A Fool, A Fish, A First- Ready for April Fools Day?

Tarot of Cruelty by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved Copyright 2014.

All This Foolishness The Fool card is everything in the tarot, and nothing. It is the alpha and omega, and here anything is possible. The joy of the Fool is in the beginning. It is assigned the number zero. This is quite fitting. This card is spiritual impulse, nonchalance, mania, and sacred sight all at once.Aleister Crowley's Book of Thoth gives the following magickal words about this delightfully foolish beginning. Know naughtAll ways are lawful to innocence.Pure … [Read more...]

Maya Deren: Art, Magic, and Voodoo in Transfigured Time

Witch's Cradle by Maya Deren with Marcel Duchamp photo by SLPTWRK. Licensed under CC 2.0

The true beauty of Maya Deren is that she was a renaissance woman. Most people never get past the required freshman film viewing of Meshes in the Afternoon ( a film which she shot in two weeks on her honeymoon,) but her work is so much more. She was a legend, film theorist, poet, journalist, dancer, photographer, filmmaker, and Vodou priestess. Maya Deren's innate spirituality shone through in all that she did. The L.A. Weeklydescribed Maya Deren as “Fellini and Bergman wrapped in one gloriously … [Read more...]

Divination Space Station: Bernadette Montana

Lilith Dorsey and Bernadette Montana at NY Pagan Pride 2013.

Women's History month is still upon us, so I figured I would take this opportunity to spotlight a great woman and a great friend. Bernadette Montana has over 25 years in teaching and practicing Wicca, the Tarot and Native American practices. She considers herself a progressive witch under Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. She is a 3rd degree High priestess in the Alexandrian tradition, an ordained Interfaith minister, a tribal member and pipe carrier of the Sun Bear tribe (an all nations tribe) , and … [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Ancestor Altars

Maman Brigitte altar photo by Lilith Dorsey. Copyright 2014

Yesterday I wrote in detail about Creating  Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo . Anyone can create an altar or shrine for the ancestors and it is a great way to begin to open up your spiritual avenues. Many people do have questions, and I am going to do my best to answer them.-What do I do if there was some unsavory bastard in my family and I don't want to honor them?Hell, if you wouldn't have them in your home while they were alive, I certainly wouldn't have them there after … [Read more...]

Creating Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo

Energia y Espiritu Altar #5 photo by wendEwho! Thompson. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Ancestor Altars and shrines are a part of many different religions. They are present in Christian homes, Buddhist homes, Pagan homes, and even in Atheists' homes. They can be as simple as a glass of water and a picture of Grandpa, or given an entire room to spread out in. Let me begin by making the distinction that altars are usually created for a specific purpose, while shrines are generally set up as a way of honoring what is represented. A ancestor shrine is a site to honor those who have … [Read more...]

Tarot, Jodorowsky, and Questions from a Crippled Hand

Jodorowsky, are you looking at me ?!?! photo by Irene Tobon. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

The Dance of Reality – Sacred , Profane, and Timeless Alejandro Jodorowsky is a genius. I thought that way before I was blessed with the opportunity to shake his hand last Friday night. The man is a filmmaker, author, shaman, visionary, iconoclast. The Dance of Reality, Jordorowsky's first film in 23 years had it's NY premiere at MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art on March 14, 2014. Like all of his films it's an artful display of a world bizarre. Most people are familiar with his cult/occult c … [Read more...]

A Sicilian St. Joseph’s Day Recipe for Frittata

Frittata photo by The Marmot. Licensed under CC 2.0. Not my frittata, that comes later.

My friends and regular blog readers know that I had a Sicilian grandfather, and as he used to love to say, “ Even one percent Sicilian, makes you Sicilian, it takes over.” Every Sicilian knows that March 19th is the feast of St. Joseph. It is a time for elaborate celebrations, tables laid with flowers and food for all to share. My family's tradition usually consisted of zeppole (sfinci) , which can either be cream filled or not. People also eat frittata, fish, stuffed artichokes, and other dis … [Read more...]


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