Category: Uncrossing


The Wonders of Piss

Yep, Piss

You know, Urine, Pee-pee…

Urine has been used in Hoodoo for a log time as a cleansing agent. Most folks have replaced it with ammonia now; but back in the day, the first morning’s piss was what was used.

The piss of a 10 yr old boy was considered to be the most potent for uncrossing.

One thing folks used to do is use the first morning’s piss as a scrub for the doorstep; to neutralize any powders that might have been placed there, as well as to bring good luck into the house. We’re all familiar with the brick dust scrub (or at least I hope), and I’ve known folks to combine the two for a good doorstep scrub.

Just a note of precaution – if you go out and whiz all over your doorsteps, you’re probably gonna get arrested. And to keep down the smell, if you want to practice this old hoodoo technique, you might mix in some Florida Water to keep the stank down.

Yep, Piss…..Wondrous Piss

Those of you who have spent any time in the South may have seen one of these. These are bottle trees, or “haint trees” and are believe to trap spirits.

“Haint Blue” is such an important color to low country root work, and is seen in everything from window trims, the root doctor’s glasses, to the haint tree. Haint blue is basically a cobalt or dark blue that is basically a “fetish” color, in that it is believe to have certain qualities. Painted on house trim and posts, it’s believe to keep the haints out; but just in case the haints could find a way in, folks put up a bottle/haint tree to trap them.

Basically all you need are a bunch of bottles, though cobalt blue seem to be preferred, and a bush, tree, or fence post to attach them to. Simple, ainty?

The idea being that the spirits will either (A) – be attracted to the tree and get trapped in the bottles, until the sun burns them up or (B) – the haint blue will dissuade them anyways.

I like to go a little bit further with my bottle tree and put some protective herbs inside the bottles, just a few pinches, and I usually grease the bottles with camphor, and a few shots of whiskey onto the post or tree that houses my bottles.

If any of you make a bottle tree, I’d love to see photos.