“Hoodoo- Also called Rootwork. An African-based system of healing and magick primarily using roots and herbs.
Rootworker- A person skilled in the use of herbs and roots to cure illness or cast spells.
Voodoo- A religion that originated in the ancient kingdom of Dahomey (present day Benin) in West Africa and transported to the Caribbean and the Americas by African slaves. The proper name for this religion is Vodun, Which means “Spirit” or “God” in the language of the Ewe/Fon tribe.”
McQuillar, T. L. (n.d.). Rootwork: Using the folk magic of Black America for Love, Money, and success.
When you see that Starbucks logo, you probably think the same thing as me: “There’s that ‘smiling mermaid’ logo, there must be some good, but overpriced, coffee nearby”. Well what isn’t known to the world is that this is a picture of Yemaya, also know through out West Africa and the Caribbean as Yemoja,Yemowo, Mami Wata, Janaína, LaSiren (in Vodou) is an Orisha – said to be a Goddess of the traditional Yoruba religion that was brought by the enslaved Africans of what is now Nigeria to the west. She is the patron of women, in particular, pregnant women. When slaves were transported across the ocean, it was said to be Yemaya who protected them on their journey and kept them safe. She is kind and giving. She takes a long time to anger but when she does, watch out, you have a hurricane on your hands. She is said to be the “mother whose children number as the fish in the sea” and that is why she is presented as a two-tailed mermaid.Yemaya is said to bring forth and protect life through all the highs and lows, even during the worst atrocities that can be suffered. She reminds women to take time out for themselves, to nurture their own needs and to respect their deserved position in life.
Stop appropriating voodoo and tarot culture. That’s a west African and Caribbean ritual that helped protect us. EDIT: I’m now made aware based off my own research that SOME aspects of tarot are European based so I’ll excuse that.
Making offerings of the wealth from man to the Divine is as old as humankind. In some African cultures, wealth is determined by the number of goats one has in his herd. In American culture, wealth is determined by the amount of money one has at his disposal.
Where the African offers a goat, the American offers a cash gift known as a tithe.
Blood offerings are blessings given for continuation of blessings bestowed. Cash offerings are blessings given for the continuation of blessings bestowed.
Etymologically, the origin of of the word ‘bless’ means 'to make bleed’.
Blood flows in currents.
Money is called “currency”.
Of the two, one is significantly more powerful than the other.