St. John’s Eve Blessings to You !!!

St. John’s eve blessings 2 u photo by Lilith Dorsey 2014. All rights reserved.

June 23 is St. John’s Eve, the most sacred night of New Orleans Voodoo. The original rites surrounding this day were led by the most famous of Voodoo Queens- Marie Laveau. Marie Laveau was a priestess of great magick and mystery and she is still worshiped by thousands today. Wandering Ghost by Jonathan Cott tells of the celebration of our spiritual ancestors that took place where “Bayou St. John enters Lake Ponchartrain…. Marie organized a fete, attended by several thousand persons in the midst of blazing pine-knot fires, that features ecstatic dancing to the accompaniment of goatskin drums, bone castanets, bamboo flutes, and two string fiddles.”

Beginnings of St. John’s Eve Altar 2014 photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.


St. John’s eve is still a modern high holy holiday for Voodoo practitioners today. My own house in NYC celebrated with a feast and blessing at Brooklyn Bridge Park yesterday. We prepared a sacred water similar to the recipe for St. John’s eve water I posted recently. We barbecued organic hot dogs, and fed our spirits with collard greens, sweet potato salad, guacamole, beet salad, and strawberry lemonade. A most glorious time was had by all. Now we would like to offer our voodoo blessings to you!



May everyone have a divine and blessed St. John’s Eve!

May the gentle healing waters cleanse you!

May the gentle healing fires purge all you do not need!

May your sacred soul dance this night and kiss the stars!





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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.