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 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.”
“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. . . 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"
"Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens is a practical guide for working with the energies of the divine feminine in a way that taps into an ancient well of mysteries while remaining accessible to all. I highly recommend Lilith Dorsey’s Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens for anyone who is interested in the stories and backgrounds of these spirits, for anyone who wishes to work with them through ritual and divination, and for all those looking to honor and amplify the sacred and divine feminine energy within themselves.
"Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens is a one of a kind book and a must-have, a truly unique piece of work that has arrived at a crucial time.”
“For the African diaspora, religion didn’t begin with the colonial imposing of Christianity. Writer, editor, and filmmaker Lilith Dorsey argues that African cultures celebrated the “divine feminine,” including Nana Buluku, Oshun, Mami Wata, and Yemaya before the Transatlantic slave trade disrupted everything. In Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens, Dorsey traces ancestral practices from their origins to our current moment using rigorous historical research as well as her own understanding of magical spells, rituals, and potions. Beware: Transformational journeys, like the ones Dorsey presents in this book, shouldn’t be taken lightly or in jest. This is only a book for those who will take these cultures and practices seriously.”