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Empowered or Blessed Magical Supplies

To: alt.pagan,alt.magick,alt.religion.shamanism,alt.witchcraft,alt.lucky.w,alt.magick.tyagi
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Empowered or Blessed Magical Supplies
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 23:07:11 GMT

Pearlz & Maggie-the-Cat wrote:
> On Mon, 21 Aug 2000, catherine yronwode wrote:
> > Brian Smith  wrote:
> > >
> > >  Paul Hume ( wrote:
> > >
> > > > [unattributed person] wrote:
> > >
> > > > > I see advertised recently a lot of places selling "blessed" or
> Now you've done it. :)
> > For instance, in the African-American tradition, great value is 
> > placed on those who are "gifted" in magical work. They are usually 
> > marked at birth by being born with a veil (caul or amniotic 
> > membranes) and are considered somewhat chosen by god to serve as 
> > seers and healers and root workers. In this tradition, when such a 
> > gifted root worker makes you up a mojo hand (an amulet bag) or sets 
> > lights for you (performs a candle spell on your behalf) -- even if 
> > for money -- their power or gift is transmitted into the objects you 
> > are given for your share in the work (e.g. herbal teas, oils, baths 
> > or washes, or a dressed (prepared) mojo).
> 'Course lots of African Americans are not into magick or witchery
> and are devout Christians.  In fact, I daresay most are this way,
> at least those I know.

Well, most of the African-American customers at my store are indeed
devout Christians (both Protestant and Catholic). In my experience, the
majority of Christian denominations with a primarily black membership do
not force a one-way choice between doing magic and worshipping the Lord.
The primarily African-American Church of God in Christ does set up that
dualism, however, and i rarely have cutormers who are COGIC members.
But, balancing COGIC off in terms of population, i see quite a few
customers from among the primarily African-American membership of the
National Spiritual Churches. The Spiritual Churches are home to many
gifted seers and root workers, all of them quite devout Christians. 

My point was not, however, to debate whether devout Christians can or
cannot also be conjures -- it was to point out that the concept of
"blessed" artifacts is accepted as the norm among African-American root
workers and their clients, especially if the worker is gifted. 

> I've always gravitated toward folkmagick more than ceremonial.
> As time goes on my methods are getting more and more primitive.

Mine too :-)

cat yronwode 

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