What do you call someone who does voodoo?There’s a lot of confusion about hoodoo and voodoo. If you think
they’re the same, you’re not alone, but it’s time to unlearn that! Hoodoo and voodoo are very different. Voodoo, which
is also spelled vodou, voudou, and voudun, is an actual religion that is commonly thought to have originated in Haiti
and has roots in West African spiritual traditions.
Hoodoo is based in the African diaspora, and as such, it should be practiced only by Black people. The work was
developed to protect and heal us from the traumas of enslavement. We can see this in the roots used for traveling
safely and the container works used for protecting the home against physical violence, winning a court case, or being
overlooked by the law.
America has been dangerous to Black people since we were brought here, and hoodoo is a way for us to protect ourselves. It’s 2020, and these works remain incredibly relevant.
In order to practice hoodoo, you have to be able to engage with its history. As much as it may sting to hear, white
I started with a honey jar. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular when I stumbled upon a short article by Stephanie
Rose Bird in an almanac. She outlined how to make a small honey jar—a jar filled with honey, curios, and herbs meant
to “sweeten” a situation or person—and work it. (I use honey jars for creative work, but people also make them for
their home, relationships, or just to promote self-love and self-care.) I wasn’t expecting anything, but I sat down and
wrote my intentions, and over a few days, I slowly gathered the bits and pieces for my personal jar.
When I had everything I needed, I put it together and lit my first candle. To my surprise, I felt at peace and oddly