Divination Space Station: Lilith Dorsey

 

Voodoo Fortune Teller photo by Steve Snodgrass.

Welcome to this week’s stop at Divination Space Station with Voodoo Universe’s creatrix Lilith Dorsey. I realized after the really adept and informative guest blog interviews with Dorothy Morrison and Awo Robert Ogbe Di, I should probably submit my own experience as well. I’ve been reading cards professionally for over twenty years, and have done psychic readings everywhere from the parking lot at a Grateful Dead show to Snake and Jakes Christmas Club Lounge in New Orleans to a corporate wellness event for Bloomberg. I can honestly say, “ What a long strange trip it’s been.”

 

When did you start divining? With what method of divination?

I started divining when I was 13. I got my first Ryder Waite Tarot Deck then, and was also studying numerology and astrology.

 

What method do you use most often now?

I use different methods for different purposes. I still consult the tarot, cocos, divining rods, astrological influences almost daily. I feel that’s it’s similar to checking the weather, although I realize this may sound reductionist. I am not diminishing the power of divination, I am just making an analogy about taking one’s spiritual umbrella when needed. In my personal experience it seems that tarot is able to give a more specific answer, and direct guidance on the matter at hand.

 

Most often I use the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot, but I have been known to also read with Tarot of the Boroughs ( which features me as the High Priestess card) and also the deck I developed myself based on

Tarot of Cruelty, The Andrognye Card by Lilith Dorsey.

the work of Antonin Artaud, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Rimbaud, called the Tarot of Cruelty.

 

How important is the choice of question?

I believe the question and it’s phrasing are crucial to receiving an accurate answer. The response I get when I ask about outcome or influences can often be very different. Influence either visible or invisible does not always shape outcome, nor does intent or feeling.

 

Do you have a yes/no method of divining you recommend?

Dowsing rods are my preferred choice, but I know people who have success with pendulums, coins, cocos, and other methods. Ask each time you use them ask for what a specific yes outcome will look like, what a specific no outcome will look like, and if a reading with this method is possible right now.

 

 Is there any advice you have for newcomers when using divination?

 

My advice is to know your cards. I don’t necessarily advocate throwing away the book like my friend Dorothy Morrision does, but develop your own relationship with them. Test out their messages on simple quantifiable things like: the weather, messages, time, etc. Sleep with your cards or your pendulum under your pillow. Record your dreams afterwards.

 

Is a reading’s outcome set in stone?

In my experience most thing can be gently nudged or turned to a different direction. If we look specifically at something like palm reading, people’s palm continually changes throughout their lives. Things are constantly changing and twisting, sometimes on the edge of a butterfly effect’s wings. Open yourself up the the joy and possibility of the universe and more will be revealed.

 

 

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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.


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