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Okay, I’m going to admit I didn’t follow today’s instructions terribly exactly. For one, mojo hands come from a pretty specific practice, hoodoo, which I don’t have a background in. Secondly, hoodoo has its roots in the African diaspora. Though plenty of people of all different ethnicities practice hoodoo today, I didn’t really feel right appropriating one part of it just for the sake of following today’s instructions. That said, I have no judgement for anyone who saw this as a learning experience and took the opportunity to expand their magickal education and read up on hoodoo. The more people develop an understanding of each other, the better!
A lot of traditions have practices that are pretty close, if not exactly equivalent. Since a mojo hand isn’t terribly dissimilar from the charm bags found in the folk magick I know, I figured I’d do something that followed the same idea, but drew from my own background.
Today’s Friday, which makes it a good day for a love charm. I’m pretty set on the romantic front, so I’m going to take this opportunity to work on drawing friendship and platonic love instead. I’ve got:
- Some peach-y colored fabric, a good compromise between love-drawing pink and happiness-drawing orange.
- Yellow rose petals.
- Tangerine peel.
- Rose quartz.
- Clear quartz.
- Powdered vanilla.
- A lock of my hair.
- A written petition stating what I want.
- A little natural vanilla extract.
Mojo hands and charm bags differ a little in how they’re finished. Normally, I’d get a charm bag all powered up (by chanting, moving energy, burning candles, etc.), anoint it with oil, wear it or place it where it needs to work, and let it do its thing. With a mojo hand, the energy raising and anointing process are considered part of awakening and feeding the spirit of the bag. Mojo hands are also commonly kept secret, while I’m not too concerned about most charm bags I make. I do make an effort to keep the contents hidden, but the bag itself doesn’t concern me as much. Some witches keep all of their bags hidden, but I feel that the need for secrecy depends on the spell.
I’m going to keep this particular bag concealed. I’ll wear it when I’m in social situations or working on social media stuff, and it should do the trick!
Do you have a background in hoodoo? What particular group or family traditions govern how you make mojo hands?