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Hello! I've been doing some research on spiritual practices such as ifa, voodoo, santeria and they all seem to be connected or derived from the same source. I feel very drawn to begin practicing an African spiritual system and I have no idea how to start or where I should start. Do you have any suggestions on finding a system that resonates the best and how one would get started? ~Jordan
Ahhh, it’s so easy to fall down the rabbithole when we become interested in something new, isn’t it? My busy Gemini moon-mind makes anything new and shiny, become my new favorite obsession...until, of course, I catch a glimpse of something else new and shiny!
I think it’s wonderful that you feel called to explore different African spiritual systems. As with many religions or spiritual systems, I do believe most derive from a similar “Source” -maybe called by different names or worshiped in different ways. So, the question changes from which Source do you resonate with the most to which traditions, practices, beliefs, customs, symbols, works of art, meanings, etc… resonate most deeply within you? What feels good in you? When you see it or hear it - what makes your Soul respond with joy? What feels familiar - like home?
As to where to start finding this out? Well, you’ve already mentioned several topics of interest in your question! Turn to YouTube and search for videos around these topics. Then if they mention something that sparks your curiosity, follow that trail. Between the internet - YouTube, podcasts, social media, blogs, etc… and books and audiobooks - you can learn about anything your heart desires!
I’ve reached out to my Sistar Witch Blogger - Queen Candle - for insight on how she started exploring different spiritual paths: “I started out watching videos by spiritual workers on YouTube like Magickal Lady Duchess, Madame Pamita, Mystic at the Crossroads, Hoodoo Delish and so on. I also read everything, I still do, about magick I could get my hands on. I also pray a lot for inspiration and meditate with crystals like lapis lazuli for my connection to the divine.”
If you are still questioning where to start - go within! Meditate. There are many free guided meditations that can help you connect with your intuition or past lives. Another Sistar of mine, Astara Solae offers Ancestral Guidance Readings which helps to connect you to your roots and communicate with your Ancestors - how amazing would it be to communicate with your Ancestors, ask for spiritual guidance, and connect by practicing similar spiritual practices!
I pulled the Three of Earth for you from the Dark Goddess Tarot deck. Each card is associated with a Goddess - this one is actually associated with the Norse Goddesses of Destiny. It reads: “Destiny is following the path, step by step, stitch by stitch, that leads to doing as the Norns inscribe, helping to weave the greater tapestry and nourish the living tree through one’s everyday acts.”
I interpret this as meaning that every piece of knowledge you gather on your spiritual journey will support you on your path and lead you to the answers you seek. Don’t rush though. Each step in the process of obtaining knowledge will be important and meaningful for you. And don’t become distracted or frustrated. Steady steps with intention will lead you to your destiny.
One other thing that I feel I should mention is that it is okay to create your own Spiritual path that feels good to you. Explore what excites you and use the parts that resonate with you the most. You are not stuck to any one belief system. As a Divine Being, anything you do, any path you practice, will be just that - perfectly Divine and beautiful - because it is personal to you.
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And here is a link to Astara’s Ancestral Guidance Readings.
My name is Toni and I am a Wife and Mom to three little ones. As a Lightworker, I'm being called to create a spiritual business centered around helping other women change their perspectives to create a life that is aligned with their authentic selves. I mentor, create, practice divination, and freelance write for fun ☺️