Archive for October, 2009
We are in probably the most powerful magickal days of the year. ANY spell, good or bad, is amplified by the thinning of the veil, since the dead are closer than ever to us. In Santeria and all Afro-Caribbea religions, the dead are even more important than the Gods themselves, because they open (or close) communication with deities, protect us from negative energies and are a wealth of knowledge and spiritual evolution for the practitioner.
So, if there is a time in the year to be spellcasting as a mad Witch, it is now! Here you have a few spell suggestions for such magickal time – if you want some extra power, make these spell on a graveyard; if not possible, you can make them at home too, on your ancestor’s altar.
Look for a small jar and fill it with a bit of your hair/nails/blood, a dollar bill, two lodestones OR two magnets, sugar, powdered cinnamon and a High John the Conqueror root. Close the jar and stick a green candle on the jar’s lid. The night of Oct. 31, half an hour before midnight, light the candle and make your petition. When your petition is fulfilled, take three pennies and a small bottle of rum to a crossroad, leave them there and do not look back.
High John The Conqueror Root
Energy Renewing Spray
Look for a spray bottle and clean it well. Fill it with lemongrass or citronella oil (3 drops is more than enough), add a pinch of salt, a piece of silver (a charm, coin or jewelry will do) and an amethyst. Add a spoonful of alcohol (as preservative only) and fill the spray with distilled or rain water until it’s full. Sprinkle the whole house and yourself to clean away all negativity. This spray is excellent for Tarot Readers between customers, to clean your magickal tools, or yourself before spellcasting.
Ochum’s Honey (For Love Spells, and to gain Ochum’s favours)
Add two Indian Cinnamon sticks, a teaspoon of powdered nutmeg and a handful of dried fruit of your choice to a jar of honey. Put it in a dark and cool place and, everyday, hold the jar in your hands and thank Ochum for her protection and gifts. When you want to ask her for something, anoint a yellow candle with that honey and place it over 5 copper pennies on a plate and burn it on your altar.
To Have Shango’s Protection Against Storms
Shango is the storm God in Santeria, so if you are afraid of a storm coming, cut out the heart of an apple and place a red taper candle inside, as if it was a candleholder. Sprinkle generously with sugar and cinnamon, and light the candle when you can see the storm coming. Though it won’t stop the storm of course, Shango will be very pleased and will pass over your house.
Witch’s Note: I made this spell during the Delta Hurricane a few years ago. Canarian houses are not ready for tropical storms and it caused a huge damage where we live, but our house and our car were untouched. Many of our neighbours had their patio roofs torn off by the wind, and the car parked right beside ours got the windows broken due to one of those roof pieces falling over the car.
Well, I don’t know if I will be able to post again before tomorrow – I am working on finishing my Santeria book and tomorrow I will be working at the Tea Bar during the Halloween party. I would like to send my most sincere and thankful wishes to all our readers for a magickal, wonderful, fun and safe Halloween night! May all your petitions come true my friends!!!!!
La Vega Park, La Laguna
Llano De Los Viejos (Old Men’s Plain), Mountains Of Anaga, La Laguna
Nothing like a day in Nature to renew energies! This Witch is back to work :).
The Tarot evening was as crazy as expected, considering the veil between this world and the world of Spirits is getting thinner by the minute. I had to answer many absurd questions and one particular consultant almost had me turning into an Evil Witch after she (ignorantly) tried to convince me that Witchcraft is not a science – if there is a discussion about Witchcraft that burns me, is that one! My husband said that I didn’t look angry (20 years doing this must help) but believe, I was boiling LOL… thank the Goddess that the reading was short.
On the other hand, I had the pleasure of doing three readings for customers coming from the island of Las Palmas! To think that those three lovely women made the effort to take a ship and cross the sea just to have their readings, is quite a honour! They were so fun and excited as three girls on Christmas – they really made my anger disappear and they were the perfect finish to the Tarot night (because it was half past midnight by then).
We have been asked to do another Tarot Evening on Saturday at the Tea Bar. We were going to be there anyway as they will be having a Halloween Party, so we have accepted. Since the party does not start until 10:00 pm, I will have four hours of work before the party starts. There will be a drag-queen show at midnight, performed by my awesome friend (and doll collector) Farinelli, one of the most talented drags I’ve seen in a long time. There will be pics for sure!
Today I’m taking the day off. After so many readings my brain is blank LOL! Some crafting and a walk with the dogs should bring this Witch back to normal :).
Our Day Of The Dead Altar
We are quite busy this week – I have Halloween’s Tarot Day tomorrow at the Tea Bar, and as it usually happens along this week every year, everyone wants readings and spells. Spirit activity is incredibly high and I’ve been having quite revealing dreams in the last nights, and have also enjoyed the loving visits of my late grandparents. We will be attending the Tea Bar’s Halloween party on Saturday, if I’m not dead by exhaustion by then LOL – it wouldn’t be the first time that, when Halloween really arrives, I’m so tired after so much witching that all I want is to stay home with Fernando, order chinese food and simply do nothing!
Santeria celebrations on this date are very similar to the Mexican Day Of The Dead. Altars to Iku, Orisha of Death, and Oya, Queen Of Cemeteries, are made and covered with food and alcohol along with pictures of all the loved ones who have passed to the World Of Spirits. Voodooisants celebrate the Fet Gede on Nov.2, being a day for my beloved Baron Samedi – we usually have a meal with him, making a hot-like-hell jalapeño sauce with sweet potatoes, white rice, fried bananas… of course everything is seasoned with rum shots and a good handmade cigar is smoked with him at the end of the meal with a super-sweetened black coffee. Our diet is very similar to the food of the caribbean countries, so it’s nothing out of our regular eating. If we have money, we buy flowers and other offerings like chocolates; if not, we do with just what we have. Usually, we get money for everything weed, let’s say on Nov. 30 – I sell jewelry, make an extra reading, someone needs a quick amulet… living the magickal life means that you see that miracles as something expected, which doens’t make them less of a miracle of course.
I spent the little free time I had on the weekend working on some new polymer clay beads in the shape of african masks and altar fetishes, and experimenting with mold making to be able to recreate the beads – I hope to find a little time every night to work on them, as I have been all summer away from polymer clay (the temperature is simply too hot in the summer to sculpt) and the sculpting itch was awful LOL… here are the first finished pieces, still needing sanding, painting, varnishing… lots of work ahead.
Peppers (delicious!), super-hot jalapeños, and a lovely triple onion that I will add to the Goddess altar on Samhain. All of this was grown in regular plant pots, from heirloom organic seeds from our in-laws own crops, on a roof garden where there is no planting soil at all – a proof of urban gardening that tastes like heaven! The jalapeños will make a gorgeous jar of “Mojo” (pronounced Mo-ho), which is our own tabasco-like sauce -here on the islands, due to our hot and dry weather, we have some of the hottest peppers in Europe! Very soon we will harvest melons, tomatoes are in bloom and there will be a second (and even a third) pepper and jalapeño harvests next month. I love my little magickal garden! Here are some pics I took this morning:
Yemanya’s Palm, growing wonderfully. The palm bulb was brought by a witch friend on Yemanya’s day (Aug 15), and it was nothing but a dry ball of palm root. It took almost a month to see its first leave, and now nothing can stop her!
Borage, grown from seed – we didn’t know this would grow so well here, but there’s already another seedling pot growing.
Catnip, grown from seeds from the island of Las Palmas, also doing very good and already attracting my witchy cat girls.
Peppermint, grown for cuttings from Fernando’s parents, spreading like a plague on every pot :).
Baby Basil, grown from seeds from a friend – love the light in this image!
Our Papaya trees, growing wonderfully after the last transplant. Love the shape of the leaves.
African violets in full bloom – I see a gorgeous violet flower tea in the near future!
Since we have almost finished all the Tarot room work and our schedules are back to normal (as normal as a Witch’s schedule can be LOL), I have decided to make readings and spellwork available again at The Hoodoo Shop. I have made a new section, Readings And Spellwork, on the shop just for that matters and along the day I will be listing all the services available – be a little patient while I make the listings, I have extra work today since Fernando hurt his back yesterday and I’m doing ALL the housework, gardenwork, petwork and shopkeeping until he’s better – nothing serious, but he’s the kind of person that needs to be forced to stay resting (aaah Tauruses! LOL).
So far, I have listed the three-questions reading and the one-question reading, which are made with regular Tarot decks, but I plan to list other oracles like Animal Totem Guidance, the Fairies’ Oracle and others from my deck collection, as well as all the spell works I can think of – any ideas or recommendations from you will be very appreciated!
Last night we finally finished the Tarot room – of course, the camera batteries died before we had any chance to take pics – these pics are from this morning. There are still a few details to finish, but we have made enough so I can work and read Tarot there. Enjoy the eye candy – today I have an online Tarot reading to make, several spells to prepare and LOTS to finish around the house still. But I can’t leave without saying how much I love the room! So much space and light… the previous “witch room” will be a little and cozy guest room for a friend who’s coming for the wedding from Madrid, and after that we’ll decide what to do with it. I think I’m going to ENJOY witching in this room!
Couldn’t get a wider view because the corridor beside the room is quite narrow – my desk on the right, beside the “supplies” closet, and the sitting area for Tarot on the left.
The sitting area for readings – still needs a little more ornamentation of course :).
I’m SO out, that my closet has no doors LOL…
My painting of Eleggua gives a “high five” to the project.
The small altar to Witchcraft, beside my desk.
The next twelve customers to purchase at The Hoodoo Shop (digital downloads not included), will receive TWO sample bags from this lot, each one carrying a gemstone charm and a small envelope with a sample of our new incense, Spirit Dancer. One of the samples is for you, the other to give away – we want to give you a gift, and we need you to help us spread the word about our work!
I would also like to congratulate Magaly from Pagan Culture for winning our giveaway at Mrs.B’s 31 Days Of Halloween! Magaly, just send me your email address so I can send you the download link for your BOS set!
Floor washes are a “must” item in Santeria, Hoodoo and Voodoo – they are completely conspicuous, as nobody will know you have used them, and really clean away the negative energies as they bring new and positive ones. I made these two last night – as soon as they are ready to filter they will be up in the shop :).
Second Chance Floor Wash
For lovers who are going through a hard time, but still want to have another chance to solve their problems – this potion, made to be used as a floor wash, helps soothing hurt feelings and allows forgiveness and understanding for couples who have been under negative energies. There are many spells to find love, but not so many to repair a broken heart!
Peace After Grief Floor Wash
This floor wash is made to clean away the residual sadness after a personal/family loss. Its herbs bring peace and comfort, allowing its user to relief grieving. The residual feelings after traumatic situations are very dangerous for our spiritual balance, specially if there are children in the house, and should be cleaned regularly – this is an extra powerful formula for situations that need a complete change.
How To Use Floor Washes
- Floor washes should not be used along with chemical soaps, so it works MUCH better if you clean first and then apply the wash. You can do a room at a time, starting on the living room/kitchen for family issues, the bedroom for love issues or the office for money/business issues. If you want to do the whole house at once, start at the farthest room and go towards the entrance, finishing at the entry door of the house.
- Once the room is clean, add a few drops to a bucket of clean water and mop from the bottom of the room towards the door, paying special attention to corners and thresholds on doors and windows. Actually I do both things when cleaning a house.
- You can also add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with clean water – blessed water would be perfect – and spray all over the room, in the same way as in the previous paragraph.
- Smudging with incense and/or lighting a candle, in the corresponding colour for your intention, is highly recommended to get the most of this washes.
- This is very important: throw the left water from mopping OUT of the house! It will gather a lot of negative energy and you don’t want it back inside.