Sparked by the theme of Beyonce's album "Lemonade," we introduce a new topic to AndraleMarie.com called: Divination, Spiritual Health & Metaphysics.
From the start of launching this website, I knew I was going to bring African spirituality and divination, I just didn't know how at the time. It's a very touchy subject, it's a subject that is taboo in the melanated community, both Black and Latino. African spirituality ranging in Voodoo, Yoruba traditions, Obeah, Black Magick, the Orishas, divination; and metaphysics are prevalent in the Black and Latino communities. It's just that nobody speaks of it, like I said it's taboo and also, due to the way African spirituality has been demonized by Western standards. So, a lot of people keep it hidden to prevent themselves from being ridiculed and ostracized.
Well, the time has come to bring it to light. African spirituality can not be hidden anymore. It is who we are as melanated people. The whole purpose of this intro to "Divination, Spiritual Health and Metaphysics" is to redefine Black Magick. To debunk all the lies, the myths and even the whitewashing of Black Magick. It's cool for Harry Potter to wave a wand and do magic, even Merlin to cast a spell but when African spirituality is displayed in movies or TV shows, it is always demonized and exhibited as evil. And that is false. Even the Ouija board has been demonized by Western standard. It was a divination tool the African slaves used to communicate with their ancestors and love ones who passed away.
The Witches of Salem, the African slaves taught them their magic. Taught these European women how to heal themselves, work with herbs, aspects in divination and so on.
The African slaves brought magick here with them during the slave trade. Even prior to that, the Moors, the melanated Europeans taught the Caucasian Europeans all about astrology, metaphysics, how to align themselves with the stars and teachings about the cosmos and etc.
In the movie "Birth of a Nation," in the beginning of it is such a powerful scene. It displayed how the African slaves continued to practice their spirituality, even if it meant for them to go into the woods to do so. In the footage below, Nat Turner's mother took him to an elder to read the marks that were on his body. This practice has evolved and manifested in different ways when church goers go see the elder of that church about an issue or problem.
When Hip Hop artists or the homies pour out liquor for their friends who passed on, it is a spiritual act (shown below). It's called libation. African spirituality is in the bloodline of melanated people and this is why they subconsciously pour out a little liquor for those who passed on.
With the whole #BlackGirlMagic movement, do you guys know how literal it is?
In prepping my readers, I opened up about my background and story pertaining to African spirituality, in terms of Voodoo. It is something I tried to suppress and in doing so, I encountered several spiritual trials and tribulations. You can never run from who you are nor can you escape it. The turning point for me was Beyonce's album "Lemonade." I don't know if Beyonce knows the magnitude of impact Lemonade is. For her to be that courageous, regardless of taboo, Westernized standards and etc., to bring African spirituality to the forefront in such a creative manner. Beyonce didn't just feature Orisha deities like Oshun, she also honored the Voodoo Goddess Erzulie and other significance of African spirituality.
In Jay Z's recent album "4:44," he opened up about his bloodlines relating to Voodoo and even made references of magickal tools used in African spirituality, such as "gris-gris." Which is just like a rabbit foot or a good luck charm. Seeing the expression of African spirituality from both Beyonce and Jay Z, I knew it was time for me shed some light on the subject.
And also, other musicians such as Princess Nokia and Ibeyi.
Here I was so mad at God for allowing me to be cursed and having my bouts with Voodoo and African spirituality as a whole. Finally coming to terms in seeing the blessing in it all, calling myself Voodoo Child and reaching a moment of clarity to write about it with conviction and purpose. We endure things in life that serves purposes bigger than us. If I did not endure what I did with my spiritual battles, I would not be able to write what I am writing now.
So, in the intro to Divination, Spiritual Health and Metaphysics, I want to get into topics and articles about spiritual health and wellness. Such as spiritual bathing which is also sacred bathing, an ancient practice that's been around since Egyptian times. Get into some other topics in divination with bringing you the the "Energy Forecast of the Day" from Tatianna Tarot to draw insight, clarity, empowerment; and etc. on the energy that resonates with you from within. Some other topics in African spirituality like candle magick, the metaphysics of herbs and crystals, intention settings; and much more. To introduce some of these aspects in African spirituality with the purpose to guide, help and heal people from within themselves. There are some problems that people have which are of spiritual nature. For example: the purpose, reasoning of spiritual bathing is due to spiritual debris or debris in one's energy or aura. It's the same as regular bathing, your aura should be fresh and clean, in order to generate and reflect light from one's self. Also, sun bathing assist in magnifying your aura. I might get into rootwork that often involves cycles of energy that often repeats itself in different ways. Where you have to find the of root the problem, which at times come from an ancestor or a parent or both, and even you.
I gradually want to get into this and connect you guys to some witches, brujas and brujos (male witches) of Instagram such as Michael Cardenas from Olde Ways, the Hoodwitch who was featured in Vogue magazine and etc., and the services their businesses provide. In an effort for spiritual vigor in wellness, health and wellbeing.
Stay tuned, to be continued.
Revised 12/9/17 by Sasha