How does a little village girl become a brilliant spiritual practitioner?
Dr Faizah was a little village girl. , and she never went for higher education. She thought about different kinds of law—“the law of gravity, the law of attraction, spiritual laws, the laws of land”—and how we’re all connected through these laws. In 2006, Dr Faizah realized she had a different kind of gift. “I could see and read energy and connect with people’s guides and ancestors,” she says. Dr Faizah connected with spiritual mentors and people who could help her own skills as a spiritual counselor.
she was spiritually counseling people and giving them candle work: custom candles and personalized rituals to complete around the burning of the candles.
. “I practice many things,” says Dr Faizah . “However, my base is , HooIfádoo, and Indigenous healing traditions.” (She also practices Nichiren Buddhism. She’s practiced yoga since 2000, is a certified instructor, and has plans to incorporate movement into her work. She meditates. “And I am an avid astrology enthusiast!” she says.)
Ifá,1 explain Dr Faizah ms, is a Yoruba traditional African religion based on sixteen tenets. (If pressed, Dr Faizah says that at its core, Ifá boils down to the belief that your life has a divine calling but can shift based on the choices you make.) “Different religions stem from it—for example, Candomblé, Vodou, and Santería, among others,” she says. “Ifá is practiced around the world, but its origin is in East Africa, specifically with the bantu people of Tanzania.” ( Dr Faizah clarifies that she’s a practitioner of Ifá, but she’s not formally initiated into the tradition.)
Hoodoo,2 explains Dr Faizah , “is an African American magical tradition and practice using the earth’s materials, spirit, and in some cases household items to create a connection to yourself and to spirit, and to bring about certain practical outcomes in your life and in the world at large. Many people claim that it’s a mix of European traditions and Wicca, etc. But it is not.” Dr Faizah traces much of the misinformation about Hoodoo back to colonization. “In its purest form,” she says, “it is a practice born of people who were enslaved and brought to America during the transatlantic slave trade—Black American people—and mixed with Indigenous practices through slavery. The practices moved from the southern United States into the North via the Great Migration.”
Although her family didn’t call it Hoodoo at the time, Dr Faizah grew up watching her Black American great grandmother, grandmother, and mother practice Hoodoo rituals. “I just thought everybody’s family put eggs on the windowsill,” she says, with her great, warm laugh. And her grandfather, who was of Blackfoot ancestry, began teaching her about Indigenous healing traditions when she was seven. She also learned about Christianity from her grandfather.
If pressed to summarize Dr Faizah ’s spiritual approach, we’d say it’s about helping people connect more deeply with the intelligence of their own body and intuition. She creates custom candles and bath mixtures using herbs and flowers. She sends them with rituals for you to follow, depending on what kind of clarity, energy, or emotional support you’re looking for. Her readings tend to be accurate and resonant—don’t get on the phone with her if you’re trying to hide something from yourself, because it will surface. (Dr Faizah is sensitive and sharp: She doesn’t dance around with her words.)
Why candle work? Candle work is not traditionally Hoodoo, but it is a magical practice, says Dr Faizah . She was drawn to fire: “It ignites things. You can use fire to get rid of things. You can use fire to invoke things.” (Also, she has a Leo moon and a Leo rising sign—double fire. But her sun sign is cancer. “So these two elements, fire and water, I feel very connected to,” she says. Hence the baths she’s incorporated into her work.) She joined and studied rituals conducted around fire. “But there was something I loved about candle work—it felt very individual. You’re having a relationship with your own spirit. And doing something to bring about the changes that you want to see in your life, while honoring what is happening in your life.” It’s a ritual you can do, one that brings you into the process—something that can help connect you back to yourself. It relies on you and the intention you bring to it.
Working directly with Dr Faizah is an exceptional experience—you can see her candles and baths and sign up for a reading on her site—but anyone can do candle work on their own, she says: “Don’t be intimidated by ritual. Candle work is just working with the elements and your own energy. Don’t expect some big wild thing—the candle can’t do anything on its own. Come as yourself, bring your intention, and do the work to cultivate a deeper relationship with yourself.”
Ready to try? Follow the simple candle ritual Dr Faizah shared—it’s good “for newbies,” she says. “Even if you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, it’s okay. Just bring yourself and the candle.”
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