Divination Space Station: Tehron Gillis

Tehron Gillis, slam poet and writer.

Tehron Gillis is a Westchester based slam poet and writer, a voodoo initiate and rootworker. Practicing magic and tarot for over a decade, Tehron works towards exploring LGBTQ and ethnic themes in the craft. We are honored to feature his thoughts on divination.When did you start divining? With what method?I started doing divination when I was 14 years old; it was with the Vampire Tarot deck my sister Amanda got me. What method do you use most often now?I use the New … [Read more...]

Candomble and Umbanda Declared Not Religions by Brazilian Judge!

Caminhada dos Terreiros de Pernambuco photo by Nathalia Verony. Edited for this article. Licensed under CC 2.0

 According to a decision by a Brazilian judge on April 28, 2014 Candomble and Umbanda are not to be legally considered religions in Brazil anymore. We have entered the 21st century but prejudice and oppression are as alive as they ever were.Candomble and Umbanda are Afro-Brazilian religions that have been practiced for centuries. In my book Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism I mention that one of the earliest records of related practices date to 1618 when “an informant named S … [Read more...]

My Rituals Got Referred To As “Wicca-Themed” and I’m Not Happy

Coffee Veve for Maman Brigitte photo by Lilith Dorsey

Today I got a mention by another Voodoo author on their blog and it's all I can do not to write a rant. I don't have anything against this person, I'm not sure I've even met them. I believe he was doing his best to survey the current state of New Orleans Voodoo and the practices that occur in the Crescent city. As far as I am concerned I think he was incorrect in his description of my rituals as “wicca-themed.” They could have been called lusty, insane, or bizarre and that would have been a more … [Read more...]

Raise A Glass To My Friends…A Memorial Poem

Ipomea su Alocasia photo by Turinboy. Licensed under CC 2.0

The Pagan community lost another leader yesterday with the passing of Morning Glory Zell. She was a glorious visionary and a friend. I planted Morning Glories today in honor of her. Then I wrote this poem for all our foremothers and forefathers who have crossed the veil that I am honored to have known. Raise A Glass For Morning Glory, Donald Michael Kraig, Ted Andrews, Isaac Bonewits, and the rest... thank you. I raise a glass to my friends,to chase my tears,to not think … [Read more...]

Wild Wise Women of Science Fiction: Guinan

Madame Tussauds London Whoopi Goldberg photo by the12thplaya. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0.

"So why do you write these strong female characters ?""Because you're still asking me that question." - Joss Whedon, Equality Now speech 2006 There are many ways in which magic and science fiction are the same. If you are a fan you don't need anyone to tell you this. Both worlds allow us to change, transform, escape, explore ourselves and others. Magic is religion. A religion as old as time. Science Fiction is it's baby cousin born of a new world, and a new unknown tomorrow. … [Read more...]

Divination Space Station: Taylor Ellwood

Taylor Ellwood

May is quickly turning into divination month here at Voodoo Universe, and I foresee really good things. There have been quite a few Divination Space Station stops and today I am honored to profile author Taylor Ellwood. We recently reviewed his  Manifesting Wealth: Magic for Prosperity, Love and Health here on the blog and now we are pleased to offer his insight about divination. When did you start divining? With what Method?When I was 16 and first got into Magic, I picked up a … [Read more...]

VooDoo Mama Drink Recipe

Bead Vomit 2010 photo by Lilith Dorsey.

There is nothing new about spirits for the spirit. The following uses traditional Voodoo flavors and liquors to make a drink fit for all the Voodoo Mamas out there, and maybe some big bad Voodoo Dads too. In the New Orleans Voodoo tradition we like to celebrate the sacred and the decadent side by side. This ritual drink recipe will deliciously help you do both. Iko Iko, party on! Voodoo Mama Drink Recipe3 ounces pineapple juice (for blessing from the mother of the Ocean)1/2 … [Read more...]


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