african deities

Perhaps Not-So-Friendly Friendly Witchy Reminders

~You don’t have to be ‘born a witch’ to be a completely valid witch

~Techno Witchcraft and Emoji Spells are completely valid practices

~Not everybody’s practice is centered around nature and the Earth

~Not everybody’s practice is peaceful, kind, or follows Wiccan values

~You don’t have to be Wiccan to practice witchcraft

~You don’t have to practice witchcraft to be Wiccan

~If you don’t or can’t practice regularly, you’re still a witch

~You don’t need a coven to be a witch

~Witchcraft isn’t supposed to be used for one specific line of ideals and morals, it’s a practice of using the energies around and within us. How those energies are used is up to the practitioner and the universe, it has nothing to do with you.

~If you want people to respect you and your practice, you need to respect other witches and their practice even if it’s different from your own

~Trans and other LGB+ witches are valid

~ Witches of color are valid

~Witches with physical or mental disabilities are valid

~It’s not okay to appropriate closed cultures. Nobody cares if you think you’re being contacted by a Native American or African deity. Unless you have been accepted and initiated into the culture by one of their cultural leaders and have done your work to know as much as you possibly can about that culture to properly respect it, leave. it. alone.

~Some people practice ‘fluffy’ witchcraft, some practice the hardcore old and complex stuff. Both types of witches are totally valid.

~Men can be witches

If anybody has anything to add that I may have missed, feel free~

A small list of African deities

ALA/ALE - Nigeria. Earth Mother and creator goddess. Community laws, morality, and oaths.

ASA - Kenya. God of mercy, surviving the impossible or insurmountable.

FA - Dahomey. God of personal destiny.

FAMIAN - Guinea. God of fertility and protector against demons.

KATONDA - East Africa. God of judgment, and against all odds, and divination.

MBABA MWANA WARESA - Zulu. Goddess of the rainbow and crops.

MUKURU - Southwest Africa. God of rain, healing, and protection.

MUNGO - Kenya. God of rain.

NYAME - West Africa. God who prepared the soul for rebirth.

OGIJN - West Africa. God of iron and warfare, removal of difficulties, and justice.

OLORUN - Yoruba. God of truth, foreseeing, and victory against odds.

RUBANGA - Banyoro. God of fertility, children, harvest, health, and rebirth.

SHANGO - Nigeria. God of storm and war.

WELE - Bantu. God of rain, storms, creativity, and prosperity.

YEMAYA - Yoruba. Goddess of women and children.

Yet another windfall from Conway’s Little Big Book of Magic

Hoodoo =/= Voodoo
  • Hoodoo= various eclectic forms of African American witchcraft that draws from traditional African, Native American and even Christian religious and spiritual practice. Also commonly known as root work  and conjuring.
  • Voodoo=a religion based around the West African Vodun tradition brought by West African slaves involving specific deities and religious ceremonies and worship.  Priests and priestesses would invoke these deities to perform spells and magic for their clients and followers.

Voodoo is a closed religious practice (though I know that there are priests in the US who teach and initiate interested parties.)

Hoodoo is a term for various magical practices from many religious backgrounds and can be studied and practiced by any interested party, though I would be sure to check your sources as with all magical research.

Nkisi. Kongo Spiriuality

The plant life. The animal life. The minerals and the environment are all a part of you. Cater for them as much as they will cater for you.

Every African family or clan has a totem even to till day. If your totem is an animal, you cannot eat the animal. You cannot harm the animal. Even if you have to kill an animal for food,it has to be in good faith and abuse the animal in anyway or form.

In Akan spirituality, depending on the day you are born, you are given a name. That  name and day are governed by a celestial body. You therefore become a Kwa, a servant or subject to the abosom/deity or that celestial body. A total and complete submission to the Abosom from birth to death. It guides and help fulfills your purpose on earth.

It is from these elements and many others that birthed both Islam and Christianity. Both religions are practically African religions or spirituality with Arab names,Arab faces,white faces and white names attached. That is all they are.

If you are an African,a Muslim or Christian, you might as well return to the original source of both religion. With nature being the true source.

No need to hold back and feel sorry telling OUR-STORY. They showed none during our enslavement. We are not here to pander to anyone.

African Influence in Salvador

Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia, was the first major port and the capital of colonial Brazil for almost two centuries. The city lies between green tropical hills and broad beaches along the bay of Todos os Santos. It was built on two levels with administration buildings and residences constructed on the hills; forts, docks, and warehouses on the beaches. To this day the city is still divided into upper and lower cities. From 1500 to 1815 Salvador was the nation’s busiest port. A significant portion of the sugar from the northeast and gold and diamonds from the mines in the southeast passed through Salvador. It was a golden age for the town; magnificent homes and churches resplendent in gold decoration were built. Many of the city’s baroque churches, private homes, squares, and even the hand-chipped paving bricks have been preserved as part of Brazil’s historic patrimony. In Salvador, more than anywhere else in the country, the African influence in the makeup of Brazilian culture is readily visible, from the spicy dishes still called by their African names (caruru, vatapa, acaraji), to the ceremonies of candomblé which honor both African deities and Catholic holidays, to the capoeira schools where a unique African form of ritualistic fighting is taught. Its population is around 2,250,000 inhabitants.

Location: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Photographer: Celso Marino


“Ode To Oya” is a series surrounding African traditions and spirituality. In the Yoruba mythology, Oya is known as the goddess of winds and tempests. This photo series is meant to highlight and celebrate this traditionally African deity in a culture that seems to now have forgotten about them, but their power transcends time and space. Because most African countries have now adopted monotheistic religions, the traditional deities that were worshipped long before colonialism ended up being cast away and disappearing from mainstream culture. “Ode to Oya” is a series emulating the essence of the deity in order to pay homage as well as celebrate her and her legacy. In a lot of ways, this photo series is supposed to be a reminder to remember our history, just as much as it is to celebrate a vibrant culture that many people in the diaspora has forgotten.

Photography: Yannis Davy Guibinga
Make up: Sijia Cheng
Styling: Christine McGregor
Model: Abigail Whitney

Food Magic: Lemons

In celebration of the publication of my very first book the next few weeks will be dedicated to food magic. While I did cover the basics of what it is, I feel that my favorite branch of witchcraft ought to be covered more thoroughly.

So today I am going to cover one of the staples of your Food Magic Pantry! The Lemon. 

While it is unclear exactly where the lemon started off it’s historic life it is believed to be somewhere around Assam (northeast India). However there is some pretty convincing arguments that it was native to China as well. 

The word Lemon is actually a conjugation for the word for Lime. It should be noted that in any place where lemon is used (magical or otherwise) lime is also acceptable. 

The lemon gained popularity around the world for it’s ability to fend of scurvy, to act as a short term preservative, and as a cleaner. 

Magical Properties: 
Energy Type: Projective
Elemental Correlation: Water (primary) Earth (Secondary) 
Deities: Oshun (African Goddess of Sweet Waters and love. She belongs to the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin). The lemon is also sacred to any Solar Deity
Associations:  Sun, Cleansing, Happiness, Spring, Digestion, Secrets (happy ones), Hope, and Love

Magical Uses
Hundreds. No, seriously there are hundreds of uses for the lemon, which is what gives it a place in my magical pantry staples. Below are just my top favorites. 

-Use Lemon Juice and a paint brush to write invisible sigils or symbols on surfaces around your house (Note that Lemon juice does not stain walls, but using too much on a painted surface can cause it to crack and peel) 
-A little lemon juice in hot water can aid in digestion and fend off colds in the winter. 
-A lemon ritual bath is cleansing and uplifting. Simply cut six lemons in half and place them in water. Completely submerge yourself for ten-thirty seconds. 
-Lemon Cookies with a heart or other symbol of love make for a very simple love spell. 

baby witch question

if i’m african-american,  is it cultural appropriation for me to embrace egyptian deities in my practice? or west african deities and beings? i’m hesitant to delve into kemetism specifically because of the number of white people, but i’m also drawn to it.

so. me and egyptian deities. cultural appropriation, yes or no?

anonymous asked:

Could you Please help explain the difference between espiritismo and Santeria cause I know one is like conferring with a medium, etc. have you had any supernatural experiences through Santeria ? And what are the 21 divisions ?

This is probably going to be long, and I’m probably only going to touch the surface, if that, on what these traditions are. So here goes. Please don’t believe that these simplistic answers explain the intricacies of these traditions, because they won’t.

Espiritsmo, Santeria and 21 Divisions are three different religious traditions. There are several religious traditions that evolved in Latin America namely the Caribbean, and Brazil Many of the religious traditions are African in origin. Here’s a brief blurb about the three I’ve grown up with.

Espiritismo is a religious tradition that believes people are able to communicate and work with spirits. Much of Espiritsmo, Espiritismo Cruzado and Mesa Blanca (another very similar tradition, some people say they’re the same but I believe they have key differences) uses the teachings of Allan Kardec, a French spiritist who was able to write down very useful techniques in conducting communication with spirits. We have the belief that everyone has spiritual guides, and a spiritual court which consists of ancestors, and spirits that are not ancestors.

This tradition is NOT Santeria, it is NOT 21 Divisions, it is NOT Vodou. Although a person may be involved with all three traditions (and possibly more)

Santeria (also Lukumi )is specifically Yoruba in Origin, and developed in the Caribbean (namely Cuba) with a combination of indigenous and to some extent, European influences. the most part of the religion is Yoruba. Here, we believe that The supreme God and the deities known as Orishas are present. Each Orisha has a specific role in nature, and are in charge of different forces. People are able to communicate with the ancestors (very important in Santeria) and with the Orishas to understand their place in the world, and how to understand God’s (Olodumare) will. This tradition is very initiatory and there are roles people play in their communities.

21 Divisions/ Dominican Vudú is a form of Vodou similar to Haitian Vodou that is west African ( Fon, Dahomean, Kongo, Yoruba, and other African ethnic groups) i believe mostly Dahomean and Fon.
Haitian Vodou and Dominican 21 divisions can be seen as the same, because 21 divisions is thought to be from one of the first and oldest schools of Vodou on the island. There are houses on both parts of the island that are derived from this particular Tcha Tcha lineage.
But they are different as they evolved to fit the culture and society.
Taino and Catholic beliefs are also very important.
The fundamental belief of Vudu is the belief in the supreme god, and the deities called Loas/ Misterios. People learn to work with the Misterios, seek guidance, and healing.

Although similar, Santeria and 21 divisions/ Vodou and all these other African derived religions with African deities, it is important to make sure we understand that a deity in one tradition is never the same in another. E.g. Papa Legba is not Eleggua. Even though they may have similar origins these traditions are separate and have their very specific way of worship.
These traditions should be known to be separate ones even though most people are involved with more than one.
These religions have faced lots of scrutiny because of white supremacy, but essentially, they are all traditions of resistance.

if i were a month: July
if i were a day: saturday morning
if i were a planet: saturn
if i were a god or goddess: um, I’ve never been into gods and goddesses, but I’m kind of interested in West African deities b/c I’m Nigerian
if i were a sea animal: jellyfish
if i were a piece of furniture: a huge bean bag
if i were a gemstone: emerald
if i were a flower: a peony
if i were a weather: okay I’m dying at Britt’s answer, but 70-something degree weather, little to no wind, and the sun is out
if i were a color: green
if i were an emotion: that feeling when you’re starving but you’ve got things to do and then you finally finish and decide to treat yourself to a nice meal. That emotion
if i were a fruit: mangos, green apples, plums
if i were a sound: the sound my conventional oven makes when my food is done heating up
if i were an element: water, even though I can’t swim
if i were a place: Muir woods with my really good friends
if i were a taste: gochujang sauce. Essentially anything sweet and spicy
if i were a scent: white tea, neroli, anything musky
if i were a song: down for a third time by Bobby Caldwell comes to mind
if i were a body part: wide-set nose
if i were a pair of shoes: air max sneakers, old skool vans, or a neutral colored Birkenstock lol

@grannytings tagged me and I have like ten (10) followers so if you see this I’m tagging you lol unless you’re a p*rn blog, you’ve been blocked.

What Yoruba does for black American women
Dr. Tracey Hucks
What Yoruba does for black American women

“This religion says, ‘no, you look like the gods of Africa,’” says Tracey Hucks, author of Yoruba Traditions & African American Religious Nationalism.

Hucks says Black Americans “know they aren’t practicing this (religion) in Africa. They’re practicing in the context of the US, where race means something, and it’s something that is always pejorative.” Particularly for black women, Hucks explains, whose beauty and humanity can fall victim to humiliating stereotypes (or worse) in the West.

Yoruba religious traditions and their African female deities, she says, offer black American women a way out.

Tracey Hucks chairs the Africana Studies Department at Davidson College.

The African deities of old reincarnated for a new generation, the Orishas. I never really knew too much about them till this commission but its been pretty sweet learning and characterising them.
From the bottom to the top we have

Our main character and the reincarnated god of metal work. He was the first Orisha to assend to earth. He is the “Pathmaker”

Ogun’s brother and the god of Fire Lightning! He’s always down for a good brawl!

The Ibeji Twins:
Twin girls with poofy hairdos. The masks that surround them become different weapons to suit any combat situation. They live with Ogun’s reincarnated self and serve as guides on his path to godhood.

The goddess of hurricanes and guardian of the underworld. When she dances her dress is said to produce near gale force winds. The dead are her children.

Mother of all Orisha’s and goddess of the sea. Her Vast spiritual power puts her in a league all her own. It’s wise not to make mom mad :}

Thank Mike Van Butler for commissioning these guys. Maybe you’ll see more of them

(Disclaimer: I’m white)

I’m going to take the unpopular stance here and say that nah, I think NTRU do care about race.

The thought that African deities, especially ones as concerned with justice as our deities, would just write off people’s skin color makes no sense to me. At all.

I’m not saying that white people can’t be Kemetic btw - as a white person, that’s not my call to make. But I absolutely don’t believe our deities are colorblind, and the fact that I’ve only seen white people defending that stance is pretty telling. (My bad if I’m wrong about that, by the way. I’m on mobile right now, so it’s hard to double check.)

As white folks participating in/reviving an African religion, we *need* to be extra conscious of the ways racism and white supremacy affect what we’re doing, and I really think we could all do some improving in that arena.

Attention Kemetics!

If anyone has any information on Snake Deities/deities associated with snakes, or references on any rainbow snake deities I’d very much apprieciate it. 

I had a dream about a giant snake telling me to take care of the things I need to or it’ll make me. I can’t find any Djehuty associations with snakes, but I’m certain it’s a kemetic/African deity. 

Any and all help would be very much appreciated

[If you want to help me decipher the dream as well, I’ll love you so much].