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How to Spice Up Parties & Events with Plant Spirits & Conjure

31 May
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Heat up parties and events with conjure and let the good times roll.

In light of my conjure sister Madame Nadia‘s recent blog post on working with Licorice for beauty and domination, I’ve decided it’s time for me to come out

— as a Party Animal.

Yes, it’s true. Don’t judge me. I have an affliction known as Venus in Gemini that makes me yearn for more stimuli than an electrical socket, and various other — ahem — occult and diabolic resonances also speak to my penchant for nightlife, soirees, and social events of all types. Few things grab my attention like a rooftop party on a summer night and all of the serendipitous fun that can occur when people drop their baggage, pick up a libation, and drop it like it’s hot till the early hours of the coming day.

It’s no surprise that I spent my college years studying ritual as some of my favorite memories are of parties I’ve thrown and DJ sets I’ve played where everything was just right. The right beats dropped at the exact perfect moment and the collective vibe was synchronized in such a way that the event was more than the sum of its parts. The magic was palpable because of a keen attention to atmosphere and detail.

It feels like a strange thing to be committed to – a Nirvana of luminous social ecstasy that might seem impossible to achieve at every gala and gathering. I guess that’s why I spend a lot of time imagining the application of conjure to nightlife for both producers and consumers thereof.

(I mean, who cares about working with plant spirits for healing if we’re not celebrating at the club afterwards, am I right?)

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Fuck healing. Let’s dance.

Plants, minerals, and animalia can definitely be worked with to create and enhance atmosphere. They are perfect allies for those of us who are engaged in event planning and promotion and, frankly, the idea isn’t entirely new. Business owners in cultures all over the world have used folk magic to ensure that their spaces remained filled and their patrons were happy. In Black-American conjure, the Hyatt texts provide more than a few accounts of the use of plant spirit magic to get the party started, with this one filed in catherine yronwode’s Hoodoo Herb & Root Magic under Ginger:

Ginger is a beloved spice for inducing passion between people and can be called upon to bring the

Ginger is a beloved spice for inducing passion between people and can be called upon to bring the “wild” to an event.

To Get a New Club, Restaurant, Dance Hall, or House of Prostitution Off to a Good Start: After cleansing the premises, but before decorating, mix equal parts of Sulphur powder and powdered Ginger and burn them on charcoal in the center of the hall. Go outdoors while this burns (it is not safe to breathe Sulphur fumes), and nail a used horseshoe over the front door. The Sulphur will purify the place and the Ginger will liven it up.

Hot and invigorating, Ginger is often added to love spells in hoodoo rootwork and Brazilian macumba for heating up a love affair, ensuring that passionate lust is a driving motivation in the union (or re-union) of partners.

Likewise, it’s an excellent ally for heating up the dancefloor, helping to ensure that a party vibe stays upbeat and exciting.

Cinnamon, a premiere plant in many Attraction formulas, can be used to ensure a heightened energy of friendship and connection ring through the space. No one need dance alone at your event.

And if your party is the type of party where folks are hoping they’ll meet someone in the lobby, Cubeb and Cardamom are spices that can help, with the former setting an R. Kelly tone and the latter being beloved for its help in attracting new love. Nothing ensures repeat partygoers like making them confident they’ll find the connections they’re looking for.

Make it a night to remember for your guests by charging the atmosphere with plant spirits that encourage meeting someone new.

Make it a night to remember for your guests by charging the atmosphere with plant spirits that encourage meeting someone new.

These spices, barks, and roots can be burned on charcoal and used to smoke the space prior to everyone’s arrival, or added in essential oil form to a spray bottle with a bit of water and spritzed in the air. If the actual scents are conducive to your event, consider aromatherapy diffusers – both the candlelit kind and the electric ones for larger spaces.

Of course, not every party aims to look like an LMFAO music video. For a more chill, lounge-y vibe leave out the Ginger and go for sultry Damiana – not only an aphrodisiac, but an incredible plant for creating euphoria, helping ensure that stimulating conversations and interactions reach peak levels and that even the shyest of guests feels sexy and included.

A well-cleansed space provides the perfect blank canvas for creating the atmosphere you want, but if there’s a chance that things could get rowdy, Licorice Root is known for granting its wielder commanding power and such power can be wielded over a room when a bit of it is placed in the four corners and center (traditionally, with Commanding Powder, but I’ve had excellent results controlling a room of people working with just the root). Depending on how rowdy things might get – and how legal your shindig is to begin with – it could be wise to employ Law Keep Away products and associated curios to keep your party shielded from the prying eyes of the law and those that would alert them.

Additional precautions can be taken with the help of the Boldo plant whose leaves can be sprinkled across a threshold to bar undesirable patrons and customers from entering. Oregano, a staple in Law Keep Away products, can also aid in protecting your space and guests by keeping out meddlers who totes would dull the vibe if not poop the party altogether.

The right atmosphere and a good soundsystem alone can go a LONG way toward creating an inviting scene that people want to stay at and invite their friends to. A houseparty I threw in Brooklyn a few summers ago, having prepped the space well with conjure enhancements, resulted in my phone ringing off the hook late into the night with calls from unknown party-seekers in Manhattan who wanted to know if our party was still happening. If you’re from NYC, you know that such reverse-transit nightlife is rare (unless we’re talking spots along the L line — and we’re not).

See you on the dancefloor.

Khi Armand is an NYC-based Intuitive Consultant and Shamanic Healer who provides transformative solutions for life and business. He is the proprietor of Conjure in the City and author of Deliverance! Hoodoo Spells of Uncrossing, Healing, & Protection.

2014: Renewing Ourselves in the New Year

29 Dec
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It’s the New Year – and you’re ready for it.

Wikipedia says 2014 will be a common year, but I think we can prove them wrong. 😉

In all seriousness, the New Year really is a mere few days away and, in the lives of most around me, the tumultuous winds brought to us by the December, 2012 shift have died down into a reflective lull signifying either full integration of the year’s transformative lessons or a more “eye of the storm” pause for recuperation, recharging, and re-weaponizing for what’s ahead.

With the holidays behind us and both family and social dynamics fully on-display for our consideration, we’re left with the task of considering what has served us these past 12 months, what serves us moving forward, and, at the core of it all, the question “Am I truly being who I came here to be?”

Circumstances help mould and shape us based on the decisions we make in response to them and the decision to change whatever isn’t working in ourselves and in the world around us is the first step toward transformation. Gratefully, there’s so much help available to us in the form of signs from our guiding spirits, perspectives from plant and animal medicines, and our innate ability to simply tune-in to our heart’s yearnings and begin to move in that direction – even if the goings are slow at first.

In the style of many New Year’s encouraging to-do lists, I offer my own seven below:

  • Readings at Conjure in the City are discounted thru Friday, January 3rd.

    Readings at Conjure in the City are discounted thru Friday, January 3rd.

    Get a Spiritual Reading & Consultation. Spiritual Readings at Conjure in the City are discounted through Friday, Jan. 3rd, so it’s a great time to check-in about what awaits you in the New Year, how rootwork and shamanic healing can help you reach your goals, and receive guidance on how to integrate the lessons this year brought you so you can close the book and start a fresh chapter. If you run a business, are a creative, or are simply starting a new project or endeavor, you can also hire me on retainer to receive guidance and conjure work bi-weekly or monthly to aid in your success!

  • Cleanse yourself. Cleansing baths are one of my favorite ways to start fresh and ensure that my energy body is unaffected by the outside world and that I’m in alignment with the most positive forces of luck and blessing in the Universe. Hyssop, Rue, Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Salt are all very popular botanical and mineral medicines in the Hoodoo tradition for spiritual cleansing. Really, though – take one. Three. Seven. Nine. Or thirteen in a row. You’ll know when you’re good.
  • Cleanse your home. Many people perform a New Year’s rite of renewal in their homes and businesses which may be as simple as sweeping the floor from the back of the space to the front – and right out the door. You can up the ante with a preparation of Chinese Wash, a staple in the Hoodoo tradition for space cleansing. Simply prepare a floorwash and mop (or sweep if your space is carpeted) from the back to the front of your space, paying extra attention to thresholds and windowsills. Then, prepare a floorwash using an infusion of oils and / or herbs known for attracting the kinds of ideals you seek and wash the walkway leading up to the front door of your abode in an inward-fashion. Bayberry is known for helping with cashflow while Thyme is known for helping to keep that which comes in. Rose, of course, can be a wonderful aid for nourishing love (including self-love) while Cinnamon is known for being helpful in all types of attraction work. (And in lieu of Chinese Wash, a simple tea of Lemongrass would do quite nicely.)
  • Keep up-to-date. Astrology has long been an important aid for me to not only schedule my rootwork, but for understanding myself and the world around me. Compared to most other celestial bodies, our home planet is actually rather small and our even smaller Moon’s orbit affects the tides of oceans and rivers. Humans are, on average, made up of about 70% water, so it’s easy to see how the pull of celestial bodies affects us and our interactions as well. Stay on top of astrological happenings with the monthly forecasts of Susan Miller over at Astrology Zone and the poetic weekly horoscopes of Rob Brezsny at Free Will Astrology. Both are helpful guides for monitoring your own cycles and for planning ahead.
  • Change your ringtone. It’s funny how some songs elicit a sarcastic response from people due to their optimism. Put the snark aside for a month or two and brave the possible laugh with a ringtone change to one of your favorite uplifting songs that’ll remind you that it’s a new day and you have the power to change whatever circumstance is muting your heart’s true song. Your iTunes too emo? Consider Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Vitamin C’s sunshine-y Put a Smile On Your Face or, one of my personal favorites, Jamiroquai’s Use the Force. Remember: perception is everything.

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    A game of perception. How are you viewing possibility in your life?

  • Get involved. A lack of passion marks our age of consumerism and without a sense of where the fire is that we are called to tend and be warmed by, it’s easy to mistake the ease / status / practicality / security of mundanity and being in societal flow for purpose when, indeed, we may be being called to engage in something that puts our hearts (or even our lives) at risk. Start engaging somewhere: the community theatre or choir, the suicide hotline, the local pantry, or the shut-in service in your county. Find something that tugs at your heartstrings and go be a part of it. In the words of the author and theologian Howard Thurman, “‘Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
  • Be human. One of my favorite podcasts as of late is Why Shamanism Now? by the esteemed shaman Christina Pratt of Last Mask Center. Though developing shamanic skills is the topic of some of her shows, her real aim is toward helping us become more human in an age of false ideas of progress where-in we are encouraged to imagine ourselves as post-human before remembering what the glorious call to be human even means. I strongly recommend her podcast to anyone interested in living life with more heart, more connection, and less fear and isolation.

May Abundance and Joy accompany you in 2014!

Blessings,
Khi Armand

Hands-On Hoodoo Apprenticeship Series in NYC!

15 Dec

Hoodoo-Magic-Ancestor-Altar-Spirit-Guides-BovedaAfter receiving such a great response from this past week’s “Hoodoo + Conjure 101: American Folk Magick Series” lecture at Catland Books in Brooklyn, NY, I’m even more excited to launch:

Hoodoo – Conjure – Rootwork
A Hands-On Apprenticeship in African-American Folk Medicine & Magic

(9) Sundays, January 12 – March 30, 2014 @ Catland Books,Brooklyn, NY
Registration fee is $400. Class size is limited.

Some payment arrangements are available.

  • weekly readings & discussions
  • hands-on crafting of folk medicinal + magical objects including oils, baths, washes, powders, and talismans
  • home & field assignments
  • emphasis on discovering your own specialties in conjure and spiritual service
  • shamanic approach to building spiritual alliances
  • geared towards building your personal apothecary and formulary

In this 9-week immersion, you’ll learn the practical application of herbs, roots, stones, and bones along with techniques and tools for dreaming, divination, and mediumship. Class requires  (2) texts – other reading materials and most supplies provided.

Apprenticeship will be taught by Khi Armand, a neo-traditional shaman, macumbeiro, and professional hoodoo rootdoctor. He has studied and apprenticed with North American shamans, medicine people, and ethnomagicologists for nearly a decade and holds an MA in Performance Studies from Tisch @ NYU.

Apply today!

This is going to be an incredible experience for everyone involved as we investigate the history and politics of folk magic and folk doctoring in the U.S. from the 17th century to the current day, broader indigenous philosophies and epistemologies of well-being, magical ethics and the ethics of spiritual service, and our own unique spiritual gifts and how to make the best use of them alongside practical crafting of folk medicinal and magical tools and objects for our own use and to aid those in our communities.

For more information, e-mail khi@conjureinthecity.com.

Have Conjure, Will Travel: NYC & Tri-State Area

10 Aug

Khi Armand - Conjure Doctor

In the worlds of Conjure and Hoodoo Rootwork, one of my specialities is hands-on spiritual cleansing of persons and places. Truth be told, this is also some of my favorite work. Seeing clients experience the visceral change that takes place in their energy fields or in the energy of their homes and workplaces is so fulfilling, and I’m blessed to live a life in which I am able to travel far and wide to teach and perform this work.

For the month of August, I’ll be in New York City and can travel throughout the larger Tri-State area. Book a consultation expressing your interest in having in-person cleansing, healing, and blessing work performed on yourself, a loved one, and / or your home or workspace. Divination will be performed regarding your goals and the best way to help you manifest them.

With the help of Spirit, all things are possible.

~ Khi Armand

Announcing a Bay Area Workshop: Blockbuster Magic!

11 May

Our workshop at the 7th Annual MISC Hoodoo Training Workshops in Forestville, CA were so well-received (and so much FUN!) that we decided we couldn’t wait for another opportunity to teach again!

Blockbuster Magic:

How to Clear Away Obstacles and Free the Path to Joy

Making Magic

Wednesday, May 22 @ 6-8pm

San Simon Indigenous Spiritual Temple
Berkeley, California

$60

Defeat all obstacles with Blockbuster magic!

Defeat all obstacles with Blockbuster magic!

Blockbuster magic is a powerful dynamite that rips apart impossible odds and clears catch-22s that stand in the way of our desired outcomes. One of rootdoctor and spiritual medium Khi Armand’s most potent medicines, this information-packed evening will include explorations of rites, recipes, and techniques in hoodoo folk magic and plant spirit shamanism that make a way out of no-way, open roads in the wilderness, and conjure miraculous serendipity toward achieving our heart’s desires.

Each participant will receive an instructional flyer, a bottle of ritually prepared Blockbuster conjure oil, and a packet of ritually prepared Blockbuster incense.

Seating is limited! Pre-registration is required. Exact location details will be made available after event ticket has been purchased.

Eventbrite - Blockbuster Magic: How to Clear Away Obstacles & Free the Path to Joy

Visit ConjureintheCity.com to learn more about Khi Armand or e-mail khi@conjureinthecity.com for more information.

Hiring Khi Armand On Retainer

8 Feb

Khi Armand, Hoodoo SpellsSince ancient times, spiritual advisors have supported the endeavors and livelihoods of the most prominent and successful individuals on earth, guiding their affairs with a knowledge of astrology and the cycles of nature, and winning their battles with the help of occult skills in magick, sorcery, rootwork, witchcraft, and shamanism.
 
Indeed, many modern triumphs in the entertainment industry, arts, areas of science and innovation, politics, and media can be attributed in part to trusted spiritual guides working behind the scenes to ensure their clients’ protection, victory over circumstance and competitors, enhanced creativity and good fortune, and for providing advanced planning tools based on sacred timekeeping modalities.
 
Khi Armand is available for long-term retainer contracts (3+ months) and has been hired by clients internationally for ongoing guidance and spiritual conjuration, including artists, celebrities, politicians, CEOs, business owners, and individuals employed in private affairs.
Hiring Khi Armand on retainer is the right choice for clients who:
  • want to significantly boost their profits over 1-6 months or more.
  • need regular psychic mediumship to navigate social and business matters.
  • work in dangerous fields and need regular cleansing and protection.
  • work in high-stress environments and need balancing, grounding, & peace.
  • have a new business and want long-term rootwork to aid its success.
  • have an established business and want an edge over their competitors.
  • need motivation and inspiration toward completing a goal or project.
Hiring Khi Armand on retainer means having consistent, personal, VIP access to a world-renowned medium, magus, and ordained shamanic priest skilled in the arts of divination and conjuration, and able to petition some of the most powerful spirits and energies on earth to work on your behalf.
 
To schedule an appointment to discuss your needs and the terms of a potential retainer arrangement, contact khi@conjureinthecity.com.

 

Testimonial: Kiss Me Now! & Road Opener Lights

11 Aug

“Kiss Me Now!” candles are great for attracting attention!

I’m happy to post one of our newest testimonials that reveal a lot about the efficacy of Conjure on both ourselves and the world around us.

G.A. from Greece writes:

I was in an emotional plateau and he performed a Setting of Lights for me about ten days ago; a Road Opener and a Kiss Me Now and at the second day after the candle burning was completed; I was at my work (I work as a cashier in a beach bar) and three different girls at different times of the day (all happened at the same day) just walked and sat by me and started chit chatting. They were very friendly and affectionate and all gave me their phone numbers. It has never happened to me before. Also from the Road Opener, I have started seeing great results; like making new friends and feeling a special type of charisma.

Much success to G.A. as he makes exciting strides towards his goals!