Category: Hispanic Influence

Making Black Salt: A Personal Evolution

A FEW RECIPES FOR BLACK SALT

Black Salt is one of those traditional preparations that you either use or you don’t. It’s easy enough to make, especially these days, and it keeps with no effort. Like many things in conjure, Black Salt pulls double-duty as both a protective work and as a crossing work.

Now, I have…



Ain’t Nothing But The Real Thing, Baby

FLEXIBILITY CAN BE A GOOD THING

But so is tradition. As much as the Crowd likes to bellow from the hilltops, “My magic, my way!” and “You do you!” and “We don’t need no stinking badges or rules!” doesn’t mean that there aren’t some rules worth following, or that there aren’t some things that are immutable….



A General Guide To Working With the Saints

LEARNING TO CONNECT WITH YOUR SAINTED ALLIES

The intention of this guide is to provide a basis for a beginning practice of working with the saints. It is but a brief introduction to allow the average person a starting point on the…



Azealia Banks and Her Closet Video

AIN’T NOBODY HERE BUT US CHICKENS

Like many people, I don’t like the idea of animal sacrifice for religious purposes, but it happens. You don’t have to agree with it, support it, or participate in it. However, if you love your steak like I do, making a big deal out of ritualistic chicken killing is kinda…



More Botanica Articles

I HAVE FOUND SOMETHING INTERESTING IN EACH ONE OF THESE…

You may or may not. But that’s the nature of blogging — you put it out into the ether and maybe someone else digs it too. That’s the hope, at least, and speaking of hope, it springs eternal within the walls of your local botanica.

This first…



Botanicas: The Hispanic Version of the Hoodoo Drugstore

I HAVE FREQUENTED MANY BOTANICAS…

And they always seem to fall into two categories — those that are welcoming and helpful and those that clearly do not want to see my happy pinche gringa ass coming through the door of their store.

Fortunately, the first group of botanicas are far more prevalent than the second group. However,…



Concerning the Intranquil Spirit

SELF-LOVE, OBSESSION, AND THE DAMNED

I got a call from a woman a couple of days ago who wanted to have me burn some candles on her behalf. She was having trouble keeping her man committed. When he was around, he was present in the relationship, but when he wasn’t, he wasn’t. She felt like he…