Diagnosing a hex with a Hoodoo Walking Boy
For this, I use my "Walking Boy." A Walking Boy (like the one pictured to the right) is a colored bottle with a cord tied to the neck. It's hard to see inside. But some of the items are "alive" (in a spiritual sense), and often make the bottle jump around or quiver uncontrollably.
To turn this bottle into a Hoodoo Walking Boy, I charge the bottle with numinous energy during a midnight ritual at a lonely country crossroads a few miles from me. I then bury the bottle at the heart of the crossroads (a crossing of footpaths in a woods) for seven days and seven nights to imbue it with further power.
When divining for a hex, if I'm on the scene, I take the Walking Boy - suspended on its cord - around the client's house and garden. The Walking Boy invariably begins to quiver - and sometimes jumps violently - when it senses any signs of spiritual poisoning.
If an evil doer has deposited a malign mojo hand or other trick it will be unearthed. A typical malign mojo consists of rusty nails, finger and toe nails, hair and pins, sewn up in a piece of red flannel.
When doing the diagnosis remotely, I write out the client's name and details on some parchment in black ink with a dip pen. Then I suspend the Walking Boy over the parchment. I then call down the spirits, and the movement of the Walking Boy, and my own spirit-possessed state, will diagnose whether a hex has been laid on the client. It will also uncover the type of hex and its severity.