Tarot Fool and Foolishness: The Beginning of the End

Fool 0 final by Cassandra Santori. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

  How dieth the wise man? As the fool. - Ecclesiastes 2:16 The end of divination month here on Voodoo Universe has me thinking about tarot meanings, beginnings and endings, and the supreme power of Zero. In Tarot, the fool is assigned the number zero, if we can even call zero a number. In the same way, it's hard to say if the fool card is even a card. Like the joker in the modern deck of playing cards, it is a holdover from ancient times past. It is everything and nothing, the … [Read more...]

Divination Space Station: Tehron Gillis

Tehron Gillis, slam poet and writer.

Tehron Gillis is a Westchester based slam poet and writer, a voodoo initiate and rootworker. Practicing magic and tarot for over a decade, Tehron works towards exploring LGBTQ and ethnic themes in the craft. We are honored to feature his thoughts on divination. When did you start divining? With what method? I started doing divination when I was 14 years old; it was with the Vampire Tarot deck my sister Amanda got me.   What method do you use most often now? I use the New … [Read more...]

Divination Space Station: Taylor Ellwood

Taylor Ellwood

May is quickly turning into divination month here at Voodoo Universe, and I foresee really good things. There have been quite a few Divination Space Station stops and today I am honored to profile author Taylor Ellwood. We recently reviewed his  Manifesting Wealth: Magic for Prosperity, Love and Health here on the blog and now we are pleased to offer his insight about divination.   When did you start divining? With what Method? When I was 16 and first got into Magic, I picked up a … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

More Suggestions for Finding Godparents in Voodoo and Santeria

Legba veve in the cemetery. Photo by Lilith Dorsey

Questions to ask yourself   Are you sure you have the time, energy, and dedication to enter this tradition? Very often I meet people who tell me they don't have the time necessary to devote to Santeria/ Lucumi or Voodoo. My response is usually "do you have the time to devote to bettering your life?" For example, I knew a woman once whose son suffered from severe autism, with frequently violent episodes. As he got older the fights she had trying to restrain him got more and more … [Read more...]

La danza de la realidad—Sagrada, Irreverente y Eterna

Alejandro Jodorowsky discussing the Dance of Reality photo by Lilith Dorsey. Copyright 2014.

This is the experimental film and Spanish translation of my post Tarot, Jodorowsky, and Questions from a Crippled Hand. Alejandro Jodorowsky es un genio. Así pensaba antes de ser bendecida con la oportunidad de darle la mano el viernes pasado por la noche. Este hombre es cineasta, chamán, visionario e iconoclasta. La danza de la realidad, la primera película de Jordorowsky en 23 años se estrenó en MOMA. Como todas sus películas, es una muestra artística de un mundo estrafalario. La … [Read more...]


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