Religions of the world Vodun (a.k.a. Voodoo) and related religions

Vodun is sometimes called Voodoo, Vodoun, Vodou.
Religions related to Vodun are: Candomble, Lucumi, Macumba, and Yoruba)

General background:

Vodun (a.k.a. Vodoun, Voudou, Voodoo, Sevi Lwa) is commonly called Voodoo (vû’dû) by the public. The name was derived from the god Vodun of the West African Yoruba people who lived in 18th and 19th century Dahomey. Its roots may go back 6,000 years in Africa. That country occupied parts of today’s Togo, Benin and Nigeria. Slaves brought their religion with them when they were forcibly shipped to Haiti and other islands in the West Indies.

Vodun was actively suppressed during colonial times.

“Many Priests were either killed or imprisoned, and their shrines destroyed, because of the threat they posed to Euro-Christian/Muslim dominion. This forced some of the Dahomeans to form Vodou Orders and to create underground societies, in order to continue the veneration of their ancestors, and the worship of their powerful gods.” 1

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A Thought for Today

I have had this as a background on my computer on and off for a while. I thought of sharing it with you after a couple of letters I have gotten from students.

As Don Miguel Ruiz says in his book The Four Agreements “Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment, it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.” This is the last of the four agreements he talks about in his book. When I read this book it changed my outlook on not only how I live my life but on how I look upon the world in general. I highly recommend you reading this book!

Blessed be dear ones.

We Have Lost A Friend, Sister, Mother & Wonderful Lady….

Just a reminder that Lady A lost more than her home this year. Please remember Mystie’s boys and brother, Lord M, in your prauers. Thank you! Justice blessings dear ones.

Witches Of The Craft®

Mistress of the Myst

July 7, 1960 – September 23, 2017

I don’t really have the strength of mind to say all that I want to say. Early this morning, my dear, dear friend, Mystie passed on to the next life. She was involved in a head on wreck with a semi-truck. The wreck occurred out of state. By the time, Lord Myst, her two sons and I got there, she was already gone. We have no details as to how the wreck occurred, what surrounded it or nothing. Just that she is gone. I know my loss is almost unbearable. I grew up with her, she was my best friend. I cannot put into words what she meant to me. She was my sister, my best friend and I loved her more than life itself. Lord Myst was her brother, as you know, and his grief is unbearable.

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About Today

Witches Of The Craft®

It is 3:00 p.m., and you want to know what happened to us. Short story, no rather long. I did go spend yesterday morning and some of the afternoon with Lady A.  I asked Lady A if she knew when she would be out of the hospital and still she has not been given a definite date. They replace a pin in her left hand while they glued her back together. Now they have her doing therapy on her leg and also her hand. She is livid to say the least. I was there when the doctor (orthopedic) came in. She asked him when she could go home. He told her they would talk about it in a few days. Wasn’t the answer she was wanting to hear. She was upset after the doctor left and I decided to stay a little longer. I believe I was getting ready to…

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Go to WOTC for Daily Readings

Witches of The Craft offers a daily digest that includes daily tarot card, astrological information among other things. WOTC is our sister web site and this is why Coven Life does not do this type of thing. Coven Life main focus is bring information to those who want to learn more about The Craft, it’s history, rituals, how to perform spells, etc. In other words we are a teaching website.

Fun Facts about Paganism

When we hear the word Pagan, we oft times associate it with Satanism along with people in robes chanting in a circle by candle light (or maybe I’ve watched too many horror films) but any way today it is my pleasure to bring you a few fun facts about Paganism, which you can use to amaze your friends or maybe even help win a pub quiz one evening. I joke of course, I present these facts here because I believe that only through knowledge can we come to further respect and understand each other. In that spirit, let us proceed.

1. Paganism includes all earth-based religions and involves a huge diversity of beliefs. Pagan literally translates to one who dwells upon the Earth, which really if you think about it, is all of us.

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We Will be Back to Daily Posts Tomorrow

Hi dear ones,

Sorry we have not kept up with daily posts during the last week. I was down sick again and we were all busy getting ready for Yule or Midsummer. Even though I have family things this whole weekend I will make sure there is something new and hopefully interesting up on the site every day.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Yule or Midsummer! Our Sabbat gathering last night was attended by 25 people including some children. It was the first time we did a circle to include the Sabbat for both hemispheres which worked out better than I thought it would. So every Sabbat gathering from now on will include whatever Sabbat it being celbrated in the Northren and Southern Hemispheres. It was an awesome experince for me and I have heard the same from some others that were there. Our next gathering will be on January 1, 2018  for the first full Moon of the new year.

Until tomorrow blessed be dear ones!

With love and light,

Lady Beltane