Introduction to Voodoo – What is Voodoo?

Voodoo (often written and pronounced as “Vodou”) is a mystical/magic tradition deeply rooted in the African shamanism and magic traditions but strongly influenced by Christianity, especially by Roman Catholicism.

Brought to the New World by African slaves, Vodou persisted throughout the centuries and is now a lively spiritual movement all across the southern states and in the Caribbean Sea region. Its true center is Haiti – the saying that Haiti “is 80% Roman Catholic, 20% Protestant and 100% Vodou” is all too true.

Understanding Voodoo

Contrary to common beliefs, Vodou is not all about creating zombies, killing chickens and summoning evil spirits. Voodoo spells, nature spells, and necromantic spells are mostly a way of serving and communicating with powerful spirits. These Spirits are called “loa” by houngans, the Vodou priests, and mambos, the priestesses. Loa sometimes can be asked to help the priests in return for their services.

The priests and priestesses contact the loa during long rituals during which they are ridden (“possessed”) by the spirits. While it still has nothing to do with any form of black magic, it can be a most unsettling experience for those untrained in the ways of this form of magic. It is not recommended to try complicated Voodoo spells at home unless you are a houngan or mambo yourself.

While loa can be calm or dangerous, none of them can be called “evil” or “good” in a Christian sense of these words. The darker paths of Vodou can be used only by bokors, but even for them killing animals or creating zombies are nothing more than myths. Bokors are practitioners that have learned both white and black magic.

Introduction to Voodoo

Voodoo, much like the Wicca religion, is a misunderstood religion. It should also be noted that many traditions you find in Wicca and the Judeo-Christian faith can also be found in Voodoo. As such, Voodoo celebrates significant life events like births, marriages, and deaths, but the religion that began in Africa has evolved over time.

Voodoo, or more accurately ‘Vodun’, believes in a chief God named Olorun and minor spirits called Loa. In essence, this practice is similar to Christianity. In Christianity, there is a supreme god and then saints associated with particular activities or occupations. For example, in Christianity, the saint of protection (or law enforcement) is St. Michael. In Voodoo the Loa spirit of protection is named Ayza.

It should also be noted that Voodoo goes by several different names or variations of the name including Vodun, Vodoun, Voudou and Sevi Lwa. The term voodoo actually comes for the African word Vodun for “spirit”. Some anthropologists believe the religion goes back as far as the dawn of human civilization, or by conservative estimates 10,000 years.

Voodoo and Haiti

When Europeans began sending African slaves to the New World, Voodoo, as we know it today, was born in Haiti. Many slavers mistakenly thought by desolating the various African ethnic groups it would stop them from forming as a community. Instead, the opposite happened. These transplanted slaves fused their varying beliefs together to form the new religion we called Voodoo. Since that time it has spread to parts of the southern United States, as well as South America.


In 1884 an author named S. St. John wrote an inaccurate book called, “Haiti or the Black Republic” after exploring the West Indies region. In it, St. John described Voodoo as an evil religion, including descriptions of human sacrifice, cannibalism, and a host of other wicked acts. Naturally, this book caught the imagination of people outside the area that had never visited the place.  As a result, the misunderstanding and fear of Voodoo began to spread, much of which is still present today. Hollywood also helped perpetuate the misconceptions with many movies that cast Voodoo in an unfavorable light.

What are Loa and Deities?

Loa means “mystery” in the Yoruba language and stands for the different category of spirits in the Vodun religion. Vodun, also know as Vodoun, Voodoo and Sevi Lwa, is an African religion going back to the dawn of mankind. As slavers brought Africans to the New World, Vodun began to spread among the black communities of North America, South America, and the Caribbean. As for who and what the Loa are, a simplistic way to describe them to a Judeo-Christian would be to compare them to saints. In the Vodun religion, there is one chief God named Olorun. This god is then supreme over these minor spirits called Loa.

Loa and Christianity

Vodun has many similarities to the Roman Catholic religion, but a few include:

  • The belief in a supreme being and an afterlife.
  • Ceremonies where ‘body and blood’ are consumed.
  • The belief in evil spirits or demons.

Followers of Vodun believe everyone has a met tet (meaning ‘master of the head’) within the Loa. By comparison, this is quite similar to a Christian’s patron saint. The Loa also resemble Christian saints because each Loa were once people who led extraordinary lives. Much like saints, the Deities are also given responsibility or special attribute that the living strives to emulate.

One striking difference, however, is that Vodun followers believe that everyone has a soul that is composed of two parts known as a gros bon ange (‘big guardian angel’) and a ti bon ange (‘little guardian angel’). The ti bon ange leaves the body during sleep or when a person is possessed by a Loa during a ritual. Vodun followers believe this part of the soul can be damaged or captured by evil magic during the time it is free from the body.

The Roman Catholic religion, however, believes in one soul. But this religion is similar in the fact they do believe evil possession is possible, and in some cases, exorcism is required to rid the person of the demon that has entered them.

Who Are Loa?

It’s impossible to list all of the Loa since there are literally hundreds. But there are two classes, or more accurately, two categories of Deities. Loas who originated from the West African Yoruba people of Dahomey are called Rada.  Deities who were added later are usually the deceased leaders from the New World and are known as Petro. So basically the Deities have two categories – those who came from the Old World (Rada) and those who came from the New World (Petro). There are also the Kongo, Nago, and Gehde Loa.

One of the chief differences between the Loa and saints is the fact that there are evil Loa. For example, Baka is an evil spirit who takes the form of an animal while Kalfu controls the evil forces of the spirit world and is closely associated with black magic. Yet as stated already, there are Loa who resemble Christian saints such as Legba, who can open the gates to the spirit world. This is much like the Christian St. Peter who is believed to watch over the gate of Heaven.

Although the Deities resembles Christian saints they also remind one of the Greek (and Roman) Gods too. For example, a few Loa spirits include:

  • Ezili (or Erzulie) – the female spirit of love (Aphrodite).
  • Ogou Balanjo – the spirit of healing (Apollo).
  • Ogun (or Ogu Bodagris) – the spirit of war (Ares).
  • Agwe – the spirit of the sea (Poseidon).

To summarize, the Loa is just one facet of the Vodun religion deep with tradition. The Loa also share many common traits with past and present religions in the world.

Voodoo Priests and Temples

A Voodoo priest is called a houngan or houngan and a Voodoo priestess is called a mambo. A Voodoo temple is known as a hounfour or humfort. At the center of the temple is a pole called the poteau-mitan where the Loas and spirits communicate with the followers. At a modern Voodoo temple, you might find an altar with candles, pictures of Christian saints or symbolic items related to the Loa.

From the simple follower to a priest or priestess (aka houngan or mambo, respectively), they all believe two fundamentals. There are no accidents in life and everything is connected. Many spiritualists from other religions often agree that humans are not separate but part of a large community, entirely connected to one another.

Much like the Wicca religion and its ‘Rule of Three’, practitioners of Voodoo feel what you do unto another you do unto yourself. Voodoo practitioners also believe in a sacred cycle between the living and the dead. Rituals, including prayers, music, dancing, singing and animal sacrifice, are a way of life for the Voodoo practitioners of the world, regardless of their location.

Key Beliefs of Voodoo Practitioners and Spell Casters

The serpent has significant relevance to the spellcasters of Voodoo. The high priest and/or priestess of Voodoo followers (often nicknamed Papa or Mama) are the medium for the expression of the serpent’s power. Voodoo practitioners believe in a supreme deity and hundreds of spirits called Loa. These Loa are the ones who control nature, health, wealth and happiness of mortals. When it comes to Voodoo love spells or Voodoo money spells, a priest or priestess will call upon the Loa for assistance.

During such Voodoo ceremonies, these Loa can possess the bodies of the Voodoo practitioners. These Loa in turn relaying advice, warnings, and desires. Voodoo followers also believe objects and natural phenomena have holy significance and can, at times, possess a soul.

Music and dance are crucial elements of Voodoo ceremonies. However, this dancing by practitioners of Voodoo is often misinterpreted as nothing more than a prelude to sexual frenzy. The ceremonies are instead an expression of spirituality. It is considered a way to connect with the spirit world, according to Voodoo practitioners. Click here for our recommended Spell Casters.

Voodoo Practitioners as Healers

Voodoo hospitals exist throughout the world and many Voodoo practitioners visit their priest/priestess when it comes to physical ailments. The voodoo priest/priestess is a liaison between a deity and the patient. The highest state of existence for practitioners of Voodoo means completely turning your spirit over to a particular deity. When Voodoo worshippers enter this ecstatic state, it is believed the deity possesses the body. This deity then speaks and acts through that individual so healing can begin.

Practitioners and Rituals

Voodoo practitioners often engage in rituals for births, weddings, and deaths, much like other religions. They also deal with Voodoo love spells or Voodoo money spells, which are always popular among Voodoo practitioners.

But there is one ritual that takes place once every three years on the border of Ghana and Togo. Thousands of Voodoo practitioners gather for a seven-day celebration known as Kokuzahn. Kokuzahn honors the deity, Flimani Koku, the ancient warrior god. Flimani Koku, who once guaranteed safety in battle, today provides protection against witchcraft and evil.

The week-long festival begins with Voodoo music with rhythms that send Voodoo practitioners spinning into intense states of possession. In these altered states, they exhibit strength and endurance beyond normal capacity, which they feel demonstrates the astonishing power of their deity.

Spellcasters on the Whole

Voodoo practitioners feel their religion plays a pivotal role in the family and the community. Deceased loved ones and ancestors are part of the world of the spirits, like the Loa, and serves to unite Voodoo practitioners in their history and tradition. Much like Christian clergy, the Voodoo practitioners call on their priest or priestess for advice, spiritual guidance or aid with their problems in life.

Regrettably, the public’s lack of knowledge about practitioners of Voodoo and their rites and rituals are a source of speculation. Outsiders of the religion often point to the evil or malicious side of Voodoo and overlook that Voodoo practitioners also engage in healing spells, nature spells, love spells, and joyous celebrations.

The Power of Voodoo Rituals and Spells

Voodoo rituals are held at the temple to celebrate good fortune like a birth or a marriage. But the temple also provides an escape from misfortune like sickness or death. Sometimes the religion does involve an animal sacrifice where the animals’ throat is slit and the blood collected as a tribute to the Loa. The animal is then cooked and eaten, acting as consecrating food for the followers.

The houngan and mambos of the temple do activities and rituals with white magic, which is used to bring good fortune and healing. However, there are people who practice Voodoo with evil sorcery, or black magic, called caplatas or bokors. Rarely does a houngan or mambo engage in dark magic, but a few do alternate between white and black.

In closing, Voodoo is a very ancient religion – one that is worldwide, steeped in tradition, with over 30 million followers in Africa alone.

How to Do Voodoo?

The practice of Voodoo is something that is rarely discussed.  Only in movies and television shows do people get an idea as to what Voodoo might be.  And these media representations are wrong.  It’s not a surprise that as a result, people who want to do Voodoo on their own have no idea where to start.  Though the Internet does provide some information, there is much more in the Voodoo history which is passed down through oral traditions.  If you’re interested in trying some Voodoo magic of your own, this is a primer on how to do Voodoo.

Using Voodoo as a part of your spiritual practice or just for a spell still means that you need to treat this practice with respect.  Within the Voodoo practice, there are many deities, all of which need to be pleased and honored.  If you are unwilling to treat these deities with respect, you may not get the results you want from your spells and you might end up with more troubles than that.  Begin your Voodoo practice with a clear heart and a true intention.  For example, if you want to bring love into your love, focus on that purpose.  In having a clear purpose which does not seek to harm anyone else, you will increase the odds of your success while also pleasing the Voodoo deities.

How to Use Voodoo Spells

There are voodoo spells for different circumstances, including love spells, protection spells, banishing spells, luck spells, and money spells.  There are both black and white magic spells available.  Hundreds of spells which date to the old African times are available to you, depending on what you want and need.  You can get started in Voodoo by yourself or find a teacher that is able to initiate you. We offer you several free Voodoo spells that you can cast to see if this religion appeals to you.

How to Cast Voodoo Spells

Voodoo is an ancient African religion that believes in one true God and several lesser deities called Loa.  The loa help you achieve success in your voodoo spells or other types of spells you want to perform under the practice of voodoo.  Many people believe that voodoo only does bad or evil spells when nothing could be further from the truth.  There are many spells you can do that make a powerful difference in your life.

You can cast your own spells or have a professional Voodoo priest perform the ritual for you. There are even spell kits you can buy that contain all the things you need to do voodoo spells, including any incantations you need to say and candles you need to burn.

It is a good idea to cleanse yourself spiritually in the form of a spiritual cleansing before doing any voodoo spells.  There are many spiritual cleanings listed on our site that you can use. There is no need to purchase special cleansing soap or bath wash to cleanse your body to rid it of negativity you may be carrying.  However, being in a clean spiritual situation will make your voodoo spells more effective and infinitely more powerful.

The Casting

Voodoo spells can be very intense and you have to undergo aspects of the ritual for several consecutive days. You need to be focused and concentrate on the ritual on each of the days you perform the ritual.  Remember you will also be relying on the spirits of voodoo, the loa, who will help you to make things happen for the better.

Voodoo spells can help you do many things.  You can attract luck and success, put an end to loneliness and attract a soul mate to come into your life instead. In addition, you can bring back a lover you have lost and want back, or attract positive energies and well-being or banish a bad habit. If you are in a relationship, there are voodoo love spells you can use to stop a breakup or to stop the interference of well-meaning others. Your relationship can be less argumentative and more peaceful with some voodoo spells. If you have a problem with lying or cheating in a relationship, you can stop that problem and increase the trust you have with one another. Voodoo spells can do just about anything and have a power beyond imagining.

Ordering Voodoo Spells from a Spell Caster

When a voodoo spell is ordered by you from a spellcaster, there may be some things you need to do yourself and some things the spell caster will do for you.  The spell determines what it is you need to do and what the spellcaster is supposed to do.  Love spells are the most common voodoo spells cast.  If you are trained in voodoo or if it is a simple spell, you may be able to do the entire spell yourself.  Otherwise, you will need a spell caster who specializes in voodoo spells.  If you do not live in a location where voodoo spells are commonly practiced, you might need to have someone on the internet who is skilled in voodoo to do your spell for you.

Using Voodoo Dolls Properly in Spells

Voodoo dolls are a common practice in the Voodoo tradition.  These dolls represent the people whose energy you want to affect.  For example, if you want to bring someone into your life, you might create a Voodoo doll and then place that doll in your bedroom to attract their energy.  If you want to put someone out of your life, you might take the doll and give it away or unwrap it to release their energy from your life.  Remember, the Voodoo doll is a sacred object, one which is connected to the person it is supposed to represent.

If you are not careful with this doll, you may cause harm to the other person.  You need to be careful with the doll, using it only as you intended, and then letting it go when the spell works.  Unraveling the doll is the way to release the energy of the spell and to release that persons’ energy from your control.

The Voodoo doll is one of the most recognized and yet misunderstood magical tools.  As a part of Voodoo practices, this doll is used to help bring energy to a spell and to help encase this energy until it is ready to be released.  You don’t have to be a Voodoo practitioner in order to use a Voodoo doll, but knowing how these dolls work can give you an extra tool in your magical workings, allowing you the chance to have just one more way to strengthen a spell or other magical working.  Having a physical representation can help to solidify one’s will and to help bring faster results.

What Voodoo Dolls are Not

Many people only know about what the media wants them to know about Voodoo dolls.  Most people have seen the scenes in which someone pushes a pin into a Voodoo doll’s head and something awful happens.  While the pain might not be as dramatic as some movies show, the use of a Voodoo doll is much different than it has been portrayed.

These dolls are not meant to be used to punish someone else or to cause harm.  Just as the threefold law of magic states, if you send something out into the universe, you will get it back threefold.  You do not want to send out negative energy into the universe as this will come back to you three times.  Voodoo dolls are not devices for causing pain, though they could be used for such a purpose.  Know that you want to find positive ways of incorporating the dolls into your spells.

The Connection to One’s Life Force

That said, the Voodoo doll is interconnected to the person or the image which it represents.  For example, if you create a doll to represent a person who you love, you will infuse that energy into the doll, even if you don’t do so with intention.  When you have that doll in your hand, you need to treat it with the utmost care.

While the person might not fall over if you drop the doll, their energy can be affected by any problems which happen to the doll.  You need to make sure the doll is well cared for, in a safe place, and always protected.  Because the doll is connected to the person they represent, you can use the doll to get rid of a person. Just move the doll away from other dolls that represent the other parties in the situation.  This physical separation will encourage the other person to stay away.

Using Voodoo Dolls in Your Life

There are many ways you might incorporate Voodoo dolls into your spiritual practice.  Many find them helpful when they want to focus their attention on bringing someone or something into their lives.  For example, if you want to bring love into your life, you might create a doll that represents your ideal lover.  You can then put that doll on an altar or in your bedroom in a safe place in order to bring that love closer to you physically and psychically.  You might also want to decorate the doll with things you love in order to enhance the positive energy.  Once this person comes into your life, you will untie the doll and release the energy back into the world for someone else to use.  If you kept the doll, you might continue to attract more love into your life, which is not necessary.

Voodoo dolls are helpful in allowing you to create a physical form of your goal or your desired outcome.  By taking the time to create a doll and to care for it, you will create a doll that will bring everything you want to your doorstep.

Voodoo Ingredients and Sacrifices

There are Voodoo spells of many sorts. Since most people are on a quest for love or money (or both) it’s not a huge mystery why the most popular are love spells and money spells. Any houngan, a Voodoo priest, will tell you that the success of such Voodoo spells can depend on using the right spell ingredients. But aside from love and money spells the Voodoo religion also deals with ingredients that provide healing properties for people. Below is an overview of Voodoo spells and the importance of ingredients.

Brief History of Voodoo Spells and Spell Ingredients

In ancient times it was the forest spirits known as ‘Azzizas’ who taught Voodoo practitioners the use of sacred herbs in Africa. As many of these worshipers became slaves in the New World they already had extensive knowledge of spell ingredients such as roots, herbs, plants, natural elements, and animals. They also understood the medical and alchemical properties of many of these items and used them on a regular basis.

However, when it came to Voodoo spell ingredients in the New World many practitioners had to find substitutes to African plants. Instead, they used native North American herbs and plants, which were readily available. In essence, over time the elements of both continents merged together to create the Voodoo spell ingredients often used today in America.

Voodoo Spells Ingredients – A Bunch of Nonsense?

Some might say that the spell ingredients used in Voodoo spells have no special properties and provide no benefit. Others could say these spell ingredients cause no effect on an individual. However, if you consider it closely, herbs and plants do have proven special properties.

For example, coffee beans and tea leaves contain caffeine, which acts as a stimulant. Ginger and peppermint can help digestion and provide heartburn relief. With that said, to dismiss Voodoo spells ingredients as nothing more than nonsense is a bit hypocritical…especially if that person criticizing ‘needs’ that cup of ‘joe’ to start their day. So it can be said that many people, even in the industrialized world, turn to natural aids like roots, herbs, and plants because of the reactions they have with particular ingredients.

Root Doctors and Conjurers – Who Uses Voodoo Spells Ingredients?

There are two main Voodoo practitioners when it comes to Voodoo spells and ingredients – Root Doctors and Conjurers. A root doctor is viewed much like a medical doctor – someone who can provide you the herbs and such you need for healing and preventative medicine. A conjurer, on the other hand, is one that uses Voodoo spell ingredients for both ‘good’ and/or ‘bad’ magic. When it comes to voodoo love spells or voodoo money spells, it’s the conjurer that people visit for help.

Which Spell Ingredients are Needed for Voodoo?

To know what spell ingredients you need for Voodoo really depends on what you plan to practice – black magic and white magic. For example, dark magic spell ingredients can include slippery elm. Use it when you want to separate a married couple, by burying splippery elm near their home. Another dark spell ingredient is tormentilla. Tormentilla will cause someone distress, harm, and discord when sprinkled on a picture of them and place in a box. But not all love spells and money spells are created from black magic. It’s best to consult an experienced houngan to find out which ingredients will work best for the Voodoo spells that you have planned.

When Voodoo goes Wrong

Some people have seen the images of Voodoo dolls in the media and think they can hurt others by jabbing pins into the dolls.  The truth?  These sorts of actions can hurt the other person, especially when the connection between the doll and the person is strong.  However, this is not the true purpose of Voodoo dolls. The dolls will help you in your spell working, not to hurt others.  It will be best if you take some time to think carefully before connecting the doll to someone else.  If you are at all concerned you might harm the doll in anger or in frustration, better look into other spiritual practices.

With Voodoo, you can change your life for the better and help to remove obstacles from your path.  Hurting others, while it is possible in Voodoo as in any practice, is not the true form of Voodoo.  Instead, you want to look at how you can use the support of the deities to promote good energy, to attract good things into your life.  Being negative in your spell workings only encourages negative things to come your way.

3 thoughts on “Introduction to Voodoo – What is Voodoo?

  1. Karolyn says:

    Someone sent me a voodoo doll to harm some one. They told me everytime I want to cause this person pain, stick a pin in any part of the doll i want to cause pain in the person. I only stuck three or four pins in it and I decided that I didn’t want to harm the person so I threw the doll in the trash can. I started to itch all over my body and I started having problems with my side. Someone told me that I disposed it the wrong way and that’s the reason I’m having problems. What can I do about this and what way I should have destroyed it? Thanks Karolyn

  2. Demarcus Jimson says:

    Any information on actually making a voodoo doll? I noticed neither this article or any other offers instructions on what i’d need to make one. I know google exists before you comment that, but I want to make one and know it has the highest chance of working. I need to know how to make one and if it matters whether or not I have something of the person or not. Can anyone help?

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