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Old Style Conjure
Hoodoo, Rootwork, & Folk Magic
Starr Casas
ISBN: 9781578636228
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
6 x 9
256 pages
B&W photographs
September 1, 2017


“Casas, a conjure woman, veteran rootworker, and New Orleans Folk Magic Festival organizer, will bewitch readers with this accessible beginner text about the basics of the “living culture” of the magical tradition of conjure, which was first practiced by enslaved Africans in the American South. A section on historical figures who practiced conjuring techniques, such as Gabriel Prosser and Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman, gives the book some context. These mini-histories, together with explicit descriptions of works and methods—even including the complete biblical passages used in each work—support Casas’s expressed interest in making sure that those who were previously unfamiliar with conjure are well grounded in the background of the practice.” – Publishers Weekly

"Respect, Responsibility and Family … these three words resonate when I reflect on Starr Casas and the gift her knowledge and integrity is to our modern magickal culture. I love Old Style Conjure: it's fascinating, insightful, practical and powerful, just like Starr." --Fiona Horne, author of Pop Goes the Witch: The Disinformation Guide to 21st Century Witchcraft

"At last…a book that answers every question you had about Conjure, but were afraid to ask! Written in the folksy style that belongs to Starr Casas alone - and jam-packed with easy to understand explanations, simple working instructions, and fascinating historical tidbits – Old Style Conjure is an absolute treasure. It’s a must-read for every practitioner of the ancient arts – and a must-have for every magical library!" --Dorothy Morrison, author of Everyday Magic, The Craft, and Utterly Wicked

Conjure, hoodoo, rootwork—these are all names for southern American folk magic. Conjure first emerged in the days of slavery and plantations and is widely considered among the most potent forms of magic. Its popularity continues to increase, both in the United States and worldwide. This book is a guide to using conjure to achieve love, success, safety, prosperity, and spiritual fulfillment. Author Starr Casas, a hereditary master of the art, introduces readers to the history and philosophy of conjure and provides practical information for using it. Featuring Casas's own rituals, spells, and home recipes, the book provides useful information suitable for novices and seasoned practitioners alike.

In its pages, you’ll learn about:

  • Bone reading
  • Candle burning
  • Conjure bags
  • Building your own conjure altar

Starr Casas holds onto the values of her ancestors. A traditional Conjure woman and veteran rootworker of over 40 years, Mama Starr is a prolific author and hands-on teacher, who presents workshops throughout the US. She also owns the store Mama Starr’s Style LLC in Houston. Find her online at and on Instagram @starrcasas.
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