The Return of Ms. Cleo, Mambo Priestess ?

Psychic. Fifth Avenue, NYC. By Timothy Krause.Licensed under CC 2.0

“Call me now ....”Ms Cleo was the face and more memorably the voice of psychic readings in the late 90's. My friends and I are still known to respectfully mimic her classic patois. Vice yesterday published an interview with the divine Ms herself. It's very entertaining and I suggest everyone read it for themselves.Ms. Cleo talks about being raised in the tradition of Obeah (the Jamaican based variation of Voodoo,) and her initiation and study up to become a Mambo priestess. She tells of b … [Read more...]

Why I’m Different Than Other Voodoo Priestesses

Lilith Dorsey with Baron Veve. Photo by Lilith Dorsey Copyright 2014.

Hollywood is all over Voodoo like white on dirty rice, and maybe that's a good thing. Each week in my recent memory has brought another conversation with a producer looking to learn more. Sooner, rather than later the conversation turns around to who I am and how I got to this weird and wonderful universe of Voodoo.  Uppity, Contrary, and Downright Argumentative Voodoo is an ancient religion. There is evidence that it's parent religions in Africa were in practice as early as the 4th … [Read more...]

ForeMama Said: Wit and Wisdom of Maya Deren

Homage to Maya Deren photo by Derrick Tyson. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Maya Deren, was a visionary, an author, a filmmaker, a Voodoo priestess who supposedly got possessed at cocktail parties. I too am an author, a filmmaker and Voodoo priestess, but I hope I handle my stuff better at cocktail parties, but maybe not. Deren was an inspiration to many, not just with her films, but with her words.  Maya Deren Quotes  “Myth is the facts of the mind made manifest in a fiction of matter.” - Maya DerenAbout her first film Meshes in the Afternoon she … [Read more...]

High John the Conqueror Root and the Mayor of Hell

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A Rose By Any Other Name There are a freaking ton of names for this root, and in terms of anthropology that means something is important, really important. Some of the names are:  Hi John, John the Conqueror, Johnny Conka or Konka. But as the old Shakespearean saying goes" a rose by any other name,..." would be one of the most valuable botanicals to use in Voodoo and Hoodoo magick. People use it for justice, eloquence, money, healing, power, love, gambling, just about everything you can i … [Read more...]

Legba Veve at the Cemetery: Voodoo Takes Action

Legba by Bart Everson licensed under CC 2.0

Papa Legba, Guardian of the Crossroads, wise counselor, proud father. He is honored in both New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou, 'Papa Legba Open the Door ! ' The following piece of video art offers up the creation of Papa Legba's veve made out of a cornmeal base  in a  New Orleans Cemetery. This particular ceremony was designed to honor those that we love who have passed, and to heal .   … [Read more...]

Santeria’s Ochosi Come and Live in My House

Ochosi photo by xenmate. Licensed under CC 2.0

In the religion of Santeria, more appropriately known as La Regla Lucumi, the trilogy of warriors called Los Guerreros are Eleggua, Ogun, and Ochosi. Eleggua is the guardian , the gatekeeper, the trickster translator who starts you off on your sacred journey. Ogun is the soldier, the warrior, the army surgeon, the machete wielding Orisha who clears your path of all unnecessary obstacles. Then there is Ochosi. The pataki about how these warrior alliances were formed is eloquently written on … [Read more...]

Pomba Gira and Mary Magdalene: Sacred Whores for the Holiday!

The Penitent Magdalen painting by de la Tour. Photo by schizoform. Licensed under CC 2.0

Happy Ostara, Everybody! Happy Easter, as you may be used to calling the day! Nothing like a sacred whore to celebrate the holy season, so today I'm writing about two of the most famous ever, Pomba Gira and Mary Magdalene. Neo-Pagans in general seem to have a special affinity for both of these women, probably because they are real, they have sex, they help people, they don't make excuses. There are some differences, however. I'm not proposing a celebrity death match between the two, but they are … [Read more...]


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