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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Spiritual Work: The Way Of Spirits

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The Tres Potencias, the highest Spirits of Venezuela’s Espiritismo. Negro Felipe, Reina Maria Lionza, and Cacique Guaicaipuro.

Very often, I get emails asking me questions like “I cannot find this herb where I live – how can I substitute it?”, or “I feel like I am being called by this Orisha – can I set up an altar to them?”, or “Where can I find books to learn about Espiritismo?” always from people who, despite having the best intention, are completely outside the culture and the practise of the religions of the Diaspora. As much as I would like to have easy and comforting answers for these questions, I don’t – this blog post is (hopefully) a detailed and clear answer to those questions.

The way Spirits are worshipped in the religions of the African Diaspora is not chosen randomly – actually, we usually have very little room for choice. It’s the Spirit themselves who have taught us the exact way they want to be treated, and that knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation, from one House to another. Before Internet, it was through oral tradition, small-edition books, and even photocopies – right now, thanks to Internet, we can communicate with our brothers and sisters around the world, and share the knowledge we have (and, as someone who practise for over a decade before Internet existed, you cannot imagine how happy that makes me!).

Our Deities and Spirits are not archetypes, concepts, or ghosts from the past – our Deities and Spirits are alive, with full agency, and speak to us directly through the possession of Mediums, and through the oracles they see fit to use. Depending on the situation, the tradition, and on their own preference, they can use everything from cowries to regular Tarot cards to talk to their children; but, the preferred option is direct transmission through trance and mediumship, which does not need to be interpreted.

There is a reason for every ingredient and for every procedure, and we don’t question them, try to adapt them, or look for substitutions. Many of the products we use all the time have long lists of ingredients, sometimes very difficult to find, and can take months to prepare. For instance, I only make one batch of my homemade Florida Water a year, because it actually takes me a year to gather the ingredients and prepare the concoction. My recipe comes from Cuba, from my Madrina’s Ile (house of prayer) – and yes, you can assume that all the alleged Florida Water recipes floating around on the Internet are… well, horse manure, to say the least.

NOBODY in the ATRs learns through books – nobody. Learning is always through a Padrino or Madrina, and through hard and patient service to a community. There is no such things as classes or workshops to be initiated, and in my opinion, anyone who tries to sell you initiations is an absolute scammer. This is not about race, because Afro Latin culture has people of almost every race; this is about culture. Either you are part of a culture, or you are not – and yes, I know I mentioned books above, but those are not books to learn about the religion as an outsider; those are highly specialized works, and unless you are extremely familiar with the terms used in each religion, you are not going to understand a thing. ATR slang is there for a purpose – to act as a gatekeeper.

I learnt by staying at my Madrina’s house, and taking care of her home and her children when she suffered backaches. I learnt through the five weeks I took care of her when she broke her ankle and needed an operation. I leant the several months I spent working for almost nothing at a local shop, covering for a Cuban Santera who had suffered a thrombosis and could not walk. I learnt while cleaning, cooking, and taking out the trash. There was no class, no workshop, and not a second of glamour, because i was not allowed yet into rituals – but I happened to catch the attention of Spirits… and here we are today. You become family. It is seamless. It is made of love.

So, I’m sorry, but doing things your way, without the guidance of a Padrino / Madrina that introduces you to the specific items and customs of each Spirit (and of each community), it’s a complete and utter waste of time, money, and energy. While you may not be putting yourself in any real danger, your message will simply not reach the Spirit, or the Spirit will not be able to understand it. It’s like someone speaking to you in a language you are completely foreign to – and if spiritual work is not clear, concise and extremely focused, it loses strength greatly, and becomes a waste of energy. And, you can be grateful that you are not being heard, because I have seen the wrath of Spirits when initiated people lose their way, and it’s not pretty… but that is for another post!

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Photo Post: Guia Necklaces

A new batch of Guia necklaces has been made this week, and these pictures show part of the process of feeding them and preparing them to be made available at the store. Enjoy!

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Above, some of the herbs harvested from the garden for the Omiero. Below, the Omiero itself, ready to steep overnight. And, by the way, this is a huge salad bowl, and that’s two inches of fresh herbs minced by hand. THAT is the regular amount we do for any kind of wash, spiritual bath, etc. When I see people using a pinch of herbs in a bowl, I really wonder who taught them so poorly!

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Below, the eight necklaces in the batch.

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Look at the colour of that infusion! Please notice that this was not cooked – it was merely steeped at room temperature for around 20 hours. That, my friends, is the power of fresh and homegrown herbs!

After a few hours feeding off the marvellous Aché of the Omiero, the necklaces will receive several sets of prayers to empower them, cleanse them, and give them all the energy they need to be the best aid for mediumship. Tomorrow they will be available at the shop!

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If you want to learn more about Omiero, you can check this post:

https://connectedwithlife.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/herbalism-making-omiero/

If you want to learn more about Guia Necklaces, you can check this post:

https://connectedwithlife.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/spiritual-work-guia-necklaces-in-espiritismo/

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Espiritismo: Don Juan Del Dinero

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The Financial Blessing Service has just finished, and it was truly electrifying! You could really feel the air vibrate with the energy of Spirits during the prayers. I have no doubt that the Blessings coming will be abundant, powerful, and beyond every expectation. Thank you so much to everyone who participated <3 <3 <3!

I am not sharing images of the Spiritual Services any more, but I am definitely glad to share this with you – a new statue of Don Juan Del Dinero (Mr. Juan Of Money) that was presented to the altar today, and purchased with a percentage of the participations sold.

The Corte of Don Juanes is a group of Spirits from Venezuelan folklore, that represent different areas of magic. Besides Don Juan Del Dinero, the most famous are Don Juan Del Amor (of love), Don Juan Del Tabaco (of Tobacco/Cigars), Don Juan Del Volteo (of reversal), Don Juan De Los Caminos (of the roads/crossroads), Don Juan del Desespero (of desperation/obsession), and Don Juan Del Dominio (of domination) – there are many, many more; as with every Corte of Espiritismo, many of them are local Spirits worshipped only by small groups of followers, so it’s impossible to track them all, or work with all of them.
 
Please notice that they are not archetypal Spirits – Espiritismo does not believe in that! All our Spirits are present, living entities, that communicate with us through mediumship and possession regularly.

 

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Reflections: On The Realness Of Love Spells

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I don’t go around giving people my opinion, mostly because I do not care one single bit, but if you come to me with the “if you need love spells your relationship isn’t real” discourse, this is exactly what you are going to get from me:
 
I do spells of all kinds. If you receive healing through spellwork, is it fake healing? If you receive a job through spellwork, is it a fake job? If you receive protection, or hex-breaking, is it not real?
Then why such a prejudice about love magic???
 
Stop acting as if spellwork was something dirty that devalues love. Love spells are sacred work, just as any other. Yes, I do agree that they can’t make someone love you if they don’t, but if you think that is the only reason why people get them, you don’t understand spellwork at all.
Love spells fix broken relationships, bring back stray spouses, remind partners of how important they are for each other, reopen communication between lovers, spark lost physical passion, remove rivals from the way, and SO MANY other important things that help Love triumph. You cannot even imagine.
 
And, may God help you if your relationship fails, because this Bruja won’t be there to help you.

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Reflections: On Parasitic Spiritual Entities

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As always, my everyday talks with my customers give me the best ideas for posts. Here’s today’s reflection:
 
Parasitic entities (which are called Espiritus Obsesionados in Espiritismo) feed off your energy, until there is nothing left of you. They can pass as physical and mental illness – not that I’m saying that these two things do not exist by themselves, but in a world where health professionals often lack spiritual training, they cannot diagnose what they cannot see, no matter how good their intentions are.
 
This phenomena manifests as bad luck, being “gafe” (binging back luck to others, or unintentionally doing mal de ojo /evil eye), bad health without reason, hallucinations and nightmares, paranoia (as in feeling watched), drug addiction as a coping mechanism, and the total inability to evolve in life, no matter the effort. It can happen as the result of being cursed, of self-cursing too, and also as a totally random situation.
 
People with chronic illness, mental and physical, children, and people with spiritual gifts, are specially vulnerable – and YES, you can die off this if it is not treated. I am not joking, and yes, I have seen it. The entity will just jump to the nearest and weakest victim after you are gone, to feed off them.
 
If you feel that you may be under the attack of a parasitic entity, PLEASE go to a professional. Do not try to fix this yourself. You need the help of someone with a powerful Cuadro Espiritual that the entity will not be able to touch. Again, this is no joke, and trying to do what you don’t know how to do will only bring more harm. This is the reason why people like me exist.

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Tips To Unblock Abundance

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Our Financial Blessing Service, which will happen on May 21, is intended to align you with the opportunities and energies that exist around you, that adapt to your needs and desires, and that work well with your own Ancestors and Spiritual Guides. Nobody has the power to make someone else wealthy (I wish I had!), but you can definitely be harmonized with the forces of abundance, because abundance is every human’s birthright.

Here are some things you can do to prepare for our Service, and unblock the energy of abundance:

· Light green and golden candles, and Sandalwood incense every day for one hour;

· Get a Spiritual Bath made with Chamomile and Fresh Basil every Sunday;

· Pray to Saint Pancras, patron of prosperous businesses, and offer him a bundle of fresh Parsley;

· Drink Spearmint tea to keep the mind open to opportunities;

· Offer coins and/or banknotes + a pyrite chunk on your Ancestor altar.

· Wash your home’s floors, doors and windows with the juice of fresh Basil, fresh Parsley, and fresh Sunflower/Pumpkin seeds (not roasted or salted seeds).

And the MOST important piece of advice: remember that money energy is fluidity manifested – pay attention to clutter, physical or emotional, that is keeping the fluidity from entering your life. Clogged homes, and clogged people, cannot open themselves to abundance!

Participate on our Spiritual Service:

https://www.brujacarolina.com/product/financial-blessing-spiritual-service-may-21

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Reflections: On Money And Spirituality

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I know a lot of magical practitioners who have troubled relationships with the energy of money, but I am not one of them. The fact that the system that we are under is inherently wrong, and that it produces unjust situations, doesn’t make an enemy of money/wealth, but something that must be healed, so we can all benefit from it. And, it is the job of spiritual leaders to help others understand it, and heal it, and enjoy it.

When you get a participation in our upcoming Financial Blessing Service, you are not getting anyone’s wealth, you are learning to attract and keep your own. Money is just fluid energy, and the more it flows, the better for everyone, not only for you. Our Services, and our entire work as Espiritistas, is not for the passive – it is for those who want to BE more, and DO more with the blessings they receive.

When you learn to attract, empower, and make your wealth grow, you are not becoming a greedy villain unless you CHOOSE to do so – I cannot speak for anyone else, but I can tell you that with the money I make, I not only provide for myself and my home, but also support local markets/businesses/events, donate to charity, adopt and foster stray animals, work towards the recognition and expansion of Canarian+Guanche culture worldwide, and that makes me a better person, and a better Espiritista.

And I want more, so I can do more. If you think that is wrong, it is you who needs to reconsider the relationship you have with money.

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Photo Post: A Magical Life

I have not done one of these photo posts in a while, so here is one with my favourite images from the past months. Images from everyday magic and everyday life, that I hope will inspire you and delight you!

The Magical Outdoors: Wildharvesting And Sacred Places

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Seeds of Mustard (Sinapsis Alba, Sinapsis Arvensis) and of White Lupin (Lupinus Albus), wildharvested. Both species are part of our traditional cooking – Mustard is very well known, but the beans of the Lupin are not so common as human food. In several countries of the North Of Africa and the Mediterranean, they are boiled and brined, and eaten as a snack. These two will be part of our garden after the summer is over – a very lucky find.

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The sacred Ceiba, tree of knowledge, tree of wisdom, tree of sacrifice, one of the most important of our Tree teachers. At the La Granja park, Santa Cruz De Tenerife.

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Beautiful grafitti of Our Lady Of Candelaria, on the city that bears her name, this week. One of my favourite places in the world, home of our Holy Mother Chaxiraxi.

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Fumigation sticks made of wildharvested endemic varieties of Wormwood and Sage. These will be used on our cleansing rituals, and as offerings.

The Magical Home (And Its Sacred Garden)

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Beautiful pine wood cross, made by Fernando using a piece of wood found in a very magical area of our town, historically known for being home to Akelarres. A Spirit of the area told us to make the cross for protection, and this Bruja is old enough to not question that kind of intuition :). Not for sale.
In case you don’t know, Akelarre is the Basque word for a reunion of Brujas. It literally means “field of the male goat”.

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A sunflower for my beloved Ochum, as every year. I have many plants (and I mean specimens, not types) that are devoted to a specific Spirit: a Rosemary for Saint Michael, Guava trees for Eleggua, Chrysanthemums for the Ancestors… they make gardening a sacred task, and the garden a temple.

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Friends who fish – and owe a couple of favours to this Bruja – make the best magical gifts!After a few weeks under our very unforgiving sun, these will be dry and ready to be used in magic work – claws and shells for prosperity amulets, and the rest will be powdered for protection/defense work.
Please notice that a) supermarket crabs; b) cooked crabs; c) farmed crabs will not have the power required to do the work. There are many reasons for the success of my work, and one of the most important is the extremely high standards of each one of the ingredients I use. These crabs have been fished using traditional methods, in an extremely small scale, and without affecting the environment – be very, very wary of occult shops having a constant supply of rare/exotic supplies, because that is simply exploitation of resources.

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Burning a few of the fumigation sticks shown in a previous photo from this post.

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The first Cosmos flower appeared a few days before the Spring Solstice. Such a joyful flower.

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A special craft to celebrate May 1, made with a Christmas decor wreath, dry flowers, ribbons and bells.

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Reflections: Success Rate

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One of the questions I get over and over from customers is “Which is your success rate?”
 
Well, I have to say that my success rate is 100%, because 100% of times I provide a work done with the most exquisite materials, a proved ritual process that gives absolutely every customer the same amount of effort from me, and a powerful and sustained relationship with Spirits that is publicly shared every day on my social media. So, I DELIVER, 100%. I treat every customer and every work as a total success.
 
But, the resulting manifestation of spells does not depend on me, because it’s God (/Gods/Goddess/Goddesses) and the Spirits who grant the request, and not me. I am not a Fairy, and no matter how much I’d love to give everyone what they want, it’s not in my power to do so.
 
Also, the resulting manifestation depends on the request itself – it is not the same to do a love spell for a couple that needs to reignite their relationship, than doing a love spell to keep the company of a person who does not love you. The first will actually happen because it CAN happen; the second won’t, no matter how much magic you put into it.
 
Same goes for people who want wealth without sacrifices, good health without taking care of themselves, or who blame their problems on curses when they are sabotaging their own lives. If you are in denial about something, it does not matter how good of a Bruja I am (and have no doubt that I am!), you request won’t get true, lasting results.