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  1. New Orleans Voodoo

    April 6, 2015 by MissSugar

  2. Talking with the spirits Cowrie Shells

    April 3, 2015 by MissSugar

    You need four shells.   With the shells, you need to “open” their mouths, that is, file a hole in the convex side of the shell, if they have not already been purchased this way.

    After you have opened their mouths, the first thing you need to do is to cool Cowrie by dropping the shells in cool, clear water.  You will need to moisten cowrie in such a way prior to any readings, this keeps cowrie’s mouth hydrated and ready to talk.

    Keep Cowrie on your ancestor altar when not in use.  This will acclimate cowrie to the energies of your particular ancestors and thus, they will be able to better communicate through them.  It may be wise to set them there first and then put to memory the divination process which while simple, is very accurate.

    After calling your ancestors, through the water, to your altar, greet them as you normally would and ask to speak to them through the cowrie.  Pick up Cowrie from the water, hold it up to your head, to the anja or third eye chakra and ask Cowrie to give you your council through the ancestors.  Then ask the ancestors your question.

    Once you have completed receiving council from your ancestors, cool Cowrie off by putting the shells back into the water and continue on with service to the spirits.

    The open mouth up is the “light side” of Cowrie.  This is the side that you opened up from the convex side of the shell.  The mouth down, which is the natural opening up, is the “dark side” of Cowrie.



    • Alafia: 4 mouth-up cowries
      Blessings! A “Yes” to whatever you asked about — and you may get even more than you requested or it will come sooner than you hoped. Alafia means “peace.” It represents all of the light that is available and able to assist you. It is “Yes” with a blessing of peace.   Although this is a very positive answer, it still requires one more throw of the cowries if you want to see exactly how stable and long-term this “yes” might be.
    • Etawa: 3 mouth-up and 1 mouth-down cowries
      A “Maybe” answer. Etawa is an unstable response.  One has turned against three others; therefore while three say yes, there is an element of discord in the answer.  If you’re going for a quick answer, Etawa would be a “yes”– however, it’s not stable enough to offer you a true satisfaction for that which you seek.  Like Alafia, when we get Etawa, we are advised to make another throw to get specifics.
    • Ejife: 2 mouth-up and 2 mouth-down;
      This is an absolute “Yes” — the perfect affirmative answer because it shows balance between light and dark.  Ejife says “without a doubt!”, therefore do not ask the same question again.  Once you have this perfect yes, then there is no further need for interpretation or a re-toss of the shells.
    • Okanran: 1 mouth-up and 3 mouth-down
      “No.” What you asked won’t happen. Okanran is a firm no. Three have teamed up against one.  The level of contraction or opposition indicates much work is needed before the blessings in question could come to fruition.
    • Oyekun: 4 mouth-down cowries
      This is a very strong “No,” and it furthermore indicates that you may need serious spiritual cleansing or a total restart in your life on these conditions in order to clear away the negativity that surrounds this issue in your life. Oyekun represents total darkness and the spirits of the dead can speak through this answer. There is an elusive element to the situation, or the spirits may be asking for something. If you get Oyekun, you should wash out Cowrie’s mouth by soaking it in some water and then taking the water to pour outside.  Upon returning inside, you should immediately ask other questions as to what is going wrong in this particular element of your life and seek solutions to immediately rectify it before it is “too late”.



    When you read Alafia or Etawa, you should throw again.  Alafia and Etawa, while meaning a “yes” in the immediate future, does not show whats later on down the road.  Therefore, you should make one more throw to determine how it will end after the blessings have subsided, or that one shell that turned against the other three fares out.

    After Alafia or Etawa, you get another Alafia, Etawa or Ejife, then this means the positive fruition of your question will carry on beyond the immediate future.  If Okanran or Oyekun, the positive affirmation of Alafia or Etawa will soon fade out– so be on your guard.  It’s “all good” now, but tomorrow it may not be.  That is what the second throw may show us.  More specifically:


    • Alafia + Alafia: Yes. Blessings upon blessing, but be careful– you might get drunk from the goodness floating around, and getting upon that high horse because it all seems so fantastic might end up as a fall later on.  Stay sober while appreciate those blessings.
    • Alafia + Etawa:  Yes.  This indicates a time of peace, contemplation, rest and planning before a test or struggle. It advises clear-headedness and emotional coolness if victory is desired in the coming difficult situation.
    • Alafia + Ejife: Yes.  This is a good omen that combines cool head and balance. It implies a “what will be, will be” attitude, and “what will be” is certainly good.
    • Alafia + Okanran:  No.  This implies that no matter how much serenity and planning are represented by Alafia, Okana will throw a wrench into the works with one tiny unforeseen factor. Largely negative, implying great caution, or abandonment of the activity in question to another time.
    • Alafia + Oyekun:  No.   Alafia-Oyekun can best be described as having just won the lottery, only to step off your porch to fall and break your neck.  It’s the illusion of perfection when danger is right around the corner.  With Alafia-Oyekun, do not trust this moment of peace.  Use it, instead, to take cover and take counsel with those you trust, to minimize the lasting troubles.



    • Etawa + Alafia:  Yes.  This implies a peaceful, satisfying situation that can only come about after hard work and perhaps competition and struggles. You must earn your reward.
    • Etawa + Etawa:  Yes, with lots of struggle.  As the name of Odu implies this is a struggle after struggle. This is a situation of unrelenting effort before the desired goal is achieved. Any slacking means probable failure. In a lesser sense it can mean that nothing goes right no matter what you do.
    • Etawa + Ejife:  Yes.  This represents struggle or effort leading to perfect balance and successful outcome.
    • Etawa + Okanran:  No.  No matter how hard we work, our plans are fouled by one little event or element. This can mean frustration and failure after hard work or, in a more minor mode, working for perfection is getting mediocrity.
    • Etawa + Oyekun:  No. The presence of Oyekun makes this black as a ace of spades. We struggle and struggle only to meet inevitable defeat. Our own energy is even used against us to our undoing. Find an honorable way to retreat – or just duck and cover from the inevitable fallout.




  3. Kalfou Crossroads

    April 3, 2015 by MissSugar


    “In Haitian Vodou, there’s Zila Moyo which is a phrase in Kikongo that means ‘the crossroad is here for forever’ (Gran Chemen la pou tout tan). Zila Moyo represent the phases which each individuals makes throughout their lives cycles. The cross in Haitian Vodou represent the crossroad and it is in the tips of each end of the cross that have a circle for which the phases of one’s life is demonstrate in. Within each of the tips of the cross, the circles that represent the positions of the sun has a color individually. Like, red is at top of the cross, black is at the right hand of the cross, yellow is at the bottom of the cross, and White is at the left hand. The Black circle is Sunrise. That represent the day a Spirit comes back to the earth, like somebody who just born. The Red circle is when the sun is in midday. It is when somebody is at their height as an elder. The White circle is sunset, death. The Yellow circle is midnight. This position represent the ancestors when their power is at its highest point. So, the saying ‘the crossroad for the two of us;’ it is for us and the Ancestors. To make things short, Black is us; White is the Ancestors. Red and Yellow is the color of transitions.The central circle of the Kafou symbol have four colors. The upper right hand side next to the black circle is black. The lower left hand side next to the white circle is white. That is important because they represent different phases of life.”

    This was partly taken from the Book “Remembrance: Roots, Rituals, and Reverence in Vodou.” For more on the book please visit this website:

  4. Voodoo Quotes

    April 3, 2015 by MissSugar

    I give the Ancestors my honor and show my respect to those Ancestors whom I’ve yet notices of their presence in my life; you are unknown to me for just now, please guide me so I can become aware of your presence so I don’t neglected you in my duty. To the Ancestors; to those who are remembered. I ask you for your guidance in order for me to have a safer understanding and travel without any worries in my quest in this journey.


    Mwen bay onè ak moutre respè pou tout Dantan yo mwen pòkò byen rekonèt; mwen pòkò byen rekonèt nou men sa pap pou lontàn, tanpri gide m nan bòn chemen an pou m ka vin rekonèt prezans a nou. Mwen mandè w pou ba m’ sekou w pou m ka wè w klè. Pou tout Dantan yo nou dèjà rekonèt, mwen mandè n sipò pou mwen ka vin konpra pi byèn e yon bòn vwayaj pou m ka gen plis asirans ke m ap rivè ak akonpli mission an.

  5. The Tarot Project #45 : Balqis – Queen of Pentacles by Gaby Merman official

    April 3, 2015 by MissSugar


    Gaby Merman official

    The Tarot Project #45 : Balqis – Queen of Pentacles

    (Fr – Eng)
    Balqis, also known as the Queen of Sheba, is one of the most famous women in the Old Testament. Sheba, her realm, was supposed to take place in the actual Yemen. According to the Bible, after she heard of the greatness of King Solomon (King of Swords), she decided to meet him. She came with an incredible amount of gifts to show him the economic power of her land. The Queen wanted to test Solomon wisdom with tricky questions he all answered right. Solomon asked her to marry him but Balqis said no. The supremacy of Solomon at this time, and his countless alliances made the Kingdom of Sheba slowly disappear without a trace, so it’s hard to learn anything about this ancient land.
    For this card I wanted to explore a too often misunderstood culture; the voodoo. I made a voodoo queen out of Balqis, and she’s surrounded by gris-gris, various skulls and containers of spices. On the wall are painted some « veves », esoteric symbols to call the « loas », the spirits of nature, messengers between the mortals and the superior forces. They’re not good or bad, but they’re powerful. I was inspired by the famous Marie Laveau, the witch queen of New Orleans, still prayed nowadays.
    The Queen of Pentacles is a reliable woman, always here to help in a material way, but sometimes a bit stone-hearted. It’s not easy to open up to her. Even if she doesn’t understand you, she will always be around if you need some food or money. That’s the most important for her, and also what she gives the most easily. She’s practical, kind and generous, loyal and faithful.

    Balqis, également connue comme la Reine de Saba, est une des plus célèbres femmes de l’Ancien Testament. Saba, son royaume, était censé se trouver dans l’actuel Yémen. D’après la bible, après avoir eu vent de la grandeur du Roi Salomon (mon Roi d’Épées), elle décida de le rencontrer. Elle arriva avec une incroyable quantité de cadeaux afin de faire montre du pouvoir économique de sa contrée. La Reine voulait tester la sagesse de Salomon avec des questions pièges auxquelles il sut parfaitement répondre. Salomon la demanda en mariage mais Bilqis refusa. La suprémacie de Salomon à cette époque et ses innombrables alliances poussèrent le royaume de Saba à progressivement disparaître sans laisser de trace, rendant toute information à propos de ce pays difficile à trouver.
    Pour cette carte je voulais explorer une culture trop souvent mal comprise; le vaudou. J’ai fait de Balqis une reine vaudou, et elle est entourée de gris-gris, de divers crânes et des récipients à épices. Sont peints sur les murs quelques « veves », des symboles ésotériques destinés à invoquer les « loas », les esprits de la nature, messagers entre les mortels et les forces supérieures. Ils ne sont ni bons ni mauvais, mais ils sont puissants. J’ai été inspiré par la fameuse Marie Laveau, la reine sorcière de la Nouvelle Orléans, encore priée aujourd’hui.
    La Reine de Deniers est une femme de confiance, toujours là pour aider sur le plan matériel, bien que parfois un peu dure de coeur. Ce n’est pas facile de s’ouvrir à elle. Même si elle ne vous comprend pas, elle sera toujours dans les parages si vous avez besoin de nourriture ou d’argent. C’est le plus important pour elle, et c’est aussi ce qu’elle donne le plus facilement. Elle a le sens pratique, elle est gentille et généreuse, loyale et fidèle.

    Aquarelle/Encres/Pastels/Crayons de couleur
    Watercolor/Inks/Pastels/Colored pencils
    2015 (DR)

  6. Preparing and Reading the Glass Candle

    March 31, 2015 by MissSugar



    After cleansing and dressing the candle appropriately, mark the sign of the cross, if working with the saints or ancestors use Florida Water and cigar smoke to cleanse them. Dot the top of the candle in a 5 spot pattern with condition oils. Then hold the candle to your heart and pray over the candle breathing your intention into the candle through the heart chakra. Then knock three times on the glass, set it on the altar and light it.


    Here is a list of signs to look for:


    The Flame:

    – If there is snapping and popping followed by a poof of white smoke the spell will be a sure success and there will be blessings.

    – When the candle takes on a low flame, the spell has a weak start but may pick up momentum as the candle burns through the obstacle energetically. Watch closely.

    – If the flame is unusually high and burns quickly, look for speedy results.

    – A flame that flickers and dances indicates that the spirits are battling in your defense.

    – A flame that is low and puts itself out, there is other work that needs to be done with regard to the situation or that it is not the appropriate action to take. Look for other options.

    – When the wick builds up a large ball of soot, there is emotional baggage involved.


    The Glass:

    – White smoke on the glass is a good sign and an indication of success and blessings.

    – Black smoke on the glass is a sign of struggles. It is my experience that the situation will take a series of candles to clear as the spirits are fighting a battle. They need the continued energy of the flame and perhaps an offering. Spiritual cleansings are also indicated.

    – Clear glass is a good sign. It is usually a strong “all systems go” from the spirit world, but can also indicate that the spell is somewhat of a moot point. It is already a done deal.

    – There are also symbols in the smoke residue that can be read. Do not overlook the subtle messages. These symbols are often interpreted differently by every practitioner. It is direct communication between you and your spirits. They know what the symbols will mean to you and that is what they are conveying.

    – Broken glass is a sign of enemy work. If the glass fractures, shatters or explodes, there is enemy work involved in the situation and appropriate action should be taken.

    – Burn marks where the flame got close to the glass and left a smudge of black smoke or charred the label with the saints image, can indicate that there are back stabbing people in your life.


    The Wax:

    When a candle leaves waxy residue it indicates that there are still some things that need to be cleaned up in order to fully manifest your desires. This can be cleared with repeated candle work and some interpretation of the symbols in the residual wax will be helpful.

    – If there is a substantial amount of wax remaining in the bottom of the glass, there is some unfinished business. You may need to burn a second candle or follow it up with another spell.

    – Wax on the sides of the glass indicates where there are personal hindrances to the progress of the spell. Whereas, with the broken glass there is a strong indication of enemy work, here the wax residue is an indication of personal or emotional blocks. In this case you are your own enemy. This takes some soul searching and honest self-appraisal. Divide the candle into 7 layers, assigning a chakra to each layer. This helps to pinpoint problem areas and address them appropriately. Also note the right and left sides of the candle as projective and receptive; the front of the candle and the back as past and future or in some cases, conscious and subconscious. Carefully look for symbols in the residue. Then work to clear those areas with spiritual cleansings and candle work.



    Always use divination when doing spell work. This is the best way to stay on the right track and make sure that you are not overlooking something important. Spiritual cleansings and other spell work are often indicated in addition to candle work.

  7. Spirit Guide

    March 31, 2015 by MissSugar


  8. Astral Travel

    March 31, 2015 by MissSugar

  9. Altar

    March 31, 2015 by MissSugar