Hoodoo Heritage Festival 2016!
Hey folks, now that I'm back home in Salt Lake City and unpacked and (somewhat) caught up on my client e-mails and hoodoo schedule, I wanted to write up some thoughts I had at this year's Hoodoo Heritage Festival, which was held May 14-15 at Lucky Mojo Curio Company in Forestville, California.
This was my third time at the festival, and it's become an opportunity for me to sit and think on my hoodoo practice (which, for the first time this year, has expanded to a professional practice). I always make a point to sit in the Missionary Independent Spiritual Church and pray to God and the spirits, thanking them for the opportunity to go to the festival again. But I also ask them to speak to me and guide my thoughts and actions during the festival, and I make goals to work on during the coming year.
I feel like they definitely heard that prayer this year. Not only did I experience some obvious spirit omens/messages, but I felt like the spirits were encouraging me and urging me to step out of my comfort zone and interact with people more. Like it was a lesson I needed to learn this year.
Every year I walk the labyrinth on the property, and I like to stand for a moment at the center, knowing I'm in an in-between space, and look for signs and omens about my life. This year, I was so happy that the first thing I saw when I looked up was a hummingbird flitting around a flower. I had gotten engaged to my wonderful boyfriend the day before, and took this hummingbird as a sign our love was pure and lasting. The hummingbird is featured on Chuparosa spiritual products, which are used to foster a sweet, pure love, and is an oil I use on our sugar jar! Think of a hummingbird floating lovingly around a flower, and you'll see why it's an oil used for that type of love.
Another spirit sign I noticed happened on the second day of the festival. I was sitting alone during lunch, just taking in the scene and the conversations around me, when I saw a circle of people sitting around and talking a ways away. Immediately something prodded me to get up and participate in their conversation, and as soon as I sat down I knew why. They were discussing working with St. Expedite! I knew he'd wanted me to hear what they had to say.
In fact, I feel like God, the spirits and, in more than one case, my friend Professor Charles Porterfield were pushing me to interact with people more at the festival. Usually my introvert instinct tells me to sit alone quietly, but this year I made it a point to introduce myself to as many people as I could, even though I felt uncomfortable and often awkward. And it was a really great experience!
I got to meet Miss Robin, Papa Newt, Jamila Jones, Andrea Weston, Kast Excelsior, Mama E., Professor Ames and so many other great people, and now I feel like I'm really starting to join the hoodoo community. I know St. Expedite was also helping me there; he pushes me to not be a hermit. I also got to have great conversations with Catherine and Nagasiva Yronwode and, as always, Professor Porterfield.
And that's not even to mention how incredible the festival itself was! All the workshops were educational, edifying and eye-opening, and it's still all sinking in. Plus, I scored some awesome books! Shown: "North Asian Magic: Spellcraft From Manchuria, Mongolia, and Siberia" by David Shi, "Legends of Incense Herb and Oil Magic" by Lewis de Claremont edited and reprinted by Catherine Yronwode, and "The Sporting Life: How to Help Yourself With Hoodoo From the Streets to the Sheets" by Professor Charles Porterfield.
I'm already counting down the days until next year's festival. Goals for the next year and beyond: Join the Lucky Mojo forum and become a moderator, take Catherine Yronwode's apprenticeship weeks, join Hoodoo Psychics, submit my paperwork to join the Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers and, of course, keep working hard for my clients!
If I thought the past year was productive, I feel like this year is going to really take off.