Sunday, February 20, 2011

Goofer Dust

Goofer Dust is the name of powder used to curse one's enemies in the practice of Hoodoo/Rootwork. Occasionally the term goofer dust is used as a synonym for graveyard dirt but usually graveyard dirt is but one ingredient in a recipe for goofer dust. The name 'goofer' stems from the Kikong word 'Kufwa', meaning "to die" while other people have translated it as "to kill". In effect, Goofer Dust is "magical killing powder". It is perhaps the strongest black magic powder found in the practice of hoodoo/rootwork.

The actual recipe for goofer dust varies from practitioner to practitioner; however a basic recipe for goofer dust will normally contain one or more of the following:

- Graveyard dirt
- Brimstone (Sulpher) Powder
- Red Pepper
- Black Pepper
- Powdered Mullein Herb
- Powdered Toxic or Poisonous Herbs
- Ash
- Salt
- Snake Skin
- Crushed Bugs, Insects, or Snails (Usually poisonous or venomous varieties such as ants, spiders, and wasps. Also may include their homes or nests.)
- Powdered Lizards
- Powdered Bones
- Magnetic Sand

Once concocted the powder is traditionally deployed by sprinkling in the path of the enemy. When the victim steps on the goofer dust it is believed to magically "poison them through their feet". More creative practitioners may find other uses for goofer dust, such as to sprinkle it on the victim's mattress, laundry, or in their shoes. Other sneaky forms of deployment include placing the goofer dust in a mojo bag or bottle which is secretly hidden in the home of the victim or buried on their property, preferably near to where the victim will walk.

Victims who have been successfully cursed with goofer dust are referred to as being "goofered", and sometimes the term goofered is used as a synonym for being cursed. People who have been goofered will begin to experience extreme bad luck, dangerous health complaints, insanity, and even death if the proper magical procedures are not performed to remove the cursed condition.

Though normally deployed in black magic spells for revenge, goofer dust is sometimes used in love spells designed to make a specific person love the spell caster. Such spells also fall under the category of black magic as they interfere with the free will of the intended person. Such spells are designed to produce pain and suffering in the object of desire in order to force them to submit to the spell caster. If by chance the victim does not submit then they may eventually die if the curse/love spell is not eradicated with the proper counter-rituals.

The rituals performed to counter-act goofering include spiritual baths, the burning of candles and incense, and cleansing or "uncrossing" rituals of the afflicted individual and of the home and property. Generally such rituals are often followed with rituals to protect from further attack or to reverse the curse back to the spell caster. (See REVERSING SPELLS)

Goofer dust, like graveyard dirt, is often offered for sale in various occult shops. As with so-called "graveyard dirt", let the buyer beware. Usually what is offered as "goofer dust" appears to be nothing more than dyed and scented talcum powder, or else powdered mullein herb used as a pseudo-substitute. Even shops who claim to sell "the real deal" often adulterate their product with talcum powder or similar powders

Goofer Dust

Goofer Dust Spell

***Note: I present this information for educational purposes only. I do not condone the making of or use of goofer dust. Don't be deceived. Goopher Dust has no positive uses.

4 comments:

Lollysirk said...

I heard this term on the TV series, "Supernatural" where the dust was used to prevent a demon from collecting a soul of someone who made a "deal" in exchange for that soul. Was that use correct?

Anonymous said...

Considering that "Supernatural" is a fictional T.V. program I doubt that, since the primary use of Goofer Dust is for baneful magic such as hexing or cursing. I've been following that program for its entertainment and have found that the old legends and such were distorted to fit the story line.
When watching this program take the basic informtion they give and research it for correct information.

happy_fraggle said...

Goofer dust is NOT meant for cursing, it is used for that by unscrupulous practitioners but that is all. It is MORE often used in protective work.

DocConjure said...

@ happy_fraggle,

Sorry, you are wrong. Goofer dust has not good uses. It's name means "killing powder".

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