James Duvalier

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Erzulie Freda

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Peace be with you, my friends!  It is with great pleasure that I write this post after having completed my annual St. John's Eve service, which I feel was an amazing success.  I made thirty seven different offerings in total and performed a service called the Brule Marinette, which is extremely powerful and intricate.  This was only the forth one that I have conducted in my years of service as a Voodoo priest.  I plan to elaborate on the Brule Marinette in a future post.  St. John's Eve is of course the most powerful night of the year to perform any kind of spiritual work in the Voodoo tradition and the energy of the night itself is overwhelming.  I was presenting offerings and invoking the lwa non-stop from 9 pm until dawn and then slept until 4 pm in the afternoon on Friday.  This time of year is draining for any Voodoo Doctor or Queen, but there is also a euphoric rush that comes from doing service on St. John's Eve and the blessings that follow are most fulfilling.

Erzulie Freda is an important lwa to serve and often blesses her devotees with unexpected wealth and torrid, passionate love affairs.

Through the course of the night the lwa Maistresse Erzulie Freda Dahomey, called Erzulie for short, popped up numerous times while I conducted various forms of divination and fell into possession.  Erzulie is extremely beautiful, flirtatious, capricious and intoxicating as well as elegant, refined and full of class.  She is an important lwa to serve and often blesses her devotees with unexpected wealth and torrid, passionate love affairs.  During the course of my St. John’s Eve service, I felt her energy constantly and have thus been prompted to write this post.  I have touched upon Erzulie as well as other lwa in previous posts, but today I would like to go more in depth regarding this most beautiful and intense spiritual entity and in following posts I will do that same with other lwa.

Erzulie FredaErzulie Freda is one of the original lwa brought from Africa during colonial times.  This origin is indicated in her full title Maistresse Erzulie Freda Dahomey, Dahomey being an ancient kingdom of Western Africa that covered what is today Togo, Benin and parts of Nigeria and included people from the Fon, Yoruba, Wolof and various other ethnic groups who contributed to the development of Vodou in the French colony of St. Domingue, which today is known as Haiti.  Erzulie is the embodiment of wealth, luxury, pleasure, sensuality, and flirtatious capricious love.  In art she is often depicted as a light skin Creole woman who dresses in pink.  Her Catholic image is the Mater Dolorosa, who in popular iconography appears surrounded by gold yet still in anguish with tears flowing down her cheeks and a dagger piercing her heart.  This is perhaps symbolic of the human condition of insatiability.  At times there is never enough to keep us satisfied and we all want more and more of good things.  Erzulie represents this desire for luxury and often cries when her wishes are not fulfilled.  People often make the mistake of thinking that Erzulie will bring them love, while this is true, she tends to bring love and is passionate, torrid, yet short lived.  Erzulie is always ready for the next lover.  So when making a service to her for love, one would be wise to also invoke Ogun to bring about stability.  True to her personality, Erzulie’s offerings include champagne, sweet cakes and expensive French perfume.  Her colors are pink and pale blue.  When taking possession of a Vodou priest or priestess, Erzulie prefers to speak French, the language of the elite, rather the Creole, the language of the masses.

As with all the lwa, there are many tales regarding Erzulie.  Despite being capricious and highly flirtatious, Erzulie will not tolerate disrespect or abuse of her children.  During the 1960’s in a town not far from Port-au-Prince, there was a popular shrine to Erzulie centered around a magnificent palm tree where she was said to materialize and rest in the palms branches high in the tree.  A local protestant pastor was angry that people were giving attention to Erzulie so he ordered the tree to be chopped down.  The next day his church was hit by lightening and he was haunted by vivid dreams that eventually drove him insane.  Such stories are common regarding those who disrespect Erzulie and Voodoo in general.

I would like to share with you a simple ritual that you can perform to feel the energy of Erzulie and request her blessings.  Simply take a warm bubble bath with the fragrance of your choice and add the petals of one pink rose.  Light a pink candle next to the tub and as you soak sip a glass of champagne or sparkling wine.  Talk to Erzulie as you would a friend.  Ask for her guidance and request whatever favor you’d like and be sure to thank her by offering a glass of champagne when you get out of the tub.  It is always surprising to see how Erzulie works her magic in our lives!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and I hope you will be able to try the Erzulie invocation at home.   If you are interested in having an Erzulie service performed for whatever purpose, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Until the next time, I wish you peace, happiness and the sweetest of blessings!

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  • I learned alot from this article and I would like to learn more. Can you please send me more information on Erzulie Freda Dahomey to my email. Thank you in advance.

  • cindy

    I would like to get a reading

  • cesar

    Hi, I have always had questions in regards on how offerings work, If I would to offer something to a lwa what would I do with it? eat it? drink the champagne/food in their name? after I have placed food on their altar for a while?

    • The traditional way is to leave the food on the altar for 24 hours and then dispose of them somewhere in nature. If that’s not possible, you can just throw them away.

  • Guercie Jean-Pierre

    I notice I will sporadically be possessed by both freda and dantor…please explain to me why, and I don’t serve them. I don’t have an altar…I only pray to God. They love me. I could be in the middle of a conversation and they could spontaneously appear and each eye will be different.

    • They are probably trying to get your attention. You might have a family or ancestral connection to them. If you want them to stay away, just tell them directly that you are not open to possession and ask your angels and ancestors to keep spiritual entities, be they lwa or whatever, away.

  • lisolette mc farlane

    I have been visited in my dreams by eurzili freda and I just purchased her statue. I started with a picture of her. I notice that she has caused me to make myself look more attractive and beautiful…..I was told by another voodoo priest that she wants to bring me wealth that is why she appeared in my dreams Her three husbands came to me as well.

  • CJ

    I’ve seen Her when I had someone do work for me….me seeing her made me feel like I can get close to her. I have many things I want to ask for but I’m wondering what I can do.

    • There is no need to have somebody do the work on your behalf. The only reason people go to spiritual worker is convenience because they don’t have the time of knowledge to do spiritual work themselves. Of course there is nothing wrong with having somebody do work for you, but you can petition lwa, saints and spirits with success on your own. You can make a simple offering to Erzulie and present your petition. A glass of champagne or sparkling wine is fine. Before hand, you should also make an offerings to Legba and ask him to open the gate to allow communication with Erzulie.

      • CJ

        Thanks so much. So if I do a small prayer to her offering some wine how long do I keep the wine there on the table? I live with someone so I dont want things so obvious.

        • You can leave it overnight and dispose of it the next morning. That will work fine.

          • CJ

            James. How do I ask Papa Legba to let me speak to Freda? Do I make an offering to him or just ask him to let me speak to her lol

          • Make a small offering to him first. A cigar, a shot glass of rum or a small offering of one his favorite foods (yams, boiled peanuts, black eyed peas) and knock three times on the altar or wherever you make the offering and ask him to open the gate. Also knock three times at the end and ask him to close the gate when you’re done making your service to Erzulie Freda.

      • CJ

        I’m trying to figure out where I can make the offering without my partner seeing. We live in a studio. It’s kind of hard to hide stuff from him. Do I have to create this grand altar with pink cloth or can I just light a small pink candle and leave a glass of wine next to it. Same goes with leg a. I’m trying to avoid my man eating the offerings or asking me questions. I don’t want to freak him out

        • You can make the offering discretely and still have great results. The way you describe is fine!

          • CJ

            Great. So I don’t need to create an altar just a small candle and wine on my dining table is fine?

          • Yes. That’s perfectly fine. It’s faith and intention that count the most.

  • CJ

    Wanted to tell you Thank you soooooooo very much. 💕😘

    • You’re welcome! I know you are going everything right exactly as you should and good things will start to manifest.

      • CJ

        I did everything that you said. I made my altar out of a box though and put my pink nightgown on it. Lol. To be discreet I light the candle only when my man isn’t here. When I thought she wasn’t listening she came to last night. She says something will fall on my lap! But this time she looked different than what I’m use to seeing her. She had blonde hair this time and was very charming and flirty. Is this weird that she looks different?

        • It’s a good sign. Spirits can appear in different forms at different times. Also the fact that she promised something is coming for you is a sign of good things to come.

          • CJ

            Happy dance! That makes sense what you said bc when I asked for help in my relationship last time she appeared with a veil over her face. This time it was help with a new place so maybe that’s why she appeared boogie. Lol. How can I ever repay you! I will be needing you help again and want to say a big thank you as a gesture of appreciation to you! 😘

          • You’re welcome! Thank you for letting me know. You can contact me anytime at james.duvalier@gmail.com and I am always here to help.

  • Jesenia Valladares

    I just wanted to say though I haven’t heard or seen her since I was a child. My experience with her was pleasant she pointed me out and offered me her sweets and treated me like I was her own and told me that I reminded her of herself and also told me that if I go far in the ocean she will drown me and take/keep me with her. We have so much in common it’s so weird.

    • Amazing. I’ve heard many stories like this and experienced some myself. The ocean part sounds more like Madame La Sirene than Erulzie, but they are both generous and protective.

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