If your husband is going back on you, put a
teaspoon of your urine in his coffee for several nights and he will come back.
If your man is going away from the house and
has another girl, you can bring him back by tying his necktie for him every
time he puts it on. I
f your man runs with another woman, when he
is sleeping take the quilt that he is sleeping under and take your right hand,
pass it over your left hand and turn the quilt over; and he will not run with
If your sweetheart gets another girl, take
his picture and place it upside down on the wall; and when the picture fades,
he will come back to you.
If your sweetheart goes away and you want
him to come back, write something real nice about him on a slip of paper and
bury it; and when the paper rots, he will come back.
It is bad luck to tell people your right
age, because they can take your age and hoodoo you by numbers.
It is possible for a hoodoo person to take
your hat and cause your hair to fall out in three days.
Keep a penny in your pocket and you cannot
Keep onions in the house to keep the devils
Keep red pepper in the house so you will
have good luck and not be hoodooed.
Let a woman write her sweetheart's name with
some of her menstrual blood, and he will fall in love with her.
Retrieve a Lover
Make vegetable soup and put something red in
it, like tomatoes, and a few drops of your blood, and it will make a man love
Many woman think the best way to hoodoo a
man is put powder and paint on him.
Never allow a child to take money from
a stranger, for a stranger may use black magic on him.
Never be too quick to kiss a girl because
she can hoodoo you through the lip stick on her mouth.
Never drink wine on a night party with
someone who wants to get you; if you do they will hoodoo you with the wine.
Never eat in an evil person's house for you
might get hoodoo.
Never let anyone have salt because it will
bring you bad luck for some salt borrowers can bewitch you.
Never take a cigar from an evil person, for
it may be loaded with dope, and they will hoodoo you.
Never taken anything a hoodoo person give
you, for you may not be able to raise you hand any more.
Never tell a woman you don't love her,
because she will hoodoo you and you will have to love her then.
Never visit hoodoo people to find out
things, for they will hoodoo you.
Picking up things on the street is bad
because someone may be using it to bewitch you. Put a piece of rattlesnake
skin in your shoe to keep the witches away.
Pull a few hairs from your privates and put
them in the hatband of the man you want to love you; and the hairs against his
brain will make him crazy about you.
Pull a hair from the head of someone you
wish to love you, and bury his hair along with one of yours and he will love
Put a person's photograph on the wall and
drive a tack into the heart and he will die. Put a piece of silver under your
head at night and witches will not bother you.
Put sugar, coffee and salt on the stove and
burn it, which will bring you anything you wish for if you do this on a Friday
morning between six and twelve o'clock.
Put your sweetheart's or husband's
picture behind the looking glass, then stick a pin through his heart and he
will never leave.
Sew some salt in a man's pants pocket
without him knowing it and he will not leave you.
Should someone leave you, take a piece of
their clothing and scald it good, then hand the clothing up to dry and they
will soon return.
Should someone leave the house, that you
want to be sure will return, take one of their socks and put that under the
carpet by the front door with just the toe sticking out, and they will come
Should someone come to your house to hoodoo
you, put salt around the door and they can come in but they cannot hurt you.
Should you think a visitor is a witch, lay
an old shoe in the door; and if they are a witch they cannot step over the
Should you want to get rid of someone, take
a pair of their old shoes and burn them, wishing they will leave, and when
they burn up, they will leave you alone.
Should your husband be running with someone,
take some of his hair out of his head and boil it in some of your urine, then
bury it under the door and he will not go out with her any more.
Should your sweetheart or mate go away and
leave you, take his left foot sock and boil it for twenty-four hours; and it
can't help but bring him back to you.
Sleep with a Bible under your head and a witch will not
Some people believe they can hoodoo with a cup of coffee
by putting something in it that came through a woman's monthly sickness.
Some people have to have their teeth pulled out because
they are hoodoo.
Some woman believe that if you don't want a man to leave
you, get a mole toe bag (place a mole's toe in a bag) and wear it on your leg.
Some woman put gopher dust in your coat pockets and it
will make you go back again in three days.
Some woman say that if you don't want a man to quit you,
just buy him a suit of underclothes and wear it before he puts it on.
Some women use their unwell days of which they add to a
cup of coffee and give it to their husband, which is the cause of some men
Someone can put a hoodoo ball under the front doorstep
and when you try to go through the door you will not be able to move.
Sprinkle black pepper and salt around your house, then
sweep it up and burn it to keep your enemies away.
Squeeze a snake, a lizard and a mole until they die, dry
the bodies and grind them to powder which is put in a bag; throw the bag in
front of someone you do not like and the animals will enter their body.
Take a dime and put red pepper over the dime, then wrap
it up in brown paper and wear it in your shoe, and you will not be hoodoo.
Take a lock of your hair and put it in your sweetheart's
hatband so he don't know it, and let him wear it; and he will always love you.
Take a person's picture or photograph out into the yard
at midnight, burn it and the person will die.
Take a sack of salt and make a cross on it and put it
under the front doorstep, and you will keep away all evil.
Take someone's old shoe and put hot ashes in it and bury
the shoe to make that person's feet burn all the time.
Take nine drops of your menstrual blood and put into
something your husband eats or drinks, preferably in his coffee, and he will
never leave you.
Take nine drops of your first urine in the morning, put
into your husband's coffee, and you will hold him.
Take the heads of a scorpion, lizard and a snake and dry
them, then make a powder with which you can hoodoo anyone.
The devil will give you power to do evil things, if you
sell yourself to him.
The left hind foot of a graveyard rabbit killed at
midnight in the full of the moon is good luck to the man who carries it.
Tie some of your lover's hair, and some of yours, into a
knot and keep it in a bottle because as long as you keep the bottle, you will
keep your lover.
To burn old shoes is to keep the witches away.
To find out if you have an enemy in the house, sprinkle
black pepper on the stove and as soon as the pepper begins to burn your enemy,
if you have one, will leave the house.
To get rid of a husband or wife, always throw a little
salt at them when they leave the house or come into the house, and you will
soon be rid of them.
To get rid of a husband, a woman can put salt in pepper
in his socks, bury them for five days then throw them into running water; and
she will never see him again.
To give your former beau a life-long
heartache, take his picture and stick two needles through his heart one way
and one needle the other way.
To keep a departing guest from ever
returning, place a live spider on his back as he is leaving and he will not
To keep a man, take three hairs from his head and three
from your private area, tie them together and bury them.
To keep a person from hoodooing you, keep red pepper in
your shoe all the time.
To keep from being bewitched, a newly married couple
should step over a broom entering the house for the first time.
To keep the witches out of the house, place a dime under
To keep your sweetheart from going with another woman,
take the right sleeve out of his undershirt and wear the sleeve around your
To keep your enemies out of the house, put a tablespoon
of vinegar and a tablespoon of sulfur in a little can and keep that in the
house, and they will never bother you.
To make a man think the world of you, take a few drops
of your menstruation period and put it in liquid, wine, coffee or anything
To make someone love you, take the blood out of a live
pigeon and some of your blood and write your beau's name and your name with
that blood on your arm or forehead, crossing the writing of the names, and he
will always love you.
To make someone fall in love with you carry a stick of
chewing gum in your pocket for ten days, give it to them and when they start
to chew they will begin to love you and no one can take them away.
To make someone come back to you, take their picture and
sit it down over a glass of water in a dark place without anyone knowing it,
and they will come back.
To overcome a hoodoo, kill a lizard, smoke it dry, beat
into a powder and mix with whiskey to drink and cure the hoodoo.
Turn your boy friend's picture upside down in front of a
mirror, if he has left, and he will come back to you.
Wash an apple in water containing gopher dust and the
first person to bite that pple will lose their teeth in five days.
Wear a dime in each shoe to keep the witches away.
Wear your pockets inside out to keep the witches off.
When a person leaves your house and you never want him
to return, throw a handful of salt after him.
When someone in the house is bewitched, use a big
butcher knife to stab the feather bed dozens of times to kill the witch.
When someone is hoodooing you, just before you return to
your house take and light a piece of paper, and burn around the key hole; and
that will burn away the evil spirits.
When someone is hoodooing you, burn sulfur and salt
every day; and open the door and your trouble will blow out.
When you are going before the judge, if you will hold a
needle in your mouth you will get a light sentence.
When you don't want anyone to come back when they leave
the house, throw some salt on their back.
When you lose a beau, and want him back, take a needle
and thread and go the front gate and sew his footprints toward the house;
which is sewing him back.
When you meet a man or woman who you think is a witch,
make the sign of the cross three times and they can't harm you.
When you want your beau to come back, after he has begun
running with another woman, sprinkle some of your urine under your bed every
night until he returns.
When your husband is running with another woman, use a
red string to measure his privates while asleep nine times, and tie nine knots
in that string and wear it around your waist and he will stop seeing the other
When your man is running around with another woman,
stick a needle in the collar of his freshly ironed shirt so he will have to
pull it out, and he will give the other woman up and come back to you.
Write the girl's name you want on a piece of paper and
sleep with that under your head, and she will come to see you in a month.
You can bite something a hoodoo gives you and have a
You can give someone a headache by taking and turning
their picture upside down.
You can harm a person in whatever way you want to by
getting a lock of his hair and burning some and throwing the rest away.
You can make a farmer's well go dry by putting some soda
in the well for one week, each day; then drawing a bucket of water out and
throwing it in the river to make the well go dry.
You can put a hoodoo on a person by filling an old shoe
with red pepper and placing under their house.
You can put a person to sleep, if they chew tobacco, by
putting some turpentine on it; when they start to chew they will get sleepy
and go to bed.
You can take two hat pins and call up the devil by
rubbing them together and cursing God.
You can take a black cat bone out of the rectum and wear
it and become invisible.
You can take a piece of rosin and by putting that on
their bed clothing it will paralyze a person.
You can talk to the devil face to face, if you sell
yourself to him.
Your husband or lover will not leave if you wear three
stands of his hair and three strands of yours between gold and silver.
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