Hoodoo Up the Hearth: Come On In My Kitchen

Hoodoo Up The Hearth photo by Lilith Dorsey.

You better come on in my kitchen babe, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors– Robert JohnsonHoodoo, like its more formalized cousins Voodoo and Vodou, has traditionally gotten a bad rap. In my book Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, I talk about how its practitioners are called doctors and are “said to always have one hand, eye, or foot in both worlds: the visible and the invisible.” Hoodoo is, at its core, folk magick; it thrives on making do with what it can grab with that one hand, … [Read more...]

Connecting with the Divine…Where in the Hell to Begin?

Dia de los Muertos Shrine for honoring the ancestors, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

The struggle to connect with the Divine energies is a timeless one. Clearly it is difficult to know exactly where to begin. A wise young gentleman who attended my lecture this weekend at NYC Pagan Pride, asked me what I recommend for people just starting out who wish to reach out towards the ashe or energy of the different gods and goddesses of the Afro-Caribbean traditions of Vodou, Voodoo, or Lucumi (Santo.) Good question. I think that there are a few respectful and beneficial practices that … [Read more...]

Cleaning House with Voodoo and Santeria

Oshun altar for the feast of Caridad del Cobre.

“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.” -Johann Wolfgang von GoetheI have been lecturing on Voodoo and Santeria for over fifteen years, and believe me I get a lot of weird questions. Many people wish to connect with the energies of the religion but are not initiated or under the proper guidance of their spiritual godparents. I had one woman after I became distracted after the end of my workshop come over dip her finger in the liquified candle wax fro … [Read more...]