The next group ritual is going to be completely different to the previous ones I have performed during 2020; on Friday October 9, I will be offering a feast to our Holy Mother, in gratitude for her generosity protecting the community of customers who has regularly worked with me during this extremely trying year.
This feast will include the creation of a very special altar to Her, as well as the offering of exquisite incenses from my collection, and other very special items from our culture, that I will be unveiling on my social media during the next two weeks. Every participant will receive prayers of continued protection and blessing from the Holy Mother.
Working on readings today; happily, very good news, which needless to say makes me super happy. If you are considering getting a reading, here are my five most powerful tips for making the best out of it:
· The more specific your question, the better. Avoid yes-no questions, what-if questions, and generalities. Don’t ask Spirits to make decisions for you, but rather to evaluate a situation for you – that is what they excel at, and what will really help you.
· Be respectful of the Spirits speaking through the deck. Don’t try to outsmart them, and accept that a lot in our future is kept secret for a very good reason. Nobody has the right to know everything. Don’t repeat questions from reader to reader until you get the answer you are looking for.
· Stick to your most trusted Reader. The more and better your Reader knows you, the better results you will get. A good reader does not sugar coat the truth, can be cryptic but is always honest, and simply, is usually right on the spot. Look for authenticity, good customer feedback, and kindness.
· Pardon my language, but fucking listen to the advice you are given. Receiving guidance from the Spirits is an absolute privilege. And you can believe me when I say that those who follow the advice they are given, are often blessed with unexpected gifts.
· Tarot is a tool to empower your path. Use it to strategize, to understand, to plan, to see through your own shortcomings, but don’t use it to tell you what to do, because it will not work. You are the only one making the decisions in your life!
I’ve been making some photo mosaics for my social media posts (you can follow on the links below), and I’m really loving it – today, nine images of flowers that have been offered to our beloved Spirits during rituals, misas, services, etc.
For us Espiritistas, scents (from flowers, incenses, cigar smoke, and from literal colognes+perfumes) elevate our prayers, keep negative entities away, protect our homes and altars, and show our love and commitment to our spiritual families. They are absolutely essential in my practise.
One of my first memories of working with my Padrino, who was both Lukumi and Espiritista, was helping him do the enramado* for his altar, years before I even was initiated. Making nice flower bouquets was a skill I learnt from my mother as a child; I have no doubt that it was one of the reasons why the Tres Potencias** asked him to initiate me.
*Enramado: Canarian dialect. The preparation of flower bouquets for folkloric festivities, church altars and graves.
**Tres Potencias: the three more important Spirits of Venezuelan Espiritismo – Queen María Lionza, Chief Guaicaipuro, and Negro Felipe.
One of the most important reasons why everyone should participate in the Tumba Enemigo Ritual is that this quarantine situation has made us extremely vulnerable. At this point of the year, we are all exhausted at every level – our minds, our bodies, our finances, our entire society is standing on very shaky ground. The end is not even in sight, and the feeling of hopelessness is becoming stronger every day.
And it goes even further – it has brought spiritual danger that we may not even be seeing around us. The following quote has been taken from the transcription of a Spirit Seance we did last April; the spirit communicating presented himself as a neighbour; I have only added the words between brackets to make the translation easier to understand.
“Now the streets are empty. It is nice but also sad. There is so much tension everywhere, like electrical power coming out of the houses, and some entities are taking advantage of it, eating it, and becoming stronger. You know, those ones that are like ticks. It is scary. They are everywhere, like vermin coming to the smell (of a dead animal). Depression, bad mood, and more. You have to force yourself to be optimistic to repel them. It’s like another virus altogether.”
This speaks for itself. This situation is not only devouring our economy and our society, it is a place of opportunity for negative entities to prey on us. And let me be very clear – I am not saying this to scare you, quite the opposite: I am saying this to wake you up, and to offer you my experience and skills through the Tumba Enemigo ritual.
For those of you who do not speak Spanish, Tumba Enemigo means Enemy Crusher, and is a standard work in many Afro Latin religions – this is, of course, a modified version that can be performed for a group of participants. The purpose of this ritual, which will be performed on Friday September 18, is to receive a complete hex-breaking and cleansing work against three main areas:
· Hexes and curses: works from enemies, evil eye, envy, works to break your love relationship, etc. If you have been feeling out of options, blocked in every way, going through periods of bad luck that never end, you should participate in this ritual.
· Generational curses that you may be carrying through your Ancestor lines. Remember, breaking this kind of curse liberates you AND them, strengthening your Cuadro Espiritual (the group of Spirits, Guides, and Ancestors around you) and their ability to guide you and protect you.
· Parasitic entities that may be attached to you, your family, or your household. If you are feeling uncomfortable at your home, suffer from regular accidents and/or nightmares, or have had other negative spiritual activity, you should participate.
The star of the Unstoppable Ritual, happening on August 31, is the John The Conqueror root (Ipomoea purga, before Ipomoea jalapa) – named after the great spirit of Hoodoo. In the picture, pieces of root from my apothecary, provided by a friend who grows it herself.
John The Conqueror represents everything that the Unstoppable ritual represents: as African royalty turned into a slave in America, he is a very strong symbol of empowerment, freedom of will and freedom of action, creativity against obstacles, strength and endurance against oppression, and even the most positive aspects of virility and male fertility.
Actually, and this is a personal opinion, John The Conqueror is the same kind of spirit as what we call the Court of Don Juanes in Venezuelan Espiritismo. Those of you who have participated in my Fortuna Rituals will be familiar with Don Juan Del Dinero, the main Spirit to whom the ritual is devoted. Both Don Juan Del Dinero and John The Conqueror are tricksters, liminal Spirits, providers of luck, game changers – and this is exactly what this ritual needs.
Tarot Customers: the best advice you will ever receive is – don’t go from reader to reader until you find one who tells you what you want to hear. Instead, find a reader you can trust, and stick with them. Work with them often, trust their judgement, and use them not only as a diviner, but as a life counsellor.
Why? Because both the Tarot, and the Reader, are SO much more than just a tool for divination.
How? By observing the reader’s character, reputation, and behaviour. When it comes to trust, your instinct will always tell you the truth, and with so many social media channels, it is really easy to tell true from fake.
A true professional will always be able to transmit their personality, knowledge, and experience, without sounding like a cult leader. A true professional will always see themselves as way more than just a card reader, and will care about becoming a guide for your life, worthy of your trust, your money, and your time.
Look for the originals, for the authentic, for the honest. Avoid the self-serving, the superficial, the drama lovers, the unprepared.
Having your own spiritual practise is, in my opinion, absolutely essential for achieving wisdom, personal development, and a peaceful relationship with the challenging experience that life is – but that does not mean that you have to rely on yourself all the time. There will be many occasions in which you will need a professional; here are a few of the most important.
· When you are grieving. When you are suffering loss, that loss should be your focus. Let the pain be, for as long as it lasts, and turn to your family and friends. Let us handle the prayers, and the rites of elevation, for we are between worlds.
· When you are ill, physically and mentally. This work takes strength, lots of it, and when you are ill, your focus should only be resting and surviving. Let us do the healing and the nurturing, for we are the vehicles of sacred medicine.
· When you are under spiritual attack from entities or curses. You may be dealing with something that is completely out of your league, and trying to fix it yourself usually makes it worse. Let us do the fighting, for we are warriors.
· When you don’t have the space, the time, or the support from those around you. When you are working hard, the Spirits will never judge you for leaving spiritual work in the hands of professionals. Let us do the empowering, for we were chosen to be the channels for that power to reach you.
· When you do not have the skills. Spellwork and ritual take a great deal of knowledge and practise, the right environment, and a powerful connection with the world of Spirit. Let us do the Good Work, for we are those who made all the sacrifices that were asked to be worthy of that work.
The most important concept of Feng Shui is that the harmonious flow of Chi, which flows like water into your home, can benefit every aspect of your life: your finances, your health, your love life, your family’s prosperity, etc. Just so, when Chi becomes stagnant, it attracts misfortune, illness, and even negative spiritual activity.
Sources of light are extremely important in your home’s energy – light is a form of Chi, and when it is properly used, it can empower every aspect of your happiness. Here are some tips – combined with a little Brujeria 😊, of course:
· Dark rooms, basements, under-the-stairs spaces, storage areas, garages and attics are the first places that require attention. The stronger the light there, the better.
And, as a Bruja, let me add this – not only Chi becomes slow and negative in those areas very easily; dark places with little human activity are also a magnet for parasitic spirit entities.
· In areas where the members of the household spend time together, it really pays off to invest in beautiful light fixtures and lamps – think of them as magnets that draw positive energy towards them. This also applies to the entrance of the home, and of course to your business – when it comes to public spaces, there is no such thing as too much light.
· When you cleanse and bless your home, turn on every light and every candle in the home for as long as the ritual takes, plus one more hour at least. This tip never fails to work for me!
· The two places that need more light in your home are your kitchen, as many aspects of this area represent your wealth, and your office. Choose white light to make the Chi flow, and coloured light to strengthen it with different qualities.
· The only place where light should be controlled, and eliminated as much as possible, is on the bedroom during your sleep hours. Turn off the tv, the computer, and the phone – the light of screens is very disturbing for your rest. If sleeping in total darkness makes you anxious, choose a warm orange or red light, as soft as possible, to help you relax; a small salt lamp is always a good choice.
· An extra tip for Brujas: Spirits love light, and altars are always benefitted from lots of it. Candles, oil lamps, electric lights, and even battery-powered LED candles – all of them, and as long as you remember safety, the more the better.
Saint John’s Eve, which happens in the night between June 23 and June 24, is one of the most magical nights of Canarian folklore. This tradition predates the Spanish invasion – the Guanches believed that the days around the summer Solstice were specially propitious for meeting the Dead, who would return briefly from their as human-shaped mists coming from the sea.
Today, Saint John’s Eve is entirely devoted to the power of fire and its ability to clean negativity; bonfires are made of old furniture and all kinds of salvaged wood, which is amassed during the previous weeks. Anything that we want to get rid of is added to the bonfire – the most common additions are old clothes, papers with things written on them that they want to forget or finish, and students’ school papers as the school year has just finished.
The bonfires are started at dusk, as people start to gather around them. By midnight, after the wood has been consumed and the bonfires are reduced to burning coals, the tradition asks to jump over them three times to be cleansed of all negative energy for the whole next year. If the bonfire is made in a beach, which is quite usual, the tradition calls for three baths in the sea after jumping over the coals, to assure the good luck of the following year, and the banishing of all evil spirits; the baths must be taken facing the beach, not facing the sea, so the waves can take all negative energies away from us.
In Puerto De La Cruz, my mother’s hometown, Saint John’s Eve’s central celebration is the bathing of the goats, a ritual where thousands of goats are led to the beach to be bathed and purified for the next year – a truly beautiful celebration, that is celebrated to this day.
The whole night, of course, is full of magic from dusk ’til dawn – here are some of the most witchy traditions:
That night, place a big bowl of water outside. Before the sun comes up, but when there is light enough to see a bit, look at yourself in the water. Whoever that does not see his/her image, won’t live to see another night of San Juan unless he/she gets help from a Bruja immediately.
If you have seen your image in the water, use said water to wash your face; it is the best beauty aid you will ever try. You can bottle the rest of the water and use it as blessed water too. I add 10% of vodka, to preserve it well.
The night of San Juan is the night of divination; the most common method is lighting a white candle and putting a glass full of water between you and the candle. On the glass, break an egg that has been laid that day and study the figures that the egg and the water form, much like when making tea leaf readings.
Whoever is holding a branch of fern during the midnight, will be lucky for a whole year. The fern branch must be hung over the front door before the sun comes up on the 24th.
At midnight, place a candle between you and a mirror. You will see your funeral behind your reflection in the mirror, for a brief instant.
Any woman looking to be pregnant in a year shall wear wormwood in a sachet next to the skin while jumping over San Juan’s bonfires.
Choose three small potatoes with similar shapes and, in a jug filled with water, put one completely peeled, one half-peeled and one as it is. Place the jug under your bed; when you wake up the morning of the 24th , and before you put your feet on the floor, reach the jar without looking and take one potato, the one you first touch. If it’s peeled, your husband will be poor; if it’s half peeled, he will be just rich enough to support the family; if you get the unpeeled one, your husband will be very wealthy.
Instead of potatoes, there is also a spell made using paper bits with the names of the “competitors” for a woman’s heart. The paper bits are rolled and placed in a jug of water; the morning of the 24th, one paper will be unrolled and floating over the water; the name on that paper will be the name of the girl’s husband.
The name of the first man you see on the street right after you wake up on the morning of the 24th, will be your husband’s name.