Reflections: Force Of Change

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Your Guides and Ancestors want your love and devotion, but they want you to fix your problems FIRST. Spirits are there to guide you, to protect you, to provide their love, their advice, their strength – but they are not there to fix your problems. That is entirely your responsibility.
 
We come to this incarnation to experience life, and life includes heartache and pain, in many different forms, just as it includes bliss and happiness, in many different forms. To live the full spectrum of life was your fully conscious choice when you incarnated, as the next step in your immortal soul’s evolution.
 
When you ask Spirits to fix you, or your life, you are just self-sabotaging, because the only result to that action is you losing faith, after you have set yourself up for that to happen. If, on the other hand, you focus on working hard on your own growth and success, you will truly see their presence and power unfold in your life.
 
Because, you know, I never said they did not have power – I said that they would not use it to fix what you can, and should, fix yourself. Once you become the main force of change in your own life, they multiply and empower that force beyond what you could imagine.
 
Today is the perfect day to become that force of change. Do not hesitate. Feel their love, take their strength, and go for it.
 
 

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Reflections: Lazy Or Happy

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Today’s advice comes from a conversation with a loved one – as usual, the Spirits send messages on the most common and unexpected places 😊.
 
Sometimes, people choose to have a miserable life because it’s the lazy option. You don’t have to do much to be miserable, to continue hating yourself, to stay in a relationship or a job that is eating you away. Life’s inertia is enough to keep you in your miserable position.
 
And they know, and they are choosing with full awareness, because being happy takes a lot of work. A LOT. Being happy means making choices, means agency and self-empowerment, means accountability and responsibility. Being happy means, above all, participating in creating your world, and the world you want for others. It’s the very opposite of lazy.
 
And, lazy as they are, miserable people want spellwork to fix stuff for them, without them changing or evolving – and since magic never works that way, and results never happen, they’d rather believe that hey, they tried, and the Spirits didn’t help them. Another reason to be miserable after all!
 
Don’t be that person. Make the choice of happiness, make the choice of not contributing to your own misery, because life is already fucked up enough as it is. The Spirits have your back, but you must make every choice, because that is the deal with life.
 

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Reflections: Through Fire

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Something I see over and over with coaches (God I hate that word), alleged spiritual guides, and other metaphysical fauna, is that they complain that they do not have enough work, when it is absolutely evident that they have not experienced themselves that which they are trying to sell to others.

You cannot be a guide to others unless you have proven, time and time again, that you have been through the fire, and have been transformed by it – and that comes only by example. Every single day, and specially when people are stressed or in need of guidance, you must be there for them, and you have to exude the self-awareness and strength that only going through hell can give you. You have to be REAL. You have to have your heart broken a million times, until it becomes harder than a rock. A rock that burns with a fire that no-one can put off.

And only time, honesty, and experience can give you that. You cannot get there quicker, there are no shortcuts, and no applauses when you get there. Also, it’s a very, very lonely and dark place most of the time. I would not change it for anything in this world, but if you have a fantasy about it, you can be sure that life will crush that fantasy.

And, of course, people are not stupid. You can fool only those who are already fools, and you will end up being a prisoner to those fools – but if you want enlightened, empowered customers that you can share success with, and have a business that lasts, you have to give them something of true value. And to get something of true value, you have to Do The Work. No excuses, no days off, nothing more than The Work, holding yourself accountable every single day.

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Reflections: Back To Painting

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After a very much needed rest, I felt the urge to paint again – I take breaks from painting regularly, and they always work for me; when I feel empty with ideas, I just pack my art stuff away, and return to it only when I feel my heart is back on it. This year, with me recovering from last year’s heart surgery, and regaining my health, I knew that a new phase of my work had to come out of it, and that it needed time to brew. Thank the Gods, I was given the virtue of patience 😊.
 
After a few days just sketching to warm the hand, I was ready – this is a reproduction of a Colonial painting representing the Trinity, one of my favourite motifs of Colonial art, and certainly one of the most esoteric-looking to me. Actually, this one was so controversial for the Church that it was forbidden by the Council of Trent (1545), Pope Urban VIII (1628) and Pope Benedict XIV – but many copies of it managed to survive.
 
This painting is preserved in a museum in Tirol, Austria, but the artist is unknown – as it happens with Orthodox Icon painters, a lot of Colonial painters worked anonymously, and used a catalog (so to speak) of motifs that was repeated, as the new Catholic churches, convents, monasteries, etc., in America needed plenty of imagery for their buildings.
 
This is oil on canvas paper, 15×22 cms / 6×8 inches. It’s not finished yet, but if you are interested in purchasing it, let me know.

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Reflections: Do Not Give Up

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If there is something that I would like to tattoo in your brain, one single thing above all my teachings, it is this:

Do Not Give Up.

When you give up on your promises to your health, and skip your diet or your exercise, you are saying to yourself (and to the Universe) that you are not worth the effort, and even more, that you are not worth the result – and that is not true.

When you give up on your goals, and settle for less than what you dream of, you are saying to yourself (and to the Universe) that failure is what you deserve, and that the world is better without your gifts – and that is not true.

When you give up on your relationships, and accept toxic and dramatic people into your life, you are saying to yourself (and to the Universe) that you do not deserve love, acceptance, and empowerment from others – and that is not true.

When you give up on your spiritual practise, and abandon your Spirits and your spiritual growth, you are saying to yourself (and to the Universe) that you are choosing disconnection over family, loneliness over empowerment – and that is not true.

Do Not Give Up. Ever. Keep working, every day, no matter how many times any of those promises is broken. Everyone, at any time, can re-make each promise, and change the course of their life. Stop counting your mistakes, because they don’t matter – the only thing that matters is how many times you re-commit.

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Reflections: Becoming Professional

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One of the questions I get asked more times through the Tarot is “Should I become a professional Spiritual Worker?” It really surprises me to get that question so often, because while there might be a thousand reasons to pursue a Spiritual path, and all of them are valid, there is only one reason to become a professional: to make a living out of it. To make decent money doing something you are very good at.

Any other reason is fueled by ego trips, and doomed to fail. If you have a romantic vision of this profession, you better wake up from your fantasy as quickly as possible, before you end up losing everything. And yes, I have seen that happen, a hundred times, and always for the same reason: because they refused to see their business as a business, and becomes as professional and devoted as any other successful entrepreneur.

Separate a profession from a calling – Spirits may call you to priesthood, but they will not decide if you should become a professional who works for hire, because that is not their job, and because they are two entirely different things. I sell Tarot and Spellwork, but I don’t sell my religion. I don’t sell initiations, I don’t sell belonging to a community, I don’t sell Espiritismo. I sell what can be sold, and nothing more. I was called to be a Curandera and to be an Espiritista, but being a Bruja is my choice, and my life’s work.

And, there is something that needs to be said time and time again: there is nothing wrong about doing good money. With the money I make, I do lots and lots of good, to myself and to everyone around me. I enjoy it, I deserve it, I use it well, and then I make more. Being paid does not devalue what i do, neither it does asking for a fair price for my Services, because I know my worth, and because I value myself, my commitment, and my experience.

If you are not ready to be objective, and to carry yourself as a pro at all times, then you should keep your practise to yourself and those you love, out of the reach of the standards any professional work requires. There, it cannot be criticized or judged, and you will always be free from any pressure.

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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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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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