RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND LIKED VIDEOS
When people start out on their spiritual journey, those that are serious usually ask for any references that can help them understand their new found reality. I, myself, still refer back to many of my favorite books and videos. Therefore, I take it as a responsibility to keep a repertoire of good sources for those that are interested. Check out the following list of some of my favorite books.
INITIATION INTO HERMETICS
Self-initiation into the Holy Mysteries with the need of a guru or master. Initiation into Hermetics provides step by step instruction in the form of practical exercises. These exercises lead to the development of body, soul and spirit. The result of the practical exercises is the development of occult abilities which can be of benefit to the student, in as far as he can change his existence for the better.
OSUN ACROSS THE WATERS : A YORUBA GODDESS IN AFRICA AND THE AMERICAS
OCTOBER 9, 2001 - JOSEPH M. MURPHY AND MEI-MEI SANFORD
Òsun is a brilliant deity whose imagery and worldwide devotion demand broad and deep scholarly reflection. Òsun presents a dynamic example of the resilience and renewed importance of traditional Yoruba images in negotiating spiritual experience, social identity, and political power in contemporary Africa and the African diaspora.
OSUN SEEGESI: THE ELEGANT DEITY OF WEALTH, POWER, AND FEMININITY
DIEDRE L. BADEJO
What does our sophisticated, technically advanced society have to learn from a venerable African goddess? The answers the author found as she immersed herself in the ritual orature, sacred songs, and festival drama of the Yoruba goddess, Osun Seegesi, at the diety's principal shrine in the city of Osogbo, Nigeria, are shared with the world in this detailed documentary/analysis.
PALO MAYOMBE THE GARDEN OF BLOOD & BONES
NICHOLAI DE MATTOS FRISVOLD
Palo Mayombe - The Garden of Blood and Bones is an initiates account of this much maligned religion and cult whose central nigromantic mystery is the prenda, the cauldron containing the human skull or bones, re-animated by living spirit
THE SOURCE IYA NLA PRIMORDIAL YORUBA MOTHER
IYALAJA ILEANA ALCAMO
A woman who is also an Iyalaja, Awo Ifa and Iyalaje needs to know what her spiritual connection is with Orun (heaven) and Aiye (earth) in each one of every diverse manifestation inside the creation. We, as women should realize that our physical and spiritual correlation with Aje energy have been granted to us as a guide to seek how to empower our spiritual development without abusing or altering the balance of existence.
RITUALS OF RESISTANCE: AFRICAN ATLANTIC RELIGION IN KONGO & THE LOWCOUNTRY SOUTH
JASON R. YOUNG
In Rituals of Resistance Jason R. Young explores the religious and ritual practices that linked West-Central Africa with the Lowcountry region of Georgia and South Carolina during the era of slavery.