The Healing Power of African American Spirituality

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The essential resource and guide to African American spirituality and traditions.

This is a fabulous resource for anyone who wants to understand African American spirituality, shamanism, and indigenous spiritual practices and beliefs. It is designed to be informative while providing hands-on recipes, rituals, projects, and resources to help you become an active participant in its wonderfully soulful traditions.

Inside you will find:
1. A celebration of healing, magic, and the divination traditions of ancient African earth-based spirituality
2. An explanation of how these practices have evolved in contemporary African American culture
3. A potpourri of recipes, rituals, and resources that you can use to heal your life

Among the topics covered:
  • African spiritual practices of Santeria, Obeah, Lucumi, Orisa, and Quimbois
  • Hoodoo—and how to use it to improve your health
  • Ancient healing rituals and magical recipes of Daliluw
  • Talking drums, spiritual dancing, clapping, tapping, singing, and changing
  • Power objects, tricks and mojo bags, and herbal remedies

About Stephanie:

Stephanie Rose Bird, is the author of eight books: 365 Days of Hoodoo (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2018) The Big Book of Soul: the Ultimate Guide to the African American Spirit: Legends and Lore, Music and Mysticism and Recipes and Rituals, (Hampton Road Publishers, 2010), A Healing Grove: African Tree Medicine, Remedies and Rituals (Chicago Review Press, 2009), Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Biracial and Tri-racial Culture in America and Beyond (ABC-Clio-Praeger Press, 2010) Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones Hoodoo, Mojo and Conjuring with Herbs (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2004) and Four Seasons of Mojo: An Herbal Guide to Natural Living (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2006). Her debut novel, "Out of the Blue" is a young adult fantasy novel and will be released by One Odd Bird Press in 2020. A second novel, "Pine Barren Blues" incorporates Wicca, Hoodoo and Shamanism. "Pine Barren Blues" will also be published by One Odd Bird Press, in late 2020. Both books are a part of a series.

She holds a BFA cum laude from Temple University, Tyler School of Art and a MFA from University of California at San Diego where she was a San Diego Opportunity Fellow. She was a professor of fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for many years. She has also taught at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago Botanic Gardens and Garfield Conservatory. Bird works as an artist, herbalist, aromatherapist and sole proprietor of Almost Edible Natural Products. Her product line features herbal soap, incense, potpourri, bath salts, sachets and dream pillows.

She has been a professional member of the Handcrafted Soap Maker's Guild, for whom she wrote a column "Soap Worts: Useful Herbs for Soap Makers." Bird has been a member of: the American Botanical Council's Herb Research Foundation; the American Folklore Society, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and the International Center for Traditional Child-rearing.

Her writing on herbalism, natural healing, complimentary therapies, herbal lore, goddesses, rituals and ceremonies are featured in "Sage Woman Magazine" "The Beltane Papers,",, "International Journal of Aromatherapy," "Aromatherapy Today," "The Oracle," "Herb Quarterly," "Herb Companion," "The Llewellyn Magical Almanac," "The Llewellyn Herbal Almanac" "Enlightened Practice," E-pregnancy and "Spell-a-Day." You can also find her work archived on, where Bird wrote numerous plant profiles for natural hair care.

As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Bird studied the art, rituals and ceremonies of Australian Aborigines in the outback of the Northern Territory, as a field researchers. Bird's fine art is held in several important national and international art collections, she has exhibited in numerous galleries, museums, universities and public spaces.

Stephanie Bird is a hereditary intuitive and healer specializing in positive energy work and spiritual cleansing using African plant wisdom.