Old Style Conjure: Hoodoo, Rootwork, & Folk Magic

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Conjure, hoodoo, rootwork–these are all names for southern American folk magic. Conjure first emerged in the days of slavery and plantations and is widely considered among the most potent forms of magic. Its popularity continues to increase, both in the United States and worldwide. This book is a guide to using conjure to achieve love, success, safety, prosperity, and spiritual fulfillment. Author Starr Casas, a hereditary master of the art, introduces readers to the history and philosophy of conjure and provides practical information for using it. Featuring Casas’s own rituals, spells, and home recipes, the book provides useful information suitable for novices and seasoned practitioners alike.

In its pages, you’ll learn about:

Bone reading

Candle burning

Conjure bags

Building your own conjure altar

Editorial Reviews

07/31/2017
Casas, a conjure woman, veteran rootworker, and New Orleans Folk Magic Festival organizer, will bewitch readers with this accessible beginner text about the basics of the “living culture” of the magical tradition of conjure, which was first practiced by enslaved Africans in the American South. Casas emphasizes that the “work” (spell) is incorrect unless it has four core aspects: inclusion of the Bible, veneration of the ancestors, doing only “justified works,” and looking to Spirit rather than to personal power. Casas’s distinctive voice and occasional use of Gullah dialect lend a homeyness to the text, even if Casas comes off as a bit cantankerous. A section on historical figures who practiced conjuring techniques, such as Gabriel Prosser and Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman, gives the book some context. These mini-histories, together with explicit descriptions of works and methods–even including the complete biblical passages used in each work–support Casas’s expressed interest in making sure that those who were previously unfamiliar with conjure are well grounded in the background of the practice. However, instructions for divination by reading cards or throwing bones are vague. (Sept.) – Publishers Weekly

“Written by one of the most authentic practitioners of our time, Old Style Conjure by Starr Casas is incredibility rooted in the power of the Old Ways; while at the same time bringing a great deal of relevance and instruction for modern people. This book is a ‘must have’ for those who want to learn more about the inner practices of Conjure.” –Raven Grimassi, author of Old World Witchcraft and Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch

“This is Starr Casas’s best work yet, revealing the secrets of Conjure that anyone can use to enrich their lives. Everything you need to know is fully explained. This is a handbook created to be used and cherished, and passed on down from generation to generation.” –Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of Guide to Psychic Power

“At last…a book that answers every question you had about Conjure, but were afraid to ask! Written in the folksy style that belongs to Starr Casas alone – and jam-packed with easy to understand explanations, simple working instructions, and fascinating historical tidbits – Old Style Conjure is an absolute treasure. It’s a must-read for every practitioner of the ancient arts – and a must-have for every magical library!” –Dorothy Morrison, author of Everyday Magic, The Craft, and Utterly Wicked

“Mamma Starr is the real deal and her works and words speaks that truth. This down to earth, practical guide to Conjure is a book you will want to keep forever. Whenever I learn from Starr Casas, she transports me to a place where I see, feel, and hear what needs to be done to get it right. Old Style Conjure is a gift to the folk magic community.” –Jacki Smith, Founder of Coventry Creations and author of Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils, and Herbs

“Old Style Conjure is written in Starr Casas’ uniquely heartfelt and down-home conversational style that reads like you’re getting advice from your best friend. With her lifetime of Conjure-work, Starr guides you through the roots, recipes, and rites of this powerful practice that is the legacy of those first Africans to come over on the slave ships-ancestors that Conjure-workers uplift and honor for both their sacrifice and their magic. With these tools, you will learn the ways of Southern magic that have been used by both black and white practitioners for centuries-steeped in African wisdom, the spirits of the natural world, and the strength of the Bible-itself a most powerful spell book in the hands of the true Southern Conjurer. If you want to learn the old ways of Southern Conjure from a true expert who has lived it her entire life, then look no further than Starr Casas!” -Christian Day, author of The Witches’ Book of the Dead and co-owner of Hex: Old World Witchery

“Mamma Starr is the real deal and her works and words speaks that truth. This down to earth, practical guide to Conjure is a book you will want to keep forever. Whenever I learn from Starr Casas, she transports me to a place where I see, feel, and hear what needs to be done to get it right. Old Style Conjure is a gift to the folk magic community.” –Jacki Smith, Founder of Coventry Creations and author of Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils, and Herbs

“Starr Casas is a true national treasure. She is an authentic hereditary practitioner of Conjure, among the most potent forms of traditional American folk magic. A vast repository and staunch defender of rapidly vanishing American folk traditions, Starr Casas is the real deal and Old Style Conjure is her best, most complete and comprehensive work yet. This is a practical book, chockful of Starr’s own formulas, rituals, and works. Read it and learn how to effectively use time-tested techniques of Conjure to better your life and achieve your goals. Starr also presents and explains the history and philosophy of Conjure. This knowledge will help you become a better, more effective practitioner of Conjure, but it will also teach you much about the history of the United States. To learn from Starr is to learn from the source. Anyone seeking to comprehend Conjure and benefit from its powerful magic would do well to read Old Style Conjure.” -Judika Illes, author of Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Big Book of Practical Spells and other books of magic

“Respect, Responsibility and Family … these three words resonate when I reflect on Starr Casas and the gift her knowledge and integrity is to our modern magickal culture. I love Old Style Conjure: it’s fascinating, insightful, practical and powerful, just like Starr.” –Fiona Horne, author of Pop Goes the Witch: The Disinformation Guide to 21st Century Witchcraft – From the Publisher

“Respect, Responsibility and Family … these three words resonate when I reflect on Starr Casas and the gift her knowledge and integrity is to our modern magickal culture. I love Old Style Conjure: it’s fascinating, insightful, practical and powerful, just like Starr.” –Fiona Horne, author of Pop Goes the Witch: The Disinformation Guide to 21st Century Witchcraft – Reviews

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