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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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 didn’t my Voodoo spell work?

Usually, the reason a spell or formula doesn’t work is that for some reason, it is against Nature.  Sometimes it is that the person doing the spell wasn’t prepared or qualified to do it.  Sometimes it is something that simply cannot happen, on the level of dropping a rock and having it fall up instead of down.  Sometimes the problem is that one’s Guardians or Head knows that getting what they ask for would be bad for …

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