Got a message the other day from a guy called Ali (not his real name) –  living in Britain’s Midlands, but originally from Pakistan. I get a lot of clients from the East – everywhere from India and Pakistan to Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Anyway, Ali told me he was the victim of jadoo toona, which means black magic in the East. This is what he said:

“This jadoo toona was put on me by someone in my wife’s family. They have always hated me and want my marriage to fail. The jadoo toona has led to me being possessed by demons and troublesome jinns. They live in my stomach and are making me sick. I have been to medical doctors and they say nothing is wrong. So I know it is a spiritual illness. Can you help me in my plight?”

I told Ali I could certainly help him, explaining that I’m well-versed in Eastern magick, as well as voodoo and hoodoo. So I know how to remove bad jadoo and malicious jinns.

I got into the whole jadoo thing through my old voodoo mentor, the late Earl Marlowe, featured in my Voodoo Spellbook. Earl was originally from Trinidad, where he was initiated into the mysterious of the local voodoo. But as a young man, Earl joined the merchant navy and spent much time in the East and the Middle-East. This allowed him to study the sufi mysteries (the esoteric side of Islam) first hand, and he got to know them as well as he knew voodoo.

In fact, Earl knew little of the Western mystery tradition, tarot and Golden Dawn type magick. He had little time for it, saying: “It’s all head and no heart.”

Earl was a voodoo and hoodoo man through and through, but with the magick, or jadoo, of the Orient thrown in. He was well-acquainted with the mysteries of Oriental Ruhaniya (white magic) and Sihr (black magic). That’s why, when I met him in the 1980s, he’d already got a lot of British Asian clients, as well as clients living in the Middle-East, India and Pakistan.

Earl often helped these clients using methods from the Picatrix, a Middle-Eastern grimoire (magic book) thought to have been written in the 11th century. Its Arabic name is “Gāyat al-Hakim. This translates as “The Aim of the Sage” or “The Goal of the Wise.” It became known as the Picatrix in medieval Christianized Europe, and still is known by that name in the West.

The Picatrix is a handbook of talismanic magic, which drew on older works of magic and astrology from the 9th and 10th centuries AD. No one is certain who the author was, but the latest research suggests it was Maslamia b. Qasim al-Qurtubi, ‘ man of charms and talismans.’

Anyway, Earl managed to acquire a facsimile of the book during his time traveling in the East and he used it as one of his main grimoires (magick books) for helping his Asian and Middle Eastern clients.

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