Rainbow Goddess Aida Wedo: Voodoo Prism of Possibility

Rainbow Egg photo by fdecomite.

Pray bigger. Your dreams should be big, your prayers must be bigger. I did a large public Voodoo ritual many years back dedicated to Aida Wedo, the rainbow serpent bride of Haitian Vodou or Vudu. She is the wife of Damballa Wedo and together they form a divine union. My ritual was about imagining things better than you could possibly imagine. I asked people not to wish for a car but for a vintage Mercedes. They were supposed to expand their desires, try to stop thinking small, stop limiting … [Read more...]

Eatonville, Florida: Raising Up Zora Neale Hurston and the Rest of Us !

Eatonville photo by Angela N. Eatonville is the nation's first African-American incorporated municipality.

There is no question that Zora Neale Hurston was the first African-American woman to make a significant contribution to anthropology. The famous writer, anthropologist, and folklorist was born on January 7, 1891 in Alabama. Before she had even turned a year old her family moved to the all African-American town of Eatonville, Florida.Zora Neale Hurston is an inspiration to us all, fighting against all odds to become the woman that we remember today. She is an inspiration to me as a fellow … [Read more...]

Voodoo Love Spells: Love Potion Number 9,10 and 11

I have a burning hot love letter 4 U :) photo by Nina Matthews.

On my last trip to Jamaica after a heartfelt conversation with a Rastaman I found sleeping on the beach at sunrise, I finally asked him what he thought the key to Caribbean culture and spirit was? He responded simply “Love and pain.”I think those words are very wise. In a way I think that is what the soul of voodoo is about too. That's some big stuff, Love and Pain. I've done psychic readings professionally for over 20 years now, and I used to answer the phone to my customers “Love or money … [Read more...]

Orisha Ogun: Lord of Iron, God of War

Ogun Mural located in Spanish Harlem, NYC. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

It's Veteran's Day today in the U.S., and it's only fitting that I talk about the African God of War,Ogun. I thought about writing a fictional post about what would happen in a Gods only throwdown death battle between Thor and Ogun, but I decided they'd probably get along pretty well and after some well placed blows would just end up drinking. So I will leave that story for another day.Ogun is a protector, a healer, a warrior. Vitality is the key to deciphering the many aspects of Ogun. He … [Read more...]

5 Lies You May Believe About Voodoo and Santeria

Toothpick Voodoo. Photo by Juha-Matti Herrala. Licensed under CC 2.0

We all believe some wild stuff. Experience, for better or worse, shapes our existence. It happens everywhere but particularly regarding the subject of religion, stereotype and myth abound. Much has been written about this by Richard Dyer who theorizes that stereotypes function to "make the visible invisible." This is where religion lives, in this space between the visible and invisible. Let's "see" what we can find when we look at the most popular stereotypes surrounding the traditions of Voodoo … [Read more...]

Death and Deals at the Crossroads: Voodoo Thoughts on Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson, Fearrington, NC Folk festival. Photo by Amanda Hirsch.

All this talk of Voodoo and Vodou sacred music has got me thinking about one of the most infamous musicians of all time. Undoubtedly Robert Johnson is one of the most legendary figures in music history.  His mythic deal with the Devil at the crossroads catapulted him to musical and Hoodoo stardom. Will we ever know the real truth behind this epic urban legend ?  The Beginning Blues legend Robert Leroy Johnson burst out into this world on May 8 1911 in Hazelton, Mississippi. By popular … [Read more...]

Sounds of the Spirit: New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou Drumming

Djembe 4 by Dave Gates.

Nothing typifies Voodoo spirit better than the drum. Literally the heartbeat of the tradition, the drums are the hands of Voodoo. They carry the messages of the divine through their skins. It reverberates and permeates our bodies and we are trance-formed. In New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou there are rhythms for each specific Lwa or deity. It is like the Lwa's theme song, it is played both to call and to honor. Music is present at all rituals.The first famous Voodoo drummer to gain … [Read more...]


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