Series: Traditional Indigenous African Spirituality Part 1

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This post is the first of a series on Traditional  African Spirituality.

The topic of Traditional African Spirituality is varied and extensive. I am not going to get into every nook and crannie of the cosmology of it. This series is going to be more about creating a timeline of sorts. A timeline of spiritual practices by indigenous Kemites, alllllllllllllll the way thru to how traditional spirituality is practiced throughout the African diaspora.

There is a massive amount of information on the subject, scholarly and otherwise. I am not here to convert or convince anyone of anything. I am of African descent. Some of the practices that my great grand parents, grandparents, and parents engaged in were constant reminders of my African ancestry even though they were all very american. Throughout my years, I have refined, adapted, and evolved into and beyond things that were GIVEN to me as my religious and spiritual beliefs. Practicing some aspects of African Spirituality is as natural as breathing to me. Even so, I came to a point where I wanted to go deeper, understand more. I studied, and studied and followed bloodlines, followed spiritual lines, mapped the course of slave trades and found my indigenous roots.

I am many things. You are too. Why are you a witch? How did you know? When did you become brave enough to take the journey inside to be reborn into the ways of the wise? If you are wise, then you know that the journey truly IS the destination. There is such beauty in discovery.

This series is about sharing the beauty and variations of Traditional African Spirituality. Not sure how many posts will be in this series. I promise that each post will be a fulfilling snack and not a whole dinner plus dessert! Just enough to get a general understanding and move on to the next part.

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If you have anything to add to the topic or the ideas presented throughout the series, feel free to add on in the comment section. I hope to inspire a dialogue from our community.

Here is some food for thought. The abrahamic religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have made tremendous strides in colonizing the minds and lifestyles of many countries and continents throughout the world. Unfortunately Africa is no exception. Presently approx 45% of Africans throughout the continent are Christians, and approx 41% are Muslim.  

There is hope however. Dr.  Jacob Olupona,  professor of indigenous African religions at Harvard Divinity School and professor of African and African-American studies in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences said once, “…there are signs of the revival of African indigenous practices in many parts of Africa. Modernity has not put a total stop to its influence. Ritual sacrifices and witchcraft beliefs are still common. Moreover, the religions developed in the Americas impact Africa in that devotees of the African diaspora have significant influence on practices in Africa. Some African diasporans are returning to the continent to reconnect with their ancestral traditions, and they are encouraging and organizing the local African communities to reclaim this heritage.” That makes me happy and hopeful to know that.

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We can all play a role in keeping indigenous spiritual traditions alive. The beauty is that you can be and practice whatever you choose to. Understanding and incorporating African spirituality into your current practices is perfectly acceptable.

More about that in the next post.

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Until next time. Blessed be. Ashe.  

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Part 2

Sex Magic & Passion Energy

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As I post this we are a week away from valentine’s day. Although I don’t celebrate valentine’s day, my family for sure celebrates what we’ve dubbed Love Day, which is the day AFTER st valentine’s day and lasts until…  As a family, we give one another sweet gifts that reflect the sweetness of the love that we feel for one another. My hunny and I are more loving and attentive with purpose during this time. As a conjure woman I get to work creating elixirs, oils, potions, and herbal bath blends weeks before you can feel the energy of what I like to call Passion Season, begin to raise. This year however, I am a little late on my potions. As I am only now gathering my herbs and botanicals necessary to craft a host of passion goodies for the weeks and months ahead.

Crafting herbal remedies for low libido and to strengthen love bonds is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. It important to stoke the fires of passion throughout every age and stage of life. As the saying goes, horny=healthy. Getting in flow with passion season is one of the best ways to begin, or fortify your passion/sex energy and get those juices flowing!

It is also the perfect time to love on yourself! You don’t need to be in romantic love in order to get in flow and take advantage of this energy. If you have been feeling down, or are single and in search of a mate, passion season is a perfect time to do magickal workings that tap into the power of passion that is so high and available right now. It’s time to get that yoni poppin’ ladies!

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In this post I will lay out for you as many elements as I can that relate to love and passion. Use this information about these elements to direct the flow energy towards you. I will also outline a couple rituals that you can employ now to bring more fiery energy into your life to be used in any way you need to use it.

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If we are honest, there are times in our lives when our passion flame is reduced to a tiny flicker. Could be stress. Could be lack of sexual confidence. Could be medication. Could be anything! Whatever the case may be, it is beneficial to realize that having a healthy outlook on sex is a key component to vitality & longevity.  It is well documented that sexual energy can and should be used for more than intercourse. This energy can be harnessed and used in every area of our lives. This is the same energy that will help to open your throat chakra and empower you to speak up for yourself and for your place in the world. Passion energy can do that, and so much more. A healthy sexual appetite will save ya life! Truly.  The Spring Equinox isn’t too far away. As Crone time (Winter) awakens to a new day, a new season (Spring), consider what you wish to manifest and begin now. Prepare to awaken your sexuality anew! Below I have listed several elements that you can engage with, surround yourself with, practice with etc. to aide you on your mission.

Gods and Goddesses of Love

Egyptian, Hathor

Known as Great one of many names, Hathor is one of the most beloved Goddesses in the pantheon. The love Goddess of Upper Egypt, she is considered the Mother of Mothers. She is the Egyptian Goddess of women, fertility, and childbirth. Invoke or evoke Hathor energy when you need to receive or give love associated with kindness and care taking. Also the kind of sex with your mate intended to conceive.

Yoruba, Oshun

Oshun is the Orisha of Love. Oshun is sexy and playful. She has maiden energy and represents a new start. The beginning of a new romance. Oshun governs natural bodies of water like rivers and lakes (including YOUR natural body *wink wink).  Invoke or evoke Oshun energy when you need a breathe of fresh air. When you begin a new romance and need to harness that flirty sexual energy that will help to bind you and your intended mate. Oshun can aide a long term couple to rekindle or refresh their sexual desire for one another also.

Greek, Aphrodite

Goddess of love, beauty, eternal youth, and sexual pleasure. Often considered the patron saint of prostitutes, Aphrodite was a bit of an enchantress. The word aphrodisiac is derived from this blessed beauty. Evoke or invoke Aphrodite energy when you need to look and feel your best to win the affections of a lover. Also, you can harness Aphrodite when you just need to ground yourself in your exalted feminine energy. Need assistance learning to luxuriate in your womanhood? Aphrodite can help.

Roman, Venus

The Roman Goddess of love, beauty, and seduction. She is The Lover. Venus energy is of the passionate and devoted sort. Venus energy can be noticed when we lovingly admire art, poetry, and music. Venus energy is very helpful when trying to find your life’s passion. Which direction should you take at this time in life? Evoke or invoke Venus to help you to find what you are passionate about and go for it!

Norse, Freya

Considered somewhat of a “party girl”, Freya may have gotten around. What can I say, she loves love! Goddess of love, lust, fertility and beauty. Freya energy can be harnessed when you have need or desire to be lusty and you want to give it all up with sheer abandon. Evoke or Invoke Freya energy when you want sex with your partner to be a somewhat spiritual experience. Hot and passionate and connected beyond the physical, this is Freya passion energy.

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What is Love

Love is the element of Fire. No secret there! It is also the element of Water. This is easy to decipher if you think about it. You meet someone, you hit it off immediately, you feel a “spark” between you. This spark can be sexual, or simply friendly, but it is palpable. This is an example of Love as Fire. Love as Water is changeable and transient. We love multiple people at one time for example. This is an example of the fluidity of Love.

Love is ruled by the planet Venus. Friday is the day of Venus. Consider doing love, passion, or sex magick on Friday to further concentrate the energies. The astrological sign Libra is honored to be ruled by Venus. Are you a Libra? Would you consider yourself a good lover? Hahaha! Just curious. The colors of Love are green, pink, red, and blue. When choosing candle (s), any one of these colors is great depending on the exact intention of your working.

Allies for the pursuit of love

A few widely known herbal allies to help us with our Love crafts are: wormwood, basil, yarrow, chamomile, evening primrose, cinnamon, tomato, rosemary, lavender, and nutmeg.

Gem stones that have been used to encourage love energy are: rose quartz, garnet, moonstone, and lapis.

Flowers commonly used to symbolize love are: jasmine, acacia, chrysanthemum, forget me nots, bellflower, gardenia, red rose (if given with love intention).

Mortar and Pestle with Fresh Herbs over White

Here is a great herbal tea latte blend that has been used to help balance the hormones which will be like a defibrillator for your libido.

  • Damiana, is an herb full of fire energy that will increase excitement and desire.

  • Ginger, also for its fiery energy and taste! It stimulates circulation to the pelvic region.

  • Oatstraw, a nervine that supports sexual health by toning the endocrine glands.

  • Sarsparilla, helps regulate hormone production which boosts libido and sex energy.

  • Milk, dairy or nondairy

  • Honey, raw or not

Use equal amounts of the herbs. Use an inch of peeled fresh ginger root. If you have no fresh ginger, powder will work fine, just be careful to not add too much!

  1. Blend damiana, oatstraw, sarsaparilla, and place in your tea bowl, or mesh tea bag and place in your mug.

  2. Smash with the side of a knife, and add the ginger to your cup.

  3. Bring water to almost boil. Once the water is ready slowy pour over the contents of your mug.

  4. Place your hands over your cup and set your intentions.

  5. Cover mug and allow to steep for approx 20min.

  6. It is finished steeping when your mug is hot but not too hot to touch. Remove the botanicals and add honey to taste and milk.

Drink regularly for up to month to experience lasting effects. *Be smart. I am not an MD. I can only tell you what people have used for centuries to strengthen libido. Don’t use anything that would interfere with any medication you are currently on. Be wise.

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Here is a love potion that you might want to try

Damiana, oatstraw, red clover, rose petals and cinnamon stick.

Place the herbs and cinnamon stick in a glass bottle or jar. Add raw honey. Fill jar to the top with vodka or brandy. Let sit for 7-21 days. Shake everyday. Strain into a different glass bottle. Store in a dark cool place.

Foods that have been known to be aphrodisiac by nature

Tomatoes

Oysters

Basil

Avocados

Bananas

Asparagus

If you enjoy cooking, think of a couple recipes that you can come up with that use any of these foods.

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Give yourself a leg up!

When we are whipping our sexy into shape it’s important to feel sexy and sensual. Our intention and our ability to visualize what we desire go a very long way in manifesting what we want. A hot nourishing bath is a tool that I use to relax, focus, and get into my sexy goddess vibe. A good sensuous soak can get you open to experience pleasure. The Aphrodite Passion bath soak can ease your stress, and awaken you to your goddess self. A rich blend of organic botanicals carefully selected for the sexy goddess energy that they carry and help to evoke. You can find out more about  the  Aphrodite Passion bath soak here.  

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A hoodoo honey jar craft is a great way to help your efforts along. Here is a video for how to construct a honey jar spell. It doesn’t matter what the intention for the jar is, the construction process is the same. You can see that video here.

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Whew! I think I have exhausted the arcanum of Love on this one! Sheesh! I really hope that this helps! Use this time of Passion to ignite within you the spark that you have been missing. If you get inspired to do any of the things that I have laid out here tell me about it! I mean, I don’t need details lol BTW, have you ever tried chocolate beer?! It is fantastic. Yards Chocolate Love Stout helped write this post! 😉 

*Please always engage in safe sex practices.

Until next time friends. Happy Passion Season! May you be inspired to stoke the flames of passion for greater success in life! Blessed be. Ase.

credits: ancientegyptonline.co.uk/hathor; tribeofthesun; www.goddess-guide; norse-mythology; www.witchipedia.com; chanelbaranphoto; wendysalter; aroundthecabin; //moviewriternyu