"A famous and Very Strong Curio is the RAILROAD SPIKE, which is used in a ritual to "nail down" a house or property so that no landlord or mortgage holder can move one from the place. The ritual thus enacted requires a RAILROAD SPIKE to be driven into the ground at each corner of the lot, topped with a Silver Dime, covered over with the Graveyard Dirt of ones's ancestors, and marked with fresh urine. Sold as a Curio only."
-- The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. catalogue
The collection of Railroad Spikes by prying them out of a railroad track is illegal -- and well it should be, for missing spikes can cause track to get out of line, which in turn can lead to derailment of a train, with injuries and loss of life. Railroad Spikes are also sometimes gathered from abandoned tracks, although without the permission of the railroad line owners, that is considered an act of theft. For these two very good reasons, used Railroad Spikes are best collected when old tracks are refurbished and replaced, for their value to practitioners far exceeds their value as scrap metal.
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7" long genuine old-time rusty Railroad Spike, use four of them for nailing down the corner of your property or home for protection and to keep you from being moved out. Complete with lore and legend of their use in conjure spells.
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
by catherine yronwode
Many more folkloric magical spells utilizing RAILROAD SPIKES can be found in the book "Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic" by catherine yronwode.
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