Veves of Voodoo

In Vodoun (Voodoo) practice, Veves are intricate symbols of the Loas (gods), and are used in rituals. They are similar to the sigils used in ritual magic.  Each Loa has his or her own complex veve, which is traced on the ground with powdered eggshell or a similar substance prior to a ritual. The ability to draw a Veve correctly is considered to be a particular skill of the initiate. A veve is believed to be more powerful if it is drawn with the correct details.

The picture above is the veve of the love Goddess Erzulie. Similar designs exist in Santeria and Candomble.

Curiously, the Veve is similar in cencept and design to the Hindu Kolams, talismanic designs drawn in rice flour for the Hindu deities.

Pronunciation: Vayv or vay-vay • (noun)

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Related Resources:

  • Veves View a collection of Veves, intricate magical symbols used to invoke the Lwas of Vodou.
  • Sigils and Veve (offsite) Frater Alastor compares veves with sigils from old grimoires.

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March 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm

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jade December 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

The nails in foil are a type of curse,to break it,fill a small bottle half full with all manners of sharp objects
Urinate in it,then seal it with duct tape around the its top after you have capped it, bury it under your door step,or very close to your home,do this and do not tell anyone,or let anyone see you,this will protect you from all magic used against you and send it back to the sender 3 to 10 foldfor the one who is having crossroad and haunting voices,ttake a bath with salt inthe water,about a cup, ask god to bless the water,then fill a small cup with water add 3 tsp of. Salt,ask god to bless it, and go through evey room you where you live, and command all evil to leave, never to return inthe name of the father,son and holy ghost, whenever you come to a crossroads make the sighnn of the cross ,and say vade retro santanna,THOU DRINKEST THINE OWN POISON hope these things help


Rain November 28, 2013 at 2:13 am

Found two balls of foil with about 2 inch nails (like the kind used for hardware) jammed into them both made an “X” the ball feels greasy on the inside does anyone happen to know what this means? Please let me know asap it’s very important


Sandra February 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

Hi I just saw that I have to symbols burned into my arm and I did not realise it at all. I know it sounds strange.

The symbole looks like a e or a snail.

Anyone there who has an idea?


David September 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm

please keep in the loop


Anonymous August 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Speak to a santero or santera someone has something to say to you


Amilcar March 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Hey I have to say that my auntsesters come from africa and they where slaves at the mgnolia camp so for the pass 13 years I been seing and hearing voices they get stronger when am at the crossroads.. what canI do?


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