Moon Eclipse: A Little Advice

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Moon eclipse today (Tuesday July 16). Be kind, be gentle, be patient, and be open to messages and omens. For a few days, everyone’s going to a bit of an asshole, but don’t take things personally, because it’s just a reflection of people’s inner turmoil.
If stressed, turn to your Ancestors, to your Guides, to your Deities, and feel their presence and their love. Get a spiritual bath, light white candles and your favourite incense, and get Spearmint, (or) Lemon Balm, (or) Chamomile, or Lemon Verbena tea for clarity and serenity.
If people around you are stressed, give them love, but also give them space – eclipses can bring emotions and situations that seem very real, but are actually just delusions. Get them their favourite treat, but don’t interrogate them or pressure them too much – in a few days, they will come back to their senses.
And, don’t forget, this is a very powerful time for shadow magic, for the worship of entities of darkness (what we call Corte Oscura), and for any kind of banishing and exorcism spells.

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A Message From Spirit

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Ancestral devotion ritual, a few years ago.

I don’t know who needs to hear this (it could be many people!), but my Cuadro Espiritual asked me to post this today:
 
Don’t panic. This situation is temporary, and you will go through this – actually, this will change you completely. When this situation is over, not only you will be stronger – you will be a person you will really love to be.
 
The Spirits love you. You are not alone. You are surrounded by the love and protection of your Ancestors and your Spirit allies. They will guide you, advise you, and keep your enemies away while this situation is happening. Keep them in your heart, and open yourself to their love.

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The Three Sides Of Your Bruja

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I get this question a lot, so for your clarification, here are the three main aspects of my Spiritual path:
 
· By heritage, I am a Curandera. I follow the Canarian tradition, which has its origins in the Guanches/Canarii, my Ancestors, who were Amazigh Berbers from the area known as Mauretania. When you see me talking about herbs, or about my North African heritage, that is the Curandera talking.
 
· By faith, I am an Espiritista, rightfully initiated in Maria Lionza’s religion, a branch of Espiritismo originated in Venezuela, a country with which I have family ties. I’ve had a Padrino and a Madrina, both Lukumi priests and Espiritistas (it’s not the same). When I talk about Spirits, it is the Espiritista talking; this is religion for me, so most of my practise is under vows of secrecy, and is never photographed or shared.
 
· By profession, I am a Bruja. This is a practise for me, not a religion, and is what I do mainly for my customers. When I talk about spellwork and divination, it’s the Bruja talking. The Bruja just gets shit done 😊.

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Herbalism: Spearmint

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The best of Sunday is always spending the whole morning in the garden, without a hurry, enjoying the physical work, and the abundance and generosity of our plant friends. Despite summer being the less productive season of the year for us, there is still beauty and life everywhere around us – and work, lots of work.
 
In the picture, the lovely flowers of Apple Spearmint, my favourite variety, and of course an essential plant of North Africa’s apothecary.
It is the plant used by the Arabs to make their famous mint tea; for medicine, it eases upset bellies, relieves colds and headaches, and is mildly relaxing and refreshing – perfect after a meal, or before sleep.
For magic, it brings blessing, luck, health, and love. A holy plant that blesses the home, and one that I always recommend to beginner gardeners, because it’s really easy to grow.

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Reflections: Your Cuadro Espiritual*

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Today’s post was inspired, as so many times, by a real conversation I had this morning with a customer – I hope it is helpful!

Spirits do not enjoy being scrutinized. I am aware that there is this trend of practitioners saying that they can tell you who everyone in your Cuadro Espiritual is – and I give it the side-eye, and more. Do you want to get your Cuadro against you? Then go to one of this practitioners.

Spirits will reveal themselves to you WHEN they want to, and only IF they have to. Your Cuadro is not to be revealed, and in no tradition you will get a list of the Spirits in your cuadro, EVER. You may know one, two, three, or none – and you take it as they give it, period. Only when you are part of the Spirit world, after this human incarnation, your Cuadro will be revealed to you entirely, and you will understand why.

It is a very colonial way of thinking that you can just get a Tarot deck and pry on your Cuadro until they tell you all their Secrets. Accepting the Secret (with a capital S, or as Vodoisants perfectly call it, the mystère) is a step that every practitioner must go through, and is a very important un-learning for people educated in western faiths.Unless you accept that Spirits have their right to their secrecy, and that they owe you nothing, you will not evolve spiritually.

Note: for those who may not know, the Cuadro Espiritual is the group of Spirits that accompany a person, NOT including deities – the Guardian Angel, Ancestors, Spirit Guides, Spirit Allies, etc. It can go from zero to many, depending on the person’s spiritual development.

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Reflections: Responsibility

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If your house is a mess, if your life is a mess, if your behaviours are a mess, if your altars are a mess – don’t be surprised if illness, misfortune, and negativity come your way.
 
No-one is completely safe from harm, and no life can be perfect, because we are not incarnated in this plane to have perfection, or be perfection – but if you don’t take care of yourself, of your home, of your loved ones, and of your Spirits, there is very little your Bruja will be able to do for you when disgrace comes. This is not “The Secret” bullshit – this is a very basic law of life: your life is your responsibility, and no-one else’s.
 
Your magical life and your mundane life are one and the same. There is no success in one without responsibility in the other – for a powerful spiritual life, you need a powerful body on a powerful mind; for a powerful mundane life, you need your Cuadro Espiritual working with you at every single step.
 
People think I was *gifted* power, and use the wod “blessing” to refer to my relationship with Spirits – choosing to ignore the discipline, the sacrifices, the pain, the tests, the loneliness, the anger, the losses. Choosing to forget the standards I am bound to keep through my vows, every single day. A Bruja has no holidays, no days off, no times when you can be what people call normal. A Bruja is not allowed to look away.
 
Make it work. Make it happen. Be very, very strong. And, if you can’t, dont try to fix it yourself. Call a Bruja, and get serious help <3.
 

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Reflections: The Painful Paradox

Today, we went to our local animal shelter to make a donation of bags and cans of food that I purchased with a little extra money I made this month. Five years ago, we adopted our beautiful Baba from that place, and this was something I’ve wanted to do for the longest time, and that I intend to do in the future as many times as possible. In the past, I’ve crocheted and knitted blankets for the puppies/kittens, and some of you will remember that I donated one of my favourite oil paintings to one of their raffles.

With the trunk of the car filled to the brim, we were there five minutes after opening, the wolunteers also arriving, the dogs and cats playing and sunbathing in the morning’s warm sunlight. I have to say that there are no grim stories to tell – the dogs are loved there, taken care of with the uptmost devotion, and you can tell by their relaxed faces, their shiny hair, and the smell and appearance of the cages. This is a place of miracles, where abandoned animals have the chance to find a new life, and if they don’t, they live a peaceful, comfortable life.

And still, I left the place in tears. One, because what we purchased seemed like so much in the supermarket, but so little when we saw how many dogs were there; and two, because any of them could be my Baba, and they weren’t because that day five years ago, they were not chosen. I could have adopted them all. The heartbreaking paradox of how painful it is to help those in need was my lesson for today.

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Our beloved Baba.

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Reflections: The Power Of Spells

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It’s always a powerful moment when a customer gets the result of a series of spells, in a second, and in an extremely definite way. It’s not about it being a personal win – I may be a very skilled mediator, but it’s God and the Spirits who grant the requests; it’s about how sometimes people feel that their situation is not moving, and feel unheard or doubt that their request will be ever granted – and then, in a second, it happens. And so, in a second, everything changes.
 
The more experienced I am as a Bruja, the more I see that there is no such thing as a spellwork that does not work. There are a) scammers who don’t know how to do their job; b) customers who give up before their request can manifest; c) movement we do not get to see, because only God can see everything.
 
A very important reminder not to give up on your desires, and to continue working with your Bruja until your goal has manifested. I do not share the “thinking about the outcome will block the spell” AT ALL. That is, in my opinion, a privileged, colonial way of thinking that does not apply to ATRs at all. If you want something, don’t stop working towards it!!!

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Presenting A New Service: Guardian Angel Alignment And Empowerment

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On this very special day, and in celebration of my healing, I am absolutely proud to present you a new Service that will be permanently available from now on at the shop: the Guardian Angel Alignment And Empowerment.
This new Service is focused on cleansing, strenghtening and empowering your relationship between you and your Guardian Angel. As the head of your Cuadro Espiritual, and the very link between your physical incarnation and the world of Spirits, your Guardian Angel is one of the most important entities in your life, and sadly, one of the most underrated and forgotten.
If you have studied the concept of Ori in Lukumi faith, then you know what I am talking about: Ori is not only our protector, but our very destiny, our strength, and the outline of our future. To work on the relationship between you are your Guardian Angel is an investment on your happiness and your success at all levels, and one that cannot fail, because as long as we live, our Guardian Angel is with us.
When your relationship with your Guardian Angel is not fluid, your intuition will not be clear, your life may seem meaningless or lacking power, your decisions will never be easy, and your future will always be unclear. The light and guidance that our Guardian Angel provides in our lives cannot be matched – do you know that expression “living your best life”? Well, that is what you get when you and your Guardian Angel are fully aligned, and working as one.
With the power and love of your Guardian Angel filling your life, you will have the strength to face any situation, the clarity to always make the best decisions, the willpower to reach your goals, and the serenity and grace to go through life like the very incarnation of God that you are.

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Spiritual Work: Happy Day, Eleggua!

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Eleggua is change – the change we take willingly, and the change we must accept when we don’t want to learn our lessons.
Eleggua is movement – the ecstatic movement of dance, the eternal flow of nature and seasons, of day and night, the movement that makes things transform into something else.
Eleggua is contradiction, is any place where two (or more) things coexist as one, is the multiplicity of human experience, is crying and laughing at the same time.
They say he “throws a stone today to kill a bird yesterday” – he is the paradox of time, the absurdity and darkness of life, but also the laughter of children. Actually, he is the wisest child, telling jokes and being playful while peeking at the most secret corner of our hearts.
Eleggua is kindness – he is open, non-judgemental, filled with wisdom, and owner of the paths of man. He welcomes everyone with open arms, while keeping doors open or closed, depending on how we act.
Want his favour? Be honourable. Be Authentic. Be generous with children, animals, the ill, the poor. Be a good friend. Accept opposites. And offer him candles, rum, and cigars on Mondays.
Happy June 13! Happy Day to my beloved Father!

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