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Charles G Leland – Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling 
Archive for November, 2010
Since we’re homebound waiting for the windstorm (so far nothing important has happened, but it is supposed to get worse tonight and tomorrow), we have been giving a good cleaning to the house and throwing away stuff mercilessly. Downsizing is a permanent task for us crafters, as we tend to see everything by its possibilities, so we end up keeping a lot of things only for what may one day become of those things – well, multiply that for two, because Fernando is even worse than me when it comes to hoarding :) .
This lamp started with a huge, but broken, pepper grinder that he found. As you can see in the pics, it is the pole of the lamp – the folky painting was not made by me. The base was once carved by my grandfather from a solid piece of teak – my grandmother gave it to me a few years ago, and I had been keeping it for something special. The etched glass lampshade was also recycled from one of the house’s chandeliers, and all the electrical elements come from the pile that Fernando collected while working for an electrical repair business for six years. Glue the wooden pieces together, wire them et voila! Our very gypsy Pepper Grinder lamp.
The islands are under a windstorm and power outages are to be expected – today it’s only very windy but it seems that on Sunday evening, a full tropical windstorm will pass over us from the southwet. We’re quite safe but, if we don’t answer emails right away, please remember we may not have electricity for a while.
Offering to Saint Expedite for a customer. The scent of the herbs (red valerian – also called Jupiter’s Beard-, Holy Basil and flowering Rosemary), along with our in-laws organic lemons and guavas (a sacred fruit of Eleggua), fill the room with their intoxicating, sensual perfume. This is magick.
Incense comes in many forms – cones, sticks, powder, resins, oils and more – and I love them all! Perfumed oils have been a form of devotion since antiquity, used as a ritual element for perfuming the body or as incense – when heated, essential oils release their fragrance in the air. Using an oil burner is clean, makes no smoke or residues; also, they are a really conspicuous way to cast a good spell when non-magickal visitors are around, or for those to have decided to stay in the “broom closet”.
These oils are highly perfumed, so use only a few drops – for the best aromatherapy experience, allow the oil burner to heat for around 20 minutes before pouring a few drops on its plate. They have been made with a unique mixture of essential oils, perfume oils and herb-infused oils, besides a carrier aloe vera oil – since these oils are of different nature, we strongly suggest to shake the bottle well before using it. It is suitable to be used as a perfume – just remember to avoid genitals, eyes, mouth and any area subject to skin irritation. Of course, it can be used for anointing amulets, candles and anything magickal :).
We have created three delightful mixes:
Pomba Gira: sensual, spicy, feminine and absolutely perfect to wake up passion all around you! Attracts love, enhances intimacy and protects relationships. Scents of vanilla, passion fruit and other fragrances that are closely related to her worship create an intoxicating mixture that will keep you in tune with the power of this Goddess.
Santa Muerte: the best combination of devotional oils for Ancestor devotions – holy resins like myrrh and frankincense and traditionally sacred herbs like sage and musk work together to create a mystical, exotic fragrance. Our muertos love it!
Seven African Powers: made for empowerment, protection and psychic development – the best choice to keep your house’s energy free from negativity and unwanted spirits, and to make the Orishas happy! Perfect for everyday devotions – scents of coconut, frankincense, orange blossom and more, made to rise vibrational energy levels and clean residual disturbances.
Find them at The Hoodoo Shop.
Images of my crochet and spinning projects this week – mostly christmas gifts. The autumn colours doilly is for Fernando’s mother and the handspun yarn is for my best friend, who once was an avid knitter and wants to take up knitting again. The blue baby booties have no owner yet since I don’t have any kids around me, but I just got tired of making doillies and cushions and wanted to explore a more 3D work – I think I will keep making baby items and donate them somewhere. If anyone knows a non-religious charity where I can send the baby items too, I would love to know :).
Scans from the spanish installment magazine “The Unexplained”, which was published along 1980 – every week, I would anxiously wait until my mother bought the magazine, and then I would read it from cover to cover. I still have about 40 of these magazines, and they’re one of my most loved occult treasures. Since these are not copyright free, they are shown here only for educational purposes – only for personal use!
Alleged burnt marks made by spirits, on a Bible and a wood plank.
Ghost nun photographed in 1918, summoned by a medium called Castelwitch in Lisboa, Portugal.
The spirit of a woman called Yolande and a lily plant, both summoned by the famous medium Madame D’Esperance, photographed in March 1890.
Starting today, and until supplies last, we will be giving away one of this lovely Isis bookmarks with every purchase! The bookmark was designed with Photoshop, starting with a turn-of-the-century picture of a lady wearing an egyptian revival costume – it was coloured and partially repainted, and then added onto a layered background. Each piece was hand cut and adorned with fibers from our stash.