Grateful Fridays

Here is my list of 5 things I am grateful for this week:

  1. My Ochosi voodoo doll
  2. A lovely walk through Uptown on my lunch hour
  3. Being able to work from home to keep an eye on the farm on a day that our latest hurricane/tropical storm is coming through
  4. This blog and all the bloggers I have connected with because of it
  5. Perspective and the ability to see multiple sides

7 thoughts on “Grateful Fridays

    1. It is a bit of a long story, but since you asked….When we were in New Orleans last year we took a tour that explained the origins and significance of Voodoo. Like the real deal and not the sensationalized misunderstood version that most people have as a result of Hollywood.

      At the end of the tour they took us to a shop/temple. There various voodoo gods had alters set up where offerings could be made to them for good luck and gratitude in the various areas they each represent.

      They also sold versions of dolls that represented the different gods. For some reason I was drawn to a particular doll, Ochosi. I didn’t know anything about him or why I had this compelling need to buy him but something told me it was the right thing to do. I’m not usually an impulse buyer, especially of this type of item that could be seen as a knick knack to sit on the shelf and collect dust. But still…I selected my doll and took him to the counter where they told me Ochosi’s purpose.

      Here is the exact words (somewhat condensed) from the pamphlet they gave me to describe my doll:
      Ochosi is the voodoo spirit of the woods. His talents include archery, hunting and herbalist. He knows every leaf, herb and creature of the woods. In NOLA voodoo he helps us stay balanced with nature, teaches us not to waste and to take only what we need from the Earth. We should show all living things, including the planet, the respect it deserves.

      When I heard this, it became very clear and all the more interesting and somewhat otherworldly that I was compelled to reach for him given my lifestyle and love for the outdoors.

      I’ve done some additional research on Ochosi and I believe in some other voodoo sectors, outside of the New Orleans traditions, he is also revered as the voodoo god of justice, balance and reason and the protector of prisoners and the accused. I like this version of him as well.

      Thanks for asking. That was a good trip down memory lane.

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      1. Thank you for your informative & fascinating response, Natalie.

        Going back to source is always desirable as it cuts away the hype & misinterpretations.

        I am always amazed by how we are led to the people/things /comfort we need in times of trouble – if only we choose to listen with our being.

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