Marie Laveau and the Magic of New Orleans Voodoo Queens

There are thousands of Voodoo and Hoodoo charms and rituals for all kinds of practical purposes. Unlike much of the 20th and 21st century European magic, Voodoo is very practical and aimed at quick and concrete results.


The traditional (and very white) discussion about black & white magic, places Voodoo a priori in the black category and most often for this very reason of Voodoo being aimed at verifiable effects instead of “The Great Work”, whatever that may be. (No one was ever able to explain this to me in the three decades, I study and practice magic and occultism myself.)

Some practitioners of Voodoo became very rich and powerful by means of the practical successes of their magical skills. Many of them were black women, living in times of extreme sexism and racism in one of the most sexist and racist parts of the United States. In many cases only Voodoo magic and its obscure reputation could free these women from the horrors of slavery and abuse like freedom restrictions, daily humiliations and being raped again and again by their church going and God fearing masters. Being feared for their Voodoo skills and power was a necessary part of their survival strategy for logical reasons.

When Haitian Voodoo was developed as a successful weapon against indescribable barbaric plantation owners, Voodoo magic and Voodoo as a religion worked in perfect synergy. In more recent times, and especially from the perspective of the customer who seeks the help of a Voodoo specialist, Voodoo magic is more often consumed isolated from the nature religion context, in which Voodoo has its roots. As a special kind of bullet effect magic, as it is called in occult circles.

We offer a collection of historical Voodoo-recipes for several practical purposes are part of the heritage of some of these controversial, but very strong, courageous and colourful Voodoo Queens. They all resided in New Orleans and in their days they were very powerful. Yet, apart from Marie Laveau, who even made it to a (very misinformative) Wikipedia page, most of them are forgotten. The charms and information on the Voodoo Queens we present, were largely based on some excerpts from the book Voodoo Charms and Talismans by Robert W. Pelton – published in New York in 1973.


Marie Laveau: to influence a jury

This is one of Marie Laveau’s long secret Voodoo spells. She has been credited with unbelievable success in dealing with all sorts of legal cases. Marie lived in an old unpainted shanty on Lake Pontchartrain during the 1830’s. She later was to reside in a comfortable cottage on St. Ann street, not far from Congo Square in New Orleans. Her yard was full of banana trees and bamboo plants, and the cottage itself was beautiful. This residence, as well as a large sum of cash was given to her by a wealthy benefactor, whose son’s life she had saved at a rape trial. This St. Ann Street cottage was the place where Laveau conducted much of her Voodoo business, such as telling fortunes, selling charm bags (gris gris) and unhexing people.

  • 1 packet Cascara Sagrada
  • 10 drops Black Art Oil
  • 1 packet John the Conqueror Incense
  • 1 Success Candle
  • 7 pieces Calendula Flowers

> Sprinkle one teaspoon of Cascara Sagrada and blend them thoroughly together.
> Put this mix on a piece of fresh white fabric or parchment into a square, and hide it under your mattress, 7 full days before the test. Leave it untouched.
> Then on the morning of the court appearance, pull the packet out from under your mattress, and set it aside temporarily.
> Now take some of the John the Conquerer incense and mix it well with a pinch of Cascara Sagrada.
> Burn this on a lighted piece of pure Bamba Wood Charcoal.
> As it smoulders light the Success Candle and read Psalm 7 aloud.
> Then hold the previously prepared packet over the candle and burn it completely.

Just before the courtroom, put the Calendula Flowers in your pocket or purse, whatever the case may be. It is said the jury will be more inclined to be lenient. 


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source: Voodoo Charms and Talismans by Robert W. Pelton


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