Possession is 9/10th of Voodoo Law

Possession by Ged Carroll. Licensed under CC 2.0.

Possession is a mystery. It's one of those aspects of Voodoo that strikes fear deep in the hearts of men, I think because at its core it's about control. The whole process seems to scare people when it should inspire them. I've spoken a lot about what Voodoo sacred possession isn't. It isn't slapping a goddess in the face, it isn't vomiting pea soup, it probably isn't what you think it is. You can hear more of my thoughts on that here.I don't think I've gone a week in the past year without … [Read more...]

Fire Fire Fireside Chats: Santeria Three Kings Oil Video

Fire Fire Fireside Chats: Santeria Three Kings Oil photo by Lilith Dorsey.

This is the latest video in our Fire Fire Fireside Chats series. I gave a workshop this weekend for my godchildren and this is the magickal recipe we made for Three Kings oil and instructions for a simple Florida Water blessing. The Three Kings blend is said to bring about a speedy change in fortune and heal emotional trauma. Because it is associated with the Epiphany this could also be used for the Haitian Vodou spirit Simbi. Please let me know what you think, and if you like check out the … [Read more...]

Three Kings, and Camels, and Sheep, and Santeria…Oh My!

Three kings, and camels, and sheep, and santo...Oh my! by Lilith Dorsey

It is time for the feast of the Epiphany. January 6 is the sacred celebration of the arrival of the three kings bringing gifts to the newborn Christ child. According to the story the kings were named Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, and they brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.Here in NYC the Three Kings are a big deal. We have parades with camels, parties, and hundreds of school kids lining the streets wearing paper crowns. In the Santeria religion, also better known as La Regla … [Read more...]

2014 Readings Have Three Santeria Houses in Agreement- Unprecedented!

Blue Dancer (Yemaya) Cuba by James Emery licensed under CC 2.0

According to El Nuevo Herald, for the first time in anyone's memory three separate Santeria houses, two in Cuba and one in Miami are reporting the same outcome for this year's divination, Egiobe or Ejiogbe. The houses' agreement  about the specific predictions are ongoing but the general feeling is that this means optimism for the coming year.In the religion of Santeria (La Regla Lucumi) the New Year begins with a divination. Many Santeria houses (spiritual centers) perform their own … [Read more...]

Start the New Year Off Rite with Voodoo and Santeria!

Witch's Broom by Bansidhe licensed under CC 2.0

Santeria (Lucumi) and New Orleans Voodoo are both “get your hands dirty” religions, literally. Some even theorize that the reason participants frequently wear spotless white clothes, only to the roll around on the ground and dirt is a test of practitioners devotion and resolve.The New Year is a time for new beginnings. Out with the old and in with the new as the saying goes. This year the New Year coincides with the new moon. This moon phase is traditionally a time for many pagans to begin ne … [Read more...]

Yemaya Shines Her Beauty on New Year’s Eve!

Festa de Iemanja 2013 by Clarissa Pacheco licensed under CC 2.0

 New Year's Eve is a time for parties in this world and the next. In Santeria (Lukumi) the goddess Yemaya is often honored on September 7, the feast for Our Lady of Regla. In Bahia she is known as Iemanja, honored on August 15 or February 2, and is frequently associated with Nossa Senhora da Gloria. While in Rio de Janeiro she shines her radiant beauty on New Years Eve. New Year's is a time for huge ceremonies in the Brazilian traditions of Umbanda and Candomble. It is a time for p … [Read more...]

Babalu Aye: The King Who Hurts The World!

IMG_2030 by Roly Chang licensed by CC 2.0

Babalu Babalu Aye....many Americans were introduced to this Cuban Santeria chant through the classic television show I Love Lucy and its leading character Ricky Ricardo (played by Desi Arnaz). The song was written in honor of the god Babalu by Margarita Lecuona and popularized by Miguelito Valdesin 1941.  On television, it was the signature number for the Latin bandleader we came to know and love, Ricky Ricardo. He opened the door to this powerful Orisha, and for that we are grateful. December 1 … [Read more...]


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