Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau: Bit of a Bibliography

Marie Laveau- fire in our hearts photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Volumes have been written about Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. She was the most famous Voodoo practitioner of all time. Her name is synonymous with the divine magick and mystery of New Orleans. There is a huge amount of information to sort through, and I humbly recommend my book Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism as a resource. In it I mention the “mythic tales surrounding Mademoiselle Marie. They include her walking on water and her drowning and resurrection.” However, I would also like to share a f … [Read more...]

FireFire Fireside Chats: Voodoo and Santeria Ashe Explained !

FireFireFire Side Chats: Voodoo and Santeria Ashe Explained with Lilith Dorsey

Ashe is a difficult concept for people to grasp. Voodoo and Santeria, or Lucumi, practitioners see it as the divine life force that permeates all things. It is both the unique sum of everything as well as the smallest atom of existence bordering on nothing. Almost every Voodoo workshop or interview I do people ask  me about Ashe. Here I am providing a short answer over the phone. Thanks for watching, remember to check out our other Youtube videos, and subscribe to our channel. You never know … [Read more...]

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 mi … [Read more...]

St. John’s Eve Blessing Water Recipe

St. John's Eve Voodoo Blessing Ceremony preparations 2014, photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

St. John's Eve is thought of as the holiest day of the year in the New Orleans Voodoo tradition. Much of its popularity is due to the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau who, it is believed, held large ceremonies for St. John Eve on the Bayou St. John and Lake Ponchartrain. There is much myth and misconception about this pioneering woman; for more information, please read the Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.St. John's Eve is celebrated traditionally on June 23rd. It was a sacred time occurring … [Read more...]

Ancestor Poem: Gede Better All The Time – You Got to Admit

The Loa of Thai Food by Mish Sukharev. Licensed under CC 2.0

Gede Better All The Time by Lilith Dorsey If I ask you really nice will you put it in your pants,Stop waving it in my face,Doin' that funky chicken dance.Here's a little green, some smokes, and some rum,Show me what we're working with I know it will be fun. The honored ancestors are called Maman, Baron, Oya and EgunThey're best fed at night, under the stars, under the moon.We will plant you some flowers, laugh and pour out some … [Read more...]

Fire Fire FireSide Chats: Voodoo Vs. Hoodoo

FireFireFire Side Chats by Lilith Dorsey.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding what exactly is Voodoo and Hoodoo. Yesterday's post explored the origins of the word Voodoo, and today I hope to present you with my own opinion on the difference between Hoodoo and Voodoo. I would really like to hear what other people have to say about this topic, the Hoodoo movement has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 15 years, and each new day brings a new experience. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below, or get really ambitious … [Read more...]

Voodoo Definitions: More Than Just A Word

Voodoo Sign02 photo by Dan Merino. Licensed under CC 2.0

These days there is Voodoo Economics, Voodoo Doughnuts, Voodoo Football, and last, or maybe first, we have the Voodoo Religion. The etymology of the word is almost as dangerously complex as the practices themselves.Many people hate the word Voodoo, even though they may have beliefs that others would describe that way. No doubt Voodoo has gotten a bad rap in the media, in the papers, in the minds of most people. In Haiti the tradition is properly referred to as Vodou, or Vodoun. The practices … [Read more...]


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