Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Q&A" with The Conjure Man on St. Cyprian

With the Feast Day of St. Cyprian looming upon us (Sept. 26th) and really needing to get back to blogging, I turned to one of my favorite necromancers and long time devotee to this particular Saint, Conjure Man Ali for some basic answers to some general questions about St. Cyprian and working with him.

I personally have not worked with St. Cyprian but have been interested in doing so for a while... Maybe this is what I needed to give me that extra "push" to do so.
And who better to take instruction from than the The Conjure Man himself!

Thank You soo much Ali for participating in my "Q&A" on St. Cyprian. It is appreciated :)

1) Please tell us how you came to know of St.Cyprian and what drew him to you?

I learned of Saint Cyprian many years back. You could say he was present in my life before I even knew who he was. As a practitioner of magic that skirts the margins and borders between faith and sorcery, I was particularly keen on the balance between the exoteric and esoteric. When I first saw the image of Saint Cyprian I became quite intrigued and it sparked a frenzy of research that led me through translating books, talking to his devotees, and even seeking him out in foreign lands. I consider Saint Cyprian a spiritual ancestor and patron. Like him, I am a professional magician, like him I straddle between the world of the celestial and the chthonic, and like him I walk between faith and sorcery. 

He has become a constant companion and teacher. 

2) How long have you been working with him?

I have been working with him for a long time, for over 10 years at least. There was a time when Saint Cyprian was a little known saint in the United States, but was a central figure in the Iberian and Latin American spiritual traditions. I am happy to see how his following has emerged and grown over the years. 

3) Could you tell us your experiences working with him? (Good & Bad)

I have a deep relationship with this wonderful saint. I consider him a mentor, protector, and guide. Whenever there is a magical problem I cannot sort, I take it to him. My personal experience has revealed him to be infinitely patient, immensely powerful, but not entirely what I would consider a warm saint. He's not what I consider a comforter, like Saint Anthony. Instead, he can be stern, matter-of-fact, and straight to business. But I find great comfort in that. I know that he stands by me and with his aid there is nothing I cannot accomplish. As a mentor of magic, he's truly helped me develop my abilities and I can say that much of my success can be attributed to the mysteries he's revealed. He's opened the door to amazing new paths and made me into the mage and rootworker I am today. 

My experience has shown that he is first and foremost a teacher. If you want to delve into the mysteries of magic, he is the saint to seek out. 

4) What are the "Do's and Don'ts" of working with this particular Saint?

The most fruitful practice I have found is setting up an altar to him and regular devotional works. Taking the time to build the relationship and invite him into your life. In my case, he chose me, but this is not always the case. If you are drawn to him, start off by getting to know him. Most importantly, be sincere in your desire to learn. He is drawn to those individuals who practice magic for magic's sake, whose heart is stirred by the mysteries of the magical arts, and who will further arcane knowledge. He tends not to respond overly well to those who simply seek him out to use him; thinking they can add him as a tool in their box. 
Many of his devotees tend to be professional magicians, magical teachers, and occult writers. He favors those whose intent is knowledge. For in our world knowledge truly is power. 

5) What can he be petitioned for?

Saint Cyprian is often viewed as an amoral saint. He isn't immoral, just that he doesn't fall into conventional dualistic morality. Fittingly, he can really be called upon for anything. He is particularly efficient in breaking curses, hexes, and crossed conditions. He can turn the evil traps of an enemy back upon them and even unleash the forces of destruction against those aligned against you. He also has a reputation for coercive love magic. In Latin American magical practice, Saint Martha and Saint Elena are known as the love saints most favored to the causes of women. For men, it is Saint Cyprian. Women can call upon him too, of course, but his reputation is quite strong among men who are seeking a lover. 
He can also be called upon to work with spirits. His connections are broad and powerful and he can act as an intermediary between you and the spirits you wish to contact. As a sorcerer-saint, he has his feet firmly in hell and his head clearly in the heavens so he can help you contact angel or demon. He is particularly skilled in matters of necromancy, summoning and binding the dead. He can also assist in developing seership abilities and revealing the mysteries of the dreaming world. 

6) What is the best way to establish a good relationship with him?

Through regular work with him. A relationship requires work, time, and patience. I often tell my students that it is important to take time to build a connection with a spirit like Saint Cyprian before you make demands. Set up an altar and spend time with him. Bring him into your spiritual world and cultivate his presence. He doesn't require anything elaborate, but does require that you show that you are worthy of what he has to offer. Also know that he doesn't take everyone as his devotees. He can at times seem picky so he doesn't work everyone. Do not be offended if you simply don't click with him. It takes a certain type of person to resonate with this sorcerer-turned-saint. 

7) What day of the week is best when working with him? Time of Day/Night?

Traditionally Saturday nights are dedicated to him. His feast day is on September 26th. 

8) Candle color(s) associated with him?

Purple, White, Red, and Black are all associated with Saint Cyprian. Purple is most commonly found in Mexico and the United States. White, Black and Red are commonly found in South America.

*Saint Cyprian Oil and a Purple Vigil candle*

9) What are some good oils/herbs/curios to use when working with him?

Master root, Acacia, Frankincense, Myrrh, Copal, Cedar, and Wormwood are all sacred to him. Goat's horns, bones of black cats, and black dogs are also commonly found in his works. 

10) I am trying to make an Altar to St Cyprian. What items would you recommend? 

The most basic altars for Saint Cyprian include his image, a glass of water, and a purple candle. Really it is all you need. However many also decorate his altar with skulls, bones, rosaries, and a small cauldron. I consider his image, candle, and cup of water essential and all else a good way of cultivating his presence. Start with the basics, then allow his own likes and wants to guide you in building the altar into something a bit more personal. 

11) What advice would you give to someone who is interested in establishing a relationship and working with St. Cyprian?

Take it slow. This relationship should not be rushed. Even before you undertake any work with Saint Cyprian, make sure that you want to proceed. Saint Cyprian can be an exacting teacher. Once you take the plunge, take your time and get to know him and understand how communication between you two will manifest. I also suggest keeping a cup of water or cup of wormwood tea next to your bed. It will induce dreams where he can come and teach. Keeping a dream diary is really useful to noting important signs and omens. 

12) You have authored a book on St. Cyprian, could you tell us a little bit about it?

I wrote a booklet on Saint Cyprian a few years back when he was still a relatively unknown figure in the United States. The book was published by Hadean Press ( ). The book was written as an offering to the saint himself. Before the book there was maybe one or two articles written about him here or there in English. Afterwards there was a great surge of interest. I do not claim any credit for this, rather it was Saint Cyprian himself who used the book and other mediums to make himself known. I am happy to see how interest in him has grown over the the years. 

I also post about him on my blog and especially about the work I do with him in honor of his feast day in September. You can read more about him here:

                                         *Photos of St. Cyprian work in Ali's spiritual practice*

*Photo obtained and used with permission from Conjure Man Ali*

*Photo obtained and used with permission from Conjure Man Ali*

Wow! That is A LOT of fantastic useful information to be had!  Thank You again Conjure Man Ali for taking time out to answer all these questions and allowing me to "pick your brain" on this interesting Saint.

Link to more information on St. Cyprian and to purchase supplies can be found here:

For more information on Conjure Man Ali and his services, a past Blog Post on him can be found here:
February 2013 Reader/Rootworker of the Month: Conjure Man Ali

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mercury Retrograde Oil

My apologies for getting this out LATE, but I have finally produced my own Mercury Retrograde Anointing Oil!

It's about time right??
*I don't care what anyone says, or how "beneficial" this time(s) of year is, I despise it*

I have sold all but 2 bottles and won't be making more until after this Retrograde passes.
I wasn't sure how well it would be received and WOW... I was surprised at how many people really wanted it!

*Insert "Warm Fuzzies" here*

I anoint Orange candles with the oil to help combat the nastiness ( i.e. miscommunication, arguments, accidents) that tend to occur around this planetary juncture.
Although I have heard of people anointing their cell phones, computers, cars, and themselves especially when having to deal with difficult people ;)

I have 2 left for purchase at $7.00 each + $5.95 Priority Mail Shipping.

Should anyone still want some, I can be contacted at

OK folks.... I have to get back to work but I wanted to make sure I posted about the oil before the Retrograde hit.

Again, I apologize for this posting being so late!

Past Posting on Mercury Retrograde:

Other Helpful Links:

*Fingers Crossed this Retrograde doesn't suck as bad as it has in the past*

Now I'm off to stock up on Orange candles and Peace Water!

Coastside Conjure

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Feast Day to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Today marks the Fest Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel!
It is said that prayers to her never fail. 

Keep in mind that her prayer must be recited for 3 consecutive days, and there are prayers that even God above does not answer. 

*Please remember this when petitioning her and all other Saints, Deity's, God's, Goddesses, etc.*

Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days:

Oh, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven.

Oh, Blessed Mother of the Son of God; Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity.

Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother.

Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity.

(Mention your request here)

There are none that can withstand your power.

Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. (say three times).

Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands. (say three times).


When your prayer is answered, publish a message of Thanks in gratitude of her service.

*Blog Post on Our Lady of Mount Carmel*

*Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Wikipedia*

Keep the Faith!

Coastside Conjure

Thursday, July 10, 2014

*Contest Time* Mystic Dream Wisdom Festival 2014

It's that time again! Contest Time!!! 

I haven't done one of these in a while and what better time than now?... Just in time for the Wisdom Festival held by the fine folks at The Mystic Dream

The roster of readers is INSANE! 
Seriously folks.... Devin Hunter, Storm Faerywolf, Luna Pantera, and Michelle freakin Jackson! ::faints::
 OMG... I just love them <3!
I'm very interested in meeting and communing with the others on the list as well :)

I have had the pleasure of meeting Nimat last weekend; while I personally have not had the pleasure of getting a reading from her, I did hear rave reviews from her clients. VERY HAPPY individuals. 
The back of the shop was packed with people waiting for a reading from her.

She is on my list to try out sometime  :)

With that said... In honor of  attending the Wisdom Festival for the first time, I am offering up some "Second Sight" products from The Mystic Dream!

Onto the "Rules":

You all know the "rules" but in case you don't, all you need to do is share this blog post on your Facebook and tell me that you did by writing "shared" on my status update I will provide; ultimately leads one to win the very fabulous trio of Second Sight products from The Mystic Dream!
Please know that I do see who and who doesn't share ;)

The Winners of this blog contest will be announced July 18th.

Good Luck! and see you there!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

For Problems Solved... Press "N" for Newt

The past month (Retrograde was 50 Shades of SUCK) was seriously unbearable.

Hit with starting a new job only to find out that after 9 days of employment, we are on a Monthly paycheck basis. 
Aside from Teachers, I do not know who gets paid like that anymore. 
It was not stated in my interviews, on my offer letter, or in my Employee Manual (weird). 
Believe me, I looked! 
Taking for granted that I would be paid every 2 weeks like the rest of the employed free world (sans Teachers).

Living off of very limited funds for 30 days was a very humbling experience.

Fast forward to July 1st.

After a 30 Day "Financial Fasting", I was more than ready for some "Dead Presidents" to make their way into my bank. 
My checking account resembled Kate Moss... "anorexic".

Sadly my Direct Deposit did not go in at all this morning to which then the feeling of panic set in. 
Rent and Bills are due... Like NOW.

Having had work done by him in the past that garnered some really impressive results, I naturally called my good friend and esteemed colleague Papa Newt.

This guy has Saint workings in spades! 
He is my Go-To Guy for my St. Expedite workings, questions, and needs. Seriously, I think they were brothers in another lifetime.
He is popular in the Conjure Community for working with St. Expedite, though he pulled out the big guns today and had St. Jude's ear bent too.

By the time 10 am rolled around, I had a live check on my desk to deposit into my starving bank account.
And can I just tell you that not only was my bill money there, but that it was delivered by the HOTTEST man in the office... Possibly the planet.
*needed a cold shower after that exchange*
I may need one after I'm done with this blog post...

ANYWAY, I wanted to give Papa Newt a shout out and a HUGE Thank You to him and Saints Jude & Expedite whom he petitioned on my behalf.

You guys ROCK!

Papa Newt can be found at Good Luck a Kansas City Conjure Shop working right along side Mambo Julie who is equally Awesome!
*just LOVE her*

More on her and the shop in a future blog post :)

Links to a past Blog Post featuring Papa Newt: 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

*Freebie TODAY ONLY* Black Rose Witchcraft *Giveaway Item Included*

*photo courtesy of Mystic Dream*

Interested in Witchcraft but didn't know where to turn? 

Unable to locate a reputable trusted resource?

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The BEST part?... It's affordable!
*Im hoping to sign up here myself soon*

Here is an amazing opportunity to be taught by not just 1 but 3 of the most talented Witches in the biz!
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Instead of going on and on about the course and it's instructors... I will let it speak for itself and get to the OTHER fun part!....

Now for the next 2 individuals who sign up for a Year (paid in full) TODAY (6/22/2014) will receive FREE of charge, a 1/2 oz. bottle of Mercury Retrograde Condition Oil that will be exclusive to Mystic Dream.

Once again, This is for TODAY ONLY and for the next 2 people who sign up for a Year paid in full, will receive the Mercury Retrograde Oil FREE of charge!

Even if the oil isn't your thing... The course is simply amazing on it's own.

Good Luck! 

*Winners will be announced in the comments section below*

Thursday, June 19, 2014

June 2014 Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Newsletter

Hot Dayum! I did it again!
*insert Britney Spears "oops I did it again" here*

I, for the 3rd time, had the privilege to attend and photograph the Annual Hoodoo Heritage Festival Workshop weekend put on by the Missionary Independent Spiritualist Church. To my delight, a small handful of my pictures made it into this months Newsletter... YAY!

I say a small handful because there were close to 3,000 shots taken, after editing and discarding the undesirables, 1200 remained. 
Obviously 1200 could not fit in this newsletter, I am tickled to pieces to see my photos used once more.

*Original Newsletter Scaled Down To Fit This Blog Post*

Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Newsletter
June 1st, 2014

The May 3-4, 2014 Hoodoo Heritage Festival Workshop Weekend was a fabulous event! We debuted five brand new books, showed off our brand-new garden railroad, held ten spectacular workshops, and met dozens of friendly practitioners. We had visitors and guests from as far away as Florida and Sweden, and once again almost half the members of AIRR were in attendance. If you missed this year's get-together, start making your plans now to be here for next year's Hoodoo Heritage Festival!

Hoodoo Heritage Festival 2014

Thanks to our favourite documentarian, Coastside Conjure, we herewith present a full and thrilling account of what transpired at the 2014 Missionary Independent Spiritual Church Hoodoo Heritage Festival in Forestville, California. This two-day event, sponsored in part by the Lucky Mojo Curio Company and Hoodoo Psychics, brought together almost 100 practitioners of rootwork, spiritual healing, and traditional folk magic. 


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Eileen Edler signing in early registrants up by the barn and the railroad layout on Saturday morning, with Ms. Melanie Gail.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.

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The grand opening of the East Tennessee and Western Northern California Railroad (ET&WNC) at Lucky Mojo, on the grounds of the 2014 Hoodoo Heritage Festival. Photo by Coastside Conjure.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.



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Quimbanda Opening Service, with attendees circled around ConjureMan Ali, Madame Nadia, and the House of Quimbanda. If you look closely, you will see AIRR members Deacon Millett, nagasiva yronwode, Miss Elvyra Curcuruto-Love, and Ms. Melanie in the circle.
Photo by Coastside Conjure. 


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Kast Excelsior of the House of Quimbanda bestows an herbal blessing on Elizabeth Ruth at the opening ceremony. 
Photo by Coastside Conjure. 

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catherine yronwode with a Bloomfield Courage rose plant as the first part of the Wildcrafting for Herbal Magic class.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.

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Professor Charles Porterfield demonstrates the dehydrator in the second half of the Wildcrafting Herb class.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.

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Madame Pamita's Luncheon Matinee Show: Playing vintage hoodoo songs and telling fortunes for selected audience members.  
Photo by Coastside Conjure. 

Hoodoo Heritage Festival 2014
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Miss Phoenix LeFae with Lou Florez at the Bath and Cleansing Spells workshop presenting Aura Laforest's book Hoodoo Spiritual Baths. Photo by Coastside Conjure. 

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Lou Florez demonstrating uncrossing bath techniques at the Bathing and Cleansing Spells workshop. Photo by Coastside Conjure.

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Participants sampling spiritual baths and washes made with a variety of herbs and minerals and the Bathing and Cleansing Spells workshop. Photo by Coastside Conjure. 

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Ms. Robin at the Favourite Money Spells Panel Discussion workshop.
Photo by Coastside Conjure. 

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Ms. Melanie at the Favourite Money Spells Panel Discussion.
Photo by Coastside Conjure. 

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Kast Excelsior, Lou Florez, and Miss Elvyra at the Favourite Money Spells Panel Discussion. Photo by Coastside Conjure. 


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Madame Nadia's Cartomantic Divination workshop, with ConjureMan Ali and Vicky Sirgo Gutierrez handing out free Psychic Vision sachet powders and decks of playing cards to be blessed.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.   

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Valentina Burton, Chas Bogan, and Greywolf Townsend blessing their playing cards at Madame Nadia's Cartomantic Divination workshop.
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Dr. Johannes brought an array of rare herbs from Sweden for us to use when making our protective trollknyte bundles. Here he explains the techniques of trolldom to a group including catherine yronwode, nagasiva yronwode, Miss Phoenix, Vy Tran, and Greywolf Townsend.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.   

Hoodoo Heritage Festival 2014
Day Two in Forestville:
Morning Session


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Apollo Dark teaching the difference between Road Opener and Block Buster spells and introducing our new line of Block Buster products.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.  

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Congregants lighting candles at the Spiritualist Road Opener and Block Buster Service on Sunday, with Ms. Melanie and Raina del Magick.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.  


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Madame Pamita and Madame Nadia as they demonstrate their favourite hoodoo spells for bewitching glamour and sexuality footwork techniques.Photo by Coastside Conjure.

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Hoodoo Food! The Best of the Conjure Cook-Off and Rootwork Recipe Round-Up was the give-away at Sunday's Catered Lunch. 
Photo by Coastside Conjure.  

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Candelo Kimbisa broadcast his popular "Candelo's Corner" radio show live from the event, and he interviewed many of the presenters and participants. Photo by Coastside Conjure.

Hoodoo Heritage Festival 2014
Day Two in Forestville:
Afternoon Session


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Participants gather 'round as Michele Jackson teaches her
Contemporary Bone Reading class. Photo by Coastside Conjure.


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Miss Michaele and Prof. Porterfield teach how to pray from
The Holy Bible using the Psalms. Photo by Coastside Conjure

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This Nkisi Ndoki was displayed as a prototype of a physical guardian spirit at ConjureMan Ali's Defending Against the Dark Arts Workshop.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.


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ConjureMan Ali teaches How to Make a Physical Guardian Spirit during his workshop, Defending Against the Dark Arts.  
Photo by Coastside Conjure.

Reader's Tent


In between workshops, Hoodoo Psychics sponsored a tent where card reading, palmistry, crystal gazing and other forms of divination and fortune-telling were offered to  the public.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.  


Deacon Millett was the Reading Wrangler; here he is shown with tarot reader Miss Elvyra. Photo by Coastside Conjure.


When the Reader's Tent was filled, overflow palmistry readings were conducted up at the railroad benches by cat yronwode.
Photo by Coastside Conjure.


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The Empty Chair in the Reader's Tent honouring Dr. E. of AIRR,
who passed in January 2014.
Photo by Coastside Conjure. 

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The Empty Chair honouring AIRR member Rukiah Shamon,
who passed in January 2014. Photo by Coastside Conjure.


SUNDAY, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2014:

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 AIRR, the Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers, will be featured on June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2014. Tune in and see who's up!

Show Time:

      * 3:00 PM Sunday, Pacific Time
      * 4:00 PM Sunday, Mountain Time
      * 5:00 PM Sunday, Central Time 
      * 6:00 PM Sunday, Eastern Time

Listen Live via the Web and get into the Live Chat Room at The Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour on BlogTalkRadio!

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 live by phone: 

Time to relax, rewind, and renew! We'll be back next month with  more free spells, more articles, more links, and more discount coupons you can use to purchase the finest hand-made spiritual supplies in the world.
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Oh! And as an added bonus... Some of my photos taken can be found on the pages of some of the members of AIRR and/or their Profile Photos on Facebook.

It's like Christmas to me to see stuff like that; such an incredible compliment to an amateur photographer like myself :)

AND... Their new Block Buster line is A MAY ZING! Definitely do yourselves a favor and GET SOME!
Seriously this one has just shot up to the # 1 in my favorite product lines from Lucky Mojo Curio Co. with their Crown of Success at # 2, Attraction and Boss Fix tied for the # 3 spot.
Trust me, Block Buster is flying off the shelves at the shop and they have offered a 20% off coupon this month on the whole line... You have nothing to lose, except the "blockages" holding you back!

With that said... See y'all next year!