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The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

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"Voodoo Hoodoo" is the unique variety of Creole Voodoo found in New Orleans. "The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook" is a rich compendium of more than 300 authentic Voodoo and Hoodoo recipes, rituals, and spells for love, justice, gambling luck, prosperity, health, and success.

Cultural psychologist and root worker Denise Alvarado, who grew up in New Orleans, draws from a lifetime of
Paperback, 308 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Weiser Books (first published March 25th 2009)
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Aug 09, 2014 Melissa rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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To see the Ultimate reason of me disliking this book, see the very end of my review.

I've held off on writing a review for this book for a very long time now, but it's time to write my views about it and why I gave it such a low rating.

When I first heard about this book, everyone was giving it such great reviews and praising it as one of the best books on hoodoo written so far. When I was studying witchcraft (and not hoodoo) some years ago, I agreed.

But after studying hoodoo for about 2-3 years,
Denise Alvarado
Jun 19, 2012 Denise Alvarado rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, as the author of the book I am most biased. But I have to say I am very proud of this work as it is the among the very few that have been written about Creole Voodoo as it is experienced in New Orleans.
This book has wonderfully informative charts and is a good reference book to have on hand for distinguishing which herbs and oils have different purposes with hoodoo.

However, there's too much of a blend with Europagan things in with traditional hoodoo -- and I know this is because this is blending voodoo and hoodoo, but I felt like this could have maybe been distinguished a little more firmly and there could have been instances where the author depicted the difference.

The major downside to this
A very informative book written in an easygoing, clear, and engaging manner.
Pixie Willow
Can't begin to tell you how wonderful this book us, it's a must have book.
Kouzen Zaka
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Interesting, though I only really read the first half and browsed through the 2nd half with all the spells and stuff. I have no idea where Voodoo practitioners got all the obscure ingredients for some of these magic potions and cures, etc. The book begins with a disclaimer and the plea: "The reader is encouraged to cast spells responsibly."
Elaine Oliver
One of two really good books recommended to me by The Village Witch (; a lot of information to get through and process, maybe not the most intuitive layout, but full of essential and worthwhile information. As with all books of this nature, you get from them what you need!
I love the information in this book. The directions and explanations are simple and easy to follow. Thanks to the author for writing and sharing this information for those who are interested in the craft. A must read for those who are looking to incorporate spirituality and craft.
I read this book to get some information for my novel - I wanted the spells in the book to be authentic - and it was so helpful. Very interesting read about the history of Voodoo in New Orleans!
L.R. Pardee
Really interesting collection of spells involving Sara Lee pound cake and pubic hair. Well...not all of them. Anyway, I'm packin' now. Be nice to me!
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