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About the Root Queen ~ Anna, Owner & Founder ~ Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo

This had to have been the hardest section to write on the entire site. What does one say about themselves? Do clients and customers even want to know about the founder & owner? I’m still not sure, but, given the numerous emails and requests from people asking me who I am, what I look like and how did I begin Erzulie’s; I felt compelled to introduce myself to anyone who wants to take the time and say hello!

My name is Anna and I was born and raised in Providence, RI – that’s “Rho – Diland” for us native New Englanders on Thanksgiving Day 1970! Due to my “funny” accent, I am often made fun of down here in the Big Easy – as if I am the only one with strange colloquialisms – ha ha! Raised primarily by my Grandparents from Portugal and Armenia, who were the most amazing people on the planet, my Grandmother is deeply devoted to Catholicism and raised me as such; baptized as an infant, educated at parochial schools, first communion, etc., these rites were non-negotiable with my family.

This of course was one of my many entrées into spirituality and cultivated my great curiosity of the unknown, mysteries, forensics, ancient cultures and traditions. Although my Grandmother is very a devout Catholic, she is also very mystical and highly skilled in herbology due to her long family lineage of medicinal healing in Madeira, Portugal, highly knowledgeable of just about every ancient tradition (she’s a walking encyclopedia) and very open and respectful to anything spiritual.

This was my initial basis for connecting to ancient paths and spiritual traditions but this isn’t where my life traveled initially. I began my career in Broadcast media, working at film-post production houses for Universal Studios and HBO. During this time, I was attending college on a partial scholarship to the prestigious and private Rollins College, Winter Park, FL from 1990-1995 for a Bachelors of Arts, Magna Cum Laude in Economics and a minor in International Affairs. In 1993, I founded and built a successful advertising agency based out of Orlando, FL, listed as the top 25 by the Orlando Business Journal for 4 years.

In 2000, when I became a licensed pilot; I flew all of my check rides to commercial specification and became FAA certified for single engine, high performance and complex aircrafts – one of my most crowning achievements. I received additional training in IFR and multi-engine aircrafts as well.

As a side note, I could fly every day if I had the time and miss flying 3 days a week dearly. Talk about an exercise in awe and humility and the realization literally, you are such a tiny piece of the universe, is never more apparent than when flying an aircraft by yourself. The time alone, the silence, the peace you feel at 8,000 feet above the Earth awakens something inside of you that is indescribable. Personally, I think everyone should fly airplanes.

From 1994, my career in advertising allowed me to travel the world, while filming broadcast production for clients, and exposed me to numerous ancient spiritual traditions which I have personally experienced in North America, South America (Venezuela), all over the Caribbean, spent 6 months total in Santo Domingo and the Border of Haiti filming for Major League Baseball in 1997, Puerto Rico, Europe (just about everywhere) and numerous places in Mexico.

It was also in Europe (Italy) that I discovered Bikram’s Hatha Yoga and studied under a trained master for 3 years at the Bikram’s Yoga College of India. I have found Bikram’s Hatha yoga to align just about everything from the physical, to the emotional and of course, the spiritual. With no Bikram’s school in New Orleans, I do miss the strict discipline and precision of masterful instructors; however, I do incorporate much of what I learned during this time into my spiritual practice at the store as well along with many other ancient traditions from the Middle East and Far East.

Ancient philosophy, wisdom, techniques, belief systems and cultures have always fascinated me and the knowledge that something greater than ourselves is out there, a bigger picture we can’t always see is taking place, the dynamics and forces of the unknown shaping our lives, somehow, kept me grounded, balanced, inspired and forced me to evolve and grow from very painful and difficult times throughout my life. This is where I was so drawn to Voudou; as it is all one, all connected, all spirituality, universal wisdom and strongly believe since it is the world’s oldest religion, all paths are born from this belief system.

During that time, I was constantly studying the great wisdom and methods of the ancient Voudou tradition and I decided to apply some of this knowledge to spiritual items that have proven beneficial for thousands of years. I was asked by several friends to help with certain situations with specialty oils, herbs, formulary, ritual work, and, most importantly listening to their problem and offering some thoughts or philosophies if possible. It was at that time I was asked to create a little line of items for my friend’s spiritual store in Orlando, FL – ergo, the birth of Erzulie’s! At that time, the intent was to just help as needed and not focus on this as my entire life since I already had a full blown career.

It was around that point in time, it became apparent that there was much need for spiritual help and that perhaps I should consider a full retail store, not just offering a few items on the website. This was quite challenging as I had already had a well established Advertising Agency in Orlando, FL of 10 years, and for all intents and purposes, dual residency between Orlando and Boston – so how could I uproot my entire life, move to New Orleans where I knew no one, a complete stranger to the city and culture and simply open a Voodoo store? Is this even possible or rational? I thought I was insane to even consider a feat of this magnitude. That was the question for a couple of years and boy, did I straddle that fence as long as I could!

As with all paths, when you are on the correct one, everything aligns seamlessly, and, in all honesty, it truly did for me for which I am grateful for every day of my life. I purchased a lovely home in the French Quarter and leased a store front in the French Quarter all within the month of December 2002, I felt very welcome by the locals and was brought the most incredible support, talent, resources, friendships, Mambos, Hougans, Vodun Chiefs, Paleros, Santeros and Practitioners from all over the world to contribute, teach, support, push and protect me from any outside interferences that may take me off course.

Even in the beginning phases, Erzulie’s was founded with one vision and one vision only: have the world meet the Lwa, the divine forces behind Voudou, using the finest, handcrafted spiritual items available! Have people understand this is a beautiful religion with amazing spirits available to step in and help anyone at anytime. Find the balance needed for this busy, disconnected, imbalanced, modern world to connect back to the ancient paths and spirits for comfort, relief, understanding and balance in a format they can relate to and incorporate into their lives.

Since I believe there are an infinite amount of paths to God, I try to draw from other spiritual experts to offer several paths such as Ancient Egyptian Tradition, European Witchcraft Tradition, Homeopathic Remedies, to name a few at Erzulie’s in hopes someone out there will connect to something to enhance and God willing, improve their lives.

It is difficult in a modern society to learn about ancient traditions, their complexity, ritual work, spiritual work, meditative focus and spiritual devotion mainly due to the cultural conditioning and extremely busy schedules, so my intent was to somehow, bring these spiritual truths and assistance to them in a manner they can understand, wrap their arms around and apply to their daily lives. I had no idea what I was about to embark upon, some days I still don’t, I only hope I am serving this purpose well.

As for the “Root Queen™” title, I picked that to honor my family who were highly skilled “root workers” from Portugal and all of the people who contributed with their vast and expert knowledge to support my vision. “Root Queen™” represents my family in its totality, a family that transcends this dimension, the family in this dimension and most specifically, the family that gave every bit of their knowledge, experience, advice, assistance, spiritual expertise freely and lovingly because they believed in me, believed in the need to preserve the ancient spiritual paths, present these belief systems to the world and most importantly, because they believed in Spirit.

Erzulie’s Authentic Voudou is indeed a collaborative effort on the part of so many amazing and devout practitioners, spiritualist, healers and “magicians”. It is a mystical journey for everyone involved, one without any end, a constant cycle of growth and evolution. We welcome and invite you to peruse our website, meet our spiritual experts, learn about their specialties, uncover the mysteries of ancient traditions, spirituality and most importantly, meet the Lwa!


Marie Laveau the New Orleans Voodoo Queen

All about the New Orleans Voodoo Queen ~ Marie Laveau! Article courtesy of our dearly missed friend John, curator of the New Orleans Voodoo Museum! May he rest in peace.

The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans! In all times, in all places, no one has ever risen to the statue or fame in Voodoo as

Marie Laveau. Famed in history, infamous in folklore and ever present, even today.  Marie Catherine Laveau was born in New Orleans on September 10, 1801. She was the natural daughter of two free persons of color, both mulattos. She was a free woman of color and a Creole. She was married to Jacques Paris in 1819 at the St. Louis Cathedral with the famed Père Antoine officiating.

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What You Should Know About Marie Laveau ~ Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

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What you should know about New Orleans Voodoo and New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau!  Another Voodoo history segment from Kalila Smith‘s research and published chapters on Voodoo In New Orleans and our beloved Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau!

To learn more about Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen, Madame Marie Laveau and New Orleans Voodoo, check out the WORLD’S FIRST Authentic Voodoo App for iPhone and Android exclusively from Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo of New Orleans!

Worlds First Voodoo App for Android on Google Play ~ Learn all Voodoo & Vodou with the world first Voodoo App for Android on Google Play exclusively by Erzulie's Authentic Voodoo              World's 1st Voodoo App for iPhone at the iTunes Store from Erzulie's Authentic Voodoo! Learn all about the secrets of Voodoo & Vodou with the world’s FIRST authentic Voodoo app from Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo in the French Quarter of New Orleans! Erzulie’s Voodoo apps delve into the roots of the Vodou religion & magic in this vast and mysterious tradition, written by highly experienced, initiated, Vodou priests and priestesses and compatible on iPhone, iPad and iTouch devices!

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Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau

New Orleans Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau! Brief History of Marie Laveau – The New Orleans Voodoo Queen!

New Orleans Voodoo and New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau!  Another Voodoo history segment from Kalila Smith‘s research and published chapters on Voodoo In New Orleans and our beloved Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau!

To learn more about Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen, Madame Marie Laveau and New Orleans Voodoo, check out the WORLD’S FIRST Authentic Voodoo App for iPhone and Android exclusively from Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo of New Orleans!

Worlds First Voodoo App for Android on Google Play ~ Learn all Voodoo & Vodou with the world first Voodoo App for Android on Google Play exclusively by Erzulie's Authentic Voodoo              World's 1st Voodoo App for iPhone at the iTunes Store from Erzulie's Authentic Voodoo! Learn all about the secrets of Voodoo & Vodou with the world’s FIRST authentic Voodoo app from Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo in the French Quarter of New Orleans! Erzulie’s Voodoo apps delve into the roots of the Vodou religion & magic in this vast and mysterious tradition, written by highly experienced, initiated, Vodou priests and priestesses and compatible on iPhone, iPad and iTouch devices!

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Voodoo Legends and Witchcraft Folklore of New Orleans

Witchcraft Folklore & Voodoo Legends ~ A Brief History on Witchcraft Tales & Voodoo Lore of New Orleans

Voodoo Folklore, Witchcraft Folklore and Voodoo Legends of New Orleans! Ms. Kalila Smith, native New Orleans Voodoo & Witchcraft practitioner, provides us a glimpse into the history of Witchcraft Folklore, Hollywood’s Witchcraft and Voodoo Legends in New Orleans. She has published so many books, papers and historical tours on this topic; I couldn’t have found a more renowned expert on Witchcraft, New Orleans Voodoo & folklore legends.

To learn more about Voodoo Folklore, Voodoo Legends, Witchcraft Legends and about New Orleans Voodoo, check out the WORLD’S FIRST Authentic Voodoo App for iPhone and Android exclusively from Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo of New Orleans!

Worlds First Voodoo App for Android on Google Play ~ Learn all Voodoo & Vodou with the world first Voodoo App for Android on Google Play exclusively by Erzulie's Authentic Voodoo              World's 1st Voodoo App for iPhone at the iTunes Store from Erzulie's Authentic Voodoo! Learn all about the secrets of Voodoo & Vodou with the world’s FIRST authentic Voodoo app from Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo in the French Quarter of New Orleans!  Erzulie’s Voodoo apps delve into the roots of the Vodou religion & magic in this vast and mysterious tradition, written by highly experienced, initiated, Vodou priests and priestesses and compatible on iPhone, iPad and iTouch devices!

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History of New Orleans Voodoo

New Orleans Voodoo History and New Orleans Voodoo Information ~ A glimpse into the History of Voodoo in New Orleans by New Orleans Voodoo Priestess, Ms. Kalila Smith

New Orleans Voodoo and New Orleans Voodoo History ~ Ms. Kalila Smith, native New Orleans practitioner, provides us a glimpse into the history of Voodoo in New Orleans. She has published so many books, papers and historical tours on this topic; I couldn’t have found a more renowned expert on New Orleans Voodoo, History of New Orleans Voodoo and accurate New Orleans Voodoo Information.

To learn more about the History of New Orleans Voodoo, Witchcraft in New Orleans, Voodoo Spells and more, check out the WORLD’S FIRST Authentic Voodoo App for iPhone and Android exclusively from Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo of New Orleans!

Worlds First Voodoo App for Android on Google Play ~ Learn all Voodoo & Vodou with the world first Voodoo App for Android on Google Play exclusively by Erzulie's Authentic Voodoo              World's 1st Voodoo App for iPhone at the iTunes Store from Erzulie's Authentic Voodoo! Learn all about the secrets of Voodoo & Vodou with the world’s FIRST authentic Voodoo app from Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo in the French Quarter of New Orleans! Erzulie’s Voodoo apps delve into the roots of the Vodou religion & magic in this vast and mysterious tradition, written by highly experienced, initiated, Vodou priests and priestesses and compatible on iPhone, iPad and iTouch devices!

 

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What You Should Know About Goats Milk Soaps

Goats Milk Soaps, Organic Goats Milk Soaps & Natural Goats Milk Soaps  ~ We thought our customers would like to know a little more about how these natural handmade goats milks soaps and exquisite spiritual goats milk soaps are handcrafted and why Erzulie’s goats milk soaps and Voodoo Spirit ™ Goats Milk Soaps are the finest we’ve ever seen

About Organic Goats Milk Spiritual Soaps at Erzulie’s!

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What Everyone Should Know About Sacred Attar Oils

About Sacred Attar Oils and Pure Essential Attar Oils ~ Exclusively at Erzulie’s! ©

About Attars, Sacred Attars, Pure Essential Attars, Attar Oils ~ The distillation methods and spiritual uses of Sacred Indian Attar Oils and Pure Essential Precious Oils is such a vast and complex topic; to be fluent in this ancient method of distillation and precious perfumery would require a lifetime of study and training.

WHAT ARE ATTARS OILS & WHY ARE THEY SO SACRED?

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What Everyone Should Know About Pure Essential Oils

All About Pure Essential Oils ~ Producing Pure Essential Oils, Ottos, Attars, Ruhs & Pure Absolute Oils

The Production Of Pure Essential Oils, Volatile Oils & Plant Essences by Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo ©

Pure Essential Oils and all about Pure Essential Oils…. In the broadest sense, the term “essential oil” describes the volatile substances inherent in aromatic botanicals that result from the distillation process. However, the term is often employed in a generic sense and used as a broad “blanket” description of aromatic essences we derive today from many very different extraction methods.   Following is an overview of some of the more common extraction techniques used to obtain the aromatic part of botanical materials to produce pure essential oils, Ottos, Attars, Ruhs & Absolute Oils. This information has been included to help explain the difference between the various pure essential, Ottos, Attars, Ruhs and absolute oils we offer here at Erzulie’s and, to help you as the consumer understand more about the nature of pure plant essences. (more…)




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