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THE GHOST OF THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS, ONEIDA TOUPS

"AS MY WORD SO MOTE IT BE." ONEIDA TOUPS PORTRAIT BY RICARDO PUSTANIO.

STORY BY G. K. E. ROSENKRANTZ, ONIEDA TOUPS PORTRAIT RICARDO PUSTANIO

Some locals claim that the Ghosts of Oneida The Witch and her husband Boots Toups still roam the old dark streets of the French Quarter. Those that knew them both well still swear that they have never died and see and speak to them quite often. Like the many sightings and encounters with the ghost of Voodoo Legends The King Chickenman and Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. The Toups' spirits are often spoken of to locals from visitors who don't know that they are dead.

Locals usually just shake their heads and say , " You just talked to a real New Orleans Ghost!"

The artist Hans Baldung, called Grien (Green), was a follower of Albrecht Durer, and trained in Durer's workshop. His cognomen, 'Green', apparently stemmed from his love of the colour: he was reputed to wear clothes in no other colour. He set up as a master in Strasbourg, and there, between 1509 and 1512, he did most of his pictures of witchcraft. Strasbourg was visited by periodic witch scares.

The Witches Workshop

Mary Oneida Toups was the most well-known Witch Queen in New Orleans since Marie Laveau. Oneida and her husband Boots Toups started The Religious Order of Witchcraft, chartered (Feb 2, 1972) and licensed with the state of Louisiana it is known to be the only one of it's kind in the United States.

And as it also occurred I happened to be part of her most guarded inner circle. She also opened her small shop on St. Phillip Street and called it "The Witches Work Shop".

The front of the store was filled with herbs, books, spells, coffins and two cats a pure black one and white one that guarded the building and private quarters in the back as Oneida's two dedicated familiars.

In 1968, I like so many others in the suburbs of New Orleans began my early research into the paranormal world of the occult and witchcraft. Oneida who was just a best friend of mine also shared my deep interest.

At the time I had just graduated from high school and worked as a PBX operator at a local hotel near a bar where Oneida was the barmaid. Each day I would stop in as I waited for my ride home to a New Orleans East suburb. Oneida and I would talk about our interest in the occult. Our friendship grew deep and discussions of folk remedies and witchcraft went on for over a year or more. I also met her husband Boots and a close friend and mentor to Oneida, Bianca The Voodoo Queen Of New Orleans.

Then one day a couple of years later as I passed a bookstore on my way to the bar I saw a copy of Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks and Covens (1970). I went in and bought two copies one for myself and one for Oneida as a birthday gift. I knew she was Taurus but not sure of the date and knowing that this day was April 21st the first day of the sign I had her present covered. For my birthday Oneida had given me a copy of The Complete Book of Magic and Witchcraft by Kathryn Paulsen the October before for my birthday.

Over the initial years I had introduced Oneida and Boots to a hand full of my closest friends. All of which I am still in touch with and all were part of Oneida's and Boots secret inner circle. To this day no one out side our group had ever associated with her public coven. We were her backbone and source for much of her knowledge and workings.

As 1972 dawned Oneida formed a dues paid coven for the fee of $100 dollars a year. Certain folks were allowed to be initiated into her first group which met each friday night for lessons in the dark arts. The only criteria was they should be over 21 years of age and be dedicated to studying the craft.

Though we her inner secret circle scoured books and delved deeper into many aspects that her open coven ever knew of Oneida kept all worlds separate... except that she alone lived in both.

Hans Baldung Grien explored the darker sides of human nature in this woodcut, with its terrifying vision of the diabolic power of six witches. Their sabbath occurs at night amid a desolate forest. The dead, moss-covered tree-trunk on the right is emblematic of their destructive perversity. Interestingly, witches were only rarely depicted in art before the end of the fifteenth century. The pictures of witches concocted by Baldung and his German peers fixed the public's conception for the next several hundred years.

Whatever we researched and brought to Oneida and Boots attention as counting for any worth, is what she passed on to her Coven followers. Oneida often spoke to her coven about her inner circle as being diverse and highly occulted minded individuals. And of course we were.

In time many people were drawn to Oneida, Famous Florida Psychic Mickey Of Miami who lived in New Orleans at the time owned a great restaurant called the" Eats" on Esplanade Ave. We The inner circle would meet every other night with her, Oneida, Boots, Bianca, Chicken man, Odetta (a well known New Orleans Occultist) E. J. Ranson Funeral Home (now Jacob Schoen & Son) heir E.J. "Sonny" Ranson and talk Magic, Occult and New Orleans politics over a plate of Red Beans and Rice.

Music Voodoo persona Dr. John was one of them drawn to Oneida. And Oneida and Boots were instrumental in helping him form the Mystical, " Religious Order of Voodoo" licensed with the state of Louisiana it is known to be the only one of it's kind in the United States.

I also became close friends over the years with Sally Rebennack and Stephanie, Dr. Johns Ex-Wives who both have heard many times from New Orleans visitors describing the ghost of Oneida and Boots meeting them.

Under a Hoodoo Moon:

The Life of Dr. John the Night Tripper

Under a Hoodoo Moon is one of rock's most original and infectious autobiographies. In its pages, Dr. John, the alchemist of New Orleans psychedelic funk, tells his story, and what a story it is: of four decades on the road, on the charts, in and out of trouble, but always steeped in the piano-based soulful grind of New Orleans rhythm& blues of which he is the acknowledged high guru. From childhood as a prodigal prodigy among 1950s legends from Little Richard and Fats Domino to sessions with the Rolling Stones and the Band; from recording studio to juke joint to penitentiary to world tours; from Mac Rebennack to Dr. John the Night Tripper, this is the testament of our funkiest rock storyteller. Full of wit and wordplay, tales of hoodoo saints and high-living sinners, Under a Hoodoo Moon casts a spell as hard to resist as Mardi Gras itself.


In the early 1970s, my friend Boots Toups and his wife Oneida, ... Boots Toups, whom I'd met in the late sixties, was a character and high spiritual soul ...

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Many have claimed to know Boots and Oneida Toups to some degree. But I was there and know much, much more then those that claim to have been her students, confidants or portagees'. And to say it honestly Oneida and BootsToups still haunt me.

 

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