Tarot Fool and Foolishness: The Beginning of the End

Fool 0 final by Cassandra Santori. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

 How dieth the wise man? As the fool.- Ecclesiastes 2:16The end of divination month here on Voodoo Universe has me thinking about tarot meanings, beginnings and endings, and the supreme power of Zero. In Tarot, the fool is assigned the number zero, if we can even call zero a number. In the same way, it's hard to say if the fool card is even a card. Like the joker in the modern deck of playing cards, it is a holdover from ancient times past. It is everything and nothing, the … [Read more...]

8 Reasons Why We Hate Psychics

Psychic advisor photo by Somjuan. Photo cropped. Licensed under CC 2.0

You know THOSE Psychics.We have all seen THOSE psychics.I had one chase me around the supermarket with a broom once, but that is another story. A recent search turned up over three quarters of a million results as to “Why I hate psychics”!Divination month is continuing here on Voodoo Universe with this list, which could either be very popular or cause some ranting. Join me as we examine why most of the time the fault lies in the person reading the stars, not within ours … [Read more...]

Fortitude Fried Chicken Recipe

Fried chicken photo by Mike DelGaudio. Text added by author. Licensed under CC 2.0

Onions, garlic, paprika, these are spices of life that make us strong. They were the classic ingredients of our ancestor's fried chicken recipes, and we still love to eat them today. Many of the popular soul food dishes from the Southern U.S. grew in popularity because of the necessity of the everyday lives of the slaves. Cornbread and Fried chicken both traveled well for those seeking their freedom via the underground railroad. The Underground Railroad was a complex network of safe houses where … [Read more...]

New Video Series- Tales From The Voodoo Side

Tales from the Voodoo Side. Photo by Lilith Dorsey Copyright 2014.

  Tales From The Voodoo Side: Shove It In Everyone loves a good story and between my own spiritual godkids asking me to tell them a story, as well as media professionals and just about everyone in between from 3 to 93 asking the same thing it made sense to me to start a new video series.  Men, Women, Children, Transgender people, live in a sunlight worldthat if they're lucky, they believe to be reality,There is, yet unseen by most,a Voodoo world that is … [Read more...]

Divination Space Station: Tehron Gillis

Tehron Gillis, slam poet and writer.

Tehron Gillis is a Westchester based slam poet and writer, a voodoo initiate and rootworker. Practicing magic and tarot for over a decade, Tehron works towards exploring LGBTQ and ethnic themes in the craft. We are honored to feature his thoughts on divination.When did you start divining? With what method?I started doing divination when I was 14 years old; it was with the Vampire Tarot deck my sister Amanda got me. What method do you use most often now?I use the New … [Read more...]

Candomble and Umbanda Declared Not Religions by Brazilian Judge!

Caminhada dos Terreiros de Pernambuco photo by Nathalia Verony. Edited for this article. Licensed under CC 2.0

 According to a decision by a Brazilian judge on April 28, 2014 Candomble and Umbanda are not to be legally considered religions in Brazil anymore. We have entered the 21st century but prejudice and oppression are as alive as they ever were.Candomble and Umbanda are Afro-Brazilian religions that have been practiced for centuries. In my book Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism I mention that one of the earliest records of related practices date to 1618 when “an informant named S … [Read more...]

My Rituals Got Referred To As “Wicca-Themed” and I’m Not Happy

Coffee Veve for Maman Brigitte photo by Lilith Dorsey

Today I got a mention by another Voodoo author on their blog and it's all I can do not to write a rant. I don't have anything against this person, I'm not sure I've even met them. I believe he was doing his best to survey the current state of New Orleans Voodoo and the practices that occur in the Crescent city. As far as I am concerned I think he was incorrect in his description of my rituals as “wicca-themed.” They could have been called lusty, insane, or bizarre and that would have been a more … [Read more...]


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