What is voodoo?
Find out what Voodoo is and what it can do for you
Voodoo is a folk practice in which deities are celebrated and asked for guidance. Unlike other spiritual practices, the structure of deity can be a bit more complex, causing new practitioners to be a bit confused as to who to pray too. What’s more difficult with this spiritual practice is that the Voodoo beliefs have been changed and altered as the belief system spread. There are many different types of Voodoo practiced now, and each has its own ideas of what is ‘right’ and what is not.
The Structure of Deities
The basic idea of deity in Voodoo is this – there are many deities, but only some can help the humans who contact them. There is a supreme being who is not one who concerns themselves with the affairs of men and women. They simply are there to run the universe as they see fit to do so. Lesser deities are helpful in connecting with the humans on earth, allowing the humans someone to talk to and to pray to. In giving offerings and in giving energy to these gods, the prayers may be answered. Pleasing the gods is always a good thing in any practice, but especially in Voodoo. By building colorful altars, leaving offerings, and being respectful of the deities’ needs, a person can enhance their luck, banish bad things, and bring good opportunities to them.
The Concept of Greed
Within the practice of Voodoo are clear ideas about the notion of greed. When a person is too greedy, they will not be able to get all they want – and the deities may become angry with them. There is a clear understanding of right and wrong within the practice of Voodoo. Those who are simply trying to better themselves without doing anything in return will not be pleased with the results they see in their lives. The gods are angry and swift in their anger, so bad things can happen if things are done in their name without proper guidance. In addition, if a deity doesn’t like the way a person is handling their spell work or rituals, they might not be able to help others in healing. Being able to practice Voodoo without having a self-centered focused is essential. One can not do the work of the Voodoo deities without making sure to honor them at all times, reciting their names, having sculptures of them, etc.
Voodoo is Not a Scary Practice
That said, the idea of Voodoo sounds scary to make people because most people have no idea what it is and what it encompasses. Though this might seem to create a mood of fear, Voodoo is a very celebratory practice as well. With hours of prayers and dancing, the person who is practicing Voodoo can be ecstatic in their devotion to the deities, helping to please them as they witness the actions of those on earth. Practitioners are able to create vibrant altars and ritual dress, helping to please the deities as they do their Voodoo work. Many people don’t realize that a lot of Voodoo is about healing and about asking for spirits to be removed from the bodies, as it is thought that sickness is caused by evil spirits and not necessarily by germs or viruses.
Within Voodoo are many practices an everyday spiritual seeker can use. Though many people shy away from the idea of using Voodoo in their life, many Voodoo love spells are effective, even more so than other spells which might be available. Voodoo is a practice which gets results, but only when a person is respectful of the deities and seeks to please them.