Christmas with the Ancestors: Sicilian Stuffed Artichoke Recipe

Sicilian Stuffed Artichoke photo by Lilith Dorsey

 The holidays are upon us and it is time for friends, family and feasting. My Voodoo house celebrates this as another joyful time to share with the ancestors and renew our spirits. There is cornbread, black eyed peas, collards, ham, and the delicious list goes on. Each food fulfills it's own special role providing healing, fertility, abundance, financial success and the like. I grew up with the Sicilian portion of my Family and as my grandfather always said “the Sicilian part takes o … [Read more...]

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe by Lilith Dorsey

It's Yuletide and there is a lot of holiday cooking going on, among Pagans and other religions, as there should be. When I was little I remember the holiday baking would go on for weeks. There would be coffeecakes, and cookies, and a ton of snack mix. My sister and I totally did not look forward to the cooking and decorating that went on for hours at my grandmother's house. We laugh about it today, and snack mix is still a guilty pleasure. The following is a much healthier alternative for a … [Read more...]

Thanks and Giving: It’s All About the Food Rite?

Stuffed Acorn Squash for the Ancestors, photo by Lilith Dorsey

Thanksgiving is one of our most magickal and connected holidays. We set a sacred space in the form of a table. We gather in a circle, or an oval, or whatever shape our table takes. We give thanks to those who are there, and also those who have come before. We even pray sometimes. Then we get down to the real serious and holy business, we eat. The older I get the more I see clearly that mainstream society has made Yule about the gifts, and Thanksgiving about the food.This doesn't bother me … [Read more...]

Creole Warrior Seasoning Blend: Spice Up Your Soul

Rosemary herb photo by Lilith Dorsey

 This seasoning blend is suitable for any of the African derived warrior gods and goddesses; which include, Papa Lebat, Ogun, Ochosi, Oya and others. It will spice up anything you wish, and is a million times better than any commercial preparation. This is particularly good as a spice rub. a chili seasoning, or a rice blend. The possibilities to strengthen your spirit and your food are limitless. 7 tsp. Smoky Paprika1 tbs. white and black pepper ground together1 tsp. onion … [Read more...]

Voodoo Love Spells: Love Potion Number 9,10 and 11

Love-candle photo by Bogdan.

On my last trip to Jamaica after a heartfelt conversation with a Rastaman I found sleeping on the beach at sunrise, I finally asked him what he thought the key to Caribbean culture and spirit was? He responded simply “Love and pain.”I think those words are very wise. In a way I think that is what the soul of voodoo is about too. That's some big stuff, Love and Pain. I've done psychic readings professionally for over 20 years now, and I used to answer the phone to my customers “Love or money … [Read more...]

St. Expedite: The Patron Saint of Hurry Up

San Expedito altar and offerings. Photo by Paul Lowry.

It's All Saints Day today and my mind is drifting to all the saints honored in Voodoo and Santeria, also known as Lukumi. The one that jumped out first was St. Expedite. For those who have never heard of him before, he is a godsend/goddessend to Voodoo and Santeria practitioners, folk magicians, and other devotees worldwide. This time of year is traditionally one for honoring the ancestors and it is important to note this Saint is given tribute not only in New Orleans,but Haiti, Spain, Portugal, … [Read more...]

Appetite for Ancestors: Samhain the Voodoo Way

Happy Samhain from Voodoo Universe

In Afro-Caribbean Religions like Voodoo, Vodou, and Lukumi or Santeria the true spirits of Halloween are the ancestors. Festivities run from October 30th to November 2nd. There are delectable dumb supper feasts, elaborate ancestors altars and offerings galore. It's a time for reconnecting, remembering and honoring all those who have gone before. It is their blood that runs through our veins, they are the primary reason we are here. Les Baron and Les Gede or Whose That Guy With Only One … [Read more...]


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