Chango’s Feast Day: Beware There Could Be Flames!

Dance of Chango, Orisha of Thunder by Byron Howes licensed under CC by 2.0

The last time I wrote a blog post about Chango one irate commenter told me to “cease and desist. “ The post and the accompanying incendiary recipe can be found here. The back and forth in the discussion got a little heated. Of course it did, Chango is the lord of Fire. The barebacked rider on the roar of thunder. The King who did not hang. December 4 is the traditional date for the feast of the Orisha Chango in La Regla Lucumi, more commonly known as Santeria. This date coincides with the … [Read more...]

Fire in the Skin: The Spark of Ritual Fire and Magic

Ritual fire in the hyperdome, fringe fest New Orleans.

Fire was the first magick: the first pagan tool to warm us, feed us, inspire us. It is truly awesome in its power from spark, to flame, to raging fire. I have performed hundreds of voodoo rituals over the years, both public and private, and most have included fire. I would be ashamed if they hadn't. Now, I'm not claiming I pull out the flaming machete for every ceremony, but candles, hearth fires and campfires, bonfires, fire breathers, flaming poi spinners, and sometimes even flaming machetes … [Read more...]


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