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The Insider Guide to the (real) local voodoo

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Written by CATHY HUGHES
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Island of Salvation Botanica

2372 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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Take it from us . . .

Take advantage of the shopkeepers’ knowledge of their products when visiting a botanica. Say what issues you’re struggling to work through, and let them advise you on getting a spiritual leg up. They can also recommend a tarot reader or other spiritual practitioner for further insights.

Practitioners also find resources for their metaphysical work through the Metaphysical Resource Center of Metairie, operated by psychic medium Sid Patrick. An introduction to various approaches to spiritual mysteries can be had at the Metaphysical Fair of Metairie, held the third weekend of every month. Admission to the fair is free, and for $20 you can sample the approaches of psychics, healers and tarot readers for 20 minutes to see if they are right for a continuing relationship.

La Source Ancienne Ounfo (a Bywater-based voodoo congregation) often celebrates with Island of Salvation . For more information, including what to wear and what offering to bring for the dead, call the botanica at (504) 948-9961. Expect an intensely religious experience, an actual encounter with voodoo and its beliefs that belies the marketed for tourists tat you find off Bourbon Street.

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