St. Expedite: The Patron Saint of Hurry Up

San Expedito altar and offerings. Photo by Paul Lowry.

It's All Saints Day today and my mind is drifting to all the saints honored in Voodoo and Santeria, also known as Lukumi. The one that jumped out first was St. Expedite. For those who have never heard of him before, he is a godsend/goddessend to Voodoo and Santeria practitioners, folk magicians, and other devotees worldwide. This time of year is traditionally one for honoring the ancestors and it is important to note this Saint is given tribute not only in New Orleans,but Haiti, Spain, Portugal, … [Read more...]

Appetite for Ancestors: Samhain the Voodoo Way

Happy Samhain from Voodoo Universe

In Afro-Caribbean Religions like Voodoo, Vodou, and Lukumi or Santeria the true spirits of Halloween are the ancestors. Festivities run from October 30th to November 2nd. There are delectable dumb supper feasts, elaborate ancestors altars and offerings galore. It's a time for reconnecting, remembering and honoring all those who have gone before. It is their blood that runs through our veins, they are the primary reason we are here. Les Baron and Les Gede or Whose That Guy With Only One … [Read more...]

Ten Worst Voodoo Films of All Time

The Halloween season is upon us, for us Pagans that means cakes and ale, honoring the ancestors, and grinning and bearing it while the rest of the world tries out our sacred realm for one night only. Most people's exposure to the Voodoo religion comes unfortunately in the form of horribly bad movies. Zombies, possession, and Voodoo dolls crying out to Damballa are only some of the ludicrosity that Hollywood has chosen to display. So I figured if you can't lick them, and who would want to lick … [Read more...]

Sell My Soul: Commodification in Voodoo and Santeria (La Regla Lukumi)

Botanica photo by Daniel Lobo

Sex sells. Sin sells. Voodoo sells. It's true, I didn't make it up. There has always been controversy around money and religion, and when we add psychics and spirits we just up the ante. The current season of American Horror Story Coven uses a bizarre mix of reality and supreme fantasy to get its point across, a major clothing manufacturer places a giant veve ( ritual symbol) for Papa Legba in its store window to sell t-shirts, and I'm left shaking my head. Shantrelle Lewis did a piece on the … [Read more...]

New Orleans Ritual Voodoo Coffee

Coffee Art photo by Ted & Dani Percival.

 Coffee, dark, bitter, exotic, rich, alive, there is a lot that can be said about this prized beverage. Many of us thrive on it, depend on it's deep power, and even worship it at the start of every day. Many a dark and dusky morning am I reminded of the words of my dearly departed sage friend Issac Bonewits: It is by Caffeina alone that I set my mind in motion... More information about his ode to Coffee and the ritual bean in general can be found on Witchvox.Hailing from the … [Read more...]

Fire Fire Fireside Chats: The Truth About Zombies

Lilith Dorsey

In honor of this weekend's ZombiCon in Florida, an event which I was fortunate enough to attend last year, I have decided to post the latest installment of Fire Fire Fireside chats. This time I take a look at the realities and the myth of Voodoo and Zombies, and even share a few pictures of me joining in the fun. Please share, comment, like and Zombie on folks!  … [Read more...]

Taking Real Pictures of Ghosts: 10 Tips for Better Paranormal Photography

Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Photo by Lilith Dorsey

The witchy holiday season is upon us, so I figured this would be a good time to post about psychic and paranormal recording. I studied Film production and Cinema studies at NYU at both the undergraduate and graduate level. No, they don't teach paranormal photography there, but rest assured I know which end of the tripod is up and where to stick the boom. I have long been interested in this topic, probably from the time the universe gave me my first recording equipment at about age five. For the … [Read more...]


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