Spiritual Work: Release

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Mercury Retrograde ends today – what are you letting go of? This is a wonderful moment to release things, and use the energy that’s already around you to push the release even further. When it comes to magic, being clever and moving with the natural flow of energy can bring really surprising results.
Do a simple ritual to help you focus – write the thing you want to let go of in a piece of paper, burn it, and blow the ashes of the paper outside your home. After doing that, light your altar’s candle (or candles), light some incense, and give yourself a few minutes to fully feel the release, and the relief it brings. Let your Spirits, Deities and Ancestors know of this release, so they can support you and empower you.
Things don’t have to be as they have been. Things don’t have to be as they were before. Mercury Retrograde is a teacher, and a very wise friend – allow it to teach you, help you, and make you grow.

 

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Visual Inspirations: Offering

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A special offering for the Spirit family, to thank them all for the love, guidance, and protection we receive from them.
 
In Espiritismo, we believe offerings (the food, but also the fire, the smoke, the perfumes, the beauty, the time and money invested, and of course the prayers) provide energy for the evolution of the Cuadro Espiritual and the 21 Cortes of Spirits, making them more powerful, more enlightened, and more connected to our world.
 
This benefits us, of course, but also benefits all our customers, who receive the blessings and protection of the Spirits we work with every day. We want them – both the Spirits, and our customers – to know how much we love them <3 <3 <3!
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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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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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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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