St. John’s Eve – The Darker Side of Solstice

St. John’s Eve is thought of by many as the most important holiday in the New Orleans Voodoo calendar. Many think of Voodoo as a religion focused on negativity and darkness, in reality however many of the practices involve blessings of joy and universal connection.  St. John’s eve is a celebration of light and fire [Read More...]

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Juneteenth Recipe Roundup – Eating with the Ancestors

There are lots of different ancestor recipes that get made for Juneteenth. For those unfamiliar with the holiday it is a Texas tradition. People celebrate with barbecues, parties, and parades. At it’s core it is a remembrance of Freedom, hard won and long in coming. [Read more...]

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Voodoo Review: Eve’s Bayou

Shrouded in death, ancestors, and mystery …Eve’s Bayou centers around a child called Eve. [Read more...]

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The Search for Samo: Voodoo Universe’s Pilgrimage to Basquiat

His art itself is magick, power, and invocation writ both large and small….In any case this past Memorial Day weekend we travelled to the source itself to leave offerings and honor his spirit. [Read more...]

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Black Salt, White Salt, and Red Brick Dust All Over

Hoodoo practitioners put Red Brick Dust almost everywhere- the thresholds, the windowsills, the property line… anywhere that needs to be protected. [Read more...]

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Bessie Smith, BB King and the Hoodoo Blues

The Hoodoo tradition is older than Bessie Smith and BB King put together. The resourceful and powerful system of practices “jes grew” out of hardship and the oppression of slavery and colonial injustice. Part of the creative beauty of Hoodoo is that it uses whatever it can. [Read more...]

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For Flint… A Wise Man Said

The Dragon Ritual Drummers have been like family to me for almost two decades now. I was sad to learn this morning of the passing of Flint, a brother, a drummer, and an inspiration. [Read more...]

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