Freaks Come Out At Nite: AHS Freakshow

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The freaks have come out on American Horror Story: Freakshow and we are “Gooble Gobble-ing” it up. I have 12 fingers and a graduate degree in television studies so that makes me extra excited to talk about this seasons crop of freaks paraded out on this season of American Horror Story. [Read more...]

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Art, Ancestors, Christians, and Pagans

St. Dymphna statue photo by Lilith Dorsey. Copyright 2009 all rights reserved.

One thing that strikes me as ironic as we being the ancestor remembrance discussions is how many customs are similar in these two traditions. Many Voodoo and/or Vodou practitioners are also practicing Christians, and that has been the case since Christianity began. [Read more...]

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The Baron is Dead – RIP Geoffrey Holder !!!

Geoffrey Holder and the cast of Live and Let Die. photo by Dave s. Licensed under CC 2.0

Holder played the laughing and mischievous Baron Samedi, the king of the Dead. In the New Orleans Voodoo and the Haitian Vodou religions, the Baron is charged with keeping all the other dead in line, he is most respected, revered, and often feared. [Read more...]

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Remembering The Ancestors By Creating Voodoo Flags

New Orleans Voodoo ancestor flag for Cayne, Sally, Shaun, and Chris. Photo by Lilith Dorsey copyright 2009.

The ancestors are, by definition responsible for our own creation. In turn in the traditions of New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou we continue to create in honor of them. These creations can be in the form of song, dance, food, or more traditional artistic offerings such as Voodoo flags, also known as drapo. [Read more...]

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How To Trust Your Tarot Readings

How to trust your tarot readings

There are thousands of tarot and oracle decks in existence today, will more being created every day. There are decks based on Pulp Fiction, Fairies, Dragons, and Goddesses. You can find your way with cards inspired by Victorians, Steampunks, Masons, and a whole host of others. [Read more...]

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First, Last and Always: Ancestor Roundup

Sleepy Hollow cemetery photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Honoring and recognizing the Ancestors comes first, last, and always in African Traditional Religions. [Read more...]

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Real Voodoo Spell? Here’s the Problem- Part 2

Yemaya offerings photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Now I place the traditions of Voodoo, Lucumi and Vodou under the umbrella of Pagan religion because they are, at their core, earth-based religions. They are centered around worshiping the Ashe, or spiritual energy, of fire, the clouds, the river, the crossroads, the ancestors in the earth. Very often when I do spellwork for people it involves them travelling to one of these places in nature. [Read more...]

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