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...]

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 mayoría de … [Read more...]

A Fool, A Fish, A First- Ready for April Fools Day?

Tarot of Cruelty by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved Copyright 2014.

All This Foolishness The Fool card is everything in the tarot, and nothing. It is the alpha and omega, and here anything is possible. The joy of the Fool is in the beginning. It is assigned the number zero. This is quite fitting. This card is spiritual impulse, nonchalance, mania, and sacred sight all at once.Aleister Crowley's Book of Thoth gives the following magickal words about this delightfully foolish beginning. Know naughtAll ways are lawful to innocence.Pure … [Read more...]

Divination Space Station: Bernadette Montana

Lilith Dorsey and Bernadette Montana at NY Pagan Pride 2013.

Women's History month is still upon us, so I figured I would take this opportunity to spotlight a great woman and a great friend. Bernadette Montana has over 25 years in teaching and practicing Wicca, the Tarot and Native American practices. She considers herself a progressive witch under Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. She is a 3rd degree High priestess in the Alexandrian tradition, an ordained Interfaith minister, a tribal member and pipe carrier of the Sun Bear tribe (an all nations tribe) , and … [Read more...]

Tarot, Jodorowsky, and Questions from a Crippled Hand

Jodorowsky, are you looking at me ?!?! photo by Irene Tobon. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

The Dance of Reality – Sacred , Profane, and Timeless Alejandro Jodorowsky is a genius. I thought that way before I was blessed with the opportunity to shake his hand last Friday night. The man is a filmmaker, author, shaman, visionary, iconoclast. The Dance of Reality, Jordorowsky's first film in 23 years had it's NY premiere at MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art on March 14, 2014. Like all of his films it's an artful display of a world bizarre. Most people are familiar with his cult/occult c … [Read more...]

Part 2: More Truth About Voodoo Spells

Trash Voodoo Art on Ouidah Beach photo by Willem Heerbaart. Photo cropped and text added. Licensed by CC 2.0

This is the continuation of my previous post about Voodoo Spells. Desperate people can be willing to sell their souls and empty their wallets for the mystical, magical Voodoo spell. It doesn't have to be like that though. There are some basic Voodoo truths you need to know first, and I'm going to lay it all out for you. 6. Promises, Promises Please keep your promises and ritual obligations. This goes without saying, but Voodoo and Vodou spirits are notorious for holding you accountable. On … [Read more...]


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