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Home | All Souls’ DayTuesday 17th October 2017

All Souls’ Day

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Peace be with you, my friends!  Finally after the most hectic two weeks I've experienced in a long time, I am able to sit and write another blog post.   However, I doubt that the rest of this month will be any less hectic, since we all know that this time of year is the busiest for practitioners of all types of magic.  In fact Fall is often called the Season of the Witch.  This time of year Wiccans celebrate their most important holiday, Samhain, which is one of the origins of the secular celebration of Halloween.  In Voodoo we have the celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls' Day, which are also widely celebrate around the world in traditionally Catholic regions like New Orleans.

In Voodoo we have the celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day.

In Haiti, the celebration is known as Fête Ghédé and the spirits of the Ghédé Nation, the lwa that represent and mock death, and venerated, especially Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte.  In cemeteries, there is often a large cross close to the front gate that is used as an altar to make offerings to Baron and Maman on this particular day, I don’t feel qualified to elaborate on the Haitian practice, since I am not a practitioner of the Haitian tradition.  In Orleans however, huge parties are held and a massive altar erected in the home and covered with a white table cloth and images of saints and deceased relatives are placed on it along with candles and flowers and the altar is blessed with holy water and prayers to the saints and on behalf of the dead.  Many people also attend church services as well.

Voodooists in New Orleans have traditionally used November 2nd as a day to honor the dead and seek their favor and blessings.  I am no exception.  I will be hosting a large scale Voodoo service on the 2nd of November and I am now taking orders for work to be done on that day.  Spiritual work done of this day is particularly strong and readings are crystal clear.  I will be able to do a maximum of 5 readings that day during the service, so please place your orders as soon as possible.  There is no limit on spell work, so I will be able to handle as many people as are interested.  When you request work on this day, an offering of food of flowers is placed on my home altar and your petition is presented to the spirit world.  If any message comes across while I am under possession, these will be relayed to you as well.  When the altar is dismantled, the flowers will be placed on graves at the cemetery and the food will be used to feed stray dogs and cats, of which there are many where I live, so you will be performing an act of charity as well which will no about bring good luck.

In the weeks that remain, I hope to blog more about the traditions and history of Halloween, All Saints’ Day and the Day of the Dead.  If there are any Wiccan readers out there, I would love to learn more about Samhain and how it is celebrated.  If you have any questions about these holidays or would like to have some work done of November 2nd, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Until the next time, I wish you peace, love and the most spectacular autumnal blessings.

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4 Comments
  • Karen Smullen

    I am writing a novel which will include as secondary characters, family participating in All Souls Day. They practice Voodoo and they will be visiting an old family tomb in a private cemetery in New Orleans. They are not the main characters, but I would like to be accurate in my description of the crypt. Are there any paticular symbols that might be inscribed on the tomb? and would black granite be a suitable material; the tomb was constructed in the early nineteenth century. I was planning on a black granite tomb with incised symbols. I plan to be respectful of your religion. Thanks for any help. – Karen

    • Hi Karen,

      Thank you for stopping by my website. You novel sounds amazing and I would love to read it when you’re finished. Black granite for the tomb would be a good choice or marble. The generally would not be any Voodoo symbols inscribed on the grave, but rather Catholic iconography. A crucifix or statues of the Virgin Mary or angles would be good choices. Voodoo in New Orleans society was traditionally an underground practice and its symbols would not have been displayed in a family crypts. Also, the inscriptions would most likely be in French during the time period in question-early 19th century. I hope this helps!

      -Jamie

  • Daughter of Oshu

    Hey blessing I would like to know what do my candle mean if it break at the bottom oshun candle break at the bottom an burn out before 7 days

    • In my experience it’s a good sign, like there is a “break” or positive change in a situation.

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