New Voodoo Review: The Voodoo Doll Spellbook by Denise Alvarado

The Voodoo Doll Spellbook by Denise Alvarado.

Honestly, I probably shouldn't write this, but when my editor at Patheos asked me if I would like to review The Voodoo Doll Spellbook, I wasn't sure what to say. I have been a Voodoo priestess and anthropologist for over two decades and quite frankly, in my personal experience, the "Voodoo Doll" as most people imagine it just doesn't exist. I was curious to see what an entire spellbook on the matter would have to say about it.The Voodoo Doll Spellbook was written by Denise Alvarado, with … [Read more...]

Naked Voodoo: The Sexualization of a Religion

In the Zombie Voodoo Dolly boudoir picture by Moggs Oceanlane. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Everything wants to be naked these days. There is naked pizza, naked popcorn... naked fruitcake, we have all seen enough of those. Clearly some things should keep their clothes on. Voodoo and Vodou are religions born in secrecy and struggle. They were raised up on the bruises of the oppressed and fed on the strange fruit of those who did not survive these horrible injustices. The spells, formulas, rites, and practices were performed in secret because they were illegal and powerful. Now they can … [Read more...]

Divination Space Station: Oseaana December

Oseaana photo provided by subject, all rights reserved.

It's been awhile since the Voodoo Universe has stopped at the divination space station, but this go around we are pleased to talk with Oseaana December. You can find out more about her on the website Oseaana.com When did you start divining? I started divining about 25 years ago. I was working in a business office at a state facility and my supervisor and I would read for each other during lunch breaks. I mostly used the Tarot and oracle decks for many years and then was introduced to shell and … [Read more...]

Dr. John Montanee Chili Recipe- Drum Up Some Heat

Chili ! photo by John. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

New Orleans loves its dead, and its food. It's ironic then that not very many people remember the name of one of the city's most powerful Voodoo figures of all time, namely Dr. John Montanee (Montagne).He was a man, who lived by myth and became legend... to a few of us anyway. He was renowned as a drummer and a priest. He brought the rhythms and spirit of his native Africa to New Orleans.The following recipe is like the Crescent City itself, amazingly hot, spicy, and maybe even a little … [Read more...]

Please Don’t Forget: In Memory of Margot Adler

I woke up this morning, afraid everyone will forget...forget what it was like to be around Margot Adler, Isaac Bonewits, Morning Glory Zell, Cayne Micelli, and all my friends who have drifted across the veil. I know people will remember the books, the talks, the recorded history. But these people made history, and my heart is heavy.One of the things I cherished about Margot Adler was that she knew her stuff. Paganism today is too often resold and regurgitated drivel, and I say that as both … [Read more...]

Saut d’Eau : Vodou’s Sacred Water Flows in Haiti

Rush photo by Vikram Vetrivel. Licensed under CC 2.0, photo cropped and text added.

Born in fire and blessed in water the religion of Vodou is strong . Each year between July 14th and 16th thousands of Haitian practitioners of Vodou make the pilgrimage to the waterfalls called Saut D'eau, known in Kreyol as Sodo. July 16 is the Catholic feast day for the Virgin of Mount Carmel, who is often associated with the Vodou Lwa Erzulie, patron of love.Legend has it that the waterfalls became sacred after the sighting of the Virgin Mary, who appeared on a palm tree there in the … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Sacred Santeria Baths for Money !

Oshun altar for the feast of Caridad del Cobre.

The religion of Santeria, also known as La Regla Lucumi, regularly uses scared baths and washes to bring about positive change in their worshiper's lives. These baths are traditionally used for love, money, success, and just about anything else you can imagine. The formulas below can also be used as spiritual floorwash by adding a few dashes to your regular cleansing mixture.Before you start any ritual cleansing of yourself, first be sure that your home is clean. My post Cleaning House with … [Read more...]


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