What is Voodoo?
Voodoo, usually spelled Vodou by it's serious practitioners, is much like the Catholic pantheon. While we hold faith in one God, called Bon Dieu (good God) there are also many other entities much like saints. These "saints" are called Lwas (also spelled Loa). While we honor Bon Dieu rarely are Vodou services held to honor Bon Dieu alone. Instead we open the ritual with a prayer to Bon Dieu and to our ancestors but the ceremony usually focuses around one of the Lwa. Occationally many Lwa are called to the service for special occations. Some believe that many of the Lwa were once mortals who were raised to a higher level to help serve particular purposes. Others "always were". While beliefs on this seem to vary all of the Lwa require attention. Like Humans they have emotions and need to be pampered like children to appease them and keep them happy. We do not "worship" the Lwa. Instead we serve them. We care for them and honor them and in return they have the power to guide our lives and protect us. Elaborate altars are set up for them on which devotees can leave offerings and say prayers. Today Vodou is a mix of the original beliefs from Haiti and Africa and the more recognized Catholic beliefs. Even in Haiti I have witnessed first hand the mix and influence of the two religions. You will often see on Vodou altars statues of saints. These are representations of Vodou Lwas, an example would be St. Patrick is the Catholic counterpart for Danbhala, the wise snake God. At the same time the Catholic Saint also remains who it is in it's original form. It's tricky to understand sometimes. It is believed that this practice was started by slaves who needed to hide their religious practices from their less than understanding owners.
Is Vodou Evil?
The religious practice of Vodou is not evil. It is a pure and beautiful religion which, unfortunately, has received a lot of bad press and has been grossly misrepresented by the media. Like any religion it has it's followers that pervert the power for their own selfish gains but this is the exception not the rule.
What goes on at a Vodou ritual?
A ritual ceremony consists of specific rhythmic drumming (each Lwa has It's own rhythm). The singing of prayers, usually in Haitian Creole, the drawing of the Veves (sacred symbols to call the Lwas) and offerings. While blood sacrifices were once a staple during a Vodou ceremony, and still are in Haiti, it is rarely practiced in America anymore. However there are certain rituals in which a blood sacrifice is called for. These rituals are usually Kanzos (initiations). In these rituals chickens and doves are sacrificed. After the ritual the animals are eaten by the members of the Hounfo (Vodou house). For most other rituals sacrifices are usually the Lwa's favorite food or drink, candles or representations of the Lwas themselves. During the ceremony the Mambo ( Vodou priestess) will call upon a specific Lwa who will then possess a member of the congregation to impart It's wisdom and blessings. The ritual usually concludes with joyous dancing.
What do you mean by possession?
In Vodou the possession by a Lwa is usually called mounting. A Lwa will mount someone, usually an initiated member, and for that short time be able to speak audibly, eat drink and generally experience life again. The person being possessed will start acting like the Lwa does. Someone possessed by Danbhala will usually start writhing like a snake. Other members of the congregation can ask questions and advice of the Lwa and receive blessings. After a short time the Lwa departs and while the person who was mounted may seem dazed and confused for a bit they are otherwise unharmed.
What is your rank in Vodou?
I am what is called a Hounsi Kanzo. I was initiated by Edgar Jean-Louise, Sylva Joseph and my Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman (although there were MANY other Mambos and Houngans that participated in my initiation...I was truly blessed) in Port-Au-Prince Haiti in August of 2002. Before that time I was a Hounsi Bosale (wild Hounsi). I have 8 years of devotion to Vodou service behind me and 21 years experiance of herb lore, ritual magick and spiritual service of many different religions. I am also an ordained reverend.
Do you give guarantees on your items?
I offer no guarantees on the magickal items I sell. To do so would be inappropriate and a sign that someone is probably a scam artist. There are no guarantees in life and this rule especially relates to magick. I do however guarentee that all items I sell are exactly what they are purported to be.
How can I tell if someone is a scam artist?
It can be difficult, but some of the clues would be; Anyone who gives you a rock solid guarantee that what you are purchasing will work. A person who keeps raising the price on you, without prior notice that this could happen. Do not deal with anyone that makes you feel inferior, stupid or uneasy. This is unacceptable. Buying magickal goods should be as comfortable as if you were just buying new socks. More involved of course, but if you feel uncomfortable dealing with someone and asking questions then leave. You don't have to give them any explanation as to why. Most importantly do not deal with ANYONE that uses FEAR against you. This means either simple intimidation or the suggestion, or outright statement, that you are cursed!! This is manipulative and meant to invoke a fear response to make you desperate for their help. If you come across any of these things run away. Feel free to contact me if you have this problem or have more questions. I will not hard sell anything to anyone. I have even been known to talk people out of purchasing items that I don't think they need.
I want to join an Houmphor or coven. How do I find a good one?
The best way is by word of mouth. You can also ask at occult shops if they know of any you can get in contact with. The most important thing I can stress is be picky ( these people become your family) and beware of cult situations. Having, accidentally, joined a cult myself at one time, I know some of the signs to watch out for. Do not join a coven or any other religious group that does the following; tries to pull you from your family or friends or makes you feel guilty for spending time with your loved ones not involved in the group. Any group that wants large amounts of money from you. Any group that wants you to spend unreasonable amounts of time with the group or secluded from the outside world (this does not include time spent during initiation where in some religious sects long periods of time are sometimes required to be spent in seclusion or with the group). Any group that want you to do something you are extremely uncomfortable with or is against your personal moral code. Any group that insists you be naked ( this does not include initiation ceremonies). Any group that makes you feel inferior or bad about yourself, remember I mentioned that these people become your family and they should treat you as such. Any group that insists you perform sexual acts with anyone. Also avoid a house that makes clains such as "I am the only true Houngan/Mambo/Priest/Priestess/ Grand Wazoo (or whatever)" in this state, country, etc..." (That's a lot of bull) or anyone that claims that they alone hold the "true form of this religion". This is a general list but by no means encompasses all of the warning signs. A good rule of thumb is, if you are uncomfortable get out. Don't let my warnings scare you out of trying to find an Houmphor or coven. I have known far more positive groups than negative. Joining a good Houmphor is one of the most wonderful things you can do. Take your time and be sure it is the right one for you and everyone is sure to profit by it.
I think I need help with a problem I'm having, but I'm embarrassed to talk about it. What should I do?
You should email me. I have been doing this long enough that I believe I have heard just about everything. I treat all serious inquiries with respect and I am the only one who reads my emails so they are kept confidential.
I want to curse someone that I don't like. Will you help me?
...But I really don't like this person and besides they deserve it. How can I curse them?
Sigh....If you had payed attention to anything I said earlier on this page you would already know where I stand on this subject. Curses are NOT what Vodou is about. It is also against my personal moral code. To read more about my feelings on this, click on the link below that says "An Important Personal Message From Scully Elly".
What about making someone fall in love with me?
NO. See "I want to curse someone that I don't like. Will you help me?" parts 1 and 2 above.
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