Hi, yes, theoretically it is only provided for educational purposes here as well. It’s an example of a binding spell, as requested. Also I’ve always hated that note at the beginning. I feel like if she had wanted to include that in her book, she would have. I don’t like that he added it after she died, and the fact that it was published by Llewellyn makes the aversion of anything besides the love and light really suspicious. I think Valerie Worth wrote those spells for a reason. Another thing I resent is the total lack of awareness. A binding spell for an enemy doesn’t hurt them, it protects others from them. Why the actual fuck would she be horrified at protecting people? It’s her book, I read her words.
Sometimes they develop on their own, people using things for some practical reason like antibacterial floor scrubs with herbs and alcohols that keep things clean, and then somebody starts thinking about how they’re cleaning out ghosts or memories or demons as they scrub the floor, and someone else might start doing the same but remember an old prayer related to cleaning things out and say it while they scrub their floor, and find that it works very well for them and they pass the process on and on and it becomes known. Or they write it down and we find it a long time afterward.
Some spells’ origins we can trace, but most we can only trace back to a certain point. Theoretically much modern magic seems to have many roots in Ancient Egyptian magical systems from what we know of them. Many commonalities are also held with Ancient Greco-Roman magic. But where did they get it? Nobody can know for sure where ALL of it comes from, as these things change and develop over time.
Now not all spells are old or part of traditions making them strong and beaten into new shapes over time. It has become popular to write your own spells! Now that we have records and examples, we are better-able to understand spells and how different cultures and traditions have gone about casting them.
Most spells contain a form of written word and a sympathetic action. The form and content of words, and the objects and ideas used in the sympathetic magic vary from culture to culture. But using a fair amount of knowledge and a strong intuition you can go about forging your own spells.
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Honestly, it’s not my place to say. I am not a vodouisant, so I cannot speak for voodoo, vodou, or vodun. I myself am not Black, and my Black great grandfather was definitely Christian. I recommend asking an actual initiated vodouisant who happens to have some Haitian or West African descent if they want to tell you how they feel about it or have a conversation with you about it. But do your best not to treat them as a spokesperson for the entire tradition.
There is a great documentary called United States of Hoodoo which talks about Hoodoo in the Black community.
I know many people of Caucasian descent who have been initiated into Vodou and some other African Diaspora religions and traditions. But I can’t speak for their experiences. I can say that respectfully and honestly learning more about a religion and the history and culture surrounding it is the very opposite of racism, defined here as a systematic oppression of a people based on skin color, ethnicity, and culture.
If anyone has opinions that come from a more qualified and personal experience, please feel free to reblog with your input!