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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Book Review: Black And White Magic Of Marie Laveau

The book is Black And White Magic Of Marie Laveau by Bivens N.P.D. This is a more of a booklet, being only 64 pages in length. The original book is old, dating to circa 1920. In fact, it is believed that Zora Neale Hurston plagiarized from Black And White Magic Of Marie Laveau for her book, Mules and Men. I won't be getting into that topic here, because it is definitely a topic that ruffles feathers. As for the author, the identity of "Bivens N.P.D." remains a mystery.

Despite the tile of the book, it is extremely doubtful that any of the spells or workings contained within the book have anything to do with Marie Laveau or even Voodoo for that matter. All of the workings contained in the book are examples of Hoodoo magical workings. Most people who purchase the book today will purchase a reprint or copy produced by International Imports, a.k.a. Indio/Wisdom products, as the original copyright has expired.

The good thing about this book is that much of the material in it can indeed be worked into a modern practice. Additionally there are sections on the use and meaning of playing cards, candle work, and lore on astrological sun signs. At the beginning of the book is an introduction on Spiritism. I would venture to write that most occultists would probably enjoy having a copy of this book in their collection. Beginners, or those disinterested in Hoodoo may not enjoy it.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give it a 5.

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