In my first post I said I would explain how hoodoo and witchcraft would be slowly incorporated into my daily life. I’ve yet to explain exactly how.
Although practicing these methods may not be a daily thing, following and believing in a pagan path is very much a fundamental part of my day to day living.
Whenever possible I get myself out to a natural spot, big or small, be it a meadow, lawn, garden or most preferred forest & woods. I have always adored, respected and been drawn to trees. Living beings which humans sadly neglect and destroy in the name of progress.
In these spaces I find that my mind is calmed, my body restored and my soul filled with the energy of nature. Even as a child I came to believe in Mother Earth, without any external teachings and influences.
I have now decluttered my spiritual life and am focusing on reading books that help me to practice (albeit largely Wiccan) witchcraft and hoodoo conjure / rootwork.
I have taken a step back from tarot, runes and studying heavy dusty books of theology and theory. Faith in a God and Goddess is something natural and that should come from within.
What is needed now is knowledge of the use of herbs, essential oils and candles. Possibly, the use of a pagan altar and the items commonly found on it.
I have already developed the habit of using my Grimoire or Book of Shadows and shall continue to do so.
It’s funny that I have come to hoodoo when I do not know much about Christianity. I do not have an interest in the faith, in all honesty. I do however accept that it has largely influenced hoodoo and voodoo in the Americas.
I will, as native followers once had to, accept the Christian saints and symbols as representations of other folk spirits and energies.
I also wanted to share with you the details and intention of an altar pictured in my first post. An altar with a candle spell dedicated to Saint Expedite.
I wanted to petition St. Expedite for some help, and followed a combination of advice and techniques from the following sources:
Denise’s website is Creole Moon
To sum them up, the altar should be set up with a red or yellow cloth. A regular glass of water to the left of an image, icon or statue or Saint Expedite (right-way up), the candle (preferably red) is then placed behind these to form a triangle.
Before the prayer and petition are made, the candle can be anointed with Expedite oil and also dressed with the appropriate herbs or an Expedite blend. Once the altar is prepared, the image of Expedite must be turned upside-down to the Saints working position.
The petition should be written on a piece of paper, this is better without cut edges and can simply be torn and can optionally be anointed with the same oil. This can then be folded towards or away from the heart depending on whether you wish to draw something in or push something away.
Finally the candle is lit and the prayer recited, including the petition. Once said the petition paper is placed beneath the candle. This can be repeated until the request has been granted.
I will talk about giving thanks to Expedite in a future post, however it is important to note that thanking him is of great significance. With the possibility of thanking him too early or not at all having negative repercussions.
Here is the prayer I used, found on the reverse of the prayer card:
St. Expedite, you lay in rest.
I come to you and ask that my prayer be granted.
Expedite this, what I ask of you.
Expedite now, this is what I want of you, this very second.
Please don’t waste another day.
Please give me what I ask for.
I know your power, I know you because of your work.
I know you can do it.
If you do this for me, I’ll spread your name with love and honour.
Expedite my prayer with speed, love, honour and goodness.
Glory to you St. Expedite!
Being new to this I got my oil, herb mix and prayer card from The Vodou Store, in time I hope that I will learn to make my own. And, of course, you can simply print an image of the saint at home.
Before doing this I wanted to maximise my ability to be heard by the spirits and read on Exemplore that it is not unusual for practitioners of hoodoo and voodoo to draw the sigil/veve of Papa Legba somewhere near the main door of their home.
First I did this with a mix of sage smudge ash, coffee and rum. Later I discovered these items were more common with Papa Samedi. So, I went for the simple option of red chalk, this time drawing the veve under my door matt. A place where it should last much longer.
When first drawing the veve and then the first time leaving and returning home I spoke the following:
Papa Legba open the gate for me.
Antibon Legba please open the gate.
Legba open the gate for me
and I will thank the lwa when I return.
I should try to remember to say this each time I come and go, but that has yet to happen.
Hope this post was interesting, useful and/or enlightening. 🙂