As I see the popularity and presence of Africana spirituality growing more and more, these become an increasing concern to me about the future of our traditions. Social media and online platforms are both an incredible way to spread empowering knowledge about our traditions, history, and culture – but without the wisdom and discernment of elders dedicated to teaching it carefully, that knowledge can be just as harmful to the preservation and genuine practice of those traditions as it can be for positive spiritual transformation.
Pride month may be technically over now that it’s July, but in honor of Pride this year, I’m finally gonna tackle a topic that I’ve shied away from for quite some time – the difficulties that come with being LGBTQ+ and practicing Africana traditions. I identify as queer and nonbinary, and I’m also a Lucumi aborisha, a rootworker, and a Palo Kimbisa practitioner. There’s … Read More QPOC & ATR Practitioner
As yall know, I haven’t posted much this year. There are many reasons for this, and one of them is that I’ve been meditating on and practicing the power of silence. In many ways, it’s caused a huge shift in my perspective, and I want to share that experience with you because it’s part of how practicing Lucumi has changed my life. In spirituality … Read More The Power of Silence
QUEEN OF THE WHITE CLOTH // After reflecting on my brief time as an iyawo and writing “Wearing White,” I started coming across so many breathtaking photos of Santeras and aborishas wearing all white with their elekes. It is unlikely that they are iyawos because you’re not allowed to have your photo taken at that time, but regardless we do often wear white like this … Read More Queen of the White Cloth (Photo Board)
While the mainstream and Eurocentric colors of magic and witchcraft for clothing tend to be black or deep purples and other darker hues, in many Afro-diasporic traditions the most popular color to wear is white. If you are starting down the road of Santería / Lucumí, you’ll quickly notice that it’s considered better to try to wear white or at least lighter shades in … Read More Wearing White
Yesterday, I received my elekes and experienced spiritual initiation for the first time. It was one of the most joyful and blessed experiences of my life, and it has grown my perspective on the traditions of Lucumi in ways I couldn’t have imagined. While there is a lot about this experience that I won’t write and can’t share, I want to speak a little … Read More Learning about Orishas