How to Use Cascarilla

Medically the plant was used as a tonic, an expectorant, to stop excessive farting, and also for “nocturnal pollutions.” For convenience sake the stuff used in ritual now is made from powdered eggshells. These Cascarilla cakes are used before, during, and sometimes even after any ritual working, and could definitely be considered a necessary part of the tradition. [Read more...]

Palo Santo- The Secrets of this Saintly Stick

Consider adding this to a cleansing bath or sacred floorwash. If you haven’t used this yet, I highly recommend trying it soon. It adds another level of psychic blessing to your space, it elevates the vibrations of the user, and brings you closer to the divine. [Read more...]

January 6 – Three Kings’ Day Feast

The botanicas, or spiritual supply houses, in Spanish Harlem light candles, sell incense, and perform ceremonies for the Three Kings, or Wise Men ( Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar,) who finally made it to the Christ Child on January 6 to deliver their gifts. The sacred gifts were Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. In the Lucumi (Santeria) tradition the feast is a celebration of great fortune. [Read more...]

Letter of the Year for 2015 Released From Yoruba Association of Cuba

It is the time of year when practitioners of La Regla Lucumi, Ifa, and traditions referred to as Santeria receive their reading or letter of the year. As always, it is important to follow the reading of the year for your own spiritual house. The teachings of your godparents are always the most important instructions for an individual to follow. Some, however, also value letters from particular houses, such as the Letter of the year from the renowned Yoruba Association of Cuba. [Read more...]

December 17th Feast of Babalu Aye

Like the Orisha Oya, the wind is one of the magickal tools he uses to accomplish his work. Various images depict Babalu Aye as being covered in wounds or sores, and in some cultures he is shown cloaked completely in raffia and straw. [Read more...]

Chango Santeria Feast Day Prayers and Dances

December 4th is the traditional feast day for the Orisha Chango in the La Regla Lucumi, also known as Santeria tradition. [Read more...]

Snapped “Voodoo Drug Dealer”

This episode of Snapped is airing over 25 years after the crimes occurred. The story of Sara Aldrete and Adolfo Constanzo that is played out in Series 4 Episode 4 is a tragedy that should be put to rest. I know people love a good horror tale, especially this time of year, but when will it be time to hear about Voodoo/Vodou Houses feeding the homeless, blessing the poor and the like. I have witnessed and been part of these happenings dozens of times, but they never get the attention they deserve. [Read more...]


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