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 ch … [Read more...]

Christmas with the Ancestors: Sicilian Stuffed Artichoke Recipe

Sicilian Stuffed Artichoke photo by Lilith Dorsey

 The holidays are upon us and it is time for friends, family and feasting. My Voodoo house celebrates this as another joyful time to share with the ancestors and renew our spirits. There is cornbread, black eyed peas, collards, ham, and the delicious list goes on. Each food fulfills it's own special role providing healing, fertility, abundance, financial success and the like. I grew up with the Sicilian portion of my Family and as my grandfather always said “the Sicilian part takes o … [Read more...]

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe by Lilith Dorsey

It's Yuletide and there is a lot of holiday cooking going on, among Pagans and other religions, as there should be. When I was little I remember the holiday baking would go on for weeks. There would be coffeecakes, and cookies, and a ton of snack mix. My sister and I totally did not look forward to the cooking and decorating that went on for hours at my grandmother's house. We laugh about it today, and snack mix is still a guilty pleasure. The following is a much healthier alternative for a … [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. Acc … [Read more...]

Thanks and Giving: It’s All About the Food Rite?

Stuffed Acorn Squash for the Ancestors, photo by Lilith Dorsey

Thanksgiving is one of our most magickal and connected holidays. We set a sacred space in the form of a table. We gather in a circle, or an oval, or whatever shape our table takes. We give thanks to those who are there, and also those who have come before. We even pray sometimes. Then we get down to the real serious and holy business, we eat. The older I get the more I see clearly that mainstream society has made Yule about the gifts, and Thanksgiving about the food.This doesn't bother me … [Read more...]

Creole Warrior Seasoning Blend: Spice Up Your Soul

Rosemary herb photo by Lilith Dorsey

 This seasoning blend is suitable for any of the African derived warrior gods and goddesses; which include, Papa Lebat, Ogun, Ochosi, Oya and others. It will spice up anything you wish, and is a million times better than any commercial preparation. This is particularly good as a spice rub. a chili seasoning, or a rice blend. The possibilities to strengthen your spirit and your food are limitless. 7 tsp. Smoky Paprika1 tbs. white and black pepper ground together1 tsp. onion … [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...]


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