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Celebrate Your Birthday By Visiting A Voodoo Priest In New Orleans

August 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

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So you’re in the Big Easy for your birthday and your Travel Boyfriend is stuck in business meetings all day. What’s a girl to do? Eat a gyro at Attiki? Drink a glass of wine? Yes. And yes.

Attiki Gyro

And then you go get your fortune told by an honest to goodness druid and voodoo priest named John T. Martin (he goes by John T.) at the Voodoo Museum.

Voodoo Museum New Orleans

Now, if you’re asking yourself if I believe in tarot cards and palm readings and supernatural mumbo-jumbo, the short answer is yes. And so is the long answer.

Voodoo Museum 2 New Orleans

Here’s what John T. told me (and then check back in about four years to see if he was right!):

  • He said that I was with my soul mate and the love of my life (thank god, since we’re getting married and he’ll be the beneficiary of my 401k someday!).
  • That in addition to advertising, I’d be doing more “real” writing (his words not mine!) in the future.
  • That I’m supposed to have a son in a couple of years followed by a daughter (that’s utterly frightening to me as well as people who know me). I asked if he meant I was going to personally have them or if they couldn’t just be someone else’s kids that I really like. He said no. He saw I was being motherly and a good mother and that I was raising them. (Damn. Although, I forgot to ask if maybe they were animals.)
  • That I’m going to find God. I asked, “like the Christian God?” and stared at me with the mildest look of exasperation and replied that there was only one God. He also said that water would play a big part in my spiritual journey. And that in a few years’ time when I’m struggling with a big decision in my life that I should go to the water and throw stones in, asking God for guidance and that I will get it.
  • That at the end of this year I will be offered something that isn’t as good of a deal as it first appears.
  • That in 3 years and 4 months (or 4 years and 3 months. I can’t remember. It was too hot.) that I will also have to make a big decision.
  • Also that within the next 3 or 4 years I will lose someone close to me.

Then he proceeded to talk about politics and how the world as we know it will be ending soon. He said that our next President would be our last. And that having looked into the eyes of Barack Obama, he saw an evil he’s never known before. He claims Obama has a nefarious agenda that won’t become clear until (and if) he is elected President. Luckily I usually vote for the Green Party candidate.

He also said that our country’s downfall would be due to our obsession with technology and seemed repulsed by the idea that people would ever try to meet a love interest on the Internet. Hee hee ;) I didn’t have the heart to tell him that Travel Boyfriend and I met on Matchmaker.com.

He showed me a picture of his albino python, which I exclaimed to be “cute” (although I didn’t want to see in person cuz I’m a’scared!) and then asked me for a hug, saying, “I’m a hugger.” Then he told me I made his day brighter and sent me on my way.

A highly enjoyable and insightful way to spend a birthday afternoon, n’est pas?

If you’re not going to be anywhere near the Voodoo Museum soon, do it yourself:

The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot (Destiny Books)

The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot (Destiny Books)

Travel Betty Basics

New Orleans Voodoo Museum
724 Dumaine Street
New Orleans, LA
$30 for tarot reading (includes entrance to museum)

Attiki Bar & Grill
For when you’re tired of Gumbo (gasp!)
They also have hookahs
230 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA

Other Betties Blogging About John T.

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Tags: Food and Drink · New Orleans · USA

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    • 1 Rebecca // Oct 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm

      Just left the voodoo museum and John t. Enjoyed
      your blog!

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