Bless Your Soul with Florida Water

Murray & Lanman's Florida Water photo by Boston Public Library. Licensed under CC 2.0

“Voodoo smells great,” this is one of the first things my godchildren say to newcomers to our rituals. They are right. One of the most divine things about Voodoo and Santeria is that these religions find a way to deliciously bless and protect participants with some delightful magickal scents. One of the main blessing ingredients used is Florida Water. This isn't actually a water at all. It's Florida Water Cologne, it has an alcohol base and a history as long as my arm.  Murray and Lan … [Read more...]

How You Can Help Support the Restoration of Marie Laveau’s Tomb!

Support the Restoration of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's Tomb photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Marie Laveau is the Ultimate Voodoo Queen. There is no contest. She is more famous than all the others combined, and this was even before her recent appearance in the popular media.As many of you know back in December, the world famous tomb of  Marie Laveau was painted pink by a vandal according to sources quoted by author Denise Alvarado in her piece "The Mystery of The Pink Tomb is Solved." For more information on Marie Laveau worship and the original incident  you can also check out the V … [Read more...]

Mardi Gras: Start It Rite with Voodoo Mojo Juice and More!

Bead Vomit 2010 photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Gearing up for Mardi Gras with mind, body, and spirits for the spirits! The Times-Picayune called last night's Krewe Du Vieux “Deliciously Disrespectful.” We can all start to get in the mood, and join in the fun with... New Orleans Voodoo Mojo Juice. This is my own sacred recipe for this popular party concoction! 1 oz. Pineapple juice (blessing and protection)1 oz. Coconut Rum ( for opportunity and to honor the ancestors)1 dash orange curacao ( orange is traditionally ass … [Read more...]

Voodoo Priestess Says Bye Bye American Horror Story Coven

American Horror Story Coven Recruits photo by Lilith Dorsey

Zombies, Witch Hunters, Red-Eyed Papa Legba, and Blood Bathing Marie Laveau, honestly even if I live to see the "seven wonders,"... I may never see anything as strange as this again. American Horror Story Coven has brought New Orleans Voodoo and Witchcraft into our livingrooms these past several months and we may never be the same again.My post Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba got some viral Voodoo buzz, and I'd like to think that's because people really do want and need to know more about this … [Read more...]

Voodoo’s Bride of Death: Maman Brigitte

Detail Maman Brigitte flag by Leticia, photo by Lilith Dorsey

You might know her from the roses in her hair, the eye sockets in her skull, or the icy Voodoo hand there to hold if you need it. Maybe you don't even know her name. It's Brigitte, Maman Brigitte. She is the ancient primal feminine power.In Haitian Vodou she is honored as the first woman buried in every cemetery. Alongside her husband Baron Samedi, she guides and protects all who seek her blessing. Here devotees find wisdom, connection and healing justice. She is very often associated the … [Read more...]

Legba Is Different From The Barons: We All Look Alike to You?

Dr. John and Lilith Dorsey at Krewe du Vieux. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

There are a lot of divinities, or Lwa, in the Voodoo pantheon -- some say 101, some say 401, some say as many as you can imagine and then add one more. There are legions of spirits, each one unique and sacred in its own blessed way. Everyone has the potential to become divine, and that is one of the most beautiful things about the religion.My last post, where I spent less than a paragraph discussing American Horror Story: Coven, sparked a lot of attention. As a reply to a comment, I stated … [Read more...]

The Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba

Detail from Legba Ritual Altar. Photo by Lilith Dorsey

“We used to know we were stronger than the devil”- Amiri Baraka We used to know we weren't the devil either. I woke this morning with this quote from poet Amiri Baraka on my mind. The award winning poet, playwright, and visionary passed over into the realm of the ancestors Thursday January 9th. I remember seeing him (as much as a 4 year old can remember anything) at an interactive play he staged about the Underground Railroad. He was controversial and sometimes confrontational like V … [Read more...]


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