High John the Conqueror Root and the Mayor of Hell

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A Rose By Any Other Name There are a freaking ton of names for this root, and in terms of anthropology that means something is important, really important. Some of the names are:  Hi John, John the Conqueror, Johnny Conka or Konka. But as the old Shakespearean saying goes" a rose by any other name,..." would be one of the most valuable botanicals to use in Voodoo and Hoodoo magick. People use it for justice, eloquence, money, healing, power, love, gambling, just about everything you can i … [Read more...]

Voodoo’s Bride of Death: Maman Brigitte

Detail Maman Brigitte flag by Leticia, photo by Lilith Dorsey

You might know her from the roses in her hair, the eye sockets in her skull, or the icy Voodoo hand there to hold if you need it. Maybe you don't even know her name. It's Brigitte, Maman Brigitte. She is the ancient primal feminine power.In Haitian Vodou she is honored as the first woman buried in every cemetery. Alongside her husband Baron Samedi, she guides and protects all who seek her blessing. Here devotees find wisdom, connection and healing justice. She is very often associated the … [Read more...]

Tarot Tea Anyone? Crowley Chai Chat?

Tarot Tea Anyone? by Lilith Dorsey

The world is a big and sometimes overwhelming arena to navigate, the same can be said of the blogosphere. Then when you start talking about adding Pagans to the mix things can get weirder and more wonderful, in my experience. Christine Hoff Kraemer, our managing editor here at Patheos Pagan, has put out the clarion call! In her post Building Pagan Intellectual Culture Face to Face, she writes, “during the month of February, if you write online, make a date to have a cup of tea (or food or drink o … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]


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