Another RiCOCKulous Voodoo Claim Makes the News!

Squeeze the rubber chicken for faster service by Jonathan Abolins. Licensed un CC 2.0

If it's weird, or gross, or gory, it must be Voodoo, right? Fox News Latino is reporting that Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City councilwoman, is being sued in a 1 million dollar lawsuit alleging -- you guessed it -- Voodoo. The suit was filed by her political opponent, Gwen Goodwin, and concerns a mural of a bird's head that was painted on the side of an East Harlem building. Goodwin is quoted in the NY Daily News as saying, “In the Caribbean culture this constituted a curse and a death t … [Read more...]

Three Kings, and Camels, and Sheep, and Santeria…Oh My!

Three kings, and camels, and sheep, and santo...Oh my! by Lilith Dorsey

It is time for the feast of the Epiphany. January 6 is the sacred celebration of the arrival of the three kings bringing gifts to the newborn Christ child. According to the story the kings were named Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, and they brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.Here in NYC the Three Kings are a big deal. We have parades with camels, parties, and hundreds of school kids lining the streets wearing paper crowns. In the Santeria religion, also better known as La Regla … [Read more...]

2014 Readings Have Three Santeria Houses in Agreement- Unprecedented!

Blue Dancer (Yemaya) Cuba by James Emery licensed under CC 2.0

According to El Nuevo Herald, for the first time in anyone's memory three separate Santeria houses, two in Cuba and one in Miami are reporting the same outcome for this year's divination, Egiobe or Ejiogbe. The houses' agreement  about the specific predictions are ongoing but the general feeling is that this means optimism for the coming year.In the religion of Santeria (La Regla Lucumi) the New Year begins with a divination. Many Santeria houses (spiritual centers) perform their own … [Read more...]

Yemaya Shines Her Beauty on New Year’s Eve!

Festa de Iemanja 2013 by Clarissa Pacheco licensed under CC 2.0

 New Year's Eve is a time for parties in this world and the next. In Santeria (Lukumi) the goddess Yemaya is often honored on September 7, the feast for Our Lady of Regla. In Bahia she is known as Iemanja, honored on August 15 or February 2, and is frequently associated with Nossa Senhora da Gloria. While in Rio de Janeiro she shines her radiant beauty on New Years Eve. New Year's is a time for huge ceremonies in the Brazilian traditions of Umbanda and Candomble. It is a time for p … [Read more...]

Mojo, Juju, Mumbo Jumbo- What Does It Mean?

Tarkawa Bay- Snake Charmer by Sudhanshu Pran Kaul licensed under CC by 2.0

I love words. I sleep with a dictionary next to my bed. I collect antique dictionaries. They get me hot. Well, maybe not literally, but words are a key to our past, a doorway to understanding and meaning that we use everyday. Even my path of Eleggua in Santeria (Lukumi) is all about words, which came as a surprise to both me and my godmother, when we saw the divination results. I love to dance and move so much that everyone thought I would have those qualities ruling my spirituality. But then … [Read more...]

Babalu Aye: The King Who Hurts The World!

IMG_2030 by Roly Chang licensed by CC 2.0

Babalu Babalu Aye....many Americans were introduced to this Cuban Santeria chant through the classic television show I Love Lucy and its leading character Ricky Ricardo (played by Desi Arnaz). The song was written in honor of the god Babalu by Margarita Lecuona and popularized by Miguelito Valdesin 1941.  On television, it was the signature number for the Latin bandleader we came to know and love, Ricky Ricardo. He opened the door to this powerful Orisha, and for that we are grateful. December 1 … [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...]


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