Make Your Own Flying Dead For Samhain

Flying Dead photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

I wasn’t sure what to call them, dead fairies, skeleton fairies, some people in my facebook group suggested Skelefae, Fairy of the bones, Carcass Fairy, or Bone nymphs. Whatever you call them, they are one of the easiest and coolest Samhain crafts around. [Read more...]

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The Search for Samo: Voodoo Universe’s Pilgrimage to Basquiat

Basquiat's Grave photo by Lilith Dorsey 2015. All rights reserved.

His art itself is magick, power, and invocation writ both large and small….In any case this past Memorial Day weekend we travelled to the source itself to leave offerings and honor his spirit. [Read more...]

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Future Ancestors: What Are We Finding ?

Future Ancestors photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

We ate silently. Then we spoke of the people we loved, and the people we try to still know in death. One of the things that we found inspires us again and again was our ancestors courage and determination. Their willingness to take a leap, remember where they came from while still walking forward into a new tomorrow. [Read more...]

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Access the Spirit World with a Dumb Supper for Samhain

Dumb Supper photo by Lilith Dorsey, all rights reserved.

I remembered that when dealing with the ancestors, dumb supper or not, Silence is important. The stillness that is found in silence is when the ancestors best communicate. [Read more...]

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Ancestral Remembering – The Funny Thing About Memory

Remember photo by Lilith Dorsey

Reconciliation is a huge issue. I feel like there is no way to write this as a person of both African-American and Native-American descent without mention that we may never reconcile the past and most of us are still fearful for the future. These things weigh heavy on my mind on the heels of both Columbus Day and Cornel West’s arrest this week. [Read more...]

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Remembering The Dead Can Be A Dirty Business

Remembering the Dead photo by Lilith Dorsey copyright 2014.

New Orleans Voodoo has many ways of connecting to our treasured dead. Every sip of coffee, every step are more opportunities to honor and worship. Part of our tradition is sharing these ways with all who can appreciate them, allowing them to remember these ancestors each day. [Read more...]

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Art, Ancestors, Christians, and Pagans

St. Dymphna statue photo by Lilith Dorsey. Copyright 2009 all rights reserved.

One thing that strikes me as ironic as we being the ancestor remembrance discussions is how many customs are similar in these two traditions. Many Voodoo and/or Vodou practitioners are also practicing Christians, and that has been the case since Christianity began. [Read more...]

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