LIVING LIKE LAVEAU

Laveau's Voodoo Wish Spell ~ <br /><br />

One of the most famous bits of New Orleans insight is that of the haunted New Orleans Voodoo wish spell. Performed by tourists and natives alike, this spell takes place at the site of Marie Laveau's final resting place. <br /><br />

New Orleans Voodoo is a hybrid voodoo, reflective of the eclectic  culture that is uniquely New Orleans. Marie Laveau is somewhat of a poster child for the mixed races that emerge from New Orleans as she is said to have been a free person of color and part Choctaw. Mam'zelle Laveau was born to a wealthy French planter Charles Laveau,  and a mother who may have been a mulatto slave, a Caribbean Voodoo practitioner, or a quadroon mistress.<br /><br />

Controversy persists over where Marie Laveau and her namesake daughter are buried. Some say the latter reposes in the cemetery called St. Louis No. 2 in a "Marie Laveau Tomb" there. However, that crypt most likely contains the remains of another voodoo queen named Marie, Marie Comtesse. Numerous sites in as many cemeteries are said to be the final resting place of one or the other Marie Laveau  but the prima facie evidence favors the Laveau-Glapion tomb in St. Louis No. 1. It comprises three stacked crypts with a "receiving vault" below (that is, a repository of the remains of those displaced by a new burial).<br /><br />

A contemporary of Marie II said that he had been present when she died of a heart attack at a ball in 1897, and insisted: "All them other stories ain't true. She was buried in the Basin Street graveyard they call St. Louis No. I, and she was put in the same tomb with her mother and the rest of her family."<br /><br />

That tomb's carved inscription records the name, date of death, and age (62) of Marie II: "Marie Philome Glapion, décédé le 11 Juin 1897, ágée de Soixante-deux ans." A bronze tablet affixed to the tomb announces, under the heading "Marie Laveau," that "This Greek Revival Tomb Is Reputed Burial Place of This Notorious 'Voodoo Queen' . . . ," presumably a reference to the original Marie. Corroborative evidence that she was interred here is found in her obituary, which notes that "Marie Laveau was buried in her family tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1."<br /><br />

A few years back we decided to explore the mystery and better understand the final resting place that of the Voodoo Queen. In St. Louis Cemetary No. 1,  "The vault does not bear her name." However, we were struck by the fact that the initial two lines of the inscription on the Laveau-Glapion tomb read, "Famille Vve. Paris / née Laveau." Obviously, "Vve." is an abbreviation for Veuve, "Widow"; therefore the phrase translates, "Family of the Widow Paris, born Laveau"-namely Marie Laveau I. <br /><br />

We took this as evidence that here is indeed the "family tomb." Deedee felt extreme energy while we were at this tomb and suggests: "Probably there was once an inscription marking the vault in which the first Marie was buried, but it has been changed for one marking a later burial. The bones of the Widow Paris must lie in the receiving vault below."<br /><br />

The Laveau-Glapion tomb is a focal point for commercial voodoo tours. Some visitors leave small gifts at the site; coins, Mardi Gras beads, candles, etc.-in the tradition of voodoo offerings. <br /><br />

Many follow a custom of making a wish at the tomb. The necessary ritual for this has been variously described. The earliest version I have found  says that people would "knock three times on the slab and ask a favor," noting: "There are always penciled crosses on the slab. The sexton washes the crosses away, but they always reappear." <br /><br />

A more recent source advises combining the ritual with an offering placed in the attached cup: "Draw the X, place your hand over it, rub your foot three times against the bottom, throw some silver coins into the cup, and make your wish". <br /><br />

Yet again we are told that petitioners are to "leave offerings of food, money and flowers, then ask for Marie's help after turning around three times and marking a cross with red brick on the stone" <br /><br />

We followed the ideals of practice that has been noted from those who have experienced the site, but while there we came across this piece. At first we assumed it was a possession left as an offering, but there was a draw to it. The power in this piece made it more than just an offering emblem.<br /><br />

Deedee picked up the item and instantly envisioned Laveau and her head was filled with mystical thoughts. Standing there you could see Deedee almost in a trance, picking up on the power of the piece. I had to shake Deedee a few times to clear her mind so she could recollect her thoughts and we knew this was a piece of Marie's. <br /><br />

It has been noted that Laveau will leave a powerful piece that can be used to continue her voodoo rituals once a year, on the anniversary of her death; we were unaware of this at the time and were amazed the power that this piece holds.<br /><br />

It will work with the adorned to enrich the mind with the ideals of power that Marie used during her life. You will be able to hear her thoughts and ideas and it will not cloud your spirit with any negativity. <br /><br />

This is a great piece for someone interested in voodoo, it will translate the real life saga of the original voodoo Queen by showcasing her rituals, including her wish spell, and her ideals of archaic power.<br /><br />

Marie will flood you with thoughts and ideals, but you have control if you want to adapt and take on her spell works. This is not a piece that will evoke evil or darkness upon  you, so no fear of that --- this will fortify you with her wish spell that can be used anyway you see fit; it is a remarkable piece of true New Orleans history!<br /><br />

This piece is Sterling, and we all know that Sterling is heavy conduit of paranormal activity!!  This piece is very powerful and has continued to wow those who test it!!  <br /><br />

 

REMEMBER DEEDEE WILL BE ON INVESTIGATION UNTIL 10.24.11 AND SHIPPING WILL RESUME WHEN SHE RETURNS.

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