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Spellmaker Newsletter ________________________________ 2014 February
Welcome to the
edition of the Universal Messenger! February February is a very exciting time for us at Spellmaker, as we honor Mistress Erzulie Freda all month long with free rituals, including our ever popular ritual to the Voodoo spirit of Love on 2/14/14! Love,
Mambo Sam, Parran Matt,
Sister Bridget, Brother Menfò
and the Khouzhan Class of 2009
Lwa of the Month Erzulie Freda
Image of Erzulie Freda Dahomey by Saundra Elise Ziyatdinov.
Erzulie Freda is the Vodou and New Orleans Voodoo goddess of love. A gracious, luxurious, and refined lwa (Vodou Spirit), Erzulie epitomizes femininity, love, passion, and is called upon for favors regarding one's love affairs. However, Erzulie Freda is love of every kind; she is not limited to romance. She is often misrepresented as petulant and never being able to be satisfied. This does a gross injustice to this beautiful spirit. The fact that she often dissolves into tears is misinterpreted as her being dissatisified with what is given to her. That is not it at all; she dissolves into tears because she knows that no amount of material wealth can make up for the lack of love and spirituality in one's life. So even though she is often served in luxury, upon appearance at Vodou rituals, she is often wracked with tears eventually. It is important to remember, also, that she cries so that you won't have to. Another misrepresentation of Erzulie is that she is flighty and unable to stay with one man. This misinformation comes from the knowledge of her three marriages; once to Ogoun, once to Agwe, and once to Papa Legba (a belief in our New Orleans tradition; in Haitian tradition her third husband is Damballah). The three gold rings that most Erzulie altars have on them represent these three marriages. However, we must remember that these three marriages probably took place over lifetimes. It is sometimes hard for us to conceive of the many lives of the lwa and how long they have been with us! Serving Erzulie Freda As with most lwa, she is a complex spirit having lived many lifetimes to evolve to her present state. She, of course, has happy, wonderful, flirty appearances, also. She does love refined things and wants to drink the finest champagne and eat the finest foods (especially delicious sweets and chocolates). She loves frilly, girly things and dresses in beautiful clothes of silk and lace. She loves diamonds and gold..anything that represents wealth and finery! She knows these things do not make up for the sorrows of life, but enjoying these things eases the pain for many of us! Erzulie is no different! Many people are afraid to do service to Erzulie Freda if they don't have much money. That is such an injustice to her! Yes, she loves refined and expensive things; that is not in question. However, just because you don't have a lot of money does not mean you should not serve her. We are firm believers that any service done with a good heart and doing the best you can will be well received.
Luxury can be a state of mind and an environment can be luxurious without being expensive. So first start thinking of the space that you will be doing your service in. If you purchased the
one-day ritual kit or plan on doing the ritual as written on the website make whatever area you will be doing your service in as lovely as you can! Even if you temporarily use one of your own bed sheets as an altar cloth, that is okay because you can spray your perfume on it and make it something special. Set the mood for the ritual with any candles you have and put on romantic music or tune your radio to a soft rock or other type of station that plays the kind of music that would set the mood for romance. Do you have jewelry? You can put it on the altar and "give" it to Erzulie! That doesn't mean you can't wear it! Of course you can, but if you dedicate it to her, then you have given her something wonderful. Do you have old magazines lying around? Cut out pictures of beautiful things - jewelry, clothes, perfume, etc. Make a simple collage out of them and put them on your altar for her!
Free Rituals to Erzulie Freda
This year, we will be holding TWO different rituals to dear Erzulie. The first will be held in the Spellmaker
office on on 2/14/14. It will be conducted by Mambo Sam, Parran Matt and Sister Bridget. For this ritual, we ask you to email a letter, written to Erzulie herself, describing your situation and the help you are requesting. Please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org Spellmaker offers a consecrated ritual package for doing a one-time ritual to Erzulie Freda. You can purchase the kit here to use for the Valentine's Ritual or use at ANYtime! If you do not wish to purchase the kit, but would like to do the ritual it can be found here. Our monthly online Voodoo prayer ritual will also be in Erzulie Freda's honor! The ritual will be on Thursday, 2/27/14. It is free, open to all, and can be attended anonymously. Join us to honor and petition the lwa of love and beauty!
Mambo Minute In this video excerpt from the 2010 Spellmaker Online Conference, Mambo Sam teaches about where to find affordable and perfect items for Voodoo and more!
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The Khouzhan's Corner A Khouzhan is someone who is a member of our House, and has take at least one of several initiations on the path to becoming a Voodoo Priest or Priestess. Here, you will find articles written by our Khouzhans about various things they wish to share on their road to Sister or Brotherhood. Love Knots “He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter, Bess, the landlord’s daughter, Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.” ~Alfred Noyes, “The Highwayman” I’m not sure, exactly, what style Bess was wearing. There was a fashion among 17th century gentlemen of a “lovelock,” grown a bit longer and tied with a ribbon. A symbol of loyalty, it was worn on the left side, closest to the heart. Henri II de Lorraine, Duc de Guise, sports the look dashingly in the 1634 portrait by van Dyck, above. Samuel Johnson defines “loveknot” as “A complicated figure, by which affection interchanged is figured,” in his dictionary from 1755. In the Ashley Book of Knots, 1944, Clifford Ashley says the true lovers’ knot has two strands, “each flexible to move about the other; yet nevertheless inseparable.” Knots have long been associated with love. A search on “love knot” brings up many examples, including jewelry made from intertwined metal wires. Some knots feature strands wrapped into the shape of hearts. Some claim that the “true lovers’ knot” is two overhand knots together, like the example above left. I first learned it as a carrick bend knot, above right, which looks a bit like an infinity symbol. In the exhibit “Threads of Feeling” at the Foundling Museum in London, a historic record is preserved of destitute mothers who gave up their babies to the hospital’s care. The babies were left with a token of some sort, often a textile, and some of these were ribbons. A knot tied in the ribbon was a symbol of the tie the mother had to her baby, and a promise that she would come back for the child when she was able to do so. “Tying the knot” is a common phrase that means getting married. It’s possible that the wedding practice of literally tying a cloth or cord around the couple’s hands originated in Iran, with similar practices also found in Africa, India, and in Celtic tradition. This has gained popularity in modern weddings in the past decade. In Voodoo, our most common knot-tying is with the headscarves that we wear during rituals. Tying the head helps to keep focus on the task at hand, and to block out distractions. If you have worked a Voodoo spell, you know that some come with gris-gris bags that are tied closed once they are filled. When I make a Voodoo rosary, I hand-tie each bead the same way knotted pearls are strung. With each bead I’m tying the dedication for the Lwa in that section. Sometimes a knot is just a knot, and sometimes it’s tied with intention. In spellwork, every action should be done with the intention in mind. Everyday actions can have an added meaning, too. Tying a shoelace can be a request to Papa Legba to keep you on your path. A ribbon can go beyond the utility of tying up hair, honoring Erzulie Freda and dressing the hair with beauty. And most of all, tie your own loving intentions into everything you do! Love, Khouzhan Lucy
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