Voodoo Universe Explores Babalu Aye and Ricky Ricardo

Voodoo Universe Explores Babalu Aye and Ricky Ricardo

 Babalu Aye is an Orisha, or demi-god, in the religion of Santeria, more properly known as La Regla Lucumi. Most people, however, only recognize the words Babalu Aye as those of the popular television character Ricky Ricardo. Ricardo was played by Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy, one of the most famous tv shows of all time.Voodoo Universe recently took a trip to the The Lucy Desi Museum is located in Jamestown, NY. This marvelous collection serves as a destination for fans of the … [Read more...]

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...]

Oh My Yemaya- Goddess of the Ocean

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“ they kissed the ground and said Oh My Yemaya, thank you." Legend has it that when slaves were taken from their homelands in Africa and forcibly placed on ships, they believed that the ocean would swallow them up, and they prayed to Yemaya to save their lives. When they finally reached land they kissed the ground and said Oh My Yemaya, thank you.Yemaya is an Orisha, a mother goddess, a goddess of the sea. For many she is also a goddess of the moon. She is worshiped in the r … [Read more...]

Voodoo Not Legit? Just Quit Please !

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The Voodoo religion flame wars are flying. Not that this is a new thing, I had the first ever Voodoo website back in 1992. Then, as now, I tried to provide respectful and accurate information and products for devotees of Voodoo, Vodou, and La Regla Lucumi, better known as Santeria. I published the Oshun- African Magickal Quarterly, and we featured writings from people who have now become icons in the religion.Back then I mostly lectured in the Pagan community and I would constantly find my … [Read more...]

Agayu: The Volcano’s God of Fire

Volcanic Eruption (fantasy) photo by Maxwell Hamilton. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Some know the sacred energy of the volcano as Vulcan, Pele, Konohana Sakuya Hime, or Chaifi, but in the Afro-Caribbean religion of Lucumi (Santeria) this divine mix of fire and earth is the domain of Agayu. This fiery Orisha, also known as Agallu, Agayu Sola, Argayu Sola, and Aganyu, is ancient and powerful. He is sometimes associated with St. Christopher, whose feast day is July 25th , although some Santeria houses celebrate on July 10th. He is served offerings of boiled corn, pineapple, okra, … [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...]


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