The Game of the Warrior Goddesses of Voodoo and Santeria

Santeria Catholics, Havana, Cuba photo by Bruce Tuten. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Life is a game, you can buy it at the toy store. (No, I'm only kidding!) But sometimes life is a series of clues, stories and signs to be interpreted and nurtured. Goddesses can help us do that. They can help us roll the dice and move forward in the right direction. In the Afro-Diasporan traditions of Vodou, Voodoo, and Santeria (La Regla Lucumi,) there is an entire legion of goddesses, or divine energies called Loa or Orisha, that have their own strong and intense feminine power. In many … [Read more...]

More Suggestions for Finding Godparents in Voodoo and Santeria

Legba veve in the cemetery. Photo by Lilith Dorsey

Questions to ask yourself  Are you sure you have the time, energy, and dedication to enter this tradition?Very often I meet people who tell me they don't have the time necessary to devote to Santeria/ Lucumi or Voodoo. My response is usually "do you have the time to devote to bettering your life?" For example, I knew a woman once whose son suffered from severe autism, with frequently violent episodes. As he got older the fights she had trying to restrain him got more and more … [Read more...]

6 Questions You Need to Ask Before Finding Godparents in Santeria or Voodoo

Priestess Miriam Chamani of the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, one of my Godmothers. Photo by Lilith Dorsey, copyright 2014.

Finding godparents is a really complicated process. You could end up with someone who manipulates you, takes lots of money from you and leaves you with nothing, or even lands you in jail. I have heard of all of these things happening when people end up choosing difficult Santeria (La Regla Lucumi) or Voodoo godparents. Now, I truly believe we all have our lessons to learn, but if we go into the process with our eyes open, and keeping a few key points in mind, the process of joining an ile … [Read more...]

Not My Goat Head and Other Musings

Goat Heads by Maria Ly. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

 The story is this:According to reporter Sebastian Murdock on Monday March 3, 2014 “ Another goat head was found in a New York park. Yes, we said another. On Monday morning in New York City's Prospect Park, David Rabig was meandering along a wooded trail when his Boston Terrier, Leo, sniffed out the still-preserved head, DNAinfo reported.”I don't have the rights to reprint the photo(you can see it here), but it shows a severed white goat head with a tag in its ear bearing th … [Read more...]

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...]

Santeria Recipe: Oya Flaming Spinach Salad

Big Salad photo by anneheathen. Licensed by CC 2.0

Everything you put in your mouth, your mind, your body should feed your soul. I am a firm believer in the sacred power of food and I hope you are too. Many of you took the time over the weekend to celebrate the wondrousness of the Santeria goddess of the wind Oya. If you'd like to learn more about this whip wielding Queen of the cemetery, you can read Santeria's Rider on the Storm. Another way to learn more is to try the following  is exciting recipe that includes many of her favorite offerings, … [Read more...]

Oya: Santeria’s Rider on the Storm

Oya Santeria's Rider on the Storm photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Oya is the Storm The Wind, the Tornado, the Hurricane... all of these are the domain of the great and powerful Santeria goddess Oya. She is change. Oya can very often be change in the form of severe weather. Civil rights activist Dick Gregory used to speak of the HER- icane, a powerful force of wind that started in Africa, where the roots of mass slavery began and carried it's ire over the ocean, destroying the “new world” and stopping at Canada which never has a system of enslaved peo … [Read more...]


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