Granny Tackett is the name I've taken in honor of my mother-in-law (her maiden name), whom I've never met. She passed many years ago, but from the stories my husband tells me, she is someone I would give anything to know! She was part Cherokee from the hills of East Tennessee, in the Appalachia Mountains. From her I could've learned all that I've been trying to research for years.
What I do is rootwork, and while I have the name "hoodoo" in the blog name, I understand that what I do is not the Hoodoo or Conjurer of the Southern United States. What I do is based more in that of the European immigrants who settled deep in the hollers of Appalachia. Rootwork and wortcunning being more correct terms, and the black influence not being as prominent.
I work exclusively with the plants & herbs found or grown here on our property or wildcrafted locally. Rarely do I use materials that are "foreign" to this area. I work with what would've been used by my ancestors who immigrated here - and luxuries such as Essential Oils would not have been used as their price would've been highly prohibitive, never mind access to them would've been just about impossible. Traveling from the hollers down to the cities would've been rare, and for many, never occurring.
So, while Southern Hoodoo's are, understandably, purists, so too am I regarding what would have been practiced deep in the hollers of Appalachia - and black influence would not have been a huge factor until close to and into the 20th century. Blacks migrating from the South to the North passed through but rarely stayed, or rather stayed within their own societal group. Thus their influence on the highly secluded Appalachian communities would be next to nil. The remote locations of these groups kept them segregated from the rest of society, not just the separation of whites from blacks, although this also would've been the norm with the few blacks who did settle back in the hollers, but from the bulk of society in general. The inhabitants of the Appalachia would've dealt with the Natives on a far more regular basis than any blacks. Thus the Native's influence was far greater.
I have spent my life not fitting in with everyone around me, preferring to be alone and in the company of books and animals over people. I have been drawn to the "Granny Woman" since I was very young, but had no idea how to get to the state of being able to live as one. Choosing to be a rootworker/cunning woman/Granny Woman was not exactly something any "normal" person would aspire to!
I do not "worship" Gods, I work with the Divine in all Its forms, accessing Their powers to manifest what the needs or wants are of the specific works I am doing, whether for myself or others. If I am doing a work for someone else, I will call upon their Deity, or if I don't know Who that is, then I just call upon the Divine Energy that is in everything. A person's higher spirit knows better than the person does as to what it is that they need and will accept the Divine's help quite easily and without reservation.
I teach the Foundations of the Craft at A Witch's Craft, but do not guide the student into any specific Path. Their Path is their own to find. However, I am in the process of formulating an intensive course that follows an American-based European-style rootwork/cunning tradition. It is not being developed for the sake of bringing in "followers", but to introduce others to an American folk magic system that is solely based in the practices of the ancestors of the Old World (namely English, Scottish, Irish, German). The fact that it is rootwork does not mean that it must be African influenced.
I'll leave it to the Divine to determine how it progresses.
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