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Conjuring Harriet "Mama Moses" Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad
Witchdoctor Utu, Foreword by Baba Ted Jauw
ISBN: 9781578636440
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
6 x 9
288 pages
Photos, diagrams, sigils
February 1, 2019


"Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad represents an ambitious undertaking. It is a thorough attempt at wedding the history, legends, as well as the ethics and motivations of the abolitionist-inspired Underground Railroad and its primary figure and force, Harriet Tubman, together with a practical system of Hoodoo. As with any such attempt, it will please some more than others. It is worthy of serious consideration, as, to my knowledge, no one has attempted anything on such a scale, nor attempted to combine what is an ancestral veneration with the practice of African-American folk magic, aka Hoodoo, in as much detail ever. This book deserves to be on your reading list!" --Manuel Congo, global ethnologist and author of the Lucumi Tarot

"I have practiced my particular brand of spirit communication for many years. During that time, I have been blessed to meet and interview several people whom I believe have left a mark on the world. Witchdoctor Utu is one such person and he has written one of the best, well rounded tomes on the topic in recent years. It is important that the reader grasps not just the physical practice of working with spirits but also the history behind those practices. Utu has achieved a balance seldom found. In Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad, he has married the practice of mysticism and religious belief. He also goes on to present the importance of the ancestors who brought these beliefs with them as they traveled along the Underground Railroad. Most importantly Utu has a deep-set passion to spread the story of the life of Harriet Tubman or Mama Moses, as she was known. Considered one of the architects of the liberation of African slaves during the time of political strife that preceded and endured during the American Civil War, her story alone is worth discovering within the pages of this book.

Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad is a practical manual of instruction giving both the adept and novice fresh knowledge to add to the ever-growing need for Conjure in today’s world. This is a text that should grace every metaphysical worker’s bookshelf." --Rev. Timothy Shaw, Spiritualist minister

"Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad is undoubtedly the most important book of the decade. Whether you read it for the history, for the conjure, or to honor the brave souls whose stories are told within…read it! What lies between its covers will not only enrich your life, but forever nourish your spirit." --Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked and The Craft

The spirits of Harriet Tubman, John Brown, and other heroes of the Underground Railroad guide readers on a magical path to healing, empowerment, and liberation.

The historical role that magic and soothsaying played in the Underground Railroad has long been ignored out of fear it might diminish the legacy of Harriet Tubman and other heroes of that time. However, Harriet Tubman was a Conjure woman who relied on her dreams and visionary experiences to lead her followers to freedom. Revered as “Mama Moses,” she, along with John Brown, Mary Ellen Pleasant, and others have been venerated since their deaths. They now have emerged in the 21st century as the pantheon of a new and increasingly popular African-Diaspora tradition.

Written by Witchdoctor Utu, founder of the Niagara Voodoo Shrine, this is the first book devoted to the spiritual and magical tradition of the Underground Railroad. In it, the author conjures the spirits of the Underground Railroad, their continued connection to each other, and their “tracks” still leading to freedom from obstacles, bondage, and trouble and tribulations of all kinds. It is a spiritual tradition that is broadly accessible and inclusive, much like the historical Underground Railroad itself, whose participants were black, white, and Native American, male and female, Christians, Jews, Quakers, animists, secret devotees of forbidden African religions, and free thinkers of all kinds.

This revelatory book teaches readers how to invoke the blessings of Mama Moses and her followers, access their healing inspiration and magic powers, and seek their own path to freedom.

Witchdoctor Utu is best known as the founder of the world-renowned Pagan drum troupe, the Dragon Ritual Drummers. He is also the founder of the Niagara Pagan Men’s Circle and the Niagara Voodoo Shrine, which is dedicated to Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the spirits of the Underground Railroad. For over 20 years, Utu has been active in both the American and Canadian Pagan communities and is a highly sought-after presenter. He resides in St. Catharines, Ontario, the place where Harriet Tubman brought her particular track of the Underground Railroad to its end, and where she planned and executed her many journeys to freedom. Visit Witchdoctor Utu online at
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