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Should I buy anti evil eye pendants for myself?

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Normal Evil Eye Pendant

Normal Evil Eye Pendant

If they are part of a ceremonial working or it is specifically sacred, you can and should if you need them.  If it is just a stand-alone item, you should not.  The reason why is that these sorts of items are activated by being given as gifts.

Evil eye is caused by a buildup or strong projection of negative energy from other people looking upon you with envy/jealousy or possessiveness.  When you buy a non sacred amulet for yourself, it is just another possession.

Sacred Ayatal Kursee Pendant

Sacred Islamic pendant with Ayatal Kursee for protection from the evil eye

On the other hand, when you buy an amulet that has a prayer or sacred symbol inscribed on it, or it has been properly consecrated, the protection factor is more than psychological or impulsive.  It is a gift from the Spirits.

So normal protection talismans such as eyes, figas, Italian horns, and the like should be received as gifts or bought to give to others.  Prayer inscribed amulets, small nkisi, and consecrated items can be bought for yourself.

What is a mirror box?

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Eshu Protection Mirror Box

An Eshu mirror box to house protection talismans.

In modern Vodun and diaspora systems, a mirror box has a variety of uses.  Basically, it is a box that has mirrors on the inside.  The purposes of these depend on why they are there.

Mirrors, aside of being sacred to Oshun, and to some degree Boyuto, capture and reflect a person’s image.  This captures and reflects Ashe in some cases, or aspects of a person’s Ori in others.  It can also shield or amplify, as the mirror itself has its own Ashe and natural characteristics.  Much like crystals, they can be given a purpose depending on their natural options.

Inside a box, it can shield the outside world from the box’s contents by reflecting the energy of the object inside back to itself.  It can capture a person’s image while making a request or prayer in order to “program” objects such as crystals or nkisi.  It can aid in imprinting a talisman housed in a box onto its possessor.  It can also help to amplify the power of an object.

Mirrors in a mirror box are numbered and arranged according to their purpose for being there.  Their shape is also relevant.  Square or diamond shaped mirrors are generally used for protection, containment, and sometimes “hexing” when a curse is for justice or preventing someone from doing harmful things.  Round mirrors are generally used for love and emotional issues, and also for radiating energy.  Triangular mirrors or mirrors arranged in a triangular pattern are often used for fertility, charisma, and worldly power.  Different people may have different ways of doing things, but these are generally the standard.

What is Four Thieves Vinegar and what is it used for?

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Four Thieves Vinegar is an infusion of lavender, sage, rosemary, and thyme in cider or wine vinegar.  It is widely used in the Voudou, Hoodoo, and Conjure in the African diaspora.  Like the Voodoo doll, its origin is European, but it has been very well adopted.  So the legend goes, four thieves during the black plague in Europe gave the recipe in exchange for their lives.  They said this is how they managed to rob plague victims without catching the disease themselves.

It is a very powerful antiseptic that can be used to heal, to purify, to bless, and to curse depending on how it is applied.  Recipes vary, and sometimes the ingredients are completely different.  So if you buy it from somewhere, and you need specific things to be in it, ask about the recipe used.

Aside of using it as an antiseptic and for root work, the non toxic recipes make an excellent salad dressing.  Just mix it with oil.

Making your own is relatively easy.  Just half fill a jar or bottle with herbs, then pour vinegar over it to fill the bottle.  Cap it tightly, and keep it in a cool, dark place for three months.  During that time, shake it vigorously every few days.  Strain out as much as you need, or strain all of it and store it.

Basic Four Thieves Vinegar

  • 1 part lavender flowers
  • 1 part sage
  • 1 part thyme
  • 1 part rosemary
  • 2 parts cider or wine vinegar

Internal Cleansing or Justice Vinegar

  • basic herbs plus:
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 30 peppercorns

Compassion Vinegar

  • 1 part lavender
  • 1 part tea roses or rose petals

Oshun’s Hot Love Vinegar

to put in your lover’s food/salad to make them more amorous

  • two handfulls tea roses or chamomile
  • two teaspoons fenugreek crushed or powdered
  • one teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • a half finger’s size ginger root
  • two heaping tablespoons of stevia
  • 1 liter of white vinegar

Psychic Protection Vinegar

Protects against psychic attacks.  Use it in the shower when you are preparing to go into an adversarial situation or a crowded place or when jealous or exploitive people may direct negative energy towards you.  It is also a great acid rinse for the hair and body.  Pour it on, let it soak in for a minute, then rinse off.

  • 1/4 cup lavender
  • 1/4 cup rosemary
  • 1/4 cup dill
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 chip dried garlic
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 liter of white or white wine vinegar

There are many kinds of vinegar infusions that can be used for many things.

Why are many Hoodoo practitioners now calling Orishas?

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In the past decade or so, many people who practice Hoodoo are turning to the Orishas.  Before, the connection to the actual African, European, and Native American deities was usually either unspoken or overridden.

The reasons why they are now spoken and embraced is because more people now understand that there is no real conflict between the Spirits and Christianity.   Those who believe in the Omnipotent Unfathomable Creator worship the same God who Jesus did.  Also, more people are embracing their freedom of religion where they have it, and getting back to their roots.

Many though, are still comfortable with the Christian style of Hoodoo.  They don’t feel any particular call to a more African flavor of spirituality, and this is fine for them.  It is no less relevant or powerful, nor does it mean that someone has problems with other paths.  They simply prefer to do things the way they have done them all their lives, and not to change things up or abandon what have become solid and legitimate traditions.

So if you are one of the more biblically centered types, don’t feel pressure to do things another way if what you’re doing is working for you.  This is not a popularity contest.