Olokun

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailOlokun is one of the most controversial Orishas in the current pantheon.  Some say he’s male, and some say she’s female, and others both.  It depends on the place and the local traditions.  Some say that he/she and Yemaya are one in the same, some that they are brother and sister, and some that they are husband and wife. So most of what I’m going to write here is going to be from my …

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Time to Prepare for Summer

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailSummer 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 …

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Obatala

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailSacred 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 …

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

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailThere 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 …

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Send Love to the Sikh Community African Style

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailOn 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 …

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

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailOshun 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 …

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In what order should I put on my elekes?

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailTraditions 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 …

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New Videos: How to Read the Bones

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailI’ve posted some new videos on YouTube about how to read the bones.   

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Should I buy anti evil eye pendants for myself?

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailIf 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 …

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What is a mirror box?

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailIn 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 …

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