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The Magic of Marie Laveau: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans by [Denise Alvarado, Carolyn Morrow Long]
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The Magic of Marie Lavaeu Bloody Mary's Guide to Hauntings, Horrors, and Dancing with the Dead The Voodoo Doll Spellbook The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook Working Conjure
Marie Laveau may be the most influential American practitioner of the magical arts; certainly, she is among the most famous. She is the subject of songs, films, and legends and the star of New Orleans ghost tours. Journey through compelling chapters and meet 50 ghosts as Bloody Mary shares with readers her experiences with the ghosts and haunted happenings of New Orleans. Drawing not only on New Orleans Voodoo and hoodoo traditions, Alvarado also presents doll spellwork from ancient Greece, Egypt, Malaysia, Japan, Africa, and the European grimoires of old magic. Cultural psychologist and root worker Denise Alvarado, who grew up in New Orleans, draws from a lifetime of recipes and spells learned from family, friends, and local practitioners. Hoodoo Sen Moise explores Conjure's history, principles, fundamentals, and ethics, while simultaneously providing a practical how-to guide to actually "working" Conjure and making Conjure work for you.

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“Anthropologist and Louisiana folk magic “rootworker” Alvarado (The Voodoo Doll Spellbook) rejects the sensational accounts of voodoo queen Marie Laveau (1801–1881) to present a comprehensive, intensely researched, and imminently readable narrative of her life and spirituality. The book contains spellwork, including candle magic, Catholic conjure, fetishism, gris gris, and water rituals—for purposes including keeping a lover, finding a lost person, healing, and attacking enemies. This insightful resourceful is a thorough examination of Laveau’s legendary status and will be an invaluable reference for devotees of the Laveau voodoo tradition.” - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
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“Denise Alvarado has successfully combined both history and practical magic into one accessible book, making it possible for those far and wide to reach the Great Queen. The Magic of Marie Laveau brings Marie Laveau to life” - Voodoo Queen Bloody Mary, author of Bloody Mary’s Guide to Hauntings, Horrors, and Dancing with the Dead: True Stories from the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans
-- Voodoo Queen Bloody Mary

The Magic of Marie Laveau is the ideal blend of the academic and the mystical. Denise Alvarado creates a historic understanding of how Mlle. Laveau not only shaped the traditions and culture of New Orleans Voodoo but also influenced all Hoodoo and Conjure practices around the world. Through the biography of Mlle. Laveau, Alvarado teaches that your daily spiritual practice and compassionate works are integral to your magical prowess.  There is so much to learn in this book, reading it a second and third time is a must.” - Jacki Smith, author of Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils, and Herbs, founder of Coventry Creations.
-- Jacki Smith

“This book will become definitive in the continually growing legacy of the greatest Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.A must have for your collection and a truly wonderful read.” - Witchdoctor Utu, author of Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad.
-- Witchdoctor Utu

“This book is a celebration of the divine feminine as it manifests in a much-misunderstood form of spirituality. Denise Alvarado’s love for Marie Laveau’s work is evident. I am sure that Marie Laveau, the Mother of New Orleans Voodoo, returns the sentiment.” - Louis Martinié, author of The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot and Waters of Return: The Aeonic Flow of Voudoo.
-- Louis Martinié

"New Orleans native Denise Alvarado brilliantly crafts a spiritually delicious reference book combining extensive historical research with a lifetime of personal experiences! Filled with snippets from the past, pearls of wisdom, and a detailed outline of Alvarado’s “Laveau Voudou” tradition to which many readers will feel an immediate connection,The Magic of Marie Laveau is a valuable addition to any practitioner’s bookshelf, especially those called to serve.” - Cairelle Crow, founder and coordinator of the New Orleans Witches’ Ball
-- Cairelle Crow

"Whether you’re a Marie Laveau devotee or are only beginning to learn about her, this is the book for you!  Brimming with little known facts about her life, her relationships, and her charitable works, The Magic of Marie Laveau is much more than a well-researched biography.  It also offers a plethora of valuable information for magical practitioners, including detailed instructions for not only working with her spirit, but for performing many of the rituals and spells for which she is known.  Reading this book truly changed my life – and I have no doubt that it will change yours as well.” - Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked
-- Dorothy Morrison

The Magic of Marie Laveau includes practical workings and "gris-gris" that provide a "hand up" to the reader in addition to lyrically presented and well-informed information about Ms. Laveau and the world in which she walked.” - Sallie Ann Glassman, author of Vodou Visions: An Encounter with Divine Mystery
-- Sallie Ann Glassman
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Denise Alvarado was born and raised in the rich Creole culture of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has studied indigenous healing traditions from a personal and academic perspective for over four decades. She is the author of numerous books about Southern folk traditions. She is a rootworker in the Louisiana folk magic tradition, a spiritual artist, and a teacher of Southern conjure at Crossroads University. Learn more at www.creolemoon.com. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07PLR6DPD
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Weiser Books (February 1, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 1, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 10538 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 217 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Denise Alvarado (1960) was born and raised in the rich Creole culture of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has studied indigenous healing traditions from a personal and academic perspective for over four decades. She is the author of numerous books about Southern folk traditions, including the The Conjurer's Guide to St. Expedite, The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook, the Hoodoo Almanacs, Workin' in da Boneyard, Hoodoo and Conjure New Orleans, Crossroads Mamas 2015 Spiritual Baths for Every Occasion, the Voodoo Doll Spellbook, Voodoo Dolls in Magick and Ritual and more. Her provocative artwork has been featured on several television shows including National Geographic's Taboo, The Originals, and Blue Bloods. She is a rootworker in the Louisiana folk magic tradition, a spiritual artist, and teacher of southern conjure at Crossroads University, crossroadsuniversity.com. Visit her websites: creolemoon.com and patreon.com/denisealvarado for a little sweet tea and conjure.

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L’Almanacco delle Streghe
5.0 out of 5 stars C’è solo una Regina del Vudù: Marie Laveau!
Reviewed in Italy on October 4, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars C’è solo una Regina del Vudù: Marie Laveau!
Reviewed in Italy on October 4, 2020
“Se Marie Laveau fosse viva oggi, credo davvero che sarebbe in prima linea nei movimenti #MeToo e #BlackLivesMatter. La immagino in piedi davanti alla Casa Bianca come una #SisterResister, che protesta contro le politiche razziste dell'attuale amministrazione e gli attacchi alla sanità e all'ambiente”. Sono bastate queste poche parole scritte nell’introduzione per catturarmi subito nella lettura e farmi capire che quello che avevo tra le mani non era un semplice libro di esoterismo, ma un atto politico quasi. E in parte lo è davvero!

The Magic of Marie Laveau è un'opera monumentale e unica, come lo è l'autrice Denise Alvarado, che in quanto accademica e praticante, riesce a dar forma ad un libro che racchiude ricerca, eredità storica e magia pratica, facendo incontrare su carta passato, presente e futuro e scrivendo così un testo che è allo stesso tempo storico e devozionale, intriso di onore e rispetto per la grande Marie Laveau.

Il libro è suddiviso in tre parti: la prima si concentra sulla figura storica di Marie Laveau, sul suo ruolo nella società di New Orleans; la seconda spiega come diventare suoi devoti; e la terza racchiude una serie di incantesimi e insegnamenti magici che affondano le loro radici nella tradizione vudù. Sono rimasto profondamente toccato e commosso dal ritratto che Alvarado fa di Marie Laveau e delle sue azioni verso i più vulnerabili della società. Alvarado non ritrae Laveau come l'incarnazione di un ideale irraggiungibile - perfetto in tutto e per tutto - ma come un modello che ogni suo devoto dovrebbe incarnare e seguire, manifestando una nobiltà d’animo, che rende oggi Laveau uno dei nostri Antenanti più Elevati.

Voto 9/10, una lettura davvero meravigliosa.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read
Reviewed in Canada on February 21, 2021
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Reviewed in Canada on February 21, 2021
Just got this book this morning and I'm already a quarter of the way in. Very good so far. I really enjoy finding out truths about people and history, Denise is doing an excellent job so far. Shipping was very fast and came in excellent condition. Looking forward to finishing this book :)
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Loredana Magic
5.0 out of 5 stars Ottimo libro, molto completo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ottimo libro, molto completo.
Reviewed in Italy on March 15, 2021
Ottimo libro sia per quanto riguarda la ricostruzione della vita di Marie Laveau, sia per la descrizione di molti riti Voodoo.
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Catherine M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the Queen and her practice
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Elisabet
5.0 out of 5 stars Súper interesante
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