Primitive Folk Art Gothic Black Voodoo Spell Queen Doll!
This year's vacation has taken you to the exciting town of New Orleans. You've heard so much of it's history, as well as the 'dark stories'.
You want to see it all.
You want to experience it all.
Well, all except for the mud-bugs......
But you did enjoy stopping at the Cafe Du Monde and eating the delicious Beignets. The coffee was heavenly and the sounds of the street musicians filled the air. A casual glance at the city's tree tops revealed the many Mardi Gras beads, reminders of the infamous festivities.
A pleasing ride upon the famous St. Charles Streetcar conjures up the gritty feel of the movie A Streetcar Named Desire.
You try to imagine riding that streetcar......pulling up to your stop. The hot steam from the streets and the summer heat swirls up around you like a cloud. And as that murky cloud disappears, it reveals the blue-gray slums of the city. You imagine yourself walking into the uncertain adventure of the city.
You secretly smile to yourself......just dying to scream out....."Stella....Stellaaaaa".
You spend the day poking in and out of the various shops, looking at the Voodoo dolls and skimming the books that told of secrets and magic.
You see the various cookbooks on the local cuisine, millions of postcards, and other souvenirs and trappings that tell the world that you spent some time in New Orleans....The Big Easy.
Later on, you decide to take a long walk around some of the famous cemeteries. You could have taken the tour, along with other tourists, but you wanted to venture there on your own.
You've heard the different murmurings of a woman, a black magic woman who had special powers, and that she hangs out around the cemeteries.
And maybe, just maybe.......if you look hard enough, you just might find Miss Mother Brigitte.
Mother Brigitte (pronounced brih-ZHEET) is named after the Haitian goddess of death and cemeteries. In this regard she is the feminine aspect of a god named Ghede, also associated with death and graveyards.
You head for St. Louis Cemetery #1....where Marie Laveaux's tomb is located. Marie Laveaux is the most famous Voodoo Queen who ever lived.
It is said that if you visit her tomb, write three X's, or tap the tomb three times, then you can ask Marie Laveaux for a favor.
As evening falls, you embark on a journey. You travel through the woods.....through the mist and the low-level fog that clings to the earth's surface. Your lantern isn't much help as you look for the woman you've heard about in town.
A woman who is larger than life in the legends that surround her.
A woman who can fascinate the minds of those who seek her knowledge.
A woman who can tell the very future of people, with a barely audible chant or the tinkle of a chicken bone wind chime.
You continue on with your journey, taking hesitating steps.....owls are hooting and strange birds are calling....but are they warnings for you, or for the mysterious woman near the edge of the cemetery?
You hear the rustling of the leaves as the wind blows and you swear you hear a name whispering out......
Strange markings and small crude symbols tell you that you are on the right path......is it the right path for you?
You follow the signs and symbols anyway....your curiosity has gotten the best of you.
Suddenly you hear a frightening cackle coming from behind an old dead tree. And just then an arm thrusts out and places a doll beside one of the crooked headstones ......the arm swiftly disappears. You hear something scurry away.
All you can do is stare at the strange doll and try to figure out what it means. You begin to study her appearance.....you move closer to her...
The wind had told you her name........Mother Brigitte.
At 30 inches tall, she's an ugly, primitive-looking doll.....with a black floral print dress and muslin pantaloons.
She also wears a black lace shawl around her neck. It stays tucked into place just under her arms, and hangs low down her back. It also has very long black fringes.
Mother Brigitte is also wearing a very interesting apron, which is made from aged cheesecloth.
When she arrives at her destination, she will offer you some tea. When you drink the tea, she'll take the loose leaves, drop them on an old tree stump at the very stroke of midnight, and read your fortune.
And Mother Brigitte comes prepared. She has a small wood and tin chest that she takes everywhere she goes. It measures 5 X 4 X 3 1/2 inches.
You approach the small chest and peer inside.
You see wonderful things. There's a tiny cardboard box with a Crow on the lid. There's also a small handmade brown leather book....it's a book of her Fortunes, Spells, Magic & Voodoo. The paper has been 'aged'.
Next you see a small black Bible.
And speaking of tea leaves that she reads..... Inside of the small chest is a very tiny softwood box with 15 grams of loose Blueberry Tea, the best in the world.
I drink this same Blueberry Tea every morning!
:-) And to go with the tea is a small mesh tea infuser, still in the little box.
She always comes prepared to work her magic and fortune telling.
You also see a small black velvet bag near the center of her apron. It has a decorative tassel of black fringe on the bottom of the bag.
It's her 'Tarot Card' bag.
And inside the bag, once you've loosened the draw-strings, you see her deck of small Tarot Cards. They measure 1 1/4" X 3/4".
On the right side of her apron is a chicken. She uses the chicken for her rituals.
And look! There's her delicate ceramic Raku Devil head bead bottle, complete with cork stopper. Also on her apron is her small orange Maraca. She uses this when making her spells and charms. The sounds of the Maraca will frighten away the unwanted evil spirits.
Unless, of course, you WANT them there.
Then you see her red lantern. She uses this lantern while traveling at night.
She ALWAYS travels at night.
And tucked into the string of her twine belt you see her Voodoo ritual knife with the black wooden handle.
In Mother Brigitte's right hand you see her work-basket. It's where she keeps more of her magical supplies. Also, you see her herb-bag, filled with sweet smelling oddities.
Everything in the work basket can be removed, or you can add a few more things.
You see a gathering of green candles, used for spells and charms for 'money'.
And inside the wooden hamper-lid work-basket, although it's hard to see, she has a few small Voodoo dolls that she made, complete with pins. You also see a 'crystal ball'.
You can also see a small brown paper bag, used in spells, a brown egg, and a small glass jar with a wooden top. The glass jar is filled with more items of her magic.
Her hideous head is painted black and has been sanded. Her nose has been made separately, stitched into place, and sculpted in. She also has scary green eyes, beneath her drooping eyelids. Her mouth has been made separately and then sewn into place and tinted, for color.
Mother Brigitte also wears very large metal earrings and a large Anhk necklace with a black stone in the center. People say she uses the necklace as her cystal ball....
.....she can see anyone's future in the blackness of the stone.
Her gray wool hair stays tucked up in her cotton scarf, which is tied on top of her head.
You move a little closer as you notice a piece of paper. It's as though the doll read your mind.
She KNEW you needed good luck.....that you have been 'jinxed' and bad things have fallen your way.
And you somehow get the feeling that if you take the doll home with you, you will also receive her 'jinx removing spell' instructions, which comes within her story.
From The Ancient 17th Century Voodoo Book of LeGrand Sorcery.......
The Jinx Removing Spell
For many years the ancient Voodoo priests have used the power of eggs to help combat the power of evil spells and bad luck. They believe that the egg possesses strong magical powers and in the right hands can cause bad luck or good luck depending on the will of the practitioner. If you are plagued by evil spells and bad luck. Then do this powerful ancient Voodoo egg spell to help you remove any negative conditions from your life.
1. You must purchase a brown fresh egg before noon of that day. Make sure that you start this when the moon is waning. It is very important that this egg be fresh. Place this egg in a brown bag and tie the neck of the bag with a black cloth string. Place this bag under your bed.
2. Each night before retiring to bed, you must open this bag and take the egg out and rub it all over your body. When done, put the egg back into the bag, take a deep breath and blow three times into the bag. When you are blowing into the bag, you must imagine that all the bad luck is leaving your body, via your breath. When done, place the bag back under your bed. Do this for nine days. At the end of nine days, take the bag with the egg and dispose of it outside your home.
3. Note: Each time that you blow into the bag, you must immediately tie it back up. If by the end of seven days you notice that your bag is moving on it's own. Stop, and dispose of the bag immediately. DO NOT LOOK INTO THE BAG. Make sure that the bag is secure.
It becomes very clear as to why Miss Mother Brigitte had that brown egg and brown paper bag in her work-basket.
Also, hanging from her twine belt, you see an authentic New Orleans Voodoo Doll. It's about 8 1/2 inches tall, not including the tall feathers, and it comes with a Gris-Gris bag, the straight pins, and complete instructions for using the doll.
And hanging beside the large Voodoo doll hangs an even smaller Voodoo Doll that also comes directly from New Orleans.
During times that she's not in town herself, her friend Julie keeps her supplied with various Voodoo Dolls.
You also see that Mother Brigitte has a wooden cross hanging from her apron.
You also see a small Raku hand that she keeps on her belt, as well. Keeping this ceramic hand with her will ensure her Palm Reading powers stay sharp.
But DO keep this in mind....should you want to use the Voodoo Dolls.....
.......what goes around, comes around.
The use of magic brings about much responsibility.
Remembering this will help keep you balanced and to never forget to not abuse the powers of Miss Mother Brigitte.
What will you do now?
Do you 'strike a bid' and take the doll home with you?.....holding the key to vengeance for your enemies, or untold pleasures for your loved one....
You might even be surprised at how heavy this doll really is.
......or do you leave the doll on it's uncertain path?....to be found by another wanderer through the swamp?
You are at the cross roads....and the decision is yours.......choose wisely....because everything you do comes back to you.
Copyright © August 3, 2003 and August 29, 2004 and April 25, 2011 Catt Alexander
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