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It is a core hoodoo belief that there
is an immanent, indwelling Spirit of
the Crossroads which can be petitioned
there, for the opening of doors and op-
portunities, or the closing of doors and
opportunities, or the gaining of gifts,
particularly those associated with
various types of creative talent and
dexterity. Many believe that things
can be done and learned at the cross-
roads which cannot be done or acquir-
ed anywhere else. Throughout history,
in all cultures, the crossroads have
been viewed with respect and at times
with fear, as a mystery is located there
which the sensitive can feel.
Dirt from a crossroads can be in-
corporated into various spells with
good effect, particularly those spells which draw new opportunities or which
involve closing doors.
On April 6, 1939, in Florence, South Carolina, a Root-
doctor named Dr. Ira Vands explained the following
crossroads ritual, designed to turn specific people into
friends, to folklorist Harry M. Hyatt:
“Let 'em walk de road, yo' understand. An' jes' where
she crosses, right in de center [demonstrates], ah'll
take fo' [steps] disaway an' five [steps] disaway an'
back up. (Take four one way and five the other way,
in the shape of a cross and cover it up.)
(What will that do then?)
Whoseomevah ah'm in contact wit, whethah yo' been
mah enemy, yo'll come tuh be mah fren'.
(That'll bring that spirit out there to be your friend?)
Dat's right. See, he met me dere. He may be off as yo' an' I is off
now, but chure spirit is outside - yore spirit's out dere now.”