Here is a question I got from someone that I thought would be a good one to post:
Voodoo Mama, what do you recommend getting for someone who is into spiritual things and hoodoo but i don't have a lot of money to spend? i want something unique and useful. Do you have any ideas?
What a fabulous question! And for a change, one that isn't asking how to get that cheatin' man back (just kick 'em to the curb and save yourself a lot of heartache).
Okay, so I compiled a list of 7 things that I recommend for celebrating Yuletide season on a shoestring budget - all for around $10.00 or less. Here goes...
Voodoo Mama's Favorite Things
Culpeper's Complete Herbal: Consisting of a Comprehensive Description of Nearly All Herbs with Their Medicinal Properties and Directions from Compounding the Medicines Extracted From Them
This book is a must have for anyone in the conjure arts, whether just starting out or a seasoned professional just looking to expand their reference book collection. Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654) studied medicine formally and then after a personal tragedy began servicing the poor and teaching folks how to use local botany to treat their health conditions. It was considered the standard reference book for years and was brought to the New World by colonists to help with plant identification and use. The book is 430 pages, illustrated with information about plants ranging from their planetary associations to medicinal use and preparation. And the great news is that you can get this book (used) for less than $1.00 right now on Amazon.com. Just click on the link and it will take you to the page.
2. Micro-Terrariums 2"x3.9"x5.2" Dragon Tree Now come on, y'all, how cool is this? At $3.99 each, this is not only affordable but perfect for either an adult or a child. According to the description: "DUNECRAFT-Micro-Terrariums will sprout on almost any window sill as it locks humidity and moisture in. Water once a week instead of once a day! This kit comes with everything including a high quality gernmination mixture. Watch in amazement as your plants sprout and grow. Made in USA." Who knows how long it will take before you get any dragon's blood resin from it, but i think it is cool nonetheless and yes, I am getting one.
3.Vintage Style Brass Feng Shui Oil Lamp Here's a unique dragon design vintage style brass feng shui magic lamp you can fill with olive oil and herbs and conjure what-nots for any number of works. Size: Approximately L7.5" x H3.5" x D2". Best of all it's only $7.40.
4. Authentic Red Brick Dust by Root Mama Conjure. Red brick dust can be sprinkled in a line across the doorways of your home and across windowsills to protect your home and place of business from unwanted negative energies. What I like about this is that it can be sprinkled easily from the container. Price? $9.95 - a great price on its own, but right now you can get it for 50% off using the coupon code: MAYAN.
5. Tribal Magik by Dragon Ritual Drummers. One of my favorite groups for conjuring by, their rhythmic drumming style will easily put you in a trance-like state and empower your work. You can get each track as a download, but for the mere price of $8.99 you get 11 tracks of conjure rhythms I guarantee you will enjoy.
6. The Mojo Man's Good Luck Blessings Charm Vial. Ahh, the Georgia Mojo Man as seen in Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly! I fell in love with his mojos a couple of years ago...they are at once, curious curios, unique talismans and most of all powerful mojo! Hang one of these in your window, from your car's visor for protection or anywhere in your home for good luck and blessings. These charm vials are approximately 3" tall and made from a recycled glass vial containing lucky legumes and other alleged lucky ingredients, and is sealed with acrylic-coated spanish moss. It also features a cowrie shell to ward against the Evil Eye of envy, a lucky penny, and a lock of synthetic hair which acts as the Good Luck Blessing Charm Vial's connection to the Spirit world. The Mojoman's Good Luck Blessing Charm Vial is an amulet to attract good blessings, and a talisman to ward off negative spiritual influences. Each Good Luck Blessing Charm Vial is handcrafted, and will have various ingredients and personalites.Price: $9.00. Yep, I've got one...well a few actually...
7. Large Rainbow Abalone Seashell Wow! Now this is an absolutely stunning piece! If you want to do any kind of smudging with sage or cedar, you have to have an abalone shell. The interior of each shell has been polished to reveal the beautiful, natural rainbow hues, and to add an unparalleled iridescent shine in the light. Each shell measures an impressive 5+ inches. Cost? $6.00.
Well, there you have it. A list of 7 things you can get for less than $10.00 that your conjure friends and families will appreciate. not only does the thought count, but these are things folks will use for a long time to come. Enjoy!