LECTURE: A Hen on her eggs
Bathed in the bright, warm glow of a lamp we are in the world of our ancestors which links us back to the past and grounds us. Not just for light or beauty, oil lamps are also used for magic, prayer, petitioning, and spell casting within the African Diasporic, Ceremonial Magick, and Jewish Mystical traditions. In this lecture, Professor Porterfield will discuss the use of various herbal components in the making of traditional conjure lamps within the hoodoo tradition in the United States of America. The creation, use, and sanctification of conjure lamps will be discussed along with the care and keeping of an oil lamp prepared for spellwork. Come and learn the secret of “the hen on her eggs” and how the humble oil lamp continues to be an enduring token of humanity’s desire to conquer darkness, bring about manifestation, and the Philosophy of Fire.
WORKSHOP: Conjure Lamps
Join conjure doctor and hoodoo worker Professor Charles Porterfield for a hands-on class in the art and science of the making of traditional conjure lamps within the American folk tradition of hoodoo and conjure. In this workshop participants will fashion their own lamp for a common condition under the direct supervision of Professor Porterfield and lean the ins and outs as well and hows and whys of making a lamp and setting it work. Following the teachings of old-style workers including Mr. Charles Hanson the noted Georgia worker and others. As a follow-up to his lecture on Conjure Lamps this workshop will take theory into practical application and example.
Materials fee $20 (to be paid to presenter on day of workshop)
Professor Charles Porterfield is a no-nonsense, old-school, Old Testament reader and rootworker. His work has been published in The Black Folder: Personal Communications on the Mastery of Hoodoo. He is also the co-author of Hoodoo Bible Magic: Sacred Secrets of Scriptural Sorcery, and author of A Deck of Spells: Hoodoo Playing Card Magic in Rootwork and Conjure and The Sporting Life: How to Help Yourself with Hoodoo from the Streets to the Sheets.
His work includes Biblical and Psalmic magic, prescriptions, rootwork consultations, pendulum, playing card, and Bible divinations, custom-made mojo bags, candle work, spiritual cleansings, laying tricks and work for conditions, interpreting signs and dreams, magical coaching, giving out lucky numbers, lamp making, and good, old-fashioned, plain sense advice. Professor Porterfield writes, teaches, and lectures on hoodoo and conjure to help preserve and pass on the roots of the work.
He lives in Denton, Texas, where it is his honor and privilege to offer consultative, prescriptional, and divinational work through hoodoo and conjure.