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 Cat … [Read more...]

Mojuba Means Thank You: A Praise Poem

Mojuba and Thanks by Lilith Dorsey.

 Devotees of the religion of Santeria (Lucumi) frequently recite a devoted list of prayers and thanks to their ancestors, spiritual teachers, and gods, or Orisha. These are most commonly referred to as mojubas. The word literally breaks down linguistically to the Yoruba words Mo, for "I,"  and the word for juba, which means to "give respect to." Some even believe the word "Mojo" derives from these roots. The following is a holiday praise poem I wrote to give thanks to the honored … [Read more...]

Santeria Etiquette 101: Can’t Touch This….

Santeria Catholics, Havana, Cuba. Photo by Bruce Tuten.

A Way of Life Santeria, more correctly known as Lucumi, is a religion, a tradition, a way of life. It has at it's core a belief in the existence of Ashe, a universal life force which permeates all things. There is the Ashe of divine fire, represented by the Orisha Chango. The sweet river is the Ashe of the love goddess Oshun flowing to her followers. Everything, absolutely everything, contains it's own sanctified energy and it is all connected. When Will It End? Those not in “Santo,” or pra … [Read more...]

St. Expedite: The Patron Saint of Hurry Up

San Expedito altar and offerings. Photo by Paul Lowry.

It's All Saints Day today and my mind is drifting to all the saints honored in Voodoo and Santeria, also known as Lukumi. The one that jumped out first was St. Expedite. For those who have never heard of him before, he is a godsend/goddessend to Voodoo and Santeria practitioners, folk magicians, and other devotees worldwide. This time of year is traditionally one for honoring the ancestors and it is important to note this Saint is given tribute not only in New Orleans,but Haiti, Spain, Portugal, … [Read more...]

Guest Post: All Under Aida Wedo By Tehron Gillis

Tehron Gillis, slam poet and writer.

 I am very excited today to feature a guest post from Tehron Gillis. Tehron is a Westchester based slam poet and writer, is a voodoo initiate and rootworker. Practicing magic and tarot for over a decade, Tehron works towards exploring LGBTQ and ethnic themes in the craft.There were not many worries I had about entering the African Diasporan religions but among them; “Am I pronouncing the spirits' names right?”, “Where do find functional and chic white clothing?”, “Will I remember the … [Read more...]

Saints, Sinners, Statues and Syncretism in Santeria and Voodoo

Oya Offering Box, featuring picture of St. Theresa. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

One of the most puzzling things for people both inside and outside the traditions of Voodoo and Santeria, also known as Lucumi, is the inclusion of other religions' iconography. It is not uncommon to see statues for Caridad del Cobre on an Oshun shrine, or St. Patrick during a ritual for Damballa.If you inquire about this to practitioners, you will most likely get a variety of answers ranging from colonial oppression, to secrecy, to beliefs that these individuals were part of the religion … [Read more...]

Divination Space Station: Awo Robert Ogbe Di

Yoruba Divination board, photo by Cliff1066TM

Just in time for October 4th, the traditional feast day for Orunmila or Orula,the Orisha of divination, the latest installment of our divination series. We are honored to present an interview with Awo Robert Ogbe Di. When did you start divining? With what method? Wow, it's been a while! I got a tarot deck as a gift when I was a kid, maybe 14, and I played around with it until I figured out how to read with it, though it took a long time to put down the book because I was always worried I would … [Read more...]


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