Voodoo History Basic Principles Background

I have decided it is appropriate to bring you history and what I can find on histories and practices of different Earth based religions beside the mostly commonly brought to you in this site. Since this is a site that was made to teach and bring you information outside of main stream Wicca. The first articles are on Vodun or in some parts of the world referred to as Voodoo.

Ask a hundred different voodoo priest about voodoo and you will get a hundred different answers.

The word ‘vodun’ — the Haitian word ‘Voodoo’ is derived from — comes from the African Fon Language which is still spoken today in Benin. Vodun means “divinity” or “Idol”.

The history of voodoo does not start, as many people believe around 1500 AD in Haiti, but about 15,000 years before Christ in Africa. Thus, the real source of voodoo is the Egyptian pyramids. These people would later come to be called ‘Yoruba’. They were slaves to the Pharaohs and Kings. These people were later released however they never forgot the unbelievable things that they saw. They had a profound admiration for God and desired to know him.

At This time the Yoruba crossed into Africa from Egypt, using a route which crossed over into Afica from the Nile …

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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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Dates and Times For December Solstices

Because of the 17 hours difference between Chicago, Illinois, USA and Sydney, Australia the peak of the solstices are happening at the exact same time. When I first started this web site my vision was to bring information out about the Wheel of the Year for anyone living anywhere on Mother Earth. Although I have missed some of the dates and information for the Southern Hemisphere I am going to try to make sure I am on top of getting it done this year.

Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice 2017

Friday, December 22nd at 3:27 AM AEDT

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?n=240

Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice 2017

Thursday, December 21st at 10:27 AM CST

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?n=64

May your holiday be blessed with positive energy, joy, laughter, family, and friends!

Love Lady Beltane and the CL Staff

Share Your Campanion and/or Familar(s) With Us

Many of us have familiar companion that is also our familiar that we share a spiritual and magickal bond with. A few of us our blessed and lucky to have more than one in our life at the same time.

I am blessed with two campanoins/familiars in my life for the last almost four years.

First is a birthday present from my husband, my almost nine year old Miniature Pinscher, Drama Queen Cleopatra JAWS. Better know as Cleo. Who protects my home and land. Gives me energy on days I have to get things done and lack the energy to do it. She also helps protect my physically body from harm by other dogs or when I am traveling to Other worlds ( Celtic term for Astral Planes). Her birthday is February 11, 2009.

Second is a rescue dog my almost six year old Chihuahua, Princess Starbabie. Better know as Star. We got Star just before her second birthday and her sister welcomed her with open paws. Star is my constant companion. She attends every gathering and private circles I do. She lends me calmness and helps me be more level headed. She joins with Cleo in protecting my physically body from harm when I am traveling in Otherworlds. Star is who I turn to for calling energy when I am upset or angry. Her birthday is March 30 2012.

Both of my girls are boys to have as companions and familiars. One of both give me a reason to laugh hardy and sometimes long at funny things the do. I have found when I am down or depressed the antics increase causing me to laugh more and feel better.

Please tell us about your animal companion and/ or familiar. If you want to share a picture with us please send the photo, animals name, and your first in the body of an email to ladybeltane@aol.com Subject line should say “My Animal”. If you want to share about a companion that has crossed The Raibow Bridge please do.

I  am looking forward to reading your stories and seeing you pictures.

The Fastest Growing Religion In America Is Witchcraft October 30, 2013 by Michael Snyder

What is the fastest growing religion in the United States?  If you said Christianity, you would be way off.  In fact, the most recent numbers show that Christianity is in a serious state of decline in America.  If you said Islam, you are much closer to a correct answer.  Islam is the fastest growing major religion in the United States.  But there is a faith that is growing even faster than Islam.  It is called Wicca, and it is currently growing at an astounding pace.  Wicca emerged as a faith in the middle of the 20th century, but the origins of many Wiccan practices actually go back for thousands of years, and some researchers believe that certain aspects of Wicca can actually be traced all the way back to ancient Babylon.  According to Wikipedia, Wicca “is a modern pagan, witchcraft religion”.  It has been estimated that the number of Americans that are Wiccans is doubling every 30 months, and at this point there are more than 200,000 …

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The true meaning of Paganism

(Side note: While reading this article keep in mind that The views are this author’s theories on the true meaning of paganism. You may find article written by other with a different theory. CL does not endorse any article over another.)

The word “paganism” has come to refer to various pre-Christian religions belonging to a number of ancient cultures—those from Greece, Rome, Egypt, Scandinavia, and so on.  It has come to also represent, in some circles, the modern ideology of Wicca and the followers of revived versions of the old practices.  The truth about “paganism”, however, is that it is a historically inaccurate phrase in the context of these aforementioned faiths.  Although it is now the accepted term for these religions, it is important to examine where the word truly came from and what it initially meant, allowing for a better, all-inclusive understanding of the world’s religious past.

The term “paganism” was revived during the Renaissance when writers were trying to differentiate the old traditions from their contemporary Christian faith.  The term itself stems from the Latin paganustranslated loosely along the lines of “country dweller” or “rustic”; thus it was initially a word describing a person of locality rather than a religion.  However, because of its usage in ancient texts, medieval authors mistakenly believed it referenced a religious sect and thereby gave it the corresponding connotation.  In actuality, there was a different word used to describe the “pagans” as they are called today, and that word too stemmed first and foremost from the location of the religious supporters.

According to scholar Peter Brown of Princeton University,…

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How many Pagans are there?

Determining the number of practicing or self-identified Pagans is difficult for a number of reasons. Many surveys include Pagans in the category of “other religions;” Pagans (like members of many minority religions) sometimes are wary of disclosing their religious path to strangers (through surveys or census questionnaires
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/library/answers-to-frequently-asked-religion-questions/how-many-pagans-are-there#Hg1QvxGW3qg2T0D6.99

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Paganism: An Overview Of One Of Least Understood Modern Religions

With evil witches and flying wizards dominating entertainment media, it’s no wonder there is such confusion about paganism and Wicca. These real, live religions are practiced by people like anyone else. And their community-focused, eco-centric faith is worth knowing a thing or two about.

These are a few of the many practices that could be classified as “pagan,” a traditions (or traditions) that spans many centuries and countries around the world. This piece focuses on western neo-pagan traditions, including Wicca and neo-Druidism.

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Is Paganism the Fastest Growing Religion in the United States?

Don’t bust out the mead yet! Pagans are still a very small minority in comparison to both U.S Religions and World Religions at large. If you read the 2008 “United States Census Bureau Abstract on Self Identified Religious Populations”, the number of Pagans and Wiccans combined still only results to 0.3% of the population (which means that 3 out of every 1,000 people you meet will be Pagan). However, that number doesn’t account for people who classify as spiritualists, Unitarian Universalists or non-classified.

I do often bump into people at Pagan meets or New Age shops who do not like to call themselves “Pagans,” but rather “Animists,” “Druids,” “Asatruar,” “Heathens,” “Shamans,” etc. The war over what gets lumped into the pagan category and what doesn’t wages on, but I bet many of these folk filled in the “non-classified” space rather than “pagan” on their Census Bureau survey. Personally I prefer to think of Paganism as a system that seeks to revive an ancient system of Earth Based Values – but not everyone shares my definition.

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Paganism at a glance

Paganism describes a group of contemporary religions based on a reverence for nature. These faiths draw on the traditional religions of indigenous peoples throughout the world.

  • Paganism encompasses a diverse community.
  • Wiccans, Druids, Shamans, Sacred Ecologists, Odinists and Heathens all make up parts of the Pagan community.
  • Some groups concentrate on specific traditions or practices such as ecology, witchcraft, Celtic traditions or certain gods.
  • Most Pagans share an ecological vision that comes from …

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