Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Newsletter

September 1st, 2017

In This Issue
Museum of Fortune Telling Tea Cups
Farewell Friends: Last Letter From This Editor
Ernie Medeiros Interview
Divination Catalogue Page Update
The Mystic Tea Room
Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour Schedule
Rowan Rivers


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The Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour with catherine yronwode and ConjureMan Ali.

Featuring panel discussions on traditional African American hoodoo spell-casting  with members of AIRR, plus free readings and magical rootwork advice for our call-in clients -- this is the longest-running conjure show in the universe!

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The Crystal Silence League Hour with Rev. Jon Saint Germain.

Spiritual guidance on the practical use of crystals and crystal balls in the development of mental concentration and mind power, silent influence over others, divination, scrying of the future, telepathic contact with people, and with spirits.

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Front page reports on the ongoing struggle for racial, social, and  gender justice in America and the world, brought to you straight from  the heart by an empowered and impassioned activist-priestess of ruthless  compassion and insight.

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A magical lifestyle show that motivates spiritually, emotionally, and physically, aimed at empowering you to become your most magnificent self with generous doses of inspiration, laughter, and honesty.

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The Now You Know Show with Professor Charles Porterfield.

From deep in the heart of Texas comes your weekly schooling in  down-home conjure, laced with country wit and Biblical wisdom. The old Professor is a natural man with a silver tongue who knows his roots and delivers the lucky numbers!

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Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course Homework Party
September 8th, 2017   

More than 2,000 people have enrolled in cat yronwode's
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8 pieces of homework. Every month we hold a work-party at which we look over incoming homework. All are welcome, whether students or not! We meet at 5:00 PM at the shop, and PIZZA IS FREE. See how hoodooers do their thing!  
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November's Homework Party is Friday the 10th.

December's Homework Party is Friday the 8th.
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You Did It!

The August 2017 Apprenticeship was intense. A dozen graduates came by and together we worked our way through Week Two -- Oils, Incenses, and Mojo Bags. The weather was unbearable -- as high as 104 degrees at one point -- but we all stayed hydrated beneath our pop-up tents and got through it somehow. 

Because Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course graduates can take the three one-week apprenticeships in any order, we had two folks who completed their apprenticeships and graduated from the program: Shelley "Circe" Griswold and Margie Blackwell. Thank you so much for your trust in me and your appreciation for the program i offer.  

Farewell, Friends!
Last Letter From This Editor

Well, friends, all good things must come to an end! For the past year and a half, I have had the pleasure of writing these newsletters. We've talked about tea cups and graveyard dirt, magic charms and church fires, celebrities and apprenticeships. As a student of of Miss cat's, it has been a pleasure to work so intimately with the community, updating everyone to the comings and goings in the shop as well as delivering new monthly free spells and lore on herbs and oils. I have deeply enjoyed it. 

Although I will be refocusing my time and energy, I will always be grateful for the support and encouragement I've received from the entire Lucky Mojo team. With my extra time and energy, I will be focusing on my profession as a reader and teacher at The Sacred Well in Oakland, California, as well as continuing to promote my own line of magical products.

I'll see you  in Forestville, at Hoodoo Heritage Festivals, in the Lucky Mojo Forum, and elsewhere on the interwebs! Thanks again to catherine and nagasiva for the amazing opportunity, and to everyone else for the wonderful journey. May all your works be crowned with success! 
Interview With Ernie:
How an Old Hippie Found His Place in an Occult Shop

Born Ernest Richard Medeiros, it may come as no surprise that this Leo was named in part after Richard the Lionheart. Ernie grew up in Boston during the 1950s where he learned to love science fiction and hate the winter. (The latter was a result of falling thru ice as a child while skating.) In the old West End of Boston, one of the city's most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods, Ernie grew up surrounded not only by the folk Catholicism of his Portuguese heritage, but also Baptist, Jewish, and many other houses of worship. 

Ernie, who describes himself as "curious about damn near everything," ended up staying in Boston through his first college experience but took to the road with his dog and girlfriend joined up with Wavy Gravy and The Hog Farm (a mobile commune that travelled in Psychedelic buses, inspired by Kesey and the Pranksters). Having heard of the warmer climate where jeans and a t-shirt were standard wardrobe, he made his way out to California. A gifted singer and guitarist, he made many friends through his music and his metaphysical talents. 

Time rocked on, and when Ernie pulled up at 6632 Covey Road to deliver a pizza, he didn't know what he was in for. It was his first week on the delivery job, which he had taken due to a knee injury, and he had never visited or even heard of the Lucky Mojo Curio Company before. Walking up the long driveway, he overheard cat yronwode talking to Owl, a woman who was working on product photography for the company's web site development, as they discussed the need for "fresh blood" in the store. "You never know. The guy we need could end up walking through the door," Owl said. Placing the pizza on the shop's candle-dressing station, Ernie said, "Oh! A metaphysical shop!" And cat said, "How would you like to quit delivering pizza and come work for us?" 

That was in 2006, and Ernie has been at Lucky Mojo ever since.  Although he originally began in the lab, making products, he quickly went into management, taking on a web site development job, heading up the book department, and administering the company's weekly Facebook Fridays! giveaway program. Eventually, while retaining the Facebook Fridays! position, he moved over to  Missionary Independent Spiritualist Church, where he became the chief candle reader. While he was saddened by the recent burning of "The World's Smallest Church," he hasn't let that slow him down. Back at work full time for Lucky Mojo in web site development, he has spent many hours with nagasiva to give the Divination section of the Lucky Mojo online catalogue a major makeover! 

What's next for this Leo on the go? Well, he just celebrated his 69th birthday and he is working with miss cat to update her tasseomancy site, The Mystic Tea Room. After that, who knows? Perhaps the Electric Kool Aid Acid Tests will have a come-back. All we know is if you're looking for gifted ceromancer, story teller, or folk musician, then Ernie is your guy.  
Redoing Divination!

Big drum roll, folks! We're pleased to announce a renovated, polished, and shiny Divination section of the catalogue at! This massive project has been spearheaded by nagasiva and Ernie, and has been called by Miss cat, "One of the biggest projects we've taken on in the past five years."
As part of the makeover, they are updating images, text descriptions, links to "Read Also" pages, and section headers for Cartomancy with Tarot Card Decks, "Lenormand" Style Card-Reading Decks, Gypsy Fortune Telling and Oracle Card Decks, and Playing Card Decks; Runes; Palmistry; Phrenology; Bone Casting Sets and Supplies; Spirit Boards and Talking Boards; Crystal Balls and Scrying Stones; Pendulums; Fortune Telling Tea Cups; Dream Divination; and Instruction Books on Fortune Telling. 

To celebrate, we've made divination products the focus of our sale this month! All September long, every item on the Lucky Mojo catalogue Divination page will be available at a 15% discount. Make sure to use the coupon code at the bottom of the newsletter to get your savings!  

A sale like this is rare, so order what you want soon, as supplies of certain crystals, pendulums, hard-to-find bones, and antique tea cups are strictly limited. All of these tools of divination are offered on a FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVED basis, and some may rapidly go out of stock or be temporarily unavailable as a result of this big sale. (And that will keep Ernie and nagasiva hard at work revising the revised catalogue page, no doubt.)
Be sure to head over to the Divination page to get a full picture of the beautiful new catalogue page. Below you will find a small sampling of what is in stock, to whet your appetite for prognosis and prophesy!

The tarot is a form of occult and, some say, spiritual card deck. Originating in Italy in the 1400s, it was apparently devised for playing a trumping card game called Tarocchi. Since the 1700s it has been widely used for fortune telling and divination of the future, and it is also linked by many occult and hermetic authors to a mystical system of Hebrew Kaballah or even ancient Egyptian spiritual beliefs. There are hundreds of different tarot decks in existence, with considerable variation from deck to deck. Most feature 78 cards, one of which is designated the Fool -- and in most tarot decks the remainder of the cards are divided into three portions: four suits of numbered cards (also known as lesser arcana, the pips, or the minor trumps), four suits of court cards (also called the face cards), and a series of non-suited emblematic cards that may be sequentially numbered, called the major trumps, trionfi, or major arcana. Although divination with cards seems to have originated with regular decks of playing cards, tarot cards are now the most popular cards used for fortune telling, and they are also widely used as aids to meditation, mystical development, ritual workings, and spell-craft. 
Read Also: Further instructional information on Tarot Cards can be found on this page: Cartomancy: Tarot Decks


The most famous card reader of all time was Mademoiselle Lenormand, who devised a system of identifying playing cards with certain of life's situations, and who read cards for Napoleon Bonoparte and his wife the Emperess Josephine. After Lenormand's death, card makers created specially illustrated "Lenormand style" decks so that anyone could use her divination system without having to memorize the meanings of the playing cards. In these decks, there is a small image of the regular playing card face set into a larger colour picture of the mnemonic image, with the set-number in a circle at the top.
Read Also: Further instructional information on Lenormand Style Cards can be found on this page: Cartomancy: "Lenormand" Style Card Reading Decks

In the late 19th century, a third system of card reading arose in Europe, using unnumbered emblematic cards. Although many of the images in these so-called Oracle Card decks derive from  Lenormand style decks , the cards are not set-numbered and they do not contain sets of playing cards. They generally come in packs of 36, 48, or 52 cards. They are sometimes sold under names like "Gypsy Cards," "Oracle Cards," or "Cartomancy Cards," but despite the name "Gypsy" in the title, these cards should not be confused with the  Lenormand style  52-card  Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards  described above.
Read Also:  Further information on Gypsy and Unnumbered Cartomancy Cards can be found on this page:  Cartomancy: Unnumbered Cartomancy & Gypsy Oracle Card Decks

Although most people think only of games when they see a regular deck of playing cards, the truth is that anyone can, with a little practice, use these cards for divination. In some ways their employment for this purpose is more impressive to a client than the use of pictorial Tarot or Cartomancy cards, because there are no pictures to give the reader a hint as to what the cards foretell. Of course these cards can also be used for playing any number of games -- and some people consider decks that have been used in fortune telling to be especially lucky for games of chance. 
Read Also: Further instructional information on Playing Card Decks can be found on this page:  Cartomancy: Playing Card Decks

Although runes were apparently originally devised as an alphabetic system by Nordic people, each rune has a meaning, and thus they have become quite popular for use in divination, especially by means of rune stones.

The ancient art of Palm or Hand Reading is one of the oldest forms of fortune telling. Here are some items that can help you acquire the knowledge and skill needed to practice this form of divination.

Phrenology is a discipline primarily focused on measurements of the human skull, based on the concept that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that certain brain areas have localized, specific functions or modules. The distinguishing feature of phrenology is the idea that the sizes of brain areas were meaningful and could be inferred by examining the skull of an individual. Following the materialist notions of mental functions originating in the brain, phrenologists believed that human conduct could best be understood in neurological rather than philosophical or religious terms. Developed by German physician Franz Joseph Gall in 1796, the discipline was very popular in the 19th century, especially from about 1810 until 1840. The principal British centre for phrenology was Edinburgh, where the Edinburgh Phrenological Society was established in 1820. Phrenological thinking was influential in 19th-century psychiatry and modern neuroscience. Gall's assumption that character, thoughts, and emotions are located in the brain is considered an important historical advance toward neuropsychology.

Bone reading is done using both ancient and modern methods. Learn to predict future events by means of Scottish speal bones, American pyromantic furculomancy, Yoruban obi, Shona hakata, Mongolian shagai, British fortune telling dice, the Gypsy domino oracle, the Persian standing bone oracle, Alabama 'Possum bones, Virginia Chicken bones, Zulu-style sangoma bone reading, and more.

Scrying is the ancient art of receiving messages and prophesying through visions obtained by looking into shiny surfaces, including polished stones, mirrors, crystal balls, and even pools of liquid. The most popular devices are crystal balls -- including both coloured and clear ones, made of natural stone or glass -- and scrying stones, traditionally made of semi-precious or precious stone, of which the hands-down favorite has always been black Obsidian.

Palm scrying is an ancient practice and the use of obsidian is traditional in this application. Scrying stones of this type are generally fairly flat (not rounded like a tumble-polished rock). They vary in size to fit different sizes of hands.

We have many sizes of scrying spheres or Crystal Balls, in several types of crystal, mineral, and stone. Crystal and Stone Ball prices range from $5.00 to $300.00 depending on size and material (e.g. Calcite, Obsidian, Quartz Crystal, Pyrite, Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Reconstituted Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Agate, Jasper, etc.). Sizes range from the size of a large marble through palm balls and up to large spheres weighing 10 lbs. or more. Crystal Ball Stands come in wood and brass, and range from $2.00 to $45.00 for wood and from $30.00 to $95.00 for brass, depending on style, size, and intircacy of manufacture; wooden stand are available in both plain and rotating models. Stock on these items changes constantly, so please call the shop at 707-887-1521.

Pendulum divination, like dowsing with wands and rods, is an ancient practice that is found in many forms around he world. Pendulums are used to answer yes / no questions; to "dowse" on maps to the location of treasure, lost objects, or missing people; to determine the sex of an unborn fetus, and to diagnose diseases by working them over the patient.
The classic tear-drop or plumb-bob shape is the most popular form of stone or metal pendulum. Economically priced, yet made from genuine semi-precious stones, these pendulums are perfect for beginner or experienced worker alike. Colour and pattern of natural stone will vary.

Spirit Boards, also called Talking Boards or Planchette Boards, are used for communication with the dead or other spiritual beings. There are many kinds of boards, but without a doubt the best-known is the Ouija Board manufactured by Parker Brothers, which can be used for fortune telling, divination, or to establish contact with spirits.
The Magic 8-Ball is a beloved American Icon and popular simple question and answer game.

Read Also: A bibliography on talking boards, spirit boards, and ouija boards by nagasiva yronwode; materials contained herein are focussed on their history and use in divination, arranged chronologically by publication date: THE SPIRIT BOARD BIBLIOGRAPHY

Divination by means of tea leaves or coffee grounds is an ages-old practice especially favoured by women, who excel at it. There are essentially three systems in use: readings of the symbolic image-patterns seen in the leaves or grounds, readings that combine symbolic tea leaf images with zodiacal and planetary positions demarked within the cup and saucer, and readings that combine symbolic tea leaf images with cartomancy (playing card reading) images located within the cup. We carry a limited stock of VINTAGE and ANTIQUE collector's tea leaf or fortune telling cups and saucer sets, including antiques such as Red Rose Tea promotionals, Alfred Meakin, J & G Meakin, Aynsley, Royal Kendal, etc., and more modern vintage-style reproductions. These antique and reproduction vintage-style Fortune Teller tea leaf reading cup and saucer sets range in price from $29.00 to $600.00 or more, depending on age, type, rarity, and condition.
Condition of all tea cup and saucer sets is excellent, which means there are no chips, no cracks, no crazing, no loss of gilt gold edges UNLESS NOTED. All prices are for CUP AND SAUCER SET; we have no loose cups and no loose saucers. Name on cup or brochure, pottery maker, country of origin, and year of manufacture are listed when known.
This listing of books about divination, tarot, and related arts is selected from our general book list for your convenience.
Read Also:Our complete list of books can be found on this page: Books about Hoodoo, Magick, Spells, and the Occult 
Wiki-Linking in

Ernie and nagasiva have been assisting Miss cat to fill out the internet's favourite resource for the teacups and saucers used in divinatory tea reading: The MysticTea Room! Online since 2007, The Mystic Tea Room is cat's web site entirely devoted to the art of tasseomancy or cup reading. 

Within this domain, "The Museum of Fortune Telling Tea Cups and Saucers" contains hundreds of images of tasseomantic paraphernalia cross-indexed by manufacturer. There are examples of cups and saucers marked with designs from astrology, cartomancy, symbology, and numerology, as well as detailed histories of their production, illustrated with backstamps, instructional booklets, and patent applications. 

If you're looking to develop our own gifts or skills in reading tea cups, then the sub-section on " How To Read Tea Leaves," is a great place to get started. If you cannot come to one of Miss cat's classes in tasseomancy, this is the next-nest thing.

Also included is a " Bibliography of Books Tasseomancy," pointing the way to books that will help you learn this folkloric form of future-telling.

Another area of the site is devoted to " Tea Leaf Reading in Art," a collection of post cards, trade cards, and paintings on the subject, ranging from the 19th century to the present.

The Mystic Tea Room's " Community Portal" will put you in touch with professional tea leaf readers and fellow tea cup collectors.

At the " Museum Gift Shop" you may find tasseomantic cups and saucers for sale, ranging from good starter sets to rare antiques from Miss cat's personal collection!

What are you waiting for? Head on over for a spell and check out some of the fabulous artifacts at The Mystic Tea Room!

Sundays: September 3, 10, 17, & 24
from 3pm - 4:30pm PT
The Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour, brought to you every week by catherine yronwode of and ConjureMan Ali of , is a live call-in show, where we will read your fortune on the air and prescribe down-home, old-school conjure and rootwork remedies!
Special Guest Readers and Rootworkers from
* September 3: Chas Bogan on Spirit Boards
* September 10: Jon Saint Germain on Lithomancy
* September 17: Deacon Millett on Safe Travel Spells
* September 24: William Stickevers on the Fall Equinox

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To get a FREE reading and rootwork advice, you must pre-register at the  Lucky Mojo Forum , then call in by telephone during that week's LIVE broadcast and press '1' to request to be on the air. 
Call-In Number for pre-registered applicants or to listen to the show by phone: 1-818-394-8535. Press '1' to indicate that you'd like to be on the air and receive free readings and rootwork advice!
As we bid a fond farewell to Rowan, i guess that all there is left for me to write this month is ... 

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