The Pin is Mightier than the Sword

Welcome to Doll Baby Conjure, the course offered by Crossroads University and developed by Denise Alvarado, a foremost authority on doll magick today. The author of four books on the history and use of dolls in magick and ritual, the author has developed this unique course based on years of experience and research regarding the universal phenomenon of image magic in human societies over time and across cultures. 

For centuries, people have been using the ancient techniques of image magick, contagious magick, and sympathetic magick in combination with a doll or effigy to manipulate all aspects of one’s relationships with people, places, and things. In the past in Old New Orleans, Voodoo dolls were referred to as fetiches by outsiders because they roughly resembled the magickal fetiches brought from Africa by the enslaved. Since Voodoo dolls are traditionally constructed from objects belonging to the natural world, such as sticks, moss, herbs, roots, and stones, it makes sense to believe that the doll itself has Spirit, that it is part of the One Creator, just as people are. Even throughout European history, philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle contemplated the possibility that souls exist in animals, plants, and people.

Doll baby conjure is a type of remote control magick, if you will, because it involves influencing people, places and things via a ritually charged object fashioned most commonly in human form. While doll babies and Voodoo dolls are most commonly known to lay people as objects used for harming and revenge, they are actually used for many different purposes. As you take this course, you will discover that working with dolls goes far beyond sticking pins in them for revenge.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to the Spellbinding World of Doll Baby Conjure!

    2. What to Expect

    3. Who is this Course For?

    4. How to Access Course Content

    5. Questions?

    1. Before we begin...

    2. An Introduction to Image Magick

    3. Voodoo Dolls in Popular Culture

    4. The Psychology of Doll Magick

    5. Video: Real Life Voodoo Doll Trick of the Mind

    6. Key Concepts of Image Magick

    7. Homeopathic or Imitative Magick

    8. Contagious Magic

    9. ​Consecration and Agency: ​How Does a Doll Get it's Power or Spirit?

    10. Agency as Life-Giver

    11. The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real

    12. How to Baptize a Voodoo Doll

    13. Voodoo Death

    14. Voodoo Death: Some New Thoughts on an Old Phenomenon

    1. Introduction to the Materia Magica of Doll Conjure

    2. What are Doll Babies Made of?

    3. Creatures of Clay

    4. Tin Man: Dolls Made of Metal

    5. Video: Haitian Metal Art

    6. Photographs

    7. Pillow Magic and Feather Dolls

    8. Root Poppets

    9. Waxen Images

    10. Resource: Doll Baby Conjure on Pinterest

    1. Types of Magickal Dolls

    1. Forms of Doll Conjure

About this course

  • $225.00
  • Community Forum
  • Certificate of Completion
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