Elsa Patton, the colorful mother of PR maven Marysol Patton is a self-proclaimed “seer” who is often sought out by Miami socialites seeking spiritual guidance.
According to Christopher Ciccone, brother of superstar Madonna, Elsa is also Madonna’s spiritual guide. In his book, Life with My Sister Madonna, Christopher recalls his experience with Elsa Patton:
“Often, a New Age priestess, Elsa Patton – a tall, heavily made-up blonde who drives a late-model Rolls Royce – comes to the house with her daughter, Marisol, and sprinkles blessed water around all the doors. Now and again, she takes Madonna and Ingrid out on Madonna’s small speedboat, Lola Lola, and gives them a ritual baptism in the ocean.
Once Elsa conducts one of her iconoclastic rituals on me – a treatment that Madonna has regularly, which Madonna explains to me is designed to cleanse the soul. I lie on the bed, wearing all white, and Elsa rubs hot oil with rosemary and other herbs and spices into my body. Then she goes into a trance and starts talking to me in a strange language. This takes precisely thirty-five minutes. When she’s done, she says I have to keep the oils on for the next twenty-four hours. I think I smell like a roasted chicken and shower the oil off immediately.
But Madonna believes implicitly in Elsa and her treatments.”