A Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau Musicology

Marie Laveau Painting in the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, New Orleans. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

People have been singing about Marie Laveau probably since the time she was born. This famous Voodoo Priestess is the stuff of legend. People sing her praises, people sing to warn others of her power, people sing to remember. If you would like to know more about her legend and lore please read the Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.The most popular Marie Laveau song is probably the one written by Shel Silverstein. Mitch Myers is Silverstein's nephew and he gives us this information about the … [Read more...]

Why the Mardi Gras Indians Won’t Bow Down

Mardi Gras Indian Katrina Suit photo by Lilith Dorsey 2010.

Strong, Powerful, Proud: all of these words have been correctly used to describe the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. The tradition is older than the city itself. Some say its origins date back to the 1700's, but like much of the city's history, everyone loves to debate it. The names are as exotic as the costumes: Guardians of the Flame, the Black Seminoles, Creole Hunters, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Golden Eagles, Wild Magnolia, and the Flaming Arrows to name a few. There are over 50 tribes in the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Erzulie- The Faces of Love by Tehron Gillis

untitled photo by !paco! Text added. Licensed by CC 2.0

Love, what other meaning does life need to exist? Do we need to exist?  It begets our greatest of accomplishments and forgives our deepest shortcomings.  As the oxygen of our spirits it pumps through our divine anatomy, and in the anatomy of the divine it is Erzulie that is the heart.  A heart that breaks for our transgressions towards each other, that hardens in the face of injustice, and quickens when enraged.  As we study the rhythms of the heart we begin to learn the many faces of Erz … [Read more...]

Bless Your Soul with Florida Water

Murray & Lanman's Florida Water photo by Boston Public Library. Licensed under CC 2.0

“Voodoo smells great,” this is one of the first things my godchildren say to newcomers to our rituals. They are right. One of the most divine things about Voodoo and Santeria is that these religions find a way to deliciously bless and protect participants with some delightful magickal scents. One of the main blessing ingredients used is Florida Water. This isn't actually a water at all. It's Florida Water Cologne, it has an alcohol base and a history as long as my arm.  Murray and Lan … [Read more...]

How You Can Help Support the Restoration of Marie Laveau’s Tomb!

Support the Restoration of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's Tomb photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Marie Laveau is the Ultimate Voodoo Queen. There is no contest. She is more famous than all the others combined, and this was even before her recent appearance in the popular media.As many of you know back in December, the world famous tomb of  Marie Laveau was painted pink by a vandal according to sources quoted by author Denise Alvarado in her piece "The Mystery of The Pink Tomb is Solved." For more information on Marie Laveau worship and the original incident  you can also check out the V … [Read more...]

Mardi Gras: Start It Rite with Voodoo Mojo Juice and More!

Bead Vomit 2010 photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Gearing up for Mardi Gras with mind, body, and spirits for the spirits! The Times-Picayune called last night's Krewe Du Vieux “Deliciously Disrespectful.” We can all start to get in the mood, and join in the fun with... New Orleans Voodoo Mojo Juice. This is my own sacred recipe for this popular party concoction! 1 oz. Pineapple juice (blessing and protection)1 oz. Coconut Rum ( for opportunity and to honor the ancestors)1 dash orange curacao ( orange is traditionally ass … [Read more...]

Voodoo Priestess Says Bye Bye American Horror Story Coven

American Horror Story Coven Recruits photo by Lilith Dorsey

Zombies, Witch Hunters, Red-Eyed Papa Legba, and Blood Bathing Marie Laveau, honestly even if I live to see the "seven wonders,"... I may never see anything as strange as this again. American Horror Story Coven has brought New Orleans Voodoo and Witchcraft into our livingrooms these past several months and we may never be the same again.My post Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba got some viral Voodoo buzz, and I'd like to think that's because people really do want and need to know more about this … [Read more...]


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