Profile: Bloody Mary
Born and raised as a “Delta Babe” and grown to become known as “the Cultural Diva,” “the Ultimate Insider” and specifically “The Poet Priestess of the Spirit of New Orleans,” Bloody Mary is a true spokeswoman of her hometown and an elegant, modern Southern Belle. – Southern Women Magazine, 2003.
Born on the bayou and baptized as Mary Millan, Bloody Mary was raised in the Crescent City. She grew into a sincere and valuable priestess who serves her town secretly as a psychopomp. She is a known publicly as a Priestess, storyteller, celebrity historian, author, psychic medium, healer and owner of the infamous Bloody Mary’s Tours- an Avant Guarde Boutique tour company.
As a true mystic, she combines her abilities as Shaman, Mambo, Voodoo Queen and Psychic into all aspects of her life. As an artist she designs her work with an empath’s heart, a historians detail and a researcher’s mind. Her mystic abilities have always lent second sight into her business ventures and continue to aid her impeccable storytelling, ritual execution and, of course, paranormal investigations. These gifts all help create a full, well rounded research technique that she shares with her customers. These blessings guide her to unearth old knowledge which enhance her scholarly pursuits; this psychic knowledge works in tandem with avid research creating a unique and holistic approach to understanding her home town of New Orleans and the unseen worlds we live within. Her new book Hauntings, Horrors and Dancing with the Dead met with rave reviews. That once secret psychopomp and spirit guide side of Mary is now shared with the world. Bloody Mary’s book itself is reported to be haunted and is scheduled to release to the public, Feb 1. 2016
“We all have the potential to see with more than our eyes, hear with more than our ears, and part of my destiny is to help others to realize that potential. I believe in living in and exploring the uncharted waters found deep within the river of the heart and soul. Everything is an adventure of spirit and experience including all my tours, workshops and psychic services. There is no better place to discover spirits than right here in New Orleans where I, indeed, am your spirit guide.” – Bloody Mary
She forever reminds us that : “Swamp Magic is New Orleans, the Mississippi river is our mother and I, foremost, am her Avatar, her voice.”
- Local Author
- Tour Guide Extroidinerre
- TV Personality
- Psychic Medium
- Spirit Whisperer
More About Bloody Mary
Bloody Mary in itself is the sometimes frightening prospect of reaching adulthood. This name I adopted invokes fear, intrigue and hope. I am a healer by trade, but at the same time my Voodoo and psychic energies make some fearful or hesitant. This name is very fitting. It doesn’t hurt that my bloodline is connected to Queen Mary I, also known as Bloody Mary, either.
They meandered closer to New Orleans as the years passed, moving from plantations to their town houses in the city proper. My great grandmother and great, great nanny and “Memi” lived on St. Anne between Rampart (Love) and Burgundy street late 1880’s. Just across the street from the famed Marie Laveau cottage. Memi knew her well. Nanny had five children who were all delivered at home by a local midwife. Marie Laveau was a local midwife and she very well might have had a hand in birthing some of my ancestors. It may have been Marie Laveau III by that point in 1895 but it’s possible at least one of the trinity was involved.
My grandma told me about Marie Laveau. She remembered her with awe and fear. She was only a little girl when her grandma told her, but she told the tales and passed them down to us. Grandma grew up and made voodoo dolls, gave us ritual baths filled with Florida water and made sure the bottoms of the trees were painted white (well, grandpa did that ).
My German, French and Italian blood comes from my grandfather’s side of the family: the Plaquemines’ Trosclair’s. Originally, “Troxler” from the European area pf Alsace/Lorraine. They lived on both sides of the German/French border and made landfall in Louisiana in 1718, in the River parish of St. James and Ascension. Eventually moving across the river to the Bayou Goula, White Castle and Plaquemines areas. Commerce and trade up the river put their town houses in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It is interesting that genealogical searches have revealed that both sides of my family had business connections or lived next door to each other since the 1700’s! It seems that even the descendants of some of their slaves during colonial times were still connected in the 20th century too. I recall “Peters,” a wonderful old black man who my grandma was always praising. I knew him as a child and he was still working for my grandparents. It turns out he was a descendant of family slaves from early 1800’s. He must have come from my grandma’s side, for the French/German end were not much on owning slaves. The American Thompson family branch owned the most slaves in the White Castle/Donaldsonville area in the day.
Much to my grandma’s chagrin, my momma married a Yankee! That added Irish, English and Polish to the brew. Interestingly enough the “Millan” side are related to Robert E. Lee, George Washington and many other leaders of our country. I heard that “Yankee” thing throughout my childhood, nut never as much as when I went college in New York. I didn’t understand why something that happened so long ago still weighed so heavily on grandma’s mind. I do now thanks, in part, to the voices from the past spirits whispering in my ear. The history taught in most american schools do not shed the light on the southern side, or rather, Creole version of the Civil War.Even many of the New Orleans history books I had as a child were written from the American viewpoint.
However, family remembrances of early 20th century issues and newly acquired academic knowledge of the Creole plight I understand more of the big picture and Thank , Grandma!for making me look up phrases like ” The Northern Aggression” as grandma called it . These things had a profound effect on the history of New Orleans, perhaps not just in the way you might think. For example: Did you know Americans even made the language of French illegal to speak here in the early 20th century?
Later As a child, I passed ghost stories along in the night to my friends. We used our New Orleans cemeteries as playgrounds. I became one with swamp magic, trees and nature spirits that were whispering in my ear. My mother was a St. Joesph nun before she married my dad. I came from a rich Catholic background, yet Voodoo was infused within many of our customs. By the time I was in high school I was leading ghost hunts for the neighborhood gang to some of the same places I go to now. During my college years I escaped to New York and escorted many back here to the hidden side of my spirited home and, after many careers in the public eye, I found my true calling. The spirit world and New Orleans is home
This proved a slow but steady process. I have had many apprenticeships from various trainers, priestesses and priests from many paths, I, too, became teacher and very quickly. Balance and grounding was a necessity; this is one important things I teach. It is much easier to open the door to our innate psychic abilities than to control it and to balance it, and then walk both sides of the veil is a tight rope act that requires great skill and divine grace,I was blessed to be granted just that. Speaking with the spirits is a natural gift, and I am privileged to share teachings and messages received to you in tours, workshops, ceremonies and psychic healing sessions.
I also guest lecture at Tulane University. It is interesting that many of classes to which I have spoken are the interdisciplinary curriculum – Voodoo is exactly that. I am an initiated Voodoo Priestess (mambo) and a New Orleans Voodoo Queen. I have been given the title by the state and by the spirit to perform weddings, baptisms, funerals and everything in between. There is a special spirit reawakening here, one that existed when new things off the boat mixed and worked together. My job is to bring that back, to heal through stories, to teach respect of the ancestors and the importance of redeeming our past. Never has this been more important than right now with the Post-Katrina. The Renaissance is here and now.
Louisiana Folklore Society
Friends of New Orleans Cemeteries
American Board of Hypnotherapy
Angel Sponsor Shriners Hospital
Sponsor Seasons Grief Center
Friends of City Park
C.G. Jung Society
NAPW National Association Professional Women
New Orleans Convention Visitors Bureau
American Rootworkers Association
Queen Bishop of Les Salon L’Esprit de Verite
Voodoo Queen In New Orleans Voodoo
Knight Priest of the Mystic Knighthood of the Crowned Heart
Twinned Celtic Priestess of Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion
Reverend Mother of the Universal Church
Roman Catholic Church member
Master Kunji-en Qi-Gong
American Board of Hypnotherapy
Paranormal Bluebook Volume 1: Ghosts. Bloody Mary Productions ©2010
Paranormal Bluebook Volume 2: Cemeteries. Bloody Mary Productions ©2010
Editors Choice Published Pen © 2006
Louisiana Hauntspatility (photographer) ©2003
Friends of New Orleans Cemetery News ©2000
Encyclopedia of Haunted Places @2004
Times Picayune © 2008
International Library of Poetry ©2004