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Playing cards have a rich and mysterious history that is now revealed to you! Generations of rootworkers and hoodoo practitioners have carried cards with them to see the future and change the present. Professor Porterfield brings A Deck of Spells to the table for all to see. Learn the origins of playing cards and how to use them in your magical work -- with more than 100 s ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published 2015 by Lucky Mojo Curio Company
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Georgina
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoodoo, playing-cards
You get three books in one: A history of playing cards, several systems for reading playing cards, and a spellbook. Yes, a spell for every card. I don't know how he packed so much in such a slim volume -- but I'm glad he did! ...more
Onyx
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who would like to expand their choices in divineing instruments
This book stretched my boundaries, if not took me out of the box completely (no pun intended). I knew about playing cards being used to divine with rather than tarot, but it's been a while...a very long while...since I've considered that something used normally for poker, twenty-one, and crazy eights can also be used for fortunetelling. And yet of course it can. When you read the history of how we got playing cards in the first place, and how those cards morphed into tarot (which also started it ...more
Claudia Loureiro
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: divination, hoodoo
A Deck of Spells: Hoodoo Playing Card Magic in Rootwork and Conjure by Professor Charles Porterfield is a necessary addition to anyone interested in learning about the mystery of playing cards.
It's full of interesting information. Also includes lots of different spells for various situations; all are well explained.
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Chloe´ Lewis
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
fun and interesting to say the least. very short, but packed with info!
i think the best part about this was learning the history of card playing in general and how it came to be what it is today - from the appearance of the decks themselves to the many hands and cultures that used them.

It is important to note that 1.) the author is not African-American (or of the Diaspora [i believe he is white]) and 2.) this is a collection of subjective and variable - often contradictory - understandings of
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Liliyana Shadowlyn
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Deck of Spells is an easy-to-read, in-depth book. Even if you've never used a regular deck of cards to cast spells or fortune tell, you'll be able to after reading this book. A friend recommended this book, and I was not disappointed. I've never dabbled with playing cards (only your more traditional tarot decks), but I have to say I like how much more accessible the playing cards are. Highly recommend this for anyone from the curious to those looking to actually work with cards. ...more
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A 'Redback', Professor Porterfield is a native Texan. Raised by his grandparents in the small town of Boyd, he grew up among the cottonwoods and Indian paintbrushes of North Texas. At an early age his grandparents decided that it was best for him to learn and experience the ways of their neighbours and friends, and so he was brought up in both the white Southern Baptist church and the black Pentec ...more

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