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.
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.
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
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.