Voodoo

The seven African powers are spirits of the dead, these spirits were bought together through tribes that were brought to Cuba. These African tribes were forced into slavery.  The spirits are unique and work as a guide for people's entire life. Contrary to popular belief, the Seven Powers are not Orishas. The saint's represent the dead spirits derived from African tribes.

Hyssop is a beautiful shrub that has so many attractive features. In ancient times it was even considered holy.

It has a beautiful fragrance an many healing properties. It has also been used to  cure ailments - and has the reputation as a cleansing tool. Priests and holy church leaders used hyssop as a way to sprinkle blessed water or oils on people to bless or cleanse them from different things such as, illness, evil spirits and bad luck .Just by mixing the plant flowers with water the healing effect from the plant was used to cleanse. People also used the the plant directly applied on the skin or even wounds with the aim to heal.

The Evil Eye works like a curse. It is thought to be inflicted on someone just by a looking at them or paying them a compliment. It's use originates from Greece. It is believed by the people in the Southern Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, mostly everybody living near the Mediterranean Sea that one can curse another. Besides the mental curse, the body will also suffer. The symptoms are similar to flu. The curse can be intentionally or unintentionally given to another person. It normally comes from envy and is represented by a false compliment.

Hoodoo Oils are powerful magical products used for magical purposes.

The Gris Gris amulet came to be known as “Mojo” bags. It is thought to be derived from the West African word “mojuba” which means a prayer or homage. In the Hoodoo practice the mojo is a flannel bag which carries magical charms for various reasons. Normally the mojo bag is red in color. A mojo bag can contain herbs and roots, minerals, papers with name or petitions. There are many items that are within the mojo bag for example: coins, metallic charms, crystals, lucky tokens, engraved amulets, rattlesnake skin, dried frogs, swallows’ hearts, and bats’ wings.   

A much discussed topic nowadays when it comes to Hoodoo or Root work is La Madama. Many people do not know who she really is, and there appears much mis-information. So who is La Madama? One of the mistakes made by many is that La Madama is just one women spirit. Actually, a Madama is one of many spirits. These are famous conjure women, who either practiced hoodoo or were slaves and died.

During the 1600’s and the 1700’s, a great trade in slave labor was carried out by the European adventurers and farmers who had set up colonies in different parts of America. All the British, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and the French colonies paid for slaves to work in their homes or businesses. The captives, exported from the Western, Central and Southern Africa had different religions of their own. But there was one thing common in these religions - the worship of spirits and deities.  

There will always come a time in your life where everything seems bathed in negative energy. In life, such a situation comes in multiples of three: you may one loose money, get a parking ticket and fall over all in the same day. So if negativity eats up some aspects of your life: business, love, luck, prosperity and money it is time to turn to the herbs. With all religions and beliefs, there are many ways by which to ward off evil and negativity.

African people have used many items as charms, such as teeth, horns, skin, fingers, feet and blood. Each charm has a different sentiment and magical powers. In some circumstances they are a symbol of power. Charms have been used for centuries to wading off evil, help in protection work, aid fertility and cure many diseases. One of the most common charms in hoodoo is the rabbit foot. There is a view that the rabbit is among the most clever and swift animals; when one chooses this charm it is suppose to speed up the hoodoo work.

Have you ever heard a relaxing tune that makes you want to sit back and just listen. Most people enjoy listening to Jazz and Blues. Some people like the genre without being aware of it, sometimes due to a passing influence; for example, your favorite pop song may have a nice, soulful saxophone riff in it, or even a hot line of electric guitar solo. Rock ‘n’ Roll evolved from a combination of blues, country, and gospel music.

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