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The charm lamp
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Post # 1
The charm lamp is generally placed upon a table at which the person performs the magical operations. It is usually made of half a coconut shell, and contains ingredients which have analogous qualities of sweetness and attraction: a magnet, syrup, sugar, honey, perfume and flower petals, particularly those of jasmine and heliotrope.

The chief constituent of the lamp is a sheep?s brain purchased with the idea in mind of purchasing the individual whom one wishes to charm. Olive oil is added, and the lamp is lighted in the name of Legba, who represents the heart, and Erzulie, who represents the sentiment of love. It is kept lighted until results are obtained.

Rigaud, M. (1914). The Secrets of Voodoo. City Light Books .pg.159
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Re: The charm lamp
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Post # 2

Are there other lamps made for other purposes? Or just for charming someone?

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Re: The charm lamp
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Post # 3
Actually a charm lamp can be employed much in the same way candle magick can, the advantage of the magick lamp is that you can use food coloring in the lamp oil, and you can add herbs, oils, stones, and other items that match your intent in the lamp.

You can use a store bought lamp, as well as fruits, and some vegetables, with the store bought oil lamp it can be reused many times.

Of course be sure to read up on oil lamp safety and use, as it is different from a candle and if used improperly will cause your house to fill with black soot.
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Re: The charm lamp
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 4
medemoiselle ,would you please elaborate more on this sentence meaning :

"The chief constituent of the lamp is a sheep?s brain purchased with the idea in mind of purchasing the individual whom one wishes to charm."

Is the author referring to real sheep's brain or is it something else called this way ?I am not sure I understood what the author exactly means.
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Re: The charm lamp
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Post # 5
The author is saying that the part of the lamp that makes this work is the sheep's brain, that in buying the brain of the sheep you are essentially buying the person's mind you are targeting.
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Re: The charm lamp
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 6
Does this imply they are a sheeple and you are the shepherd? Or is that just an ironic paradigm?
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Re: The charm lamp
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Post # 7
Of course Raven I am sure it could be construed in this way to have sway over those who would be followers, so that they would see you as someone to follow. But I do not know if that was what the original author intended to show or not, perhaps he gained this knowledge with out truly knowing its subtle pun.
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Re: The charm lamp
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 8
I didn't mean to imply it would be a pun.

Voodoo has a lot of Christian influence, and the Bible is full of sheep metaphors in regards to people and their leaders are referred to as shepherds.
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Re: The charm lamp
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Post # 9
Oh I should have cleared that up, visual puns, or double entendres are common place in work like this, an item may represent one or several factors depending on the outlook of the person creating them.
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Re: The charm lamp
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Post # 10

I've seen an oil lamp in walmart I've considered purchasing. Is there a certain place one should keep the lamp? Like on an altar?

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