James Duvalier

author, spiritual counselor & paranormal researcher


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The Miraculous Life of Saint Barbara

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As a spiritual worker, I petition and work with many saints for myself, clients, friends and family.  Many of you who have been following my blog will know that Saint Martha is my personal patron and most beloved saint.  Another saint I greatly admire is the 3rd century martyr Saint Barbara about whom I have blogged before.  Recently, I have been working with her more and more and find her to be a fierce protector and advocate. …
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The Faerie Folk

The Faerie Folk

Years ago I met a woman named Helen who owned a witch shop in a rural Massachusetts town. I used to wander into her shop on any given afternoon, buy a few items and spend hours talking about paranormal and supernatural subjects. Helen’s shop was not a purely commercial venture. She really enjoyed speaking with people and discussing occult and magical themes. One day I asked her how she had come to open the shop. Helen mentioned…
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Mademoiselle Charlotte

Mademoiselle Charlotte

According to popular belief in Haiti, there is an elegant female lwa named Mademoiselle Charlotte who is quite elusive and whose appearances at Vodou dances and ceremonies is considered a rare and unique blessing. She has been known to appear in physical form as a young beautifully dressed white woman wearing a silk kerchief, dark sunglasses, white gloves and immaculately coiffed with a 1950’s hair style driving a pink Cadillac around quiet neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince and the…
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The Rites of Spring

sanziene

We find ourselves again in the middle of spring, at least those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Where I live the sun is setting later and later, the trees are in full bloom and the first fruits of the season, mainly strawberries, are starting to come in by the bucket load. Admittedly my favorite season is autumn with its colors, cool breezes that are fragrant with the scent of drying leaves and abundant harvests, but as…
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Pound Cake for Saint Expedite

Pound Cake for Saint Expedite

The 19th of April is the Feast of Saint Expedite, one of my favorite patron saints. He is the patron saint of speedy resolutions and is called upon when one needs his or her prayers to be answered quickly. Expeditus was a Roman solider who, upon receiving a vision, converted to Christianity immediately on the battlefield after which he was promptly martyred. His willingness to convert immediately and not put it off earned him the reputation as…
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