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Voodoo Authentica™ Cultural Center & Collection is located in the Historic New Orleans French Quarter at 612 rue Dumaine. Since 1996 we have been providing Authentic Ritual Entertainment, a complete line of Voodoo Dolls and Crafts, Voodoo Spells, Spiritual Work & Consultations by experienced practitioners, and much more!

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Magick, Rituals, Spells and Potions
Questions:  (Answers Below)

(1) I've had spell work done by some different people (not you guys) and haven't noticed any changes in my life. What do you think is the problem?

(2) Does candle magick really work and when performing it, do I need to set up an altar?

(3) How would I know if the person is fake when it comes to having spell work done?

(4) Once a spell is performed, how long does it usually take for someone to see results?

(5) Is there a ritual to reverse time?

(6) Can you tell me how to make Peace Water? Can you also tell me how to make an Uncrossing Powder or Potion?

(7) How long does a spell take to work?

(8) Can a spell protect someone or get them out of trouble?

(9) I have been noticing a lot of talk about being able to visualize what you want. I am not a person who can visualize pictures in my head, I am more the kind that does it with words. What kind of effect if any would this have on using a Voodoo doll or spell?

(10) I have a question about the 'love potion.' I don't want to put my husband under a spell to be a 'zombie' but a little extra help in the love department can't hurt!

(11) I'm interested in purchasing the 'enemy be gone’ Potion Oil. I do not wish to harm the person, but since he has the ill intentions against me, I just want him to go away, transfer to a different location or something. Please explain what kind of effect these things have.

(12) How does magic work?

(13) Is magic real? Do spells really work?

(14) I have a rather weird question for you. I've heard that when you place a red line of dust across your door, enemies can not cross it. Have you ever heard of this and does it work? Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

 


Answer:

(1) I've had spell work done by some different people (not you guys) and haven't noticed any changes in my life. What do you think is the problem?
It seems that you've had so many disappointments thus far that I feel it
would be advisable for you to stop "practitioner hopping" and do some
thinking. In other words, it may be time to "stop and take stock." Find
some stillness & solitude in a quiet place and think long and hard about the
value and benefit of accomplishing the goal you're seeking to achieve. Be
honest with yourself. Is this desire for whatever it is you've been having
spell work done for in the best interest of yourself and any others who may
be involved? If you determine that it's not, than understand that God and
the Universe came to that conclusion long ago and probably attempted to offer
you another course that you may not even be aware of. Be sure to stay open
to some Blessings and surprises that may not be what you originally had in
mind! If, on the other hand, after very deep thought and introspection, you
find that you firmly believe that the goal you're seeking is positive &
righteous, than continue to go for it with all you've got -- don't lose hope
and don't give up. This type of goal/desire evaluation does call for a lot
of honesty with self, so, be prepared to open yourself to the possibility
that you could just be asking for the wrong things. Also, please consider
working on perfecting your own magickal "style" and doing Spiritual Work for
yourself. Although, like any skill, it will take time to develop -- the
investment is well worth it, as you'll have that skill always. Since desire
and will are such key components in effective magick, and since very few
people could want what you desire for yourself as passionately as you do, I'm
sure you can see how much sense it makes to begin learning to do your own
magick & forming your own connection with Spirit. If you have not done so
already, I highly suggest that you read "Jambalaya" by our wonderful friend,
Voodoo Priestess Luisah Teish, or check into one of our Educational packages.
Also, please review our free online info section. I have pasted all the
URL's below. I hope I've been of some assistance to you and wish you luck on
your path!

Jambalaya: http://www.voodooshop.com/products/books/index.html
Educational Packages: http://www.voodooshop.com/products/ed_pack/index.html
Free "About Voodoo" section: http://www.voodooshop.com/voodoo/index.html

(2) Does candle magick really work and when performing it, do I need to set up an altar?
Candle Magick is actually one of my favorite types of Spiritual Work -
I've found it to be extremely effective, practical and simple. Because I'm
such a believer in the significance of colors in magick and in the power of
the flame to carry messages, candle magick, which utilizes both is a "perfect
fit" for me. I like to use my altar when performing candle magick, but have
also performed effective works "on the go" with nothing more than a votive
candle & some olive oil for anointing. The choice is truly a personal one.
It's definitely worth experimenting with. A little book I like quite a bit
is, "The Magic Candle" by Charmaine Dey. It's full of great info on color
significance, types of candles to use for different works of magick, etc., --
it's like a quick reference candle magick handbook.

(3) How would I know if the person is fake when it comes to having spell work done?
As for identifying a charlatan, that can be quite a challenge. There are
many gifted & wonderful people in this business and there are of course some
sharks too. I find that some big tip offs of "fakeness" are people who make
wild claims and/or blatantly promote black magick (from bald to Cher hair in
days, give your enemies a heart attack, etc.) and offer "guaranteed results"
within some ridiculous time span. Things like that should send a red flag
up. This is the Spiritual realm -- all a practitioner can do is make a
request of the Spirits on your behalf, to form a sort of connection. It is
then up to the Spirits to decide the course that is best with their vision,
which is infinitely greater than our own. This is why we begin all that we
do at Voodoo Authentica with a Spiritual Consultation - we don't just "jump
right in" to a ritual. The consult allows us to calmly & sincerely evaluate
what's going on in our clients' lives and to see if Spiritual Work is either
necessary or even advisable in that particular situation. In all honesty,
more often than not, a consult is all that is needed and our clients are
given instructions about forming their own connections with Spirit in order
to achieve a higher state of peace & balance and to attract the desired
influences (or get rid of negative ones) in their lives. The bottom line is,
be careful with your precious Spirit & Karma AND your hard earned money!
Many of the sharks are counting on the fact that, in a state of desperation,
anger and/or longing, you'll probably value all of the above a lot less than

(4) Once a spell is performed, how long does it usually take for someone to see results?
Within this question are many variables I'm unaware of which could
influence my answer in one way or another. The success of spell work depends
on many things -- the strength of conviction, will and intent, the proper
moon phase can truly help, etc. Some people see results very quickly, while
it takes longer for others. Since the Universe operates on the level of the
greatest good for all involved, occasionally, the results achieved are
different from those requested, but end up as a much better result in the
long run. It pays to have an open mind and to watch for the subtle Blessings
& changes that you weren't looking for and didn't expect. As I'm sure you've
heard, God & the Universe work in mysterious ways for our greater good and
don't always give us directly what we've asked for. So often, we humans
"demand" that very specific things and people enter or exit our life -- we
want the Spiritual realm to "do it now, now, now!" With our occasional
tunnel vision, we are not always asking for things that are in our best
interest -- the Universe knows this and occasionally will even grant our less
than noble wishes quite quickly to teach us the all too familiar, "Be careful
what you wish for....." lesson. Magick is a genuine means available to us
all to assist us in achieving our goals. Learning how to perform your own
effective magick, your own way, takes time -- trial and error. Patience is
one of the many Blessings we receive while acquiring this knowledge and
forming our own connection with Spirit. I can only tell you that the
journey, once begun, does not end and that the rewards are more than well
worth the effort.

(5) Is there a ritual to reverse time?
I'm sorry, but it is not customary in the Voodoo religion to attempt to control the Universe in the way you suggested (Time reversal). Practitioners are more interested in working in harmony with the Universe -- understanding that the difficulties we occasionally experience are truly our teachers. It is better to focus on the present moment & to use your creative visualization ability to perform magick which helps you to clear obstacles & draw positive influences right here and now. The past is best left behind you as a teacher, sometimes a harsh one -- but a teacher nonetheless!

(6) Can you tell me how to make Peace Water? Can you also tell me how to make an Uncrossing Powder or Potion?
Hi, thanks so much for your inquiry! Your question is perfectly timed. It's May 1st today and a great time to make May Water/Peace Water. I use the two interchangeably by the way. Simply gather the water from the first May rain in a blue jar & ask the Universe to "charge" it & to assist you in the creation of this special blessed water. Focus completely on purity and light surrounding & imbuing your water with it's properties. Depending on your current Spiritual path, you can ask for the blessings & assistance of God, the Angels, the Loa, the Orisha, etc., -- it's up to you & what you feel comfortable with.

I like burning sage & frankincense best for general uncrossing, but a potion IS handy for anointing. Choose a good base oil, that resists rancidity well -- we only use Jojoba & pure essentials in our potion oils. Here's a simple recipe for an effective Uncrossing oil. On a Saturday (Saturday is Yemaya, the nurturing, loving Voodoo, "Mother" Deity's day & 7 is her number) under the waning moon at 7 PM, place a 1/2 cup of base oil in a white jar, and add 7 drops of White Pine Oil, 7 drops of Cedar wood Oil & 7 pieces of frankincense. Rotate the jar in 7 counterclockwise circles to blend your ingredients, rather than stirring the mixture. Everyday for 7 days, at 7 PM, including the first Saturday, hold your oil jar & focus completely on removing negativity, on purity & light, much as you'll do for your Peace Water charging. Between these focusing exercises, keep your oil jar lidded with a banded white cloth. Truly pour some of yourself & your Spirit and energy into that jar and ask the Benevolent Forces of the Universe to do the same. You can strain the mixture afterwards, but I don't. I like to keep the frankincense in there -- it dissolves little by little anyway. Be sure to always thank the Universe & Forces for all of their gracious assistance. We offer a great line of potion oils which may be found at the following URL: http://www.voodooshop.com/products/oils/index.html. We wish you wisdom, luck and many blessings on your magickal path!

(7) How long does a spell take to work?
A spell's effectiveness & speed of results varies as much as the people performing the magick. Some people see dramatic results very quickly, while for others, things happen in more of a progression of steps. There are so many factors that come into play and a wide range of things you can do to make your magick more efficient & effective. One of the most important elements to keep in mind is to be sure that you're performing your work under the most propitious Moon Phase for your purpose. If you're aiming to draw an influence to you (Love, Prosperity, Health, etc.), it's best to do your spell under the Waxing Moon (from New to Full). If you're attempting to remove something from your life (Negativity, Bad Habit, etc.), it's best to do that type of work under the Waning Moon (from Full to New). All of our spells, available on WWW.VOODOOSHOP.COM come with a Monthly Moon Chart & key information, such as, the most suitable days of the week on which to perform your particular spell, colors & herbs, specific to your purpose, that can be utilized in your magick, etc. Hope this info helps and that you have great success in your spell work!

(8) Can a spell protect someone or get them out of trouble?
Yes, and maybe.

It is easier to set up a spiritual "defense system" to keep trouble from affecting someone. Once a person has already found himself or herself in a sticky spot it is still possible to help that person spiritually, it is just more complicated.

My advice is to e-mail me with more details (voodooshop@aol.com) and then, if you want to go further, you will need to set up a half-hour or hour consultation which will detail what course of action is best to take.

Think it through carefully. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

(9) I have been noticing a lot of talk about being able to visualize what you want. I am not a person who can visualize pictures in my head, I am more the kind that does it with words. What kind of effect if any would this have on using a Voodoo doll or spell?
I'm sorry to report that the ability to visualize is pretty key to successful magic. Yes, there's more than 'one way to skin a cat,' but, to tell you the truth, all the magicians I know, as diverse as they are, have that one thing in common - focusing ability. I suggest you start simple with some focusing and meditation exercises. Maybe purchase a meditation book or audio tape from your local metaphysical shop. Then, you might want to try yoga. I find that yoga is quite helpful for people who are very physically oriented. It helps to get them in tune with the mind/body connection to focus, when they have previously been unable to do so. Hope this helps you out!

(10) I have a question about the 'love potion.' I don't want to put my husband under a spell to be a 'zombie' but a little extra help in the love department can't hurt!
You don't have to be concerned about turning anyone into a 'zombie' by the sheer use of any oil available on the planet! Our items are positively Blessed by extremely Spiritually responsible and 'Karmically Correct' practitioners who disagree wholeheartedly with the idea of will control. We consider will control to be a form of harm and we all live by the rule 'An' It Harm None, Do What Thou Wilt!' So, our love potion will be blessed for pure love, created by using the appropriate essential oils, herbs, etc. The finished P_desc1 is a potion oil which can be used by a practitioner in a number of ways; to dress a candle, anoint/enchant objects and self, diffuse in a room to draw love or incite passion, etc. Any harm done with our P_desc1s would come solely from the ill intent of a misguided practitioner who happened to get their hands on our tools, not from any negativity inherent in the tools themselves.

Normally, when our clients are doing love work, we recommend that, to avoid will control, they ask simply for true love to enter their lives. Instead of naming someone specifically, we ask them to send the message out to the Universe as to the type of person they're looking for that, in trust, they ask the Universe to send them the right person for them at this time. Sometimes, people are not ready for a relationship and are sent something they didn't have in mind, a new path that may give them love for themselves! If magick is done positively, purely and from the heart, one thing is certain, things seem to have a way of falling into 'Divine Order!'

As to your particular case, you have a love in your life already - your husband. I think it's great that you'd like to spice things up a bit, create more intimacy, a closer bond, etc. Depending on your situation, the love spell and potion oil might be a really nice idea. In addition, I still think you can't beat surprising a man with a beautiful dinner, candles, a delicately diffused oil scented bathroom, aromatherapy massage (men seem to love lavender), bath, sexy gown, you know...the works! But, I'm the pampering and pampered kind, so there ya' go!

(11) I'm interested in purchasing the Enemy Be Gone Potion Oil. I do not wish to harm the person, but since he has the ill intentions against me, I just want him to go away, transfer to a different location or something. Please explain what kind of effect these things have.
I understand and appreciate your concerns regarding the Potion Oils. It's nice to hear from someone who is so obviously interested in being 'Spiritually Responsible!' You needn't worry. Since we don't endorse negative magick or 'hexes;' we created the purpose 'Enemy Be Gone' to help ourselves and others to simply remove negative people from our/their space, or turn them into friends who remain in our/their space. Either result is acceptable to most people, as neither harms anyone. Our Karma is of the utmost importance to us here, and we all live by the rule 'An' It Harm None, Do What Thou Wilt!'

Also, I feel that the complete Enemy Be Gone Voodoo Ritual Kit would be a much more appropriate way to go for you. It not only includes the potion oil, but a doll, candle, incense, parchment paper, mini Gris-Gris bag and complete instructions - everything you need to perform a ritual. Another way to go would be to order the Enemy Be Gone Spell in addition to the Potion Oil; but the Ritual Kit would still be the better value and its instructions really guide you through the whole process.

(12)How does magic work?
As to your question about 'how it works,' well, effective magick brings a number of elements together, the most important of which (in my opinion) is the intent and will of the practitioner and her/his ability to creatively visualize and focus deeply upon their goals. To that, many things may be added and considered -- specific, carefully chosen tools and items, magickally empowered symbols, the most appropriate moon phase, colors, day of the week, hour of the day or night, etc. The other vital ingredient is...patience! True magick can take time, but the results are so well worth it. You'll enjoy seeing what you can achieve with your Spirit, Heart and Mind in full union, working together towards a common, positive goal!

(13) Is magic real? Do spells really work?
Yes, magick is real and yes, spells do work. They are both a large part of many people's everyday lives!

Spells & Magick have been used successfully throughout history to accomplish a variety of goals. The effectiveness of every spell depends on several factors. Primarily, the responsibility for a spell's success or failure lies in the hands of the practitioner; it is his/her sheer will and desire to achieve the magickal goal and their ability to creatively visualize and deeply focus on that goal that makes all the difference in the world! This is definitely the first, main and most important ingredient you'll need when working magick: YOUR WILL.

Many practitioners incorporate elements of their Spirituality (they ask for some type of Divine Intervention & Assistance in their ritual) and personal belief systems in their magickal workings. Often, before a spell or ritual is performed, the magician will do research (gathering information on planetary positions, moon phases, herbs, colors, days, times, etc.) in order to have all the right influences supporting them. We include plenty of this "extra info" with every spell you receive from Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans. Be that as it may, it is still important for you to do your own research and to incorporate your own beliefs into your magick to make it uniquely yours (it is then that your spells will be most effective).

Authentic local Voodoo practitioners wrote all our Spells. Some of them are new and were created by today's Voodooists; others are much older and were passed down for generations. Practitioners have performed them all successfully time and time again. We wish you the same success in your magickal workings that we have enjoyed in ours. Remember to be patient when first starting; you are developing a skill and like any skill worth having, it takes time and "trial and error" to get it right. You'll find though, that the rewards of "getting it right" will be well worth the time you spent along the way!

(14) I have a rather weird question for you.
Thanks so much for your inquiry. Yes, that’s an old New Orleans tradition to “clean” your front steps with red brick dust (red dust) to protect the all important entrance to your home – to keep bad energy and negative people away and out of your house!  I’d have to say that the practice works, as locals have been passing this tradition on to their kin for generations. We wish you every success with it!

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