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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, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Weiser Books (first published March 25th 2009)
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Mar 20, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  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 noticed something interesting today. I recently picked up a copy of Herman Slater's 'Magickal Formulary Spellbook', and I happened to notice that quite a few of the formulas in his book matched those in Denise Alvarado's'The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook' to the letter. Many more of the oils contained most of the ingredients listed in The Magickal Formulary Spellbook, but with a few extra ingredients added. Si
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Jun 19, 2012 Denise Alvarado rated it it was amazing  ·  (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.
Nov 17, 2014 Meagan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jun 12, 2015 Min rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, a book that offers information about the saints, spirits, and traditional work that is common to New Orleans Voodoo, and Hoodoo work. A quick listing of the major pantheons from the African religion with correspondences for the Seven African Powers, and the various American spirits that are worked in the system. Then the commonly called-upon saints, Catholic and Folk, along with their prayers, and novenas.
The remainder of the book, a good three-quarters left, covers the various materia
Oct 12, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meticulously researched by a strong active practitioner who is part of an authentic, organic community.

I shouldn't have to preface my review with that... but the reading I've completed recently suggests I do.

I've read her revised edition which I recommend over the first as the publication quality seems stronger - better and more intuitively organised for quick reference and practical use.

However, Alvarado intertwines her work with the history of New Orleans and a discussion of the impact the A
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."
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Oct 25, 2015 Treasure Craft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Jumpstart

Love this book learned a lot from it. I believe it's a good jumpstart book for those interested in vodou. I recommend reading this book to get a bit of foundation. Take what you learn and do more research yourself. This path is a journey and it's up to you to choose how you take it. Blessed be.
Jan 25, 2016 Mika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book for informational purposes but it contains a lot of how to information if you are looking to practice Voodoo/Hoodoo. Also, it gives great information about what the two are and are not. I look forward to reading more by this Author.
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Jan 10, 2013 Elaine Oliver rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 19, 2012 Acacia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 30, 2013 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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!
Mar 20, 2015 Neri. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've used this book while I was writing my BA thesis. I found a lot of interesting facts about voodoo, its history and its meaning in the modern world.
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Mar 29, 2012 L.R. Pardee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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