Hello my dear Occultey-friends!
Alrightey, one of my dear readers has challenged me to actually post traditional Hoodoo spells that use feces. Not being coprophagiac...or in any way enamored of poo (I really don't like poop at all, frankly, and would entirely give up pooping if that wouldn't cause me to explode from it building up,) I guess my dear reader thought I could not rise to the challenge. Fret not, dear ones. Just because your friend Cat would not be very apt to steal the poo of others, or grab a toilet snake of her own for Hoodooing purposes does not mean that I do not know of Hoodoo-poo-spells.
So, if you're easily disgusted, please excuse yourself from my brief glance at feces as a spell ingredient in Hoodoo. :)
The first question I am asked when the poo question arises (and people have heard of traditional Hoodoo spells with fecal matter in them,) is "How on earth do I get ahold of another person's feces!?" Well, in the olden days, we did not have these classy flushing toilets we have today, and this was far easier than you might think. People pooped outside...sometimes in a woods or field, and we just had to hide and wait for them to leave their waste; or...perhaps they had one of the outhouses where they used a "Pan" system rather than a trench system, and you just had to wait for them to enter the old outhouse with the newspaper, leave, and grab the pan, or perhaps the bomb you sought was in a chamber pot...there were so many ways to gather it back in the day, which is why poop is part of Hoodoo's history (not kidding, it really is.)
Then people ask "How could I get someone's feces for spells in this day and age?" While I really don't want to answer or know why you wanna know, I would throw out that perhaps you could get this by telling people your toilet is broken the same night you feed them some habanero chili dinner (?) or wait until they are camping (?) or...figure it out on your own. Quite frankly, I am not interested in helping you harvest human feces in the modern age. (I never thought I'd write such a thing but I stand by that sentence.)
Since most people are also not interested in handling other people's poop (thank goodness,) we shall move on to the interesting stuff about poop in spellcraft instead.
For example, what are human feces generally used for? Well, the most common I can think of is to use this bio item as a means of cursing someone to have their bowels block up, ultimately killing them... As taken from the Hyatt transcripts (this is quoted directly, and is not intended BY ME to be racist. This is how Hyatt transcribed it. I apologize to everyone it may offend. This was, unfortunately, common practice when these transcripts were published. Hyatt's replies to the informant will be in parentheses, and the number of the informant in brackets.):
Well, a person go to dereself - yo' know, lavatory, anything like dey go out. It's not like - yo' know we have toilets now, yo' know, to flush; but befo' dat if a person go out to do a job or anything, dey take dat an' go to a tree, an' take a auger an' bo' yo' a hole in de tree, an' put it in de tree an' take yo' a peg an' drive it in dere tight. An' every mornin' fo' nine mornin's go dere an' tap it one lick, an' de ninth mornin' dat dey tap it dey'll die, cause it will lock dere bowels an' dere ain't nobody kin open dem.
[St. Petersburg, FL; Informant #1053; C126:10-C134:6 = 1707:10-1714:6.]
Note "litter" and "hockey" is the feces in this entry.
Dey fixed a girl once in Edenton, North Car'lina. Her father come to me and she was near about dead. She couldn't have a passage. The doctor couldn't get nothing through her. So he (the father) come to me and I set right down and looked in my cups and read, and I told him, I said, "A man have got her litter and put it in a tree (in a hole in the tree) and he'll go to it every morning and knock that fir peg up," and I said, "the last day he knock it up, she gonna die." But I said, "I am gonna tell you what chah do." I say, "You git up tomorrow morning at three o'clock and you watch and you'll see him come by your house wit a ax on his shoulder," and I say, "he'll stop at your gate and say something - mumble something, but when you [he] go, you follow him."
And I says, "Then you'll hear 'im what he says." I says, "As he knock, he say, 'Go, go Goddamn yuh. Go, Goddam yuh."I say, "He'll knock on there nine times, and then," I says, "when he gits through, you draw your gun on him and make him cut the tree down and," I say, "your daughter will git up." He did it and I cured de girl - got de litter out. They kin take your hair and put it in de tree and do de same thing. Dey kin take your hockey and put it in a tree and kill you just the same.
(How long ago did that happen? That this girl was hurt that way? How many years ago did that happen?)
That's been about three years ago.
(Down in Edenton?)
[Berkly, VA; Informant #494A; Name - Mrs. Griffin (now in Berkly, VA; from Bertie Co., NC); Numbers Book 422-621; Cylinders 533:2 - 536:5.]
And our last offering with Hyatt transcript quotes.... This one isn't to so much BLOCK the bowels, but to enflame them unto to death. Note - "passage" is feces here.
Well, yo' see, yo' take a person's passage an' yo' take dey names - if it's a white person, yo' take white papah an' red ink; a colored person, yo'take brown papah an' black ink. Yo' write dat party's name all kinda ways jis' all ovah a square piece
of papah an' yo' write dere name all kinda ways, nine times. An' yo' take dat passage an' yo' put cayenne peppah an' yo' put black peppah - fo' a white person yo' put white peppah. Yo' take war powdah an' yo' take war vinegar - war vinegah an' war powdah. Yo' take devil's-shoestring an' devil dust. Yo' place all dat into dat. Yo' take fightin' peppah, fightin' vinegah.
Yo' put all dat into dat passage an' yo' take dat passage an' yo' wrap it up wit black thread - see, if it's a white person, yo' put it in a white papah, a big piece of white papah, an' yo' wrap it up an' yo' tie it an' wrap it wit a whole spool of white thread; if it's a colored person, yo' git a large piece of brown papah an' yo' wrap it up lak a package an' yo' wrap it wit a whole spool of black thread, see.
But whilst yo' wrappin' dat package, yo' wrap 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, yo' see, a' yo' wrap dat nine times each time. Den yo' wrap dat whole spool of thread an' ever' time yo' make it nine wraps, yo' make de wish whut chew want done to dat, yo' see. Yo' make dat wish each time yo' wrap, ever' nine wraps. Wrap dat package.
Yo' take dat package an' yo' bury it, see. Yo' bury dat package.Now, when dat package is buried undah de ground, well, dis passage dries up, see. Dis passage, it's buried, yo' see, an' while it's buried all dis stuff is gonna commence tuh workin' up. Ever'thing in dere is hot, it's gonna commence tuh workin' up, see.
Now, dis party is gonna start tuh runnin' roun' like a wild person.
He's goin' crazy. Now, he goin' crazy, an' when dis dries up - dis passage,
when it dry up, dis person will pass out.
(That kills them.)
[Algiers, LA; Informant #1583 - Nahnee the "Boss of Algiers"; Cylinders
E94:2-E119:1 = 2927-2952
I tried to hit on the more interesting Hyatt passages regarding human feces and killing but that's the tip of the floater (pun entirely intended) insofar as the many spells which are similar in nature to the above. There is a whole catalog of killing using your target's feces as an ingredient. Now, I think (or at least hope,) we're all intelligent enough to see a pattern emerging here - the feces are being used as a witness sample or bio item that effects the bowels (not a huge stretch if you think of it.) I'm sure if you wanted to kill someone, you must hate them enough that handling a little of their poo would not be a big deal to you? Well, I guess I'll leave that up to those who are interested in doing such a thing.
The most common "blocking up the bowels" Hoodoo spells that use a target's feces which I know of will loosely follow these instructions: obtain your enemies feces, bore a hole into a tree (sometimes the type is specified, other times it is not,) and take a dowel rod or a peg and over a certain course of days (generally 9) each...specific time of day (this is usually around dawn, but I have seen spells say before sunrise, at midnight, and once or twice at like 3am) generally while cussing the person out or commanding they drop dead, you drive the peg in a measure, on the final day (again, usually the ninth,) driving the peg in entirely.
The most common "enflaming the bowels to death" spells using the target's feces whcih I know of generally will say to obtain the the feces and mix with some form of pepper, then also often salt, graveyard dirt, goofer dust, etc are also added. Sometimes even powdered scorpions are recommended. The enflamed bowels one do generally want the feces to be stored where it will dry, but not always.
But now, is Hoodoo-poo-spellwork solely focused on harvesting the poop of others to kill them with their own feces? Oh, no, of course not. As I said, I am barely touching on just even that whole school of spells...just trying to educate you on more common ritual uses, and we've not even gotten into some of the things we can do with YOUR POO (yes, your very own bowel movememnts,) because your poop can also be used.
Now this next cherry is one someone had told me years ago on an email group. I cannot vouch for its authenticity but...don't gag, I was told he had heard of a spell where a woman was to swallow three peanuts whole, and when she excreted these peanuts in her bowel movements, to pick them out of her poop, and feed them to her lover (hopefully by hiding them in his food and not by just forking them over in their smelly state,) and he would be hers forever. Please don't feed anyone, especially someone you love, bacteria-ridden poo-nuts, okay? ;) Seriously, that screams staph-infection, kiddos. I present it only for educational purposes only. But see, there is using your own poo (or at least digestive system,) for a purpose other than to harm (though if someone fed me a pooped peanut, I would consider that trying to harm me.)
Still, the use of human feces is rarely romantic in nature (another thing I never thought I'd say or write,) when it comes to spells - no, its not even usually a positive thing.
See, in modern times, when people use their own feces, this is done to harm. Some of you may have seen me post this (another male rootworker posted it to his board calling me a "female rootworker," - thus why I won't bother crediting him with more credit than was given to me, - so you may recognize it from his board as well,) where the toilet and poop is used to harm an enemy. Basically, you want to wait until you've been partying like a rockstar or eating lots of Taco Bell or just have something utterly nasty you need to sit down to get out, but (should this not be possible,) just having to go to a number two will do. Bring a marker (black preferably,) with you into the bathroom, and write your target's name on the toilet paper you are about to use. I have, in the past, done this with a single just writing of the name, but also have really "dressed it up" (as much as one can dress up a pooping spell,) and written the name of the target nine times, and then crossed it with "your life turns to shit" nine times like a name paper (I had awhile before I had to go that day.) Its up to you what you wanna do with the name. You know, there are even services to get pictures printed on a roll of toilet paper, so you could get really "fancy" and get your enemy's face on your teepee. Anyhow, while you sit and do your business, focus intently on your target (not like, by having them in the john with you, I mean just mentally focus,) and see their life falling apart...see this sort of like its the poop coming out of you (gross, right,) and when you've finished, as you wipe your bottom with your named toilet paper, you say "(full name of target,) just as I cover you with sh*t, so your life turns to sh*t," or something along those lines. Again, feel free to be creative with what you want to say as long as its in the postive (doesn't use no, not, never) and present tense. Then just flush. Poospell complete.
Now, as you've noticed the above "spell" has many ways you can make it your own. I want to say I'm borrowing from Draja Mickaharic here when I offer this alteration, yet, I seem to remember he had this sans toilet and sans poo...just the rice paper part was something he'd used. Basically, you can write out your name paper on some rice paper suchas I'd mentioned above, and then as you do your morning business in the bathroom (a one and a two would be fine,) be sure to toss in your enemy's rice paper name paper in the potty before you do, and then do your business all over it.
But humor aside (we all knew that I could not complete this post without humor, hehe,) this post has barely touched the use of human feces in Hoodoo, IMHO. And furthermore, there are uses for all sorts of animal poops you can use in Hoodoo spells (did you know that your dog's excrement could actually be a ritual item? Oh yeah,) but the animal poops would make for a lengthy discussion here indeed, when, quite honestly, the majority of this post was meant to educate you more than encourage you to go harvesting the excrement of things around you. If you really are a fecal freak, then maybe you should study more on the use of feces in Hoodoo (and other paradigms,) on your own. As for me, I'm all crapped out on the topic for the time being.
I do hope its been educational.
Exerpts from Harry M. Hyatt's "Hoodoo - Conjuration - Witchcraft - Rootwork" have been used for educational purposes. These books are currently out of print (or so I am told,) but if you would like to examine them further, please consider joining the HyattSpells yahoogroup.
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