Updates For August

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I am reactivating my Facebook art page to post some of the work done for the Botanical Illustration course I have started today. I have never done Botanical Illustration before, but all of you who have liked this page know how important nature is for my work.

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Above, my last published cover, for my dearest friends at The Essential Herbal Magazine. There is no happier moment for an artist than when you see your work in print! Below, “Harvest”, the original illustration used for the cover, which depicts my own terrace garden.

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You can follow my page at:

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Spiritual Empowerment Service, Aug 21

Also, the Spiritual Empowerment is coming next week, do not miss your chance to participate! The Spiritual Empowerment Service is focused on the cleansing and strengthening of your spiritual/magical abilities, and is designed with spiritual practitioners in mind. If you feel you need a better connection to your Spiritual family, a more powerful magical practise, and the cleansing of residual negativity, this Service is right for you!

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Finally, a new issue of the Tarot Forecast Newsletter will be coming out on the 25th – if you want to receive yours directly in your inbox, remember to subscribe at:

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Reflections: Force Of Change

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Your Guides and Ancestors want your love and devotion, but they want you to fix your problems FIRST. Spirits are there to guide you, to protect you, to provide their love, their advice, their strength – but they are not there to fix your problems. That is entirely your responsibility.
 
We come to this incarnation to experience life, and life includes heartache and pain, in many different forms, just as it includes bliss and happiness, in many different forms. To live the full spectrum of life was your fully conscious choice when you incarnated, as the next step in your immortal soul’s evolution.
 
When you ask Spirits to fix you, or your life, you are just self-sabotaging, because the only result to that action is you losing faith, after you have set yourself up for that to happen. If, on the other hand, you focus on working hard on your own growth and success, you will truly see their presence and power unfold in your life.
 
Because, you know, I never said they did not have power – I said that they would not use it to fix what you can, and should, fix yourself. Once you become the main force of change in your own life, they multiply and empower that force beyond what you could imagine.
 
Today is the perfect day to become that force of change. Do not hesitate. Feel their love, take their strength, and go for it.
 
 

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Reflections: Lazy Or Happy

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Today’s advice comes from a conversation with a loved one – as usual, the Spirits send messages on the most common and unexpected places 😊.
 
Sometimes, people choose to have a miserable life because it’s the lazy option. You don’t have to do much to be miserable, to continue hating yourself, to stay in a relationship or a job that is eating you away. Life’s inertia is enough to keep you in your miserable position.
 
And they know, and they are choosing with full awareness, because being happy takes a lot of work. A LOT. Being happy means making choices, means agency and self-empowerment, means accountability and responsibility. Being happy means, above all, participating in creating your world, and the world you want for others. It’s the very opposite of lazy.
 
And, lazy as they are, miserable people want spellwork to fix stuff for them, without them changing or evolving – and since magic never works that way, and results never happen, they’d rather believe that hey, they tried, and the Spirits didn’t help them. Another reason to be miserable after all!
 
Don’t be that person. Make the choice of happiness, make the choice of not contributing to your own misery, because life is already fucked up enough as it is. The Spirits have your back, but you must make every choice, because that is the deal with life.
 

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Reflections: Through Fire

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Something I see over and over with coaches (God I hate that word), alleged spiritual guides, and other metaphysical fauna, is that they complain that they do not have enough work, when it is absolutely evident that they have not experienced themselves that which they are trying to sell to others.

You cannot be a guide to others unless you have proven, time and time again, that you have been through the fire, and have been transformed by it – and that comes only by example. Every single day, and specially when people are stressed or in need of guidance, you must be there for them, and you have to exude the self-awareness and strength that only going through hell can give you. You have to be REAL. You have to have your heart broken a million times, until it becomes harder than a rock. A rock that burns with a fire that no-one can put off.

And only time, honesty, and experience can give you that. You cannot get there quicker, there are no shortcuts, and no applauses when you get there. Also, it’s a very, very lonely and dark place most of the time. I would not change it for anything in this world, but if you have a fantasy about it, you can be sure that life will crush that fantasy.

And, of course, people are not stupid. You can fool only those who are already fools, and you will end up being a prisoner to those fools – but if you want enlightened, empowered customers that you can share success with, and have a business that lasts, you have to give them something of true value. And to get something of true value, you have to Do The Work. No excuses, no days off, nothing more than The Work, holding yourself accountable every single day.

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Reflections: Back To Painting

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After a very much needed rest, I felt the urge to paint again – I take breaks from painting regularly, and they always work for me; when I feel empty with ideas, I just pack my art stuff away, and return to it only when I feel my heart is back on it. This year, with me recovering from last year’s heart surgery, and regaining my health, I knew that a new phase of my work had to come out of it, and that it needed time to brew. Thank the Gods, I was given the virtue of patience 😊.
 
After a few days just sketching to warm the hand, I was ready – this is a reproduction of a Colonial painting representing the Trinity, one of my favourite motifs of Colonial art, and certainly one of the most esoteric-looking to me. Actually, this one was so controversial for the Church that it was forbidden by the Council of Trent (1545), Pope Urban VIII (1628) and Pope Benedict XIV – but many copies of it managed to survive.
 
This painting is preserved in a museum in Tirol, Austria, but the artist is unknown – as it happens with Orthodox Icon painters, a lot of Colonial painters worked anonymously, and used a catalog (so to speak) of motifs that was repeated, as the new Catholic churches, convents, monasteries, etc., in America needed plenty of imagery for their buildings.
 
This is oil on canvas paper, 15×22 cms / 6×8 inches. It’s not finished yet, but if you are interested in purchasing it, let me know.

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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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Participations For Our Spiritual Empowerment Service Are Open!

Spiritual Empowerment Service, Aug 21

After a brief hiatus in July, our monthly Spiritual Services are back with one of my personal favourites: the Spiritual Empowerment Service!

The Spiritual Empowerment Service is focused on the cleansing and strengthening of your spiritual/magical abilities, and is designed with spiritual practitioners in mind. If you feel you need a better connection to your Spiritual family, a more powerful magical practise, and the cleansing of residual negativity, this Service is right for you!

Goals Of This Service:

· To attract beneficial Spirit Guides, Ancestor Allies, Animal and Plant Allies, and all kinds of entities that may be a source of growth in your Spiritual Path;

· To bring you special protection against negative entities, parasitic entities, unwanted dream visitors, and any spirit that may hinder your spiritual growth;

· To empower your spiritual practise, ground it on a strong foundation, and enhance discipline and devotion;

· To bless your connection to all forms of Spirit;

· To help you achieve your goals, and to help you find new goals in your Spiritual Path.

· To remove whatever is no longer a blessing in your spiritual practise, and empower change and evolution.

This Service will be performed on August 15, 2019 – purchase your participation at:

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Reflections: Do Not Give Up

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If there is something that I would like to tattoo in your brain, one single thing above all my teachings, it is this:

Do Not Give Up.

When you give up on your promises to your health, and skip your diet or your exercise, you are saying to yourself (and to the Universe) that you are not worth the effort, and even more, that you are not worth the result – and that is not true.

When you give up on your goals, and settle for less than what you dream of, you are saying to yourself (and to the Universe) that failure is what you deserve, and that the world is better without your gifts – and that is not true.

When you give up on your relationships, and accept toxic and dramatic people into your life, you are saying to yourself (and to the Universe) that you do not deserve love, acceptance, and empowerment from others – and that is not true.

When you give up on your spiritual practise, and abandon your Spirits and your spiritual growth, you are saying to yourself (and to the Universe) that you are choosing disconnection over family, loneliness over empowerment – and that is not true.

Do Not Give Up. Ever. Keep working, every day, no matter how many times any of those promises is broken. Everyone, at any time, can re-make each promise, and change the course of their life. Stop counting your mistakes, because they don’t matter – the only thing that matters is how many times you re-commit.

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Reflections: Becoming Professional

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One of the questions I get asked more times through the Tarot is “Should I become a professional Spiritual Worker?” It really surprises me to get that question so often, because while there might be a thousand reasons to pursue a Spiritual path, and all of them are valid, there is only one reason to become a professional: to make a living out of it. To make decent money doing something you are very good at.

Any other reason is fueled by ego trips, and doomed to fail. If you have a romantic vision of this profession, you better wake up from your fantasy as quickly as possible, before you end up losing everything. And yes, I have seen that happen, a hundred times, and always for the same reason: because they refused to see their business as a business, and becomes as professional and devoted as any other successful entrepreneur.

Separate a profession from a calling – Spirits may call you to priesthood, but they will not decide if you should become a professional who works for hire, because that is not their job, and because they are two entirely different things. I sell Tarot and Spellwork, but I don’t sell my religion. I don’t sell initiations, I don’t sell belonging to a community, I don’t sell Espiritismo. I sell what can be sold, and nothing more. I was called to be a Curandera and to be an Espiritista, but being a Bruja is my choice, and my life’s work.

And, there is something that needs to be said time and time again: there is nothing wrong about doing good money. With the money I make, I do lots and lots of good, to myself and to everyone around me. I enjoy it, I deserve it, I use it well, and then I make more. Being paid does not devalue what i do, neither it does asking for a fair price for my Services, because I know my worth, and because I value myself, my commitment, and my experience.

If you are not ready to be objective, and to carry yourself as a pro at all times, then you should keep your practise to yourself and those you love, out of the reach of the standards any professional work requires. There, it cannot be criticized or judged, and you will always be free from any pressure.

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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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