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If you’re having trouble building a practice due to the lack of rigid schedules or want to put a little oomph behind your work, turn to the full moon — it will always smile upon you.

The full moon is source of power and energy but I often tell people that we don’t use the moon in hoodoo and conjure work. This statement is true but it’s also not the whole story. The moon in hoodoo is a powerful source of timing energy to work your fixes around. This November's full moon, also known as the frost moon, will appear and be at its brightest and fullest tonight Many people come to hoodoo from a Wicca or neo-paganism background in which the moon is a more prominent force in and of itself. There are spells and works that are completely moon dependent. The full moon is considered a point of power and aligned with feminine energy, especially. Although in hoodoo there are a few tricks and fixes directed at women, specifically, due to the moon cycle, it isn’t because people believe that the moon is a divine feminine energy, it’s because the moon is cyclic, and the tricks are as well. The moon in hoodoo is a way to time things. The moon can serve as an anchor. Hoodoo is a sympathetic magick and the way we use the moon is a simple and follows function. Because we are human, we are powerful under the new moon and full moon and hoodoo makes use of these times. Even though we’re talking about the full moon here, the power is coming from us.

1. Luck, Charms, and Mojo bags

One thing you hear about when it comes to moon work is the idea of charging items in the moonlight. Hoodoo doesn’t generally do this. For the vast majority of things used in hoodoo, there’s no concept of charging them, they come with their own power. Common things like crystals which are usually charged in moonlight are not part of a hoodoo practice. Cleansing items and self is generally done with salt and spiritual baths. That being said, there is one place where the moon is used to charge: Luck charms and mojo bags. Letting the moonlight touch a charm or mojo bag increases its luck and power. Every time the moon “passes” over it and the light touches it, it becomes stronger. This is a vulnerable practice because mojo bags and luck charms are often meant to keep secret, close to your person and not for public consumption. For the light to touch it, you must expose it.

What’s taken me by surprise has been the deafening silence from spiritual leaders, witches, and healers in the wake of current events.

Over the last year, I’ve seen white supremacists take over the White House, normalize Nazi beliefs and violence, devalue American citizens in struggling U.S. territories and more. Though these events seem to have happened in breathtaking succession, I can’t say I was outright surprised by any of them. As a Black woman, I was never in a position to deny or hide from America’s shadow. It’s one I learned to recognize as a child, and it was only through intense study of its depths and origins that I was able to remove myself from its darkness. What’s taken me by surprise has been the deafening silence from spiritual leaders, witches, and healers in the wake of these events. It seems that, for as much as they encourage “confronting your shadow,” or becoming familiar with the less seemly parts of your personality, they are unwilling to recognize the societal shadow that casts us in oppressive systems and beliefs. At first it was puzzling to see their weekly newsletters appear in my inbox, without so much as a mention of incidents like Charlottesville. At most, they would acknowledge a “heavy energy” and advise us to protect our own, as though white supremacy could be conquered through visualization alone. At the bottom of these emails they urged followers to book a healing or coaching session, but how could I be counseled by someone who does not witness my struggle?

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