On Repeating Works

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One of the conversations I have more often with customers is about repeating works – more specifically, if it’s worth it. This morning, I had it once again, so I thought it would be a good subject for today’s post.

For some reason, people tend to think that if spellwork doesn’t give them exactly what they wanted at the very first try, either it’s never going to happen, it’s the spellcaster’s fault, or even their own fault. I have to say that, while this is not completely impossible, actually it is very rarely true.

In Espiritismo, we are taught and encouraged to fight for what we want, to show our devotion often and abundantly, and not give up on our dreams – and so, repeating works is a completely regular part of our practise. We do not treat the Spirits as a vending machine that’s there to serve our wishes – we accept that sometimes, things will not be achieved without certain sacrifice, commitment, and effort.

So, let me invite you today to rethink the dreams you did not achieve, and try for them again. Your Espiritista is here to help you <3 <3 <3.

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New Series: Pictures Of The Week – 2018, Week 39

This post series features the best and most magical pictures I post during the week on social media (check links below). Hopefully, this will show how varied and devoted our work is, and how many different things we do in only seven days!

The Autumn Equinox brought us a lovely gift – this gorgeous Colonial-style piece of furniture for our altar, with plenty of storage space and room for all statues, and fabulous carvings of fruit wreaths. Courtesy of Romani neighbours who were throwing it away, which always means an extra pinch of luck :).
The week had a busy start, shipping the weekend’s orders, running errands, and preparing for the work of the week. Stopped by the local candle shop to get some Tres Reyes incense, a mixture of resins that they make for the churches of the island, and probably my favourite incense in the world. The first serving is, of course, for the spirit family.

Captured this lovely fat orb yesterday while taking pictures of the lovely gardens in the road of San Diego. It is one of my favourite places for walking, since it’s known as an area where Akelarres happened – in case you don’t know, Akelarre is the word for a reunion of Witches, a word from Basque language. FYI – the photograph was taken without flash, in the shade, and on extremely hot and dry weather. I am a very decent photographer, so I can assure that this is not a lens reflection of any kind. Not that I need this as a sign of Spirits around us, but it’s always nice when it happens :).

Flowers for the Spirit family, from the city’s farmer market. Fresh flowers and herbs are food for the Spirit, and a staple in Espiritismo’s practise. The carnation is one of the most cultivated flowers in the islands, and to me, a flower that represents joy and abundance – perfect to let Spirits know how much we love them.

A very happy addition to our herbal garden – this beautiful Laurel specimen. A tree of protection, banishing, and cleansing – a true holy warrior, and one of the most sacred trees of the islands; we have several endemic species of Laurel, which give their name to the Laurisilva forest, a unique type of prehistoric forest that is part of the Macaronesian islands (Canary Islands, Azores, Cape Verde and Madeira).

The end of the week caught us sorting and processing last week’s wildharvesting bounty, which was already dry.  In the pic above, Mastic Tree (Pistacia Lentiscus); in the one below, Canarian Wormwood (Artemisia Thuscula, endemic).

And finally, the weekend, which was spent working on the creation and consecration of a completely new Spiritual Bath for the shop: Siete Poderes. The purpose of this bath is to balance and restore your entire spiritual power, cleanse your energetic channels, and re-energize you completely. I am so happy with this product, and I’m sure our customers are just going to love it as much as I do. Check it HERE!

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New Series: Pictures Of The Week – 2018, Week 38

This post series features the best and most magical pictures I post during the week on social media (check links below). Hopefully, this will show how varied and devoted our work is, and how many different things we do in only seven days!

Sunday found us at the beautiful Mesa Mota mountain, gathering herbs. First wildharvesting trip of Autumn. Harvested Eucalyptus, Heather, Saint John’s Wort, Juniper, Mastic Tree, and Fig Tree.

The wildharvesting bounty, being sorted in bundles and baskets to be set to dry. In a few days it will be ready to be part of our Apothecary, and of course of our spellwork and candlework for customers. What a blessed life.

New holy cards for Saint Cyprian and Saint Barbara – as I have posted before (check this post), I make them as part of my ministry as an Espiritista, and give them away to anyone who wants one. Of course, all orders this week have got one of each :).
As the summer ends, the lovely Alyssum is finally growing back, making the bees happy with its gorgeous honey-like scent.
Despite having an extremely busy week, we managed to make time onThursday to visit the mountains of Las Mercedes, an area that was seen as the land of the dead by the Guanches of Tenerife. We don’t do any wildharvesting there because it’s a protected area, but we regularly leave offerings and connect with our Ancestors.
And, there was a very lucky wildharvesting score – a Cedronella Canariensis plant full of seed heads ready to be harvested! This is a very rare and endemic plant, and one of the several plants called Balm Of Gilead in the Bible. I will be more than happy to welcome in into our garden this winter!

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Feeding The Spiritual Frame

A big portion of everything we make goes to our daily spiritual work – keeping the Cuadro Espiritual (Spiritual Frame) happy and well fed is one of the most important everyday duties of an Espiritista. In the pics, you can see one of today’s offerings – a good sample of our new Kyphi incense, along with a Cinnamon scented candle, and fresh herbs from our garden.

Why is this important? Because it keeps the Espiritista protected against harm (both human or spirit-related harm); it keeps the correct flow of energy to perform divination, spellwork and any liturgical duties the Espiritista has; and, empowers and cleanses the Spirits that are still in the process of elevation. Without this foundation, us Espiritistas cannot do the work that we are meant to do, guiding and helping our customers and community.

At the moment of posting this, there are still four packs of Kyphi left in the shop – don’t miss your chance!

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New Series: Pictures Of The Week – 2018, Week 37

This new post series will feature the best and most magical pictures I post during the week on social media (check links below). Hopefully, this will show how varied and devoted our work is, and how many different things we do in only seven days!

Hydrangeas at the San Benito park. A very powerful plant for love magic, but one that I also relate to ancestral worship, as it was my grandmother’s favourite.

A new batch of Kyphi, that will be placed for sale on packs of 20 pellets on Monday Sept. 17 at the shop. Kyphi is a type of incense that was made in Egypt since the time of Pharaohs.  It is made with herbs, barks, roots and other natural items, and a paste made with raisins steeped with honey and wine. It is burnt on top of a charcoal, like you would do with frankincense. It smells delicious, and Spirits LOVE it!

Salvia Microphylla, a new addition to our magical garden. This type is a Mexican variety of Sage that hopefully will do well in our weather. I’ve never seen it growing here in the islands, so this is really exciting! As all Salvias, this is a plant of healing, blessing, and cleansing. It has a really spicy scent, so I’m sure this will do wonderfully in one of our Kyphi recipes.

The first Lavender flowers of the season, so tiny and fragrant. Lavender is a herb for blessing, that brings peace, forgiveness and understanding to your home and relationships, and that helps healing through grief, recovery from illness, and other long term healing processes. Angelic entities and any Spirits related to healing/medicine will gladly take it as an offering, as well as any Spirits who protect children. Infuse it in olive oil for a very easy, but really effective, blessing oil for anointing.

Cutting fresh Ginger root for future medicine, magic, and food. If you want to know how I preserve it, check this post.

New altar setup, so we could keep all statues together. In our tradition, altars are a very personal choice, and can be as eclectic as the Espiritista chooses, and can afford. We work with 21 full Cortes (groups of Spirits), so it would be impossible to have them all represented; we work with the statues that Spirits put in our way, and do the best we can to keep them all happy :).

Saturday morning’s harvest – Lemon Balm, Basil, Fennel, Spearmint, Argentinian Sage, and Lemongrass. The root in the lower right corner is also from Fennel; once dry, it will be a very potent ingredient for my herbal spellwork powders. This plant was grown from seed, and has been loved and nurtured for two years before harvesting, growing in a completely sacred environment – can you imagine how much power such thing can harness? And, aren’t you happy that this is what goes on your spells and candles?

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News: Scarab Talisman Earrings

Following with the series of North African talismans that started with the Berber Earrings (all sold now, thanks so much!), the second series is for the Egyptian Scarab.

The Scarab is a talisman of protection, strongly related to the power of the Sun and to God Ra – as the ball of clay the Scarab creates rolls over and over, it represents not only the cycle of the Sun around the earth, but also the concepts of regeneration and healing.

Each Scarab bead was handsculpted, aged and patinaed individually. They were made in a custom Lapislazuli colour, and sculpted using proper historical references from the archives of El Cairo museum. As with all my pieces, the work is done under strict magical conditions, without mundane distractions, in a sacred space, and always after meditation sessions that provide inspiration and guidance. The work that was put in these beads means that a very powerful amount of energy lives in each one of them. May this amulet bless you and protect you!

Find them at: https://www.brujacarolina.com/product/scarab-earrings-talisman-protection-regeneration-and-healing

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Service Preparations: Pictures

A bundle of artisan cigars that have gone through the Sobado ceremony last week, wrapped in fragrant Lemongrass leaves and ready to be offered on Saturday, in our upcoming Spiritual Empowerment Service.

Smoked, burnt as incense, or used as an offering, tobacco is a sacred plant that opens the channels of Spirit, empowers the connection between worlds, and cleanses away negativity and parasitic entities – all perfect properties for our Service!

A small batch of Kyphi – we serve our regular Kyphi in almost every Service, but this one has been prepared with a custom recipe for the purpose of the Service – to strengthen the connection with Spiritual Guides, cleanse the channels of magical energy, and helping all participants achieve more control and power over their magical practise.

After spending the weekend cleaning the house from top to bottom, it’s time to begin the magical cleansing that will purify and empower the energy of the altar room. In the pic, over twenty herbs, barks, and roots, to be used in a floor wash daily until next Saturday. 100% of the ingredients were either homegrown at our sacred garden, or wildharvested in Nature – our customers deserve the best, and nothing but the best!

Remember, participations close on Friday 20! To purchase yours: https://www.brujacarolina.com/product/april-21-spiritual-empowerment-service

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Visual Inspirations: My Favourite Images From 2017

Through an entire year, I can take literally thousands of photographs. Between garden and wildharvesting documentation, spellwork and candle work reports for customers, and social media, there is hardly a day when I don’t use my camera.

For this post, I have selected my ten favourite pictures of my work through 2017, in no particular order. Enjoy the witchy eye candy!

1: Offering of herbal fumigation sticks, made using herbs from the garden. Most of them were offered in a Spiritual Service.

2: While cleaning the altar, a ray of evening light falls on the tiny Kwan Yinn statue.

3: One of the pictures taken for the Winter Rose Tonic post. Lavender, Marigold, Wild Rose, Lemon and Honey.

4: Making a batch of herbal powders for my Spellwork and Candle work. Each powder is made using over twenty ingredients, mostly herbs from our sacred garden, plus other magical elements like minerals, soil from sacred places, roots, seeds, etc.

5: A very special altar for the day of the Canary Islands, featuring the statue of the Guanche Goddess, shells and stones from places of power in the island, and two handmade cedar Chácaras (like castanets, but much bigger and rounder).

6: Consecrating an oil for anointing candles, for one of our Blessing Services.

7: An offering of wildharvested green figs and Catmint flowers from the garden.

8: Beautiful bottles for my magical oils – they deserve no less! Some purchased, some found, and one from a dearest friend.

9: Flower arrangement for my godchild’s birthday Henna party.

10: Image taken for the Objects Of Power post, of a cleansing and recharging session of energy for my healing gemstones.

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NEW Service: Oil Lamp For The Anima Sola And The Animas Benditas

Traditional holy card of the Anima Sola.

My relationship with the Anima Sola and the Animas Benditas (Souls Of Purgatory) begins in primary school, as I studied at a nun’s school that was devoted to Our Lady Of Mount Carmel. She is often depicted releasing souls from Purgatory, and she is not the only one – if you do a little research, you will find a plethora of paintings and sculptures around this theme. Here are some of my favourites:

Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

Saint Francis Of Assisi

Saint Michael The Archangel

I have to say though, that I do not believe in Purgatory as Christians do – or better said, did before they changed their mind (!!!). As an Espiritista. Purgatory is the phase of spiritual cleansing that every Spirit has to go through before elevation or reincarnation. It is not a punishment, but a necessary step to release the earthly ties Spirits carry, to burn off any residues of their lives and past, and to reach a new level of energy and existence. When I look at the image, the fire is that purification, and the chains, those earthly ties.

As an Espiritista, working on the elevation of these souls in transition is a total obligation in our devotional duties, and is done almost every single day of the year without failure. This obligation has its return in the form of protection from those Spirits, and of the granting of requests. I have been looking for the way to extend this blessing to our customers, and finally, it is here: our new Custom Oil Lamp Service.

The Service

Our new Service will consist of a Custom Oil Lamp, prepared for your specific petition, which will be lit for three consecutive days in our special altar for the Anima Sola and the Animas Benditas. During the time the lamp is lit each day (around two hours), a set of traditional prayers to the Animas, plus a fully customized prayer for your request, will be recited; offerings of Holy Water, and of a unique herbal incense created just for this type of work, will be made.

In the pic above, you can see an example of how this work looks. All kind of non-binding petitions are accepted for this Service – for healing, love, protection, money/business, road opening, etc. Please click this link to read all details about this service at the shop:

https://www.brujacarolina.com/product/custom-oil-lamp-anima-sola-and-animas-benditas-%E2%80%93-three-day-setting

 

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Spiritual Work: Objects Of Power

 

The pictures you see in this post are from the process of charging my gemstones today – these are mostly gifts from people I love, so although I am not a gemstone hoarder, I am very fond of my small collection, because of the people that gave them to me. I’ve had some for more than 20 years, and I have used them extensively, mostly in healing work. If you have watched Vision, the movie about the life of Hildegard Von Bingen, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about :).

This is what I (and many others) call a Object Of Power (Objeto De Poder) – which is any object, natural or man-made, that can be used as a battery of energy whenever is needed. If it’s a natural object, like gemstones/bones/furs/etc, it can be charged to improve its natural abilities; if it’s man-made, like a talisman or a mojo bag, it must be recharged/fed to keep it working as new. The more this process is present in your practise, not only the more powerful they will become, but also, the more tied to YOUR energy they will be, and the more they will empower you.

My process for recharging most of my Objects Of Power is quite simple and straightforward, as most of my practise. If the Object Of Power can be cleaned with water, they get a good wash first with running water (from the tap is fine, because running water is very powerful by itself), or soaking for a night in a basin with water, and a splash of Holy Water and/or Florida Water. If they cannot be cleaned this way, like Tarot cards, they get a good smoke cleansing with Rosemary, Wormwood, or Rue (depending on what’s in season). Delicate items like furs or taxidermy are brushed and left in an aireated but shaded place in the garden during a sunny day.

Note: when it comes to gemstones, it’s not a good idea to soak them overnight, because a lot of them can dissolve and get damaged, so a few seconds under the tap for each stone, and placing them on a towel to dry, is just fine.

After being washed and dried, the Power Holder is placed in front of the altar, along with offerings for the Spirits, so they get their blessing and recharging. This time, the offerings are the candle, the flowers from our garden, and an offering of incense that you cannot see in the pics, because it was placed on the altar where the statues are. This is an offering of gratitude and love for the work the Spirits do, and it can vary as my work is deeply seasonal – you can also offer some food, drinks, perfumes, cigars, fresh herbs, honey, etc.

I always try to be creative with offerings, because I am an artist, and both visuals and creativity hold extremely powerful magic for me – but also because Spirits appreciate the effort and time it takes. Doing this as a chore because it needs to be done regularly is senseless to me, because it wastes a perfect chance to make use of your Creator Energy, which is one of our truest Divine Connections – so, I invite you to be as creative as you can, as often as you can!

How do you keep your Objects Of Power? Any tips you want to share?

 

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