I’m always interested in the day to day lives of spirit workers. Personally, I’m in a space of what I call “ritualizing my life” where I am intentional about incorporating spirit into my daily activities. How do you incorporate ritual into your day to day life? What does your work look like on a personal, day to day level?
Everything is ritual from my face wash, my perfume, the jewelry I wear to the color lipstick I choose and they type of tea I drink.
I wake up and remind myself to breathe first and foremost. Anxiety can get the best of me, so I make a ritual out of simply reminding to inhale and exhale. I put water on for tea and greet my spirits. I like to allow my day to flow with spirit. I light a candle and do a little Tarot and Journaling.
I schedule my day around work and play. I think the great thing about homeschooling and self-employment is that everything must be intentional and ritualized. I am constantly teaching my child through modeling behavior. He helps me with some ritual work. We talk about the spirits. He practices handwriting with affirmations + mantras. We go to the park daily and experience spirit in nature. I am in constantly silly mode because I have a young child, which allows me to be in a constant space of imagination and intuition. Motherhood is has ritualized my life. It’s a balancing act.
I noticed that your Tumblr is titled “of water +spirit” and you often post pictures of the Yemaya, Mami Wata, and other water based spirits on your Instagram. What is the significance of water to you in your work?
I could go on forever about water. My tumblr is virtual alter to the Water spirits I serve + in return serve me. In my work, it is the vehicle of spirit. Deep and shallow. It is the great mystery. Through it I see visions. I hear voices. Through the water I am disciplined and to it I am obedient. It is peace. It is chaos. It’s the poet and the poem. It is the ultimate oracle + healer. It blesses, cleanses, it gives, and receives. It holds memories, vibrations and frequencies.
It is Fluid, swift and changeable just like me. Water is life. My mission to honor it in every way possible.
What’s next for you?! What are you dreaming about and conjuring up?
There is so much in store. I live in a dream + my mind is constantly at work but spirit is telling me to slow down and focus on self. I am in a space of surrender. I’m allowing things to flow. I really want to share some personal remedies that facilitate inner work, healing + transformation. I have some medicine we can all benefit from but only when the time is right.
Who are some Black Femme Witches that inspire you?
There are so many.The magical ladies of my lineage, My maternal great grandmothers + aunties.
I love @Daark_lineage, @Thuleheals @Nirvana.Wild, @TheHoodWitch just to name a few.
You are a Hoodoo practitioner/ root worker. Can you explain what Hoodoo is?
Hoodoo to me, is black magic…. simply put but in a cultural sense. It superstition, its old negro spirituals, its psalms, its dolls, its powders…Hoodoo is roots, herbs, seeds, beans, oils, lamps, elements, mental discipline, concentration, confidence mixed with anything you can conjure up to reach a desired result. Its nature magic, it’s what comes natural to black folks. Its African in origin, like all things.
I was introduced to you and your work from the Broadly article, “Black Magic: Hoodoo Witches Speak Out on the Appropriation of Their Craft,” where you talk a bit about your background. You come from a long line of Hoodoo practitioners, so this work comes very naturally to you and it’s a part of your lineage. What do you feel is the role of ancestry in Hoodoo and other indigenous magical/spiritual systems?
Ancestry is key. It holds ancient memory + links you with spirit. Moving and functioning in accordance to spirit requires one to move intuitively and naturally. It is really unnatural to practice systems that have no ties to your ancestry.
There is a mass shift taking place where many African Americans and people of African descent are returning to our indigenous and ancestral spiritual practices. I've heard a lot of concern expressed about the popularization of Hoodoo and other ancestral spiritual traditions and magical systems as this interest grows. How can those of us who are wanting to learn and practice these systems do so in a way that truly honors them and maintains the integrity and truth of them?
This is such a good question. I think it’s beautiful that so many black folks are returning home to our spiritual roots. But we must be careful in our approach to our ancestral systems. We must honor these traditions by honoring spirit first. That’s more than burning sage, wearing beads, acquiring, titles, and making social media posts broadcasts of your offerings and rituals. Character is major and ego must die. While I believe that all things evolve, we must be careful not to disrespect tradition in the name of modernization. Yes, google is out there. Yes, there are many books Yes, you can call yourself a Priestess if your money is right…. but that is not the culture and it serves no higher purpose. There are no short cuts in your journey and that it will not be glamorous. Work must be done and sacrifices must be made. Know that inner work, self-care and personal development will open the doors for ancestral guidance to the form of practice/role suitable for your destiny.