Techno-Voodoo 2.0 : Technology Changes Religion

Techno-Voodoo 2.0 Simbi Altar photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Technology is magick. Try going a day without it and you may see how it's necessity borders on religion. Now I'm an anthropologist, a filmmaker, and a Voodoo priestess but I spent my formative years just like many other unique people of my generation. I had my nose pressed to the television trying to get it to twitch just like Samantha on Bewitched (my nose, not the television.) Like most kids, technology was mostly my master and sometimes my muse. I dreamed of a betamax, does anyone remember … [Read more...]

#Patheos5yrs : Thanks for Faith, Voodoo and the Devil

Happy Anniversary Patheos by Lilith Dorsey

Patheos is 5 years old today. Five years of the conversation on Faith has expanded up our minds and hopefully our hearts. I'm a recent addition to the Patheos Pagan blogging team but I can honestly say I'm glad to be here. Patheos has opened up some difficult topics for discussion with my blog Voodoo Universe. My most popular piece to date was The Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba. As I write this it has received over 21,500 shares. It talks about how Voodoo has been demonized over the years in … [Read more...]

The Return of Ms. Cleo, Mambo Priestess ?

Psychic. Fifth Avenue, NYC. By Timothy Krause.Licensed under CC 2.0

“Call me now ....”Ms Cleo was the face and more memorably the voice of psychic readings in the late 90's. My friends and I are still known to respectfully mimic her classic patois. Vice yesterday published an interview with the divine Ms herself. It's very entertaining and I suggest everyone read it for themselves.Ms. Cleo talks about being raised in the tradition of Obeah (the Jamaican based variation of Voodoo,) and her initiation and study up to become a Mambo priestess. She tells of b … [Read more...]

Why I’m Different Than Other Voodoo Priestesses

Lilith Dorsey with Baron Veve. Photo by Lilith Dorsey Copyright 2014.

Hollywood is all over Voodoo like white on dirty rice, and maybe that's a good thing. Each week in my recent memory has brought another conversation with a producer looking to learn more. Sooner, rather than later the conversation turns around to who I am and how I got to this weird and wonderful universe of Voodoo.  Uppity, Contrary, and Downright Argumentative Voodoo is an ancient religion. There is evidence that it's parent religions in Africa were in practice as early as the 4th … [Read more...]

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...]

Legba Veve at the Cemetery: Voodoo Takes Action

Legba by Bart Everson licensed under CC 2.0

Papa Legba, Guardian of the Crossroads, wise counselor, proud father. He is honored in both New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou, 'Papa Legba Open the Door ! ' The following piece of video art offers up the creation of Papa Legba's veve made out of a cornmeal base  in a  New Orleans Cemetery. This particular ceremony was designed to honor those that we love who have passed, and to heal .   … [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...]


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