Seeing it was Zora Neal Hurston's birthday yesterday, here is a excerpt from "Not In Kansas Anymore: Dark Arts, Sex Spells, Money Magic, and Other Things Your Neighbors Aren't Telling You" by Christine Wicker (Author). HarperOne (October 3, 2006)
She is the author of several books, including the highly acclaimed New York Times bestseller Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead. Christine shadowed me when she was writing this book. This excerpt is from Chapter 10 - Hoodoo? We Do In The Graveyard. Christine and I went to Zora's grave to pay our respects and to ask the spirit of Zora for her grave dirt.
So let me begin today's unpopular commentary with the 147 Kenyan students killed by Islamic terrorist. The Diaspora in America and around the world are peeved this incident did not receive the same news coverage; nor world sympathy as the victims in the Paris terrorist attack.
I want to point out that if the Diaspora was focused on eulogizing the Kenyan victims instead of rioting in the streets a different picture would emerge. Instead, photos of half naked wild black youth dominate the press. Videos of black females practically nude publicly fighting. Let's not mention the twerking and thot dress and mannerisms.
It's up to the Diaspora to clean up its image if the world is to view us with the tiniest bit of respect. Black community leaders and politicians should have organized peaceful memorials. Black Churches should have been illuminated in the colors of the Kenya flag. Why are we waiting for other countries and politicians to validate our pain?
The African Diaspora wants to be recognized and accepted worldwide. The public cry of "Black Lives Matter" is a tired refrain similar to "We Shall Overcome." Until we unite as a people with a common cause to raise our dignity, focus on the family, build model communities & flex our collective financial power, we don't matter. As long as we act like we don't matter to ourselves and with each other, we don't matter to the world. No one is going to take Black Lives Matter seriously as long as we don't have respect for ourselves, our communities and our place in history. As Pearlie Mae use to say, "Charity begins at home and then spreads abroad."
I am triple excited about being appointed Ambassador to the Diaspora on behalf of the Oduduwa Descendants World Assembly (ODWA) in ILE-IFE, Nigeria. This appointment was in the works for several months. I am deeply honored to be asked and chosen by the leaders of the Diaspora in ILE-IFE.
How is this important to you? If you are a practitioner of the Diaspora spiritual traditions, the roots of that tradition is probably West African. After all the Transatlantic Slave Trade deposited millions of West Africans in America and the Caribbean. Today the Diaspora (Africans in America) are largely disconnected from the homeland, culture and traditions of the ancestors delivered here in chains.
I have always said, we must connect to our roots in order to survive America. The Yoruba spiritual tradition known as Ifa is a cosmic answer to the desperate cries of the ancestors on our behalf. The Yoruba are an ancient race of people tracing they're lineage back to Abraham. The teachings of Ifa present a moral code and spiritual remedies for balanced living. Ifa places emphasis on venerating the egungun (ancestors), and ewa pele (balanced living). Embracing the Yoruba cosmology and way of life is a step in the right direction toward reclaiming our cultural heritage. Like the Catholic Church, Ifa is Universal and accepts people of all ethnic backgrounds around the world.
As I begin this important work I encourage your support and ask your prayers. No man is an island and neither am I. I need your encouragement and prayers. Too many generations of the Diaspora in America have been lost to poverty, gang violence, police brutality, drugs & disease. An entire race of people are perishing because of the lack of knowledge.
The sacred text asks: "If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Centuries of religious misinformation about the spiritual traditions of our ancestors has occluded the minds of the Diaspora in America. Many grasp and hold tightly to a religion that is not theirs. They worship at a foreign altar erected from the planks of the slave ships bearing our ancestors. In the image of those who enslave, they see God; but are they saved? The evidence of the efficacy of such religious fervor can be seen on the streets of the Diaspora in America. This is why I submit it's time for a change.
I look forward to networking with those interested in learning about the Yoruba way of life as practiced by Yoruba Monarchs and Ifa devotees since the dawn of civilization. Thank you. Ase ooo
Ambassador to the Diaspora
Today I was informed of my official appointment on October 1, 2015 as the Accredited Ambassador (Representative) of Oduduwa Descendants World Assembly (ODWA) to the Diaspora. The official appointment was made by Heir Prince Emmanuel Adeleye Ashaye, the National Coordinator & Chief Resource Person for ODWA after deliberation and consent with the Board of Patrons and a trusted adviser to the Araba Agbaye of the Yoruba Race. For this honor and trust from the Yoruba Monarchs, former Presidents and Babalowos, I am deeply honored.
The ODWA Board of Patrons consists of Yoruba Monarchs and other distinguished, accomplished individuals. It is expected the new Ooni of ILE-IFE will also grace ODWA with his support. The deceased Ooni of ILE-IFE, Okunade Sijuwade was also a member of the Board of Patrons.
ODWA is a Socio-Cultural Organization located in ILE-IFE, Nigeria. Its primary purpose is the uniting of the Yoruba monarchy throughout Nigeria and around the world. ODWA secondary purpose is the propagation of the Yoruba way of life, cosmology and culture.
My main duties as Ambassador of ODWA to the Diaspora in North America and the Caribbean are as follows:
In the coming months, watch for updates regarding current and future developments. There is a lot of work to be done. Please be patient regarding broken links on the ODWA website in Nigeria. Upgrades will be made shortly as things are sorted out. The Official Appointment Letter will be posted here once it arrives.
Your support of the Yoruba Culture and way of life in the Diaspora is crucial. Africa America is at a crossroads. A collective embracing of the Diaspora will connect descendants of the Diaspora in America and the Caribbean to their roots and lost past. The Diaspora of our ancestors and their cosmology can provide the practical and spiritual tools needed to survive as a people and as individuals. I welcome your prayers, comments suggestions and support.
- Dr. Christos Kioni
"Since the time Africa was created, Yoruba has been known to possess powerful royalty and Royal Empire. These are sets of people who can truly trace their origin and source to Abraham. They are ancient and modern in their ways of life, knowledgeable, exposed and very peculiar indeed, with successive Golden Age. No wonders they have always been in the midst of world greatest civilization." - Heir Prince Emmanuel Adeleye Ashaye
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From time to time I post the Palo lineage of my ramas. It is important to trace one's lineage back to Cuba and the founder of the ramas. I am Palo Muertero Brama con Brama and my rooster has crowed to Lucero 3xs. This is it:
Rama de Palo Muertero Brama con Brama O Palo Brama con Brama
Otunga Mayombe de Santiago Cuba
Padrino,Tata Eoghan Ballard (Tata Nsasi Ndoki Kalunga Nsulu Vence Guerra Quimbisa)
Tata Abuelo, Emmanuele Guido
Tata Tatandi, Juan Beltazar Laurean
Next is Luis Alberto Espinosa Morales (Vence Batallas)
Familia Guillot (Ana Luis Guillot, etc)
Founder: Reynerio Perez (Brama con Brama)
I really like Pope Francis; he has a pastor's heart but he is a man. I am concerned that he chose to ignore the DIaspora in Cuba and here in America. I say amen to inclusivity and interfaith worship that includes leaders and elders of the Diaspora community. Where there not devotees of Ifa, Santeria, Palo and Vodou in the World Trade Center catastrophe? Are there not Botanicas and Diaspora houses of worship in NY, DC and Cuba?
The devotees, elders, priestesses and priest of the Diaspora must work diligently to lobby and educate politicians and community leaders about the Diaspora. Too often we only wear our ceremonial garb in private doing ritual. Otherwise we dress to to blend in when in the public. We hide our misengeles under our clothes as we move about in the marketplace of life, but we desire the ancestors and spirits to bless us openly. It's time to openly live the African life we confess as our faith. You should feel free to dress in a fashionable but cultural way that identifies with your faith in the Diaspora. The Pope wears the Palo Nkisi Tiembla Tierra's color which is all white, a cape and a skull cap. The Cardinals dress in Lucero's colors of red and black. They all carry the symbol of the crossroads which is a crucifix. Every religion represented on the dias with the Pope at the World Trade Center service wore their cultural garb. It is time devotees of the Diaspora cease being ashamed and stop hiding our faith and ceremonies. As long as we practice our faith in secret, we invite continued stigmas and prejudices against our rich cultural heritage.
Take the opportunity to educate the curious and seekers. Honor the ancestors by living your faith proudly and insist that governments everywhere and organized religion recognize and give the Diaspora the same respect.
Finally I happen to know that Pope John Paul sent an emissary to the late Ati Max Beauvoir in Haiti. Pope John Paul and Ati Max were having back channel talks about elevating Vodou into the interfaith community. Max was really excited and shared classified documents from the Vatican. Max and I shared this vision to elevate the Diaspora traditions and pledged our efforts to this end. Will you join me in honoring Max's and our ancestor's memory by being a voice for the Diaspora? Thank you.
Full Moon Blessings! Although I am an African trained and initiated priest; my personal spiritual practice is very much eclectic. I am sitting here chanting Om Tare Tuttare and reflecting on a segment of my childhood. Before I was ever a teen, someone gave me the Bhagavad Gita. I studied it for a couple of years into my teens before losing the sacred text during my many moves. No wonder I feel at home calling on the Green Tara! Don't be afraid to allow the Spirit within to guide your spirit.
Oration to the Kongo Spirit from Munanso Luncero Aprueba-Fuerza Congo
Oh Glorious Black Spirit, who for your virtue God has extended his holy blessings and has brought you to the Celestial Court to surround you with angels, archangels and seraphim. I, your admirer for your strength, knowledge and great benevolence, I ask you, in the name of God, radiate my body with your holy fluids to distance me from the evil thoughts that my enemies wish to send me. Free me, my Kongo from all attention from evil spirits, foot or hand charms and the ill will of my enemies. O, great Glorious Black Spirit, with your company I will win, with your strength I will be protected, with your fluids I will be blessed with the Holy power that God has given you. Oh great Kongo spirit help me with all my needs. I ask you, oh Glorious Black Spirit, divine protector, that you guard the boundaries of my home, against envy jealousy and a bad faith. Guard it against back biters, false friends and friend-nemies. Free me my Kongo, from all bad influences and don't abandon me in forgetfulness. I now light this fragrant candle for you so that you may perfume my body, my home, my loved ones and all that concerns me with your Glorious Presence.
Light either a fragrant white candle by a glass of water or regular white Kosher candle, add a cap of Florida water to a small glass of water. (C) 2015 Dr. Christos Kioni
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Download my Congo Miracle Prayer to your media player and listen to me pray it for 21 days. Lucero Elufe says if you pray and play this prayer for 21 days you will be blessed immeasurably. No one will be able to block your destiny. No matter how many blocks they place before you. One road blocked? Another road opens. They block that road? Another road opens. Lucero has 21 paths to your blessings. Don't forget to send your prayer request.
Heres a official, ‘scientific’ love magic spell from Mesopotamia from a āšipu’s repertoire. LEICK, GWENDOLYN (2013-01-11). Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature (p. 182). Taylor and Francis.
"A Sumerian incantation, which invokes the love of Inanna and Dumuzi, in order to overcome the reticence of a proud girl: who girdles herself. A woman who girdles herself is unheard of. The fair maid raises her head (proud) like a mountain bull. 2
To remedy this situation, some honey or syrup is needed and probably some soil from the street (where the girl usually walks), which had to be rubbed on the face. The intended outcome is described:
Me the fair youth, the fair maid, at the pure command of An and Enlil and Enki, Will follow behind me. Obeying this word Inanna gave me my beloved one."
The easy spiritual love treatment described above was used thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia. Inanna, Warrior Queen and Goddess of Sensuality is summoned with her consort Dumuzi. Inanna is petitioned to arouse the woman's sexual desire. Honey is utilized to sweeten the petitioner to the target and cause the target to desire the petitioner like a bee that returns to a beehive full of honey. This is a desire spell because the woman is not responding to the overtures of the frustrated suitor. Honey is delightful, sweet, a taste that one never tires of. The woman will develop a sweet taste for the man, craving and desiring him, enflamed by Goddess Inanna's passion.
The dirt from the woman's street is called foot track magic and is common in hoodoo and other spiritual conjure traditions. Dirt the woman has walked on is best suited for this potion, but dirt from her driveway, around the front door or lastly her street can be used. Since this potion requires the application onto the face, a lot of dirt isn't require. Perhaps a teaspoon to a small jar of raw honey. Unheated raw honey is best for this work. Mix the dirt in the honey and speak the incantation above. Let the dirt settle in the honey, although some will be suspended in the sweet nectar. Print out Inanna's eight pointed star pictured above. Her mineral is Lapis Lazuli if you wish to add it to the honey jar with the dirt from the target's street. Light a white candle while preparing the potion and offer Inanna Frankincense, Myrrh and sweet red wine. This ritual is best done under the light of a Full Moon. Dress your face and body with the honey daily according to your intent and good juju to you!
Here's a simple incantation / prayer I wrote to summon Goddess Inanna for love work.
Hail Inanna! Sweet Lover Be.
Dr. Christos Kioni, (c) 2015, All Rights Resevered
Oh Lady of Kings, Queen Inanna, look favorably on me.
Oh Lady of Kings, Goddess of War and Seduction I wait upon thee.
A lover I seek, (he or she) will not speak to me.
A lover I seek, (he or she) will does not desire me.
Oh Lady of Kings, my Queen, speak to (name of person) for me.
Your voice cannot be ignored,
Your Presence cannot be ignored.
Your scent cannot be ignored.
Like the lion, your voice is heard.
Like the rain, you are felt.
Like the sun, you can heat the heart of (name of person) for me.
Like the sun, cause (him or her) to burn brightly for me!
Oh Inanna, cause (name of person) to follow me!
Cause (her or him) to desire and follow me like a bee to honey.
Like ants to honey, (name of person), to you I am honey sweet!
May (she or he) bring that which will be honey sweet!
May (she or he) do sweet things to me that will be honey sweet!
Hail Queen Inanna, look favorably upon me.
This lover now deliver to me.
Zi Kia Kanpa
Zi Anna Kanpa
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