Hi there, this is Ash. Apprenticeship can be a real adventure. I don’t think I knew what I was getting into when I asked Hexeba to take me on. That was two years ago! Hard to believe it’s been two years. We will be celebrating this milestone in June for sure. Since I am the Apprentice who has been with Hexeba the longest I get the pleasure today (and often I hope) of telling tales on Hexeba and what goes on at the Apothecary. Today I am going to give you a little peep into what goes on behind the scenes.
Hexeba has a freezer in her garage the size of a refrigerator. In other words a full size upright freezer. Going into Hexeba’s freezer is always a gamble. Sure sometimes it can be relatively safe, where you find the usual stuff like frozen soup, veggies, chicken breasts excreta; but sometimes….well, sometimes there is a dead cat inside.
To be fair, she did warn me before I ever went into her freezer. Over the last two years, besides the dead cat, there has been a dead snake and the occasional road kill. I would not be at all surprised to find a bird, or a raccoon, a possum or even a rabbit. We have used body parts from all of those critters at one time or another. That’s one of the fun things about Hoodoo, you never know what you might need or use in a recipe, even animal bits. Hexeba’s house is full of all sorts of critter parts. Not in a creepy way. She has a couple of alligator heads. She calls one of the Gus and the other Gwen (short for Gwendolynn,) they are charmed to protect her home. Lately, since we have started to produce Chicken Feet for the store, she has been talking about making a hanging protection charm of some of them. One of the other apprentices even keeps an eye out for road kill for her. I just try to be wary of the freezer and any “meat” she pulls out of there, cause it might not be for dinner.
I am Hexeba Theaux. My family has been in Louisiana since the 1700s and most of them still live there. Good Cajun folk. Heck, if you throw a rock in St. Martinville, Louisiana you'll probably hit one of my cousins. I have practiced Southern Folk Magic since I was a child. These are my thoughts on what is called Hoodoo or Conjure. I own and operate CajunConjure.com.