Every day I awake before dawn to continue my work on Blond Voodoo. I ask for guidance with a prayer, “Please show me the way, to touch hearts with what I have been shown in Haiti.”

The Haitians taught me the power of prayer and how to build a reservoir of strength so anything that happens to you ( good or bad) will be observed as an opportunity for growth. For me, Haiti was and is my spiritual boot camp, a training ground for furthering our evolution in the Universe.

I was asked yesterday if I practice Voodoo and did I believe in God? The person who asked this question has not known me as an adult.
In the 1960’s we were kids growing up in the same, small town in Illinois.

The question was prompted by my recent marketing efforts, a personal email sent to my Facebook friends, for my soon-to-be-published memoir entitled, “Blond Voodoo”, a female photographer documenting the Vodou culture in Haiti. Although he did not come out and say it I believe his opinion was that the word “voodoo” makes me look bad, that I may be dismissed for employment opportunities if my name is “googled” and associated with Voodoo.
I have no fear of these consequences. If you enter, “Lynne Warberg, voodoo” into any search engine, my name will pop up in hundreds of articles written on religion in Haiti. I was interviewed by Sharon Guynup for the National Geographic Channel in 2004 and this quote,
“One common saying is that Haitians are 70 percent Catholic, 30 percent Protestant, and 100 percent voodoo,” said Lynne Warberg, a photographer who has documented Haitian voodoo for over a decade,” has been re-used hundreds of times in articles written on religion in Haiti.�
I purposely chose the title, Blond Voodoo, for various reasons. One: I am blond and was lovingly nicknamed, “Blond Voodoo”, in Haiti. �
Two: I want to change the perception of the word voodoo.�

If the word frightens you because you believe it to be something evil then I hope you will give me a chance to share my experience. Please take the time to ask a question instead of dismissing something I have worked years on to create.

Everything Blond Voodoo stands for stems from love. Love for myself, love and respect for all beings, especially love for Haiti.

Now more than ever our survival on this planet depends on coming from a place of LOVE. As the world, we live in becomes more divisive, hate gains ground. It is our predicament as a society, that we cannot change the current climate of racial, religious and cultural stress, but we can change our spiritual position.
Peace begins with you.

It may sound like an oxymoron that in a place with a reputation as the most dangerous country in the Western Hemisphere, I found unbelievable peace in my heart.

I worked the magic of Love, released the fear and willingly embraced a path of self-discovery.

“It is a knowledge of self you must acquire in order to understand voodoo”. Aboudja

“In Haiti, in the voodoo, we say that Jesus is a pure Ginen ( a righteous state of mind or state of being), so is Buddha, Mohammed, Moses – all Ginen. People who believe in voodoo are going toward the state of Ginen, where you find the totality of yourself.”
Lolo Beaubrun, voodoo priest and founder of Boukman Eksperyans

The “Blond Voodoo” campaign can be seen on Indiegogo, go here , youtube, Facebook, Twitter, my blog, and other social media sites. Pay it Forward to yourself by sharing my heart. You will be rewarded as I have been in wonderful ways.

Religion is a path to God. Spirituality is also a path to God. However, they have differences in approach.
The essence of religion:
Fear God and obey God.
The quintessence of spirituality:
Love God and become another God.”
– Sri Chinmoy (1)

Jesus of Nazareth is the central figure of Christianity, held by most denominations to be the Son of God. Believers regard Jesus as the awaited Messiah (or “Christ”) of the Old Testament and refer to him as Jesus Christ, a name also used in non-Christian contexts. The Bible is filled with his words that speak volumes to people throughout the ages.
“Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.”
Founder – DailyDoseOLove.com (By CareerJimmy)


Voodoo Prayers


March 4, 1987, Ash Wednesday, The Voodoo Museum, New Orleans

 Crossing the threshold  I enter a room which serves as a gift shop for the museum. White candles burn on a shelf by a small window, their flames casting shadows near the ceiling where a trail of incense hangs like a small cloud.

As my eyes slowly adjust I can feel someone watching me a snake slithering on a woman’s shoulders flicks his long black tongue. The massive size of the boa constrictor accentuates her bright red dress as she gently glides the snake’s head with one hand while holding his body around her left arm. Black-painted fingernails compliment her jet-black hair, her skin a milky white against the snake’s brown-patterned scales.

The woman does not speak to me lost in her own mystical world. I know nothing about the mysterious world of Voodoo except for what the perception of the word conjures: Magical spells and Voodoo dolls manipulated to inflict pain.

I pick up a book,

Famous Voodoo Rituals and Spells, Fascinating Secrets of Mysterious Voodoo, by H.U. Lampe.

                                                        The Voodoo Religion

Voodoo. Vodoun, Voudoun are different spellings of what is one of the world’s most exotic religions. Voodoo combines certain aspects of both religion and magic. As with a majority of religions, Voodoo varies in many details depending on locale and country. The Voodoo in Haiti is exceedingly complex and difficult to comprehend.

The front door swings open and a stocky, black-haired man wearing glasses comes in, greeting the woman with the snake. He then turns to me.

“Hello, I am Charles Gandolfo, proprietor of the Voodoo Museum,” he drawls reminding me I am presently in the deep, deep south. Shaking my hand, he eyes the book I am holding in my hand, “Interested in Voodoo”?

 Feeling comfortable from his warm reception, I share that I am Lynne Warberg, a photographer traveling to Haiti next week. I have a friend who is working on a film called, The Serpent and the Rainbow, based on ethnobiologist Wade Davis’s account of finding the zombie powder in Haiti. The powder is believed to be a poison prepared by a sorcerer to win control over one’s physical being or soul.

The next day, after a portrait session with Charles at the Museum he tells me about the famous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie LaVeau.

and a spell I can perform at her above ground tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1.155006-HR225-001

Charles holding his gris-gris bag. New Orleans, Voodoo Museum

Marie LaVeau grave

Marie LaVeau’s Crypt, St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans

     Remembering Charles’ instructions I take a deep breath, exhale and begin to knowingly cast my first spell.

“Knock seven times on the tomb.

Make seven crosses on the crypt with a red rock, you will see pieces lying on the ground next to the tomb.

Leave an offering of seven pennies, then enlist the renowned spirit’s assistance.”

You can ask her for anything!


I hadn’t thought of my wish before I arrived here…

Maman Marie please assist me in photographing voodoo in Haiti “, I say to the silence in the air.

Things are beginning to percolate if only in my mind.

Marie LaVeau

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“One common saying is that Haitians are 70 percent Catholic, 30 percent Protestant, and 100 percent voodoo,” said Lynne Warberg, a photographer who has documented Haitian voodoo for over a decade.   Like any other religious practice, voodoo brings great benefits, explains Warberg, the photographer. “Participation in voodoo ritual reaffirms one’s relationships with ancestors, personal history, community relationships—and the cosmos. Voodoo is a way of life,” she said.

Voodoo Prayers