Access the Spirit World with a Dumb Supper for Samhain

I remembered that when dealing with the ancestors, dumb supper or not, Silence is important. The stillness that is found in silence is when the ancestors best communicate. [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...]

Welcome, Walk and Be Wild with the Goddess

Sound is one of the most sacred and magickal things we have to share. It can manifest as a word, a song, or a sigh. When I began the section about chanting and sound for my book 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, the one person I thought of first and foremost was Kelliana. [Read more...]

Memory, It’s In The Mix – Ancestor Remembrance Recipes

The tradition of New Orleans Voodoo celebrates it’s dead every day of the year. They artfully parade them down the streets in Second Line Jazz extravaganzas that are a feast for the eyes and ears. They house their dearly departed in above ground cities of the Dead, some of which are elaborate pyramids, others which have homemade headstones and bones poking out. [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...]

Real Voodoo Spell? Here’s the Problem- Part 2

Now I place the traditions of Voodoo, Lucumi and Vodou under the umbrella of Pagan religion because they are, at their core, earth-based religions. They are centered around worshiping the Ashe, or spiritual energy, of fire, the clouds, the river, the crossroads, the ancestors in the earth. Very often when I do spellwork for people it involves them travelling to one of these places in nature. [Read more...]

Voodoo: 5 Reasons this Extraordinary Religion Makes People Scared

New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou are the Frankenstein monsters of religions. People love to point fingers, sticks, and flaming torches at that which they have created, yet tragically don’t understand. [Read more...]


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