Another RiCOCKulous Voodoo Claim Makes the News!

Squeeze the rubber chicken for faster service by Jonathan Abolins. Licensed un CC 2.0

If it's weird, or gross, or gory, it must be Voodoo, right? Fox News Latino is reporting that Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City councilwoman, is being sued in a 1 million dollar lawsuit alleging -- you guessed it -- Voodoo. The suit was filed by her political opponent, Gwen Goodwin, and concerns a mural of a bird's head that was painted on the side of an East Harlem building. Goodwin is quoted in the NY Daily News as saying, “In the Caribbean culture this constituted a curse and a death t … [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...]

New Years Tradition: Collard Greens for Success Recipe

Southern Comfort Cooking: Oven Fried chicken, homemade buttermilk biscuits and collard greens by flippinyank licensed under CC 2.0

No Voodoo or Hoodoo discussion about this time of year would be complete without talking about the traditional New Year’s recipe for collard greens. This dish is served just after midnight. If eaten and prepared right, it is said to bring divine blessings of money and success. The shredded greens, which you are supposed to tear with your bare hands, are thought to represent dollars coming your way.  Collard greens are really good for you too. They are rich in calcium and are said to lower ch … [Read more...]

Counting Kwanzaa: Thoughts on Voodoo Unity

Kinara in Oakland YMCA lobby by George Kelly licensed under CC by 2.0

 Someone just posted on my Facebook wall that “Kwanzaa is crap.” So much for hopes of U-N-I-T-Y, in the community, in the world, even on my fracking wall. Okay, Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday. It's not associated with any religion in particular and is designed to, in the words of it's creator Dr. Maulana Karenga, "bring a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and Human in the fullest sense." That sounds great, in theory. Kwanzaa starts today. I … [Read more...]

Marie Laveau’s Tomb is Pink: Shame, Shame, Shame!

Pink Marie Laveau's Tomb.Photo by Dorothy Morrison, copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

 Marie Laveau's Tomb has stood the test of time. It has seen flood, violence, disrespect, haters, and now someone has painted it pink. Marie Laveau's Tomb is a shrine to Voodoo practitioners around the globe, a mecca if you will, that is the second most visited grave in the United States. Marie Laveau is New Orleans Voodoo Queen. Immortalized in story and song, she was said to have possessed immense power which lives on through her spirit today.The grave is a site for visitors … [Read more...]

Mojo, Juju, Mumbo Jumbo- What Does It Mean?

Tarkawa Bay- Snake Charmer by Sudhanshu Pran Kaul licensed under CC by 2.0

I love words. I sleep with a dictionary next to my bed. I collect antique dictionaries. They get me hot. Well, maybe not literally, but words are a key to our past, a doorway to understanding and meaning that we use everyday. Even my path of Eleggua in Santeria (Lukumi) is all about words, which came as a surprise to both me and my godmother, when we saw the divination results. I love to dance and move so much that everyone thought I would have those qualities ruling my spirituality. But then … [Read more...]

2013: The Voodoo Universe Has Lift Off

Marie Laveau Veve Flag unveiled at Voodoo Zombie Rave 2013. Photo and Flag by Scarlet Sinclair.

2013: it's been a year of old and new, ancestors and internet, and from where I sit, it's up, up and away from here. This year my godchildren and I performed the first ever Zombie Voodoo Silent Rave for the ancestors. Now this sounds odd, and it was, but the ancestors and the living love a good party. It's so hard to get everyone on the same ritual page at a large Pagan festival, and while my godkids and I are used to ritual, many of the participants have never seen or experienced a Voodoo … [Read more...]


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