Volume 4, September 2011, Issue #12
Editor: Khouzhan Phoenix Fleurette-Beauchamp-Corfield
Happy Fall One and All!
Wow, where did the summer go? Seriously. Seems like I blinked and it was gone. But since Fall is probably my favorite season, I cannot complain! Of course, it is time for us to start thinking about Vodou New Year (Fet Ghede) and considering what New Year’s Resolutions we will make. Vodouisants are lucky – we can make resolutions in November and if we didn’t get it right, we can do it again in January!
Especially for Vodouisants, this is a wonderful time of year for us to think about getting cleansed and renewed. Here at the Corfield House we like to do a combination of first the Milk of Damballah™ White bath one day, and then the Baron’s Samedi’s Purple Peace™ bath the next day! It starts out our New Year just right. Out with old and in with the new strength and power bestowed upon us by the Baron! More about Fet Ghede next issue.
My other favorite thing about the Fall is the wonderful cooking. Khouzhan Lucy was mentioning on her Facebook page about the wonderful ways to use pumpkins. I totally agree with her that letting them go to waste, especially these days, is nothing short of sinful! So after you carve that pumpkin, put it to good use. I have included a couple of my favorite recipes below – one sweet and one savory. Pumpkin is great either way!
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree or 15 ounces of fresh baked pumpkin puree’d.
2 teaspoons ground ginger or 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
2. In a large mixing, combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat until smooth. Add water and beat until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, ginger, allspice cinnamon, and clove.
3. In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. Divide batter between prepared pans.
4. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
5. When cooled, glaze or frost as desired.
PUMPKIN BLACK BEAN SOUP
3 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes OR use fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon cayenne (more or less to taste)
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups beef broth
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree or fresh baked pumpkin puree’d
1/2 pound cubed cooked ham
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
Salt/pepper to taste
This recipe is great vegetarian, too – just replace the beef stock with vegetable stock and leave out the ham! Still tastes great! Have also added diced carrots to this for a nice color and texture complement.
1. Pour 2 cans of the black beans into a food processor or blender, along with the can of tomatoes. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
2. Melt butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the onion is softened. Stir in the bean puree, remaining can of beans, beef broth, pumpkin puree, and sherry vinegar. Mix until well blended, then simmer for about 25 minutes, or until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Stir in the ham, and heat through before serving.
Happy fall, everyone!
Love, light, and peace,
Mambo Samantha Corfield
Parran Matthew Corfield
SPOTLIGHT PRODUCT OF THE MONTH:
MARIE LAVEAU CLEAN SWEEP™ HOUSE BLESSING KIT
As we prepare for the colder months ahead, and more time spent indoors, many of us engage in a little fall cleaning. While you're sweeping out tracked-in beach sand, laundering towels, and putting away warm-weather clothes, why not do a little cleansing of the stuff you CAN'T see? After all, you'll be spending more time inside those walls during the stormy winter months... you certainly don't want negative energy hanging around in there with you!
Spellmaker's Marie Laveau Clean Sweep™ House Blessing Kit is a complete kit for cleansing bad energy out of your living space. All items in the kit have been specially blessed by our own Mambo Sam for the purpose of clearing out negativity and welcoming in positive energy. This kit is especially useful if you are planning to use the Milk of Damballah™ White Bath Kit — once you have cleansed your body and spirit with the bath kit, you can cleanse your home for the ultimate "fresh start"!
You'll find the House Blessing Kit, along with many other great products for spiritual cleansing, at http://www.spellmaker.com/cleanseyou.htm.
In the northern hemisphere, September ushers in the season of autumn — the time of harvest, when farmers reap the rewards of their hard labor throughout the growing season. It's also the time for planting certain bulbs and roots to insure lovely flowers in the spring. What better time to focus on Azacca (also known as Azaka and Cousin Zaka)!
Azacca is beloved in Haiti's agrarian culture, but is less frequently honored in the technology-oriented urban settings of the United States and western Europe. It's a pity, because he can do wonderful work on our behalf.
One of the simplest lwa, Cousin Zaka brings a good nature and warmth into life. He is syncretized with the Catholic saint, St. Isidore the Laborer, sometimes called St. Isidore the Farmer (not be be confused with St. Isidore of Seville, who is a different person altogether!). This makes perfect sense, as St. Isidore was a simple farmer.
Since Azacca is one to make all things grow, his May 15th feast day is a perfect time to honor him, as it falls at the time of spring planting. However, harvest time is also appropriate, as he teaches us that hard work can pay off in bountiful rewards. He is such a good natured and easygoing lwa, he is always considered one of the family, hence the "cousin" moniker. He is, of course, the lwa of agriculture, farming, all things to do with planting and growing. He is a wonderfully hard worker, a peasant with nothing sophisticated about him — sort of an everyman. He loves good profit, good girls, and good food!
Azacca doesn't care much for "city folks" and their pretentious ways; being extremely down-to-earth, he doesn't mind getting his hands dirty with honest work. He will have little to do with anyone with a pompous or condescending attitude. Azacca appears barefooted in the denim clothing favored by Haitian peasants; he carries a straw bag, wears a big straw hat, and is rarely seen without his pipe and smoking tobacco. He should serve as a reminder of our roots and our dependency on this earth for our very survival! He is the ultimate conservationist, living off the gifts of nature.
Cousin Zaka loves a good song and has a penchant for the being the town gossip. He is often the quiet observer, taking in all the doings around him, saving the knowledge for later when he can use it to his best advantage. He generally will have all the info on who is dating whom, who is trying to swindle whom, and all the details that people try to hide! When possessing someone, it is not unusual to have him start telling everyone's secrets Luckily for those who have something to hide, his voice is gravelly and rough, so he is somewhat hard to understand. However, if you suspect someone is keeping a secret from you, do a service to Azacca and ask him to reveal that secret to you, and watch what happens.
Azacca can be very suspicious and does not always seem to want to give his favors easily. If your motivation for calling upon him is less than honest, he may refuse you. However, he can usually be won over with some white rum and a plate of boiled corn. For the most part, he is a good-natured lwa. He is entertaining when he appears at ceremonies, singing you songs about how he would he would rather take charity than steal, all the while "stealing" everything he can get his hands on, usually while dancing in his own unique fashion! These things are then returned to the distracted owners, with everyone having a good laugh at his humorous antics.
He usually will be found in a corner of any party where there is food, voraciously eating his portion while looking with suspicion at anyone who might eye his plate. He is a greedy eater and drinker with little in the way of table manners... but this is easily forgiven because of his good nature and good humor.
Azacca is also is generally seen as the brother of Ghede. Author Bob Corbert writes, "There are interesting similarities between the sophisticated Ghede and the more bumbling Azacca, as though a younger less sophisticated brother were imitating a more secure older brother. Like Ghede, Zaka loves his food. But, unlike Ghede, he is rude and voracious in his eating habits, often running away to hide with his food and eat it quickly."
As the lwa of agriculture and plant life, it is natural that Azacca is also an herbal healer. He is said to carry his healing herbs in his djakout (a straw shoulder bag) and is often called upon when there is sickness in a family. In Louisiana, animal fat candles are burned for him and bread is offered to him when someone is ill. He is said to sop up the illness with the bread from the melted fat from the candles and eat it, thus curing the patient!
We here at Spellmaker.com call upon Azacca in many ways. We call upon him to "grow" things for us, even though this may not be considered the usual way to call on our Cousin! We call upon him to grow love between two people, to help people "grow" their finances, etc. He has always responded well to these petitions and we certainly can suggest that it is a wonderful way to broaden this powerful lwa's scope in your life! Look at your goals from the perspective of wanting them to grow to be big, beautiful plants and call upon Azacca to help you make that happen.
Of course, it probably goes without saying that he is also particularly wonderful to call upon if you are planting in spring or fall. Pour a little rum into the ground around your garden and ask Azacca to help that garden grow! We make a mixture of corn and boiled peanuts and spread it around our garden for him; we just leave it there to mix with the soil and help the plants grow better.
As a hard worker, Cousin Zaka can work hard to bring changes in your life, and to help you reap the fruits of your own hard work. He is wonderful to call on when you have a problem that will need some persistent effort, or when you want to help someone who is a hard worker. One member of our House called upon Cousin Zaka when her mother — an unpretentious hard-working person like Zaka — fell ill with mysterious symptoms while recovering from back surgery. She called upon both Azacca's skill as a healer and also his hard-working nature to help the doctors persevere until they found the cause of her mother's ailment. Within days, the doctors discovered that her mother was suffering from a rare drug reaction, which they were able to treat with success.
No matter what you are trying to grow in your life, spring and fall are both excellent times to offer a feast to Azacca! Set up a small altar using his colors and offerings: A piece of denim makes the perfect altar cloth for him; add yellow and green candles, a container of dirt, small gardening tools, etc. Spend some time thinking of what plants need nurturing in your life garden and ask Azacca to nourish them and help them grow! Ask him to renew and rejuvenate any wilting plants and cut out all the weeds!
- Feast Day: May 15
- Saint Syncretization: St. Isidore the Farmer
- Colors: Green, yellow, brown (earthy colors)
- Foods: Avocados, corn, peanuts, beans and rice, strong coffee that is highly sweetened with sugar, yams, sugar cane and cane syrup (pour it all over his food and he will love you for it!), heavy breads, coconuts and coconut candy.
- Drink: Light or white rum (kleren).
- Offerings: The above food and drink, a straw bag, a straw hat, pipe with pipe tobacco, small gardening tools. We usually put a container of rich earth (something like nice potting soil) on an altar to him. Later on, put that dirt in your garden; Azacca and your plants will reward you!
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In closing, we hope your magickal effors reap wonderful rewards!
Love and light,
Mambo Samantha Corfield
Parran Matthew Corfield
and the Spellmaker Novitiate Class 2010