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Rootdoctoring: Hoodoo for Magic & Medicine a three-class workshop with William Jackson
May 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 24, 2018
This won’t be a normal class on Hoodoo herbs and curios. In this series of workshops I will be introducing Conjurors, Rootworkers, and Two-heads to roots and herbs exclusive to Eastern medicine, spirituality, and esotericism along with those shared with the West. We will look at how these tools may be used in the tradition of Hoodoo for both outer and inner accomplishments. I will be discussing how herbs common to or totally unknown to the western Rootworker or Hoodooist can be used in this system of African-American folk magic to effect change in the world around us. We will also look at how, when taken internally, some of these herbs (even ones familiar to us) may catalyze change and healing on our deeper levels of awareness.
In this 3-week series we will go over how to use these tools of transformation and change based on the technology of Hoodoo–not just for magical or occult purposes, but also as they could be applied to medicine. This is what makes these workshops an intro to “Rootdoctoring” – the use of herbs, roots, and curios for treating not just physical ailments and issues, but occult and spiritual ones as well. Treaters, swampers, occultists, and trouble-makers of all traditions are welcome.
$28 per class; $3 discount for cash.
My studies into the spiritual properties of herbs and roots began 17 years ago in the Taoist tradition of Xianyao (”Herbs for Transcendence”). Sparked by an initial experience I then went on to study the medicinal properties of the plant, animal, and mineral realm as taught in the systems of Classical Chinese Herbology and Western Herbology. I studied what I could find (and use) on plants from the Amazon before going to Northern Cal. for formal studies in Ayurvedic Medicine at the California College of Ayurveda (grad. 2005).
Hoodoo entered my life working with the Ancestors. For a long time I’d done work for the Ancestors but not with them; then ATRs (African Traditional Religions) introduced me to that in a simple and effective manner. I visited Louisiana both as a pilgrimage to my own personal roots and also to peek at one of the main roots of Hoodoo in America. I went on to study Hoodoo, the African-American tradition of folk magic, under Mama Starr Casas (Old Style Conjure) who teaches a very traditional and old-school Southern lineage of Conjure.
My studies and practice in Hoodoo, the ATRs, and Eastern spirituality continue, and my practice of Rootwork reflect that combination.