Every Hallow’s Eve, I think of a New Orleans legend that has captivated America since the early 1800s. Marie Laveau was a free French Creole who was a formidable business woman. Not only did she style hair magnificently, Marie Laveau possessed other skills that couldn’t be reckoned with. She is a voodoo priestess that will forever be woven into the fabric of America. She is a celebrated figure in all metaphysical societies across the world.
The details of her past are very sketchy. What is known is that she was a true humanitarian who found time to help others, even though she had 15 kids!From helping escaped slaves to stopping public executions, she showed tremendous compassion towards others. Marie Laveau was a devout Catholic who interwined her religion with voodoo. Her magic was uncanny & the charms she created brought her wealth & great eminence in society.
New Orleans has always been like the soul of America. It is the birthplace of jazz & it is an overall magical place. Is it any wonder that it would be the birthplace of Marie Laveau? Her energy is still said to be felt all over the city!Her tomb is the destination of those who indulge in witchcraft & other types of magic. Voodoo rites are performed at her grave site & people ask her to grant their wishes. Her ghost is said to have been spotted throughout the years.
There is a book called Voodoo Queen that gets more into the mystery of Marie Laveaus’s life. Some people conjure up the image of a witch in their minds when she is mentioned. Others visualize a saint. The video I posted gives a brief description of her life. This is an excerpt of a book review of Voodoo Queen that was taken off the following website: http://www.matrifocus.com/IMB06/review-nonfiction.htm
“The book tells of the “lives” because two Marie Laveaus — mother and daughter — were influential voodoo priestesses in New Orleans. The Laveaus were free women of color, property owners with much freedom and many of the rights of Anglos. They were prominent, French-speaking, Catholic Creoles. Ward, professor of anthropology at New Orleans, traces the roots of Creoles descended from Africans brought to Louisiana, most of them sailing directly from Africa without stopping in the Caribbean first. They brought a rich and sustainable culture with them, and became a mixture of races and cultures — French, African, Native American, and Spanish.
The first Marie, who lived from 1801 to 1881, was a fever nurse who ministered to men on death row and worked in a prison setting. She stopped public executions, helped slaves escape, and attended to many of the earthy and mundane concerns of her community. Marie was a member in high standing at St. Louis Cathedral. Baptized and married at its altar, she continued to worship there: the priests there had made their peace with her. “The Creole church in the heart of the city was only a few blocks from St. Louis Cemetery and from Congo Square. Congo Square was at the crossroads, the pivot for people of color, and the epicenter of their mystical geography and directly associated with the soul of American dance and the roots of jazz. No other place in America where black people gathered is as well documented (89).”
“The first Marie used her Catholic connections and Voodoo magic to influence the legal system and protect members of the community from its grasp. “Not everyone, however, was impressed with the quality of Marie’s devotion to her church (23),” as she would take the palms from Palm Sunday and then walk “out into the sunlight of the parade ground in front of the cathedral to the square (22),” to dance with snakes and commune with divinity…” Read more by following the above link.
Her life is one of the most enduring mysteries of America’s past. Marie Laveau was said to be a true conjurer who could commune with the spirits. She was a truly supernatural woman. Although, some have speculated that her political connections helped her grant some of her client’s requests. This beautiful & potent American voodoo priestess is still worshipped by people all over the world. She is the prevailing queen of magic & voodoo.