BLESSED OR CURSED ~ IN CLOSING

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IN CLOSING

Are the spirits that remain in New Orleans a blessing or a curse?  It is possible some ghosts may be trapped souls who lack some kind of closure.  Even in death, these souls might be chasing someone… or in some cases something – only a love so great can cause a soul so much torture and despair.  However, some of these ghosts not only rest in peace but share their love for a city so amazing that they continue to bless everyone who crosses their path.

Whether a blessing comes from a gris gris bag, fortune teller, or a life well lived, New Orleans has its share of spirits who are not only happy but add to the flavor that makes New Orleans so great.  On the other hand, New Orleans may very well be home to spirits who died tragically, whether in war, or a life unfinished, and may unleash a curse or two.  Regardless, New Orleans is a place worth visiting.  The blessings, however, must outweigh any curses for the simple fact that New Orleans still stands strong.

Author Bio:  In her latest release, Child of the Fallen Angels, Diana struggles to find her place in life.  After discovering a new world of witchcraft through a former lover, she tries to take control of the life she feels she worked so hard to build.  Diana finds her spells working, but not quite as she planned.  The energy blesses her with what she wants, but not without balancing those great blessings with great sacrifices.  She ends up using every bit of her strength to withstand adversaries which she herself has inadvertently nourished.

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BLESSED OR CURSED ~ GRIS GRIS BAGS

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GRIS GRIS BAGS

Gris gris bags may possibly help one achieve weight loss, career goals, or true love.  The bags are made up of pieces of cloth tied together with a string to make it into a small bag.  Gris gris bags may be made with beads, trinkets, rice, stone, herbs, or other interesting ingredients.  Directions or rituals might vary as well.  For example, a person may hide the bag on him or herself for seven days in order for the power to take full effect or simply hang the bag from a rearview mirror.

Many people bought these gris gris bags from a powerful voodoo priestess named Marie Laveau.  She was a hairdresser for the wealthy, and some believe her ability to network was more powerful than her actual voodoo.  However, if you go to St. Louis Cemetery #1, many people believe she is buried there, and her believers still leave trinkets, flowers, three Xs, and continue to ask for her blessings.  Her gris gris bags still live on as well!

Join us next week  for the final blog in the Blessed or Cursed series.

Author Bio:  In her latest release, Child of the Fallen Angels, Diana struggles to find her place in life.  After discovering a new world of witchcraft through a former lover, she tries to take control of the life she feels she worked so hard to build.  Diana finds her spells working, but not quite as she planned.  The energy blesses her with what she wants, but not without balancing those great blessings with great sacrifices.  She ends up using every bit of her strength to withstand adversaries which she herself has inadvertently nourished.

Want to know more?  Visit http://darkroastpress.com/vcannon.php.

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BLESSED OR CURSED ~ ABOVE GROUND CEMETERIES

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ABOVE GROUND CEMETERIES

New Orleans is a unique city because it is below sea level.  With such a higher water table, one can only dig so far before hitting water.  This poses a problem when trying to bury someone into the ground…  One good rainstorm or another flood could… could is not the right word here… WILL cause the coffin to come right out of the ground.

With such a unique challenge, New Orleans’ cemeteries are not your typical burial grounds with coffins in the ground and headstones to mark the graves.  Rows of above ground graves or vaults line the various cemeteries throughout the city.  Loved ones have the option of being buried together in these, wall tombs, or crypts.  It provides an eternal peaceful resting place for the souls who are fortunate to have each other in life and still be together after death.

Luckily, I have not had too much experience with these types of burials.  Although I have attended a handful of funerals before for extended family members, the death that hit me hardest was my aunt’s a few years back.  I felt really sad in between states of shock and disbelief.  It was a real loss… until we buried her.

When we walked up to the family wall tomb, it had been explained to me by my mother that after everyone left they would pull my uncle’s coffin out and put my aunt’s coffin behind his.  (He died a few years earlier.)  I was like —  what?  Why?  My mom said that it was symbolic of the man protecting the woman.  At that moment it dawned on me that my aunt and uncle were together again.  I never felt sad after that.

Rest in peace has since taken on a whole new blessed meaning for me.

Join us next week as we discuss: GRIS GRIS BAGS

Author Bio:  In her latest release, Child of the Fallen Angels, Diana struggles to find her place in life.  After discovering a new world of witchcraft through a former lover, she tries to take control of the life she feels she worked so hard to build.  Diana finds her spells working, but not quite as she planned.  The energy blesses her with what she wants, but not without balancing those great blessings with great sacrifices.  She ends up using every bit of her strength to withstand adversaries which she herself has inadvertently nourished.

Want to know more?  Visit http://darkroastpress.com/vcannon.php.

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BLESSED OR CURSED ~ TOURING MY OWN CITY

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Any reader (18 or over please) who posts a comment to the “Blessed or Cursed” blogs will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Child of the Fallen Angels.  Make sure to join us each week for all five “Blessed or Cursed” blogs.  Readers are allowed one entry per blog, so readers may enter up to five times! The winner will be announced June 10, 2011 by Manic Readers!

TOURING MY OWN CITY…

Even though I’m from New Orleans, but now residing about 1,000 miles away in Baltimore, I once took a tour through the French Quarter on a carriage ride.  The very thin man leading the tour was of average height.  I didn’t expect such a deep voice from him, but as he rode us around he spoke with passion about the various landmarks, legends, and history.  I was equally surprised at how he could recall so many little odd facts and stories.  Surely, he had to have been making some of this stuff up.  Upon further research, it seems my tour guide was dead on (using this expression on purpose here…) with all his facts.  Spooky!

However, aside from passing Nicolas Cage’s and Brangelina’s pads, the thing that stuck out the most about the tour was how a lot of the third floor apartments stay vacant.  According to our tour guide, anyone who had tried to live in some of these third floor apartments had been spooked away.  So, I decided when I do move back that I would rent one.

We rode passed a lot of fortune tellers who had set up tables throughout the streets.  People lined up to ask them about their true, future, or current love, but people visiting them should do so with caution.  People seeking their answers should make sure they want to know the answers first.  Sometimes it’s better not to know because the fortune tellers may foretell a blessing, or they may foretell a curse!  (For example, my best friend was told her boyfriend would go to jail and he did!)

Join us next week as we discuss: ABOVE GROUND CEMETERIES

Author Bio:  In her latest release, Child of the Fallen Angels, Diana struggles to find her place in life.  After discovering a new world of witchcraft through a former lover, she tries to take control of the life she feels she worked so hard to build.  Diana finds her spells working, but not quite as she planned.  The energy blesses her with what she wants, but not without balancing those great blessings with great sacrifices.  She ends up using every bit of her strength to withstand adversaries which she herself has inadvertently nourished.

Want to know more?  Visit http://darkroastpress.com/vcannon.php.

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BLESSED OR CURSED WITH VICTORIA CANNON

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AN INTRODUCTION…

Some might say New Orleans is a haunted city.  It is filled with ghost stories possibly from troubled souls whose lives were ended before their purpose was fulfilled.  They haunt the streets, the hotels, and the restaurants.  Tourists and locals alike report strange sightings or hear unexplained sounds throughout the city.  Although no one knows for sure what truly happened, some of the tales told by locals are more frightening than what has been recorded through history, but are all of these stories cursed?  There may be some blessings in between…

A LITTLE BACKGROUND…

New Orleans was built on swamp land.  The land is below sea level.  People who dig won’t find gold…they won’t find China, but they will find water!  Nevertheless, the Mississippi River is ideal for trade even if the geographical location and design of the landscape is a formula for disaster given the annual hurricanes, yet somehow the city stays alive.

The beginning of New Orleans’ history is far from glamorous.  Prisoners were sent from France to help start the city.  The War of 1812 brought the Battle of New Orleans.  The Civil War brought about the Capture of New Orleans.  Less we forget the mosquitoes and the humidity that can make the climate a less than favorable setting.  Crime statistics are high too.

As with any war, young soldiers lives were cut short or changed before they even had the chance to live.  Do any of these spirits roam around their former battlegrounds seeking their previous life before it was so brutally destroyed?  Did the resentment from losing the Civil War channel negative energy to allow a portal so to speak for curses to take place?  How many more lives have been cut short due to crime, and do some of these spirits remain seeking justice or revenge?  Events, such as these, may be the reasons for some unhappy spirits to linger around.

The glass in New Orleans, though, is hardly half empty.  As a matter of fact, it is probably overflowing with some kind of cocktail.  New Orleans is filled with intriguing places, like City Park or the French Quarter.  In fact, the city is quite amazing and still thriving despite some of the biggest hurdles it has faced in its history!  There are lots of places to visit, hundreds of things to do, wonderful sights to see, plenty of Southern hospitality, great food, Mardi Gras, and people with amazing stories!  In which case, these reasons may be why some happy spirits refuse to leave.

On the one hand, the bleak beginnings and wars may have cursed the city in some respect.  On the other hand, the ability for New Orleans to overcome any challenge might be a blessing.  Regardless, New Orleans is a city unlike no other.

Join us next week as we discuss TOURING MY OWN CITY.

In her latest release, Child of the Fallen Angels, Diana struggles to find her place in life.  After discovering a new world of witchcraft through a former lover, she tries to take control of the life she feels she worked so hard to build.  Diana finds her spells working, but not quite as she planned.  The energy blesses her with what she wants, but not without balancing those great blessings with great sacrifices.  She ends up using every bit of her strength to withstand adversaries which she herself has inadvertently nourished.

Want to know more?


Bless Victoria with your likes! www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Cannon/107975685955053

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