Guest Ritchy Thermidor donning a hat with the name and veve for Baron Samdi, a loa in Haitian Vodou culture.

A Journey into Haitian Vodou

In this episode, Haitian native Ritchy Thermidor discusses his journey into the tradition of his ancestors. He explains the reasons he chose to explore and embrace Haitian Vodou and how it has impacted his life. Also, Ritchy expounds upon the rewards and challenges he has faced along the way. He concludes by presenting helpful tips … Continue reading A Journey into Haitian Vodou

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Which African Traditional Religion is Right for You?

African traditional religions are just as wide, varied, and diverse as the continent in which they were derived. While these traditions espouse foundational beliefs, each of them is respected and revered as a unique and distinct practice. They all have cultural nuisances and characteristics that attract people in various ways. As such, it is incumbent … Continue reading Which African Traditional Religion is Right for You?

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Should You Embrace African Spirituality?

Choosing to embrace an African traditional religion (ATR) can be a daunting decision for the average person. There are many things to consider and many questions to answer. In this episode, I explore the process of embracing African spirituality. I likewise examine a few questions you should ask yourself before embracing this way of life. … Continue reading Should You Embrace African Spirituality?

Magic & Manifestation in African Spiritual Systems

Although magic is foundational to African traditional religions (ATRs), it is probably one of the most misunderstood subjects within such practices. It is a topic that both intrigues and scares onlookers and observers. And it often confuses and frustrates new devotees. So, what is magic all about it?  How does it work? And, why do … Continue reading Magic & Manifestation in African Spiritual Systems

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Feeding the Spirits: Sacrifices, Offerings, & Ritual Work

It is often said that “nothing in the spirit realm is free”. This concept applies to the notion of feeding or appeasing spirits in traditional spiritual systems. Feeding the spirits is a very common, yet often misunderstood concept in ATR. From animal sacrifices to alcohol and fruit, many people are often confused by the work … Continue reading Feeding the Spirits: Sacrifices, Offerings, & Ritual Work

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Connecting with African Deities

When newcomers begin to embrace African spirituality they often desire to start with African deities from the door. They usually overlook important spirits like their ancestors and Ori at the beginning of their journey. Like other energies discussed in previous episodes, the Orishas, Lwas, Vodun, etc. are vital components of your spiritual team. However, one … Continue reading Connecting with African Deities

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The Essence of Ancestor Elevation

Ancestor veneration is core to any African spiritual practice. As more and more people embrace African Traditional Religions (ATR), they begin to explore this vital concept. Though some of them may feel uneasy about connecting with their ancestors at first. This is primarily because it is common for newcomers to only focus on their most … Continue reading The Essence of Ancestor Elevation

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The Most Important Deity: Your Higher Self

Many new practitioners of ATR hear about and focus on the Orishas, Lwas, Vodun, and other spirits when they first embrace an African spiritual practice. However, few understand the significance of the Higher Self when they first begin such a journey. Africans have always regarded the Higher Self as a vital deity or energy in … Continue reading The Most Important Deity: Your Higher Self