About the author
Mallorie Vaudoise is a NYC-based spiritualist of Italian descent. She is the author of Honoring Your Ancestors: A Guide to Ancestral Veneration (Llewellyn, 2019) and Italian Folk Magic, a blog about devotional practices from Southern Italy and Sicily. Drawn to witchcraft and folk magic from a young age, her path has required both careful study and wild abandon. Her writing is an act of devotion, an offering to the spiritual ecosystem in which she finds herself. She believes that music, food, wine, and kissing are vital tools of spiritual evolution.
Media & Events
This Podcast is a Ritual: How to Honor Your Ancestors (December 24, 2018)
Italian American Podcast 78: Santa Lucia Story Segment (December 10, 2018)
Radio Free Golgotha: The Feast of Saint Roch (August 16, 2018)
Teen Vogue: How to Make Friday the 13th Good Luck Charms (July 12, 2018)
A Night of Folk Necromancy: Naples is for Necromancers (June 26, 2018)
Bespoken Bones: Ancestors and Italian Folk Magic (November 2, 2017)
La Brigata di Notte: Italian folk-magic, from the South to the States (September 5, 2017)
New Jack Witch: Vanessa Irena & Mallorie Vaudoise Talk Saints (August 28, 2017)
(Live event) Lady Parts: Milk, Bone, and Blood in Italian Folk Magic (June 1, 2017)
Rune Soup: Talking Folk Saints & Black Madonnas with Mallorie Vaudoise (February 2, 2017)
Italian Folk Magic is a labor of love: my love which has been fed by the loves of many beautiful souls.
First, I must thank my ancestors, who sacrificed so much so that I would live a better life than they could. And along with them, I thank my living family for their fearless acceptance of all this weird business.
I thank my tarantella teacher, Alessandra Belloni, for sharing with me the music, dance, and spirituality of our people.
I thank my godfather Baba José and my ojugbona Jesse Hathaway Diaz for sharing with me the profound blessing that is Orisha.
I thank my husband, diviner and doctor of history Alexander Cummins, for his support and inspiration.
And I thank my friends and co-conspirators, chief among them musician Vanessa Irena, my beloved godbrother Demetrius LaCroix, perfumer-alchemist Asc Helvetius, multimedia artist Dena Rose, and living portal to the faerie realm Albo Südekum. Without your kind words throughout the years, none of this would be.