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    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…

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    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…

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    Defining Practice & Craftwork

    There are numerous paths in which you can focus your practice. It all depends on what speaks to you and makes you feel most connected to your power. Of course, you are not required to identify with any one in particular.  Labeling things is a human reaction to making sense of a world that we still don’t understand. Which explains why we check boxes our entire lives even if we don’t really fit within them just right. Below are the most common paths I’ve come across: Solitary – a witch who practices alone.  This one often annoys me when I see it.  So many of us practice alone and it…

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    Discovering Path & Practice

    Humans like to categorize things. We like to check off boxes, fit things together in our attempt to make sense of the world. We break things down in an attempt to provide context in every aspect of our lives.  Ambiguity is not our friend. Ambiguity causes chaos. Even our craft and spirituality have been broken down to help ease this ‘box-checking’ obsession of ours. Why can’t we just be?  Younger generations are tired of ticking boxes that no longer serve a clear purpose. We may be data-driven, but we’ve grown tired of those data points being this or that. One or Two. Male or Female. Blue or Red A lot…

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    Recommended Reading

    Below is a compilation of books, documents, and other resources I’ve come across during research for Making a Maven. This is really more a personal list for me to come back too later, but I thought I would share it with all of you as well! I’ve split things up by MaM monthly topics, but it’s entirely possible some of these works may overlap. Happy reading witches!   History & Influence of Witchcraft The Wild Hunt – Modern Pagan News & Commentary People of Wicca The Well-Read Witch, Carl McColma The Witch’s Hammer, full translation Papal Bull of Pope Innocent VIII Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers, Barbara…