Woke up this rising wanting to tell y’all more about our Hoodoos from back in the day. Our Hoodoos we may call saints, our pioneer Hoodoos that paved the way! We pour our libations out for you on today Sunday May 29th.
Our first Hoodoo Saint is Aunt Caroline Dye-
Caroline Tracy "Aunt Caroline" Dye. Dye (1843-1918) was a well-known fortune teller, healer and "seer," born into slavery in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dye was freed at the end of the Civil War in Arkansas where her mistress had moved. As a young child, she had already established a reputation as a seer of future events and after the war, she remained in Arkansas. There, people from far and wide would come to her home for readings, and remedies. For her services she would receive a modest sum, a dollar or two depending on the pocketbook of the client.
"Aunt Caroline" used only a deck of cards to help her concentrate and steadfastly refused to give any readings on love or war. She did have an exceptional track record, but made a couple of spectacular errors, including the prediction that the tail of Haley's Comet would brush up against Earth causing terrible destruction.
. The letters are rather difficult to decipher but seem to be written to a friend and concern advice, for which she asks: "In close $10.00 dollar for me to help you out in your bizness so that you can be better satisfied. . ." Dye is mentioned in at least a couple of blues songs by W. C. Handy and as a "hoodoo woman" in Johnny Temple's "Hoodoo Women" (1939) where she's mentioned by name.