The Magickal History of Hemp

Also known by the folk names "gallowgrass," "ganja," and "neckweed," the hemp is an intoxicating plant with a long magickal history. Being a common ingredient in many love spells from centuries gone by, it was also added to love potions to inspire the affections of others. Additionally, it was believed to facilitate the psychic powers, and for this reason it was often dried and burned by diviners as incense (along with mugwort) prior to, and during, the scrying of magick mirrors.

In China, it was once widely believed that demons were responsible for illnesses that plagued mankind. To drive out such demons from an afflicted person, Chinese sorcerers would fashion strands of dried hemp into a scourge that resembled a snake, and then thrash it against the patient's bed while uttering special incantations.

In medieval times, hemp was used as one of the mind-altering herbal ingredients of "sorcerer's grease"—a magickal ointment reputed to be used by sorcerers and sorceresses for flying, shapeshifting, and invisibility.

Chapter 7: Hoodoo Herbs

The art and practice of hoodoo (which is also known as "conjure," "conjuration," and "root work") is an African-American tradition of folk magick.

The origin of the word "hoodoo" is a mystery. It is known to have been in use in the United States since the 19th century (and probably earlier), and is believed to be African.

Not to be confused with Voodoo (a Haitian religion), hoodoo is neither a religion nor a religious denomination, and is therefore not capitalized. Although it incorporates elements from various religions of Africa and Europe in terms of its core beliefs, hoodoo is not connected to any specific form of theology or religious worship. It is, however, a tradition that emphasizes personal power through various magickal means (such as mojo bags, foot track magick, crossings, and crossroads magick).

Hoodoo is a unique blending of African religious beliefs and customs with Native American herb lore and European folk magick. Practiced by blacks and whites alike, its popularity is strongest throughout the southern regions of the United States.

Hoodoo, like many other traditions of folk magick, attributes magickal properties to herbs and roots. Among the many plants used in hoodoo spells, by far the most popular ones are as follows:

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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