Review: The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook
by Denise Alvarado
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN-10: 1578635136
ISBN-13: 978-1578635139

Product description:
“Voodoo Hoodoo” is the unique variety of Creole Voodoo found in New Orleans. The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a rich compendium of more than 300 authentic Voodoo and Hoodoo recipes, rituals, and spells for love, justice, gambling luck, prosperity, health, and success.

Cultural psychologist and root worker Denise Alvarado, who grew up in New Orleans, draws from a lifetime of recipes and spells learned from family, friends, and local practitioners. She traces the history of the African-based folk magic brought by slaves to New Orleans, and shows how it evolved over time to include influences from Native American
spirituality, Catholicism, and Pentecostalism. She shares her research
into folklore collections and 19th- and 20th- century formularies along
with her own magical arts.

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook includes more than 100 spells for Banishing, Binding, Fertility, Luck, Protection, Money, and more. Alvarado introduces readers to the Pantheon of Voodoo Spirits, the Seven African Powers, important Loas, Prayers, Novenas, and Psalms, and much, much more, including:

  • Oils and Potions: Attraction Love Oil, Dream Potion, Gambler’s
    Luck Oil, Blessing Oil
  • Hoodoo Powders and Gris Gris: Algier’s Fast Luck Powder, Controlling Powder, Money Drawing Powder
  • Talismans and Candle Magic
  • Curses and Hexes

My thoughts:

When asked what I was reading, I often replied the Voodoo Hoodoo cookbook. Maybe New Orleans has some strange subliminal connection with food for me. I wonder why?

I guess one of the biggest problems that I had with the book was Alvarado’s disposal of candle leftovers, ashes, and other ritual remains. On page 106, she suggests placing the remains in a paper bag and leaving them at a crossroads. Having lived at a crossroads, I did not appreciate people’s trash abandoned in my yard. Please people, show a little more responsibility and dispose of your trash properly.

One of my pet peeves is teeny tiny black and white graphics in a book. This book has several of them and they did not serve my 53 year-old eyes very well. As a rule of thumb, if you can coverup the graphic with your thumb don’t put it in a book. A murky black and white picture of a candle the size of a postage stamp doesn’t help anyone.

The real meat of the book would be the 15 chapters and 297 pages of spells, candle, magic, Voodoo deities, oils, Gris Gris, etc. This book has it all, I was surprised to even see a section on absinthe.

The book is scholarly yet easy to read. I loved the exploration of the history of the subject. The References in the back of the book make a great jumping off point for your own research.

All in all, the book is priceless. I enjoyed Denise Alvarado’s writing and I learned a lot from her. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Voodoo.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Author: Barry Huddleston

Book and product reviews with a steampunk twist

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