Your Wate and Fate

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Welcome to Your Wate and Fate, a catalogue of the material culture of fortune telling, with an emphasis on the lesser-known and more unusual forms of divination, especially as known through the ephemeral artifacts of the 19th and 20th centuries.

This site is a book-end or companion-piece to The Mystic Tea Room, my web site devoted to the material culture of tea leaf reading or tasseomancy.

The unique spelling of the wis web site -- that is, the substitution of Wate for Weight -- comes from the slogan on the narrow side-panel of an American Scale Company penny scale that i happen to have in my downstairs bathroom.

This web site, begun in January 2021, is for the use and enjoyment of my Patreon supporters, hence there are no menu and no links to find the pages that are only available to Patrons. In 2022 the pages of this site will slowly open up to the public, one page at a time, but if you want to read this material one year ahead of the rest of the world, you will need to subscribe.

In order to continue my work as a writer and graphic designer in the fields of magic, folklore, spellcraft, divination, and fortune telling, i am asking loyal readers to support me on Patreon. For a small monthly donation, you will have access to advance copies of web pages and books i am writing, at the rate of one new item per week.

Because my interests are varied and not everyone is interested in all of my projects, you may subscribe for one, two, or four articles per month. The articles will be tagged with the type of material covered. I think of these as "streams" of content, which may mingle and flow together at times.

Support Your Wate and Fate

Support me on Patreon! "From the Land of Tea" allows my Patreon subscribers to access bonus articles and scans about tea leaf reading and tea room culture for a small monthly donation.
Watch me write a book! "Down-Home Sex magic: Hoodoo Spells of Bodily Love" will be published by Lucky Mojo in September 2021, and my Patrons get to read the work in progress.
Beyond the Valley of the Tea-Cups! "Your Wate and Fate: The Material Culture of Fortune-Telling": With a small monthly donation you will be able to support the digitization and annotation of my collection of off-beat, unusual, and downright strange fortune telling devices of the 19th and 20th centuries.
African American folk magic! "Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog" is an archive of historical on roots of hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork, accompanied by original research, commentary, and rare illustrations -- and you can have access if you support my work by subscribing to my Patreon account.
From field and forest, from grove and garden, here is a collection of illustrated, annotated, and explicated articles on the botanical basis of hoodoo and conjure, accessible to my Patreon supporters.

All of the material you have access to here -- the fabulous trading cards, the instructive booklets, the nostalgic postcards, the boldly graphic matchbook covers, and all of the historical information researched and shared from the mind of the woman who is making it all happen -- can easily fit into one 8 x 10 foot room in an old Victorian farmhouse, but you would never see it without the investment of the time it takes to produce such a site and the caloric input such a site requires in the form of food for the writer, graphic designer, and database manager, as well as the US currency needed to pay for the computers, software applications, scanners, electricity, and internet connectivity that bring it out of that little room and into the world. So, as you can see, this site is the darling of many, and it is growing at a rapid rate ... but although it is "free," there also is a cost. Your financial support underwrites this cost. Here is how you can help.

  • Patreon advance web pages. Patrons will have private access to web pages one year before they are made available to the public, at the rate of four new web pages per month, distributed at weekly intervals. These web pages fall into a series of interconnected topics or streams of thought. At present the streams which my Patrons will be able to access for a small monthly donation are as follows:
  • "From the Land of Tea: The Material Culture of Tea and Tea Leaf Reading"

An adjunct to my tasseomancy site, [http:mystictearoom.com The Mystic Tea Room]. Articles posted: January 7th, 2021; February 14th, 2021; February 28th, 2021.

Documenting the material culture of unusual fortune telling methods. Articles posted: January 14th, 2021; January 28th, 2021, February 21st, 2021; March 14th, 2021; March 21st, 2021.

  • "The Southern Cross the Yellow Dog"

Annotated historical articles on 19th and 20th century hoodoo, an adjunct to my "Southern Spirits" site. Articles posted: January 21st , 2021.

  • "Leaves from the Root Doctor's garden"

Annotated historical articles on 19th and 20th century herbalism, an adjunct to my "Herb Magic" site. Articles posted: January 21st , 2021; February 7th, 2021, March 7th, 2021.

  • "Down-Home Sex Magic: Spells of Bodily Love"

Sample pdf chapters from my upcoming book of the same name. Articles posted: March 28th, 2021.

  • "A Hoodoo Hand"

Research pages to eventually be added to my free online book "Hoodoo in Theory and Practice"

  • "The Lucky W Amulet Archive"

An illustrated and annotated tour of my collection of lucky charms.

  • "Fit to Print"

Sample columns from my days in comic book land.

Each new web page or sample pdf is circulated to Patrons as an unpublished galley proof or advance copy. After one year at Patreon, each page will be released to the public, either as an addition to one of my web sites or in the form of a chapter in a published book.

Patrons have access to a Private Patreon sub-forum within the Lucky Mojo Forum, and will be accorded special Red Star Avatar badges at the Forum.

Here are the tiers i have devised at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/catherineyronwode

The Sampler
$2.00 Per Month

  • Preview access to ONE new web page per month; the web page release will be held one year before public viewing.
  • Access to my Patrons-Only Private Sub-Forum at the Lucky Mojo Forum where we can chat.
  • A special Red Star Patron badge at the Public and Private Lucky Mojo Forums.

The Selector
$4.00 Per Month

  • Preview access to TWO new web pages per month; the web page release will be held one year before public viewing.
  • Access to my Patrons-Only Private Sub-Forum at the Lucky Mojo Forum where we can chat.
  • A special Red Star Patron badge at the Public and Private Lucky Mojo Forums.

The Reader
$8.00 Per Month

  • Preview access to FOUR new web pages per month; the web page release will be held one year before public viewing.
  • Access to my Patrons-Only Private Sub-Forum at the Lucky Mojo Forum where we can chat.
  • A special Red Star Patron badge at the Public and Private Lucky Mojo Forums.

The Bibliophile
$24.00 Per Month

  • Preview access to FOUR new web pages per month; the web page release will be held one year before public viewing.
  • Access to my Patrons-Only Private Sub-Forum at the Lucky Mojo Forum where we can chat.
  • A special Red Star Patron badge at the Public and Private Lucky Mojo Forums.
  • A signed copy of a 96-page book on folk magic or divination that i have authored, co-authored, or edited.

The Collector
$48.00 Per Month

  • Preview access to FOUR new web pages per month; the web page release will be held one year before public viewing.
  • Access to my Patrons-Only Private Sub-Forum at the Lucky Mojo Forum where we can chat.
  • A special Red Star Patron badge at the Public and Private Lucky Mojo Forums.
  • A signed copy of a 96-page book on folk magic or divination that i have authored, co-authored, or edited.
  • An envelope containing rare vintage paper or cloth ephemera from my personal collection, with a hand-written card explaining its provenance, significance, and how i came to have duplicate copies so i can send one to you.

The Ephemerist
$64.00 Per Month

  • Preview access to FOUR new web pages per month; the web page release will be held one year before public viewing.
  • Access to my Patrons-Only Private Sub-Forum at the Lucky Mojo Forum where we can chat.
  • A special Red Star Patron badge at the Public and Private Lucky Mojo Forums.
  • A signed copy of a 96-page book on folk magic or divination that i have authored, co-authored, or edited.
  • An envelope containing rare vintage paper or cloth ephemera from my personal collection, with a hand-written card explaining its provenance, significance, and how i came to have duplicate copies so i can send one to you.
  • A lovingly curated box of vintage porcelain, glass, or metal ephemera from my personal collection, with a hand-written card explaining its provenance, significance, and how i came to have duplicate copies so i can send one to you.

With 32 different 96-page books in stock, i can continue to send books to faithful Patrons for not quite three years -- by which time there should be a few more books, extending that offer to a full three years. I have a ton of excess ephemera such as rare old 1930s hoodoo labels, fantastic excess china ware, and God knows what-all that i would love to send to other ephemerists. I often used to make entire store buyouts. So i have enough amazingly cool stuff to send random vintage presents to hundreds of Patrons for the rest of my life.

To sign up, go to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/catherineyronwode

To Discuss This Patreon Page

This Patreon Bonus Page is part of the series titled "Your Wate and Fate." To discuss it with me and the Patreon community, please visit our Private Patreon Forum at

http://forum.luckymojo.com/your-wate-and-fate-t93995.html

Thank you.

catherine yronwode
curator, historian, and docent
Your Wate and Fate