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Conjuring Harriet "Mama Moses" Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad

by (author) Witchdoctor Utu

foreword by Baba Ted Jauw

Red Wheel Weiser
Initial publish date
Feb 2019
Witchcraft & Wicca, Channeling, Magick Studies
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    Feb 2019
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The spirits of Harriet Tubman, John Brown, and other heroes of the Underground Railroad guide readers on a magical path to healing, empowerment, and liberation.
The historical role that magic and soothsaying played in the Underground Railroad has long been ignored out of fear it might diminish the legacy of Harriet Tubman and other heroes of that time.  However, Harriet Tubman was a Conjure woman who relied on her dreams and visionary experiences to lead her followers to freedom. Revered as “Mama Moses,” she, along with John Brown, Mary Ellen Pleasant, and others have been venerated since their deaths. They now have emerged in the 21st century as the pantheon of a new and increasingly popular African-Diaspora tradition.
Written by Witchdoctor Utu, founder of the Niagara Voodoo Shrine, this is the first book devoted to the spiritual and magical tradition of the Underground Railroad. In it, the author conjures the spirits of the Underground Railroad, their continued connection to each other, and their “tracks” still leading to freedom from obstacles, bondage, and trouble and tribulations of all kinds. It is a spiritual tradition that is broadly accessible and inclusive, much like the historical Underground Railroad itself, whose participants were black, white, and Native American, male and female, Christians, Jews, Quakers, animists, secret devotees of forbidden African religions, and free thinkers of all kinds.
This revelatory book teaches readers how to invoke the blessings of Mama Moses and her followers, access their healing inspiration and magic powers, and seek their own path to freedom.

About the authors

Witchdoctor Utu is best known as the founder of the world-renowned pagan drum troupe, Dragon Ritual Drummers. He is also the founder of the Niagara Pagan Men's Circle and the Niagara Voodoo Shrine, which is dedicated to Harriet "Mama Moses" Tubman and the spirits of the Underground Railroad. For over 20 years, Utu has been active in both the American and Canadian pagan communities and is a sought-after presenter. He resides in St. Catharines, Ontario, the place where Harriet Tubman brought her particular track of the Underground Railroad to its end, and where she planned and executed her many journeys to freedom. Visit Witchdoctor Utu online at

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Baba Ted Jauw's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground by Witchdoctor Utu is a rare and priceless literary treasure in contemporary published material on Hoodoo and Southern Rootwork. Read this special tome -- be educated, witness devotion, and be inspired by the power of this holy woman and her devoted priest, Utu. Let her spirit ignite your commitment to freedom and overcoming tyranny. Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground offers ample resources for magic most rears its head when freedom is most oppressed." --Orion Foxwood, author of The Candle and the Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root-Work and The Flame in the Cauldron

Orion Foxwood

"It not often that black history and magick are given the attention and respect they deserve. Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad is an incredible work whose time has come. Witchdoctor Utu and I have been spiritual family for almost two decades. We have been together inside ritual and out, and I truly can't find enough wonderful things to say about him. His first book is stunning and not to be ignored." --Lilith Dorsey, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and Love Magic

Lilith Dorsey

"Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad represents an ambitious undertaking. It is a thorough attempt at wedding the history, legends, as well as the ethics and motivations of the abolitionist-inspired Underground Railroad and its primary figure and force, Harriot Tubman, together with a practical system of Hoodoo. As with any such attempt, it will please some more than others. It is worthy of serious consideration, as, to my knowledge, no one has attempted anything on such a scale, nor attempted to combine what is an ancestral veneration with the practice of African-American folk magic, aka Hoodoo, in as much detail ever. This book deserves to be on your reading list!" --Manuel Congo, global ethnologist and author of the Lucumi Tarot

Manuel Congo

"We are in the midst of perilous times often mired in indecision and pessimism as we traverse a world that has become unfamiliar. Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad points out a spiritual North Star that may offer direction to your path and lift up your heart. Harriet Tubman is an elevated spirit, one of the Mighty Dead, that can be called upon, venerated, and who acts as an example for changing the world for better. This book offers a working system that blends and acknowledges the Christian, African, and folk magic traditions that are the natural home for those called to work with Mama Moses. She does not rest in peace, she rises in power." —Ivo Dominguez, author of Keys to Perception, Spirit Speak, and numerous other books

Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

"Presented in an engaging manner, Witchdoctor Utu’s impressive new book, Conjuring Harriet "Mama Moses" Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad, is an exercise not only in the spiritual elevation of heroic ancestors, but also in the elevation of everyone who values and fights for freedom from enslavement. Utu asks us to put aside for a moment the usual history and understanding of the legendary fugitive slave turned conductor of the Underground Railroad and to focus on the empowering spiritual beliefs held by abolitionists and freedom seekers that played a vital role in their journeys to freedom. More than a grimoire of conjures, Witchdoctor Utu shares the rarely told stories of those who followed the North Star to freedom from the antebellum South to St. Catherines, Ontario, protective roots in hand. He brings to light a powerful Conjure tradition that, with a cairn and cross, guides the spiritual seeker towards a meaningful way to honor Mama Moses and the spirits of the Underground Railroad, and revere the bones of those still lying in unmarked graves." –Denise M. Alvarado, author of the Voodoo Hoodoo Spell Book, cultural anthropologist and founder of the American Rootwork Association

Denise M. Alvarado

"In this rich, riveting and inspiring guide, Utu Witchdoctor opens the door to a powerhouse of spiritual help from Mama Moses and her followers. Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad is an excellent book for the true seeker who wishes to participate in the grace, beauty and mystery at the heart of spiritual work." --Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of Guide to Psychic Power

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

"Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroadis undoubtedly the most important book of the decade. Whether you read it for the history, for the conjure, or to honor the brave souls whose stories are told within…read it! What lies between its covers will not only enrich your life, but forever nourish your spirit." --Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked and The Craft

Dorothy Morrison


"I have practiced my particular brand of spirit communication for many years. During that time, I have been blessed to meet and interview several people whom I believe have left a mark on the world. Witchdoctor Utu is one such person and he has written one of the best, well rounded tomes on the topic in recent years. It is important that the reader grasps not just the physical practice of working with spirits but also the history behind those practices. Utu has achieved a balance seldom found. In Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad, he has married the practice of mysticism and religious belief. He also goes on to present the importance of the ancestors who brought these beliefs with them as they traveled along the Underground Railroad. Most importantly Utu has a deep-set passion to spread the story of the life of Harriet Tubman or Mama Moses, as she was known. Considered one of the architects of the liberation of African slaves during the time of political strife that preceded and endured during the American Civil War, her story alone is worth discovering within the pages of this book.

Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad is a practical manual of instruction giving both the adept and novice fresh knowledge to add to the ever-growing need for Conjure in today’s world. This is a text that should grace every metaphysical worker’s bookshelf." --Rev. Timothy Shaw, Spiritualist minister

Rev. Timothy Shaw