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voodoo doll cloth

Voodoo Dolls and Hoodoo Doll Babies

beeswax doll poppet

beeswax poppets

Voodoo Dolls and Hoodoo Doll Babies

Let’s talk about voodoo dolls or, in Hoodoo, they’re known as doll babies. Voodoo dolls have gotten a bad name, mainly from the movie industry, who have shown depictions of people using them to stick in pins and harm someone else. But initially, the voodoo doll was known for healing. Its origins are actually British and have been used there for hundreds of years. Most of the time, they would take a doll which is supposed to represent a specific person; it’s their effigy. And let’s say they were sick. They would possibly stuff a doll with healing herbs, and they would actually doctor on the doll too, and perhaps use a form of prayer to help heal the person. So originally, they were a work of good.The movie industry, which we know needs to market dramatics to make it entertaining, has turned the voodoo doll into a wicked thing.

Choosing a type of doll for your voodoo doll

There are countless ways to make your own dolls for this purpose. One great add-on is to take a small vile and fill it with whatever herbs are appropriate for the doll’s situation, cork it shut, and sew it to one of the doll’s hands. This works exceptionally well with something like a yarn doll or a corn husk doll, which you can’t fill with herbs. Some people like to have a fully sewn doll. You can always make it yourself or go to the craft store where they usually carry them in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can even find tiny ones for about $5 for a pack of six. Little dolls like this are easy to conceal.

corn dolly poppet

Cornhusk dolly

But, you can use any sort of doll – even a Barbie doll. Also found in the craft store are the wooden figures used to help you sketch the human body.

  • cloth voodoo doll
  • wax poppets
  • corn dolly as a voodoo doll
  • purchased dolls like Barbie
  • purchased baby dolls make good hoodoo doll babies
  • stick dolls bound by string or twine
  • statues
  • wooden art figures

The main objective is to use an object that represents a person. Anointing your doll with magical oils to change their vibration to your wish. For example, let’s say you’re wanting to reconcile with someone. You may put something like Reconcile oil on the doll on the chest where the heart is. For money matters, put money drawing oil on the doll’s hands. For general healing, anoint the doll’s head with healing energy oil.
These are just a few examples of how you can tend to your doll baby.

The first step is to baptize it in the person’s name. You might actually bath the doll in holy water while reciting the person’s name. If that isn’t an option, you might leave it resting on top of his or her picture overnight.

voodoo doll clothAnd you care for them in different ways, depending on the intended purpose. Let’s say you want to make one for passion. This type of doll should be cuddled and kissed on. You should whisper to it, telling it all the things you want your lover to know how you feel, how you want them to think of you. And you should sleep with it for the first three nights, just like you would a mojo bag. And after that, you can tuck it in as into its own special place. Some people make a little bed for them so that you can actually tuck it in at night, showing the doll or the person you’re targeting, how much you care about them. Prove how much you’re willing to nurture them, be there for them. This is simply a way to show it affection and put that desire out into the universe. Some people will actually place this doll down their pants when they sleep. Traditionally, they would slide the doll in their underwear and sleep with it, which awakens the other person’s passion. Another way to use the passion doll is to tie it underneath your bed. If you’re in a relationship with the person and that person’s going to be in your bed, tie it up underneath, it just don’t let them see it.

antique dolls as voodoo dolls

regular dolls can be used as a voodoo doll or doll baby

For the act of healing another with a doll, you can anoint it with healing oils or Holy water. You might decide to put a candle beside it with the intention of the flame burning out the sickness. Don’t be afraid to use your instincts and imagination. If someone’s actually hurt in a specific place, you can massage the doll in that area. Let’s say, for example, someone you love has a broken arm. You can rub it herbs or oils, envisioning that broken bone mending back together. For depression, massage the doll’s head and send it white light. For a cold or flu, anoint where the lungs would be. This is the traditional method of using a doll for healing.

If you want to use a doll to bring more money, you might choose a green one and anoint with money drawing oil. Leave it beside you when you’re balancing your checkbook. When you’re filling out your tax returns, when you’re going over a business plan – keep it right there with you beside the computer. When you’re filling out applications, you might rest in on a bed of cinnamon sticks, which are money drawing, fenugreek, all the money drawing ingredients. A success doll is similar to a money doll. You might choose to make it in like another shade of green or purple. Work it for the things you want to achieve in life. Most of the time, this is your own likeness, and you would do the magical work for yourself. For example, a lot of success spells are done by artists and musicians. If you are a guitarist, you will play the guitar to the doll every night before you tuck it in. If you’re a painter, set it beside your easel while you work. An accountant? Put it beside the calculator!

Think about props to use with your doll baby. Let’s say you’re wanting to be a popular entertainer. Cut out a picture of a large stadium, packed with people, and anoint the doll with success oils or powders. Then place the doll in front of this image, using the stadium or stage as a backdrop. And it’s supposed to represent you, this imagery can help you define your goals and get a clear picture of your future success.

If you need a protection doll, you will anoint it with things that are protective of nature. You may smudge it first so that it is completely clean, put it in a place where it’ll protect and guard you. You can actually do more than one, putting one at the front door and the other at the back door. Think of them as little ‘guard dolls.’

Finally, we get to the baneful doll, which some call the voodoo doll. But, that’s not very fair to Vodou’s religion, so we’ll use the term ‘dolly baby.’ This type of doll is mistreated or harassed. Maybe you want someone to move away and not be a part of your life anymore. Perhaps you’ll tell that person via the doll that they will have a constant headache until they move away and leave you alone. Each day, you take the doll and thump its head against furniture or a stone. The concept is to make the person relent, and they finally give in to your will. Is this evil work? That would depend on why you want the person to leave. For example, commanding a stalker to leave you alone would be considered protective work. Another way of working your baneful doll is to burn it. Take the ashes and drive them to the other side of town and dump them out to get this person out of your life. You can throw it in a river with running water or onto railroad tracks – another way to get someone to move away from you.

Whether you Hoodoo doll baby is fabric or wood or beeswax or yarn, the amount of time and attention you give the doll is what crafts the magical energy. With perseverance, hopefully, things will begin turning your way.

Working Against Yourself and Magic

You can’t plant a pot of flowers and then complain they died because you never watered them. And so it is the same when seeking out magical work. It is more than lighting a candle and walking away from it. You have to put in the intention, the desire, and the work behind what you are wanting to accomplish.

If you come to me for a spell to help you find work, yet, you aren’t putting in applications anywhere – you are working against yourself
You want a spell to make you a famous actor, yet, you’ve never auditioned for a single part-
you are working against yourself
You’ve opened your own little store and you are wondering why it is failing, yet, you only have it open 4 days a week –
you are working against yourself
You say you are lonely and never meet anyone new. Yet, you refuse to leave your house and interact with the world. – you are working against yourself

Magic isn’t a miracle cure. If your rootworker is doing everything they can to bring about change in your situation while you do nothing to take action on your end of the deal, then failure is more than likely ahead. This article isn’t meant to shame the client in any way. It is a call to action for the client to get proactive in their own future. Your car is stalled and won’t start. You’ve got your spiritual worker in the back pushing while you are in the front pushing the opposite direction. How far do you think the car is going to go? So, step aside and let your spiritual worker push a bit. Ah, the car is moving. Now, join them at the back and push with him. See? The car is rolling; actual movement and change are happening!

So, yes – if you want to hire a rootworker or spell caster to give you that little edge over the competition, go for it. Just be prepared to bring yourself as well.

-Papa Gee

Celebrating Yule

 

Today Yule is used to a lesser extent in the English-speaking world as a primary synonym for Christmas. Present-day Christmas customs and also practices such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others come from pagan Yule. Today the event is commemorated in Heathenry as well as a few other types of Modern Paganism.

The Pagan holiday known as Yule takes place on the day of the winter solstice, around December 21 when the planet’s axis turns away from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere.

Many cultures all over the world have winter events that are, in reality, parties of light. Along with Christmas, there’s Hanukkah with its brightly lit menorahs, Kwanzaa candles, and so on. As a festival of the Sunlight, one of the most vital parts of any Yule event is light with candles and bonfires.

In the Northern hemisphere, the wintertime solstice has been commemorated for centuries. The Norse peoples that called it Jul saw it as a time for much feasting and merriment. Icelandic legends consider it a time of sacrifice. Other, traditional customs such as the Yule log, the decorated tree, and wassailing have Norse origins.

In the British Isles, the Celts also celebrated midwinter. Although little is understood today about the specifics of what they did, many customs continue. According to the writings of Pliny the Senior, this is the time of year in which Druid clergymen sacrificed a white bull and gathered mistletoe for their yearly celebration

Winter festivals were also typical in Greece and Rome, along with the British Isles. When a new religious movement called Christianity turned up, the new pecking order had problem transforming the Pagans, who didn’t want to give up their holidays. Many Christian traditions were built on old Pagan rituals and worship, causing many Pagan symbols to be integrated right into the meaning of Christianity. Within a couple of centuries, the Christians had every person venerating a new holiday celebrated on December 25th.

In some traditions of Wicca as well as Paganism, the Yule event begins with a Celtic legend where the Oak King and the Holly King go to battle. The Oak King, (the light of the new year), fights each year to take over the Holly King, (the symbol of darkness.) Re-enactment of the battle is performed in some Wiccan rituals.

So, this year will you agree to battle the old Holly King? What elements of light do you plan to shine on your life and goals? After all, it is a time of celebration and renewal. As the sun comes around again, it is the perfect season to welcome new beginnings, new attitudes, and embrace loving energies that will help you build a brighter future.

May your light overcome all your darkness. Happy Yule!

Crystal Balls in our Nashville Store

crystal ball nashvilleCrystal balls have been used for scrying and divination for thousands of years. The art or process of “seeing” is known as “scrying.” Scrying is the art of looking into a reflective surface, such as glass, water, a mirror, or a crystal, to gain mystical insight. The information gleaned then is used to make decisions in one’s life.

Many of the crystal balls we carry here at aromaG’s are crystal, reconstituted quartz, selenite, and obsidian. You’ll find both large and small crystal balls in our Nashville store and we can order extra-large balls for you by request.

Crystal balls are not only for means of divination. Many use the ball to tap into the subconscious, to bring out hidden thoughts that the one receiving the reader may not be able to consciously access. The scryer (reader of the crystal ball) may draw out these unknown thoughts and make the querent more aware of untapped thoughts that may be holding them back.

CLEANING YOUR CRYSTAL BALL
when you first purchase a crystal ball, the first thing you should do it clean it to remove any energies of other people that may have handled it before you. It can be cleansed with mild, soapy water and a soft cloth or can be wiped off with vinegar water. When dry, smudge with white sage then hold the ball to bond it with your own energy.

Placing your crystal ball on a dark surface can help to diminish unwanted reflections, making it easy to stare into the ball for scrying.

It is best to use a stand or padded ring to rest your crystal ball upon. We carry wooden stands, padded pillows, and crystal stands for the ball.

Two Men equals more soap, less stress

Roy has finally retired from his stress-laden job at the State of Tennessee after 28 years. We’ve been talking about it for years, planning for the day when we could work side by side in the company. Two men equals more soap production, faster turnaround times, and time to return to doing fairs, markets and special events. It is also the beginning of having more time to actually work on our vegetable garden, take day trips when the mood strikes, or have a coffee shop office day.

Of course, he’s also working out in our home studio where he takes clients for Reiki and Shamanic healing sessions. His website for sessions is http://www.royhamiltononline.com

It’s nice to throw away the alarm clock and wake up naturally. No more ironing of work clothes that require ties and stiff shoes. Today is one of those coffee shop office days at Bongo Java in Nashville, TN across from Belmont.

Young Living – DoTerra – Aromagregory essential oils

Time and time again I am faced with DoTerra or Young Living distributors who come into our shop and turn their noses up when they see the price of our essential oils.  I have spent the last 13 years (as of this writing) learning about, researching, handling and using essential oils.  I am a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, having to learn not only about essential oils and their properties (as well as do case studies on actual clients) but also about anatomy, physiology and how essential oils interact with the anatomy.

The last time I encountered a DoTerra rep, I asked them, “Where did you learn about essential oils?”  Their answer: DoTerra and ONLY DoTerra. They had done no outside research on their own about essential oils and prior to selling them for this multi level marketing company, had no prior experience or knowledge of essential oils. I asked if they had any books by other authors about essential oils. They did not.

The only thing they could continue repeating was that DoTerra essential oils were superior because they are certified therapeutic grade essential oils.

“Do you realize that in the United States that essential oils are not regulated and certified by anyone? There is no regulatory board and certification board,” I said.

“That’s not true,” the DoTerra sales rep insisted. “DoTerra essential oils are certified therapeutic grade!”

So, ARE DoTerra essential oils certified?  Yes, they are — BY DoTerra themselves! The term certified therapeutic grade is a term that was trademarked by DoTerra. They even tell you this term means nothing and there is no regulations in place on their own website:

 Furthermore, there are no current regulatory standards for the descriptive use of the “therapeutic grade” for products labeled as essential oils. The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® mark represents dōTERRA’s own internal standards for sourcing and testing 100% pure aromatic botanical extracts using independent laboratory analysis.

So, by the “own internal standards” which basically means they regulate themselves.

So, WHY the price difference when it comes to DoTerra and Young Living essential oils versus our own Aromagregory essential oils?

We are NOT a MLM (multi level marketing) company! In order to be profitable, MLM companies must increase the price of a product greatly so they have room to wholesale to reps and wholesale again to the reps below them.

Example:  I want to start selling oranges. They cost me 50 cents each. To make a living, I am going to sell them to you for $1.00 each.

Enter the MLM company wanting to sell oranges.  They pay 50 cents for the orange. But, they want YOU and your friends below you to sell them, so they’re going to give you 25% off the retail price of the orange.  Then give you MORE is you sign up others to sell below you. How will they profit? Sell the oranges for $4.00 instead of $1.00.  How will they get away with this?  Easy – claim they are better than an orange in the world, superior in every way.  They even go a step further and call their orange “certified tastiest and healthiest”!  And the people wanting to make 25% of $4.00 believe it and spread the word to anyone who will listen.

Our aromagregory essential oils come from a respected essential oils supplier that buys directly from farms. The oils do go through the GC (Gas Chromatography) test and are 100% PURE essential oils. They have 25 years combined experience in the field of essential oils and, yes, have a PHD chemist consultant as well as a full time PHD staffer.

So, once again, WHY are our oils so much less expensive than the MLM companies? We buy great oils, bottle and label them and sell them directly to our customers — we don’t hire an army to sell the product and keep our profit up by tripling the retail price.

Gregory

Welcome to the soap and aromatherapy blog

Welcome to the aromagregory blog, mainly dedicated to learning about natural soap, soap making and aromatherapy. We like to call making your own soap and bath products a “bathroots movement”.  Here you will find soap making directions, soap recipes, video tutorials (coming soon), soap making recipes and everything you need to know about making soap and other handcrafted products. From how to make soap, how to cut it, cure it and package the soap – we will guide you through the entire process so that even the very basic beginner can start a soap or bath and body company. Not looking to start a business? That’s okay. All of the bath and soap recipes can be used at home for personal use or to share with friends and family.

We have been making soaps, lotions, candles and bath products since 1999.  Our soaps are found coast to coast, mainly in small boutiques – from a New York natural pharmacy to a Spa in Los Angeles.  And it all began with an investment of $50 for supplies.  Our soap company is  Aromagregory where we make and sell handmade soaps, essential oils, shea butter, aromatherapy candles, bath salts and natural liquid soap.  Our site for wholesale bulk soap is SOAP BY THE LOAF where customers may order loaves or blocks of soap for resale with their own labels.  So, as you can see, I’ve had over a decade to collect and test bath and body recipes.  More about me, our company history and how it all started can be found on the ABOUT page.

For the past few years I’ve toyed with the idea of teaching others how to make soap and bath products, ruminating over exactly how I wanted to do it.  I have even taught hands-on soapmaking classes in our retail store and recently started to offer classes on a larger scale.  While teaching is a lot of fun, it cannot reach as many people as it could by placing recipes and directions on the web. I hope you enjoy how we have opened up our aromagregory company to include bath recipes, aromatherapy education and information on soap making.  Gregory.

 

MAKING HANDMADE SOAP

soap making instructionsWe hope that over time our blog will become your number one source for soapmaking instructions.  We will continue to add soap recipes to our site as well as a number of soap making tutorials about a variety of soap making methods.  This website is our outlet for teaching soap making.  So, if you have been looking for someone to teach soap, we hope you will browse around our site and learn all you can.  Here you will find information on how to make cold process soap, packaging soap, selling handmade soap as well as techniques like – how to make soap swirls, how to identify trace, making liquid soap and more.

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