I was thinking about some of the differences between hoodoo and other forms of magic today and it struck me that one of its important features, and in my practice certainly, is that spellwork (quite often) is not simply wraught and left to do its thing - but steadily fed and built up. The power of the work needs to be cumulatively cultivated; spiritually through prayer, by adding oils and powders daily, extra candles, moving candles, sprinkling magnetic sand - whatever. You work that spell daily, whether it be a candle, a lamp or a honey jar - it has to have time spent with it so that it grows more and more powerful. If you think you can just make the thing and leave it your results will be as unimpressive as your effort. Especially in the beginning of a work it is important to feed a spell every day. Once it has its momentum then you can come to back to it weekly, until it manifests the goal. Even a good mojo hand in my opinion needs to be worked for a week or more, daily, by burning candles down on or around it to heat it, praying over it as you do. Until the hand is really cooking and only then is it ready to be handed over. After which you also need to feed it weekly. You see what I am getting at?
It's hard work, working like this - especially if you have a bunch of workings going on as many of us do. But this is also one of the powerful features of the tradition - this kind of cumulative force is extremely potent when it is wielded by someone with the Gift. I often hear people who are peeking in from other traditions, opining about the earthy simplicity and directness of hoodoo tradition and I can hear that in their minds are imagining a little old lady sitting at her kitchen table with a bunch of herbs and a candle mumbling a prayer and comparing it to some elaborate Golden Dawn type ritual where everyone is wearing fancy robes and waving around swords and wands invoking jupiter, or something. This is extremely patronising. Hoodoo has a profound material symbol system belying its folkish charm - a subtle technology and craft that is both sophisticated and complex. One of conjure's core technologies is the secret of building up a spell's power over time, maintaining and manipulating that magical force until something snaps and the stamina and spiritual skill involved in doing that well. That is a true Arte, indeed.