Meaning and Use of Cowrie Shells

In New Orleans Voodoo the shells are often used for offering, blessing, and healing. Anyone wishing to connect with their energy can simply put one in their pocket or wallet to attract insight and financial success. [Read more...]

The Myth of the Voodoo Mojo Bone

Black cats hold their own sacred significance in Pagan History and lore, and they are no doubt very magickal. Hoodoo, Voodoo and other Afro-Diasporan tradition picked up on this power, literally. [Read more...]

Future Ancestors: What Are We Finding ?

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...]

Maman Brigitte Beet Salad Recipe

There is a mistress of the cemetery, a bride dressed in white lace, she knows of love and loss, and her name is Maman Brigitte. In the religions of New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou Maman Brigitte ( also called Gran Brigitte) is the Lwa, or Goddess, of the dead. [Read more...]

Ancestral Remembering – The Funny Thing About Memory

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...]

Art, Ancestors, Christians, and Pagans

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...]

Remembering The Ancestors By Creating Voodoo Flags

The ancestors are, by definition responsible for our own creation. In turn in the traditions of New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou we continue to create in honor of them. These creations can be in the form of song, dance, food, or more traditional artistic offerings such as Voodoo flags, also known as drapo. [Read more...]


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