Root doctor Earl Marlowe, featured in my Doktor Snake’s Voodoo Spellbook, always said the the most powerful place to perform sorcery is in the graveyard. One of the key entities involved in graveyard work is the Graveyard Snake.

I remember Earl once going into great detail about the Graveyard Snake. We were walking along the River Thames on London’s south bank. It was a glorious summer’s day and the river seemed to glisten as he talked. Here are some of the things he said, which I recorded in my notebook:

“When you do a working in the cemetery you have to make it your business to become acquainted with the Graveyard Snake. This snake is very unusual to look at. It is black with yellow splotches on its back. It lives in the cemetery where it grieves and moans.”

“The Graveyard Snake came about this way. Long, long ago, the Devil was busy trying to tempt Adam and Eve. He’d taken the form of a serpent, and when he succeeded in tempting them, he laughed so much he split himself in two – into a spirit part and a material part. The spirit part of him goes about the world tempting folks and helping out conjure doctors; while the material part lives in the graveyard. You can contact the spirit part through the material part. That’s what we do in graveyard work.”

“The Graveyard Snake is Ole Satan himself and he can help you in your black art. That’s ’cause he’s a master of the black art. To call the Graveyard Snake, you need to sew up a piece of silver in a small piece of red flannel. Wear it over your heart. Then say a verse from the Holy Bible backwards at 12 o’clock in the graveyard on a moonlit night. Within a short time, Old Nick will come and meet you.”

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  1. David Chen
    David Chen says:

    Hello Dr. Snake,

    You mentioned how to call-forth the Grave Yard Snake (aka the Devil). But how would you dismiss him as soon as you got what you want from him?

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    • Doc
      Doc says:

      I probably wouldn’t “dismiss”, more “OK, let’s go our separate ways for now on the moonbeam flow of the multiverse.” Keep it all on equal terms, and a value exchange.

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      • David Chen
        David Chen says:

        Doktor Snake another couple of questions just came up. What other offerings can you leave for “Old Nick” besides the usual alcohol? Also, does sterling silver count?

      • Doc
        Doc says:

        You know what I’m going to say! Literally anything you dream up in your imagination. That imaginative creative impulse is what to go with, in my view, at least. Nothing is true, everything is permitted, as the old man of the mountains once reputedly said. Silver would be great, old coins too. Or maybe you are walking in woodland, beach, or even in the urban environment. Something catches your eye, you pick it up and keep it… and that is your offering.

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