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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Altars as Art Forms, June 6-20 at Catland, Brooklyn, NY

I'm excited to be part of Katelan Foisy's amazing exhibit at Catland in Brooklyn, Ny.  Photos of my pieces for the show coming soon! Meanwhile, you will find some of my artwork here: Lonesome Liz Fine Art
More about the exhibit at Katelans' webpage
Links to some of the other participating artists:

Billy Corrigan (Smashing Pumpkins)
With music by Jill Tracy
 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fortune Telling and Ghosts - An Online Course

An online workshop beginning March 31  and continuing to May 1. Learn to communicate with spirits and to use the skill to enhance fortune telling with tarot, pendulum, tea leaves and more.

Private weekly lessons by phone/video chat and additional weekly group session via conference call. Students will receive weekl...y written materials and participate in a private online forum for further class discussion and Q & A.

Cost is $135 for the 4 week session, (about 2 hours a week per person). As the workshop is virtual it is open to students everywhere but lessons can be held in person for those of you in the Nashville, Tn area.
 
 
 
Course Outline:
Each week students will meet for one hour via conference call and individually by phone with instructor for private lessons. (Or in person in the Nashville area). An online discussion forum where questions, readings and ghost stories can be posted will also be opened. Instructor will check message boards routinely.
 
Students will also complete a project each week to aid in spirit communication and/or fortune telling. Written materials providing an overview of each unit will be sent each Monday via email and quizzes to ensure mastery of material will be sent each Friday.
 
Week One: An Introduction to Ghosts
What are ghosts? A History of Ghost Hunting.  Ghost stories, fact and fiction. 
Project: Compile your own collection of 5-10 ghost stories via interviews with friends and family.
Written Materials: An overview of ghosts throughout history. Excerpts from the instructor's collection of real-life ghost stories, photos and recordings.
 
Week Two: Communicating with Spirits
Pendulums. Ouija Boards. Automatic Writing.
Project: Make your own Ouija board and pendulum.
Written Materials: Mediums throughout history. How to use a pendulum and Ouija board. How to do automatic writing.
 
Week Three: Ghosts and Fortune-Telling
An introduction to Tarot. Tea Leaf Reading. African divination. Tapping into spirits to enhance fortune-telling.
Project: Make your own African Divination kit.
Written Materials: Quick Tarot reading guide. Tea Leaf symbol guide. African divination guide.
 
Week Four: Students Choice
Week four will explore the topics of the student's choice in more depth, both in private lessons and in the group session.
 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Lonesome Liz's Magical Mojo's

Lonesome Liz's Magical Mojo's
Where the Art of Conjure Meets Fine Art

Currently Available by Mail or,
In Nashville at The Goddess and The Moon Nov. 30


Featured in the best-selling 'Everything Ghost Hunting Guide' and host of popular seances, ghost tours, I also write and direct seance theater multi-media productions. After completing a B.A. in Religious Studies and Philosophy, I studied ancient languages at Union Theological Seminary and undertook ethnographic studies in West African and Southern Folk Magic traditions; (in other words, I very nearly have an MA in Voodoo, Santeria and Hoodoo). A former Tarot, Astrology and Mythology editor for BellaOnline.com and Suite101.com, I read and teach tarot, palms, tea leaves, I Ching, Runes and Dice. For several years I was the online tarot instructor for Barnes and Noble.com.

As a visual artist, I have exhibited with some of Modern Art's greatest revolutionaries including Molly Crabapple, (http://www.mollycrabapple.com) and Drive-by Truckers artist Wes Freed, (http://www.wesfreed.com). Curatorial projects have included Psychedelic Art icon Bob Masse (http://www.bmasse.com) and others. All Hoodoo and Voodoo inspired products listed below are not only effective and powerful pieces of magic but mixed media art works made of recycled materials.

HOODOO
Instructions, spells, prayers and petitions included.

Money/Luck/Prosperity Floor Wash – add 2 parts water and one part pine sol to the bottle, then add small amounts to water used for cleaning to bring money and luck in material endeavors. Specially fixed to facilitate enduring prosperity. For home and business.

Money/Luck/Prosperity 7 Day Candle bottle Burn a green 7 day candle on top of the bottle with a white 7 day candle alongside it, reciting included petitions.

Money Pocket Mojo Bottle With Devil's Shoestring root to add luck with gambling/taking risks and getting a job.

Love Poket Mojo To bring love.

Love Pocket Mojo 2 To get what you want/control romantic situations.

Love Herbs with Roses for Honey Jar Spells The best love spell there is.

Guardian Angel Salt Sprinkle at home or at work to protect against bad spirits, people and events.

Brick Dust Use inside and outside your home or business to prevent harmful spirits or people from entering.

Chicken Egg Shells Liker Brick Dust, prevents harmful people and spirits from entering your business or home. The two used in combination are particularly strong.

Un-jinxing/Good Luck Floor Wash Add water to bottle then add a small amount to water used for cleaning. Eliminates bad energy, removes jinx's/hexes and the effects of ill will, brings good luck.

Holey Stones Place under pillow to dream about ancestors and spirits or look through when meditating to see the spirit world.
Devil's Shoestring Oil For luck in getting a job, gambling and to keep the Devil/Evil out of your house.

Rattlesnake Root Oil Protects from all forms of evil, especially false friends. Add some to honey jar or other bottles above to keep false loves and opportunities away.

Fiery Calamus Root Oil Choose from: For control over someone intending you harm, to hasten and control financial situations, to hasten and/or control relationships.

Calamus Root To control situations and people.

Chicken Feather and Bone Talismans and Cleansing Tools

Chicken Bone Fortune Telling Set (with casting cloth) Instructions included.

VOODOO INSPIRED
Instructions, petitions and prayers included.

Wishing Sticks
(Baton Desierux)

Pin your wishes to their heads and decorate with items related to the object of your desire. (Large or Small)

Guardian Spirit Dolls
(Corps de Garde)

Keep near the door of your home for protection or carry individual dolls with you for same.

Grave Rememberance Stones

To place on the graves of loved ones to maintain/amplify connection with the person's spirit.

Passway Stones

To place a Hellhound on someone's trail.

Barbie Voodoo Dolls

Custom designed.






Friday, July 12, 2013

Blues & Workshops at the Hoodoo Rootworker Heritage Festival






I will be both playing music and leading workshops at the Western Kentucky Hoodoo Rootworker Heritage Festival September 18-21.  Come not only hear music from 'The Female Robert Johnson' (Southern Fried Magazine) but learn about the Crossroads and how to communicate with spirits through Automatic Writing.

More details soon. Meanwhile, check out the Festival website: http://www.spiritoftheearth.org/HoodooRootworkerHeritageFestival.html

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Book of African Divination



This book is awesome. It is, in fact, one of the coolest things I've seen in ages.  More than just a deck that's an unique divination tool, it's a book filled with a host of new ways to apply your intuition to the future.  In addition to five different types of African fortune telling, the book includes chapters on divination itself, Africa and it's cultures and African divination specifically. It's wonderful as both an introduction and guide.

Written by Raymond Buckland, (who has specialized in and written about  Romani (Gypsy) divination) and Kathleen Binger, who a has similar background in African traditions. Her research has included correspondence with diviners in various parts of Africa.

The cards included with the book are her own, based on a system used by the Tikar tribe. The backs of this beautiful and innovative deck feature a spider. This is an attention getting nod at the traditional Tikar method, which uses marked plum leaves and a real spider.


Nearly every chapter introduces you to a new set of tools you can create for yourself. Paint a bowl to emulate one method of the Venda and cast 'bones', (dice can be used), in it. Create 'tablets' with wood, (you can even use popsicle sticks) or stones to try another of their ancient practices. Make a set of Zulu 'bones' with shells, bone and stone to toss onto a mat marked with a pattern reminiscent, in ways, of the I Ching. Create a Yorbua divination board... Last, but not least, the book includes a guide to the wonderful deck.


If you already read tarot, you'll love discovering a new, card-based method of reading. It can, in fact, be used to enhance tarot. One of the fantastic things about this system, however, is you don't need to already know tarot to use it. Highly recommended for everyone with interest in the past, present or future.

Buy The Book of African Divination

Tarot and Fortune Telling, Online Course

Deck Review: The Light and Shadow Tarot



I love reading with both over-sized and black and white decks, (I've found my readings are more accurate when I switch back and forth from a vividly colored deck to these). So, I was excited to discover this striking Tarot.  The deck's illustrator, Michael Goepferd, describes himself as, "An artist who has found in the iconography of the Tarot all the great themes of life and art." His block prints engagingly reflect the deck's concept, contrasting light and shadow to form images that are perfect for meditation and otherwise increasing focus.

In the deck's book, by Brian Williams, we discover this is not a deck of good vs. evil. The approach to light/dark we find here is a more blended, Eastern one. The contrast and inter-relation of the two extremes takes center stage here. This provides an interesting angle to read through. It can add a layer of comparative focus to readings; giving the up/down side of situations and people, for example.

"The Light and Shadow Tarot" is great for both beginning and advanced diviners. The cards and their meanings are traditionally focused and won't give you a whole new set of meanings to learn. They'll be easily recognizable to readers used to the Rider Waite deck. I think it absolutely helps readers at all levels to try with a black and white deck; you almost always pick up slightly different elements of situations.

There are some unique differences in the symbolism chosen for the cards. For example, the Fool has a crystal ball, the Wheel of Fortune is a Tibetan mandala and Death is "The Endless Dance of Death". Others, like The Moon, Judgment and many of the Court cards, are nearly identical to the Rider Waite.

This is a fun, eye catching and positive deck that I think everyone can enjoy.

More about/buy "The Light and Shadow Tarot"

Sign up for my Online Tarot and Fortune Telling Class



Reading the 'Light and Shadow Tarot'
photo by Sydney Tyler Lofton






Friday, April 12, 2013

A Conjureman's Tale - The Ballad of Frankie Silver

Frankie Silver killed her husband with an axe one winter's night. Seems he was in all likelihood extremely abusive and she did it in self defense but it got pretty gruesome. She either hacked him to pieces or had her mom and brother help her do that - no one's sure which. They then hid him in various parts in various places, from the fireplace to beneath the floor. What I found most intriguing about the story is the history says they called a conjure man in to find the body. In fact, he found it and was the cause of her hanging. So, I wrote a new ballad based on him:

Sheriff Joe called Conjure Jim. 
"Bring your witchin' ball", he told him.
"Bring your hoodoo roots
and your juju juice.
No one's sure what Frankie Silver did.
Come conjure out whatever it is she hid."

Old Counjure Jim said, "Sheriff man,
I'm not really sure I can.
Snows blowin' high.
There's a darkenin' sky.
I don't care what Frankie Silver's done.
Just 'cause you call don't mean Old Jim runs."

There's chickens in the storm.
There's coyotes in the barn.
There's a murder of crows clawin at the trees.
Frakiie's cryin' alone on snowy knees.

Conjure Jim said, "Sheriff Joe,
how much will you pay me?
Let me make sure 
I won't get more
from that cryin' lady.
How much will you pay me?"

"Name your price, just show us what she hid.
No one's sure what Frankie Silver did."

There's chickens in the storm. etc.

He came and spit some whiskey on the floor.
He scratched weird patterns on the door.
He tossed his witchin' ball all too and fro.
Soon Frankie Silver's hangin on the gallows.
'Cause before too long they knew what Frankie did.
Old Conjure Jim won't let nothin' stay hid.

Blood rose up from the dirt below.
Bone shards crackled in the ember glow.
When he rolls his witchin ball across the hearth
you ain't keepin' nothin' in the dark.
Her innocence became real hard to swallow.
So, Frankie Silver's hangin' on the gallows.

There's chickens, etc.

More about Frankie Silver and a link to the original ballad: http://www.murderbygaslight.com/2010/04/ballad-of-frankie-silver.html