Oshun’s Beauty Secrets: Annatto Lipstick Recipe

In celebration of the 2011 festival of Oshun, I will be posting a few of the beauty “secrets” of the African diaspora.  Today’s installment is a recipe for annatto lipstick. Annatto is a mild spice native to South America that is used often as a coloring for foods and as a clothing dye.  It is also used in traditional body paints and to heal the skin.  It has antimicrobial and healing properties that are nearly …

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Festival of Oshun 2011

We are celebrating the festival of Oshun here in Haifa, Israel from Saturday August 27 through Saturday September 3, 2011.  This year’s main theme is prosperity. If you’ve been planning on having some root work done to bring you more money, this is the best time of the year to do it.  Since it is a community festival, the normal price for an Oshun and Aje Shaluga ceremony does not apply.  Everyone can send what …

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Helping Your Root Worker to Help You

Ceremonies and talismans work best when you respect the Spirits behind them.  Here is a guide for helping things along. Offerings Generally, you want your priest/ess to handle the more complicated things, but there is plenty you can do day to day to stay in reasonable awareness.  As a believer in the Vodun, you will find things in your life or at least your emotional state will improve with offerings of dressed candles and incense.  …

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Eshu Summer Festival 2011

Here at SoulMindBody.net, we’re celebrating the summer festival of Eshu.  We have some special package deals at Sheloya Mystical, but those are for people who can afford them.  Many in the world are having a tough time financially, some because of  evil politicians, and some because of evil bankers.  This time of year, our doors and our hearts open to all, regardless of income. Eshu will be at the forefront of our altar for the whole …

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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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Oshun’s Beauty Secrets

Oshun is the West African deity of feminine beauty, prosperity, and dance.  Her children in the traditions as well as solitary practitioners with a strong affinity towards her are uniquely attractive, charismatic people.  Though many of their beauty secrets are indeed secret, some are open to sharing with the public for the purpose of bringing more joy into the world. Water You may need more water than you think.  The standard dose per day is 8 …

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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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Bone Reading of the Day for March 25, 2011

Today’s reading is fairly straightforward.  Oya’s mirror is up, so we’re talking about the future.  Eshu’s protection face is up and he is touching the Sankofa symbol, and Death is facing both, which means that someone will be protected from death because of something they learned in their past. The sun is at the center, and note that Oba, Oshun, and Oya are triangulated with Oya in the water level of the water quadrant.  This represents a balanced individual …

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Vodun FAQ: Are the Orishas Aliens?

It is possible that some Orishas are physical extraterrestrials, where others are spirits or higher dimensional beings, and still others forces of nature to which we apply personalities so as to better understand them.  We can speculate, but it is difficult for anyone to say who is who or what objectively.  Each person who has experienced something can only speak from their own perspective. One should approach this in terms of what works.  The most …

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Vodun Holidays and Orisha Birthdays

This is a list of Vodun holidays.  It is by no means complete.  These are just the ones I know of and have gathered from a variety of people and sources.  Different cultures have different days.  Some synchronize them with Wiccan or Catholic holidays.  Follow your own soul on this. January 10: “Voodoo Day”, or Traditions Day, which is celebrated in Benin and by some in the diaspora to give thanks for and remember our …

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