Can a person have a head Orisha of the opposite gender?

They most certainly can.  Some Orishas have a dual gender, and some have various paths, personas, or character traits that are comfortable for people of the opposite gender in daily life.  Spirits in general, unless they are not so much Spirits as alterdimensional beings, don’t have what can be described as a physical gender so much as a “feel”.  The way they express themselves will be more associated with maleness, femaleness, or androgyny, and some …

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Can White people practice Vodun?

They most certainly can.  We just prefer to think of them as light skinned. 😉 Scientifically speaking, the genetic origin of all humans living today is in Africa.  So it is not a question of whether White people are naturally entitled to the Vodun or not.  The big issue around it is mostly cultural, and for adherents to the idea of human biodiversity, capability of understanding Vodun. I can’t say that all people of European …

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New Vodun Calendar and Chat

We now have a calendar and a chatroom.  You can browse the calendar on the site or subscribe to it using Google calendar. If you want to add additional holidays or local event announcements, feel free to contact us or post a comment on the calendar page. There are two chats you can use on the site, one pop-over chat in the bottom right corner, and the chat page.

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What do I do if I can’t afford offerings to the Orishas?

Vodun is not and never has been a rich person’s faith.  It is about the effort, sincerity, and alignment with the Forces of Nature, not how expensive a gift is.  Remember the story of Yemaya’s three crowns. For your normal observances, if you do what you can afford, the Spirits will accept this.  Just don’t be cheap with them if you really can afford to do more. What priests charge for their services is due …

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Why do people post Voodoo spells on the internet?

It is not something I would do outside of a private course frame, but I can understand why some others would, though I don’t always agree with the reasoning.  In some cases, it is a joke.  In some cases, the authors have co opted the convenient aspects of Vodun and put it in a western frame.  In some cases, they are workings that are common for laypersons and aspiring mystics to do for themselves, and …

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Why do Christians call Orishas demons?

Most practitioners of Vodun and diaspora systems are Christian, so I would say this is just a North American and culturally lost or disgruntled African thing.  Mainly, it’s because they simply do not know what an Orisha is.  For an educated or non eurocentric Christian, to call an Orisha a demon is like calling water or air a demon.  So please don’t lump all Christians into the same category.  Someone wearing a cross or going to church …

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Eshu and Shango September 2011

We are now in the preparation stages of the ebo for Eshu and Shango for September 2011.  This is your chance to send in your requests for protection for yourself or friends and family.  Use the contact form or write to me at sister@soulmindbody.net .  The ebo will happen tonight from 8pm Jerusalem time and the doors will be open until whenever. If you would like a talisman made with ashes from this ceremony, please order …

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Can someone be forced to fall in love using rootwork?

Well, yes and no.  The Egungun decide who will and won’t make children, and can be very helpful in finding a good match.  The feeling of being in romantic love however, is something different than familial love, which is what the ancestors preside over.  Someone who is very in touch with Nature and their Ancestors can tell who belongs with them, and this sense of belonging is what makes the kind of love that makes …

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How are crystals used in Vodun and diaspora systems?

Crystals have been used in Vodun and the African diaspora for centuries, but few people alive today know exactly how they were used originally.  There has been a lot of mixture of belief from Hinduism, Kemetic, and other systems, trial and error over the aeons, and so crystal use and therapies have become a bit universalized over time.  The main difference though, is context.  Different cultures are going to have different needs, and use crystals in …

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