How to Make a Two-Headed Reversing Fetish
Inspired by the kongo tradition of the nkisi nkondi (a type of Janus-headed wooden dog which looks into the past and future simultaneously), this fetish calls for two 5-6” alligator heads, which you should be able to find as a pair on eBay for about $25.
1. Using a hot glue gun, attach the two alligator heads end to end, facing in opposite directions (the idea being that one eats bad luck while the other generates good luck)
2. Next, take a spool of 2 or 3 mm waxed cotton thread (red is always a good color) and wrap through the jaws of the first alligator, around the side of its head, and then back through the jaws of the second alligator; a couple of dozen turns all of the way around should do the trick.
3. When that’s done, switch to a vertical wrap (like you are tying a bow on a present) and wind it all around the seam connecting the two heads together to tighten the first set of thread turns and conceal the glue.
Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook? Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words?” [Job 41]
5. With the thread now firmly in place and set, insert a handful of block-busting herbs (e.g., Master of the Woods, Five Finger Grass, Mint, John the Conqueror and Lemon grass) into the cuplike cavity created by the fusion of the two empty skulls.
6. As a final step, get three 6” verbena sticks and insert them into the mouth of one of the alligators so that it goes all the way through and starts poking out of the mouth of its counterpart. Verbana sticks are a little twisty so the tension created by gently sliding your bundle all the way through both heads will probably be enough to hold the bundle in place. NOTE: If you want, you can also substitute a John the Conqueror root on one side of the head and an angelica root in the other for the verbana sticks; I found that this works just as well.
7. For the loose herbs underneath, just light up a beeswax candle and let it drip and pour out onto the contents of the conjoined alligator skulls until the entire load of ingredients is affixed solidly in place. Turn it back over et voila! Evildoers beware.
I’m still experimenting with this one but “Van Van” incense really seems to make it smile.