St. Dymphna: Lily of Fire

St. Dymphna photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

This delicate flower certainly did take a lot of heat. St. Dymphna is the patron saint of the mentally ill. Her legacy stands strong today for those who champion the weak and oppressed. Some refer to her as the “lily of fire.” This delicate flower certainly did take a lot of heat. St. Dymphna's story, like that of most saints and holy people, is a gruesome one. History tells us that Dymphna was beheaded by her father at the young age of 15. He did this because she refused to become his wife. It … [Read more...]

Blog Anniversary- Voodoo Universe’s Top Ten Posts You Probably Missed

The Voodoo Universe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The Voodoo Universe blog has made it a whole year. It's been a year of weirdness and wondrousness. We've manged to feature some amazing stuff about New Orleans Voodoo and Marie Laveau, as well as La Regla Lucumi (Santeria,) Candomble, Ifa, and Haitian Vodou. There were some wildly successful posts, usually having to do with American Horror Story Coven or Orange is the New Black, and some that didn't get the notice they deserve. So I'm going to take this opportunity to sift through 169 pearls of … [Read more...]

Oshun’s Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Oshun Butternut Squash Soup Recipe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Oshun is the Santeria (Lucumi) religion's Orisha of love, beauty, fertility, abundance, bounty, money, gold and marriage. Some refer to her as the “mother of the witches,” and her brews are some serious magick. Foremost she is an Orisha or Goddess of Water, the sacred embodiment of the river. Very often she is represented by statues of Caridad del Cobre, Our Lady of Copper, whose feast day is celebrated on September 8th.Oshun is turned to for help with love spells and magick spells for pro … [Read more...]

Oh My Yemaya- Goddess of the Ocean

Yemaya photo by Neftali courtesy of Shutterstock.

“ they kissed the ground and said Oh My Yemaya, thank you." Legend has it that when slaves were taken from their homelands in Africa and forcibly placed on ships, they believed that the ocean would swallow them up, and they prayed to Yemaya to save their lives. When they finally reached land they kissed the ground and said Oh My Yemaya, thank you.Yemaya is an Orisha, a mother goddess, a goddess of the sea. For many she is also a goddess of the moon. She is worshiped in the r … [Read more...]

Voodoo Not Legit? Just Quit Please !

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The Voodoo religion flame wars are flying. Not that this is a new thing, I had the first ever Voodoo website back in 1992. Then, as now, I tried to provide respectful and accurate information and products for devotees of Voodoo, Vodou, and La Regla Lucumi, better known as Santeria. I published the Oshun- African Magickal Quarterly, and we featured writings from people who have now become icons in the religion.Back then I mostly lectured in the Pagan community and I would constantly find my … [Read more...]

How to Create a Voodoo Vision Board Hanging

Voodoo Vision Board hanging photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Most peoples idea of Voodoo involves skulls, bones, and stolen hair. Blame the media. Don't believe the hype. The truth about New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou is that they incorporate every aspect of life and death into their practices. This stems from a constant respect and honoring of the Lwa (Loa) the demi-Gods and demi-Goddesses who represent the sacred forces of the earth and beyond.Vision boards are nothing new. They consist of pictures, drawings, and words to help inspire and … [Read more...]

Nigeria’s World Sango Festival 2014

Bowl with lid, Yoruba people, Nigeria photo by Cliff. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Sango is a king, a god, a warrior. This year's World Sango festival was held in Oyo Nigeria on August 21-30. Created to celebrate African cultural heritage, the event features performances from different Orisha worshiping groups from around the globe. Last year's event was attended by a million followers. This is truly a blessing to behold. Those, like myself, who were unable to attend should check out the website for photos and more information about the cultural history and legacy of the … [Read more...]


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