Come with me as I enter the world of Moma Sarah. Her world of wonders and magicks is a queendom she has created called Conjured Cardea. She is priestess, teacher, vlogger, rootworker, and more.
For those of our readers who don’t know you yet, begin at the beginning. What makes Moma Sarah the get up in the morning and be the fabulous worker she is every day? What stokes your fire to be a one woman empire?
It’s a combination of several things. One, a calling from about the age of 7 or 8. Two, passion and energy; I live for this work and it saturates every area of my life. I live to honor nature and the spirits around me. My family. I want to show my children that you can simultaneously do what you love, help and educate, promote passion and justice all while building a successful career and legacy to pass down.
You are a certified member of the American Rootworker Association. What does this mean?
This means that I am recognized as a professional and reputable rootworker by a group of peers and colleagues. Their careers range from anthropologists, authors, rootworkers, readers, teachers and
religious and theology experts.
Why is it important?
Reputable certifications are important when in this line of work. It’s difficult to trust anything or anyone on the internet. By providing certifications, public profile, photographs of my work, interviews, my YouTube channel and blog, people have an actual access to me.
A window into my life and practice, I’m not some stranger practicing on the other side of the world. Accessibility is one of the main focuses of my professionalism. When you message me or email me, it is actually me you’ll be corresponding with.
What differentiates this from magickal herbalism in general?
While hoodoo could be classified as a type of herbalism, and most of certainly utilize herbalism as part of a healing/healthy lifestyle, the rich history of hoodoo is what makes it unique. The colorful tapestry of the south and the multi-cultural influences are what created hoodoo.
The correspondences and energies are vastly similar in many ways to many North American eclectic herbal magick practices. But what would you like people to understand about the issues of mixing Wicca, Granny Magick, and Hoodoo in their workings?
Hoodoo is Christian/Catholic based. While this was not an original part of the African people and traditions that brought hoodoo here, it was ingrained out of necessity for these practices to go undiscovered in order to survive. That added to and changed the original African traditions and we have to recognize that as a valid part of the history of this practice.
Religions and spiritual practices must evolve to survive and grow. One has to respect, understand and educate themselves about the cultural influences and African traditions that originally began this practice.
In your studies and practice, what have you found to be a common thread among your requests?
I’m assuming you’re inquiring about requests from clients. Love. Love
is all anyone really wants. To be cared for, respected, to share
life’s experiences and beauty with someone. I have a lot of requests
for prosperity as well, because that’s the real world and everyone is
just trying to survive.
Why do people come to a worker for help?
Often it’s when they feel they have exhausted all other options. I also get a lot of clients who feel too emotionally invested or drained by the situation, or lack the confidence to attack the problem themselves.
What is the difference between root work and conjure?
For me, rootwork can, but does not always, involve working with or petitioning spirits. Conjure does. It’s really a pretty fine line in my practice as I believe all roots possess an energy or spirit. Even though I may not be evoking or invoking a particular spirit or guide to help, the spirit of the roots are always there.
You work with various energies and spirits, what level of time and detail when it comes to keeping the altars and work spaces?
I perform about 6-10 rootwork appointments a week, depending on the duration of the workings. Each workings has separate altar set ups of vigils, herbs, offerings, roots, candles, grids, incense, etc. I imagine I spend about 7 hours a week on my altars. This does not include thorough cleansings and deconstructions each month.
How much of your practice is client education?
I spend a lot of my time working on my site, blog and YouTube channel to make certain people have access to information. If they have a question, they can probably find an answer on one of these venues. I
also take a lot of time with each client to make sure they understand what rootwork is, the time frame, possible outcome and how to get the most out of it. I want to be clear to them that this is spiritual
therapy, a legitimate way to heal, not a magic pill or miracle.
Do you see your work as a calling?
Absolutely. At 7 or 8 years old I was making gris gris for my neighbor friends who also grew up in an abusive and tumultuous household.
When did you first know this was your path? What made you first lift that herb up and say, “I know what this can do?”
Around 7 or 8 years of age. People are born with propensities for certain skills and careers. Natural talents-this is mine.
What is your preferred medium for most mundane working? If you had to choose among candle work, mojo, etc?
Offerings. I give offerings daily but not to obtain a goal. They are out of love and respect for the spirits who dwell here. I believe this is the largest part in building a rapport, so when I do have a request
on behalf of a client, they are likely to help.
Make sure to return to PBN News Network for the second part of this fascinating look into the world of Moma Sarah. Please enjoy the video below. It is first in her series on Beginnings and Professionalism in Rootwork.