St. John’s Eve Blessing Water Recipe

St. John's Eve Voodoo Blessing Ceremony preparations 2014, photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

St. John's Eve is thought of as the holiest day of the year in the New Orleans Voodoo tradition. Much of its popularity is due to the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau who, it is believed, held large ceremonies for St. John Eve on the Bayou St. John and Lake Ponchartrain. There is much myth and misconception about this pioneering woman; for more information, please read the Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.St. John's Eve is celebrated traditionally on June 23rd. It was a sacred time occurring … [Read more...]

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

June 19th marks the day more popularly known as Juneteenth, when the Texas slaves finally, years later than they should have, heard that they were free. I wrote a bit about the history and the lore of this event in my last post, please be sure to check it out here. These days Juneteenth is celebrated with parades, reenactments, storytelling and a whole lot of food.There are a lot of different culinary traditions that are associated with the remembrance of Juneteenth. Many revolve around … [Read more...]

Juneteenth History, Herstory, and Some Stuff in Between

Photo by Laura Blanchard. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Many people have never heard of the holiday Juneteenth. On June 19th 1865 the slaves in Texas finally heard the news that they were free from their chains. This occurred years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st 1863. The late news came from Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers upon their arrival in the city of Galveston. You can read the full text stating "all slaves are free," at Notions Capital. Juneteenth celebrations today are a reality, a rem … [Read more...]

Eleggua’s Feast Day Falls on Friday the 13th

These new heli-halos allow you to hover above the faithful photo by Anders Sandberg. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Elegua/Eleggua also known as Eshu is often associated with St. Anthony. St. Anthony's feast day  this year falls on Friday, June 13th. Those who wish to honor him, who may not be attached to a traditional Santeria (La Regla Lucumi) house can light a St. Anthony candle. Say a novena for lost things ( I think this is always important,) sailors, the elderly, fishermen, horses or a plentiful harvest. Elegua is the guardian of the crossroads, the trickster, the gatekeeper to all the … [Read more...]

Jumping The Broom: An Old Wedding Tradition for A New Life

Getting Married at Voodoo Doughnuts photo by T R. Licensed under CC 2.0

Something Borrowed and... a BroomJune is traditionally a time for weddings.  The new Bride needs something old, something new, something borrowed, and.... a broom. The tradition of “jumping the broom” has been around for hundreds of years. It has become a special blessing that the couple takes as they make their leap into a new life together. In many ways it is a symbol and a legacy that people continue today.Over the years “jumping the broom” has been associated with African-American wed … [Read more...]

Ancestor Poem: Gede Better All The Time – You Got to Admit

The Loa of Thai Food by Mish Sukharev. Licensed under CC 2.0

Gede Better All The Time by Lilith Dorsey If I ask you really nice will you put it in your pants,Stop waving it in my face,Doin' that funky chicken dance.Here's a little green, some smokes, and some rum,Show me what we're working with I know it will be fun. The honored ancestors are called Maman, Baron, Oya and EgunThey're best fed at night, under the stars, under the moon.We will plant you some flowers, laugh and pour out some … [Read more...]

Fire Fire FireSide Chats: Voodoo Vs. Hoodoo

FireFireFire Side Chats by Lilith Dorsey.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding what exactly is Voodoo and Hoodoo. Yesterday's post explored the origins of the word Voodoo, and today I hope to present you with my own opinion on the difference between Hoodoo and Voodoo. I would really like to hear what other people have to say about this topic, the Hoodoo movement has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 15 years, and each new day brings a new experience. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below, or get really ambitious … [Read more...]


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