What is a voodoo doll?
Voodoo doll commonly describes an effigy into which pins are inserted. Voodoo dolls can be used to do good or impact evil. Some anthropologists estimate that voodoo's roots in Benin—formerly Dahomey—West Africa may go back 6,000 years. But today an estimated 60 million people practice voodoo worldwide.
At a voodoo ceremony, believers gather outdoors to make contact with the Loa, or any of the pantheon of spirits who have various functions running the universe, much like Greek gods. To carry out their desire.
Where to keep your voodoo doll
Whether or not you plan to use your voodoo doll in a good or bad way, the best place to keep it is with yourself. A voodoo doll in the wrong hands could create havoc and death if left unresolved.
Because of the way a voodoo doll is structured, there is no better place to keep it than in your own very home. You can keep the voodoo doll in a draw, box or on your nightstand.
However there are some voodoo dolls which are best tucked away safely due to superstitions surrounding it. But there is no perfect place to keep a voodoo doll, especially one that is handmade, in one’s home.
Can a voodoo doll be used in a good or bad way?
Voodoo dolls can be used in a bad or good way depending on the intention of the maker – you.
How to make and use your voodoo doll
When making a voodoo doll, you have to picture the person you want the magic to affect and how you would like it to affect them. Because voodoo largely depends upon the connection between you and the voodoo spirits, it's important that the doll you are holding symbolizes the person who will gain good or evil in their life.
One of the ways to create a replica of a person through a voodoo doll is by printing out a full size picture of the person and sewing it together with fabric. Once you have found a picture or printed one out, cut around the body frame of the person in the picture and then use fabric for the back. As you begin sewing the fabric and picture together, fill the doll with stuffing. Whatever impact you make on the voodoo doll will create a direct impact on the person.
- Make a voodoo doll with personal objects.
If you don't have a picture of the person you want to represent then you'd rather make a voodoo doll from something associated with that person. Like a lock of hair or piece of clothing will serve this purpose. Then find some yarn, string, or fabric and sew the piece together on a simple doll. The object you have with you represents the person you wish to harm or do good too.
Before using your voodoo doll, the first thing you should do is clear your voodoo doll. Before you plan to use your voodoo doll you will need to clear it of all previous energy, thus neutralizing it and giving you a clean slate to perform actions on it. To do this, place your hand over the object and direct your energy through it, focusing on making it new and pure.
You can also wash your doll in salt water, cover it with purifying incense such as sage or allow natural light such as sunlight or moonlight to cleanse it, or bury it in the Earth and allow the universe and Mother Nature to transform the energy.