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$2 Dollar bills in money spells....

To: alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic,alt.lucky.w,alt.magick.folk,alt.magick.tyagi
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: $2 Dollar bills in money spells....
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 03:15:16 GMT

ContessaZed wrote:
> When exactly were $2 bills incorporated into the grimoire for 
> financial remedies?  Especially in the hoodoo context.
> Cat?  Anybody?

I can't say when "exactly," but i am 52 years old and i recall first
being told that a $2.00 bill was good luck when i was about 5 years old,
circa 1953, and i know the belief predates that. 

Later, around 1959, i was given a $2.00 bill and told to keep it in my
wallet so that my money would never run out. 

In the early 1960s -- to get to the hoodoo connection -- i began talking
to people about their magical practices, and not only were the two ideas
aboive reiterated, but i was also told by most of my black friends in
Oakland that although any personally "lucky" bill can be used in a
money-drawing mojo, a "brand new" $2.00 bill is luckiest for gambling
and for those in the sporting life, and should always be used in money
spells if you can get one. I asked why and The reasons for i was given
were three

First, a $2.00 bill is rare and a brand new one is rarer yet. 

Second, at that time, a $2.00 bet was the lowest you could make at the
race track (at least at Bay Meadows, near where i grew up) so, as i was
told, "betting a brand new $2.00 bill is like betting all your money on
one sure thing, like you KNOW it'll come lucky. That means you BELIEVE." 

Third, for many years, $2.00 was the price charged by the cheapest
prostitutes. I think that by the early 1960s, that may no longer have
been the case, but it was certainly true in the 1920s, because i have
old blues song lyrics that say so. Even after the cost to hire a whore
rose, the $2.00 bill was known as "whore's wages" -- certainly as late
as the 1960s, when i first heard that term. 

Here is one of a typical song lyric of the 1920s that mentions the $2.00
bill and prostitution. It is from the "dirty" blues song "Shave 'Em Dry"
by Louise Bogan. I am quoting from memory, and ask indulgence for any
errors. It should be noted that Bogan was a prostitute, in addition to
being a singer and it appears that she was advertising that she could
use a dildo to perform anal sex on male clients:

  My cock is made of whalebone
  And my nuts are made of brass
  And my fuckin' is made for the workin' man, Great God, 
  $2.00 'round to fit your ass, 

  Aw, talk about shavin' 
  Mama's gonna shave 'em dry 
  I can fuck you daddy, 
  I can make you cry. 

Well, i hope that this helps put the $2.00 bill in context -- it is one
of those "reverse bad luck" or "sporting life" things, y'know? 

cat yronwode 

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