Lou Florez (awo ifadunsin sangobiyi) is an internationally known spirit worker, medicine maker, priest, activist, and artist who has studied with indigenous communities and elders throughout the globe. lou grounds his teachings and practice in the idea that connectedness to ourselves and our physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental landscapes is a fundamental necessity for any long lasting change to occur. he holds that through creating these living, dynamic relationships we become conscious of the inherent power available to us in every second of our lives.
Orisha & Bacongo
In 2015 lou traveled to ile ife, nigeria to undergo the itefa initiation, which crowned him as an awo, full initiate of ifa and high priest in training. in 2008, lou was confirmed as an olorisha and priest of shango under iyanifa ifalade ta’shia asanti of ile ori ogbe egun, and is a tata nkisi in the bacongo tradition. following the mandates of his italogun, lou has also received tutelary initiations to various orisha and is a senior priest in the ile. he is currently helping to form an oakland hub for the ile. for more information on ile ori ogbe egun visit: http://www.ileoriteacheslove.com/
Hoodoo, Southern Conjure, and Folk Magic Conjure has been present in one form or another throughout my entire life and my formal training in these varied traditions lead me all over texas and louisiana. lou is also a graduate of catherine yronwode’s hoodoo rootwork correspondence course, and is a member of the association of independent readers and rootworkers, a gathering of professional practitioners of african american folk magic, hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork, who provide psychic readings and spiritual root doctoring.
Paganism, European Witchcraft, Wicca, Western Herbalism and Energetic healing modalities. At seventeen lou joined the house of light, a neo-egyptian/ kemetic pagan coven lead by the presiding priestesses mariah prosper and sharon varner. he completed his studies in 2007 and continues to circle with the coven.
Curanderismo and Latin American Folk Traditions and Herbalism. These practices are personal and are not taught publicly at this time. lou has worked with several elders throughout texas, colorado, and arizona, but his most his most extensive training is with the rattlesnake elders in southern texas.
Dean Anthony Florez-Tanti Dean Anthony Florez-Tanti (Storm Chase) is born from a family of magical practioners from the islands of Malta, who are the descendants of the Phoenician peoples of the Mediterranean and Tunisia. He grew up practicing folk Catholicism and saint veneration from the islands, specifically drawn to traditional healing systems and animal communication practices. Dean has studied from various world religions and over the last decade created an eclectic witchcraft tradition formed from his cultural and experiential journeys.