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Archive for February, 2010
Winds Of Oya – Handcarved Willow Wand (This Item Is Reserved)
This smudging wand was made using a willow branch wildharvested and carved by Fernando – he also handspun the wool yarn below the feathers from first quality merino wool rovings. The feathers are vintage marabou and rooster. The piece measures 32 cms/ 12,6 inches and is a one of a kind. Two beautiful carved beads hang from the wool thread. Smudging wands have many uses, but I think they are specially good at working at spiritual cleansing. They clean stagnant negativity when used to send sacred herbal smoke to the consultant and balance troubled auras. Use them when burning incense, herb bundles, resins, etc. I also love to use them for sacred dancing, as they work wonderfully at extending the joyous energy of dance.
Charmed Witch Bottles
We were given a box full of vintage sherry sample bottles recently – I have kept quite a few for myself, but we have too many and want to share a few of them with you! These dark amber glass bottles hold 50 ml/1,70 US fluid ounces. They are EMPTY. All bottles have been thoroughly washed and sterilized before adorning them with all kinds of charms: skulls , dices, cowrie shells, a flowers, hearts, stars, bells, holy medals – all symbols of luck, magick and power. All charms have been wrapped with copper wire, the most magick-conductive of all metals, and hang from first quality gold embroidery thread. The lower trim is from India and was a gift from a textile collector. The caps are screw-on, metallic, very useful to keep liquids from evaporating! Use this bottle for your potions, oils, blessed water, florida water… the uses are endless. I use them for everything!
A Witch rosary is used as the Catholic ones: to be used as a meditation tool during prayer or worship. A beautiful gift for any type of Witch! They are double wrapped with copper wire – I have found copper is, with a big difference, the best metal for directing prayer energy.This rosary is also a wonderful and conspicuous protection. I have casted a blessing over all of them. There are two type of rosaries, of 13 and 7 beads, two Master Numbers in numerology and Kabbalah.
Santeria Doll – Obatala – Protection, Enlightenment, Clairvoyance
Santeria Doll – Ochum – Sensuality, Wealth, Magick
Santeria Doll – Yemanya – Motherhood, Creativity, Abundance
10 cm/4 inches altar doll, dressed in the traditional costume that Priestess of all Orishas wear during rituals and festivities. Poseable arms, legs and head. All the clothes and turban are 100% handsewn – no glueing on these dolls to assure durability.
Dolls in Santeria are an institution, specially in Cuba, where the tradition dresses them in white silk and gorgeous handmade laces, often with dresses over a yard long for a doll that’s only a few inches tall. They are traditionally placed on a small chair, usually made by the devotee or bought to an artisan, and the chosen spirit is called with offerings to inhabit the doll. On special occasions, or in return for favours, the spirit doll receives a new dress, a new chair, an embroidered cushion or cape, jewelry… until a spirit doll with several years of work in the house of a Santero is like a living jewel, covered in riches and offerings. The spirit that inhabits her (or him) can be a local priestess, an ancestor or a famous deceased figure of the religion. Of course, they can also represent a deity, but they are not used as the Orisha’s vessel, as the Orisha vessel must be something of a purer essence, like a stone, and not a plastic figurine. On the other hand, they are widely used a gifts for the Orishas, specially when asking for a difficult spellwork. As usual I am open to custom work, on this kind of doll or others. Please contact me with your idea – prices may vary depending on materials and size of doll.
Many of you know that Eleggua/Legba/Exu is my patron Orisha – in the last 10 years I have made and given many of these Eleggua bags to friends and customers as protections, and they have all worked wonderfully. Recently I got an order from a friend and decided I would make a complete batch for the shop too.
Each bag is filled with a mixture of herbs and cotton to keep the shape and avoid little pieces of wood and barks piercing the fabric. They measure around 11 cm/ 4,5 inches including feathers and are all made from first quality satins, silks and other luxury fabrics. The cowrie shells that are added to make Eleggua’s face are handsewn one by one. Keep this amulet in your altar, it’s not made to be carried with you. To empower it, light candles regularly to Eleggua and anoint it monthly with your favourite Holy Oil. It is a very good idea to cleanse it each month, putting the amulet on a plate filled with salt and letting it receive the light of the full moon. This bag is also a wonderful offering for your patron deity.
Since I have been working with Yemaya this week, I thought it would be nice to say a big Thank You to the Mother Orisha by giving away this digital image I created in Photoshop. Please feel free to grab the image! “Mareferun Yemanya”, in case you don’t know, means “Blessed Be Yemanya” in Yoruba.
NOTE: This image is a free gift for devotional use ONLY. I am the owner of the copyright – do NOT use this image for commercial purposes.
Herbal Spirit Dolls:
In the learning of Herbal Witchcraft, connecting with the spirit of each plant we use is essential to reach a deep knowledge of its magickal and medicinal properties.These series of dolls have been created to help you connect with the Herbal spirits. Each doll, male of female, measures 10 cm/4 inches, and has been customized by me with artisan-dyed fabrics, our handspun yarns and my collection of beads, trims and novelty yarns and threads, making it a unique creation. Each doll comes with a 100% organic sample of the herb it represents and a small printed scroll about the unique nature of these dolls, making it a beautiful gift for your most loved Witchies :).
Sandalwood is a sacred wood for many cultures. Its fragrant and sensual scent has captivated the souls of artists, mystics and witches alike – it is also a wonderful charm in love spells, to add passion and power to a relationship.
Solomon’s Seal root gets its name from the fact that the roots create a new ring every year, symbolizing the seals of a magician. King Solomon is one of the most famous figures in ancient Witchcraft, and is much revered in African-origin traditions. His knowledge of magick and wisdom turned him into a legend – it is said that he had power over demons and evil entities, thus all magickal items related to him are known as powerful protectors.
Rosemary – the holiest of all herbs! Rosemary cleans, purifies, protects and puts negative energy a mile away! There are too many uses for Rosemary to be cited here, as it is, to me, the most magickal mediterranean herb and has been related to spiritual and medicinal matters by all cultures.
Vervain – the fairy herb if there ever was one :). This herb activates your psychic powers, eases spiritual blocking and has been devoted to all Goddess worship on ancient European witchcraft. A magickal, sweet and generous spirit.
Crocheted Amulet Bags:
Fernando handspun this yarn and I turned the yarn into a fairy amulet bag – you can’t get more handmade than this! Both the fringe and the cord for hanging have been made with the handspun yarn and organic hemp cord, and adorned with beads and cowrie shells for extra magic and cuteness :). The cord is long enough so you can keep it on while wildharvesting, and the crocheting has been made very tight so you don’t loose your little treasures! The bag measures 8 x 6 cms/ 3 x 2,5 inches, a bit bigger than a egg.
The egg shape comes from the idea that an egg is the beginning of all life, a symbol of future abundance and growth – many amulets during history have used this shape in their advantage. Handspinning the yarn add a lot of energy to this work, which will be perfect for your medicine charms, totems, stones, herbs, etc.
Every time I make a new spell, I ask the Orishas for permission, approval and suggestions – usually one of the Orishas takes “charge” of the situation and, during my meditation, I get a clear image of what the Orisha wants me to do. It’s taken years to eliminate my own pride and prejudices about spellwork and just do what they ask – hey I’m a proud Witch :D… but after many successful spells that were completely out of the norm, I started learning to be more humble. I have been asked by the Orishas to make many things to make a spellwork that, at first sight, wouldn’t look like a regular spell – I have been asked to paint murals on my customer’s house, to sing for the Orishas, to feed them very specific meals, and of course to create all kind of protective objects for my customers.
This time, Yemanya asked me to make this jewelry and the wanga packet you see below, beside the regular spellcasting that, unfortunately, I was not allowed to photograph. Yemanya is very jealous of her secrets!
Wanga/Ouanga packets are very similar to Hoodoo’s mojo bags, but they are even more powerful. A wanga should always stay by the altar and not be carried around as a regular amulet, as carrying may make you feel dizzy and unsafe.
Wanga are working energies like amulets, but they are also used to help the Orisha/Lwa connect with the practitioner; they are filled with herbs, charms and many other odds and ends related to each Orisha/Lwa
There is also a form of wanga made only for worshipping, to please an Orisha/Lwa, which is bigger and much more adorned. They are given to the Orishas/Lwas during their sacred days, or to get a special favour. I may make some for the shop soon, but for today, I’m off to have some rest and crochet the evening away; I want to recharge for tomorrow as I have an important reading to make for a dear friend, and being exhausted won’t be of any help – and what could be better than a good hour of crocheting while listening to my fave witchy radio podcasts…
We’ve been locked in the Witchy Kitchen the past few days preparing a new batch of medicinal and herbal products that have been listed today – what you see in this pic is more or less a third of the batch! So far we have listed:
- Rosemary Tincture;
- Rosemary Herbal Honey;
- Peppermint Tincture;
- Peppermint Herbal Honey;
- Muscles & Bones Anti-Ache Ointment;
- Four types of herbal milk bath salts: Aphrodisia, Reconnection, Relaxation and Rejuvenation. The baths are for sale in two formats; one type of salt + a batiste bathtub sachet, or four smaller bags of one of each type + paper tea bags. There are detailed uses and info on each product in the listings. You can find all these products at the Apothecary section of The Hoodoo Shop
Honestly, I am in heaven in the Witchy Kitchen. A lifetime of love for herbs is finally coming up together, all my sources of knowledge fusing into one magickal stream of healing – my grandmas’ knowledge, the books I have read, my own experience growing and making alternative treatments for friends and family. Fernando is enjoying it a lot too, and you should see him working – talk about meticulous Taurus LOL…
Yesterday I made this painting for Fernando, as a way to apologize for not having finished the big Horned God painting that is eternally a WIP :D… the frame was made by him using the wood from a canvas frame – I can’t find canvas sheets for a decent price here, so I buy framed canvas and take off the frame for working. As you know I love to work on small size paintings; this one is 9×12 cms, smaller than a postcard.
I never get tired of painting Horned gods, goddesses and spirits. For many years, they have been an essential and returning icon on my work. I have a small collection of images depicting Pan/Dyonisus that I have been gathering since I started reading the work of Nietszche when I was a teenager; his texts on Apollo and Dyonisus really captured me. Of course, Eliphas Levi’s Baphomet was also a love at first sight. Goat herding has been a tradition for the Canary Islands since the times of the Guanches as our geography doesn’t make it easy to herd cows or sheep – goats eat all our harder, desertic plants without a care and are fit to jump on rocks on our ravines. I guess it’s written on my DNA that goats mean survival, wealth, food, clothes and future for the clan.
The painting is not available, but you can find postcard size prints of it at The Hoodoo Shop at Etsy.
Being homebound for couple of days hasn’t been so bad after all – we finished the witchy kitchen in our witchy room! After building the table from scratch to fit the space we had and beautifying it with the curtains, upcycled from a vintage bedspread, Fernando started working on the wall lamp, also working from scratch and recycling leftovers from other projects. He worked six years as an electrician so he has built up a good amount of discarded supplies that were in good use – we have used them for years for our own electrical needs, and to help friends waste less on theirs.
I love the primitive look of it, it goes wonderfully with the rest of the room. It even has an antique switch he had been saving for something special :). If you look on the first pic, you can see he also added four plugs for mixers, herb grinders, electrical scales or whatever we may need near the table.
Then we started cleaning and testing this almost antique over-counter kitchen we found when we moved here (and were just saving in case our own kitchen broke) – talk about dirty work! There was grease on everything, so much grease that the gas would not reach the burners. But, after a lot of patience and elbow grease, it was working! Here you have it already cooking some herbal concotions.
Total cost: around 20 € (around 25 $), 15 of them to buy the connector for the gas tank. Another crafty-frugal task finished! Can’t wait to start working tonight on some good ol’ herbal medicine…
The Canary Islands are under alert for tropical storms for today and tomorrow. Power outages are expected, so please be a little patient if you can’t reach us. All orders made during this weekend will be shipped on Wednesday – sorry if this causes you any inconvenience, but it’s not safe to drive to the post office in this weather. Do not worry, we are pretty safe :), just homebound.