I’ve read several articles and comments over the last few days regarding the practice of hot footing magic in the Hoodoo tradition. One that especially made my jaw drop was a discussion with Joseph Magnuson (Joe, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think you posted about this) where he mentioned someone wanting to hotfoot a jogger in her neighborhood “because he didn’t wave hi to her”.
The definition of a hot foot spell is a spell or trick that is laid to drive away a person, often quickly and often leaving the target restless and “confused in the mind”. It is an enemy trick.
Why the term “hot foot”?
The practice of foot track magic and working against an enemy through their shoes, socks, or tracks made in the ground comes from African tribes who came to the New World as slaves. The “hot” is referring to the ingredients of the powders that are laid down for the enemy: often they contain pepper, red pepper, and other hot and “spicy” ingredients. It doesn’t burn the person physically, but think of walking across a hot cement sidewalk on a summer day while barefoot. You’d walk really quickly to get across, right? That’s the theory behind hotfoot: to get your enemy to hit the road as quickly as possible.
Hot footing does not:
- shut up someone who’s running their mouth. You could hot foot someone who’s a gossiper but they can just as easily yap about you on Facebook from Los Angeles as they would standing to your face.
- stop someone from working on you magically. Someone you’ve hotfooted can be dangerous from a distance as well.
In my humble opinion, hot footing someone should be a last resort and/or reserved for a really dangerous enemy.
When To Use Methods Other Than Hot Footing an Enemy
If you have someone who’s gossiping about you or your loved ones, you can shut them up without hurting them or driving them away.
Let’s say Suzie Q Loudmouth is gossiping about you in the office and your boss is starting to believe what she says. You could, theoretically, hot foot her out of the job and hey presto! No more gossip!
But let’s think. Your brain is a very important tool in conjure.:)
Suzie may be an asshole, but let’s say she’s a single mom with two kids to support. Those kids have not hurt you, and they don’t deserve to suffer because of their mom’s actions. If you hot foot her away from her office, she loses her job and her kids will feel the effects of that.
In this case, I’d work on shutting Suzie’s mouth with some Stop Gossip work and increasing your personal protection in the office, and doing a sweetening jar on your boss and coworkers so they favor you over Suzie.
-Is your enemy magically skilled or more powerful than you? If they’re magical people they may have all kinds of protections and spiritual allies hanging around and if you hot foot the person and it’s not “justified”, you may get a whole tornado of whoop-ass aimed back at you.
-Is your enemy mentally ill or unstable? Doing a hot foot is designed to make someone restless and confused. If they’re already mentally ill, the hot foot could make their condition worse AND they may stay right where they are! I personally would not do a Hot Foot on someone who was known to be mentally ill. Do some Banishing work instead. Lucky Mojo makes a good Banishing line of products.
Other Things to Consider Instead of Hot Foot
-Influencing or Compelling/Commanding type work, to make the person do what you want (go away, shut up, etc).
-Reversing work, like a mirror box, will send back any trouble your enemy has caused and keep them too busy to mess with you.
Make sure you take the time on a regular basis to cleanse, bless and protect yourself, your home, your car (if you have one) and your workplace. Call on your ancestors (you do work with your ancestors, right? Of course you do) to keep you protected and blessed.
Hot footing is a tool that is sometimes necessary but MUCH less so than people actually use. Make sure you think, plan
and pray before using this method to deal with the assholes in your life.