What is a mirror box?

In modern Vodun and diaspora systems, a mirror box has a variety of uses.  Basically, it is a box that has mirrors on the inside.  The purposes of these depend on why they are there. Mirrors, aside of being sacred to Oshun, and to some degree Boyuto, capture and reflect a person’s image.  This captures and reflects Ashe in some cases, or aspects of a person’s Ori in others.  It can also shield or amplify, …

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Vodun FAQ: Elekes, Ilekes, Collares, Pearls, Necklaces

What is an eleke? An eleke is basically a string of beads.  It can be in the form of a necklace, a bracelet, an anklet, a kneelet, an armlet, waist beads or breast beads.  In the context of Vodun and derivative systems, it is a string of beads that represents Vodun itself or a Spirit or Deity within or syncretized with the system.  They can be dedicated to one or multiple Spirits, including one’s ancestors. …

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Reading Bones

To provide a bit of background for my Hoodoo Bones system, and to show the way to the next step for those who’ve bought or made their own set, I’ve decided to write a bit on reading actual bones.  There are many traditions from many cultures, but they all work well provided the reader is in tune with Eshu and Ifa or whatever the name is that they call them in their own culture.  By …

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Voodoo Dolls

The use of dolls, figures, and sculptures is pretty universal in the world’s faiths.    However, what is commonly known as the “Voodoo” doll, which someone uses to perform what’s called sympathetic magic, by which what is done to the doll is done to the person the doll is modelled after, is a European invention.  It’s called a poppet. In Africa, doll like figures were used as charms or “homes” for spirits, or as sort of …

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Sheloya’s Hoodoo Bones System

So you bought or made a set of Hoodoo bones, and now you want to know how to use them? They’re about the same level of difficulty as Nordic runes.  It will take you some time to learn the symbolism if you have no experience with Vodun or African mysticism, but once you get it, you’ve got it. I (Sheloya) invented this system, but it is inspired by old traditions such as Hoodoo shells and bones, …

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