Sans la liberté de blâmer, il n'est point d'éloge flatteur; et il n'y a que les petits hommes qui redoutent les petits écrits.


"Without the right to criticize, there's no point in flattering with praise; and it's only the trivial men who fear trivial words."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Best Products!

Here we are with a rare update! I don't post very often ever since my observation that many manufacturers don't use standardized recipes (meaning, just because I give something a great review doesn't mean that if one buys the same product from the same company that one will necessarily get a product that's similar to the one I'd reviewed.)

Nevertheless, I've been continuing through all the years to try new products, and lately I came upon a few standouts I feel should be acknowledged:

Conjure and the Root's "Pay Me" oil -- I got a bottle of this by mistake when I ordered some incense and received another person's order by accident. I was told to just keep the oils, and the correct order was sent out to me soon after. However, I had occasion to try this Pay Me oil that I was apparently destined to receive, and it works very well! It very quickly solved a dispute I'd been having about an antique book I purchased that wasn't in described condition -- the unresponsive and uncooperative seller suddenly caved and refunded my purchase soon after I used this!

Honoring Mother Earth's "Follow Me Boy" oil -- domination/control formulas are some of the hardest to get good results from, but this particular blend seems to do wonders! I've used many dud Follow Me Boy mixes through the years but this one seemed to radiate a strong energy soon as I opened the bottle. A real winner! (My client that I used the mixture for also reported happy results from it.)

Nu-Essence "Venus" incense -- A nice, rich Venus mixture fit for all Venus workings. Planetary blends are more multi-purpose and enhancing, I find, so at least in my experience the qualification for how well it "works" is a lot less testable than with a conjure formula.




Thursday, April 10, 2014

The List - April 2014

Ah la mia lista doman mattina 
D' una decina devi aumentare.

OILS
Attraction - Lucky Mojo.
Bend Over - Seven Sisters of New Orleans.
Block Buster - Twilight Alchemy Lab.
Breakup - Sacred Vescha (now Conjure and the Root)
Cast Off Evil - Lucky Mojo.
Fiery Wall of Protection - Rootworkers.
Hot Fucker - Dr. E Products (he's dead now, I don't know if someone's still making it on his behalf)
Keep Away Evil - Augustine's (now Lucky Mojo Bag/Lucky Hoodoo.)
King Solomon Miracle - Athenian Candle Company.
Lady Luck - Seven Sisters of New Orleans.
Lucky #9 - Raven Oaks Products.
Money Drawing - Sacred Vescha (now Conjure and the Root)
Millionaire - Sanchez F.
Peace - Karma Zain.
Reconciliation - Karma Zain.
Return to Me - Lucky Mojo.
Road Opener - Karma Zain.
Separation - Lucky Mojo.
Shield of Mars - Alchemy Works.
Stay With Me - Seven Sisters of New Orleans.
Uncrossing - Sacred Vescha (I have not bought more of this since her transformation to Conjure and the Root)
Venus - Bewyld.
Wealthy Way - Augustine's (now Lucky Mojo Bag/Lucky Hoodoo.)
Zodiac - Seven Sisters of New Orleans.

INCENSE
I would hesitate to buy my standard conjure formulas from anyone other than Lucky Mojo Bag/Lucky Hoodoo Products at this time. However, there are special formulas I will note:

Blood and Smoke - Alchemy Works
Blue Nile - Airs
Dragon's Blood - Hem
Lemongrass - Auroshikha
Oriental Bouquet/Radha's Devotion - Auroshikha
Patchouli - Hem
Roots of Saturn - Alchemy Works
Rose - Sac
Sacred Sage - Fred Solls
Spirit Apparition - Augustine's Spiritual Goods (the one with the store in Chicago)
Taos Pine - Fred Solls
White Lotus - Incense Works

POWDER
High quality powders are hard to come by, it seems! Not everyone sells them, and even I don't buy them often. I would recommend Conjure and the Root as the main powder supplier based on experiences so far.

AEROSOLS
Florida Water - Murray and Lanman
Money Jackpot - Murray and Lanman

BATHS and WASHES
Chinese Wash - Lucky Mojo
Pine-Sol - Clorox
Sexbomb - LUSH
7 Holy Spirits Hyssop - Dr. Pryor's
Uncrossing - Sacred Vescha (now Conjure and the Root)

SOAPS
Mysore Sandal - Mysore Sandal
Lucky 13 - LUSH
Roseto Toscano - Bipack

PERFUMES
Florida Water - Murray and Lanman
Bay Rum Cologne - Ogallala
German Cologne - Hoyt's




Friday, April 4, 2014

Observations on Hoodoo and Conjure Formula Making

I've been testing hoodoo formulas from various makers for a while now, and with more than usual amount of trying-for-trying's sake. I know how to make versions of the formulas, but for various reasons I usually prefer to buy them from others instead, and I'm beginning to grow familiar with themes.


Purification/Uncrossing type formulas tend to favor herbal smells (rosemary, eucalyptus, lemongrass) 
I'm hesitant to call the smaller makers "traditional" even though that's what their aim usually is; since actual old-time samples of conjure formulas I have examined tend to be a lot more perfumey than modern magical formulas by small manufacturers; the high-quality modern makes emphasize a lot more the "traditional use of herbs" whilst trying to work those traditions into a form of product that has really only been used since about 1915 or so. Older ones were often just a nice perfume blend being marketed for "spiritual purposes" as a secondary affair. Note that Hoyt's German Cologne and Florida Water, two of the oldest products still used in conjure, both started as just nice perfumes whose use got absorbed into magical practice. Nowadays you'll get something that smells like a sock, and that's perfectly fine magically speaking but it's not exactly 'more traditional' as far as an oil or a perfume. Older hoodoo dusting powders sound like they were inclined to be made stinky, often containing things like red pepper and manure; but oils and incense are from another background, and commercialized hoodoo like we do now is only about 100 years old. Just FYI.


Love and fidelity formulas tend to favor floral smells (rose, lavender, jasmine)
Protective formulas tend to favor woody smells (sandalwood, cedarwood)
Money formulas tend to have spicy scents about them (cinnamon, bayberry, ginger) or sometimes, from inexpensive companies, fruit scented.
Domination/Control formulas tend to favor floral scents as a group; however, those made with essential oils and by smaller companies tend toward spicy/woody smells for these (probably patchouli and bergamot)
Luck, likewise, tends to be floral in general, but smaller makers tend to opt for more herby smells, especially lemongrass. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

La Lista

So, I've not updated this thing in about a billion years -- and with good reason why. When I began to write this blog, I was fairly new to hoodoo and spells in general. This blog was initially kind of meant for me and a couple friends to use as a guide to where to buy good products. However, over time, one of the major transformations that's occurred since I started is that I've developed totally different expectations about what magic is supposed to do -- or even be able to do.

I'm at kind of the opposite end now. After doing all the research for my book with its unfortunate audience-chosen name of Conjurin' Ole Time, I basically exhausted every resource available and it appears there's not much left for me to learn more about hoodoo in any context that I find interesting. Choices are go backwards into the other traditions that influenced it to becoming hoodoo (e.g. study African Voudou or Pennsylvania hex magic) or talk to other practitioners who are doing it now and learn all about Modern Hoodoo. I don't care to really do either of these things. There's more to learn about magic and the occult, but with hoodoo I think I've developed as far as I'm likely to get, and it's hard to want to report a bunch of old news to others.

I've still been trying new products, and still want to give credit where it's due, especially to the small manufacturers who can benefits from a positive review of their oils (and boy howdy, how many more small manufacturers have appeared in the time since I began this blog.) So I am making instead of individual reviews -- THE LIST.

The List is just a listing of my favorite oil of any particular common brand or maybe manufacturer specific type. Of course, it's only limited to things I've used so far (everything in this blog always was.) It's limited to commercially available products (so for example, my homemade formulas wouldn't appear on here, nor would a formula given to me by a friend who doesn't regularly make them for sale.) Unfortunately, I do notice some manufacturers, especially the smaller ones, make products inconsistently from batch to batch, and that's something I don't have any influence about. That was another flaw in the old Review system -- some places would make me an oil that smelled fantastic, I'd go on about that, then next time I'd order the same thing from the same place it would be totally different. Dismay! This way, it leaves my reasons for liking a product a lot more mysterious. It'll, hopefully, also help prevent horrible people from finding ways to read every single thought I have in some negative light and then feel they need to "defend themselves against me" by attacking me for no damn reason than their own ugly views of the world in which nothing is neutral and anything that's not kissing their ass at this specific moment must be bad. Oh, God, how many of these dwell in the conjure world! And that's the last criticism you're getting out of me on here.

So without further ado, let's see the happy little list of the products I've found best so far. Often it's for their being more effective than another brand, but it could also be that it's as effective as others but has some other perk like being cheaper or better scented than the competition. I notice there's a bias toward companies that sell more than just the formulas and instead also offer candles and curios -- sellers, take note, since I'm probably not the only person who'd rather one-stop shop.

Here is the March 2014 version, which I don't think I will claim to be "complete" in any sense.

OILS

Attraction - Lucky Mojo.
Bend Over - Seven Sisters of New Orleans.
Block Buster - Twilight Alchemy Lab.
Breakup - Sacred Vescha (now Conjure and the Root)
Cast Off Evil - Lucky Mojo.
Fiery Wall of Protection - Rootworkers.
Hot Fucker - Dr. E Products (he's dead now, I don't know if someone's still making it on his behalf)
Keep Away Evil - Augustine's (now Lucky Mojo Bag/Lucky Hoodoo.)
King Solomon Miracle - Athenian Candle Company.
Lady Luck - Seven Sisters of New Orleans.
Lucky #9 - Raven Oaks Products.
Money Drawing - Sacred Vescha (now Conjure and the Root)
Millionaire - Sanchez F.
Peace - Karma Zain.
Reconciliation - Karma Zain.
Return to Me - Lucky Mojo.
Road Opener - Karma Zain.
Separation - Lucky Mojo.
Stay With Me - Seven Sisters of New Orleans.
Uncrossing - Sacred Vescha (I have not bought more of this since her transformation to Conjure and the Root)
Venus - Bewyld.
Wealthy Way - Augustine's (now Lucky Mojo Bag/Lucky Hoodoo.)
Zodiac - Seven Sisters of New Orleans.


INCENSE
I would hesitate to buy my standard conjure formulas from anyone other than Lucky Mojo Bag/Lucky Hoodoo Products at this time. However, there are special formulas I will note:

Blood and Smoke - Alchemy Works (I often use this for Breakup spells)
Spirit Apparition - Augustine's Spiritual Goods (the one with the store in Chicago)
Oriental Bouquet/Radha's Devotion - Auroshikha (for love spells and devotional)
White Lotus - Incense Works (devotional)
Blue Nile - Airs (devotional -- a favorite of my E.S.P. Lab spirit friends)
Roots of Saturn - Alchemy Works

POWDER
High quality powders are hard to come by, it seems! Not everyone sells them, and even I don't buy them often. I would recommend Conjure and the Root as the main powder supplier based on experiences so far.

BATHS and WASHES
Uncrossing - Sacred Vescha (now Conjure and the Root)
Chinese Wash - Lucky Mojo.
7 Holy Spirits Hyssop - Dr. Pryor's.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Applying for the Lucky Mojo Rootwork Course

Well, I'll tell you. It took me a few days consideration, for I wasn't sure if I should admit to my great shame or not. But it seemed it was only fair, for catherine yronwode sure did show me what's what.

You see, I went to apply for the Lucky Mojo Rootwork Course. And I did so simply out of spite, to upset catherine yronwode on a personal level. It's too bad she figured me out so fast, because after only 8 minutes on the phone she said she wouldn't take me for her class and wouldn't change her mind. She then so kindly sought to ensure I understood my defeat, that in a most gracious and chivalrous manner, she kept me on the phone for 20 more minutes despite my efforts, and related how she'd seen through all my glorious malice:

As she so rightly concluded, I'd been deviously scheming for years to ruin her business by doing awful things like buying her products on a fairly frequent basis, then writing unflattering reviews of them on such occasions as I found unflattering things about them -- and in front of fifteen whole blog followers! Surely, I so often thought with utmost glee, surely this will destroy her business. She also seized upon the way that I'm raking in millions through doing this, through having an Amazon Associates Link and Adsense up on my blog so that I can make, like, $5 a year in referral fees between the two of them. This is all done by simply spending around $50 at a time several times a year to buy her products -- just to write mean things about them. Gotta spend money to make money, afterall.

Furthermore, I wrote a whole book of magical formulas just to be mean! See, the scheme there, as she concluded so wisely, was to ruin her whole business by writing a book full of recipes for magical formulas, that you'd have to buy like $20 worth of herbs and essential oils from her in order to make yourself, instead of just buying one mixture from her ready-made for $6! Why I was cackling in my sleep over that one, I tell you, it was so cruel a plan! I'd also totally stolen formulas from her that she invented, passing them off as my own through such subtil means as crediting her as the source, and villainously recommending her website and her book to the readers on page 98! Also, as she rightly guessed, I stole the name of this said book, The Conjure Cookbook, from a book of hers that was NOT called Conjure Cookbook! (That's why the plan was so clever!) I just don't know how she got so smart.

But I was stunned that she saw through my other plan, which I'd figured as cunning as a fox that's been appointed professor of Cunning at Oxford University, for myself to rewrite a book I'd already written; especially when she told me, "I don't give out my recipes, I don't have any secrets for you to steal." See? She had also realized that I was only joining her course to steal the zero recipes! And I had so been looking forward to writing a whole new book of formulas, that would have entirely consisted of those zero recipes. She also pointed out how silly it was of me to want to take a class that's not about making formulas from someone whose formulas I say terrible things about. I had to point out to her that I merely was buying them in malice to begin with.

Now I'd bumped heads with her before on those charming forums she keeps, and had decided to escape from them while I still liked her at least a bit, but man, I forgot all of that after talking to her this time. Who could fail to love one so thoughtful? She even did me the favor of reading back to me EVERY POST I EVER MADE ABOUT HER PRODUCTS ON THIS BLOG, in a helpfully disdainful tone that made even the good reviews sound malicious (just like I'd always meant for them to sound.) This took up a great deal of her own time so I know what a great inconvenience it must have been for her, to do me this favor. Some examples, to replicate this beautiful and overt emphasis on the negative that I'd always intended, in the mode she read them back:

"Epsom salt bath with herbal matter THROWN IN!!!!"

"It loses a point on the oil for the UNFORTUNATE smokey smell!"

"Shipping comes within a "reasonable" time and in "reasonable" packaging."

Music to one's ears, that; like Florence Foster Jenkins singing Queen of the Night.

Anyway, she wisely concluded I was only out to get her and that to allow me in her class would be, as she put it, "like putting [her] hand in a viper's mouth." She recognized that my occult business, Lucky Temple, outright competes with her manufacturing and selling of oils, powders and incenses; it does this by way of selling magic spell casting services that cause me to need to buy oils, powders and incenses from other people such as her! It's exactly the way restaurants put farmers out of business! Ah, yes, she did ask me over and over and over, "So do you make your own products?" trying so nicely to give me an out and prove that we really were on the same team -- but by then I was so moved by her niceness that I just couldn't lie: I did in the past make limited edition products, typically consisting of items I couldn't find for sale elsewhere, though she's so cunning I just had to stop making them. Oh, true, I do have an aStore from which people visiting my site could buy whatever oils happen to be listed on Amazon in a given day, and mentioned that to her -- for I think two people ever might have bought formulas from it. But it's a good thing for their sake Lucky Mojo doesn't do filthy deeds like selling products on Amazon because filth like me might filthily promote their products to other filth.

Well, well, in any case, I can say when I've lost. She sure humiliated me. But the thing is, she underestimated my wickedness -- And I'm such an ill tempered, sore loser, that I'll create a new scheme of wickedness that's purer still, against her. It's even better than maliciously buying things from her! I will maliciously NOT buy things from her!

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Though sadly I had put in an order like 2 days before all this other stuff happened so it will have to wait.
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