A mojo bag is a powerful tool in the magic of Hoodoo. One of the most potent and simple methods for connecting with our magical guides is to carry a well-prepared mojo bag. It is widely believed that mojo bags are the man-made manifestation of a spiritual being and that they contain life-like properties.
The primary amulet of the Hoodoo religion, a mojo bag is essentially a flannel bag containing magical items of significance to the bags owner. The word mojo is thought by some to be related to the West African word "mojuba," meaning a prayer of admiration and protection, as it is a "prayer in a bag" - a hex you can carry with you.
While a mojo bag is the staple talisman in the Hoodoo tradition, it appears in other magickal traditions as well. It is characterized as a flannel bag, usually red in color, containing one or more magickal items. Although most mojo bags are made of red flannel, some magickal practitioners prefer the color symbolism associated with candle magick and will match the color of the mojo bag to their goal. Other names for these charms include gris gris, nation sack, mojo hand, toby and conjure bag. The practice is most commonly attributed to Hoodoo and Rootwork, but has also gained much popularity in modern Shamanic and New Age groups.
Crafting a Mojo Bag
Each practitioner has his or her own method of preparing and fixing a mojo bag. There are certain steps in the process that are considered universal. The ritual for preparing and fixing a mojo bag is usually performed on an altar or other sacred place and will often be accompanied by the burning of candles and incense.
The first step in creating your mojo bag is to select a cloth bag whose color resonates with your intention.
Here is a list to help you choose the most appropriate color for your mojo bag.
Once you have selected the proper bag, you must empower it. Begin by marking a candle with your goal. Impale the candle with nine pins, asserting your desire with the insertion of each pin. The ninth and final pin should be inserted directly through the candles wick. Light some incense and then light your candle.
Contents of a Mojo Bag
What you put in your mojo bag is as, if not more, important than the color of the bag. Fill the bag with the corresponding herbs, stones and symbols of your intention. For example...
If you prefer, you can buy a blessed mojo bag from Botanica Taino, that has already been prepared, energized and blessed by our resident Shaman Buddhist.
Using Your Mojo Bag
Your mojo bag should be carried with you for the first week and you should sleep with it near you at night. It should also be fed each day for a total of seven days, at the same time it was originally fixed, if possible. After the first week, you may carry it on you during the day, or you may put it away in a private place.
From that point forward, feed the mojo once a week for four weeks on the same day of the week that it was made. After that month, it should then be fed once a month when the moon is new. Once properly assembled and empowered, you should carry your mojo bag on you below the waist and sleep with it under your pillow.
Over time, your mojo bag may need to be refreshed. This process entails taking the mojo bag apart, saving hard items and removing and replacing leafy/dried herbs. The contents are then reassembled into a new mojo bag, which is prayed over and fed. Some people believe that a mojo’s power generally last for a year, and should be buried after that time. Others feel that if your mojo bag is still working for you do not make any changes.
Your mojo bag is only for your eyes and hands. No one else can touch or see it. Your mojo has its own name that you can use to speak to it and ask for its direct assistance at any time. This potent manifestation tool will empower you in a myriad of ways to easily and effortlessly obtain your desires.