Vodun F.A.Q. Where Do I Start?

Updated on September 22, 2022 because the audience has changed, and there are different dangers, and different things available than when this article was written over a decade ago. 

Today, I would advise someone who is community oriented to find a community. Find the people who are practicing African spirituality, and ask for help. To avoid getting involved in a scam, do not answer anyone who “slid into your DM’s” telling you they sensed something and want to do a reading for you or did a read on you without your consent. Ignore and block such people. They are either scammers or rude, which means they are missing essential Iwa Pele in terms of appropriate behavior for spiritual service.

If community is not your thing, and you don’t mind a lot of life altering, mind bending chaos, then I recommend what I like to call E&A Direct, or Eshu and the Ancestors directly. If you have no ancestral attachment to the Yoruba, Ewe, or any west African people, go with your own ancestral Gatekeeper deity. If you’re not sure how to approach them, default to Eshu rules since they were the first known ones that humanity can remember.

Ask your Gatekeeper and Ancestors to first protect you from any malevolent forces, and then for guidance. Above anyone else in the spirit realm, your benevolent Ancestors are the ones with the most interest in your wellbeing.

Do not skip steps and try to bypass your Ancestors. It leads to all sorts of mayhem, and if you truly feel called to African spirituality, then that necessitates learning ancestor veneration. If some of your Ancestors were colonists then well, join the club. Most people in the diaspora have some trash in the line, which is why the first thing you do is asking protection so filthy energy of entities still attached to greed and sadism will be blocked from influencing you.

K. Sis. Nicole T.N. Lasher

Webmatron of Orisha.me.

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