Voodoo Spells
Voodoo Essay

Voodoo

Voodoo is a religion that believes you can connect to one god through many different spirits. Voodoo is not very well known as a religion to most countries because of stereotypes. Voodoo started in the West African Nation Benin brought by slaves in Africa. It was brought to Haiti as a snake cult hundreds of years later and is now the most practiced religion there. Voodoo is also practiced in New Orleans by many people. Voodoo evolved from ancestry worship and belief.  People that practice Voodoo believe that one being created the universe; but is too far away from it’s worshipers to have a personal relationship with. For that reason, Voodoo worshipers believe that they can communicate to many different types of spirits through dances, prayers and spells.
   
Voodoo is very similar to Christianity. Both these religions believe in the one being that created the universe and worship it. Voodoo does not believe that god sent down his son Jesus to sacrifice himself; or that people who worship god have a relationship with Jesus. In Voodoo you believe that in order to have a relationship to God, or the one being that created the universe, you must communicate with the spirits, a lesser power of God. The spirits are also called the Loa. They are ancestors, animals, natural forces such as hurricanes and tornadoes and spirits of good and evil. The Loa is not all good, the Loa can be very dangerous. Voodoo worshipers believe that the Loa can cause illnesses, pain and even take over a soul if ignored or treated with disrespect.

People use Voodoo for daily life experiences. To evoke Voodoo it is most likely to be done through a ceremony. During the ceremonies, the spirits come out and listen to the needs of the people. It is thought that the spirits arrive through Voodoo dances, chants, singing and secret languages. Also at the ceremonies, people sacrifice people, live animals, dead animals, and dead animal parts to fulfill their needs. In Voodoo ceremonies there is an alter that has items representing the spell or ritual at one particular ceremony. These items items on the alter represent the rituals being practiced. The items can be food, money, candles, jewelry, rum, bells, amulets, pictures, drums, stones and many others.

Voodoo ceremonies are organized and lead by the priests. The priest could be a man or woman and is usually not chosen by the people. Priests are hereditary which means if your father or mother was a priest or priestess then you would become the same. Although woman have the option to be a priest, most of the Voodoo priests in the past were male. Every priest or priestess goes through practice and training of the Voodoo religion before officially becoming the priest. Being a priest or priestess requires a lot of patience and knowledge about the Voodoo religion. They have several duties such as performing healing rituals, holding religious ceremonies to call the spirits, holding ceremonies for the new priests or priestesses, telling voodoo fortunes, reading people’s dreams, casting spells, invoking protections, creating potions, and many other duties.

Potions are commonly used for Voodoo rituals. The most popular  potions are used for love spells, death spells and money spells. There are other unique potions made by the priest used for a more specific problem.  These include spells for special sicknesses and spells for personal needs. Not every one has access to the potions as they very expensive. The priests make them out of rare, expensive materials and they are difficult to create and evoke. Voodoo is often associated with witchcraft because of these spells and potions. It is also a very misunderstood religion because of their beliefs and practices.

One hundred years ago, during the Salem Witch Trials, people who did not worship Voodoo but heard the word Voodoo, thought of Voodoo Dolls. Voodoo was associated with potions, spells and Voodoo dolls. People thought that some of the Voodoo worshipers were witches. Now, people don’t think of Voodoo as an actual religion.  Voodoo dolls were used as a tool to cause pain or illness to an enemy. Pins and needles were very often used to poke the doll and cause the pain. Worshipers thought that wherever the pin or needed was inserted into the doll, the focussed person or object will become very ill or feel pain. Originally, to use a Voodoo doll it was believed that you must call upon the spirits or the Loa. Now, if a Voodoo worshiper is using a Voodoo doll they do not always call the spirits, for most of the time people are evoking positive effects like love and blessings onto the doll. These days, more and more people are using Voodoo dolls that do not worship this religion. Voodoo dolls are very well known to the general pubic and are even given as gifts; some even as jokes. The meaning and purpose of Voodoo dolls have changed drastically in the last few hundred years.

Although Voodoo is the main religion in a few countries, Voodoo has been losing a lot of worshipers lately. There are many different reasons and theories for this. One reason is that people from the countries where Voodoo is most worshiped  are immigrating to other countries. A small percentage of this group still practice Voodoo in a new country but most of them change their religion or don’t practice a religion at all.  Also, the number of people who practice Voodoo in Haiti has gone down since the earthquake in January 2010. This may be because they lost trust in Voodoo and people are moving away from Haiti because of the earthquake. Now people are moving to America and bringing their Voodoo practices with them. Even though Voodoo is slowly becoming more familiar in the United States, worshipers still want educate people about the religion.

Voodoo is a very strong religion. Worshipers are dedicated to this religion and believe that you can talk to god through thousands of spirits. Voodoo is a very popular religion in a few counties. In Haiti, Voodoo is practiced by 85 percent of the population. In other counties such as the USA, Voodoo is practiced by less than 1% of the population. Voodoo is a religion where people believe that through spells and rituals needs and worries can eliminated.

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House Blessing Spell

This is a current Voodoo spell used for blessing a house. You are supposed to do what the spell says as you say the words.

Touch the lintel and touch the wall
Nothing but blessings here befall
Bless the candle that stands by itself
Bless the book on the mantle shelf
Bless the pillow for the tired head
Bless the hearth and the light shed
Friends who tarry here, let them know
A three fold blessing before they go
Sleep for weariness - peace for sorrow
Faith in yesterday and tomorrow
Friends who go from here, let them bear
The blessing of hope, wherever they fare
Lintel and windows, sill and wall
Nothing but good, this place befall

Voodoo Healing Spell

Light a blue candle and set in in front of you. Visualize the person who needs healing. When the picture is clear in your mind, target the area of disease and color it bright red in your mind. Now, visualize the spirits painting a room green. Hold the picture until the spirits completely cover the affected area with green. Then open your eyes and chant:

I hold you in my heart and wrap you in my love.
My circle of protection descends now from above.
And as I send this energy, all pain shall disappear.
And all the disease shall dissipate and shrivel up in fear.
The emptiness I now replace, with fresh vitality, so you shall thrive upon the earth in laughter, love and glee.
Brightest blessings and good health, my friend,
Encase you from now on.
I ask that They watch over you and keep you well and strong.

Let the candle burn all the way out.

How to Get Rid of an Enemy

Write the person’s name 9 times on Brown Paper. Roll the paper away from you into a tube shape and slide it inside a glass bottle. Then fill with some coffee until the bottle is full. Close the bottle and seal it with wax from a candle. Wrap the bottle in black cloth. Tie with Cotten Twine making 9 knots using all the anger and rage you have in your body torwords this person. Take the bottle to a body of moving water like a river or ocean. Toss into the water over your left shoulder and walk away without looking back. You will have no anger agenst this person.

How to Dispose of a Cursed Voodoo Doll

Voodoo Dolls can be cursed and bring bad luck to the person(s) who cursed it or was cursed by it. One way to dispose of it is by wraping it in a white cloth along with sea salt and skaking it. Sea salt is very often used in the Voodoo religion to purify magic and spells. Then take it to a lake, river or someplace in nature and ask the Voodoo Spirits to take the negitive energy frim you and ransform it into poitive. Go back to your home and clence yourself in a bath with herbs like basil, juniper and even seasalt.

Another way to dipose of a cursed voodoo doll is to wrap it in a white cloth with seasalt and burn it. Place the ashes in a hole far away from your home and sprinkle holy water on the ashes. Cover the hole, being very carful not to touch the ashes. Go home and bathe ourself throughly adding some holy water to the bath. An old Voodoo secret to making holy water is to leave out a bowl a water at night near a window or outside. The next moring the sun will shine on th bowl and you will supposedly have holy water.

Money Attraction Spell

Trinka five, Trinka five

Ancient Spirits come alive,

Money grow and money thrive,

Spirits of the trinka five.

This is a Voodoo spell for atracting money. I think that the Trinka Five are five spirits that Voodoo worshipers call in need of money. To say the spell you must place a medium sized bowl in a place easy to find. Hold three coins in you dominent hand say the words above. Repet these steps for at least nine days or until the bowl has the money you need.

Love Voodoo Spell

Blessed Mother fair and true
This Gift I offer unto You
Bless this ring and make it shine
Bring a lover to be mine
Let it Be So!

This spell is for attracting a lover. It must be said on a night of moon. You must first wrap a silver ring into a white cloth, place it in the soil of the earth and pour wine of milk on the area. You then will say the spell above. The next full moon the ring shall be removed from the ground and worn on your hand. If done right, the next person layed eyes on will fall madly in love with you.

A Spell to Protect Home and Possessions
I invoke the Goddess of Protection,
I invoke my ancestor’s spirits.
Three times around, three times about
The world within, the world without.
In home and possessions, may good spirits abound
Evil and problems will not stay around.
This is a modern Voodoo spell that is used to protect your home and your possessions. The sourse says that you have to circle around the area three times with an insence burner saying this spell, making sure the burner covers every spot.