Coffee Magick 101: Wake Up People !

Magia photo by Daniel Lobo. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

If we follow our minds down the path of Coffee through time we find that the history is rich. For those of us who can’t live without it – coffee is everything ! The following is a quick overview of coffee magick , drink it in!

Voodoo and Coffee

Coffee Veve for Maman Brigitte photo by Lilith Dorsey

New Orleans Voodoo pairs coffee with everything from blessings to bourbon. The city is known for it’s preference for coffee with chicory. Natives of the crescent city often add eggshells to cut the bitterness of the blend and give it a flavor all it’s own. This however is much more than just a beverage, coffee is used as a medium for drawing ritual Veves. These are ground drawings laid out in elaborate patterns to both call and honor the Loa, or deities. Most often they are made with white flour or cornmeal, but when laying out a divine space for Maman Brigitte, the ancestors, or Papa Legba, coffee can be the sacred sprinkle of choice. Veves are laid out using both hands to represent the journey into both the visible and invisible world, Veves can be some of the most beautiful and powerful creations to behold. For more information check out Veves Sacred Cell numbers for the Gods . Coffee is also used as an offering, be sure to see my New Orleans Ritual Voodoo Coffee Recipe.

In Haiti’s Vodou religion coffee is also used an an offering for the ancestors. Known as Les Baron and Les Gede, these powerful ancestor energies live on through the offerings they take. Coffee is only one of many offerings they are given including, liquor, food, flowers, money and just about everything a person living, or dead could want.

Santeria and Coffee

Santeria, also known as La Regla Lucumi has a deity called Eleggua. Eleggua likes it dark and strong. Hundreds of thousands of worshipers prepare a coffee offering for their Eleggua/Exu every Monday. It usually goes along with his cigar and literally starts the week off “rite.” Coffee, like the Orisha Eleggua himself, is a portal, gateway to possibility if you know how to utilize it properly. Many systems of magick have discovered this fact about coffee.

Crowley Coffee

Coffee Magic Godmorgon. Kaffet känns extra magiskt denna morgon. :-) by

It is almost impossible to talk about Magick without talking about Aleister Crowley. His own mother referred to him as “the beast,” and he loved it. Apparently the beast loved coffee too and he wrote the following invocation (which can be found on The Hermetic Library Blog 🙂

 

O coffee! By the mighty Name of Power do I invoke thee, consecrating thee to the Service of the Magic of Light. Let the pulsations of my heart be strong and regular and slow! Let my brain be wakeful and active in its supreme task of self-control! That my desired end may be effected through Thy strength, Adonai, unto Whom be the Glory for ever! Amen without lie, and Amen, and Amen of Amen.

Coffee Divination

“If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee. “ – Rev. Sydney Smith 1771-1845

Tea leaf reading has stolen the historic spotlight here, and most people are unaware of Coffee divination as a magickal system. Reading coffee grounds, tea leaves and the like is officially called Tasseography. In the book Cafe Nation by Sandra Mizumoto Posey writes “ Coffee divination is once again enjoying widespread popularity because of the beverage’s long-recognized ability to energize….Sufi mystics knew centuries ago that coffee had the ability to aid in meditation and prayer.”

Turkish culture genuinely loves it’s coffee too, and for them the ritual is complex.TurkishCulture.org explains the basics of coffee divination telling us to begin by drinking out of only one side of the cup and when the cup is done place the saucer on top and make a wish. The site tells us that some believe that the cup can “ tell the past but only foretell forty days into the future.” Basically the method is to use scrying as a tool to interpret what you see in the grounds and or foam left in the bottom of the cup.

Coffee magic is a huge subject, and I could go on and on, look for more posts on this topic in the days to come, as soon as I’ve had more coffee ! And do me a favor, when you wake up and press those share buttons below, maybe more coffee will come out !

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How To Make A “Sweetenin'” Jar~A Protection Spell For Yourself

karo-syrup

This spell is to “sweeten” someone who has hard feelings for you in any respect. It softens them toward you. This will help with a person who:

1. has hard feelings toward you for any reason

2. has done and is continuing to do you harm

3. you want to help you

4. you want to talk to

5. you want to restore a relationship with

This will be useful, for instance, if you want a promotion at work or if you have some kind of relationship that you want to restore or if someone is doing you harm and you want them to stop but don’t want to do a spell to bind them or you want someone to help you for any reason.

What You Need

1. Empty jar that can be sealed to not leak.

2. Pen

3. Paper (You need pieces of paper small enough to put in the jar, but large enough to write someone’s name on it three times.)

4. Karo Syrup (Can be either light or dark, but I would suggest light.)

5. Tealight candle

Working The Spell

1. Take the pen and paper and write the name/s of the person/people who you want to “sweeten” toward you. Write their name/s on the piece of paper three times.

2. Place the pieces of paper in the empty jar.

3. Add the Karo syrup.

4. Seal the jar.

5. Light a tealight candle every night for 3 consecutive nights and let it burn on top of the sealed jar which contains the karo syrup/paper mixture. Let the candle burn out. Do not blow it out.

6. Every morning when you get up, give the jar a shake to “sweeten” that person/s toward you.

Note: I would suggest that when you are writing the name/s on the paper of the person/people you want to “sweeten” toward you that you actively think about that person and how much you want them to “sweeten” toward you. Think about what you want that person to do for you or how much you want to restore the relationship or how much you want them to stop doing harm to you,…etc. As with all spells, the power of your mind is what sets it into action. A strong mind and visualization=a strong spell.

Blessed Be.

To “Nail” Your Feet To A Property So That You Can Leave Of Your Own Volition~A Voodoo/Hoodoo Spell

square head nailsThis spell is for when someone is trying to wrongly throw you off your property or somewhere that you are staying/renting. This effectively takes the control away from the other person and puts it back in your hands so that you can leave of your own volition instead of being forced out.

What You Need

1. 3 Square Head Nails

2. Olive Oil

3. One garlic clove (crushed)

4. Empty Jar

5. Hammer

Working The Spell

1. Pour the olive oil in the empty jar.

2. Put the crushed garlic clove in the jar.

3. Anoint the nails with the olive oil/garlic mixture.

4. Take the anointed nails and the hammer and go to the front door of your house on the outside.

5. Hammer the three anointed nails into the very bottom part of the door frame on the outside while focusing your mind to visualize your feet being “nailed” to the property.

Bayou Laroux Hoodoo and Conjure


You’re now done.

Just a side note: As with all spells, this one also is all about the power of your mind and your visualizations. You must visualize very clearly your feet being “nailed” to the property. Do this well, and the spell will work well.

Blessed Be.

Voodoo Ancestor Elevation

ancestor altar

Ancestor Elevation
The Ancestors are very important to us. Through all of them, we were created. They guide us, help us, clear obstacles, and form the base of all Afro Caribbean traditions. It is important to create and maintain a good relationship with them in order to find success in life. Accordingly, I am posting an elevation ceremony for your ancestors which you can do at home.

Elevating the ancestors helps them immensely. It clears their paths and helps them. When you help them, they will be able to find it easier to help you. Elevating them gives them more power which in turn they will use to bless you. As your ancestors are elevated, you will find that things come easier, you have fewer obstacles, have more insightful dreams, and reach your goals much easier.

What you will need:
•7 small “emergency” white candles (sometimes referred to as utility candles)
•A white rosary
•A meal for the seventh day
•A glass of water
•7 bricks
•Holy Water
Some people prefer to do this for 9, 11, 13, or 21 days. For that you will need to increase the number of candles and bricks. You can also alternately use a seven-day white candle.

First, you should set aside a space to do this. If you have an ancestral altar, it is very appropriate to do it there. If you do not, you can set aside a little corner in your home to do it.

You should say a humble prayer to God. All things come after God. Light your white candle, and pray. Then pray to your ancestors, call the names of those you know and for those you don’t know say “To all those ancestors that I know and do not know, to all of those for whom I prayed and didn’t pray, to all those I greeted and did not greet”. You should pray for their – and your – spiritual elevation, for the removal of obstacles, and for connection to them.

You should spill some water on the ground three times for each ancestor you call, and three times for those you do not know. Some people will place photos nearby to remind them of different ancestors, others do not.

Now consecrate your rosary in service to the ancestors. Baptize it with holy water to serve all of your ancestors with it. Pray the rosary with faith and devotion. Know that your ancestors are all around you.

Place a brick down as you state that you are elevating your ancestors. Place the white candle and the glass of water on top of the brick. Repeat this procedure for seven days straight, each day laying a new brick on top of the old one.

On the seventh day, make your food offering to your ancestors, and thank them for listening to you. Make this process a habit. You will find that your luck will improve, you will have revelatory dreams, and that obstacles disappear. Don’t forget your ancestors. You can talk to them daily. You don’t need to talk to them only at an altar, you can speak to them while you drive your car, walk the dog, or cook your meals.

Ce Bon Doktor Grey Ravyn

image of altar taken from: The Wild Hunt

Basic Glossary of Voodoo Louzianne

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Asson-Sacred Rattle given during a Mambo or Houngan’s rite of passage from an ordinary initiate to the priesthood. It is a symbol and action of their power as a priest/ess of the lwa.
Atibon Legba– Name invoked for the guardian of the crossroads “Papa Legba” of Dahomey origin known there as Elegba Elegbara. All rituals start and end with Legba.

ATR-Abbreviation used meaning African Traditional Religion, used to denote any religion and practice based on African Tribal Traditions including: Palo, Santeria, Umbanda, Quimbanda, and Vodoun and many others.

Bawon– Also spelled (Baron) the husband of Maman Brigitte and father of all the Ghede. He is also the purveyor of souls and master of sexuality and health. If he does not dig the grave then one cannot die.

Bokor– A priest of Voodoo or a Voodoo practitioner that practices Ouanga or Juju Magick.

Boutey Lwa– A specifically created and decorated bottle prepared by a Houngan or Mambo to house a lwa.

Bondieu li Grande Zombi-Name given to the Grand Architect of the Universe, The Distant Great and Good God who created the world and is viewed as a Huge Serpent. Also known as Damballah Husband of the Lwa Ayida Wedo. Sometimes known as “Gran Met” The Great Head.

Dahomey– Area in Africa where Vodou was born. Referred to in Voodoo tradition as Ginen.
Djab-Group of lwa used for good and bad Ouanga whose head is Erzulie Dantor.
Doll Baby– A way of work done using Dolls that invokes the spirits and allows them to live in the doll.

Ellegua, Elegba, Eshu and Exu– Names given for the spirit of the crossroads in various traditional African based Traditions, Santeria, Palo, and Voodoo
Erzulie– Pronounced Eh-Zee-Lee, a family of lwa that includes Erzulie Dantor and Erzulie Freda as well as many others.

Fet– Creole word meaning Feast as in Fet Ghede: Feast of Ghede, etc…

Garde– a talisman used to guard the home from bad juju and spirits. Also a type of spirit put into service to act as the same.

Ghede– Name given to a Family and Nation of Ancestral Lwa(Loa) Led by Bawon(Baron) and Maman Gran Brigitte, the King and Queen of the Cemetery and the parents of all the Ghede.

Ginen– Name given to African Motherland but also the name given to the land of spirit.

Grande Cimitiere-(Grand Cemetary) Name used for the Land of the Dead and the kingdom of the Ghede.

Gran– Title given to certain Lwa meaning Great or Powerful, for instance; Maman Gran Brigitte, Gran Bois, Gran Met, etc….

Granny Bo– A lwa unique to voodoo Louzianne, widely feared and rarely talked bout. Is thought to be a spirit of death and evil sorcery. She is said to eat human victims who trespass on her land located in The Devil’s Bayou near Metairie, Louisiana.

Gris-Gris– Use and construction of Dolls, Pouches and things that are filled with all manner of root, curios and invocations to heal, or hurt. Similar to Hoodoo Mojo bags and dolls and also Native American Nation’s Sacks.

Haint– A Malevolent spirit summoned by a Bokor to cause suffering and death to a person or family. These are called Duppy in Haitian Creole and Anima Solas in Santeria/Lukumi

Hanfour– (Hanfo) The name given to a Voodoo temple and it’s congregation.

Houngan(Priest)– Male Initiate who through divination has been chosen by the lwa to receive the Asson. Also along with the Priestess (Mambo) he is the head of the Hanfour.

Ibo (see Granny Bo above)– A lwa of nature herself from Dahomey thought to have become Granny Bo when reached the American Shores. She is a powerful healer and root worker and a powerful witch prone to fits of rage ending in human death.

Jackdaw– Large Black Raven-like bird said to be the taker of spirit. In Louisiana when a person dies loud music is often played along with prayer to keep the Jackdaw from collecting the soul before Bawon can get to it.

Juju– Form of Gris Gris that includes the remains of something once alive.

Lave-Tet– Literally mean Headwashing. A blessing ceremony performed in Voodoo Louzianne to cleanse the body and the mind and to prepare as a seat for spirit.

L’ange de Congolese– A form of speaking in tongues that illegitimate people in the French Quarter use in their ceremonies. Not a true form of practice of Voodoo but rather a form more a kin to a circus act or a tourist show than anything  true voodoos would practice.
Lwa(Loa)– Spirits or intercessor who act as facets or faces of the Distant God. These spirits handle the earthly cares of men and women and all are reached first by invoking Legba. Each Lwa is syncretized in Voodoo Louzianne with a particular Saint. Lwa originate in Dahomey and are the same as the Orisha of the Yoruba peoples.
Mambo-Priestess– Woman equivalent of Houngan who also has been given the Asson.

Maman Gran Brigitte– Mother of the Ghede and wife of Bawon. She is syncretized with St. Brigit and also with the Goddess Bride. She is depicted as a stout cigar smoking, whiskey drinkin red haired Irish woman who speaks with a raucous and raunchy language with an Irish accent. She is responsible for the transmutation of the spirit to becoming a lwa or a Ghede or if worthy of becoming one with Bondieu li Grande Zombi.

Mamz’elle Marie Laveau– Most famous and powerful of the NOLA Voodoo Queens, much legend and controversy surround her. Suffice it to say that here that she is responsible for the evolution of Vodou from Africa and Haiti becoming what we know as Voodoo Louzianne. She was a devout catholic and attended mass everyday of her life. On Sundays she went to church and then conducted Voodoo ceremonies in Congo square on Sunday Afternoons. She was a Free woman of color and ran several successful businesses including a hair salon and a Maisson la Rouge( Red House) aka a Brothel. She was wealthy and very powerful. She is rumored to be buried in St. Louis number 1 as the Widow Parris. She had a daughter who carried on and became a Voodoo Queen in her own right named Marie Laveau II. Mamz’elle is a Voodoo Saint, an Ancestor of all Voodoos and also a Voodoo Louzianne Lwa as well.

Met-Tet– Spirit of the Head or the Lwa that one is born with. This is determined by a Houngan or Mambo during a divination that will tell them the exact lwa who is your personal Guardian.

Nacion– Term used for the different tribes of Lwa spirits. The most commonly invoked Nacions in Voodoo Louzianne are:
Rada, Petro, Nago, Ghede and Zandor

Ouanga-To Hex or Curse someone. Also spelled Wanga

Pere Antoine– a Spanish Capuchin, Fray Antonio de Sedella, became the chief prelate in the New Orleans Catholic Church for the first decades after the Louisiana Purchase. Always, at conflict the authority, he independently established many practices unique to New Orleans. Since most of the persons attending Mass in those times seem to have free women of color, Marie Laveau and Voodoo became among his familiars. Known for personal charity, society with black communities, and work in the Yellow Fever epidemics he became very popular. On September 16, 1801 he baptized Marie Laveau. In 1819 he performed her marriage and subsequently baptized her children. His history of ecumenical liberalism and inclusiveness gives rise to the theory he and Marie Laveau began the acknowledged integration of Voodoo and Catholicism in New Orleans.

Peristyle– Entrance or porch to a Hanfo.

Priere de Ginen(Prayer of Africa)– Prayer that opens every Voodoo Ceremony that calls on the powers of God, Mary, The Saints, Legba and all the Nacion Lwa bein called. In full can last a total of two hours, shorter versions are used though. They are typically chanted or sung with a call and response method.

Veve/Vever– sacred symbolic sigil or calling card of the Lwa that is either painted or drawn on the floor with Cornmeal and flour durin Fets and other ceremonies.

Vodooeinne/Vodousi– Terms used interchangeably for any male or female, initiated or not who practices Voodoo Louzianne
Zombi– Word meaning snake or venom poisoned. Also was name of Marie Laveau’s pet albino python who, she believed to be Bondieu li Grande Zombi incarnate. Zombi also is a term given to folk poisoned with a powder made by some Bokors to make them mindless slaves in a death like trance.

Ce Bon Doktor Grey Ravyn

Simple Prayer of Power to Chango

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Oh Sovereign and Mysterious spirit Chango who directs the destiny of our lives, watch over me. Humbly I pray that you light the way for me to obtain, through your secrets and great power as a warrior, fortune and luck in my job, business and gambling so that I can take care of my needs and gain a joyful soul and peace of mind. I kneel before your image, I admire your power, strength, and knowledge, and I ask for your benevolence. In the name of God and the Holy Spirit, protect me from all evil influences and evil thoughts and intentions of my enemies. There will be no need to retreat because you will be with me and you will help me in all of my needs. Chango, my guide and protector, grant me ________ (say here what you need help with). In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

From Ce Bon Doktor Grey Ravyn