Tenerife’s 2009 Carnival Queen – isn’t she like a living Erzulie?
Last night was the last Carnival night here. Since we were under a storm along the week, most of the Carnival acts were cancelled to keep people safe – maybe you don’t know, but Tenerife has the second biggest Carnival in the world, right after Rio De Janeiro. That means that thousands of people are involved, and there is hardly a family here that does not belong to some kind of Carnival group. I was very sorry for all those people during the week, as the wind and rain fell merciless upon us.
But this weekend the weather has calmed, and as soon as it did, we started seeing people in costume, looking for a well-deserved party! Since my studio is at street level, I’ve been enjoying seeing “mascaritas” (little masks, the name we give here to people in costume) pass by my window, gleaming in glitter, wigs, sequins and feathers. A beautiful sight indeed!!!
We decided to use all that joyous energy on our work’s behalf – I am a firm believer in the fact that 1 million people partying can raise some f***ing great energy! On Friday night we finished preparing the Hoodoo powders we listed yesterday, and last night we took out a batch of oils that have been steeping since we finished our witchy kitchen (and that were made during another tropical storm, ain’t that a loop) and got them ready to be listed today.
This batch of oils is made with a mixture of sunflower and soy oils as a base. After herbs, resins, barks and many other curios have steeped for several weeks, oils are strained and then corresponding perfume oils are added, letting them steep some more. After that, each bottle is filled with oil and three items are added to EACH bottle. The oil comes in a 20 ml/0.9 US fluid ounces plastic bottle. To be used for anointing candles, blessing talismans, as perfume, as offering, for oil lamps, etc., as you would do with any other Holy Oil.
Types Of Oils Listed:
- King Solomon Oil: to gain wisdom, to have dominion over complex situations, to command spirits. Each bottle contains a piece of real gold leaf, a Balm Of Gilead seed and three pieces of Solomon`s Seal root. Frankincense scent.
King Solomon is an essential figure in hoodoo, being the most witchcraft-oriented figure of the Bible. Known for his wisdom, owner of wonderous protective items and commander of demons, King Solomon stays as the biggest magickal worker of antiquity, being similar to Hermes Trimegisto or Merlin.
- Papa Ghede Oil: To communicate with ancestors, to anoint candles or any ritual tool for them, for graveyard work. Each bottle contains graveyard dirt from an 18th century graveyard, an antique iron nail and a piece of storax benzoin resin. Cinnamon scent.
Papa Ghede is believed to be the spirit of the first man that died of human race, thus being the chief of all spirits of our ancestors. He is deeply related to the three Baron Lwas, and depicted as an old man wearing a straw hat and smoking a cigar, which relates him to Legba’s image too.
- India Rosa Oil: To attract love, wealth and fertility. Each bottle contains a piece of dragon’s blood resin, sandalwood chips and a rosehip berry. Passionfruit (maracujá) scent.
India Rosa is an ever-growing spirit in Venezuelan spiritualism; this gentle and loving spirit is also a fierceful protector for lovers and families, very similar to Pomba Gira. Wife of Indio Mara, the warrior spirit, she is well trained in fighting evil too.
- Black Hawk Oil: To gain courage, to get protection from evil, to fight enemies. Each bottle contains ginger root, powdered John The Conqueror root and three pieces of hematite. Orange scent.
The spirit of the indian chief Black Hawk entered Hoodoo through American Spiritualist medium Leafy Anderson (1887–1927), who entered in contact with the chief’s spirit and started working with him through her Church. This powerful spirit is an excellent aid when we need extra courage, to go through complex situations in life, and as a general anti-evil spells protection.
- Gnome’s Gold Oil: To attract luck, money and job opportunities. Each bottle contains a piece of indian cinnamon, a piece of real gold leaf and three rowan berries. Vanilla scent.
Latin Santeria believes in gnomes, fairies and other “small people” as much as it worships ancestors and Orishas. Gnomes are Earth elementals, guardians of fortunes and of the earth’s treasures. Gnome Oil is used to attract good finances, to protect our savings and investings (houses, cars, animals, crops) and of course to honour Elementals, anointing brown candles and offering them to the Gnomes.
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