Born with a Veil and a Zernin' Eye
"My mammy said I was borned wid a 'zernin' (discerning) eye to see sperits, an' I seed sump'n lak a cow wid no haid. So mammy made me stir de fresh lard when dey was rendin' hit, 'caze dat cyures you of seein' de sperits. Atter I stirred de lard, I didn't see 'em no mo'." ~ Uncle Henry Barnes, 1858
Conjure doctors can be male or female and are found in every rural community where their supernatural powers are implicitly believed in. The source of their power varies from conjure doctor to conjure doctor and is often attributed to things such as being born with a caul over one’s head, being born the seventh son or daughter of a seventh son or daughter, having learned from an elder, often well-known, conjurer, having had a divine revelation from God or having received special powers from the Spirits. Nowadays, many people learn from teachers on or off the internet; though gaining knowledge in this manner does not guarantee the person has any supernatural powers as was implied in the past by virtue of holding the title of “conjure doctor” or “root doctor."
The Hoodoo Almanac 2014 and 2015
If you are a serious lover of southern folk magic and folk lore, you will love the Hoodoo Almanac 2014 & 2015. An entertaining and educational collection of conjure for rootworkers, folk magicians, folklorists, researchers and spiritualists, HOODOO ALMANAC 2014-2015 contains herbal cures and medicines, tarotscopes, conjure formulas, calendars of notable days, numerology, lucky lotto tips, gardening tricks for rootworkers, Who’s Who in Hoodoo History, and conjure works of all types and varieties.
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