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...]

6 Questions You Need to Ask Before Finding Godparents in Santeria or Voodoo

Priestess Miriam Chamani of the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, one of my Godmothers. Photo by Lilith Dorsey, copyright 2014.

Finding godparents is a really complicated process. You could end up with someone who manipulates you, takes lots of money from you and leaves you with nothing, or even lands you in jail. I have heard of all of these things happening when people end up choosing difficult Santeria (La Regla Lucumi) or Voodoo godparents. Now, I truly believe we all have our lessons to learn, but if we go into the process with our eyes open, and keeping a few key points in mind, the process of joining an ile … [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Ancestor Altars

Maman Brigitte altar photo by Lilith Dorsey. Copyright 2014

Yesterday I wrote in detail about Creating  Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo . Anyone can create an altar or shrine for the ancestors and it is a great way to begin to open up your spiritual avenues. Many people do have questions, and I am going to do my best to answer them.-What do I do if there was some unsavory bastard in my family and I don't want to honor them?Hell, if you wouldn't have them in your home while they were alive, I certainly wouldn't have them there after … [Read more...]

Creating Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo

Energia y Espiritu Altar #5 photo by wendEwho! Thompson. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Ancestor Altars and shrines are a part of many different religions. They are present in Christian homes, Buddhist homes, Pagan homes, and even in Atheists' homes. They can be as simple as a glass of water and a picture of Grandpa, or given an entire room to spread out in. Let me begin by making the distinction that altars are usually created for a specific purpose, while shrines are generally set up as a way of honoring what is represented. A ancestor shrine is a site to honor those who have … [Read more...]

Not My Goat Head and Other Musings

Goat Heads by Maria Ly. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

 The story is this:According to reporter Sebastian Murdock on Monday March 3, 2014 “ Another goat head was found in a New York park. Yes, we said another. On Monday morning in New York City's Prospect Park, David Rabig was meandering along a wooded trail when his Boston Terrier, Leo, sniffed out the still-preserved head, DNAinfo reported.”I don't have the rights to reprint the photo(you can see it here), but it shows a severed white goat head with a tag in its ear bearing th … [Read more...]

Bless Your Soul with Florida Water

Murray & Lanman's Florida Water photo by Boston Public Library. Licensed under CC 2.0

“Voodoo smells great,” this is one of the first things my godchildren say to newcomers to our rituals. They are right. One of the most divine things about Voodoo and Santeria is that these religions find a way to deliciously bless and protect participants with some delightful magickal scents. One of the main blessing ingredients used is Florida Water. This isn't actually a water at all. It's Florida Water Cologne, it has an alcohol base and a history as long as my arm.  Murray and Lan … [Read more...]


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