New Years Tradition: Collard Greens for Success Recipe

No Voodoo or Hoodoo discussion about this time of year would be complete without talking about the traditional New Year’s recipe for collard greens. This dish is served just after midnight. If eaten and prepared right, it is said to bring divine blessings of money and success. [Read more...]

Yemaya Shines Her Beauty on New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s is a time for huge ceremonies in the Brazilian traditions of Umbanda and Candomble. It is a time for pilgrimages and journeys to the sea to honor this Orixa or goddess.The immense celebrations that occur here are truly a sight to behold. People craft elaborate rafts and small boats on which they float their lavish offerings out to the sea. [Read more...]

Review: Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust: Africa in Comparison

I’m an anthropologist, in addition to being a Voodoo priestess, and this work is important for the study of Witchcraft, the Occult, and African and Afro-Diasporan Religions (be it New Orleans Voodoo, Haitian Vodou, Cuban Santeria, or Brazilian Candomble) across the globe. Peter Geschiere is a professor at the University of Amsterdam and Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust: Africa in Comparison is his latest contribution to the discipline of African anthropology. [Read more...]

Counting Kwanzaa: Thoughts on Voodoo Unity

Someone just posted on my Facebook wall that “Kwanzaa is crap.” So much for hopes of U-N-I-T-Y, in the community, in the world, even on my fracking wall. Okay, Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday. It’s not associated with any religion in particular and is designed to, in the words of its creator Dr. Maulana Karenga, “bring a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and Human in the fullest sense.” [Read more...]

Marie Laveau’s Tomb is Pink: Shame, Shame, Shame!

Marie Laveau’s Tomb has stood the test of time. It has seen flood, violence, disrespect, haters, and now someone has painted it pink. Marie Laveau’s Tomb is a shrine to Voodoo practitioners around the globe, a mecca if you will, that is the second most visited grave in the United States. [Read more...]

Christmas with the Ancestors: Sicilian Stuffed Artichoke Recipe

The holidays are upon us and it is time for friends, family and feasting. My Voodoo house celebrates this as another joyful time to share with the ancestors and renew our spirits. There is cornbread, black eyed peas, collards, ham, and the delicious list goes on. Each food fulfills it’s own special role providing healing, fertility, abundance, financial success and the like. [Read more...]

Krampus Is Cool This Christmas!

Krampus is cool. The Nazis hated him, and he has had two appearances on network television this month. He drinks beer and he will beat you into submission if you don’t behave. Sounds like a modern hero to me. [Read more...]


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