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I'm a student at a small, pretty conservative liberal arts college. It is necessary to keep some of my activities discreet, and there are certain people I simply do not want coming around too often.


To get rid of unwanted people and to give myself some extra protection against prying eyes, I created a Hot Foot bottle that I work a couple of times a week by shaking it and repeating Numbers 10:35 -- 

And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee. 


To a corked glass bottle, I add garlic, devil's shoe strings, salt, red pepper, vandal root, and spanish moss.


I then make a petition paper -- "UNWANTED VISITORS," surrounded by my request -- "stay away." I burn the edges of the paper, fold it away from me, and place it in the bottle.  


All of this is then soaked in rancid apple cider vinegar and corked. I drive needles through the cork and shake the bottle to interact with it while repeating the scripture a few times, sometimes interchanging "let them that hate thee" with a specific name.


The acidity of the vinegar will turn the cork black over time.


You can add other specific petitions later -- this bottle can also be opened and the personal concerns of enemies placed in it. 


If enemies or unwanted guests enter your living area, they will become agitated and sick until they leave. Think the nun in Amittyville Horror here.


I hang this bottle in a pretty public place when not in use as a ward. 


The bottle should be taken down and shaken if anyone unwelcome comes over. It'll get them out quicker that way. 


I purify myself with florida water and hyssop whenever I interact with the bottle; it's a pretty powerful jinx. 




* Regarding the reopening of honey jars and vinegar jars to place new petitions within them, I follow the tradition found in Zora Neal Hurston's classic folkloric work Mules and Men

...So I became the pupil of Reverend Father Joe Watson, "The Frizzly Rooster" and his wife, Mary, who assisted him in all things. She was "round the altar"; that is while he talked with the clients, and usually decided on whatever "work" was to be done, she "set" the things on the altar and in the jars. There was one jar in the kitchen filled with honey and sugar. All the "sweet" works were set in this jar. That is, the names and the thing desired were written on paper and thrust into this jar to stay. Already four or five hundred slips of paper had accumulated in the jar. There was another jar called the "break up" jar. It held vinegar with some unsweetened coffee added. Papers were left in this one also (reference).


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Comment by Oakthorne on February 17, 2012 at 10:14

And, added, under Hoodoo Blogs on the front page of the group. :) Thanks for your contribution!

Comment by Charlie Jackson on February 7, 2012 at 10:09

Please, I'd be honoured. 

Comment by Oakthorne on February 7, 2012 at 3:18

Woo! This is good stuff, Charlie!

May I add this to the links in the Hoodoo group?


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