Focus on the traditions of sub-Saharan Africa
In this planner, we have curated the main dates that celebrate African deities in major diasporic cultures and religions: the Loa and various iterations of the Orisha. It was created keeping in mind the common practices of traditions such as Kenbwa (Quimbois) in Guadeloupe and Martinique, Palo Mayombe and Lucumí in Cuba, Haitian Vodou, 21 Divisions in the Dominican Republic, Candomblê, Umbanda and Quimbanda in Brazil , Obeah in the English-speaking Caribbean, Myalism, New Orleans Voodoo, Juju, Hoodoo in the United States, Shango Baptism, etc.
This is not a book of workings (aka spells) but a spiritual guiding thread that helps you keep a very quick journal of your workings, in conjunction (or not) with the phases of the moon. It can also help you maintain your motivation in your religious practice; in particular because it encourages monthly divination and ancestral veneration.
Each month, a double page spread offers an overview of upcoming events, the ability to set goals (without stress) and to reflect, once the month is over.
Content and BONUSES
Even though this is not a book of workings, I couldn’t create a planner with nothing but dates. This is why it also features:
– a prayer to the ancestors,
– cultural wishlists (books to read, films to watch),
– a symbolic and very quick ritual to leave the difficulties of 2021 behind.
There is a little something different about this edition. It has been dedicated to Ọ̀ṣun. As a devotee of hers, it was an easy choice for me. You will find an introduction to her and everything she represents on a mundane and a metaphysical level. You will learn some stories and a quick ritual to connect with her respectfully during her festival month. As a bonus, I will also introduce you to another deity whom I really enjoy and who takes after Ọ̀ṣun: Pomba Gira. Again, this year, I will bring a focus home to Kenbwa with a discussion with my own mother on spiritual education and the transfer of knowledge.
This year again, you’ll find two texts to deepen your thinking but also to keep you entertained. What that looks like is a fable around the Kenbwa practice of dlo koukoun (vulva water) as well as an interview with a guest who is exceptional due to her position as a Vodou religious authority and a politico-cultural point of reference in her capacity as queen, Queen Mother Dòwòti Désir, sovereign of the diaspora in Benin.
It also offers two texts. The first is an article on death in Kenbwa culture (the respect and fear around the dead, the elevation of their soul, etc). The second is an interview about Hoodoo, an African-American tradition with growing popularity and a fragile identity in the public space. I met a major actor in the tradition, Queen Cotaliya Benson Milner Meadows de la Pound, owner of Conjure South, with whom I discussed, among other things, issues surrounding the transfer of knowledge and the future of Hoodoo.
Listen to creator, Lily, talk with Tonya Brown about the planner and get into her Caribbean tradition of Kenbwa, on the With Daily Show.
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