Appropriation vs. Appreciation in Magical Practice
Sunday, Aug 11, 5:00pm
St Ann Cottage 1 [map]
Hoodoo Sen Moise (pronounced mo-eez) was raised in Southern Conjure and Hoodoo. As a child, he was taught by his grandfather to speak with the ancestors and, by the age of four, was able to see the spirits and had learned to open the door to power, wisdom, and service. He is now among the foremost authorities on the topic and also an initiated practitioner of several African Diaspora traditions. Hoodoo Sen Moise resides in New Orleans, where he is co-owner of the shop Conjure New Orleans with author Starr Casas. He teaches in New Orleans, Salem, and elsewhere in the United States. Working Conjure is his first book.
Sen Moise is a descendent of the prophet Moses. He sees the world of magic as the flowing river. It is a constant that is ever moving and changing and is the very balance of the cosmos. It is in this balance that the mind opens and the unseen becomes reality, allowing Sen Moise to perceive the truths that are hidden from most. Taught by his grandfather, an old-style southern rootworker, to speak with the ancestors as a child, Sen Moise was able to see the spirits by the age of four, learning to open the door to power, wisdom and service. He is a servant of Spirit and, in turn, the people.
Things seen and unseen are understood by him because of his relationships with those who came before and his connection to the unity of the flowing river. The dead hear his voice and he hears theirs. Sen Moise is an initiated Palero and Padre Nganga in Palo Mayombe. He was also initiated into Vodou in Haiti and holds the rank of Hougan Asogwe. He works with both hands and does not subscribe to the concept of good and evil, but rather the concept of balance.