Let's be real folks. Hoodoo is not an African Diasporic religion. Sure it comes from slavery and our Ancestors passed this knowledge that they brought from Africa but this does not make conjure work a religion.
Some people are trying to make hoodoo into a religion like Santeria, Palo, or Voodoo because of its African roots. The same folks who do this mish mash hoodoo with the ATRs. They use the African origin of conjure work as an excuse but this doesnt make it right.
Another argument some folks make for mish mashing Hoodoo with the ATRs are some of the similarities in the work. Yes some of the works are really similar. This makes sense because of hoodoo's roots in Africa but there are huge differences. Palo, Santeria, and Vodou folks work at the crossroads, burn lamps, and do some of the same stuff as traditional conjure workers but the way and how it's done is different. The ingredients are COMPLETELY different in and off themselves so this tells you how different the works are between Hoodoo and the ATRs.
Then there's the issue of "cross working" Hoodoo and the ATRs. Over the years I have noticed a serious trend where folks either (1) start out in hoodoo then 'step up' to the ATRs because they need something stronger or (2) they've already been initiated and now claim their supposed right as conjure workers.
Let's break these folks down into detail. First of all Hoodoo work ain't no toy. If you feel like your Hoodoo work aint strong enough that you need to be initiated then you need to look at yourself in the mirror. The power is already there in you with your ancestors.
You dont need to buy initiations to gain more power in doing conjure work. I mean no disrespect against the ATRs but the nonsense has got to stop. Going into an ATR will not make you a stronger conjure worker. In most cases it shows a weak worker because of a lack of training in either practice.
Then there are those folks who try to be the jack of all trades. Just because you got initiated in an ATR doesn't mean you are a conjure worker too. Your ceremonies dont give you rights to anything in Hoodoo. You have to earn that just like every other true worker.
I can show more examples but you get the idea. Hoodoo is not an ATR so folks need to stop trying to make one out of it. I dont mean to ruffle feathers but the truth must be spoken. Drlovebug