HAUNTED ESTATE 

            OF VOODOO MAGICK


              HAUNTED MAGICK


             DAY OF THE DEAD
              SKULL PENDENT

Mozelle's gifts that are infused within this vessel are there for your benefit. Use them wisely and often. This is a haunted vessel with real spirits. A lady's crystal skull wearing a black bow and a pink enameled rose on her head..  Catrina's skull hangs on a new silver toned ball chain, the old chain gone missing, the chain measuring 20 inches long. 

Catrina is the good luck charm, of the stylish lady skeleton from the Day of the Dead Collection. It belonged to the mambo Voodoo queen Mozelle Trosclair and comes straight from her and her husband's haunted voodoo estate. Over all, roses mean money, and pink roses in particular convey gentle emotions, such as admiration, joy and gratitude. Pink roses are indicative of elegance and grace. From the time of the Egyptian amulets of power to the Voodoo Baron Samdi, good luck charms can be found through out the history of our world and many different cultures.











             NEW BEGINNINGS




 The Day of the Dead, also known as El Dia de los Murertos. is also a Catholic Voodoo holiday honoring our ancestors that are deceased. It is usually celebrated around November 1st or 2nd. Day of the Dead, a celebration of the dead with roots that are thousands of years old.

 Many countries and many cultures have a Day of the Dead holiday, the best one known is from Mexico. Voodoo practitioners also celebrate the Dead being that it is a Catholic holiday and Voodoo religion ritual that is based on the Catholic religion. Day of the Dead is a ritual accepted by the church.

There are many misconceptions surrounding the Day of the Dead ceramonies, most likely because of the skeleton-like figures and the costumes people don for parades and street festivities.

 Voodoo people often go to the cemetaries and play loud drums all day long in order to waken the God known as Baron Samedi The music often awakes the Baron's mischievous family members who are believed to be able to carry the deaceased souls of the dead to their after-life.

 Maman Brigitte is the loa ( Goddess) who protects the graves in the cemetaries that are marked with a cross. She is married to Baron Samedi, Keeper of the Dead. She is also the loa of money and death and healing. She is Irish Celtic in orgin. She drinks Haitian Tear Gas, like her husband and she is filled with profanity and often called a "potty mouth." She rules the Gede into transitions of life and death, as well as , money, children and major life changes. 

Keep your eye open for the Gede's return ( people in trances who are believed to be the natural dead or perhaps even the loas (Gods),seeking offerings.) Since Voodoo practitioners already believe in the return of the spirit , don't be surprised to see people made up like the living dead walking the earth. Cover your ears and eyes if you are not comfortable with open sexuality. The Gede are known for their sexual nature so be prepared to hear off color jokes, see provictive dancing and lightly clothed bodies.

While specific Day of the Dead traditions vary from country to country their intention is to open up the communication with the dead, allowing the spirits of ancestors and others to hear the prayers and see the offernings that are presented to them. It is a "happy time" not a dark and sad time. 

Many of the voodoo people will host dances, parties and parades and picnicks in their homes, their streets and even special temples called sosyetes. Throughout they make offernings to Baron Samedi and his family. Almost everyone is dressed in black, white or purple in honor of the loas.

Most will paint their faces white if nothing else. The whiteness and the skeleton body represents the paleness of the body after death. They will bring gifts ( toys for children) and tequila for grown ups.) Whole families attend to the deceased's graves, spending their time decorating and keeping it well landscaped. Much like Memorial Day where we use flowers, plants and sometimes stuffed animals, and balloons, they too use the same for decorating the graves of the loved one.

Back home many families build and maintain shrines to the dead as well as to the loas and God. Shrines are prepared with candles, marigolds, ( the official flower of the Day of the Dead) pictures and other memtoes of the departed. Only a family member can help to decorate the shrine for the dead.

In order for the shrine to guide the spirits back to their families they are adornedwith a varity of objects that meant something to the departed spirit. For instance if the departed spirit was a woman and loved jewelry and photos, her shrine would have her own peices of jewelry, pictures of her and the family members. A man's spirit may have been a smoker or a lover of golf. You would have cigarettes, or pipes and tobbaco, golf clubs along with tees and golf balls.

Foods used in offerings are only those which the deprted spirit loved to taste, so their favorites was always a part ofthe tradition. Typically some foods were used because they were loved by all. Sweet pastries, sugarskulls inparticular and the sweet egg bread known as pan de muerto, ( the bread of the dead) were traditional. Skull and bone candies are common along with chocolate ghosts, fruit paste and sketeton candles.

The difference between shrines and alters are that a shrine is a permanent tribute to a loa ( God or Goddess), and an alter that is only temporaryly set up for a dead person and are used in rituals, spells and magickal workings.

Since the legalization of Voodoo in 2003, Day of the Dead tends to focus mostly on the Gede and Loas and the spirits themselves. Many quite often involk Baron Samedi because he is the keeper of the dead.