What's Hoodoo?

Root work also known as Folk Magic, Folklore, Conjure or Hoodoo has unique characteristics different from many forms of pagan or Wiccan magick. You will see some similarities, however, root work has it’s special flavoring with using Christian psalms, unique curios (animal parts and plant parts, etc), roots and herbs, poppet dolls, using personal concerns, and disposal of ritual content such as visiting a crossroads, rivers, graveyards, and more. Hoodoo was a practiced among African Americans and some White Americans in early turn of the century. In traditional hoodoo, its practice encompasses folklore and beliefs of African culture, Native American Indian, and later European culture as a mix and not a separate. For example mojo bags are similar to the known medicine bags of American Indian culture, poppets are liken to the prayer or corn dolls also in American Indian culture, bottle spells are similar to the witch bottles of European Witch practices, sigils used in Hoodoo can be seen in both African and Indian cultures, medicines made from roots and herbs are again familiar practices in African and Indian cultures. The use of Psalms and Catholic Saints is of Catholic influence. Many workers are of an eclectic Christian or Catholic faith. Many traditional workers believe in God, believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior, and are active in Church's of different Christian branches. Family recipes and folklore are key ingredients to working Hoodoo. Hoodoo is not a religion. It’s a system of magick that is practiced by some of who may be religious, magickal, and/or people with an interest in Occult mysteries. Traditional root workers work with bible prayers and psalms, petition Catholic Saints, along with other spirits, deities, and angels of many different kinds. We may use graveyard spirits, African deities, the Ancestors, Catholic Saints, Indian spirits, plant spirits, animal spirits, or we may call on the Christian God or Jesus to aid us in our work. Many workers lead normal lives as your pharmacists, doctors, ministers, lawyers, nurses, college professors, business owners, healers, community volunteers, and a variety of other professions. Traditional practices, beliefs, and recipes are spoken teachings much different from the way of how new age and neo pagan traditions are passed on as through books. You might check out local spiritual candle shops and botanicas if you are looking to learn a bit of folk magic. Folk magic varies from region to region and family to family.
Take a look below of a clip-pet of some typical items you will find in hoodoo. These particular oils, powders, curios, etc. are what distinguishes root work, conjure, or hoodoo from other forms of magickal techniques.