New Voodoo Review: The Voodoo Doll Spellbook by Denise Alvarado

The Voodoo Doll Spellbook by Denise Alvarado.

Honestly, I probably shouldn't write this, but when my editor at Patheos asked me if I would like to review The Voodoo Doll Spellbook, I wasn't sure what to say. I have been a Voodoo priestess and anthropologist for over two decades and quite frankly, in my personal experience, the "Voodoo Doll" as most people imagine it just doesn't exist. I was curious to see what an entire spellbook on the matter would have to say about it.The Voodoo Doll Spellbook was written by Denise Alvarado, with … [Read more...]

Dr. John Montanee Chili Recipe- Drum Up Some Heat

Chili ! photo by John. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

New Orleans loves its dead, and its food. It's ironic then that not very many people remember the name of one of the city's most powerful Voodoo figures of all time, namely Dr. John Montanee (Montagne).He was a man, who lived by myth and became legend... to a few of us anyway. He was renowned as a drummer and a priest. He brought the rhythms and spirit of his native Africa to New Orleans.The following recipe is like the city itself, hot, spicy, and maybe even a little downright dirty. We … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Sacred Santeria Baths for Money !

Oshun altar for the feast of Caridad del Cobre.

The religion of Santeria, also known as La Regla Lucumi, regularly uses scared baths and washes to bring about positive change in their worshiper's lives. These baths are traditionally used for love, money, success, and just about anything else you can imagine. The formulas below can also be used as spiritual floorwash by adding a few dashes to your regular cleansing mixture.Before you start any ritual cleansing of yourself, first be sure that your home is clean. My post Cleaning House with … [Read more...]

Oshun Mango Peach Salsa Recipe for Love

Oshun Mango Salsa photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Originally thought of as an exotic fruit from paradise the sensual Mango has now become a regular item in most markets. Here in New York City vendors carve the delicacies into artful flowers and sell them on the street corner offering a unique summer treat. In Haitian Vodou the serpent Lwa Simbi is offered mangoes. Cuban Santeria, meanwhile, as the fruit as a traditional offering for both Ochosi - lord of the hunt, and Oshun- the sensual Orisha of love and dance.The mango was used in the … [Read more...]

Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe for Marie Laveau

Bourbon Bread Pudding for Marie Laveau. Photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

There has been a recent culinary revival towards Bourbon. Those of us who are lovers of history know that Bourbon has for decades been sipped and savored throughout the Southern U.S. It's part of the Gothic mystique of the place. Fortunately no one knows mystique better than the city of New Orleans, specifically the city's powerful Voodoo community. As far as sacred spirits for the spirit go, New Orleans is famous for Absinthe, Sazerac and other liquid libations. The recent St. John's Eve … [Read more...]

St. John’s Eve Blessing Water Recipe

St. John's Eve Voodoo Blessing Ceremony preparations 2014, photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

St. John's Eve is thought of as the holiest day of the year in the New Orleans Voodoo tradition. Much of its popularity is due to the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau who, it is believed, held large ceremonies for St. John Eve on the Bayou St. John and Lake Ponchartrain. There is much myth and misconception about this pioneering woman; for more information, please read the Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.St. John's Eve is celebrated traditionally on June 23rd. It was a sacred time occurring … [Read more...]

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

June 19th marks the day more popularly known as Juneteenth, when the Texas slaves finally, years later than they should have, heard that they were free. I wrote a bit about the history and the lore of this event in my last post, please be sure to check it out here. These days Juneteenth is celebrated with parades, reenactments, storytelling and a whole lot of food.There are a lot of different culinary traditions that are associated with the remembrance of Juneteenth. Many revolve around … [Read more...]


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