An inspiring exploration of the goddesses of the West African spiritual traditions and their role in shaping Yoruba (Ifa), Santeria, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.
Throughout Africa and beyond in the diaspora caused by the slave trade, the divine feminine was revered in the forms of goddesses like the ancient Nana Buluku, water spirits like Yemaya, Oshun, and Mami Wata, and the warrior Oya. The power of these goddesses and spirit beings has taken root in the West. New Orleans, for example, is the home of Marie Laveau, who used her magical powers to become the “Voodoo Queen” of New Orleans.
Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens shows you how to celebrate and cultivate the traits of these goddesses, drawing upon their strengths to empower your own life. In addition to offering a guided tour of the key goddesses of the African religious traditions, the book offers magical spells, rituals, potions, astrological correspondences, sacred offerings, and much more to help guide you on your own transformational journey.
“Lilith Dorsey opens the door and shines a light upon the world of African Traditional Religions and their magnificent deities of the Divine Feminine. Her exceptional storytelling, delicious recipes, offerings, and appendixes give the reader instant access for working properly and respectfully with the orishas, goddesses and Voodoo queens who are frequently misunderstood or misinterpreted. This book is a must-have for anyone seeking practical and authentic knowledge on how to begin their journey into the multifaceted worlds of African Traditional Religions. I truly enjoyed it. It is a fantastic read and a book I shall return to many times. Ayibobo!” – Najah Lightfoot, author of Good Juju: Mojos, Rites, & Practices for the Magical Soul
“In Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens, Lilith Dorsey takes readers on an exploratory journey of a beautiful religious current, examining its history, evolution, and even its most complex and uncomfortable aspects, such as slavery, syncretism, and cultural prejudices. The book also includes the most curious recipes and interesting anecdotes, all summed up in one accessible read.” – Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags.
“Lilith Dorsey writes from her heart and from the heart of her devoted service as a priestess of the Divine Feminine. While she encourages her readers to seek a “House” and trustworthy mentor with whom to seek initiation, she also gives clear instructions and suggestions for ritual practices that anyone can use to experience these beautiful African goddesses and spirits. I’m sure her words will inspire new generations of seekers and priestesses who are exploring their own paths to spirituality.”—Sallie Ann Glassman, author of Vodou Visions: An Encounter with Divine Mystery.
“Anyone who explores the many witch traditions has their must-have-go-to book. Well, Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens will become that book for many of you, whatever path or tradition you follow. Packed with rare insight, recipes, and extensive lore regarding each orisha and deity of the African and Caribbean paths, it discusses how they affected our lives in the past and present-day and how to effectively work with them. It’s about darn time; this is much needed. Lilith Dorsey has written a must-read primer for anyone interested in learning about the many Dark Goddesses. You’ve got to read this book and learn from one of the best. This will become one of our go-to books at the Academy” — Starr RavenHawk, founder of the New York City Wiccan Family Temple, the WFT Academy of Pagan Studies, and WitchsFest USA.
“In Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, Lilith Dorsey has created a long-overdue, welcome, and helpful guide for all of those interested in goddess, lwa and orisha work. Dorsey’s book is a gift. It presents a concentrated dose of information on select entities, thereby instilling a deep understanding of several key figures to our spirituality. This book not only aids in the understanding of the Divinely Feminine of the Motherland and African Diaspora, but it also helps us interact through herbal connections, rituals, altars, prayers and invocations, storytelling, special food recipes, and so much more. Ase!” -Stephanie Rose Bird<.b>, author of Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo and Conjuring with Herbs
“Applying what resonates most with self on one’s spiritual journey is what has worked for me over the years. Lilith Dorsey has created a divine companion Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens for seekers to turn to in their practices. Dive into this treasure chest of a book and learn various gems including spells, rituals, and incantations.” — Riva Nyri Précil, artist, dancer, songstress, and author of Anaëlle ak Lasirèn.
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