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A Steaming Pit of Voodoo

This week found me neck deep in a steaming pit of Voodoo. Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen is getting ever-nearer to completion. It has taken so much longer than I intended but there you go. Life happens. I wanted to share a little of the research in Sorchia’s Universe this week to give you a taste of what I’m cooking up for you.

  1. Christianity and Voodoo have a lot in common.  Because Voodoo has deep ties to Catholic religion, both Voodoo and Catholic Churches coexist quite nicely thank you. In fact, Voodoo ascribes to the belief in one god. The pantheon of Voodoo are the Loa or Lwa, spirits who carry messages between the one god and puny mortals. Mortals are the servants of the Loa and not the other way around. Voodoo Loa are often given names of Catholic saints. And if that isn’t enough, even Pope John Paul II attended a Voodoo ceremony in 1993.

  1. Voodoo dolls aren’t just a Voodoo thing. In the Middle Ages and before, wise women and witches in Europe and Asia made poppets and used them to cast spells—cures as often as curses. To really spice up your poppet/Voodoo doll, be sure to add something that has a close tie to your victim client. Hair, fingernails, bodily fluids, an eyeball—whatever comes handy. Even the dirt from a footprint can add a little kick—see what I did there?– to your spell.


3.  Red magic is the worse than black magic any day. Voodoo is a religion of love and healing but people are people and occasionally somebody slips off the path. When this happens the evil-doer’s eyes glow red and they do ugly things. Hence the term Red Magic and it’s connotation with evil. (Note: The term red magic can also refer to sex magic which might be good, evil, fantastic, or indifferent.) It’s the Voodoo Queen’s job to be proactive and stop the evil red magic. In Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen, just the opposite happens. The Loa themselves are not evil. It’s the practitioner who can corrupt a relationship with a Lwa and use knowledge and skills for self gain. These evil sorcerers are called bokors.

  1. Voodoo teachings are not written down anywhere. Voodoo depends on the community of believers who share knowledge orally. The process of learning Voodoo is a highly personal one which is taught as much by illustration as by formal lessons. It is integrated in everyday activities and tied to the environment and the community. The Druids had such a system and to get rid of it, the Romans had to murder pretty much everyone who had come in contact with a Druid priest or priestess because the teachings were so deeply ingrained. Just because Voodoo isn’t a book-based religion doesn’t weaken it in any way.

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  1. Zombies are more about slavery than they are about Voodoo. Zombies in movies are supposed to be the reanimated corpses of dead people enchanted by an evil sorcerer and made to do the sorcerer’s will and/or the reanimated corpses of dead people brought back to semi-life by a passing comet which also gives them an unquenchable taste for warm human brains. Ok—this could account for maybe ten percent of the zombies wandering around the world today—and I sincerely hope that ten percent are on TV. In the beginning of zombie lore, zombies were the undead souls of  West Indies slaves who, rather than face a life of degradation and misery, killed themselves hoping to return to the kind of limbo between lives. Unfortunately, suicide disqualifies you from such a thing and those souls were doomed to walk the earth imprisoned in their corpses because the afterlife was closed to them. A much worse story.

  1. Animal sacrifice—Ok, this really happens. The energy of the animal is thought to be useful to the gods and to those who want to communicate with them. The animal is ritually killed and its energy offered to the Loa as a gift. But nothing goes to waste—the sacrificed animal is usually eaten by the participants in the celebration. Good thing chicken turns out to be a favorite of the Loa as well as tasty cooked nearly anyway but particularly good blackened with a little Cajun red sauce on it.

And it’s back to work for me. See you next week.

Why You and I NEED a Yacht

Research! Love it or hate it, the chore must be accomplished. Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen, the second book in the Zoraida Grey series, presents a few unique problems. Zoraida, through a series of events involving crystals, comely and well-proportioned Scottish witches, cats, whisky, and of course magic, finds herself in the Caribbean in need of transport. Here’s what I learned from research this week.

Top 5 Reasons You and I NEED a yacht

  1. To show off! You know that old high school friend—the one who always got A’s and dated the quarterback and was maybe a little condescending to the little people? Wouldn’t it be trippy to call her up and invite her to a little get together on your yacht?

OHSF (in an awed tone with finally shows the right amount of respect) “Back in high school, I never thought you’d own something like this.”

You—“Oh, this old thing?   I got it for a song—just $140, 000 for the week. We may keep it for the entire summer at that price.”

  1. To grow accustomed to the lifestyle of the rich and . . .well, rich is enough.


  1. To get away from it all.

Some people don’t care for solitude, but the idea of a few weeks far from the madding crowd appeals to me.


  1. To see things nobody else gets to see.

You’ll have access to unique views and locations like these:




  1. To get across the ocean in record time and in fabulous style.

This little number is called The World is Not Enough and she is one of the fastest yachts in the world. Nearly 70 knots is fast even for small boats and The World is Not Enough does it in luxurious style. She belongs to the King of Spain, of course. And she’s one of the models I used for an important sea-going vessel in Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen.



Excerpt from Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen—which should be available by the end of summer 2017 if not sooner.


The Black Magic Woman floats at the very end of the long dock.  The closer we get to the yacht, the more luxurious she looks. Three decks stack neatly into the sleek v-shaped vessel. Darkly-tinted, contoured windows peer from the streamlined white hull. At least 140 feet long, the craft may be dwarfed in size by the larger yachts, but an air of subtle sovereignty sets her apart. Aerodynamic and opulent, she is the undisputed queen.

On the upper deck, an imposing black man wearing an open-necked white shirt and spotless white linen trousers lounges beside the polished deck rails.  He gazes across the Bayou puffing industriously on a cigar the size of Rhode Island. His neatly trimmed hair and clean-shaven face bear little resemblance to the description Azili provided of a burly, rough-talking shrimp man, and I wonder how long it’s been since she’s seen him.  He looks like the captain of luxurious pleasure yacht in the Gulf of Mexico should look: dapper, competent, and successful.

“Captain Pettitpas?” Shea hails him from the dock.

The captain draws his gaze from the wide expanse of water, focusing his wide-set eyes on the three of us. He removes the cigar and smiles genially revealing even white teeth. “A beautiful day, is it not? I am indeed Cade Pettitpas, but I’m afraid I’m not taking charters right now if that is what you seek.”

He regards us doubtfully. Shea wears a t-shirt and pair of flowered Bermuda shorts, thanks to Constable MacCaig’s fashion advice. Al and I look like the Arkansas backwoods people we are in not-so-new cut-off shorts and t-shirts that have seen better days—not the sort of people who charter such a boat as the one beneath Captain Pettitpas’ feet.

I shade my eyes against the bright white glare of the trim ship. “Azili sent us.”

His smile, dazzling a moment before, wanes as though a cloud passes across his face. The tip of his tongue wets his lips, and he considers me with serious brown eyes. “Is she all right?”

“Yes. But she told us you might be willing to help us find someone.”

A mixture of emotions play across Captain Pettitpas’ features: sadness, resignation, a tinge of hope. He motions with the cigar toward the wide platform and stairs leading from the dock to the deck. “Come onboard. We talk in my office. Azili would not want her business discussed in public. Sound carries along the waterfront.”

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Fortune Tellers and Sooth Sayers

Before we get into the soothsaying,

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Wow! Wouldn’t it be great to know if you are actually going to win that $500 gift card? Or if fame and fortune are in your future?  What you need is a good, reliable fortune teller.

In all  my books and stories, you are sure to come across at least one psychic/tarot reader/palmist. Anna, in Just Like Gravity, follows the cards to Scotland where she finds a tall, dark Scotsman. Zoraida, in my Zoraida Grey series, comes from a long line of magical types who don’t only tell the future, they want to control it.

So to do research, I read a bunch of info on the subject, sought out real, live fortune tellers, and even learned enough to do a few Tarot readings on my own (which I often offer for free right here.)

Tarot cards, palmistry, reading tea leaves, and numerology get a lot of press, but divination can be performed with nearly anything.  Back in the day, pale crones used to poke their bony fingers in the entrails of unfortunate creatures to predict the outcome of the next battle or the likelihood the current king would be keeping his job through the winter.

It didn’t pay to be a peasant in the wrong place at the wrong time back then.


This kind of divination can be called anthropomancy  which usually refers to the use on entrails of a human sacrifice or  splanchomancy which may require a fresh . . .er. . .excretion from said entrails. Either way, I’m glad we moved away from bodily fluids as a means of divination. No way would Facebook allow this at a Facebook party.

You’ll notice that most terms for divination techniques end with –mancy. That’s because –mancy comes from an ancient Greek word for a soothsayer or prophet. So you can probably figure out that arachnomancy is divination using spiders and ornithomancy has to do with birds and bird flight patterns.

Here are a few not so easy to guess.

  • Ailuromancy: uses the behavior of felines, such as the cats’ movements or jumps to predict future events (especially the weather).
  • Bibliomancy: divination that seeks to know the future by randomly selecting a passage from a book, frequently a sacred text.
  • Molybdomancy: Divination through interpreting the hissing sounds made by molten lead or tin dropped into water.
  • Necromancy: Divination through communication with the dead.
  • Sideromancy: Divination by placing straws on a hot iron and observing the resulting shapes.
  • Spodomancy: Divination by interpreting ashes, cinders, or soot
  • Stareomancy: Divination by interpreting the classical elements of wind, water, earth, or fire.
  • Sternomancy: Divination by interpreting the marks or bumps on the solar plexus (breast to belly). Don’t do this one if you’re ticklish.
  • Trochomancy: Divination by wheel ruts or tracks.
  • Xenomancy: Divination by interpreting meetings with strangers.
  • Xylomancy: Divination by burning wood.
  • Zygomancy: Divination by using weights. I do this every day by using  the weight which registered recently on my bathroom scales to predict that salads and veggies will be recurring with depressing frequency in my kitchen for the foreseeable future.

And let’s not forget scrying mirrors, crystal balls, pendulums, water witching, astrology, and plain old premonition.

So what about you? Have you ever had your fortune told? Do you read your horoscope every day or draw a daily tarot card?

Are you like this:

Or more like this:

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