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Plus I'm giving away an e-copy of my YA book CONJURE, book one in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series at the bottom of this post. And since I'm on Authorgraph, I'd be delighted to send you a personal inscription.
But before we get to that, I thought I'd share a little Christmas-themed hoodoo magic with you.
Be careful what you search for...
Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry—hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday. But when a strange girl appears bent on revenge, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton, Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends—are lost forever.
MAGICAL USES OF HOLLY IN HOODOO
Case in point: Holly. You know, the plant with gorgeous, deep green, waxy leaves and red berries that you use to make wreaths at Christmas?
Well it's more than just an ornamental tree. According to one of my favorite hoodoo reference books, Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by catherine Yronwode, holly's magic roots run deep and long, as far back to the ancient Europeans. Considered to be "holy", the holly plant was one of the Seven Chieftain Trees of the Druids. Holly and it's counterpart ivy symbolized male and female at the mid-winter Sandinavian Yule and Roman Saturnalia. Like many pagan symbols, holly continues to be an important element in Christian Christmas celebrations. Without it we couldn't "Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly" or "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas"!
So how do hoodoo root workers use holly? Mostly in protection spells. For example, if you burn holly leaves with Blessing Incense it will protect your home and draw good spirits. Placing holly above the door lintel will offer additional protection and invite helpful spirits into your home.
So the next time you "haul out the holly" consider tapping it's magical properties to bless your own abode.
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