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...]

Hoodoo Up the Hearth: Come On In My Kitchen

Hoodoo Up The Hearth photo by Lilith Dorsey.

You better come on in my kitchen babe, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors – Robert Johnson Hoodoo, like its more formalized cousins Voodoo and Vodou, has traditionally gotten a bad rap. In my book Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, I talk about how its practitioners are called doctors and are “said to always have one hand, eye, or foot in both worlds: the visible and the invisible.” Hoodoo is, at its core, folk magick; it thrives on making do with what it can grab with that one … [Read more...]

High John the Conqueror Root and the Mayor of Hell

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A Rose By Any Other Name There are a freaking ton of names for this root, and in terms of anthropology that means something is important, really important. Some of the names are:  Hi John, John the Conqueror, Johnny Conka or Konka. But as the old Shakespearean saying goes" a rose by any other name,..." would be one of the most valuable botanicals to use in Voodoo and Hoodoo magick. People use it for justice, eloquence, money, healing, power, love, gambling, just about everything you can … [Read more...]

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 shiver And 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...]

A Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau Musicology

Marie Laveau Painting in the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, New Orleans. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

People have been singing about Marie Laveau probably since the time she was born. This famous Voodoo Priestess is the stuff of legend. People sing her praises, people sing to warn others of her power, people sing to remember. If you would like to know more about her legend and lore please read the Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. The most popular Marie Laveau song is probably the one written by Shel Silverstein. Mitch Myers is Silverstein's nephew and he gives us this information about the … [Read more...]

New Years Tradition: Collard Greens for Success Recipe

Southern Comfort Cooking: Oven Fried chicken, homemade buttermilk biscuits and collard greens by flippinyank licensed under CC 2.0

No Voodoo or Hoodoo discussion about this time of year would be complete without talking about the traditional New Year’s recipe for collard greens. This dish is served just after midnight. If eaten and prepared right, it is said to bring divine blessings of money and success. The shredded greens, which you are supposed to tear with your bare hands, are thought to represent dollars coming your way.  Collard greens are really good for you too. They are rich in calcium and are said to lower … [Read more...]

Black Friday Money Magic That Works All Year !

Crowne-Gold-Silver-Bullion by Mark Herpel is licensed under CC by 2.0

The shopping daze of the holidays are upon us. Elbow pushing, toe trampling, bad caroling, creepy Santas and snow filled with “ cigarette packs, and dirty snacks, and things that make you blush,” squeeze our spirits and our souls this time and of year. We want to be the best parents, partners, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, and friends we can be. We want to buy thoughtful gifts, continue honored traditions, create new memories and not have to lose our minds and break our banks to do it. … [Read more...]


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