Hello everyone: I am now on medical leave until the first week of March; I will not be accepting clients during this time. If you’d like to get a reading or work done, please contact one of the following people:
Manbo Maude and Sosyete Nago – my initiatory mother; search for her on Facebook
Houngan Alex – firstname.lastname@example.org
Houngan Matt – At his store Dark Lady in New Orleans: darklady.net
Hello friends: I will be going on medical sabbatical and moving to a new apartment from January 14 through March 1. During that time I will not be offering readings or magic/spiritual work.
But until then, I’m available! Come have a Vodou reading from me and we’ll see what the spirits want to say to you about 2020. You can purchase a reading at my store on this site, then email me at manbomary at gmail dot com to schedule. I look forward to hearing from you!
Now offering FREE Monthly prayer service! In Vodou we start all our ceremonies with the “priye Ginen” or African prayer. A beautiful litany of sung and spoken French and Creole, it blesses and purifies the space and invokes the spirits before the ceremony begins. Starting the first weekend in January 2020, I will create an illumination (kind of like a lamp) to heat up your petitions and prayers, sing the entire prayer in front of my altar, and pray to God and the spirits for YOUR petitions. I am offering this FREE of charge as a community service. You can comment here with your prayer requests or email me privately: manbomary at gmail dot com. Remember: prayer changes things.
Bonswa zanmi! I know it’s been a long time since I chatted with ya (bad Manbo; no rice and beans for you!) but I’ve been a bit distracted; as of today, I completed all the course work for my bachelors degree in nursing(I’m already a nurse but I had a two year degree, so now I’ve completed the full bachelors)!
Now, I did all the human stuff you have to do to get something accomplished: studied, wrote papers (lots and lots of them), participated in class, etc etc. But I also made sure to ask my lwa and ancestors to guide me and help me do the work.
It’s important to note that when you serve the lwa, you have to communicate with them regularly. They *want* to hear from you and what’s going on in your life. They *want* to work with you, but you have to make sure to ask. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “Helping me with Little Thing is beneath the big spirits of the lwa, I don’t want to trouble them.”
Think of the lwa as your beloved elders, your loving doting older relatives who are always ready for you to pick up the phone and call them for a chat. And just like any relatives or friends, if they help you out they love to and need to hear the words “Thank you.”
How can you do that? Here are some ideas:
1. Prayer. It’s free! Say a rosary in honor of your spirits. Say a novena to the saint that represents the lwa who helped you (for example, if Metwes Ezili Freda helped you out, you could say a novena to Our Lady of Fatima or the Sorrowful Mother).
2. Light a candle for them; the seven day glass vigils are great. Again, you can light one in the color and saints image of the lwa you want to thank. Or just light a white one; white can be used for any lwa.
3. If you have a few bucks handy, go to a Catholic church and ask for a Mass to be said in honor of your spirits. Before you panic and say, “Manbo, if I go to a parish and ask for a Mass for Vodou spirits, the priest will chase me out and spray me down with holy water”, fear not! A trick my brother @hounganmatttaught me is to tell the parish to say a Mass in honor of the deceased members of your family. Tell your spirits that this Mass is for them. Try to attend the Mass if possible, or at least have the parish send you a Mass card, and you can put it on their altar.
4. Feed them. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate feast, but do something a little special if they did something especially nice for you. You can find out what foods the lwa in particular like and get it for them (in the example of Freda, she loves pink and white cakes, strawberries, rice pudding…think creamy sweet stuff). Just remember: don’t give them lemons, limes, or garlic. Present the food to them at their table and tell them this is for them to enjoy. Leave it out for a day or two, then dispose of the food out in nature.
5. Flowers! We use flowers a lot in Vodou. Remember light colors for the Rada spirits, and more hot/bright colors for Petwo. Gede would love white or purple flowers. Leave the flowers out until they wilt, then dispose of them out in nature
6. You can set a lamp for a lwa to give them a big dose of “thank you” energy. Non-initiates can make simple lamps for their spirits with the coaching of a priest/priestess, but we clergy can make lamps that are more involved with more special ingredients. These types of lamps cost money, but can be a great way to send energy and thanks to your lwa for a job well done.
7. If the lwa did something particularly big or solved a big problem for a person, that person may do what’s called an “action de grace”; it’s a party given to a spirit or group of spirits specifically to say thank you. This is something that of course you can’t do on your own; you’d have to work with a Vodou house to accomplish it.
My kanzo anniversary is in late July, so I will be cooking and feeding my spirits at that time for a big ol’ thank you for carrying me this far. But until then, I say “Mesi Bondye, zanset yo, e lwa yo!”
Happy New Year/Bon Fet Anne/Bon Fet Independans! (Today is Haitian Independence Day). To start off the year on a positive note, it’s traditional for Vodouizan to take a good luck bath. This is typically made by a houngan or manbo, with all kinds of lovely ingredients; liquor, perfumes, and flowers and more.
Every lwa has their preferred drink: rum, water, wine, and so forth. Some lwa have special drinks that can be made by initiates. I am now offering those for sale! If you’re serving Kouzen, Ti Jean, Gede or Bawon, or the Petwo spirits, I can make you a bottle of their favorite drink. PM me for details. Cost is $60 plus shipping . The best part? Once you get the drink you just have to keep it topped off with white rum so you can keep using it!
Bonswa friends! Interested in seeing what the lwa have to say to you? Want to start serving or learning more about the spirits but don’t know where to start? Purchase a consultation with me! I can guide you on how to start your relationship with the spirits. Consultations are $60 and can be purchased via PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle.
The feast day for Our Lady of Sorrows is on Saturday, September 15. Our Lady of Sorrows is the saint we in Vodou use to represent our beloved Ezili Freda, the lwa of romance, luxury, beauty, and scholarship.
I am offering a candle and prayer service for this beautiful lwa’s feast day. I will light a vigil candle for you, with your personalized petition and your picture (if you wish, or the picture of a person you’re praying for), on my altar and pray over it for 7 days.
The cost is $15 per candle. You can pay via PayPal at my email address: manbomary at gmail dot com. Please include your petition and any picture you wish to include. I must receive all requests and payments NO LATER THAN Friday September 14 at 5pm.
There is a beautiful devotion to the Sorrowful Mother that you can pray starting on her feast day; I often do it on the Thursdays during Lent (Thursday being the day for Ezili Freda). You can find the devotion here: