Monday, August 22, 2011
I was so fascinated by this story when I was younger that I didn't think to ask "Why?" Why had the woman instructed them to use the blood of a black hen? My aunt told me that she was very specific about those two points. It must be a hen, and it must be black. I never thought to ask "How?" How was this suppose to help? I think that I never imagined that they would know the answers. I think part of me found the story too strange to be factual. Now I've that I've witnessed much stranger, I can look at the story with a sense of intrigue rather than shock. So, I decided to ask my aunt, my grandmother having passed years ago, why? Why did the old woman tell you to use black hen's blood. My aunt laughed and said, "The old woman believed that your grandmother had been cursed."
War Water, in the path of the target so that they step on it and are thereby *infected* through their feet, or by using the dirt from a person's foot-track or a related item, such as a sock, in a working intended to harm the subject in some way. The *infected* person much then cleanse or remove the trick that was layed inorder to remove the hex or prevent future damage. In rural areas, hens roaming a persons yard are very good at *cleaning* up these tricks. Hens are more commonly chosen for this task then roosters because they tend to scratch more. The hens scratch and peck and remove the trick that was laid from the targets property.
Conjurers use black hen products, such as feet, eggs, and feathers for various purposes, both protective and harmful. Black hen eggs can be used to remove negativity from a person by rolling the whole, uncooked egg over their body. This egg absorbs the ngative energies and then can be disposed of in one of a number of ways; at a crossroads, in running water, or by breaking the egg at the base of a tree. To cause harm with an black hen egg, it is used in a form of foot-track magic. A hoodoo will drill a small hole in the top of the egg and add various ingredients, such as powders and herbs, that are relavent to their working. Then, this egg would be thrown against the target's door or on their walkway so that they would step in the mess.
Whether your purpose is to protect or cause harm, if you live in a rural southern area black hens can be an easy, relatively cheap tool for your hoodoo arsenal. Talk to local farmers, visit the local farmers market, or the local fair. Most breeders and farmers will be politely accommidating with very few questions. They'll assume you have one quirky reason or another for specifying black hen products, they may even have their own beliefs or ideas about these hens and others. Listen to them. :) After all, it's the nature of Southerners to be superstitious, and supersitions often hold truths. :)