Time to Prepare for Summer

Summer is coming soon, so it’s time to prepare your natural remedies.  The stuff from last year may be expired or used up.  Here are some recipes to help you survive the heat. Rose Vinegar Rose vinegar is an excellent sunburn treatment.  To make it, just fill a jar or bottle halfway with dried roses, and then fill it with cider vinegar.  Let it steep for a week in the refrigerator or a cool dark …

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Obatala

Sacred number: 8 or 8+1 Sacred color: white, transparent/aurora transparent, white and a little red, or green and maroon depending on tradition Domain: Emissary of Olodumare/Almighty Unfathomable, Father of physical life, Shaper of human form in the womb, Patron of the physically different or disabled, intellect, fatherhood, warrior philosophy, kingship, ethics, logic, inner peace, balance, transformation Tools: the will, the hand, cowrie shells, white horse hair whip, clear and white translucent quartz Obatala is the …

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New Facebook Community for Afrocentric Vodun, Hoodoo, and Other Diaspora Systems

There is a new community for practitioners of Vodun and diaspora belief systems on Facebook.  Afrocentric Vodun is for those who understand that the home of our faith is in Africa, and are actually concerned about African people at home or abroad.  We share articles and photos and discuss topics of concern as well as share personal news, insights, and opinions on Vodun and what we can do for the African community. Feel free to …

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Send Love to the Sikh Community African Style

On August 5, 2012 a man entered a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and murdered six people.  As people in Africa and the diaspora, we are quite used to religious oppression, and generally take precautions to prevent terroristic attacks of our temples and even many churches.  One of the duties of ushers for some and designated warriors for others, is to be at least a physical buffer between attackers and congregants. Others don’t seem to be …

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When you have an Oshun and/or Aje Shaluga working in progress…

Oshun is the west African Orisha/Goddess of joy, prosperity, romantic love, and the sweetness of life.  Aje Shaluga is one of her husbands (or wives, depending on your tradition), and the owner of all material wealth and currency.  Many if not most workings or spells for love and prosperity call upon Oshun, and if material wealth is involved, Aje Shaluga as well. When you go to a priest/ess or root worker for assistance in these …

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In what order should I put on my elekes?

Traditions vary, but in every one I know of, one should generally don their Eshu/Elegua eleke first if they are wearing them for ritual purposes.  Even this is not a hard rule though.  In some traditions, people wear a simpler string of white beads or pearls to represent all Orishas. It is best to follow whatever the traditions of your ile or community are.  If you are a solitary practitioner, simply do divination to find out …

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Should I buy anti evil eye pendants for myself?

If they are part of a ceremonial working or it is specifically sacred, you can and should if you need them.  If it is just a stand-alone item, you should not.  The reason why is that these sorts of items are activated by being given as gifts. Evil eye is caused by a buildup or strong projection of negative energy from other people looking upon you with envy/jealousy or possessiveness.  When you buy a non …

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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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How can a person who is not a priest make workings more effective?

As I’ve said in previous articles, some things are best put in the hands of a priest/ess or someone of that level.  However, I understand that not everyone is going to take that advice.  Also many people in the diaspora live in areas with no priests, or they’ve encountered one too many charlatans.  Whatever reason you want to take things into your own hands, there are some things you should know before you do that. …

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