AFRICAN SPIRITS SPEAK A White Woman's Journey Into the Healing Tradition of the Sangoma Nicky Arden
The moving story of an expatriate coming to terms with her country's history, and her joyous spiritual and emotional rebirth as an African healer." •One of the first accounts of the mysterious sangomas, the healers of South Africa's black population." •A mystical journey that will appeal to those wishing to reunite with their roots and a more spiritual life.
Set against the stirring backdrop of a crumbling apartheid regime, African Spirits Speak is the lyrical account of white South African Nicky Arden's journey into the world of the sangomas, the diviners, doctors, psychologists, and priests of South Africa's black population." While in her early twenties Nicky fled South Africa with her husband as the stranglehold of apartheid tightened on her native land. For twenty-two years they lived in California as expatriates--never once returning to their homeland--until a deep depression, followed by a spiritual awakening in the California desert, compelled Nicky to return to South Africa. During her visit, while exploring deep in the bush, she unexpectedly met an old black medicine woman--a sangoma. This meeting would change her life. Few white South Africans are even aware of the world of the sangomas, but this prophetic old woman saw in Nicky the spirit of a fellow healer and set the author on a mystical journey that would reunite her soul with its African roots. Thus began her astonishing and complex initiation into a nearly unknown world and her quest to discover the truth about herself and her heritage.
AFRO BRAZILIAN TAROT EX124 Tarot Cards Alice Santana Illustrated by Giuseppe Palumbo
Orishas are gods and myths from an ancient magic transformed through time and continents and are still alive today. This Tarot opens a path to the beneficial and natural forces of the orishas that can be drawn upon for cures meditations or rituals. The divinities of Brazilian Santeria unite with the Tarot archetypes with surprising ease.
BOOK OF AFRICAN DIVINATION Interpreting the Forces of Destiny with Techniques from the Venda, Zulu, and Yoruba Raymond Buckland and Kathleen Binger
Drawing on diverse African traditions, the authors take us on a fascinating journey of magical divination practices--from Venda tablets and divining bowls to Zulu & 'bone' casting, Yoruba seashell casting, and Tikar spider cards.
. Comes complete with an eighty-card divination deck based on the Tikar spider cards
. Illustrates in detail how to make and use many different traditional tools of African divination
. Explains the history and myths behind the methods
. Includes sample readings to help the reader evaluate results
. Interest continues to build in the ways and wisdom of tribal people
CREATIVE RITUAL Combining Yoruba, Santeria and Western Magic Tradition El Obatala
El Obatala is an initiate of both yoruba and the Western Mystery Tradition, and among his many insights, he examines how Yoruba and the Qabala share similar undercurrents. The book aims to be a practical instruction manual on psychic-preparation, casting a circle, creating an altar, choosing, blessing and consecrating ritual objects, crystal empowerment, and methods of divination using cowrie bells, playing cards, or a pendulum. This should be of interest to those who wish to create their own eclectic magical rituals, with down to earth spiritual insight that works for our modern world, from a variety of spiritual and philosophical disciplines.
DILOGGUN HB The Orishas Proverbs Sacrifices and Prohibitions of Cuban Santeria Ocha'ni Lele
THE DILOGGUN is more than a tool of divination. It is a powerful transformational process and the forces that are set in motion when it is cast determine the future evolution of the adherent. THE DILOGGUN is the first book to explore this Afro-Cuban oracle from the perspective of Diaspora orisha worship. It is also the first book to explore the lore surrounding this mysterious oracle which is the living Bible of one of the world's fastest growing faiths. The twelve families of odu that are available to the diviner include 192 omo odu the children of the odu and each of these patterns or letters has its own proverbs meanings prohibitions and sacrifices. Ócha'ni Lele provides the secret but essential information that the adept diviner needs to know to ensure that every element affecting a client's spiritual development is taken into consideration during a reading. His book is also the first to detail how to properly end a session so that negative vibrations are absorbed by the orishas and fully removed from the diviner's home. For those seeking the wisdom of ancient Africa THE DILOGGUN is an indispensable guide to the mysteries of the orishas. ¨ Includes the major considerations for sacrifice providing the diviner with ways to placate and supplicate the Afro-Cuban deities known as orishas. ¨ Demonstrates how to properly end a reading so that negative vibrations are fully removed from the diviner's home. ¨ Provides a thoroughly detailed description of each of the 12 families of odu that exist in the diloggún--from Okana through Ejila Shebora.
In this introductory volume, Baba Ifa Karade provides an easily understandable overview of the Yoruba religion. He describes 16 orisha and shows us how to work with divination, to use the chakras to internalize the teachings of Yoruba, and describes howto create a sacred place of worship. Includes prayers, dances, songs, offerings, and sacrifices to honor the orisha and egun. Illustrations, charts, glossary, bibliography, and index.
HEALING MAKES OUR HEARTS HAPPY Spirituality and Transformation Among the Juhoansi of the Kalahari Richard Katz Megan Biesle Verna St. Denis
One of the world's oldest living societies the Juhoansi of the Kalahari Desert or Bushmen offer profound insights into what is fundamental to human existence. In the face of outside pressures that threaten the complete disruption of their communal way of life the Juhoansi are working to communicate to the modern world a message about cultural survival. They are finding deep spiritual resources in their traditional healing dance - an indigenous method of healing individuals that is also an affirmation of the community. The healing dance promises to be the crucial factor that allows this inspiring cultures to preserve itself and continue into the twenty-first century. Filled with evocative colour photographs of the Kalahari and its people this book teaches us to look beyond the false promises of modern technological society in search of the peace we so desperately need. Richard Katz the author of BOILING ENERGY: COMMUNITY HEALING AMONG THE KALAHARI KUNG AND THE STRAIGHT PATH: A STORY OF HEALING AND TRANSFORMATION IN FIJI lives in Saskatchewan Canada. Megan Biesele an anthropologist and development worker in Austin Texas currently returns to the Kalahari each year as an educational consultant for the Juhoansi. Verna St. Denis a Cree Metis is a professor of Indian and Northern education at the University of Saskatchewan.
IBOGA The Visionary Root of African Shamanism Vincent Ravalec, Mallendi and Agnès Paicheler
Iboga, spiritual ally of African shamans since antiquity, yields ibogaine, a powerful psychotropic substance. It is used mainly in Gabon and Cameroon in a secret, initiatory tradition called bwiti-nganza, in which physical and psychological illnesses can be rooted out and cured. Intense psychological conditioning that includes the rites of confession, contacting and honouring one's ancestors and construction of an in-depth psychological inventory are all part of the initiate's encounter with this sacred root. Like many visionary and initiatory plants, iboga is a key that gives access to other modes of being and consciousness. Despite its suppression in the West, researchers have shown that ibogaine provides a powerful adjunct to psychology due to its miraculous ability to break addictions - most notably to heroin. To the followers of the Bwiti religion, ibogaine is the indispensable means by which humans can truly communicate with the deepest reaches of their soul and with the spirits of their ancestors. This book details the traditions and techniques of iboga's use by African shamans and the essential role it occupies in that community in order both to preserve this knowledge and to show how ibogaine may have an important role to play in our modern world.
LOST TREASURE OF KING JUBA The Evidence of Africans in America before Columbus Frank Joseph
In 1982 Russell E. Burrows a treasure hunter in southern Illinois stumbled on an incredible cache of ancient weapons jewels and gold sarcophagi in a remote cave. In addition there were countless stone tablets inscribed with hieroglyphs and bearing the portraits of ancient Roman soldiers Hebrews early Christians and West African sailors. These relics fueled a bitter controversy in the archaeological community on the authenticity of these objects leading Burrows who steadfastly refused to share its location with anyone to blow up the entrance. Researching the more than 7000 artifacts removed from the cave before its sealing author Frank Joseph paints a compelling picture of how these objects of likely Roman Empire origin ended up in a cave in the middle of the United States. It all starts with Cleopatra whose daughter became queen of the semi-independent realm of Mauretania in North Africa which she ruled with her husband King Juba. Following the execution of their son Ptolemy by the emperor Caligula the Mauretanians rebelled against their Roman overlords. Facing extermination at the hands of the powerful Roman army the Mauretanians successfully made their way into what is now Senegal where they constructed ships for a transatlantic voyage.
OJISE Messenger of the Yoruba Tradition Baba Ifa Karade
"Ojise" is a journal of the rituals the author encountered on his quest for priesthood in the Yoruba religion. This is his pilgrimage of healing, growth and discovery as he speaks directly to anyone searching for their heritage, aiming to enhance spirituality and promote positive identity.
SCIENCE OF THE DOGON Decoding the African Mystery Tradition Laird Scranton
The Dogon people of Mali West Africa are famous for their unique art and advanced cosmology. The Dogon creation story describes how the one true god Amma created all the matter of the universe. Interestingly the myths that depict his creative efforts bear a striking resemblance to the modern scientific definitions of matter beginning with the atom and continuing all the way to the vibrating threads of string theory. Furthermore many of the Dogon words symbols and rituals used to describe the structure of matter are quite similar to those found in the myths of ancient Egypt and in the daily rituals of Judaism. THE SCIENCE OF THE DOGON offers a case-by-case comparison of Dogon descriptions and drawings to corresponding scientific definitions and diagrams from authors like Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene then extends this analysis to the counterparts of these symbols in both the ancient Egyptian and Hebrew religions. What is ultimately revealed is the scientific basis for the language of the Egyptian hieroglyphs which was deliberately encoded to prevent the knowledge of these concepts from falling into the hands of all but the highest members of the Egyptian priesthood. THE SCIENCE OF THE DOGON also offers compelling new interpretations for many of the most familiar Egyptian symbols such as the pyramid and the scarab and presents new explanations for the origins of religiously charged words such as Jehovah and Satan. The whole text reveals striking similarities between Dogon symbols and those used in both the Egyptian and Hebrew religions with amazing implications for the history of civilisation. The material is an advance on the revelations that made Robert Temple's The Sirius Mystery an international bestseller.
SOUL TALK The new spirituality of African-American Women Akasha Gloria Hull
From the last part of the twentieth century until today African-American women have experienced a revival of spirituality and creative force fashioning a uniquely African-American way to connect with the divine. In SOUL TALK Akasha Gloria Hull examines this multifaceted spirituality that has both fostered personal healing and functioned as a formidable weapon against racism and social injustice. Through fascinating and heartfelt conversations with some of today's most creative and powerful women - women whose spirituality encompasses among others traditional Christianity Tibetan Buddhism Native American teachings meditation the I Ching and African-derived ancestral reverence - the author explores how this new spiritual consciousness is manifested how it affects the women who practice it and how its effects can be carried to others. Using a unique and readable blend of interviews storytelling literary critique and practical suggestions of ways readers can incorporate similar renewal into their daily lives SOUL TALK shows how personal and social change are possible through reconnection with the spirit.