Haunted New Orleans: 5 horrifying stories and legends


The Myrtles Plantation (Source: myrtlesplantation.com)
The Myrtles Plantation (Source: myrtlesplantation.com)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – New Orleans is a city with a rich and dark history. Many believe that the city is among the most haunted in the United States. Locals say there is a reason behind the reported haunting.

“We’ve had a great concentration of death in a relatively small period of time in a relatively small area,” said Sydney Smith, a guide with Haunted History Tours. “They say violent death a strong emotion. It contributes to hauntings and paranormal activity – and we’ve had no shortage of that here.”

Legends of grisly murders, plundering pirates, voodoo spirits and restless wanderers run rampant across the city. Here are a few of the reported hauntings and the legends behind them.

1. LaLaurie Mansion

Many have heard the tale of Madame LaLaurie and her torture chamber on Royal Street.

Born in New…

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Origins and Uses of the Crystal Ball By Lisa Jo Rudy


JHands hovering over a crystal ballohn M Lund Photography Inc / Getty Images

Crystal balls are spheres of leaded glass or transparent stone, usually about the size of a grapefruit, used for “scrying,” or seeing the unseen. Crystallomancy (the art of using crystal balls for scrying) allows the seer to uncover mysteries and secrets, peer into the future, communicate with spirits and angels, or, in some cases, communicate with the dead. There is no evidence that crystallomancy has any scientific validity, but it has nevertheless been popular for millennia in civilizations around the world.

Key Takeaways: Origins and Uses of Crystal Balls
Crystal balls are flawless, highly polished spheres made of glass, leaded glass, or stone.
Crystal balls and similar reflective surfaces have been used for fortune-telling and other occult purposes (scrying) for thousands of years.
Crystal gazers have advised monarchs, presidents, and other important leaders.
While there are many people who use crystal…

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Mugwort Magic Properties & Uses by The Otherworldly Oracle (aka Kitty)


Mugwort Magic Properties & 6 Powerful Uses


Mugwort Magic Properties & 6 Powerful Uses

Mugwort is one of this witch’s favorite magical herbs. I know I’m not alone as a mugwort fanatic! Witches have used mugwort for centuries magically and medicinally for a multitude of reasons. Learn all about mugwort, mugwort’s magical properties and 6 witchy uses.

What is Mugwort?

Mugwort, species Artemisia vulgaris, is a flowering perennial herb with a long history in the medical and magical realms. Notice anything special about the genus name Artemisia?Artemis-ia. Artemisia is a popular Greek name for girls and means “Gift ofArtemis”, tying this powerful herb to the Wild Goddess of the Hunt herself. Mugwort grows wild throughout Europe, Asia and North America and has been used for culinary, magical and medicinal purposes for centuries.

Mugwort As Food & Medicine

In Europe, mugwort is used to flavor…

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