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Curses, Jinxes, Crossed Conditions, and Deliverance!

31 Jul

Deliverance! Hoodoo Spells of Uncrossing, Healing, and Protection by Khi ArmandI’ve mentioned it here and there but have yet to truly announce it on my own blog: I wrote a book – Deliverance! Hoodoo Spells of Uncrossing, Healing, & Protection.

In her review of it on Amazon.com, my AIRR colleague Susan Barnes called me “the Sherlock Holmes of curses and jinxes” which is a really fitting moniker! I happen to excel at the work of both detecting and removing crossed conditions, and there’s a good reason for this:

I’ve survived a buttload of them — and lived to tell the tale.

Really. You name it, I’ve experienced it.

Incessant entity intrusions? More than you can shake a stick at.

Active curses laid by enemies? Been there.

Heir to crappy ancestral patterns? Yep.

Angry ancient deities? Hmph…tell me about it.

Past-life issues? You betcha.

Near-crippling depression and anxiety? Alas.

There’s not much that I haven’t been through.

But what I learned through these experiences of trial (and much, much error) I decided to turn into as indispensable a resource as I could muster — a first-aid kit (if you will) for some of life’s most pesky (if not enduring) difficulties.

In the worldview of Hoodoo Rootwork, the primary folk magic tradition of the American South, we are divinely entitled to a life of wellbeing. What we want (within due reason), we should be able to get, and if we are finding ourselves thwarted in our efforts toward living a good life, we are experiencing crossed conditions.

Figural candles and botanicals in a spell for uncrossing and protecting members of a family.

Figural candles and botanicals in a spell for uncrossing and protecting members of a family.

Crossed conditions can indeed be caused by someone “throwing for us” (a term used in Hoodoo to denote being the victim of a curse) and can also be the result of unfortunate happenstance, from moving into a haunted house or office space to inadvertently picking up a wandering intrusive spirit. The withering effects of the dreaded Evil Eye fall under this category as well as mundane human interactions in the home and workplace that aren’t peaceful, progressive, and supportive.

What we find in folk magic, shamanic practices, and other Earth-based wellness traditions is a deep engagement with the other side of the coin of manifestation and the ever-popular “Law of Attraction.” It’s the question of “What’s standing in the way?” coupled with a wide plethora of formulas, allies, and ritual acts for remediating conditions that are blocking the path to achieving our aims.

In Hoodoo, root doctors are known not only for their ability to remove such blockages, but for diagnosing what the blocks actually are and helping to protect their client from their return. Though methods of diagnosis vary between practitioners and require skills in divination and mediumship, a few simple methods toward ascertaining whether or not one is under a curse or jinx are included in this book.

In 21st century Rootwork, the most common form of curse and jinx removal is the ubiquitous “Uncrossing bath” that’s meant to not only rid oneself of the harmful intentions of enemies but the accumulation of other types of harmful energies picked up as a result of simply living from day-to-day. Our spiritual bodies, like our physical bodies, need to be refreshed and restored on a regular basis if we want to move with the flow of goodness that’s available to us. Recipes for Uncrossing baths surely number in the dozens and a variety of them are included in this book (along with directions for how they are traditionally performed).

Not all of the types of conditions I’ve encountered in my life and practice are included in Deliverance! because Hoodoo, as a folk magic, doesn’t include within its cosmology such concerns as past-life experiences – and that’s OK. No one modality on Earth is meant to address every type of difficulty that can be encountered. This brings me to the underlying message behind this work —

Choose faith and follow the path.

Life itself is our most powerful teacher and in all of the spiritual warfare I’ve encountered in my practice as a root doctor and folk magician, it was bringing healing to the war within myself that was the greatest catalyst in my writing this book. Self-healing is an oft-overlooked aspect of magic and manifestation that goes beyond spiritual cleansing and protection, and I did my best to address this topic using the tools that are commonly found in the Conjure tradition.

CONTENTS

Dedication and Acknowledgements 4
About This Book 5
Who Will Deliver Us? 6
        What Is Hoodoo? 7
        The Terminology of Conjure 8
        On the Purchase of Spiritual Products 9
        On Botanicals, Minerals, and Animal Curios 10
        Diagnosing Spiritual Problems 11
        Understanding Magic 11
        Understanding Spiritual Gifts 13
        Understanding Initiatory Crises 14
        Understanding Jinxes and Crossed Conditions 16
        Understanding Intrusive Spirits and Energies 17
        Understanding Curses 18
        Interpreting Dreams, Signs, and Omens 20
        Formal Methods of Divination and Reading 23
        Spiritual First Aid Spells 26
        Uncrossing and Spiritual Cleansing 29
        Uncrossing Money: Deliverance from Poverty 39
        Uncrossing Love: Deliverance from Loneliness 45
        Uncrossing Health Matters 49
        Uncrossing Legal Matters 54
        Dealing with Intrusive Spirits and Energies 58
        Reversing and Protection 60
        Carrying the Good Work On 66
        Unlocking Clarity and Self-Mastery 66
        When You Are Stuck: Block Buster Work 69
        When You Are Ready: Road Opener Work 71
        Maintenance: How Often Should You Cleanse? 72
        Developing Relationships with Helping Spirits 73
        Developing Relationships with Ancestors 74
        Developing Relationships with Angels and Saints 79
        How to Find the Right Root Doctor 86
        Spiritual and Social Resources 89
Frequently Asked Questions 90
Bibliography 96

Deliverance! can be purchased from Lucky Mojo Curio Co. or from Amazon.com. I pray it is a helpful aid in your endeavors.

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

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.