History of Haint Blue- the Color of the Dead

Haint Blue Victorian Porch ceiling photo by Lake Lou. Text added by author. Licensed under CC 2.0

 There are blues that you get from sleepless nights,But the bluest blues to me,Are the blues that make me hot and cold and make me want to shiverAnd make me want to end it all by jumping in the river,Are the blues my naughty sweetie gives to me, gives to me.The blues my naughty sweetie gives to me. The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me- Words and Music by N. Swanstone, Charles R. McCarron and Carey Morgan (This song came on while I was … [Read more...]

La danza de la realidad—Sagrada, Irreverente y Eterna

Alejandro Jodorowsky discussing the Dance of Reality photo by Lilith Dorsey. Copyright 2014.

This is the experimental film and Spanish translation of my post Tarot, Jodorowsky, and Questions from a Crippled Hand.Alejandro Jodorowsky es un genio. Así pensaba antes de ser bendecida con la oportunidad de darle la mano el viernes pasado por la noche. Este hombre es cineasta, chamán, visionario e iconoclasta. La danza de la realidad, la primera película de Jordorowsky en 23 años se estrenó en MOMA. Como todas sus películas, es una muestra artística de un mundo estrafalario. La mayoría de … [Read more...]

Honor Your Ancestors and Native People with Corn Maque Choux

Corn Maque Choux photo by Lilith Dorsey. Copyright 2014.

New Orleans has a unique flavor all its own: the jazz, the Voodoo, the streetcar, and the food. Oh, how we love the food. Maque Choux is a Southern Louisiana corn delicacy. As usual in New Orleans, no one is exactly sure how the dish got its name. Maque Choux (pronounced Mock Shoe) could possibly come from the Cajun French term maigrchou, which translates as “thin child” and may refer to the thinning of the recipe with cream or milk according to wisegeek.com. The recipe is similar to creamed cor … [Read more...]

A Fool, A Fish, A First- Ready for April Fools Day?

Tarot of Cruelty by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved Copyright 2014.

All This Foolishness The Fool card is everything in the tarot, and nothing. It is the alpha and omega, and here anything is possible. The joy of the Fool is in the beginning. It is assigned the number zero. This is quite fitting. This card is spiritual impulse, nonchalance, mania, and sacred sight all at once.Aleister Crowley's Book of Thoth gives the following magickal words about this delightfully foolish beginning. Know naughtAll ways are lawful to innocence.Pure … [Read more...]

Maya Deren: Art, Magic, and Voodoo in Transfigured Time

Witch's Cradle by Maya Deren with Marcel Duchamp photo by SLPTWRK. Licensed under CC 2.0

The true beauty of Maya Deren is that she was a renaissance woman. Most people never get past the required freshman film viewing of Meshes in the Afternoon ( a film which she shot in two weeks on her honeymoon,) but her work is so much more. She was a legend, film theorist, poet, journalist, dancer, photographer, filmmaker, and Vodou priestess. Maya Deren's innate spirituality shone through in all that she did. The L.A. Weeklydescribed Maya Deren as “Fellini and Bergman wrapped in one gloriously … [Read more...]

Divination Space Station: Bernadette Montana

Lilith Dorsey and Bernadette Montana at NY Pagan Pride 2013.

Women's History month is still upon us, so I figured I would take this opportunity to spotlight a great woman and a great friend. Bernadette Montana has over 25 years in teaching and practicing Wicca, the Tarot and Native American practices. She considers herself a progressive witch under Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. She is a 3rd degree High priestess in the Alexandrian tradition, an ordained Interfaith minister, a tribal member and pipe carrier of the Sun Bear tribe (an all nations tribe) , and … [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Ancestor Altars

Maman Brigitte altar photo by Lilith Dorsey. Copyright 2014

Yesterday I wrote in detail about Creating  Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo . Anyone can create an altar or shrine for the ancestors and it is a great way to begin to open up your spiritual avenues. Many people do have questions, and I am going to do my best to answer them.-What do I do if there was some unsavory bastard in my family and I don't want to honor them?Hell, if you wouldn't have them in your home while they were alive, I certainly wouldn't have them there after … [Read more...]


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