Illustration of Marie Laveau in grayscale and bright red.

The Magic of Marie Laveau: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

by Denise Alvarado Author and Carolyn Morrow Long Author

The life and work of the legendary Marie Laveau—a free woman of color and Voodoo Priestess who exerted unprecedented influence and power over New Orleans in the 1800s. Marie Laveau may be the most influential American practitioner of the magical art of Voodoo; a legend and star in her own right and one of the most popular and well-respected spiritual leaders, enigmatic historical figures, and the most important inspiration to the modern Voodoo practice. Denise Alvarado explores Marie Laveau’s life and work—the fascinating history and mystery. This book gives an overview of New Orleans Voodoo, its origins, history, and practices and contains spells, prayers, rituals, recipes, and instructions for constructing New Orleans voodoo-style altars and crafting a voodoo amulet known as gris-gris.