Techno-Voodoo 2.0 : Technology Changes Religion

Techno-Voodoo 2.0 Simbi Altar photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Technology is magick. Try going a day without it and you may see how it's necessity borders on religion. Now I'm an anthropologist, a filmmaker, and a Voodoo priestess but I spent my formative years just like many other unique people of my generation. I had my nose pressed to the television trying to get it to twitch just like Samantha on Bewitched (my nose, not the television.) Like most kids, technology was mostly my master and sometimes my muse. I dreamed of a betamax, does anyone remember … [Read more...]

#Patheos5yrs : Thanks for Faith, Voodoo and the Devil

Happy Anniversary Patheos by Lilith Dorsey

Patheos is 5 years old today. Five years of the conversation on Faith has expanded up our minds and hopefully our hearts. I'm a recent addition to the Patheos Pagan blogging team but I can honestly say I'm glad to be here. Patheos has opened up some difficult topics for discussion with my blog Voodoo Universe. My most popular piece to date was The Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba. As I write this it has received over 21,500 shares. It talks about how Voodoo has been demonized over the years in … [Read more...]

Divination Space Station: Vinnie Russo

Vinnie Russo

 May is already shaping up to be Divination month here on the Voodoo Universe blog, and let me say I see good things. Divination it's in the cards, the stones, the bones, the future. Today we feature a dear friend of mine,a very wise practitioner, and accomplished reader, Vinnie Russo.Vinnie Russo has been reading Tarot for over 25 years and is the owner of “Arsenic & Old Lace”. He is an elder is several Traditions of modern Witchcraft and is active in several local and nat … [Read more...]

Ancestor Hash Browns with Sweet Potato Recipe

Ancestor Hash Browns with Sweet Potato Recipe. Photo by Lilith Dorsey, copyright 2014.

It could be Beltane, it could be Samhain (Halloween), it's always a great time to celebrate your ancestors. They are responsible for you being here today. One of the easiest ways to honor your ancestors is right in your own kitchen. The following recipe is designed to bring about healing with magickal herbs like parsley and basil, and honoring celebration of those that have gone before with sweet potatoes. While I was writing the African-American Ritual Cookbook, I seriously considered titling … [Read more...]

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...]


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