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Smudging is a fabulous way of sanctifying your home, clearing away negativity and bad energy, and blessing your space setting the tone for a harmonious environment. The following ritual described is based on the Native American smudging ritual which traditionally uses sage, cedar or sweetgrass; however, any number of herbs, resins and incenses can be used to smudge your home and environment. Read more...
The use of candles was assimilated with New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo due to the strong influence of the Catholic Church where prayer is often accompanied by candle burning. When Henri Gamache published his book The Master Book of Candle Burning the practice took off around the country and it soon became an activity many spiritualists and rootworkers engaged in for themselves and others. Read more...
A talisman or amulet is a piece of jewelry, a trinket, charm, picture or collage that is used to protect one or attract that which one desires such as love, money or whatever it may be. According to some traditions, amulets are charged when the moon is waning, while talismans are charged when the moon is waxing. Read more...
Creole Moon's premium quality products and educational information do more than provide aesthetic appeal to the discerning art collector, authentic cultural supplies for the folk magic aficionado, accurate information for students, and magical solutions for those seeking them—they transform their lives.
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RECYCLE. REUSE. REPAY. I love our Mother Earth and show it by reusing and recycling or packaging material. I purchase earth-friendly packing products and packing supplies I receive in other shipments. This may mean your box won't always look brand new and that would be because it may not be! Very little goes to waste. When purchasing supplies I am conscience of finding recycled or recyclable materials whether it is to be used for my office and warehouse, product labeling or for packaging materials. Even some of my products are created from recyclable materials and what would otherwise be considered "kitchen waste." Biodegradable leftover food goes into my gardens and orange peels and egg shells are dried and crushed into powders, for example. Repaying refers to paying it forward; engaging in environmentally-friendly and community conscious activities out of principle. Whenever possible, if a member of the online conjure community or local community is in need of financial support, I do my best to contribute. This year, I have advocated for Papa Joe Fisher's Prayer House by spearheading a fund drive, provided financial support and media coverage for the Marie Laveaux Shrine in New Orleans, as well as helped individuals with their various needs. In the past I have partnered with Mercy Corps to raise money for the earthquake in Haiti. I do this because others have shown me incredible generosity and helped me through hard times just because they could - out of principle and the generous nature of their characters. These individuals have been and remain my beloved role models.
UPHOLD TRADITION. I commit to handcrafting all products with mindful intention and the most appropriate methods possible as was taught to me in the traditional Southern style conjure way, thereby upholding sacred ancestral traditions. This translates into quality over quantity and careful construction over the immediate gratification mindset. As my mother used to say: "Excellent things come to those who are willing to wait." That said, I do my best to maintain timely shipments and items that require additional time for creation are noted in their product descriptions.
RELIABLE CULTURAL INFORMATION. I am committed to providing the most authoritative EDUCATIONAL information possible on this website and by extension, all of my websites. You won't find ignorant, unresearched statements here such as "Red brick dust came from the Skeleton Key" or "New Orleans Voodoo came from Haiti." In addition to a growing Knowledge Base and list of Tutorials, every product page will soon be accompanied by an educational article about the cultural and historical use or role of the materia medica in Southern Conjure. My books and articles are always referenced and if a bit of information provided is based on oral tradition or an original conjure it is made known. If I am relating information based on personal experience or opinion, I will tell you. That is my guarantee.
ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS. Many of the products we sell are eco-friendly. You can easily spot these items by the green eco-friendly icon on the product page and paying attention to the ingredients and items used (and reused) to create the products. What does eco-friendly mean? Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment. Examples of eco-friendly practices utilized by Creole Moon is collecting rainwater, utilizing road kill and naturally deceased animals for animal parts (under no circumstances are any animals killed or sacrificed for the purpose of product creation, down to the tiniest insects), growing our own herbs and plants, using leftover materials to stuff dolls, reusing paper grocery bags for petition papers, harvesting only what is needed for product creation and personal use. These eco-friendly activities may seem small, but if everyone did whatever they could in their own neck of the woods, it would amount to something great. You can engage in eco-friendly habits or practices as well by being more conscious of how you use the resources around you and purchasing products from companies with eco-friendly practices.
VOODOO GREEN (TM). Making truly eco-friendly products prevents contributions to air, water and land pollution. At a minimum, the product is non-toxic. Other eco-friendly attributes include the use of sustainably grown or raised herbs, plants and roots, produced in ways that do not deplete the ecosystem. My gardens are all organically grown without toxic pesticides or herbicides. Products made from recycled materials contain glass, wood, paper, metal or plastic reclaimed from waste products and purchased from thrift stores and made into something new. Biodegradable products break down through natural decomposition, which is less taxing on landfills and the ecosystem as a whole. An example of a Voodoo Green (TM) product is my Bayou Swamp Ju Ju (TM) dolls, which are made from leftover muslin scraps from other projects, dyed with leftover coffee grounds or tea leaves (which then go to the gardens), and stuffed with fabric scraps and organically grown herbs and flowers.
SUPPORT MY EFFORTS. You can support my efforts to provide you with high quality environmentally-friendly and community conscience products by becoming a Sweet Tea and Conjure patron. For as little as $1.00 a month, you can be part of an exclusive group of people who receive product samples and sneak previews of new books. I solicit your feedback for product improvement, and create products you request. Your support also allows me to continue to provide free information sites such as Voodoo Muse, the free online magazine of Sweet tea and Conjure, and Conjuredoctors.com, an information site about famous and not-so-famous rootworkers, and conjure doctors in history. Your support also helps me to maintain my gardens which require an extensive amount of work here in the High Deserts of Arizona. I can only do these things through your generous support. For more information, please visit patreon.com/denisealvarado.
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