Blog Anniversary- Voodoo Universe’s Top Ten Posts You Probably Missed

The Voodoo Universe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The Voodoo Universe blog has made it a whole year. It's been a year of weirdness and wondrousness. We've manged to feature some amazing stuff about New Orleans Voodoo and Marie Laveau, as well as La Regla Lucumi (Santeria,) Candomble, Ifa, and Haitian Vodou. There were some wildly successful posts, usually having to do with American Horror Story Coven or Orange is the New Black, and some that didn't get the notice they deserve. So I'm going to take this opportunity to sift through 169 pearls of … [Read more...]

Oshun’s Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Oshun Butternut Squash Soup Recipe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Oshun is the Santeria (Lucumi) religion's Orisha of love, beauty, fertility, abundance, bounty, money, gold and marriage. Some refer to her as the “mother of the witches,” and her brews are some serious magick. Foremost she is an Orisha or Goddess of Water, the sacred embodiment of the river. Very often she is represented by statues of Caridad del Cobre, Our Lady of Copper, whose feast day is celebrated on September 8th.Oshun is turned to for help with love spells and magick spells for pro … [Read more...]

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 Crescent City itself, amazingly hot, spicy, and maybe even a little … [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...]


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