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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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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A Bit Of Everything: This Week’s Pictures

This week, Five new Guia necklaces were added to the shop this morning! I love this orange and blue colourway, and as always they received an ovenight bath in my Omiero, which as described by a friend, could free the souls of Purgatory :D. Also, there are still four of the first free colourways.
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We also made a quick escapade to the mountain of San Diego to get the yearly supply of Eucalyptus.
The city hall had cut down some of the bigger trees to prevent summer wildfires, which is good and bad at the same time; it was sad to see the landscape change because those trees were beautiful, but the tree stumps were already sprouting again in full force, and in a couple of years they will be huge again. Without that kind of action, wildfires could be extremely dangerous in the summer, because that mountain in filled with farms and homes, with completely dry crops that could burn completely in minutes.
Unless you uproot it completely, you cannot kill an Eucalyptus, and that is why it’s one of the most powerful tree Spirits we have in the islands – a warrior, a protector, and a teacher, that is the star of our hex-breaking, protection, and banishing magic.
On the second pic, you can see the Eucalyptus harvest, plus a good amount of branches of Piruétano (Iberian Pear Tree), a type of pear tree that gives inedible fruit, but that has some of the most wonderful wood for our bird cages.
And, speaking of birds, we are happy to announce that Fernando and I will be administrating La Pajarera (The Aviary), a page for our bird breeding activity. As much as possible, we will be posting in both Spanish and English, so feel free to follow us there if you are interested in this subject!
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The total highlight of the week was this wonderful trade with dear Blackfoot artist and friend Chrys Davison – when indigenous peoples accross cultures and continents give to each other with love, the greatest magic happens – thanks so much, my dear friend! These will be treasured and honoured forever.
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Visual Inspirations: Spirit Doll Photoshoot

The pictures I posted on yesterday’s post about Spirit dolls were taken at the studio table, which has great light for working, but is not the nicest setting to showcase the work done on this doll. So, today I did a little staging with shells, feathers, and one of my favourite silk scarves, and as you can see, this looks so much better – the early morning light was warm and perfect for the powerful colours of the clothing.

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Colouring Pages: Father Christmas

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Today, I am offering a very special two- page colouring set, featuring the image of Father Christmas – the first page is just a colouring page, and the second one features five smaller copies of the image, so you can make tree ornaments, window ornaments, a garland, card decorations… you imagination sets the limit! Click on the picture above to download the PDF file – and remember, as always, personal use only!

This is the last blog post until the new year – I am taking a short blog break for the holidays, but I will be right back in January with more magical recipes, more Canarian folklore bits, more colouring pages, and all the witchy goodness that is the essence of this blog. I am not going anywhere, so please continue to follow my posts on social media (all links below these lines)!

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Service Preparations: The Fortuna Tree

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As most readers know, we have started the preparations for our upcoming Service on December 21. I am very proud to present you our altar’s centerpiece – the Fortuna Tree.

· The tree shape was made entirely of twigs and wool (no nails, and no glue), just as the trellis for the last Noche De Animas Service. That took about three hours of very patient work, since it measures 1 metre tall/1,1 yards.

· The pyramid shape of the structure is a very magical one, that attracts beneficial energy and focuses it on the altar area. To raise energy until the 21st, it will be lit every day for a few hours, and candles and incense will also be added daily.

· I chose the colour scheme of red and gold, because those are the best for the purpose of the Service. Red is blessing and protection; gold is wealth and health.

· The Poinsettia flower grows abundantly here in the islands during the winter, and to me, it is a symbol of love and family.

· The multicoloured lights represent the participants’ wishes, and make for all possible purposes of the Service that may not be covered.

· Just so, absolutely everything is brand new; although I am all for recycling, this time it has a specific magical purpose – to bring in the new blessings with the new year. Also, what I spent on all decorations is my personal gift to my customers – because you are amazing and you deserve it <3.

If you want to participate in our Blessing Service, you can do so at: http://www.brujacarolina.com/product/new-2017-blessing-service-december-21

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Recipes: Rosemary Alcohol

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Rosemary alcohol, which is the tincture of fresh Rosemary in rubbing alcohol for external use, is one of those staples of both my apothecary and my magical cupboard that I use all the time. It’s extremely easy to make, and just as useful, so today I’m sharing the recipe and properties.

As a medicine, Rosemary Alcohol is a wonderful aid for muscle pain, used for a quick relief as it absorbs very quickly. It creates a feeling of heat as it stimulates circulation, and relaxes cramped and aching muscles very quickly. Rosemary is also a fabulous disinfectant, cicatrizant and antibiotic, so if you can take a bit of stinging, it’s perfect for cleaning scratches and small wounds. I also use it for stopping the itching of mosquito bites, and add it to foot baths.

As a magical element – well, Rosemary is one of the holiest herbs that we have in this planet, so you can use the concoction for almost any blessing, healing, cleansing, banishing, and consecrating works. Besides its many ritual uses, there are also a lot of everyday magic uses – you can dab it on yourself, spray it around the house, carry a small bottle in your purse or in the car, and anoint anything and everywhere where you want protection and cleanliness.

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To make it, you only need a wide jar, a bottle of rubbing alcohol (I use  a 500 ml/17 liquid ounces bottle from the drugstore, no special brand or type), and fresh Rosemary. Yes, it has to be fresh – I have tried it with dry Rosemary, and the tincture was very weak, totally worthless.

Place the chopped herbs first, leaves and stalks, and add enough alcohol just to cover them. Close the jar tightly, and place for six weeks in a dark and cool cupboard. After that, you can use it, strained or not. I have to say I don’t strain it or bottle it, I just use it from the jar, and when it’s almost over, I change the herbs for fresh ones and add more alcohol, so I have a continuous supply available. Below, you can see a new jar we just made.

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Witches, remember INTENTION. Align with the powerful Spirit of the Rosemany plant while you are working, and feel its energy and the holiness of its being. The more powerfully you feel this while you are working, the more focused you are on uniting yourself with its Spirit, the more efficacious it will be at healing you.

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