up in Marshall, Texas is I assume growing
up and living in any small town across
the nation is just the same. But when
your susceptible to Voodoo Hoodoo trancing
at different times not knowing when the
consequences may shape your life in a
direction not to many small time people
can deal with.
As I grew much older and read about the
real 'Shamanic techniques' I learned that
the repetition of certain tones with increased
beats-per-minute can induce a trance state.
Even the tone in someones voice can cause
it. I use to trance in Marshall Hardware
on a daily basis.
I do suggest to everyone who wishes to
let the spirit take them to paranormal
realms simply must learn the basics of
the Voodoo Hoodoo trance dance, including
tips on warming up, choosing attire, breathing
exercises and information about what you
can expect from the being Mounted by a
Lwa trance experience. All of it is very
spiritual, mental and physical. With this
particular focus being the key ... your
own health and welfare ... this is the
primary focus of certain types of voodoo
trance dancing, but there are methods
and guidelines a dancer must be aware
of in order to experience it in the fullest
became a Voodoo Hoodoo Priestess 8 years
ago. And am now being initiated in to
a Voodoo Sect like the one I joined in
Galveston, Texas. I now am starting up
my own Voodoo Hoodoo Temple in the my
home in the 5th ward of Houston Texas.
see I had to join a Secret Voodoo Hoodoo
Texas Society before they the spirits
of the great Lwa would allow me to start
my own Perystyle. At least thats how Texas
Voodoo Hoodoo is structured.
Voodoo Hoodoo Trance, as a class term,
is a categoric auspice or rubric, employed
to denote a variety of processes, techniques,
modalities and states of mind, awareness
and consciousness. And in some terms being
possessed by a Lwa (loa) spirit or ghost.
Voodoo Trance states may be consciously
and intentionally induced, or they may
occur involuntarily and certainly not
asked for or wanted when I'm out shopping
at Wal-Mart for Vagisil cream or at the
grocery bying bananas and Ground meat.
In most Voodoo trance the lwa "mount"
people. That is, they come and take over
a person's body for a time. When the lwa
come the person is gone. (It's not clear
where the person goes for in reality I
can attest I have no conscious memory
of what happened. And since my initiation
recently I have been mounted 6 times so
far.) The body is the body of the person,
but it is really the lwa or spirit inside
controlling all movements and bodily functions.
If a male lwa mounts a female person,
(That happened in my case) he is referred
to as "he," not she, during
the mounting. I have many close friends
in New Orleans, Miami, California, Puerto
Rico and Galveston who have been mounted
by spirit and Lwa's in closed door urban
American voodoo or hoodoo rituals.
all say they remember nothing when it
is over except, Melinda Hymel who said
she watched the whole thing from outside
her body. And another Brad Guillory, Who
said it seemed like he was very drunk
and knew he wasn't then the lights just
went out. He was then transported to a
world of dancing skeletons. He said that
he knew he had entered the Gates of Guinee.
In my few experiences so far I remeber
nothing but have awakened from the (what
I can only relate to as coma.) Only with
a bad taste in my mouth and dirty knees.
in Necromancy are more less then common
as in Voodoo, among those that attend
Galveston Voodoo rituals as guests and
it is because you open the gates to the
spirit world. Not so with Necromancy.
This is why I am very selective if I invite
someone to witness my Necromantic invocations.
at least the 16th century it was held
that march music may induce soldiers marching
in unison into trance states where according
to apologists, they bond together as a
unit engendered by the rigors of training,
the ties of comradeship and the chain
of command. Conversely, the detractor
may hold that they entrain as automaton.
This effect was widely evident in the
16th, 17th and 18th century due to the
increasing prevalence of firearms employed
in warcraft. Military instruments, especially
snare drum and other drums were used to
intone a monotonous ostinato at the pace
of march and heartbeat. High-pitched fifes,
flutes and bagpipes were used for their
"piercing" effect to play the
melody. This would assist the morale and
solidarity of soldiers as they marched
the mystical experience of my practice
of Necromancy generally entails direct
connection, communication and communion
with ghosts, spirits entities such a great
Deity, Godhead, deity and/or god; trance
and cognate experience are endemic.
berserkers were said to have often entered
battle naked and entrenched in a state
of primal rage, biting their shields and
howling like wolves. This fanaticism was
so powerful that they were known to continue
fighting even after having lost limbs
or being otherwise deeply wounded.
Samadhi: Yoga provides techniques to attain
a state of ecstasy called Samadhi. According
to practitioners, there are various stages
of ecstasy, the highest of which is called
Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Different traditions
have different understanding of Samadhi.
Bhakti: (Devanāgarī) is a word of Sanskrit
origin meaning devotion and also the path
of devotion itself, as in Bhakti-Yoga.
Within Hinduism the word is used exclusively
to denote devotion to a particular deity
or form of God. Within Vaishnavism bhakti
is only used in conjunction with Vishnu
or one of his associated incarnations,
it is likewise used towards Shiva by followers
of Shaivism. Saints in these traditions
exhibit different trance states or ecstasy.
Agape or Divine Love: the term 'Agape'
appears in the Odyssey twice, where the
word describes something that creates
contentedness within the speaker.
In most Voodoo trance the lwa "mount"
people. That is, they come and take over
a person's body for a time. When the lwa
come the person is gone. (It's not clear
where the person goes.) The body is the
body of the person, but it is really the
lwa. If a male lwa mounts a female person,
he is referred to as "he," not
she, during the mounting. I have many
close personal Voodoo friends in New Orleans,
Louisiana, Gulfport, Mississippi, Miami,
Florida, Marion, North Carolina and now
Galveston who have been the mount of the
spirit in closed door urban voodoo or
hoodoo rituals. They all say they remember
nothing when it is over.
oneness with The Lwa god or devil or demons.
Indeed, ecstasy is the primary vehicle
for the type of prophetic visions and
revelations found in the Bible. However,
such experiences can also be personal
mystical experiences with no significance
to anyone but the person experiencing
initiation: Voodoo Spirits are called
in Galveston, Texas
become a Galveston Island, Texas Voodoo
Hoodoo hongan of the Baron Samedi, a voodoo
priestess and cultist such as myself attends
a ritual led by priests already initiated
to his service. I personally attended
one in a suburban Galveston, Texas neighborhood
between 57th street and 42nd, held by
the local Voodoo Hongan Babutthol. All
of this I am doing to research deeper
in to the mysteries of this religion to
investigate the Voodoo Zombie Doll I have
elected to investigate.
years ago I went to Americas Voodoo Capital
got involved with the true side of Voodoo
Hoodoo New Orleans style. Not the commercial
side that so many see when visiting. Or
the classic books that tell of a homogenized
society. But the very Secret Society of
Marie Laveau her self. There I became
a real voodoo hoodoo priestess. But I
need to be certified now through this
ritual as a Texan Voodoo Queen.
houngans offer food and drink to the Baron
to gain his attention," says Babutthol.
He comes here accompanied by the sound
of thee heavy drums. As officiates and
aspiring initiate join together in an
sacred static dance, they all are employing
fast, exhausting moves that induced an
altered state of consciousness in each
and everyone one of us being initiated.
ritual required many nights of ritual
activity before the Baron Samedi decided
to mount me his new charge. (Well seasoned
and experienced Texas houngans like Babutthol,
The Baron's human counterparts learn over
time to slip into this trance state more
mounting me, the loa took over my body,
Those present told me that I began speaking
in a different voice, sometimes different
tongue, adopting a body language all of
its own. I openly declared "It is
I Baron Samedi" Many said I was truly
possessed and engaged other participants
mounting did not come upon me too quickly
otherwise the houngans suspiciously would
have interrogated the loa to ensure that
it was Baron Samedi who has come and not
some lesser petro loa mischievously hijacking
me and the ceremony for its own amusement.
If it was not the Baron, Hongan Babutthol
would have employed special invocations
and rites to drive out the interloping
lwa and then continue the ceremony until
the Baron did appear . This to me, is
so similar to a necromantic ritual in
I believe before I fell into the trance
I experienced a form of deep Rapture or
Religious ecstasy: This of course is an
altered state of consciousness characterized
by greatly reduced external awareness
and expanded interior mental and spiritual
awareness which is frequently accompanied
by visions and emotional/intuitive (and
sometimes physical) euphoria.
my personal experience was brief in physical
time, there are records of such experiences
lasting several days or even more, and
of recurring experiences of ecstasy during
one's lifetime. Subjective perception
of time, space and/or self may strongly
change or disappear during ecstasy.
Siddhi: is a Sanskrit term for spiritual
power (or psychic ability); it literally
means "a perfection." It is
known in Hinduism and Tantric or Vajrayana
Buddhism. These spiritual powers or perfections
supposedly vary from relatively simple
forms of clairvoyance to being able to
levitate, to degrees of omnipresence,
to become as minuscule as an atom, to
manifest or materialize objects, to have
access to memories from past lives, access
to the akashic records, and more. The
term became known in the West through
the work of H.P. Blavatsky. Siddhi powers
are said to be obtainable by meditation,
control of the senses, devotion, herbs,
mantras, pranayama, or good birth.
Peak experiences: is a term developed
by Abraham Maslow and used to describe
certain extra-personal and ecstatic states,
particularly ones tinged with themes of
unification, harmonization and interconnectedness.
Participants characterize these experiences,
and the revelations imparted therein,
as possessing an ineffably mystical (or
overtly religious) quality or essence.
Stigmata: In his paper Hospitality and
Pain, iconoclastic Christian theologian
Ivan Illich "Compassion with Christ...
is faith so strong and so deeply incarnate
that it leads to the individual embodiment
of the contemplated pain." Illich's
thesis is that stigmata manifests from
exceptional poignancy of religious faith
and desire to associate oneself with the
suffering Messiah. Interestingly, stigmatics
have manifested the Holy Wounds in different
bodily locations possibly due to subjective
interpretation or envisioning.
In Christianity, the ecstatic experiences
of the Apostles Peter and Paul are recorded
in Acts 10:10, 11:5 and 22:17.
Some charismatic Christians practice ecstatic
states (called e.g. "being slain
in the Spirit") and interpret these
as given by Holy Spirit.
hagiography (writings on the subject of
Christian saints) many instances are recorded
in which saints are granted ecstasies.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia
, religious ecstasy (called supernatural
ecstasy) includes two elements: one, interior
and invisible, in which the mind rivets
its attention on a religious subject,
and another, corporeal and visible, in
which the activity of the senses is suspended,
reducing the effect of external sensations
upon the subject and rendering him or
her resistant to awakening.
Hoodoo Possession Photo by Harriet Cross
And Why Trancing While You Dance is Possible
term "trance" may be conflated
with others such as meditation, magic,
flow and prayer. It may also be conflated
with the earlier generic term, altered
states of consciousness, which, due to
the value judgment that is embedded within
the adjective "altered", is
no longer used in "Consciousness
The various frequencies, resonate and
open the energy centers of the body. The
heartbeat of Voodoo drums keeps us grounded
on the earth, while the higher frequencies
of voices particularly a singing voice
can and does open our crowns to the world
of the Paranormal.
a real trance is an altered state of consciousness
which individuals can enter through a
variety of techniques, including hypnotism,
drugs, sound (particularly music, percussive
drumming etc.), sensory deprivation, physical
hardships (eg. flagellation, starvation,
exhaustion) and vigorous exercise (particularly
the energy-shifting effects of actual
trance dancing to fully manifest and take
you over, as a person with the necessary
understanding of what they are doing,
The once upon entering the Trance state
move in the intense energy field generated
by high- level sound and light frequencies.
more then often out Teenagers around the
world at techno raves or Dance and music
clubs are practicing what many Paranormal
Investigators such as myself believe to
be a unintended form of dance magic. Trance
is a style of electronic music that developed
in the 1980s. Trance music is generally
characterized by a tempo of between 130
and 160 BPM, featuring repeating melodic
synthesizer phrases, and a musical form
that builds up and down throughout a track.
It often features crescendos and breakdowns.
Sometimes vocals are also utilized. The
style is arguably derived from a combination
of largely electronic music such as ambient
music, techno, and house. The origin of
the term is ambiguous with suggestions
that the term is derived from the Klaus
Schulze album Trancefer or the early trance
act Dance 2 Trance though it is likely
that both these uses are linked to the
perceived ability of a drum beat to induce
altered states of consciousness, aka a
trance. As this music is almost always
played in nightclubs at popular vacation
spots and in inner cities, trance can
be understood as a form of club music.
employs a 4/4 time signature, a tempo
of 130 to 160 BPM, and 32 beat phrases,
somewhat faster than house music but usually
not as fast as Goa Trance or Psychedelic
Trance. Early tracks were sometimes slower.
A kick drum is placed on every downbeat
and a regular open hi-hat is often placed
on the upbeat. Some simple extra percussive
elements are usually added, and major
transitions, builds or climaxes are often
foreshadowed by lengthy 'snare rolls'
- a quick succession of equally spaced
snare drum hits that builds in volume
towards the end of a measure or phrase.
form the central elements of most trance
tracks, with simple sawtooth-based sounds
used both for short pizzicato elements
and for long, sweeping string sounds.
A technique called "gating"
is often employed in creating these lead
sounds (turning the volume up and down
rapidly in rhythm with the piece to create
a stuttered, chopped sound). Rapid arpeggios
and minor scales are common features.
Trance tracks often use one central "hook"
melody which runs through almost the entire
song, repeating at intervals anywhere
between 2 beats and several bars.
many trance tracks contain no vocals at
all, other tracks rely heavily on vocals,
and thus a sub-genre has developed. The
sound and quality of the production relies
to a large degree upon the technology
available. Vintage analog equipment still
holds a place in the hearts of many producers
and enthusiasts, with names such as Moog,
Roland and Oberheim staples in the trance
sound palette. However, the mainstream
availability of digital technology has
allowed a whole new group of producers
to emerge due to the fact that while top
shelf digital (or analog modeling) synthesizers
cost thousands of US dollars, high demand
and a small supply of clean vintage analog
synthesizers causes them to be extremely