• Making a Maven

    Discovering – Hoodoo & Voodoo

    Hoodoo and voodoo are often used interchangeably thanks to modern media.  Both have a rich history and heavy cultural influence in Haiti and in the southern U.S., primarily Louisiana. Both have their roots in West Africa, but there is a distinct line between the two.  Hoodoo is a spiritual and magickal system.  Voodoo (Vodou or Vodoun) is a religion. Hoodoo: Most practitioners of hoodoo are actually of Protestant faith. After the forced conversion of slaves into the United States, many held onto their spiritual practices but utilized the Christian Bible and Psalms as part of their workings. The practice has evolved to include Jewish, German, Santeria, and other religions as…

  • Making a Maven

    Spiritual & Religious Paths

    There are larger religious paths that I see floating through the witchi-sphere that always catch my eye.  This is likely because these paths are often taught as if they are dead in schools. I have always been fascinated by non-Christian religions because Christianity is what is what (because who are we kidding…) US culture is based on.  Our laws, morals and ethics, behavior, everything was shaped through a Christian perspective. Old world religions are taught as nothing but history, that their gods and practices have entirely died out.  That any practice devoted to them is long gone Who wants to guess how tired I am of this perspective? To combat…