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...]

Orange is the New Black Puts On Santeria Whites

Orange is the New Black photo by Peabody Awards. Licensed under CC.2.0 Text added.

Rarely do we get a portrayal of the Santeria Religion, more correctly known as La Regla Lucumi, on television. It seems that Orange is the New Black is trying to change that. In the past media has made the religion a scapegoat for all dark and mysterious practices they wish to demonize. Television history has given us such sensationalized Santeria offerings as Eartha Kitt as Priestess Chata on the 1985 “Whatever Works” episode of Miami Vice. The episode opens in a typically trope-tastic way … [Read more...]

FireFire Fireside Chats: Voodoo and Santeria Ashe Explained !

FireFireFire Side Chats: Voodoo and Santeria Ashe Explained with Lilith Dorsey

Ashe is a difficult concept for people to grasp. Voodoo and Santeria, or Lucumi, practitioners see it as the divine life force that permeates all things. It is both the unique sum of everything as well as the smallest atom of existence bordering on nothing. Almost every Voodoo workshop or interview I do people ask  me about Ashe. Here I am providing a short answer over the phone. Thanks for watching, remember to check out our other Youtube videos, and subscribe to our channel. You never know … [Read more...]

Eleggua’s Feast Day Falls on Friday the 13th

These new heli-halos allow you to hover above the faithful photo by Anders Sandberg. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Elegua/Eleggua also known as Eshu is often associated with St. Anthony. St. Anthony's feast day  this year falls on Friday, June 13th. Those who wish to honor him, who may not be attached to a traditional Santeria (La Regla Lucumi) house can light a St. Anthony candle. Say a novena for lost things ( I think this is always important,) sailors, the elderly, fishermen, horses or a plentiful harvest.   Elegua is the guardian of the crossroads, the trickster, the gatekeeper to all the … [Read more...]

Santeria’s Ochosi Come and Live in My House

Ochosi photo by xenmate. Licensed under CC 2.0

In the religion of Santeria, more appropriately known as La Regla Lucumi, the trilogy of warriors called Los Guerreros are Eleggua, Ogun, and Ochosi. Eleggua is the guardian , the gatekeeper, the trickster translator who starts you off on your sacred journey. Ogun is the soldier, the warrior, the army surgeon, the machete wielding Orisha who clears your path of all unnecessary obstacles. Then there is Ochosi. The pataki about how these warrior alliances were formed is eloquently written on … [Read more...]

The Game of the Warrior Goddesses of Voodoo and Santeria

Santeria Catholics, Havana, Cuba photo by Bruce Tuten. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Life is a game, you can buy it at the toy store. (No, I'm only kidding!) But sometimes life is a series of clues, stories and signs to be interpreted and nurtured. Goddesses can help us do that. They can help us roll the dice and move forward in the right direction. In the Afro-Diasporan traditions of Vodou, Voodoo, and Santeria (La Regla Lucumi,) there is an entire legion of goddesses, or divine energies called Loa or Orisha, that have their own strong and intense feminine power. In many … [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...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X