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Zoey

here to honor and glorify Spirit and I believe that you are too.
My strongest quality as an intuitive reader and folk magician is not my deep intuitive understanding or my deft hand with prayer and ritual -- it's the fact that I am 100% invested in every single one of my clients. I believe that each of us has a unique and divine purpose in this world -- I want to help you find and fulfill yours!
Sometimes we get stuck on our path towards divine purpose and grace-we may suffer from a broken heart or a marriage in need of blessing, we may experience financial issues that keep us chasing our tail and unable to get ahead. Perhaps we simply need some cleansing and soul care in order to have true success. As a hereditary spiritual counselor who learned the tools of the trade at her mother's knee, I will help you cut to the quick of what is blocking you or keeping you down. I offer practical, spiritual, and magical advice because they all have a role to play when we want to create out best, most precious life.

Descending from Baptist preachers on one side and successful pioneers and businesspeople on the other, I grew up in a Southern family of mixed cultures. The elements of traditional conjure folk magic have always been familiar to me, and I have continued learning and working in various other folk magic traditions throughout my life.
The magic of fire is timeless and honey is heavenly. I set 100% beeswax devotional candles for clients all over the world. Each candle contains a custom blend of roots, herbs, oils, and prayer as unique as each client's situation. Invoking the spirit of my grandfather and the Psalms I prepare a line of Old Time Gospel formulas available as oils, magical powders, spiritual baths, and herb mixes. I hand make mojo hands, charms, and protective talismans, hand sew doll babies and help facilitate contact with ancestors and divine spirits. Custom altar work is available to clients after I have read for their situation. I have always been sought out for my fine hand in restoring love relationships, blessing marriages and homes, generating financial stability and abundance, career goal setting, court case work, dream interpretation.
I teach magic and divination to students who show an interest in the arts and I provide magical coaching during my intuitive sessions. I have taught at the Missionary Independent Spiritual Church's annual Hoodoo Heritage Festival Workshops and at conferences with over 10,000 participants

Voodoo’s African Origins

Although slave owners throughout the American South worked to convert their slaves to Christianity from African religions, the slaves did not easily give up their old beliefs. In Catholic New Orleans, Africans found ways to continue their faiths by syncretizing their pantheon of gods with the saints. Because New Orleans society permitted the existence of gens de couleur libres (free people of color) and because slaves were given more latitude to congregate than elsewhere in the colonies, African religious practices found a clandestine home in the city’s early history, forming an environment open for spiritualism.
After slaves started a massive revolt in 1791 on the island of St. Domingue, where present-day Haiti is, the assortment of beliefs and practices brought over from different parts of Western Africa coalesced into New Orleans voodoo. Both white and black residents of St. Domingue, also colonized by the French, fled to New Orleans which was attractive to them for its similar French heritage. Residents of St. Domingue already followed developed voodoo practices (in fact, an intense, well-attended voodoo ceremony inspired the slave revolt), and the refugees brought these traditions with them.
However, voodoo wouldn’t have penetrated into New Orleans culture as much as it did without the unifying force of the infamous Marie Laveau, who codified practices locally and gave the religion a beautiful but mysterious public face. Laveau is believed to have been the daughter of a white planter and a black Creole woman. For a while, she earned a living as a hairdresser, catering to a wealthy white clientele and learning their secrets through gossip, giving her insight into their affairs. Laveau bridged the world of white and black, with clients and followers of all walks of life who asked her to bring them luck, to cure ailments, to procure them their desired lovers, and to exact revenge on enemies. Another important figure of New Orleans voodoo was Dr. John, a dark-skinned, stately man with a tattooed face whose alleged powers brought him thousands of clients.
Voodoo both fascinated and repelled the white New Orleanians who came to watch the public rites that were held in Congo Square until 1857, where Armstrong Park is today. (More secretive, nocturnal rites were held elsewhere.) Rumors of spirit possessions, snake worship, zombies, and animal sacrifices scandalized them. But in private, they would consult voodoo priests and priestesses. Modern scholars argue that voodoo was a way for African-Americans to exert influence over the white ruling establishment, a manifestation of suppressed power.
In modern New Orleans, the word “voodoo” is no longer feared as it once was; restaurants, sports teams, and concerts use the word as a marketing concept. Shops in the French Quarter and in other neighborhoods still sell voodoo products, and a lot of them are geared to people who only see voodoo as an amusing diversion. But even in commercial voodoo shops, today’s serious practitioners can find the oils, icons, and gris gris they need for their ongoing ceremonies and worship

HOODOO, CONJURE, and ROOTWORK: Definition of Terms

Hoodoo, Conjure, Rootwork, and similar terms refer to the practice of African American folk magic.
Hoodoo is an American term, originating in the 19th century or earlier. One of its meanings refers to African-American folk magic. Here is how i define the word "hoodoo":
Hoodoo consists of a large body of African folkloric practices and beliefs with a considerable admixture of American Indian botanical knowledge and European folklore. Although most of its adherents are black, contrary to popular opinion, it has always been practiced by both whites and blacks in America. Other regionally popular names for hoodoo in the black community include "conjuration," "conjure," "witchcraft," "rootwork," and "tricking." The first three are simply English words; the fourth is a recognition of the pre-eminence that dried roots play in the making of charms and the casting of spells, and the fifth is a special meaning for a common English word.
Hoodoo is used as a noun to name both the system of magic ("He used hoodoo on her") and its practitioners ("Doctor Buzzard was a great hoodoo in his day"). In the 1930s, some practitioners used the noun "hoodooism" (analogous with "occultism") to describe their work, but that term has dropped out of common parlance. Hoodoo is also an adjective ("he layed a hoodoo trick for her") and a verb ("she hoodooed that man until he couldn't love no one but her"). The verb "to hoodoo" appears in collections of early pre-blues folk-songs. For instance, in Dorothy Scarborough's book "On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs," (Harvard University Press, 1925), a field-collected version of the old dance-song "Cotton-Eyed Joe" tells of a man who "hoodooed" a woman.
A professional consultant who practices hoodoo on behalf of clients may be referred to as a "hoodoo doctor" or "hoodoo man" if male and a "hoodoo woman" or "hoodoo lady" if female. A typical early reference occurs in Samuel C. Taylor's diary for 1891, in which he describes and illustrates meeting with a "Hoodoo Doctor" while on a train. Taylor, a white man, recounts that the word "hoodoo" was taught to him by the black Pullman porter on the train. The "doctor" he describes was both an herbalist and folk-magician.
A remarkable blues song in which the word hoodoo is used as a noun, as an adjective, AND as a verb is "Hoodoo Lady Blues" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, recorded in October 1947 for Victor Records. (The transcription is by Gorgen Antonsson, antonsson.se@mbox304.swipnet.se, and Alan Balfour

"HOODOO LADY BLUES" Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

Believe I'll drop down in Louisiana, just to see a dear old friend of mine
Believe I'll drop down in Louisiana, just to see a dear old friend of mine
You know, maybe she can help me, durn my hard, hard time.

You know they tell me in Louisiana, there's hoodoos all over there
You know they tell me in Louisiana, there's hoodoos all over there
You know they'll do anything for the money, man, in the world, I declare.

Spoken: Yeah, man, play it for me [followed by guitar solo]

"Now, Miss Hoodoo Lady, please give me a hoodoo hand;
"Now, Miss Hoodoo Lady, please give me a hoodoo hand;
"I wanna hoodoo this woman of mine, I believe she's got another man."

Now, she squabbles all night long, she won't let me sleep.
Lord, I wonder what in the world this woman done done to me.

"Now, Miss Hoodoo Lady, please give me a hoodoo hand;
"Now, Miss Hoodoo Lady, please give me a hoodoo hand;
"I wanna hoodoo this woman of mine, I believe she's got another man."Unlike the word "conjure," the origin of the word "hoodoo" is not known with certainty. It has for the most part been assumed to be African, and some have claimed that it derives from a word in the Hausa language for bad luck. However, its earliest usage in America is connected with Irish and Scottish sailors, not African slaves. in the mid 19th century, ships that had suffered a series of ill-fated voyages and mishaps were called hoodoo ships or were said to have been hoodoo'd. In some accounts the problems onboard these vessels were attributed to an evil spirit or presence....

Hoodoo vs Voodoo

1.Voodoo is a religion while hoodoo is traditional folk magic.
2.As an established religion, voodoo has organization and a system that hoodoo lacks.
3.Followers of voodoo are not affiliated with other religions, but hoodoo is practiced by Roman Catholics.
4.Voodoo came indirectly by way of Haiti whereas hoodoo came directly from Africa.
5.Voodoo can be considered as the “main belief” while hoodoo can be considered as a denomination of voodoo....
6.A voodoo practitioner can be called such but can also be referred to as Vodouisants. Hoodoo practitioners, on the other hand, are called root doctors and healers

Hoodoo and voodoo may sound the same, but the terms are related opposites.
Both hoodoo and voodoo are widely practiced and both share similar elements and roots in Africa. Voodoo and hoodoo are also both products of mixed beliefs that include pagan traditions, ancient worship, and elements of European religions.
However, the main difference between hoodoo and voodoo is that the latter is actually an existing religion practiced by people while the former is considered folk magic.
In this contrast, voodoo as a religion is clearly an institution which has organization and has established practices like religious representatives or leaders, teachings, and religious services or rituals. Hoodoo, as a folk magic, lacks this foundation and organization.
Voodoo, as a religion, invokes the power of the loas in the African gods and deities. However, hoodoo practitioners invoke the loas by using Catholic saints. In this comparison, voodoo is practiced by non-Roman Catholics while the hoodoo’s practitioners are often Roman Catholics who use both the African concept of gods and the religious saints of Catholicism. Hoodoo practitioners are also followers of spiritualism. The specific term ascribed to a voodoo practitioner is a Vodouisant while hoodoo practitioners are often referred to and called root doctors or healers.
A hoodoo practitioner often sees hoodoo as a sort of personal power that can help oneself or people by their knowledge of herbs, minerals, animal parts, bodily fluids, or possessions. The magic can be used based on one’s inclinations, desires, interests, and habits. Hoodoo and its practitioners empower themselves by accessing the gods and other supernatural forces in order to bring improvement or decline in a person’ life. With this variety of knowledge and power, a practitioner can help a person in all aspects of life that may include luck, love, evil, and restraining enemies.
Voodoo is the “original religion” while hoodoo is the result of religious persecution and suppression. Hoodoo developed by adopting and blending some foreign beliefs and religion to hide its African origins which were considered pagan and unacceptable in the largely dominated Christian society.
Aside from being a religion, voodoo is also a culture and a way of life. Hoodoo often specializes only in magic powers and the benefits that the magic can bring. Hoodoo can also be practiced as a hobby, an economic income, or a charity act.
There is also a difference in the places of influence of both voodoo and hoodoo. Voodoo is popular and thrives in former French colonies like Mississippi and Louisiana while hoodoo is more poplar in the Southern part of America. Also, hoodoo was brought by African slaves into the New World while voodoo came via Haiti (Haiti was a former French colony). In this picture, voodoo, though more “pure” and more ancient, came indirectly compared to hoodoo.
Voodoo encompasses a lot of fields in society like culture, philosophy, art and music, heritage, language, medicine, justice, spirituality, and power. Hoodoo is just a fraction of all these. Hoodoo is also more focused on the power and spiritual side than anything else.

Santeria vs Voodoo

1.The main difference between Santeria and voodoo is the Spanish influence of Santeria and the French influence of voodoo.
2.“Santeria” means “way or honor of the saints,” mostly a Spanish word, while “voodoo” has an African etymology which means “moral fiber.”
3.Santeria is based on Yoruba beliefs while voodoo is based on Fon and Ewe beliefs.
4.People who practice Santeria call their spirits “orishas” while the voodoo practitioners called the same spirits as “loas” or “laws.”
5.The Santeria believe in seven principal orishas while voodoo has its own twelve principal loas.
6.Santeria came by the way of Cuba and Mexico while voodoo arrived by Haiti.
7.Santeria is mainly influenced by Spanish traditions while voodoo is derived from the French and American culture.
8.The people who practice Santeria use a lot of animal sacrifice while voodoo only uses such practice on a lesser scale.
9.Voodoo is considered as an official religion and is popular while Santeria is not very popular or well known. The latter is also not considered as an official religion

Santeria and voodoo are considered as religions practiced by people who believed in one God which is served by several spirits. Both religions also believe in possession of the spirits called “orishas” in Santeria and “loas” or “laws” in voodoo in the form of song and dance. In both religions, the loas or orishas and ancestors are identified with Catholic saints.
Santeria means “honor of the saints” or “way of the saints.” It is also known as “La Regla de Lukumi” or “Lukumi’s Rule.” On the other hand, “voodoo,” is an African word which means “moral fiber.”
Santeria and voodoo also share a similar beginning of African tradition and rituals that originated in Nigeria. The two were brought to the Western Hemisphere by slaves from North Africa specifically Nigeria. Since African traditional beliefs and other pagan activities were outlawed and banned in the Western Hemisphere, the slaves infused their pagan beliefs with Christianity to avoid persecution and death.
The Christian influences are another difference between Santeria and voodoo. Santeria is infused with Spanish Catholicism while voodoo is characterized by French Catholicism. Even the primary beliefs are different. Santeria is based on the Yoruba belief as opposed to voodoo’s Fon and Ewe beliefs.
Since Santeria is heavily influenced by Spanish Catholicism, it developed in the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and colonies and by extension the Spanish-speaking people. The focal point for Santeria growth is in Mexico and Cuba.
The same is true and applicable in voodoo as it developed in New Orleans with the influence of the French and American culture. Voodoo primarily came from Haiti.
The Hispanic people are more familiar with Santeria while the people of Haiti are more immersed in the worship of voodoo.
There is also an organized hierarchy of spirits in the Santeria and voodoo tradtion. The Santeria has seven principal Orishas (in Spanish, Las Sietes Potenciales Africanos) while the voodoo religion has twelve principal loas.
Slaves who brought Santeria and voodoo to America are also different. It is said that the slaves who brought Santeria were indoctrinated in Catholicism while the slaves who brought voodoo were not. Santeria, compared to voodoo, uses a lot of animal sacrifices, sometimes on a daily basis, while in voodoo practice their animal sacrifices are on a smaller scale.
Santeria is not an official religion and less popular and well known compared to voodoo which is the official religion of Haiti and has been depicted in the media and popular culture albeit inaccurately and in a bad light. Voodoo is also considered as a native practice compared to Santeria...
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