Sallie Ann Glassman

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Sallie Ann Glassman
Glassman in 2009
Glassman in 2009
Kennebunkport, Maine, U.S.[1]
SubjectsVodou, tarot
Notable worksThe New Orleans Voodoo Tarot
Island of Salvation Botanica on Piety Street in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans is adorned with artwork by Glassman

Sallie Ann Glassman (born 1954) is an American practitioner of Vodou, a writer, and an artist. She was born in Kennebunkport, Maine[2] and is a self-described "Ukrainian Jew from Maine",[3] and a former member of Ordo Templi Orientis.[4]

Glassman has been practicing Vodou in New Orleans since 1977. In 1995, she became one of few white Americans to have been ordained via the traditional Haitian initiation.[5] She owns the Island of Salvation Botanica, an art gallery with both religious supplies, and Haitian and local artworks.[6]


Glassman's art is both esoteric and syncretic.[5] She has produced two major non-traditional tarot packs: the Enochian Tarot, which is derived from the Enochian magical system of Elizabethan magician Doctor John Dee, and the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot, which replaces the standard four tarot suits with depictions of the spirits of the major strands of Vodou (Petro, Congo, Rada) and Santería practices.[7]

In 1992, Glassman published a set of tarot cards called the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot. The cards depict black people, which was unusual for the time.[8] The cards feature prominent Orisha divinities (Obatala, Oshun, Ogun, Yemaya, and Shango), classical Haitian Vodou spirits (Damballah-Wedo, Ezili-Freda, and Guede), and priests of Louisiana Voodoo such as Marie Laveau and Dr. John.[8]

The tarot cards came with a book co-written with Louis Martinié, an advocate for New Orleans style Voodoo in the spectrum of New World religious practices.[9][10]


Glassman has lectured and received international television, radio, and magazine coverage, including a front-page article in The New York Times,[1] and a feature on World News Tonight.[citation needed]

In an MSNBC interview, Glassman claimed she cured her own cancer using Vodou in 2003.[11]

She appeared in the 2006 film Hexing a Hurricane. Her New Orleans Voodoo Tarot was also an influence on the first album by the band Sun God.[12]


  • Martinié, Louis; Glassman, Sallie Ann (1992). The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot. Destiny Books. ISBN 0-89281-363-6.
  • Schueler, Gerald; Schueler, Betty; Glassman, Sallie Ann (2000). Enochian Tarot. Llewellyn Publications. ISBN 1-56718-620-3.
  • Glassman, Sallie Ann (2007). Vodou Visions: An Encounter With Divine Mystery (2nd ed.). Island of Salvation Botanica. ISBN 978-0-9794554-0-7.


  1. ^ a b Bragg, Rick (August 18, 1995). "New Orleans Conjures Old Spirits Against Modern Woes". The New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  2. ^ Miller, David Ian (July 10, 2006). "Finding My Religion / Sallie Ann Glassman, a Vodou priestess in New Orleans, on what Vodou is really about". Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Voodoo That Jews Do". The Forward. November 25, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  4. ^ Frater Lux Ad Mundi (November 29, 2018). "Sallie Ann Glassman Eschews Blood Sacrifice in Her Vodoun Devotions". Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  5. ^ a b "Biography of Sallie Ann Glassman". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
  6. ^ "About Sallie Ann". Island of Salvation Botanica. Archived from the original on March 13, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Jackson, Michele (1997). "New Orleans Voodoo Tarot". Michele Jackson. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Fandrich, Ina J. (May 2007). "Yorùbá Influences on Haitian Vodou and New Orleans Voodoo". Journal of Black Studies. 37 (5): 775–791. doi:10.1177/0021934705280410. S2CID 144192532.
  9. ^ Rabinovitch, Shelley; Lewis, James, eds. (2004). Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism. Citadel Press. p. 202. ISBN 0806524073.
  10. ^ Gallagher, Eugene V.; Ashcraft, W. Michael, eds. (2006). Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 146, n. 19. ISBN 0275987175.
  11. ^ Novotny, Monica (December 18, 2003). "A voodoo revival in New Orleans". NBC News. Retrieved June 24, 2023.
  12. ^ "Sun God". Sun God. March 1, 2007. Archived from the original on August 13, 2019. Retrieved April 10, 2015.

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