How to Be Rasta; 20 Steps

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Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a Rastafari woman, from Toronto. I am a blogger, writer, singer, songwriter, and online Entrepreneur. I wrote this blog post to help people learn how to be Rasta, with some simple changes. If you would like some more detailed guidance, on how to follow the Rasta Way of Life, Check out my book “How to Become a Rasta” or “White Rastafari.”

  1. Become a vegan – Clean out all meat and milk from your refrigerator, you wont be
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    needing it anymore.

  2. Say “Jah” not “God” – Rastafarian’s call God Jah
  3. Love The Black Identity – Rastafarian’s know that the black identity was made unique and special by Jah
  4. Grow your natty Dreadlocks – If you want to be Rasta you will need to have dreadlocks, it’s the most important part
  5. Learn the principles of Rastafari – There are about 10 main principles of Rastafari every Rasta knows. You can read them in my book “White Rastafari” or my new book “Rastafari: Beliefs and Principles”
  6. Know Jesus was a Rasta man – Jesus was a Nazarite which means he was a biblical times Rasta man
  7. Learn about Emperor Haile Selassie I – Learn about King Selassie I.  Rastafari call him God
  8. Read the King James version bible – Rastafarians only read the King James version bible
  9. Burn Nag Champa incense – Rastas love Nag Champa incense
  10. Defend the oppressed – Rasta represent equal rights and Justice for all at all times
  11. Visit Jamaica – Many Rasta come from Jamaica. Visiting Jamaica will further your awareness of Rastafari

    Visit Jamaica to learn Rastafari Culture
  12. Keep your temple clean – Rastafarian’s believe a clean body, makes clean mind, makes clean spirit
  13. Avoid swearing – Rastafarian’s view swearing as unclean
  14. Spend time in nature – Spend time in nature. Rastafarians believe Jah is in Nature
  15. Become an expert on Ethiopian History – Rastas know the history of Ethiopia
  16. Buy your first Lion of Judah Flag – Many Rasta own the Lion of Judah Flag as it symbolized King Selassie I of Ethiopia
  17. Buy a Lion of Judah bumper sticker – Many Jamaican Rasta go wild over a Rastafari bumper sticker. (we just love it, its cute to boot!)
  18. Meditate – Meditation is a big part of Rastafari spirituality
  19. Live in Love – Rasta believe love makes many things better
  20. Listen to Rasta Reggae Music  – Deep Rastafari only listen to Rastafari Reggae Music, such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Sizzla, Alborosie etc.

To learn more about how to Be a Rasta – Read the book “How to Become a Rasta”


Learn more about how to become a Rastafarian, check my other blog.

64 thoughts on “How to Be Rasta; 20 Steps

    incense sticks scents said:
    June 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I used to be suggested this blog by way of my cousin.
    I’m now not positive whether or not this publish is written by him as no one else realize such targeted about my trouble. You are amazing! Thank you!


      sierra said:
      February 6, 2016 at 2:16 am

      These are totally miscmisconceptua
      Not all Rastafarians have dreads… We are not vegans but follow a diet. We don’t all smoke weed. . We don’t only listen to reggae.. Based off stereotypical iinformatoo the only thing really right is praying to ja


      tshego said:
      May 23, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      Jah bless _I’ve made it!


    Isaiah Abdalla Chahine said:
    June 25, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    We don’t call Selassie God, we call him the reincarnation of Jesus.


    Isaiah Abdalla Chahine said:
    June 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Great article, though. Thanks a lot. I needed this.


      Jamaican Empress responded:
      June 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Love and Blessings. Thank you for the kind words of encouragement.


    Queen Adria said:
    July 24, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Are dreadlocks necessary? Also, is it acceptable to eat organic meat (excluding pork and shellfish)?


      Jamaican Empress responded:
      July 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Without Dreadlocks??… and ingesting meat???…That is not Rastafari.



        johnnytrynaberasta said:
        July 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

        i heard that you could ingest meat as long as it was white meat. the red meat was a no no.


        Empress & Astrologer responded:
        July 28, 2015 at 4:49 pm

        well I believe that too. However if you are the kind of Empress or Kingman who wants to take the faith to the next level, then strictly vegan. I eat chicken about once every 30 days. I guess you would call that half and half.


      Kenny Ross said:
      November 25, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      no meet
      none at all


    Nkhensani Manganyi said:
    October 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

    great article, very helpful


    Sistah Jady said:
    October 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Rastafari bless I n I for iver


    akeda blakey said:
    November 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I am a rasta woman/empress and I would like to know where have obtained your information. Your facts are not correct. I have been a rasta since 2008 and my husband has been a rasta for 53 years. I live and work in Jamaica. My livity is rasta.


      Jamaican Empress responded:
      November 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      A true Empress does not approach anther Empress in this manner.


    david said:
    January 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks I really needed this for me to become a Rastafarian


      Jamaican Empress responded:
      February 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Blessed. May Jah Guide you and Bless you on your Journey.
      King Selassie I The First.

      Check out my book “How to Become a Rasta” Newly updated, February 2014!!


        BONFACE said:
        November 27, 2015 at 9:58 am

        Greatings inthe NAME OF THE MOST HIGH.
        InI think that a Rastaman should think of his own not just leaded by the books


    Anita said:
    January 31, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Do Rastas eat normal fish( without shell)?


      Jamaican Empress responded:
      February 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Yes. Only Fish With Scales.
      Shell Fish, are fish that clean the bottom of the Sea, those are considered “unclean” to Most Rasta.


        Al Deezey said:
        April 7, 2014 at 5:08 am

        In that case, im in. Fish is a very versatile food.:)


    Al Deezey said:
    April 7, 2014 at 4:57 am

    So…. I have all of these, except i love to barbeque and i call Selassie “Jesus two” not God. Am i&i still considered Rasta?


    Al Deezey said:
    April 8, 2014 at 3:05 am

    So basically if i like my fush grilled and i call Selassie the reincarnation of Jesus i am not rasta?


      Empress & Astrologer responded:
      April 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      You can grill your fish. There is no problem in that. Rastafari is really something of the heart anyway. Its not really about what you eat and say.
      Part of the “magic” of Rastafari is to say The Kings Name…


    Al Deezey said:
    April 9, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Blessings in return, Empress.


    Nico said:
    April 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Shalom! Blessings to you thanks for this great blog !
    I will buy your book 2nd of may when I get my next paycheck, but can I ask you before that, is there any room for scandinavians within the Rastafari livity?:)


      Empress & Astrologer responded:
      April 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      I assume you are refering to a person of a particular country…Jah Welcomes people of all class, creed, and colors into Zion.



    suleman samuel said:
    May 4, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I am rasta man i dont visit jamaica.but am in ethiopia so I maditate with rastafarians in shashemane ethiopia its real place all rastafarians visit it


    LijTeferi said:
    June 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    No one can teach you how to be a RasTafari.

    RasTeferi is an Amharic title which means “The Head to be feared”
    Ras – Head; Duke
    Teferi – To be feared

    If you are a RasTeferi, you will know it from birth; it is an in-born concept. Dreadlocks has NOTHING to do with true RasTeferi, because even HIM ruled Holy Ethiopia without locks.

    Don’t get caught-up on outward appearances. True RasTeferi knows that it is your heart, your consciousness, your mind, that makes you a RasTeferi.

    Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be a RasTeferi because you eat a certain thing. If you fight the good fight of righteousness, and you fear HaElohim (God) in your heart, then you are a RasTeferi.

    If you have more questions about true RasTeferi, please ask InI.


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      Empress & Astrologer responded:
      June 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you for speaking the truth…
      Blessed. Rastafari.


      Empress & Astrologer responded:
      June 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      So, I had been thinking about my response to your comment. I was not satisfied with it. Rastafari is a spirituality, that has many components, and yet at the same time it cannot be broken down. Yes, it is an “Inborn concept,” and Dreadlocks does have A LOT TO do with this spirituality. Eating meat is not a part of our Livity I can assure you of that. Rasta people are people who have an awareness, and yes they are born with it. Part of the “Awareness” is that meat is not a food that is fit for a Rasta. Jah make it so…not me. I appreciate your input…however as one of these people (Rasta) who are born with the Awareness, and as a MessenJAH of the Most High. I have to speak the truth concerning my faith.
      Blessed Love & Unity.
      How to Become a Rasta eBook on


      EranAlexus said:
      August 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      I’ve have felt I want to be a Rastafarian for years, however I’d like to have the correct guidance, I read the blog and all of its comments. Can I be helped to be guide in the right direction?


      Jeremiah David said:
      November 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Yes, but i was told that meat is not an issue! Thus, if you wont mind may you please explain it in detail. This due to the fact that even King James Version Holly Bible has been written that,’every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have i given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat’. (Gen 9:3-4)


        Empress & Astrologer responded:
        November 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        If you want to embrace the Rastafari faith in the truest and highest form, Rasta Does not eat meat.


    fyahbun94 said:
    August 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Mi (new) dreads dem always combine each other at the roots after i took a shower. I rip them always apart after that, but what can I do, to prevent the dreads combining each other? Thank you in advance and great article. Blessings a yuh.


      Empress & Astrologer responded:
      August 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Dreads combining at the root is normal. There is nothing really you can do about it.. Allowing them to form and rip them as needed is the most natural way to form Dreadlocks.



    fyahbun94 said:
    August 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    And can i scrub the scalp with ignoring the hair, or should I take attention of the dreads?


      Empress & Astrologer responded:
      August 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      I dont know exactly how you mean. If you plan to use water then the locks will get wet too.


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    Bobo Machine said:
    September 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

    RasTafarI bless I and I forever. Those who talk bad don’t know the way of life.
    Blessed Love
    Jah RasTafarI
    King Selassie I


      John said:
      September 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      It’s not about talking bad, it’s about talking truth.


    John said:
    September 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    To say that Selassie was the 2nd coming of Jesus is not only biblically incorrect, it is totally blasphemous. The book of Revelation clearly states that when Jesus finally comes again, it will be after 2/3rds of humanity is wiped out from war, famine, etc. and Jesus will reign on earth for 1,000 years “with a rod of iron” (Revelation 2:26-27). There are many other things that will take place 1st which have not happened before, during, or even after Selassie, who himself claimed to be no more than just a mere man who tried to follow Christ’s example. When Jesus comes, He will make it QUITE OBVIOUS that He has come… “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him” (Revelation 1:7). Please quit saying that Selassie is God incarnate. This is anything but biblical.


    Jordan said:
    October 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Do you have to let your dreads just grow or can you get them re twisted and if you don’t let the grow like the nappy look and u do get them re twisted does that mean your not a rastafari


      Empress & Astrologer responded:
      October 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Rastafari do not go to the Salon or another person to get Locks twisted. You can twist them yourself, Natural is Rasta. Allow locks to grow and lock on their own, or you can retrwist them with fingers (alone) yourself.


    Joris Pelder said:
    January 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Hi, I will do everything you’ve said above, but I am not brought up (?) with a God in my life. Again I’ll do everything above but talk about Jah. Can I still be a rasta? I sure hope so.


    jahwil said:
    March 25, 2015 at 4:39 am

    exciusme all of .

    im the 1 who want
    tobe a rasta man
    but i dont have a dreadlocks

    but i’am fiLipino.


      Ess Pee said:
      April 18, 2015 at 11:55 am

      I am wanting to convert to rasta, i might sound naive but i’m white. Can I be a true rasta?


      Rasta said:
      May 9, 2016 at 1:58 am

      Rasta comes from de heart. I n I am also white. If you follow de principles of de inner peace, you can be Rastafarian mon. Be true to yu heart and yu will be ok.


    Ras Shot said:
    May 29, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I heard rasta can also eat chicken along with fish but no red meat or pork is this correct?


      Empress & Astrologer responded:
      June 5, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      yes, this is true. however I was recently told that if a Rasta eats chicken he or she will be weak as a Rasta. So, far I would have to say that that is true.
      Give Thanks. King Selassie I.


        Tsholofelo said:
        July 31, 2015 at 9:50 pm

        Im only 13 years old but I would love to be a Rastafarin & I also love the music specialy Robert Nests Marley’s music


    Jah Shaka Yuajah said:
    August 4, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    can I be Rastaman by smoking weed? blessed Jah Rastafari


    Jah Shaka Yuajah said:
    August 4, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Blessed Jah love


    Zizon junoir said:
    February 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for everything… I believed in Rastafarian and I really want to know more about Rastafarian Tell me more… Respeck Lion.


    notbad852 said:
    February 17, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    This is ridiculous… Anyone can become Rasta, you have to believe in Haile Selassie prophecy… You don’t have to wear locs or buy any flags… Or read your books haha, silly girl fooling InI trying to make money…

    Jah Rastafari, just believe, don’t get fooled.


    David Malloy said:
    April 23, 2016 at 9:50 am

    “Life is worth much more than gold.” –Bob Marley


    Daniel hills said:
    June 2, 2016 at 9:10 am

    blessed love


    nazar said:
    July 3, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Rasta way of living has many nazarene/essene spiritual similiarities. im striving to become nazarene like Christ and yes, they did not eat meat (flesh). Christ did say that he came for the “lost” sheep of Israel & that we are scattered. Those lost sheep are coming into remembrance of who they are & embracing their true lifestyle (walking in love, vegan, natty locks etc). Praise Most High!!


    Loli said:
    July 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I am 14 years old but i dont have dreadlocks and i eat all of these things if i change can i be a rasta and what du u mean when u say we must have love


      Empress responded:
      July 18, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      People can call themselves anything they want to. If you really feel you must ask what I mean when I say “we must have love” perhaps Rastafari is not for you.
      Give thanks. Rastafari.


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