Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Vodou In Chicago

These are photos from the Haitian Vodou exibit I visited while in Chicago. This post does not do it justice as it could never capture the ashe' in those rooms, from the objects, practitioners and people attending. These are only about half of my photos and the information was such a wealth, that it will take me time to add and expand on this entry.

This was such a spiritually renewing trip for me. To see these ritual objects, in all their glory, was beyond words-and even the feeling can hardly be expressed in a blog entry. I left feeling like as if I had been reborn. Like fresh breath has been blown into this devotee and conjurewoman. The rest of the weekend was filled with occult shops, practitioners and Brazilian food.

The objects, stories and people were rich in energy-it was almost dizzying. I am grateful to have been able to be this close to these religiously significant and deeply connected cultural artifacts and tools. I hope this post will help to inspire and educate my readers on the very basics of the complex history of slave trade, diaspora traditions and beliefs, Haitian Vodou and Creole Voodoo.

Blessings to you all. 



Legba's Veve. Vévé are the geometrical drawings that represent the lwa, that is, the Haitian deities of Vodu. Each lwa has its own emblem, and vévé are therefore numerous and varied.

The central elements are based on what that particular Lwa rules. Such as a heart for Ezili Freda, the lwa of femininity and love. Two snakes, for the cosmic snakes, Danbala-Wedo and his wife Aida-Wedo. A boat for Agwe, the lwa of the sea. A cutlass (sabre) for Ogun, the lwa of war. A cross for Papa Legba, the guardian of the crossroads and so on.
Vévé can be quite elaborate or simple. They are drawn on the (Earth) floor of the peristyle (Vodu temple) using cornmeal or ashes, and their realization, usually by a Houngan (Vodu priest) or Mambo (Vodu priestess), requires a great deal of expertise and skills. Vévé are central to Vodu rituals because they are meant to compel the descending or ascending of the spiritual energy associated with a particular lwa.

A Haitian Vodou Cross.

Ti jan petwo, Grann batala and their dog. Protective lwa.

The cross that bawon lakwa carries which symbolizes the crossroads of life and death.

Bizango warriors. The most aggressive of all lwa. Those pictured withwings are believed to fly over their families on earth, protecting them.


Papa simbi. Guardian of water sources and clairvoyant skills.

Bawon Samedi.

Zo lwa. Protectors of families.

Terra cotta Pwen Ibo. Pwen posess the power of a lwa. Nigeria's Ibo people often chose suicide over being enslaved.

Bawon Samedi.


Each law has its own rythym. Each lwa is brought forth in ritual by experienced drummers who know each rythym.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mercury In Retrograde Will Be At It Again Soon!

Here's a great link to an article about how to prepare for Mercury in Retrograde. How To Survive When the Communication Planet Turns Backwards. This retrograde runs from May 18th to June 11th.

I also offer an amazing oil which really helps to stave off the effects of this brutal happening that can really wreak havoc on some folks. My Retrograde Reverse Oil is created from ylang ylang, frankincense, master root, devil's shoestring and more! Let me help smooth over this 3 week period of mayhem by using my oil on blue or white candles. Smooth over your hands and body and wear to work, meeting with friends, on dates and any business type encounter such as interviews, handling a mistake with a company or at your own business.

Blessings to you all!