St John’s Eve – Voodoo blues where the three rivers cross…
As many readers will know, St. John’s Eve is a significant time for hoodoos…particularly in New Orleans. St John’s Eve falls on the night of June 23rd, the evening before St. John the Baptist’s Day. The legendary voodoo queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveaux(1794-1881), used to hold wild and raucous voodoo ceremonies on the night of June 23rd on Bayou St. John.
This year I did something similar. I went down to a place not far from me where three rivers converge. It was a place of power in Ancient Britain. Archaeologists unearthed a woodhenge at the location. It would have been a ceremonial place where spirits were conjured and magick was performed. A particularly significant time would have been the summer solstice, which falls close to St. John’s Eve. Like at Stonehenge, this woodhenge would have been created to precise mathematical calculations so that the midsummer sun blazed its light across the altar stone.
There’s nothing left to see of this woodhenge, but the area still has a powerful atmosphere.
Anyway, I took my Vox busking amp, a mic and stand, and an electric guitar with me to the woodhenge site yesterday evening. And I played some of my voodoo blues tunes to the flowing waters and to an audience of curious birds, a fox, and a couple of deer….