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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Rest In Peace Minerva

Reclusive Voodoo Priestess of 'Midnight' Fame Dies

By Dana Clark Felty
Created 2009-05-08

Valerie Fennel Aiken Boles rarely allowed people to take her picture or touch her.

She believed doing so put her at risk of being hexed, according to writer John Berendt.

"When you gave her money, she didn't want you to hand it to her," Berendt said by telephone Friday. "You had to put it down on a table or on the floor, because that way you can't 'work' with her hands. If you touch her, you're 'working her hand.' "

Boles died early Friday morning at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Her age was undetermined.

She was better known as the mysterious voodoo priestess "Minerva" in Berendt's novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," which is set in Savannah. She was played by actress Irma P. Hall in the 1997 movie of the same name, starring John Cusack, Kevin Spacey and directed by Clint Eastwood.

Beaufort County Coronor Ed Allen said family members had not finalized arrangements and did not wish to speak publicly as of late Friday.

Berendt described Boles' in his 1993 book as the character "Minerva," who was befriended by Savannah antiques dealer Jim Williams. Minerva leads Williams and a New York writer to a nearby graveyard to cast a spell on former Chatham County District Attorney Spencer Lawton, who had filed murder charges against Williams in the fatal shooting of friend Danny Hansford.

Other than the name change, the story about Boles in the novel is true, Berendt said.

"There's nothing I can add to that evening. It's verbatim what she said and what he said and what we did," he said.

According to the book, Minerva is the common-law wife of the late Dr. Buzzard, "the last great voodoo practitioner in Beaufort County." "When Dr. Buzzard died," Berendt wrote, "Minerva put on his purple glasses and set herself up as a root doctor. She uses some of his techniques and some of her own, too."

To the people who came to know her through Williams, Boles showed an aversion to public attention and an intense suspicion of strangers.

Berendt said he knew of only two occasions she allowed herself to be photographed: once for a national morning show shortly after the release of the 1997 movie, and once in 2004 for Life Magazine.

Williams' attorney, Sonny Seiler, recalled visits with her on a bench outdoors in Monterey Square. "We'd sit out there a few minutes, but she'd never say anything. She didn't trust me," Seiler said.

Later in 2002, Seiler accompanied friends on a visit to Boles' Beaufort home.

"The house reeked of some strange incense," he said. "I gave her some money, and she smiled. I asked her if she ever got back to Savannah, and she said she didn't. She said she couldn't travel."

John Duncan, owner of V&J Duncan Antique Maps, Prints and Books, said Savannah tour guide Martha Hicks Ellzey later became a close friend to Boles and used to take her to his shop.

"Martha brought her by several times to see us," Duncan said. "I must say, (Boles) was very strong-willed, with a foul mouth, and refused to have pictures taken."

Ellzey, owner of Southern Hospitality Tours, declined to confirm Boles' death when reached Friday.

"I was not going to call the media until I talked to the family because it has not gotten around to all the family yet," she said. "This is very private, and I don't want anything (reported) at this point."

Berendt said Boles once claimed to be "in communication" with Williams after his death in 1990.

"She said she was in contact, but she didn't say what he was doing or saying," he said.

Source: The Savannah Morning News

Carolina Dean

The Lemon Curse

This is a spell designed to banish someone, or make them go away. It includes a punishment for the victim if they do not comply with your desire to get out of your life.

You will need:

A Black Candle

Crossing Oil

A Bottle of Vinegar

A Lemon

A Glass Jar



Photo of Person

Begin by carving the person's name on the candle and then anointing it with crossing oil. As you anoint the candle, say "(Name) may all the evil you've done to me now return to you!"

Set the candle in a holder and light it. Write the person's name in small letters across their photo three times, then cross and cover this with the words "SOUR AND BITTER" in large, bold letters. Fold the photo away from you three times, rotating it counterclockwise between each fold, saying "May (N's) presence and influence in my life now turn away from me and out of my life forever!"

Cut a slice in the lemon, insert the photo. Pin the lemon shut and say "(Name) as I pin this lemon shut, I close all the doors through which you may enter into my life!"

Place the lemon in the jar and fill the jar with vinegar. Screw the lid on tightly, shake the jar and say:

"Lord as you made the blind to see, let (N) see that s/he has no place in my life! As you made the lame to walk let (N) walk out of my life forever! As you cast demons out of the possessed, cast (N) out of my life forever! Lord, may his/her life grow as sour as this lemon and as bitter as this vinegar with each passing day until s/he leaves my life forever! As this lemon rots away so may his/her health and vitality rot away until s/he leaves my life forever! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Leave the jar near the candle until it is spent, thereafter. When you are done, bury the jar in a graveyard, or throw it in a body of water. So long as the person stays out of your life and your business, nothing will happen to them, but should they continue to insinuate themselves into your life, the curse will take hold. The choice is up to them.

Carolina Dean

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sample Reading With Playing Cards

Medium: Playing Cards
Spread: The Celtic Cross

Query: Will I be successful in my work to attract a husband?

1. The 7 of Hearts (Discipline in the Area of Love)

The Cover: You've had a series of setbacks in the area of your love life.

2. The 3 of Spades (Communication in the Area of Change)

The Crossing: You've attempted to use magic to improve the state of your love life.

3. The 6 of Spades (Expansion in the Area of Change)

Where You Are Now: Despite your setbacks, you continue to believe that change is possible. Although you fear you will always be alone, you are attempting to maintain a positive attitude.

4. The Ace of Clubs (Ego in the area of Rewards)

Where You Wish to Be: You wish to attain a state of wholeness. To achieve this state, you believe that you must reap the rewards of your hard work. That is, you believe you need a man to be happy.

5. The 10 of Spades (Transformation in the area of the Unknown)

The Past: A betrayal in your past by someone you cared for has colored every relationship that has come after.

6. The 6 of Clubs (Expansion in the Area of Hard Work)

The Near Future: Soon an opportunity will present itself for you to have that which you desire. Pay attention to what is going on around you so that when this opportunity presents itself you can seize the moment.

7. The 8 of Hearts (Freedom in the Area of Affection)

How You Feel: The love life has been an issue for you for some time. You often feel waver between wanting love and pushing it away from you when it comes close.

8. The 10 of Diamonds (Transformation in the Area of Material Matters)

How Those Around You Feel: Your friends and associates inspire you to be positive, they encourage you that your desire will soon take form.

9. The Jack of Diamonds (The Gambler)

The Best You Can Hope For: The Gambler tells you that there is no reward without risk. In order to reap the rewards of your hard work, you must take a risk and seize the opportunities that come to you.

10. The 10 of Hearts (Transformation in the Area of Affection)

The Final Outcome: You can continue to do what you have been doing and fail, or you can follow the advice of the cards. Pay attention to whats going on around you. Seize the opportunities that present themselves. Take the risk and you will find love.

Yeah, that sound right.........

Carolina Dean

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Playing Card and Candle Spell to Attract a Lover

This spell can be worked on a specific individual that you desire, or it can be worked to draw the type of person that you most desire.

To perform this spell you will require:

A New Deck of Playing Cards

A Red Candle

Love Drawing Type Oils

Drawing Powder

Red Cord

To begin, remove the Ace of Hearts from the deck. Next, choose a card to represent yourself and the person that you desire. If you don’t have a specific person in mind, you can choose a card which best represents the type of person you wish to attract to yourself.

If you are familiar with playing card divination, you probably already have a good idea of the different personality types as represented by the ‘people cards’. However, for quick reference, I will share the archetypes of the playing cards as I know them. These archetypes are heavily influenced by astrology. They are:

King of Clubs (Aries) The Leader

Queen of Clubs (Leo) The Achiever

Jack of Clubs (Sagittarius) The Adventurer

King of Diamonds (Taurus) The Provider

Queen of Diamonds (Virgo) The Supporter

Jack of Diamonds (Capricorn) The Gambler

King of Spades (Gemini) The Judge

Queen of Spades (Libra) The Worrier

Jack of Spades (Aquarius) The Trouble-Maker

King of Hearts (Cancer) The Advisor

Queen of Hearts (Scorpio) The Healer

Jack of Hearts (Pisces) The Lover

Once you have chosen the cards you wish to use in this working, set them aside for now. Carve your wish for a mate on the red candle. Anoint it with an appropriate love-drawing type oil of your own choosing (gay individuals may wish to use Lavender Love Drops, while straight individuals may wish to use Come to Me Oil.). Roll the candle towards yourself in drawing powder (or the powdered form of the aforementioned formulas) and set the candle in a holder.

Place the card representing the male/Top individual on the right side of the candle, and the card representing the female/bottom individual on the left side of the candle. Light the candle and then anoint the four corners and center of the masculine cards with your chosen oil and name it for the person concerned. If you don’t have a specific person in mind focus on the qualities that you desire in a mate and name the card accordingly, for example, you might say this card represents a man who will love me and support me financially. Next, anoint the card representing yourself in the same manner and name it for yourself. Finally, sprinkle some drawing power over the cards and gently blow it away. If you wish, you can write the names of the individuals on the cards with a permanent marker as part of the naming portion of this working prior to anointing them with oil.

Pick up both cards and hold them far apart yet facing one another. Slowly draw the cards closer together as you say……

“May these two souls now be drawn one to the other. May their hearts beat as one heart. May their flesh be as one flesh and their mind me as one mind. Amen.”

Bring the cards face together, and place the Ace of Hearts on top of them. Bind the cards together with a length of red cord, then lay them before the candle and say.

“Fire burn deep! Fill our bodies with desire. Fill our minds with passion. Fill our souls with yearning for one another. Burn! Burn! Burn! Bring us together and make us one! Amen.”

Leave the bound cards before the burning candle until it is spent. Then, wrap them in a red cloth (or your underwear) and place them under your mattress.

Carolina Dean

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dammit Jim I'm a Doctor, Not a Photographer...

Look what I got in the mail yesterday......

And here are some pics from Relay for team raised almost 3 times our goal!

Me performing my duties as the Queen of Caution.

Me and my co-worker/friend Deb standing in front of another teams tent.

You can't really tell from the pic, but that's one of the Delorean's from Back to the Future behind us. The theme this year was Back to the Future.

Dam spots everywhere...trying to get me....

Don't ask.

Me yelling at the cute Marines offering to do a cancer screen on their colon for a nickel.

I just like this one.

And finally, our relay for life team.

Carolina Dean

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Family Beliefs and Traditions

Today I want to share with you some of my family beliefs and traditions. I encourage you to share your own as well.

Your Birthmark

We were told that your birthmark indicated what your father was doing when your mother went into labor. Family history dictates that when my own mother went into labor, my father was working on his car. Consequently, I was born with a birthmark about an inch above my belly button that resembled a car motor. And no I will not be showing it to you. When my grandmother went into labor with my aunt, my grandfather was hunting; when my aunt was born she had a deer-shaped birthmark on her thigh.

Speaking of belly buttons, we were told that our belly buttons were "where the indian poked you."

Found Pennies

It's pretty commonplace these days for a person finding a penny on heads to pick it up and carry it on themselves for "good luck." I was always told that these found pennies were fleeting charms and last only for 24 hours from the time that you originally found the penny. To me, finding pennies on heads are always a sign from the universe that any chances I take will pay off. Of course, the bigger the risk, the greater the reward.

In the case of spotting a penny that lies 'tails' up, I always simply turn it over and leave it where I found it for another person to reap it's luck giving powers.


I was raised by my grandparents who are now in their 80's and who grew up in the country. Therefore, we were privy to a great number of omens, some of which may be quite familiar to you as well. For example:

  • If the sun sets behind a cloud it will rain.
  • If a bird flies in the house, it means death.
  • To hear frogs croaking in the evening means rain.
  • What you do on New Year's day you'll be doing all year.
  • Bubbles in your coffee means money coming.
  • An itching foot means you'll walk where you aren't welcome.
  • Ringing ears means someone is talking about you.
  • Itching palms means money coming your way.
  • Sweep over someone's feet and they'll never get married.

At the table

Us kids always gathered at the table to watch mama cook biscuits. It was amazing to watch her mix all the ingredients without a measuring cup and then shape the little biscuits by hands without a cutter. If we were good she's give us a little bit of the raw dough to eat as a treat and she's always make one or two 'baby' biscuits for us kids. I swear I believe sometimes she made biscuits just so we'd be quiet for a little bit. When Kaleb came into my life, I was happy to pass this tradition down to him.

The Gift of Magic

When I showed an interest in witchcraft and magic, my grandparents didn't try to stop me. I earned my own money doing things in the neighborhood (yard work, picking up prescriptions/buying a loaf of bread for a neighbor, etc..) and I had the right to do what I wanted with my own money. They never really talked about magic or witchcraft except that one time I remember my grandmother saying that witches were 'the daughters of satan).

However, I always suspected that I wasn't the first witch in our family. I clearly remember once when my grandma took us kids out to the country to visit the house she grew up in, she showed us kids how she could talk to spiders. She told us that when she was little and her dad would send her to search for one of the cows that had wandered off, she's look for a spider and ask it which way the cow went. and the spider would point. We didn't believe her, so she had us find a spider. When we did she asked the spider which way {another person} went, and I'll be damned if it didn't point in the right direction.

So remember kids, when your lost find a spider and it will point the way for you.

Carolina Dean