Voodoo dolls are what most people think of when they think about how to do voodoo. The use of voodoo dolls has become well-known in popular culture mostly through movies, books and television. Through these mediums, voodoo has quite often been portrayed as a dark, mysterious, and often morbid tradition. Actually, voodoo is simply a West African religion, also known as Vodun, Vodoun, Vodou, Vudu, and Voudou. The practices include much more than the use of dolls. They also involve circle rituals, dancing, singing, drumming, and ancestor worship. A voodoo doll is simply a simulacrum or an object that is a likeness of something. In voodoo or simulacra magic you can affect a person without being in physical contact with them by choosing an object that resembles the person and making a psychic connection between the object and the person. The Law of Similarity dictates that the greater the likeness, the greater the psychic connection, which make photographs a good choice in many instances.
Besides simulacra, there are other tools needed when learning how to do voodoo. Here is a list for the beginning practitioner.
- firebowl with sage, pine resin, charcoal burner disks and paper or wooden matches.
- Sun Yellow Candle
- Wisdom and Protection candles (taper candles of Sun Yellow, white or sky blue color)
- keyed Wand (Air Tool)
- keyed Athame (Fire Tool)
- keyed Chalice (Water Tool)
- keyed Plate or Pantacle (Earth Tool)
- keyed and well-trained pendulum
- aluminum foil and scotch tape (for protective voodoo magic)
- Book of Shadows (to record all your voodoo actions and spells, in case you need to take them back down)
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