Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jeudi: Root Work

As I’ve mentioned before (I think), my daughters went back to school on Tuesday.  It was a pretty stressful return as my youngest was starting Middle School and my eldest, High School.  Anyone who wasn’t home schooled or didn’t attend a 13 year school surely remembers those kinds of jitters. 

Calming those anxieties is one of things I feel tasked with as a parent.  But what’s a Mom to do?  You can talk all you want about how they will have fun and be fine and blah, blah, blah.  Teens and tweens aren’t really that interested in your words.  Actions, though, speak pretty loud.  So it was off to the magick cabinet for mojo building.

On Monday I gathered my ingredients, sat down for a little meditation after lighting a white candle and then went to work.  Since each of my girls is very different – which is no surprise to any parent – I chose ingredients that would suit their personalities, situations and needs.  The only things they both got were a chip of amethyst, a red jasper bead and a blue mojo bag.

First, the bags.  These were made of blue silk and both were on the small side for conveniently tucking them away in pockets or lingerie.  Silk is not at all a necessity nor, in all fairness, is blue cloth.  A simple square of unbleached muslin filled and tied up with thread will work just as well if your intention is put into it.  I just happened to be working with what I had and blue is soothing to anxious nerves.  I dressed the bags with a little holy water to start but you could also leave them in direct sunlight for a day as a cleanser.

Next, assembling the mojos.  For my older daughter who is shy, quiet, studious and has difficulty with mobility due to JIA, I chose five stones and an herb.  I included a large rose quartz to help her be happy and make friends.  A chip of amethyst went in to help her insomnia, take away stress, sharpen her mind and impart courage.  Green jasper went in for health and healing while red jasper went in to protect and send negative energies back to their originator.  A piece of pyrite was added to bring luck; finally, a sprinkling of dried sage for wisdom, strength and protection.

For my younger daughter, who is social, flighty, full of energy and struggles with her studies, I threw in the red jasper, amethyst and pyrite for all the same reasons.  Her large stone was a carnelian, to guard against the jealousy and manipulation of others, counteract doubt and lend courage and eloquence, particularly when speaking in public.  A brown jasper bead was added to help focus and mitigate procrastination, a disease both she and I suffer from.  I chose dried lemon verbena for her mojo to help her in her studies and to accent her effervescent personality.

Finally, the dressing.  Most mojo bags in hoodoo are “dressed” with magickal oil.  I chose Queen Oil, to enhance both ladies’ abilities to rise and conquer all obstacles, and Easy Life Oil to break down barriers.  Empowered olive or almond oil can always be substituted for conjure oils as the point of this ritual is to “feed” the mojo.  For that reason, the bags will be dressed weekly to keep them empowered.  That said, don’t stress if you miss a week or even two; root work is far more forgiving than many ritual disciplines.

It is very much recommended that you touch your mojo bag frequently if possible.  At the very least, rub it a moment between your hands each morning before you tuck it away to carry it with you.  Perhaps even speak a few words to help you focus on whatever goal you have empowered the mojo for.  Love it, and it will love you back.

These are just my thoughts on what would work for people I know well.  Many other items could work in a mojo bag, depending on your needs.  Do your research and work with intent; success follows sincerity.

As to my girls and their mojos, so far so good.  I’ll let you know how we do as the year progresses, but I can tell you right now that they are far less anxious than they were a week ago.  Bonne chance ~

Header: The Daughters of E.D. Boit by John Singer Sargent c 1882


Timmy! said...

Thanks for doing this, Pauline... And for the one you made for me too!

Pauline said...

It's good work for all involved, especially me :)