Luisa Teish is a wonderful storyteller. To put Voodoo and Hoodoo charms and rituals described in this book in proper context, she also shares the story about her daily life and about her spiritual experiences in a charming and often a humorous way.
You will find stories related to the history of Black Americans and the hardships they went through, Luisa's poems, and chants and rituals for different occasions.
Here is one blessing chant:
"To my kindred ___ [name the person an place where they live]
May the blessing of the spirit be upon you.
May you be your best self.
May you walk in beauty.
May your guides be with you at every crossroads.
May you be honorable greeted when you arrive."
You will find information on seven African powers - Ellegua, Obatala, Yemaya, Oya, Oshun, Chango, Ogun - and the corresponding Haitian Loas - how to get in tune with these energies and honor them, how to create cleansing baths, how to work with candles, how to set up your altar, how to practice water gazing, how to create charms and rituals for purification, healing, abundance, relationships, for peace at home and protection and many other things.
There is a blessing you can use while cooking and here is a lovely prayer for mealtime:
"O Great Mother, who bestows abundance upon us,
We thank you for the living things [name the things you are eating]
That have sacrificed their lives to nourish us.
We take this offering into our bodies that we may be strong.
Make us strong, Abundant Mother, that we may be able to replenish the earth."
More than just charms and rituals in this book, I have truly enjoyed partaking of Luisa's heartwarming spirit.