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 is my background and how did I begin Erzulie’s, I felt compelled to introduce myself to anyone who wants to take the time and say hello! Continue reading “About the Root Queen ~ Anna, Owner & Founder ~ Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo”

Vodou Priestess Mama Lola

Mama Lola the Legendary Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn

Spotlight and Photo of legendary Vodou Priestess: Mama Lola. We adore her at Erzulie’s Voodoo, and this was taken after a Voodoo Fest ritual in New Orleans. We have so many amazing photos of rituals and ceremonies with her over years and will post more as we update website of those glorious Vodou rituals. Continue reading “Vodou Priestess Mama Lola”

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

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

What you should know about New Orleans Voodoo and New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau!  Another Voodoo history segment from Priestess Kalila Smith‘s research and published chapters on Voodoo In New Orleans and our beloved Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau! The most noted Queen of Voodoo was Marie Laveau. She was born in 1783, to Marguerite Darcantel, a slave from Haiti and mistress of a wealthy plantation owner, a Frenchman, Charles Laveau. In the 1700 & 1800’s, French aristocratic men often took women of color as mistresses in a custom called placage.

In the placage arrangement, children of the union had right of heir ship and bore the father’s name. No doubt in this sort of arrangement, the children would also be reared in their fathers’ religion, Catholicism. Marie was raised in her father’s plantation. She was educated and studied to be a hairdresser. She was a devout Catholic, who went to mass everyday of her life. She was a dark skinned woman with long black hair that she frequently wore in a single braid making her look much like an Indian or a Gypsy, probably adding to her mystique.

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Voodoo Legends and Witchcraft Folklore 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. Please scroll down for this multi-part article on both Witchcraft Folklore of New Orleans, New Orleans Voodoo Folklore and Voodoo Legends.

Witchcraft Folklore, Witchcraft Fairy Tales & Hollywood Witchcraft! Witchcraft and Witches have always been favorite themes in even the most beloved stories. If you examine many of these tales, chances are there will be a witch featured as the villain. In Snow White, the evil Queen turns Sorceress through the use of a magic mirror. This mirror enables her to not only “see all” but it enables her to transform herself into a hag thus disguising herself as a beggar. She deceives Snow White by giving her a poison apple. The kiss of true love, of course, breaks the spell and Snow White recovers to live happily ever after. Additionally, it was a curse of the evil Fairy Witch that put Sleeping Beauty to her long rest. Maleficent casts the spell of death on the child at birth. The “Good Fairy” who lessens the effects of the spell intercepts the spell. Sleeping Beauty is only cursed to sleep until the spell is broken by, of course, true love’s kiss.

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History of New Orleans Voodoo

New Orleans Voodoo History and New Orleans Voodoo Information ~ The History of Voodoo in New Orleans by Voodoo Priestess, Ms. Kalila Smith

New Orleans Voodoo and New Orleans Voodoo History ~ Ms. Kalila Smith, native New Orleans Voodoo Priestess and practitioner, provides us a glimpse into the history of Voodoo in New Orleans. The roots of Voodoo have been traced all the way back to Africa thousands of years ago. In his book, A Brief History of Voodoo: Slavery & the Survival of The African Gods, Mr. Andy Antippas gives an overview of this fascinating history. The Yoruba people of Southwestern and eastern Dahomey and Togo/Nigeria founded a great city called Ife. It is from the religious beliefs of Ife that Voodoo as we know it today has evolved.

In 1799, a slave uprising in Haiti brought the Free People of Color and their Voodoo religion. These people had no reason to believe that they could not come to this city and worship freely. The first Voodoo Queen in New Orleans was Sanite’ DeDe, a young woman who bought her way to freedom, she would later be teacher and mentor to the most famous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau! She would hold rituals in her courtyard on Dumaine (the same street Erzulie’s is located) and Chartres Streets, just blocks away from the Cathedral.

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History of New Orleans Witchcraft and New Orleans Voodoo

A brief history and comparison of New Orleans Witchcraft and Voodoo in New Orleans by Priestess Kalila Smith

Ms. Kalila Smith, native New Orleans Voodoo and Witchcraft practitioner, provides us a glimpse into the history of Witchcraft and Voodoo in New Orleans. She has published so many books, papers and historical tours on this topic; we couldn’t have found a more renowned expert on New Orleans Witchcraft and New Orleans Voodoo and we are thrilled she is part of the Erzulie’s Voodoo family!

New Orleans Witchcraft and Voodoo! New Orleans is one of the most magical and mysterious cities on earth, in addition to being one the most occult active cities in America. Home not only to its own brand of Voodoo, and its derivatives, but a home to European Witchcraft as well! Its magical ambiance has attracted a melting pot of magical beliefs and cultures from literally all over the world. Having grown up in New Orleans, I was exposed to vast array of magical practices.

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Secrets of Voodoo Spells & Love Spells Using Voodoo Ritual Powders, Voodoo Ritual Oils & Dressed Candles

Secrets of Voodoo Spells using Ritual Oils, Ritual Powders and Ritual Candles ~ How Do I Use Them for Best Results? 

How to use ritual powders, ritual oils and rituals items for your Voodoo Spells, Love Spells, Magic Spells and Voodoo Ritual Spells ~ An Easy “How-To” Perform Voodoo Spells &  Magical Rituals Primer by Erzulie’s Voodoo of New Orleans! This is the section to learn more about using our Voodoo magical ritual items, ritual candles, ritual oils, and more to create your very own Voodoo Spells & Magic Voodoo Rituals!

We are happy to provide some basic understanding of how to effectively use Voodoo Ritual Oils, Voodoo Powders, Altar Candles & Voodoo spiritual items to assist you in your spiritual work.   Please read this section carefully to help you work with the Voodoo dolls, magical fetishes, ritual candles, ritual powders and spiritual ritual oils found at Erzulie’s! Continue reading “Secrets of Voodoo Spells & Love Spells Using Voodoo Ritual Powders, Voodoo Ritual Oils & Dressed Candles”

Voodoo Dolls & New Orleans Voodoo Dolls ~ What You Should Know

Voodoo Dolls and Magic Voodoo Dolls: What YOU should know about Voodoo Dolls!  How does one use Voodoo Dolls anyway? A Voodoo Doll primer by Erzulie’s Voodoo in New Orleans!

We are often asked at Erzulie’s New Orleans Voodoo Shop how one actually uses Voodoo Dolls, and thought these instructions provided may be helpful for those looking to use our Voodoo Dolls, New Orleans Voodoo Dolls, Voodoo Fetish Dolls, Voodoo Wanga Dolls and magical Voodoo Dolls at Erzulie’s Authentic of New Orleans! To answer the questions of how do I use my Voodoo Dolls? We prepared an easy “how to” primer below on What You Should Know About Voodoo Dolls to help our customers. Continue reading “Voodoo Dolls & New Orleans Voodoo Dolls ~ What You Should Know”

How To Use Spiritual Oils, Powders, Voodoo Dolls & Candles in Voodoo Spells

How to use ritual powders, ritual oils and rituals items for your Voodoo Spells, Love Spells, Magic Spells and Voodoo Ritual Spells. An Easy How-To Perform Voodoo Spells & Magical Rituals Primer by Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo of New Orleans!

This is the section to learn more about using our Voodoo magical ritual items, candles, oils, and more!  We are happy to provide some basic understanding of how to effectively use spiritual items to assist you in your spiritual work.   Please read this section carefully to help you work with the Voodoo dolls, magical fetishes, ritual candles, ritual powders and spiritual ritual oils found at Erzulie’s Voodoo of New Orleans!

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About the New Orleans Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau

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.  She had two children, both of whom appear to have died before reaching maturity. With a few years, her husband apparently also died she began calling herself the Widow Paris, a name that survived onto her tomb. Around the mid 1820’s she began a plaçage with Louis Christophe Dominick Duminy de Glapion with who she bore seven more children.

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