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PostSubject: Use of Railroad Spikes   Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:10 pm

The use of Railroad Spikes in magical spells, especially in the hoodoo tradition, is based upon their value as forged iron, and the fact that they have been used. Much like used and rusty horseshoes, these qualities enhance their power so greatly that few root doctors would consider employing a shiny or new Railroad Spike in any sort of spell.

The collection of Railroad Spikes by prying them out of a railroad track is illegal -- and well it should be, for missing spikes can cause track to get out of line, which in turn can lead to derailment of a train, with injuries and loss of life. Railroad Spikes are also sometimes gathered from abandoned tracks, although without the permission of the railroad line owners, that is considered an act of theft. For these two very good reasons, used Railroad Spikes are best collected when old tracks are refurbished and replaced, for their value to practitioners far exceeds their value as scrap metal.

The most popular hoodoo spell that employs Railroad Spikes is a work to secure one's home or land. This spell may be used by renters and home-owners alike. Tenants use it to keep the landlord from moving them out. Owners use it to keep the mortgage company at bay, to prevent a sale by eminent domain, or to stop greedy family members from trying to sell off the old home place for quick cash. Those who live in an apartment can substitute smaller Square Cut Nails for the Railroad Spikes.

To nail down your property, you will need at least four Railroad Spikes, one for every corner of the property -- if the plot is square or rectangular. However, if your land is irregular in shape, for instance L-shaped, you will need a spike for each corner, no matter how many corners that is. (A typical L-shaped property would require six Railroad Spikes

Dress the Railroad Spikes with anointing oil. Drive them into the ground with a hammer. Some people strengthen this work by placing a Silver Dime on top of each spike, then covering it ovr with Graveyard Dirt that has been bough and paid for from the grave of one's own ancestors, calling upon them to protect the family home. The Railroad Spikes are then "set" in place by the act of urinating on them. As animals mark their territory, so does the property owner mark his or her boundary corners in this way, leaving behind the powerful protectiove guardian spirits of the iron Railroad Spikes, and, if utilized, the Silver Dimes, and Graveyard Dirt.


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