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Our Lady of Sorrows Feast Day Candle Service: September 15

The feast day for Our Lady of Sorrows is on Saturday, September 15. Our Lady of Sorrows is the saint we in Vodou use to represent our beloved Ezili Freda, the lwa of romance, luxury, beauty, and scholarship.

I am offering a candle and prayer service for this beautiful lwa’s feast day. I will light a vigil candle for you, with your personalized petition and your picture (if you wish, or the picture of a person you’re praying for), on my altar and pray over it for 7 days.

The cost is $15 per candle. You can pay via PayPal at my email address: manbomary at gmail dot com. Please include your petition and any picture you wish to include. I must receive all requests and payments NO LATER THAN Friday September 14 at 5pm.

There is a beautiful devotion to the Sorrowful Mother that you can pray starting on her feast day; I often do it on the Thursdays during Lent (Thursday being the day for Ezili Freda). You can find the devotion here:

Candle Setting Services

Need a little light in your life? I dress and set glass vigil candles for all types of conditions: to draw love and luck, to draw money, even to drive an enemy away. You can even order a “run” of lights; burn 2 more more candles in a row. This is particularly good with stubborn cases or if you really want some oomph for your desire. One blessed and dressed candle, with your photo and petition, will be set on my altar and prayed over daily until it burns out (usually about 7 days). Once it’s done, I will read any signs I see in the leftover wax or glass and send you a report. Each light setting is $20. PM me to get yours started today!

Ancestral Working: The Healing Plant



NOTE: The following working is NOT Vodou related, except that it serves your ancestors (which is the crux of Vodou). This was a ritual that came from meditation I did with my helper spirits, so it counts as unverified personal gnosis.


Everyone has ancestors, so it stands to reason that we all have ancestral wounds. These wounds and pain can pass down through the ancestral line and cause problems for the descendants. This is not to say that you personally are responsible for the hurt and pain your great great grandpa did, but his actions and karma may reflect themselves in your life now.

These ancestral wounds can be personal family stuff: alcoholism, abuse, toxic parenting. The wounds can also be larger; if your ancestors owned slaves, for example (and if you’re a white North American who’s been here longer than a few generations, chances are that somewhere in your family line is a slave owner), that pain can be big and pass on down to you.

What are signs of ancestral wounds? One of the big ones is repeating family patterns of pain. I see this a lot with families with histories of mental illness and drug/alcohol abuse. It’s been shown that addiction can run in families. Untreated addiction and mental illness, and the suffering it causes to the person and to their family, can cause energetic patterns that take a lot of unraveling once they’re finally discovered.

The Norse people who serve their traditional gods speak of the concept of “hamingja” or family luck. Defined as “the personification of the good fortune or luck of an individual or family” by Wikipedia. The African proverb “We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors” can apply here; our ancestors’ good deeds and good luck will affect their descendants. Their bad deeds and bad lucks will also affect the descendants of that family line.


During meditation with my helper spirits (whom I’ve been working with since long before I came to Vodou), they gave me the following working designed to give energy to healing a person’s ancestral wounds. Keep in mind: healing ancestor issues is not a quick fix. This ritual involves caring for a plant, and since that is a living thing, it is an ongoing act of love to keep it alive and thus keep the energy of the working alive.


Supplies needed:

-a sturdy houseplant; the plant that the spirits showed me in the vision was a fern, but if that’s not practical for you, any sturdy houseplant will do

-three pennies

-dirt from a crossroads


-Five lengths of ribbon about 18 inches long in the following colors: red, blue, green, white, and gold (NOTE: If you are of African ancestry, you may wish to substitute black ribbon for white; let your intuition be your guide)


Here’s what to do:


  1. Take the lengths of ribbon and tie them together, so you have one knot and the rest of the ribbons are dangling free. Start braiding the strands together, like you were braiding hair. As you do so, talk to your ancestors. Tell them you are putting into motion the healing of all the ancestral wounds of your family known and unknown. Do this braiding for about 4 inches and then tie a knot. Say, “This knot is for my father’s family.” Keep braiding for another 4 or so inches and tie a knot, saying “This knot is for my mother’s family”. Braid until you get nearly to the end, and say, “This knot is for all the gods, goddesses, and spirits that my family has ever worshiped.” So now you will have this length of braided ribbons with 4 knots in it. Set this aside.
  2. Take your houseplant out of the pot gently; you may wish to have some newspaper out to lie the plant on. At the bottom of the pot, sprinkle the crossroads dirt and say, “May all the roads be open to my family’s spiritual healing.” Take your braided ribbon, coil it up, and put it on top of the crossroads dirt. Place the plant back into the pot.
  3. Bury the three pennies in the top of dirt, around where the plant sticks out of the soil. Water the plant, and talk to it; ask it that as it grows and thrives, it will bring healing to your ancestral lines. Promise to take care of it.
  4. Keep the plant on or by your ancestral altar. Water it and feed it regularly. Make sure you follow the directions for watering and sunlight, depending on the type of plant.

And there you have it! Have you done this working? Let me know how it’s working for you.



A nice customer testimonial

“Manbo Mary is an exceptional reader. I came to her for clarification about a dream I had and left with more insight than I could imagine. Her kindness and spiritual depth resonates as she performs her sacred task. I couldn’t possibly recommend her enough. I was blessed to have her read my esko as well as provide very poignant messages. Mesi anpil Manbo!”
– Michel D., New Brunswick; Canada

Paket Wanga Available!



Paket wanga are available! Handmade by me, each one is empowered for a specific magic purpose. On top from left to right: ancestor veneration, and then one for money drawing. Bottom left to right: drawing love and friendship, and one for peace and tranquility. They are $60 each plus the cost of shipping. I also do custom work!

Ancestor Altar

Mondays are a great day to honor your ancestors. Here’s a picture of today’s offering. I always offer clear water and a white candle, but today I got the inkling that they wanted a bit more 🙂 Whiskey is a traditional alcohol to offer, so there’s a little snifter of that. I also gave them coffee, one black and one with cream and sugar. I give them some incense too. Ancestor veneration is at the heart of Vodou, and making it a regular practice will bring tons of blessings to your life.

Prayer Service for World Peace

Hi friends: Based on a great idea from my brother, Houngan Matt. I will be doing an illuminasyon (Vodou setting of lights) and saying the priye Ginen (the opening prayer we do at a Vodou party) at my altar to pray for peace in our world. If you would like to be part of this, please send me your prayers for peace (if you have a specific part of the world you’d like to pray for, let me know) to my inbox here on tumblr, or to me privately at manbomary at gmail dot com. I plan on doing this illuminasyon sometime this weekend. This service is FREE and anyone is able to send me their petitions.

Card Readings in Vodou: What They Can and Can’t Tell You

Bonjou zanmi! Some of you reading this have had psychic readings before, either with tarot cards or runes or by some other medium. In Vodou,we also have a divination method called “leson”.

When you get a leson, it’s a bit different than other divination readings you may have had. First, you will be asked to pour out some water as an offering to spirit. Then, the priestess/priest will do some ritual acts: pouring out some alcohol and saluting the spirits, preparing a candle to be lit so we can hear what the spirits have to say, and shuffling the cards in a certain way.

The cards are then laid out in 4 rows of 8. Based on where certain cards land, we can then tell you what the spirits have to say.

The court cards (Kings, Queens, and Jacks) can either represent lwa or human beings. The numbered cards represent different aspects of a person’s life: love, money, etc.

Here are a few things the leson can tell you:

1. What spirits are walking with you; the priestess/priest can tell you how to serve them and what they may be asking of you.

2. They can warn of danger or bad luck coming to you, and conversely can tell of blessings and advice on love, luck, money, and jobs.

3. Reveal patterns in your life that are helpful or harmful.

4. Reveal humans in your life that are important or harmful; like I said earlier, the face cards can represent humans, and they are known by their skin color: some people will be represented as white, brown, or black.

There are some things that clients do that really annoy readers of any kind, and I’d like to pass those along:

1. “Testing” the reader. This is my pet peeve numero uno. Please don’t sit in front of a reader and, when they ask you what areas of questioning you’d like to ask about, say “You’re the psychic; you tell me.” NOPE. If you absolutely insist on not telling us why you’re there, the cards may or may not reveal it, or they will reveal the areas of life you don’t want to talk about.

2. Demanding answers or just plain rudeness. We readers are professionals, and many of us have trained for years to be able to do what we do. You wouldn’t be rude to your doctor if you went to them, right? We are offering advice and help just like a doctor would do, so please be nice.

3. Not listening to advice or warnings. When I do a leson, I am just the messenger for the lwa. You can choose whether or not to follow their advice, but then, why did you come for a reading if you’re not going to take it?

So that’s a bit about leson. Feel free to ask questions, or contact me if you’d like a leson of your own; they can be done long distance.