Hoodoo, also known as conjure or rootwork, is a form of predominantly African-American traditional folk magic that developed from the syncretism of a number of separate cultures and magical traditions. It incorporates practices from African and Native American traditions, as well as some European magical practices. It is a system of magic which incorporates the use of natural elements such as herbs, roots, minerals, and zoological curios with prayer, intent, and often the intercession of Saints, Deities, and the deceased, including one's own Ancestors. Though it draws on American Indian, Northern European, and Jewish Kabbalistic techniques and tools, the roots of Hoodoo are steeped in Southern African-American folk traditions.
Hoodoo is unique partly because of it's lack of religious structure - it is not a religion, it has no initiations, and it is incredibly adaptable to the spiritual paths and needs of those who practice it. It is a powerful tool for creating change, no matter your creed or nationality. Rootworkers are specialists in magic who use a variety of natural substances to produce desired changes in circumstances and conditions. Additionally, there are traditional methods which are utilized in creating, combining, preparing, and deploying magical substances and artifacts for utmost effect.
Successful Rootworkers are often considered "gifted for the work," and may have experienced signs early in their lives of a profound intuition sense, the ability to manifest outcomes through thought and word, a talent for channeling spiritual entities, an adeptness at working with plants and animals, or other talents. Professional Rootworkers are almost always in tune with personal guides and ancestral guardians that guide them in their work, provide them with intuitive insight, and lend a hand when they are taking on difficult cases.
Knowledge of which herbs, roots, and trees to use for spiritual conditions and ailments is the special provenance of the rootworker. The methods involved are many and varied, and range from the creation of individualized mojo bags, to making herbal teas used to bathe in, drink, or sprinkle, to burning herbs and wafting their smoke about the client, and more. Minerals and other substances are also employed. Candles of various colors and types are often employed by rootworkers as part of the magical process. It is common for candles to be annointed with oils and prayed over prior to being lit. Candlework is one way of throwing up a flare into the subtle or spirit world, to bring about actual changes in life.
Working with spirits beyond those of the plants used is common amongst rootworkers, but it is also highly individualistic. Many rootworkers feel that they are assisted by specific spiritual forces to accomplish their work. Often conjures will work with one or more of the saints, many of whom are recognized as being willing helpers in particular fields such as retrieving lost items, health or love.
Christopher has been "spirit-led" since a very early age. He has been able to divine the future through tarot cards and throwing the bones. He has been known to "Pray True", and posesses a strong intuitive gift. He can be contacted to book card or bone readings or to purchase the setting of lights on his altar, or the crafting of a custom mojo bag.