Down on the Table

A Deck of Spells:

Hoodoo Playing Card Magic in Rootwork and Conjure.

Professor Porterfield ​


A Deck of Spells from:

Lucky Mojo Curio Co.


Professor Charles Porterfield

Lay Your Cards

On May 16th of 2015 I was honored to see my book A Deck of Spells: Hoodoo Playing Card Magic in Rootwork and Conjure, published by Lucky Mojo,  premiere at the 8th annual Hoodoo Heritage Festival in Forestville, California. I wrote A Deck of Spells throughout the autumn and winter of 2014 after collecting material on the subject for some time. A Deck of Spells is an attempt to bring to light some of the old ways of divining and working with Playing Cards in hoodoo and conjure that have gone too long overlooked. 


Follow playing cards from ancient China, through majestic Egypt and the glittering halls of European royalty, to the dusty roads of the American South. Learn the secrets of the deadly Ace of Spades, the loving Queen of Hearts, the seductive Four of Diamonds, and the industrious Eight of Clubs. This book will show you how to take common playing cards and conjure up your very own personal Deck of Spells for Love, Luck, Money, and more!

Playing cards have a rich and mysterious history that is now revealed to you! Generations of rootworkers and hoodoo practitioners have carried cards with them to see the future and change the present. Professor Porterfield brings A Deck of Spells to the table for all to see. Learn the origins of playing cards and how to use them in your magical work -- with more than 100 spells, charms, and authentic old-time divination methods!


Dedication and Acknowledgements 4 
Preface 5 
Ante Up 
        Hoodoo, Conjure, and Rootwork 7 
        A Curiosity to Open: The Bible in a Deck of Cards 8 
        A Brief History of Playing Cards 10 
        Many Cards, Many Uses 17 
        Many Decks, Many Nations 18 
Painted Ladies and the Man with the Axe 
        A Paire of Cards 25 
                Interpreting the Colours 26 
                Interpreting the Suits 27 
                Interpreting the Ranks 28 
                Interpreting the Royals 31 
                Interpreting the Jokers 32 
                Interpreting Time by Colours and Suits 33 
        Divination Inspiration 34 
                A Single Card for the New Year 35 
                Lucky Lady Lenormand 36 
                A Way from Ol’ Kentucky 38 
                An Old Method from Illinois 40 
                The Professor’s Own 42 
                Combined Card Meanings 44 
                Layouts and Spreads 47 
Call, Raise, or Fold 
        Care and Handling of Your Cards 48 
        Stamping, Folding, and Mutilating 51 
        A Deck of Spells by Single Cards 54 
                The Hearts 56 
                The Clubs 61 
                The Diamonds 66 
                The Spades 71 
                The Jokers 76 
        A Trick of Tarot Card Spells 78 
        Playing Card Spells by Condition 83 
                Work, Money, Success, and Gambling Spells 84 
                Love, Family, and Reconciliation Spells 87 
                Helping, Blessing, and Healing Spells 90 
                Harming and Cursing Spells 92 
                Protection and Jinx–Breaking Spells 94 
Bibliography 96 


The Firelite Fortune Teller from L. M. Garrity 23 
A Deck of Spells: The author's personal card deck 55 
Deacon Millett's Four Hearts Return To Me Spell 89 

First Edition 2015 

Published by 
The Lucky Mojo Curio Company 
6632 Covey Road 
Forestville, California 95436