Voodoo Beliefs, Spiritual Truths, Spiritual Awareness & Inspiration: Voodoo Concepts

This page on Voodoo beliefs, spiritual truths, spiritual awareness and inspiration was designed to offer an easier reference on the deep and complex belief systems within the African Traditional Religions and the Vodou itself.  We wanted to offer an introduction or quick reference for when you need a little encouragement, inspiration and learn some spiritual concepts from a Vodou perspective.

For those searching for spiritual truths, empowerment, spiritual concepts or trying to develop a strong spiritual life, we assembled our most popular and relevant social media memes which focus on those areas.  It is our hope that this page helps you strengthen your faith, learn more about the power of prayer, miracles and spiritual attunement for both your joyful times and to draw upon during your darkest hours.

If you are needing expert insight to better understand these spiritual beliefs or how we would approach, interpret or remedy any uncertain spiritual situation, our expert practitioners offer amazing spiritual counseling, readings and effective ritual solutions.

To learn more about this ancient and powerful tradition, we offer and extensive library of articles on the Vodou Religion, New Orleans Voodoo, Marie Laveau, History of Voodoo and other Magical traditions.  For a quick introduction on the Vodou belief systems, God, “the Mysteries” and “the Lwa,” the article here is a great primer.

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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, and received 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.

For the past 20 years I’ve traveled extensively to study and learn about these traditions in North America, South America, Africa, all over the Caribbean often, (spent almost a full year in Dominican Republic & Haiti while filming for Major League Baseball in 1997-1998),  Europe (just about everywhere) and even spent a little time in Asia recently (2017).   Essentially, by 1996,  Erzulie’s was beginning to develop, but I had no idea what or how spirit was aligning this concept.

Oddly, it was in Europe (Italy) that I discovered Bikram’s Hot Hatha Yoga and studied under various instructors for past 20 years at the Bikram’s Yoga College of India and still go to any hot yoga studio wherever I am located.  Personally, I have found Bikram’s Hot Hatha yoga or any Hatha or Vinyaya Yoga for that matter to align just about everything from the physical, to the emotional and of course, the spiritual.  Also, to me, sweat is also magic, I truly believe covering yourself with sweat is also sacred and grants wishes and 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.

I also am madly in love with Tango, Salsa and Boxing; with Tango being one of my greatest personal passions! I spend most of my down time between the boxing club (best stress relief ever!) and a dedicated focus on my Tango practice with renowned Tangueros here in New Orleans,  Argentina, Los Angeles and Columbia and try to do major Tango festivals around the world as my schedule allows.   I truly believe movement is magic, movement is sacred, movement connects your mind to your soul and to the Divine.  Without moving in one form or another daily, I believe I would be completely off balance, disconnected from the Divine and totally out of sorts.

As you probably guessed, Ancient philosophy, wisdom, techniques, belief systems and cultures have always fascinated me, especially indigenous traditions since I am part Native American, 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 Vodou; as it is all one, all connected, all spirituality, universal wisdom and strongly believe since it is one of the world’s oldest religion, all paths are born from these ancient belief systems.

During that time, I was constantly studying the great wisdom and methods of the ancient Vodou 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 officially in 1997!  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 2000, 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!

 

Madrina Angelique Samedi

Initiated Palera & Santera, Priestess of Palo and Santeria

Meet one of our favorite Paleras around, Madrina Angelique. Madrina (or YaYa) Angelique is a highly skilled, initiated priestess with over 30 years experience in the Palo and Santeria traditions.

Read more about our beloved Madrina who handcrafts simply amazing magical Palo and Santeria products exclusively at Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo! Continue reading “Madrina Angelique Samedi”

Mambo Michele

One of our favorite practitioners and psychic readers, the famed Mambo Michele! Mambo Michele is a native of New Orleans reared in the Seabrook area of Gentilly Woods. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. Mambo Michele has traveled extensively throughout the world and lived in Guatemala and Mexico for several years prior to her relocation back to New Orleans! Continue reading “Mambo Michele”

Kalila Smith

Ms. Kalila Katherina Smith
New Orleans Haunted History, New Orleans Ghosts and Haunted History Tours

 

Meet the “Face of New Orleans” as I affectionately refer to her! I introduce you to Ms. Kalila Smith this way, as you cannot miss her image on every single poster, billboard or tourist information center in New Orleans for Haunted History Tours, a company she co-founded 12 years ago! Continue reading “Kalila Smith”

About Houngan Aboudja

Mark Alexander Moellendorf, also known as Hougan Aboudja, has been serving the Vodou mysteries of L’Afrik Ginea for many years, one of the world’s foremost experts on Haitian Vodou and one of our favorite Priests on the planet! Sadly, we lost our beloved Houngan on July 17th, 2012 ~ my heart is broken and will never heal from this loss ~ I know he will be with me and Erzulie’s always…

Hougan Aboudja & Anna of Erzulie's Voodoo
Hougan Aboudja and Anna Parmelee of Erzulie’s Voodoo ~ Hollywood, CA & Venice Beach, CA 2010

Do I believe that the river is alive, that the mountain moves, that the leaves of the forest have something to say? Yes… yes I do.

― Houngan Aboudja

An accomplished Houngan Asogwe (Senior Priest in the Haïtian Vodou Tradition), Aboudja is a dynamic spiritual leader with a transformational style and well over a decade of experience. Erzulie’s is honored to include one of the most knowledgeable and respected Houngans in the world as an esteemed member of our Vodou family!

Though raised in the U.S., Houngan Aboudja was initiated in Haïti at Kalfou Lamontin by his spiritual father and mother, Feddy Senat – Vante Pa Fe’m Bo Houngan and Nancy Pierre Senat – Satela Bo Manbo who, together, where initiated by their father, Monsieur Emile Senat called Dje YaTande – Bo Houngan daGinea Menfò who was initiated many years before by the celebrated Monsieur Ibrahim Alexandre called Salbadja – Bonjan Houngan daGinea Menfò ki mache Zantayi Gelefwe!

During his initiation to the priesthood, Aboudja received ason zye kale (with eyes open) directly from the hand of Met Loko Atisou… ki ba tout asogweman 21 grenn kolye pou chache lavi mitcho lavi mitcho-tcho… as well as the authority of 3 Lewa (3 Kasik e Maj), passing each of their domains. Many priests stood witness to his ason, including his manman hounyo Manbo Jocelyn Joseph (Kalfou Lamontin), Houngan and Konfyans Kay Joseph “Le Colonel” Bateau (Fontamara, now Miami), Houngan Yvonne Jour-Lecœur (Fontamara), Manbo Joumabon (Port-au-Prince and Brooklyn), and many others. Finally, after proper respect given Gran’n Met-La, Primye Met ‘Bitasyon, and tout Gran Sosyete L’Afrik Ginea, Aboudja was baptized Yabofè – Bo Houngan kidi Rakonte daGinea Menfò. His lineage is fwan Ginea nèt.

Houngan Aboudja takes very seriously his responsibilities as a priest holding antique lineage, adhering strictly to the régléman of Vodou and to the ancestral traditions, obligations and practices of his lineage. He is well-know as an unabashed and outspoken advocate for adhering to, and preserving, the “old way” of doing things in Haïtian Vodou and, over many years, he has had the great fortune to learn firsthand from and work with some of the oldest, most respected elders of the Haïtian tradition, keen to learn all he can from these most senior of priests.

From his own father, Feddy Senat and his father, the ansyen bon Gran’n Emile Senat, an many other elder priests, Aboudja learned the complex and complicated history of the tradition, the oral history of the ancestors and L’Afrik Ginea, the old rituals and ways of doing, the old songs for calling and sending. He learned the traditional leaf medicine of Haïti also, both the holistic and phytotheraputic applications (medsin fèy), as well as the spiritual and liturgical applications (fèy travay/fèy pwisan) of the many leaves and roots. As knowledge grew, Houngan Aboudja learned to speak the language of the Vodou spirits, to understand the order of GOD’s creation reflected in the liturgy of the temple, and to understand the mysteries behind. And this was the very transformative moment when Aboudja became a master.

Over the years, Houngan Aboudja has officiated many ceremonies (including initiations) and assisted many others in New Orleans, Miami and Brooklyn, as well as Haïti… in Port-au-Prince, LaPlaine, Cyvadier, Fontamara, and Kalfou Lamontin. Like many other houngan, the responsibilities of priesthood demand Houngan Aboudja assume a number of very specialized roles, including Spiritual Consultant, Healer, Counselor, Raconteur/Metaphor-Maker, Advocate, Teacher, and Scholar well-known for his “encyclopedic knowledge” of the Haïtian Tradition (thanks to his father and many, many other elders). An inherently conceptual-thinker, Houngan Aboudja easily masters complexities without loosing sight of the BIG picture ― adept at treatments and workings to solve all manner of issues, and even the wickedest of problems.

 

SPECIALTIES

Applied Ministry ― including the full range of Haïtian Vodou religious ceremonies and traditional services including illumination • “rasanbleman” • obligations (both individual & family) • initiation • baptism & head-washing • marriage • funerary rites.

Spiritual Consulting ― areas of special expertise include holistic & phytotheraputic treatment • cleansing, purification & blessing • house blessings • new business ventures/business growth • overcoming competition • legal issues (both civil & criminal) • stopping harassment or gossip • protection • uncrossing & expedition • justice for a betrayal or other wrong-doing • other specialized work for all manner of problems

Educational Consulting ― expert interview/teaching/lectures • advocacy • pilgrimage & guided tours (incl. sites of both spiritual and historical significance)

Aimee – Heka Egyptian Line Creator

More About the Ancient Egyptian Expert (Egyptologist) and Ancient Egyptian Magic Resources

Most of my aromatic work revolves around my deeper interests in the occult and spirituality. These interests have led me across continents in search of hidden wisdom, and they have spurred me into many related areas of work and research. The plant world is one of these areas, and is a fascinating and very relevant subject that I have found to be intrinsically a part of all spiritual paths, in addition to the more traditional use of plants for healing and well being. Continue reading “Aimee – Heka Egyptian Line Creator”