Guest Post: Erzulie- The Faces of Love by Tehron Gillis

untitled photo by !paco! Text added. Licensed by CC 2.0

Love, what other meaning does life need to exist? Do we need to exist?  It begets our greatest of accomplishments and forgives our deepest shortcomings.  As the oxygen of our spirits it pumps through our divine anatomy, and in the anatomy of the divine it is Erzulie that is the heart.  A heart that breaks for our transgressions towards each other, that hardens in the face of injustice, and quickens when enraged.  As we study the rhythms of the heart we begin to learn the many faces of Erz … [Read more...]

Part 2: More Truth About Voodoo Spells

Trash Voodoo Art on Ouidah Beach photo by Willem Heerbaart. Photo cropped and text added. Licensed by CC 2.0

This is the continuation of my previous post about Voodoo Spells. Desperate people can be willing to sell their souls and empty their wallets for the mystical, magical Voodoo spell. It doesn't have to be like that though. There are some basic Voodoo truths you need to know first, and I'm going to lay it all out for you. 6. Promises, Promises Please keep your promises and ritual obligations. This goes without saying, but Voodoo and Vodou spirits are notorious for holding you accountable. On … [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...]

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...]

Legba Is Different From The Barons: We All Look Alike to You?

Dr. John and Lilith Dorsey at Krewe du Vieux. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

There are a lot of divinities, or Lwa, in the Voodoo pantheon -- some say 101, some say 401, some say as many as you can imagine and then add one more. There are legions of spirits, each one unique and sacred in its own blessed way. Everyone has the potential to become divine, and that is one of the most beautiful things about the religion.My last post, where I spent less than a paragraph discussing American Horror Story: Coven, sparked a lot of attention. As a reply to a comment, I stated … [Read more...]

The Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba

Detail from Legba Ritual Altar. Photo by Lilith Dorsey

“We used to know we were stronger than the devil”- Amiri Baraka We used to know we weren't the devil either. I woke this morning with this quote from poet Amiri Baraka on my mind. The award winning poet, playwright, and visionary passed over into the realm of the ancestors Thursday January 9th. I remember seeing him (as much as a 4 year old can remember anything) at an interactive play he staged about the Underground Railroad. He was controversial and sometimes confrontational like V … [Read more...]

Vodou Serpent Simbi Slithers Between the Living and the Dead

Three Kings, Sun, Moon, and Star by Lilith Dorsey

Simbi is a Haitian Vodou Snake Lwa whose realm is magic, mystery and communication. January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, is the traditional time for honoring this Lwa or God. The Simbi snakes are said to reside in the trees, descending to the earth to deliver their divine magic to the world. Like the serpent of Biblical legend, this snake too has great wisdom and power. In the modern world Simbi has taken on the domain of technology. With lightning speed this Vodou spirit carries knowledge via … [Read more...]


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