Hoping this gives you some food for thought :) :
This has been a testing week, to say the least. Someone we really love has been going through hell and needed immediate spiritual guidance to get his life back on track, so we have been working as full-time guardian angels this week, taking him before Eleggua for a good cleansing as he had been seriously hoodooed, then taking him to the beach to receive Yemaya’s blessing, then to the cemetery to meet Oya and the Spirits, and still next week we will take him to the forest to commune with Oggum and our Guanche ancestors. All of that while keeping the shop and consultants attended – that means we’ve been working double each and every single day. But, that’s the work of the healer! There are no holidays, and when someone is broken to his very core and has lost everything, you simply can’t look other way and pretend it’s not happening. And, in case you were wondering, we are not getting a cent from him; we were asked to do this for free by Eleggua himself, and what Eleggua asks for, Eleggua gets.
Our friend is someone with a very special light, with the potential of a healer, and that kind of people is always an easy prey for people with no scruples when it comes to Magick. People tend to think that those who practise negative magick are really wealthy and have no enemies because they infuse fear unto people – but the truth is that they are always struggling to survive, preying over other people’s money like vultures, always unhappy and needing more, and more. And to be honest, that kind of people do not scare me one bit. I’m not as good as to feel mercy for them, but on the other they do not scare me at all; I am so sure that Eleggua and all the other Orishas will not allow any harm to come to us, that simply there is no room for any worry.
The best part of it, certainly, has been having the chance to see my beloved Yemanya and Oya. We took offerings for both of them, gathered some graveyard dirt and took lots of beautiful pictures – which we won’t show to protect our friend’s privacy, and our sacred places’ privacy too. Although very tired, we are renewed and relaxed. I was born in a small town beside the sea, and my grandma’s house was 20 steps away from the sand, so the beach is a second home to me.
Last night, Fernando said that, at the cemetery, he felt the urge to start fixing all the broken crosses and abandoned graves – something we couldn’t do because there were people around and we didn’t want them calling the cops (hehe), but that made me so proud of him! We will come back tomorrow with our witchy friend, carrying flowers and candy for the dead, who asked for them very clearly while we were there.
Our friend found a domino piece in the graveyard, a message from Shango, telling him that everything will be ok. If you didn’t know, dominoes are sacred in Santeria, and when I read him the meaning of the piece he found – which fitted his situation and needs perfectly – he started crying.
Here are the lessons this week has given to us, and that I am sharing with you:
- First, the sad lessons – first, that there are people out there who simply care about nothing but getting their way, even if it means destroying others in the way; second, that the belief that you are safe from negative magick if you don’t believe in it, is nothing but ignorance.
Now, the happier lessons:
- The Orishas are nothing but LOVE. No matter how much you have done wrong, how much you have lost, how badly you have behaved, the Orishas will accept you and care for you if your commitment to change is pure and strong.
- Once you have received the Orishas’ blessings, it is your duty to show others that it is possible to find protection and growth in them. If something has saved you, it may save others. Of course, this does not include proselytism! Faith should never be forced onto people, or it will never be faith at all.
- The Orishas speak loud and clear, if you are there to listen. There is no such thing as blind faith in Santeria, because there is no need at all to be blind. True faith comes from understanding, feeling and witnessing the connection at all levels, and not from theoretical ideas that must be accepted without questioning.