on 11 October 2013
I spend several years working with Southern Rootworkers and I must say that Starr Casas makes me nostalgic for those folks. They were hard working down to earth types, who weren't using fancy names or robes but who were naturally in tune with the herbs and roots, the earth and God. Reading Casas' unpretentious way of writing is a breath of fresh air and I am sure in time to come her work will gain further recognition.
When working with books like this you need a healthy dose of common sense, and if the reader doesn't already have it then Casas surely gives it to them with practical advice and no-nonsense straight talk. As always with books in this genre, some of the "recipes" are left for you to fully quantify, but this is normal. No professional rootworker is gonna give all their secrets away, and after all there are more than enough freely given here to begin with.
I look forward to your next book Momma Starr! This one certainly has been a pleasure!
on 15 August 2013
In recent years there has been an upsurgence in Hoodoo, Rootwork and Conjure in America and many 'Folk Magic' festivals are held there where first hand tuition can be found at the hands of well seasoned practitioners.
The number of books is also on the increase and now in the UK many people are producing their own Oils and Powders, Washes and Saints Oils, based on these traditions and their own understanding of them.
The Lucky Mojo company in America has produced many useful books and source material that are well worth a look at because they are written by African Americans with a great sense of their own first hand knowledge, and often these are family practices that have come to light after many years of being kept secret and only taught to family members only..
This book is a window on to one of those hidden traditions and is a real eye opener, and to be honest it's like looking over somebody's shoulder while they mix oils, and do their thing in the name of Conjure.
This book is written by a woman who has spent every day, every week and every year for decades, practicing her arte and she communicates it well.
Starr Casas is now a veteran practitioner of a style of magic loosely called Southern Conjure, a mix of prayer, herbs, oils and spirit contact which to the outsider appears as having a heavy Catholic influence as Saints are frequently petitioned at various times of the week and year, the Old religions blended with the new ?
However this book isn't about religion and isn't about Christianity as such, it's about the power of prayer and the ancient sources of power found in the Bible, in particular the Old Testament ,some born again pagans might hiccup about this ...my advice is to try it !
The book is a VERY comprehensive view of Starr's personal practice and nowhere does she set herself up as 'all knowledge' or the last word on the subject, but she offers help in love, money, health and an awful lot more and it's done in a very down home style indeed, many times you can hear her whispering in your ear !!
This isn't an insipid guide to a wiccan form of fluffy meddling, this is an adult magic that requires courage but nothing too elaborate in the way of ritual, it will require commitment that shouldn't be lightly taken...but the rewards are great, the understanding gained will be much more than book knowledge can give you.
The very, very small down side is that Starr's publishers could have done a much better job of proof reading the book for her,there are a few typos and she deserves better...hopefully a reprint will see this ???
Buy the book, find the courage, make the time to read it, digest it and then get fired up to try something ...it's a wonderful book and I'm sure it will be a classic in years to come.... I wish her well :-)