Herbalism: Drying And Preserving Ginger Root

Ginger root is just amazing – it has so many properties, for both medicine and magic, that you would need a whole book to put them all together. I use ginger in my food, as part of herbal teas, and of course on my magical work – it is a perfect choice for Road Opening, Empowerment, Protection, Love, and even Hex-Breaking magic.

In my opinion, there is no comparison between starting with a fresh root, and purchasing the tasteless shit the supermarket sells on the spice section. But, a root is quite big, and if you leave it in the fridge, it will start wrinkling and losing taste and power very quickly. Here is a post on how I preserve and store ginger root from fresh – enjoy!

The root is pieced in chunks, the skin is peeled off as thinly as possible with a short and very sharp knife, and the root is then cut into thin chips or dices. If I only used it for magic, I wouldn’t peel it and just go straight to chopping it, but a lot will be used in the kitchen too, so peeled is easier to measure and powder if needed.

Note 1: Don’t throw away the peels! These are perfect for incense, infusing oils, for natural potpourri or amulet sachets.

Once the root is peeled and chopped, you must place it in on a shallow layer in a tray, and let it to dry on the warmest place in your home. Every day, you will turn the layer over to prevent it from molding until it is fully dry, which can take up to 2 weeks or more, because of the high water content roots have. It is a very good idea to place a layer of absorbent paper under the root chips, or a tea towel, to gather humidity – but the important step is to turn them over every single day.

If you live in a very cold and/or humid environment, you can place the root to dry in the oven. Keep it at the lowest setting for 3-4 hours, and keep the oven door slightly open so it doesn’t actually bake. Note for beginner Brujas: if you can smell it while it’s in the oven, it’s too hot!

Note 2: do exactly the same with the peels if you are keeping them.

This is how the root chips look when dry. Now, a part will be powdered in a coffee grinder, and placed in a small jar in our kitchen; the rest will go as is to our magical apothecary to be used in spellwork, oil lamps, etc. If properly stored, its scent and properties will last for many, many months!

**********************************************

My Main Website: brujacarolina.com – Tarot and Spiritual Services

Art And Illustration Portfolio: The Art Of Carolina Gonzalez

Social Networks:  Facebook   ·  Twitter  ·   Tumblr ·   Google+  ·

Advertisements

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

 

**********************************************

My Main Website: brujacarolina.com – Tarot and Spiritual Services

Art And Illustration Portfolio: The Art Of Carolina Gonzalez

Social Networks:  Facebook   ·  Twitter  ·   Tumblr ·   Google+  ·  Flickr

Guardar

Guardar

Guardar

Guardar

Guardar

Guardar

Espiritismo Calendar: A Gift For All Our Customers!

Before the year ended, I wanted to do something as a gift to thank all readers and customers for the success and growth that Bruja Carolina has had this year. After many hours sorting through thousands of photographs (literally!), and also quite a few in Photoshop, my gift for you is ready: a downloadable Espiritismo calendar for 2018, with some of the best photographs I have ever taken, and most of the Spirits we work with through the year. I sincerely hope you love it as much as I do!!!

NOTE: the link to download the PDF is at the bottom of the post – no need to save the images below, these are only so you can see all the beautiful pages!

I know that once you put something online, you have no control of it any more, but this time, I have to really remind you that this is for personal use ONLY, because these are images of my personal devotion. I am more than happy that you share it, but please share the link to this post, and not the file itself.

Download The Espiritismo Calendar

**********************************************

My Main Website: brujacarolina.com – Tarot and Spiritual Services

Art And Illustration Portfolio: The Art Of Carolina Gonzalez

Social Networks:  Facebook   ·  Twitter  ·   Tumblr ·   Google+  ·  Flickr

Guardar

Guardar

Guardar

Guardar

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?

 

**********************************************

My Main Website: brujacarolina.com – Tarot and Spiritual Services

Art And Illustration Portfolio: The Art Of Carolina Gonzalez

Social Networks:  Facebook   ·  Twitter  ·   Tumblr ·   Google+  ·  Flickr

Guardar

Guardar

Guardar

Spiritual Work: Empowering Your Ancestor Connection

The Noche De Animas is just a few days ahead of us, and every year without fail, I get a long line of emails from customers asking for guidance on how to improve their connection with their Ancestors. Not that I mind about that, of course, but I thought that maybe more customers or readers could have the same questions – so, in this post, I am giving you what I think are the most important guidelines to keep a powerful and effective relationship with your Ancestral lines.

And, please notice that all this advice applies only to Espiritismo. Other people in other paths could have entirely different views on this, and that is totally fine!

1. You don’t have to connect with every Ancestor. We all have Ancestors we do not agree with, and that lead lives we do not agree with. Nobody has a perfectly clean family lineage; so, make your choices freely. If there are people you do not love sincerely, never feel forced to worship them. Ancestor worship is, above all, about mutual love and support between our world and theirs, and there isn’t a force in the entire Universe that would force me to give worship to someone I do not love.

2. Don’t expect them to carry you by the hand like a child, to give you an answer to your every question, or to make decisions for you. You Ancestors are not there to be your personal coach, or to babysit you. Your Ancestors are there to love you, support you and empower you on your decisions, on your path, and you are the director of that, not them.

3. The two real keys to successful Ancestor worship are simplicity and consistency – one candle, one glass of clean water, and one prayer of elevation* per week is enough, if it’s done every week without fail. You do not need a big altar, you do not need dish after dish of offerings – leave those to us professionals, and you focus on having a loving time with your family.

* In Maria Lionza’s religion, we empower our Spirits through prayer. This process is called elevación (elevation).

4. And speaking of elevation, our Ancestors are just people, and they don’t have any superpowers just because they are dead, unless they already had them while they were alive. We work on their elevation so they can be cleansed of their earthly ties and burdens, and so the connection between us and them becomes stronger – not because we want them to turn into something they never were.

The Golden Rule in Ancestor worship is: we do this because we LOVE them, not because of what we will get in return, as a homage to what they have already given us – our very existence, our cultural heritage, the family stories that keep us together. If you are looking for anything else other than love, you will not find it in Ancestor worship.

And remember, we’re in the last days to participate at our Noche De Animas Service – click on the image below to get your slot!

**********************************************

My Main Website: brujacarolina.com – Tarot and Spiritual Services

Art And Illustration Portfolio: The Art Of Carolina Gonzalez

Social Networks:  Facebook   ·  Twitter  ·   Tumblr ·   Google+  ·  Flickr

Guardar

Guardar

Guardar

Visual Inspirations: An Amulet Collection

Now that the altar room has been repainted, and everything is back in its place, it’s time to make the room as beautiful and comfortable as possible for our Spiritual family, and the Ancestral Lines of our customers.

All these amulets were hanging around the house, doing their work :D, but this is something I’ve wanted to do for a while – to show them together as a collection in the altar room. Most of them were gifts, either from customers and friends around the world, or from Exu Okkada, so they all hold very special memories and meaning to me.

BTW, don’t forget to participate in our Noche De Animas Service :):
https://www.brujacarolina.com/product/october-31-2017-%E2%80%93-noche-de-animas-service

**********************************************

My Main Website: brujacarolina.com – Tarot and Spiritual Services

Art And Illustration Portfolio: The Art Of Carolina Gonzalez

Social Networks:  Facebook   ·  Twitter  ·   Tumblr ·   Google+  ·  Flickr

Guardar

Magical Crafts: A Home Painting Tip

This week, we have been repainting the altar room, just in time for the Noche De Animas Service – what a difference a fresh coat of paint makes!

Here’s a magical tip about painting your home that came from a very mundane source – professional painters sometimes add a few drops of essential oils on paints that are not new, to ease the smell that paints get when stored for too long. Scents like peppermint, pine and citronella are the most common, because they’re easy to find, and because they are the most used in cleaning products, as they neutralize bad odours.

Of course, as soon as I heard of this many years ago, the Bruja took over – because if you use that choice consciously, you can do a lot of magic this way! Pick the oils according to the use and needs of the room – for example, for the altar room we chose a teaspoon of my own Money Oil (because it’s where I do my business), a teaspoon of my Protection Oil (because it’s my home), and a teaspoon of Citronella Oil (for the good scent, but also for its road opening properties). And yes, it can be done with regular paint for your home, and no, it doesn’t have any effect on the paint.

Wishing you a very Blessed day <3!

To participate in our Noche De Animas Service, click here:
https://www.brujacarolina.com/product/october-31-2017-%E2%80%93-noche-de-animas-service

**********************************************

My Main Website: brujacarolina.com – Tarot and Spiritual Services

Art And Illustration Portfolio: The Art Of Carolina Gonzalez

Social Networks:  Facebook   ·  Twitter  ·   Tumblr ·   Google+  ·  Flickr

Guardar

Guardar

Free From Spiritual Guilt: Answering Customer Questions

The biggest mistake that customers make when getting Spellwork done is to believe that they are completely powerless about the situation they are facing, and that all the power lies in the hands of the Spiritual Worker, and in the Spirits they work with. The customer, very often, feels like a person in trial before the Spiritual World, being judged for their actions, feeling that the granting of their request depends on the sentence of Spirits.

This is a conversation I have had with dozens of customers in the past years, and in my opinion, this belief is a sub-product of (extremely pernicious) religious propaganda, that teaches us that the Spiritual World is a jury, and that you are either good, and get rewards, or evil, and get punishment. A guy sitting in the clouds, and his horned counterpart below your feet, will make sure you are punished for even the smallest fault, because they see and hear eveything.

Yes, this sounds like a caricature, because I wanted to point out how ignorant and ridiculous the argument is, but when we leave the joke aside, this has extremely serious consequences – and the most dangerous is what I call Spiritual Guilt: the idea that working towards your desires with the aid of magic is wrong, and that it could be even dangerous to ask Spirits for help.

But, us Espiritistas do not believe in any form of Hell, cosmic punishment, karma, or anything similar. We believe we are responsible for our mistakes, and that we bring happiness or pain into our lives, depending on our actions and circumstances. And, above all, we believe we are constantly blessed and protected, constantly supported, by our Cuadro Espiritual, which is our Spiritual family. We don’t do fear and punishment – we do empowerment, we do freedom, we do responsibility, we do enlightenment.

To be free from Spiritual Guilt, you have to understand that the world of Spirits is not a jury. They want you to succeed, and they do not punish you for wanting what you want. They want you to overcome your challenges, to find your own happiness, they want you to heal from the past. They want you to own your Power, and to share their own Divine Power with you, so the entire world heals.

Yes, the entire world. When you own your Power, the entire world is a step closer to healing, a step closer to true change. This is about you first, of course, but also about everyone you reach. The Spirits want you to succeed, because they want a better world.

The Cycle Of Power

· The Power begins in you, with your desire to change something important in your life. This desire must be crystal clear, and your request must be justified. There is zero Spiritual Guilt.

· The Power flows within me, the Espiritista, as I am invested with the privilege of being the mediator between the customer and the Spiritual World. The Power of your desire is presented to the Spirits with the rigour and efficacy of my well done spellwork. No detail is left to chance.

· The Power comes back at you from the Spirits, enlarged, multiplied beyond measure, transformative. It is the Power you have created yourself, so it brings results that are perfect for you, because it is yours, and yours only.

· You take that Power, and you use it. Your life changes in the direction of your desire. You set the following goal, and repeat the process. The connection with the Spirits grows stronger and stronger.

The best example of this is the rate of success of my Hex-Breaking work. All my spells, no matter which is the request, begin with the same basic structure, get a personalized casting and the adjustments needed to the customer’s specific situation, so absolutely every customer has the exact same chances of success. Then, why is this the spell with the highest, and fastest, success rate?

Because it applies to the Cycle Of Power perfectly. The desire of being freed from a curse, or released from a negative entity, is one of the most pressing of all, and one that is almost always free from any Spiritual Guilt – and thus, the one to cause the Cycle Of Power to act almost immediately.

The power needs to start in you, so it can return to you as your own through the help of the Spirits. If you feel that your request is justified, and your desire is fixed and clear, it jumpstarts a reaction like no other, that puts your own destiny in your hands, and puts the Spirits on your back, protecting you and empowering you. Do you want the Spirits behind you, lifting you? Then hire me :).

**********************************************

My Main Website: brujacarolina.com – Tarot and Spiritual Services

Art And Illustration Portfolio: The Art Of Carolina Gonzalez

Social Networks:  Facebook   ·  Twitter  ·   Tumblr ·   Google+  ·  Flickr

Guardar

Guardar

Guardar

The Secret Of Successful Spellwork

In over two decades of practise, I have often taken cases that other professionals rejected time after time. You cannot imagine how often I am sent customers that way – without me doing anything, I am starting to get this status where I am hired for “difficult” cases.

I will not deny that difficult cases exist; as you know well, I’m not one to sugarcoat this business at all. But, the truth is many alleged professionals are fooled by the idea that the results of their spells depend on them, because that feeds their ego and makes them feel important and powerful – so, whenever they are faced with a difficult case, their self-image is threatened by the prospect of failure, so they turn away the case and the customer.

I don’t judge them, because that only shows lack of faith, lack of self-esteem, and overcompensation of someone with an inferiority complex. But, I judge that they call themselves professionals, because they are not actually helping anyone, neither themselves, nor their customers. It usually ends with customers losing their faith, their time and their money, and the practitioner getting a “regular” job.

What is the difference with my work, you may ask? There is a very simple answer, that I will break into these three points:

·  First of all, because this is not about my success, it’s about YOURS. I don’t do this for any sort of power, and I have said time after time that don’t have any! I do this to help other people, and because I was chosen by the Spirits to do their work on this physical manifestation of existence.

·  Second, because the Espiritista is a mediator between the customer, and God and the Spirits, and not the cause or the provider of the outcome of the spell. I guarantee what I can guarantee: that my work is done with experience, rigour, and total devotion to my practise. I stand for my professionalism, 100% – but I never, ever, make fake promises.

·  Third, because my faith in Spirits, and in YOU, is unbreakable. I have seen the most incredible miracles happening, and I have seen SO many customers improve their life and reach their goals beyond all expectations, that I am beyond any sort of doubt when it comes to that.

And here is where we get to the concept that titles this article: The Secret Of Successful Spellwork.

When your desires and your faith align, results are inevitable. Let me say this again – INEVITABLE. The power of the Spirits, when it works harmoniously with your true needs, is unstoppable, and unmeasurable.

So, when you get spellwork to support the goals you are working on, you are committing to, and producing, inevitable change, beyond any reach of your imagination, because Spirits know more and better than any of us, see farther than any of us, and because they are with us to support us and help us grow.

And as if that was not good enough already, there is another secret within the secret: that this is not only inevitable, but exponential, in the sense that the more you work towards your goal, the more power you give to the spellwork done for you, because your alignment with Spirits will grow endlessly. There really is no limit.

Take a moment and think: Which area of your life really needs a push? What are you working on, but seems to escape you? Do you need healing to overcome struggles? Now that you know this secret, it is the time to make your decision, hold the hand of Spirits, and walk towards your success.

**********************************************

My Main Website: brujacarolina.com – Tarot and Spiritual Services

Art And Illustration Portfolio: The Art Of Carolina Gonzalez

Social Networks:  Facebook   ·  Twitter  ·   Tumblr ·   Google+  ·  Flickr