The History of Mexican Brujeria Magick

Mexican Magick and Witchcraft

Brujeria: More than a Movement

When asked today about Brujeria magic, one might respond with it being a feminist movement. The truth about Brujeria is much deeper and full of much history. Though today’s millennials are embracing Brujeria and connecting with their feminine side, it is more than simply a movement. Brujeria magic is a culture and feared by many that do not understand what it is.

Definitions

Brujeria magic is well over 500 years old. Despite popular belief, it did not come to America like other religions. Brujeria was practiced by the people living in states that were once part of Mexico but became part of the United States through the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 (Llewellyn.com). It can be traced back to magical practices of the Aztecs or Maya, then known as the Mexica (Ma-shee-ka). Many misunderstand what Brujeria is and mistake it for magic used to cause harm or death. It is in fact the opposite. Brujeria sees magic as either justified or not justified. This is in complete contrast of Wiccan ideas of harming someone or the three-fold law. The three-fold law is the belief that whatever you do will come back to you three times over.  

Brujeria is a Spanish word that means witchcraft. Those that practice Brujeria are called brujas (female) and brujos (male). For those that do not have an understanding of the Spanish language, words ending in “a” indicate a feminine connotation whereas those ending “o” indicate a masculine connotation. The words mean someone that practice magic or sorcery. It is not considered a very flattering term as it is commonly referring to on elder providing hexes and charms (learnreligions.com).

Adaption

As is found with most magic centered religions, Brujeria has a history of being misunderstood by those practicing Catholicism. The Catholics and Spaniards that colonized the United States did not understand and had difficulty accepting a woman in a position of power at the head of a culture. To them, what they witnessed was evil and unacceptable. The Christians did what they could to oppress and prevent these practices and in response, the brujas and brujos combined their traditional practices with that of the Catholic religion.

Not unlike Voodoo, Candomble and Umbanda, Brujeria worshippers found they had to adapt and practice their true beliefs in private while showing to the public their false face of Christianity. The brujos and brujas found ways to incorporate the Catholic religion into Brujeria to mask their true spiritualism. A common misconception surrounding Brujeria magic is that it is practiced by Pagans. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Brujeria is a Catholic based practice and has been since the Spanish conquest. It would be better categorized as a Christian practice of folk magic.

A Powerful Magic

Brujeria is often compared to Curanderismo, which is a mistake. Curanderismo is a respected holistic practice and belief that includes rituals directed towards the physical, spiritual, psychological and social needs of the worshipper (encyclopedia.com). In Spanish, Curanderismo means to heal. Quite the opposite of Brujeria. A practitioner of Curanderismo when faced with a physical injury, may look for a spiritual cause. A practitioner of Brujeria will look at a spiritual condition and search for a physical or mental cause. A practitioner of Curanderismo may be looked upon with reverence and even sought out for help, a bruja or brujo is feared and avoided. This fear of Brujeria and its followers was born from the misinformation spread by the Catholic church.

The brujo and bruja are considered to hold a great deal of power in magic, whether dark or light. The practice includes the use of hexes, charms, spells, curses and divination. It is a blend of Catholicism, folklore and herbalism. Though those that are uneducated fear the brujo and bruja believing that if a person were to go missing, it is due to the magic of Brujeria. On the other hand, if an illness cannot be cured, a bruja may be consulted. Brujeria is so misunderstood that it lives in the shadow of doubt.

For the Greater Good

The practice of Brujeria is not for personal benefit. Those that practice, are seeking a path of service to those around them. Brujeria should be considered a respected practice. There is little that can be found written about Brujeria as it is a practice that is verbally taught. With that being said, there are few brujo and bruja practicing Brujeria alike. They are taught from their mentor and thus worship and practice as such.

As previously mentioned, today’s millennials have found comfort and a place of acceptance with Brujeria. The reason for this is that millennials today typically have a higher tolerance and acceptance of feminism. The Brujeria religion allows most anyone to join, regardless of gender, ethnicity or age. It is more about the practitioner’s abilities and the results. The bottom line is that they should be there to practice for the good of the people, using integrity.

Wrapping It Up

Brujeria is much like other spiritual religions that sprinkle a little bit of Catholicism in its rituals and practices. Though the brujo and bruja practice magic, it is misunderstood by those unwilling to learn and research. The brujo and bruja aim to provide healing to their people. Brujeria is accepting to anyone that is willing to learn and that shows integrity and results. Gender, ethnicity and age are not factored in when being judged to become a brujo or bruja. This has become attractive to today’s millennials who are active in the feminine movement. Today’s practitioners are lending their voice to music, arts and film (bese.com). They are sharing their knowledge of herbs, spells and magic used in Brujeria. Each bruja and brujo practicing Brujeria have their own way of performing rituals. Brujeria is not learned from text, but by a mentor. Since there is no written word teaching the magic, each practitioner does it slightly differently, though the main concept remains the same.

Sources:

https://www.learnreligions.com/what-is-a-bruja-or-brujo-2561875
https://www.encyclopedia.com/medicine/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/curanderismohttps://www.bese.com/the-cultural-shift-and-mainstream-acceptance-of-brujeria/

The History of Macumba Magick and Witchcraft

Practicing Macumba Magick

Brazilian Magick

Brazil is popular for many gifts to the rest of the world. Brazilian coffee being one of the first that comes to mind. It is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. Brazil boasts gorgeous beaches and stunning mountain views. It also is home to a black magic known as Macumba.

From an Instrument to a Religion

The name “Macumba” is believed to derive from Africa at a time when slaves were being transported to South America in the 16th century. Christians were afraid of the rituals they witnessed and demanded that the masters force Christianity, or Catholicism on their slaves in an attempt to control them. Not to be deterred, the slaves outwitted their masters by formulating this new practice, Macumba (theculturetrip.com). The religion continues to thrive to this day.

Macumba is also a wood instrument with origins in West Africa. In Portuguese, Macumba means “a musical instrument”. Cylinder in shape, it is a very beautiful percussion instrument, when played reverberates a hollow yet ritualistic sound. It is easy to see why the practitioners of the Macumba religion would turn to this instrument during their rituals as well as when naming their new practice.

Two Groups

As with most other religions, there are groups within Macumba. The first is Candomble. Candomble is the most African in characteristic and is believed to be the version that came to Brazil with the slaves in the 1500’s. Candomble unites traditional beliefs of Yoruba, Fon and Bantu from multiple regions within Africa, and incorporates some of the beliefs of the Catholic religion(bbc.co.uk). The name “Candomble” means ‘dance in honor of the gods’. Ceremonies involving music and dance are very important parts of the religion. The creator and leader of Candomble is Oludumare, who is served by lesser gods and goddesses named Orishas.

The worshippers of Candomble were persecuted right up to modern times if they were found to be practicing. It wasn’t until 1970 that the police were no longer allowed to take action against these believers. Today Candomble is thriving with around two million followers. Though it is primarily in Brazil most specifically Salvador da Bahia, people from African countries come to Brazil to learn more about the faith of their ancestors. The leaders of Candomble are working towards removing the Catholic imagery from their services to allow them to return to the traditional origins. By being forced to adopt Catholic customs, the practitioners of Candomble were essentially stripped of their identity and hope to return to their cultural and historical roots.

The second branch of Macumba is Umbanda. This is most commonly practiced in Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. This branch unites African traditions with Roman Catholicism. Nicknamed the “white magic”, Umbanda is popular with the middle class and share beliefs with Buddhism such as reincarnation and spiritual evolution. Umbanda also shares a common belief as Voodoo in that they seek the counsel of deceased spirits for guidance and wisdom.

Candomble and Umbanda are the two most popular groups within Macumba. There are many other groups, though these two hold the most sway. In either group, ritualistic ceremonies are performed including a medium that may fall into a trance to allow spirits to enter their body allowing others to communicate with the dead. The ceremony, known as gira, includes smoke from special herbs, music and prayer around a circle. On the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, such circles may be found in the evenings. Candles encircling offerings to the spirits may include cigarettes, cachaca, popcorn or farofa. The circles on the beaches are known as despachos. The offerings are specific to the person presenting it. They may be asking for money, love, strength, and even at times to cause harm to another individual.

Macumberan Rituals

A macumbera, or witch doctor, is sought within this religion when a need arises. The macumbera will prepare herbs based on the request and will instruct the worshipper to bathe using those herbs for 7 days. It is believed that as long as the individual has followed the instructions, they will find that their request has been fulfilled. The request can be anything from riches, to health, to bad luck to someone else.

If a macumbera is asked to assist with causing another individual harm, a picture of that person is required. Because of this, many Brazilians will not allow their picture to be taken or provide a picture of themselves to anyone they do not personally know (blackmagicworld.com). To keep from becoming a victim of such harm, they use great caution when it comes to photography.

Though it is not common, unfortunately animal and human sacrifice have been known to occur. During a human sacrifice, the one sacrificed is typically an infant, or a toddler is forced to eat an item which should not be consumed (blackmagicworld.com). Most sacrifices do not involve humans but rather small animals. It may include the smearing of the blood from the animal on the skin during the initiation process in becoming a Shaman.

Shamanism is a widely accepted in Brazil. A shaman is usually a man but may at times be a woman. It is hereditary, though at times the power of a shaman may be recognized in another person. If this should happen, the shaman will take that individual under their tutelage and teach him how to open himself up to his own spirit (occultopedia.com).   

Some Parting Notes: The Defiance

Macumba is recognized in Brazil as the religion brought there by slaves from Africa. These slaves were forced to give up their own beliefs and take on the beliefs of their masters. In most, they portrayed an image of acquiescence in public and in private continued worshipping their gods and goddesses. Though they incorporated much of the imagery they were introduced to from the Roman Catholic religion, one of the groups today is working towards removing that influence from their ceremonies. The men that enslaved these people believed that by forcing them to become Christians, they would be able to control the slaves. Little did they realize that by forcing their religion on the African people they were feeding their hunger for revenge.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/candomble/history/history.shtml
https://www.blackmagicworld.com/black-magic-in-brazil.html
http://www.occultopedia.com/m/macumba.htm

The History of Kurdaitcha Magick

Kurdaitcha Australian Witchcraft

Revenge Magick

Having the title of “Kurdaitcha” sparks fear in most men and women that know what that title means. Kurdaitcha magick is a revengeful magick. Though it is not a practice used regularly in modern times, the title still carries a heavy weight. One looks over their shoulder watching to be sure a Kurdaitcha man is not following, though to be clear, if one sees a Kurdaitcha man, he is allowing himself to be seen.

Australian Aborigine Ritual

When people think of Australia, they think of kangaroos, warm beaches, sunshine and probably the movie “Finding Nemo”. Most don’t think about the Australian Aborigines. Just like any culture, there is a group that started it all. The Australian Aborigines are those that are the earliest inhabitors of Australia. They are thought to be hunters, gatherers, and like most other cultures that first started out, nomads. And like any other culture, each person within the group has responsibilites. There is the medicine man, the hunters, the gatherers, the cooks, etc. One job that very few are hungry for, is the Kurdaitcha man.

The Aborigines believed that there was no such thing as a “natural” death (ancient-origins.net). When a person died, someone was to blame. Revenge was sought. The Kurdaitcha man was the executioner that followed through with the revenge. When a person of their clan died, a name was whispered to the Railtchawa or medicine man, by the dying person as to who was responsible for their death. A Kurdaitcha party was then formed and a journey began.

If a name was not provided to the medicine man, the clan did not take into consideration that the person, whether 90 years old or 60 may have died of natural causes. Someone was always to blame for the death. At that point, a couple different rituals may take place. The first being if when digging the grave, a hole is found burrowed by a small animal on one side or the other of the grave, that would be the direction in which the victims alleged murderer lived. Or if a hole was not apparent, the grave would be monitored closely for the next year or so and if a hole was found on either side, the clan had their answer as to where the murderer lived.

The other ritual performed if a hole is not located, is called bone pointing. This practice uses a bone that is pointed on one end and the other end is covered in resin. The bone is then endowed with magical powers by the Kurdaitcha man whispering curses to the bone and the new victim, the murderer, is cursed to be killed. This ritual must be performed properly to achieve the desired effect.

Once a guilty party is named, a very detailed custom begins to avenge the death. The Kurdaitcha party is typically comprised of two elderly men, never women. The first being the Kurdaitcha man, and the other the medicine man (sacred-texts.com). The men have a “uniform” of sorts that they wear. Both men will wear a pair of specialized shoes known as Interlinia shoes by the natives in the north made of a thick pad of emu feathers that are held together with the blood from the arm of a young man. These shoes are referred to as Kurdaitcha shoes by white men, and Intathurta by the natives in the south. To wear the shoes, the men must go through a painful process of having the smallest toe on one of their feet, dislocated. To do this, a stone is heated until it is red hot, then it is pressed against the ball of the toe until the joint is soft, at which point the toe is jerked out of the socket. The shoes are made in a fashion that allows said toe to be thrust through a small opening. So much can be shared about the shoes alone. They are only worn once since they are so delicately made, and no woman or child may set eyes upon them. The shoes must be stored in a place that is well hidden to keep prying eyes from seeing them. The purpose of these shoes is to allow the men to track their victim without leaving a trail, allowing them to perform their revenge unnoticed.

Once the men are properly dressed, they set off on a journey to locate their intended victim to exact their revenge. On their journey, the medicine man typically follows the Kurdaitcha man until they locate their quarry. Once located, the Kurdaitcha man will stealthily strike the victim with a spear, impaling and mortally wounding the individual. At this point, the Kurdaitcha man will step back to allow the medicine man to perform his magical ritual. By using Atnongara stones, the medicine man revives the victim, healing the wound once he has performed his magick, though the victim is unaware of all that they have been through. The victim will go back to their camp and later becomes sick and dies. Their death is believed to be attributed to the Kurdaitcha man or some other magical influence. However, with the care the Kurdaitcha man and medicine man took in preparing their Interlinia shoes, their tracks are untraceable.

Fear and Respect

Tnorala, now known as Gosses Bluff, is described as the site of a massacre from ancient times believed to be the act of a Kurdaitcha party. A community living in Tnorala was found massacred after a man from the community returned from a hunting trip. He knew Kurdaitcha men were to blame for the loss of his community and formed a party from nearby areas to hunt and kill the Kurdaitcha men (narit.or.th). When visiting Australia now and speaking with natives, the Kurdaitcha men are still viewed with great respect. Though the practice is thought to no longer be active, an elder man may deny being a Kurdaitcha man one minute and accuse another of being one, and the next admit to being a Kurdaitcha man. Fear of Kurdaitcha Magick, and Kurdaitcha men can be found in Australia even in this modern day.

Sources:

https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/kurdaitcha-0011637
https://www.sacred-texts.com/aus/ntca/ntca15.htm
http://www.narit.or.th/en/files/2013JAHHvol16/2013JAHH…16..295H.pdf

The History and Practice of African Vodun

The Complete History of African Voodoo

Vodun Misunderstood

Vodun dates back thousands of years, but in the 1800’s during slavery in Haiti, living history provides a clearer understanding of its origin. Vodun has many names that it is referred to such as Voodoo, Vodoun, and Vodou. Having Haitian roots, this ancient religion has an impressive following of over 30 million people in Africa today (npr.org). These followers are known as Vodouisants. Vodun is one of the most misunderstood religions today. Like many other religions, there is not one category that the believers of Vodun can be lumped into. This misunderstanding has caused many unfortunate issues over the years. When something is considered mysterious by one, they may use the word “voodoo” to describe it. Since voodoo is considered a “bad” or “evil” religion by many, chaos can erupt. Rather than assume one knows what Vodun is and believe that it is all about Satan and evil worshiping, one would benefit from doing a little research first.

Vodun History

What many do not realize is that Vodun began due to a law that forbade the practice of any African religions and required masters to force their Christian beliefs upon their slaves (livescience.com).  What happened then was the slaves not willing to renounce their strong West African traditions and beliefs combined their religion with some of the beliefs they were forced to follow by their masters with the Roman Catholic church in what is known as syncretism. Syncretism is the process of attempting to combine principles or practices of differing ideas, such as religion.

To continue with their own beliefs and avoiding persecution and or death, the slaves began to adapt by converting a spirit of their own belief to one that would be acceptable by their masters. For example, in their belief, Ogun the Nigerian spirit of ironsmiths, hunting and warfare became Ogou the military leader that fought oppression. Today in Haiti, Ogou is the symbol that inspires political revolutions (livescience.com).

Vodun Practices

Vodun shares similarities as other religions in that it is spiritual. In many religions, the believer defers to a Higher Power, much like Vodun. Though the path they take is not the same, and the Higher Power may go by a different “name”, ultimately the idea is the same. They believe that there are spiritual and divine elements that govern essentially everything from earth, nature, humans, etc. Though in Catholicism the belief is that God is the governing body of all those things, in Vodun being a monotheistic religion as well refer to Bondye “the good god” as their deity. The Ioa or Iwa are those that the Vodouisants accept as lesser beings. These beings are more involved in the day-to-day life than Bondye, and the Iwa are divided into three families, Rada, Petro, and Ghede.

In the Vodun religion, the belief is also that when an individual passes away, their spirit continues to live side by side with the living world. Communication with the dead is done by prayer, animal sacrifice, and drum dancing ceremonies (theculturetrip.com). The believers of this religion hold a high level of wisdom with those that have died and seek their advice and learn from them on a spiritual level. It is not so different than a young child sitting on the lap of their grandparent listening to the stories being shared. The child learns from the wisdom of their elders, as the believers of Vodun learn from the wisdom of those that have left this world and entered the spiritual world.

One very misunderstood practice with Vodun is the Voodoo doll. The belief by those that are unknowledgeable about the religion is that an individual that practices Vodun uses the doll as a tool to cause pain and misery for others. The belief is that the individual attaches “magically” the name of someone that they plan to cause harm to, to the doll. They then treat the doll in an unfavorable fashion, such as sticking pins into it, causing pain to the person that they assigned to the doll. This belief has been popularized by pop culture and Hollywood. This practice, known as hoodoo, is not utilized by the majority in the Vodun religion. In truth the Voodoo doll is used as a dedication to a specific Iwa and used to attract that Iwa’s influence. Other beliefs that Hollywood has attached to Vodun is devil worship, torture, cannibalism, and malevolent magical workings (learnreligions.com).

A lot of the rituals in Vodun includes symbolic drawings and music. As mentioned earlier, drum and dancing are one form of communication with the spirits of the dead. Vodun pulls from its Roman Catholic roots by using the symbolism during the ritual. In Vodun this is known as Veves. Each Iwa has their own symbol with many other symbols associated to them. The Vodouisant will use cornmeal or another such powder to draw the symbols. In the Catholic religion, statues, paintings, and the colored glass windows within the church depict scenes from the Bible and provide the worshipper with a tool to aid in prayer. This is much the same as what the believer of Vodun uses. The symbols they use in their rituals and prayers are tools used to aid them in their communication with the spirits.

Vodun Understood

Vodun or Voodoo as it is more popularly known as, is not some mysterious magical evil practice. It is a true religion formed together by a group of oppressed people that were forced to take on the beliefs of another society. Rather than choosing to give up their religion fully, the slaves combined their beliefs with those of their masters, creating a religion they can be comfortable with. Borrowing from the Roman Catholic roots, Vodouisants (Vodu believers), use symbolism, music and prayer as a means of communication with the Iwa and the spirits of the dead. They have one supreme deity known as Bondye that has a less than hands on relationship with the Vodouisants. In the Vodun religion, wisdom is sought from those that have entered the spirit life.  

Sources:

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1666721

https://www.livescience.com/40803-voodoo-facts.html

https://www.learnreligions.com/vodou-an-introduction-for-beginners-95712

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Are There Real Love Spell Casters Online

Are There Real Love Spells Online?

How to Tell if a Love Spell is Real

Love spells focus on an energy that alters the most complicated, sensitive areas of our lives. Doing the right love spell or hiring the right love spell caster is imperative in in seeing results. It is important that the spell caster can be trusted, provides full responses, and does not charge an arm and a leg. There are many signs that indicate whether a love spell caster is real or a scam. I have hired about two dozen spell casters or psychics in my time, so I will detail out the people/covens I feel are genuine and why.

Finding an Authentic Love Spell Caster

Although there may be many indicators that a spell caster or psychic is a scam, there are also many signs that support the authenticity of a spell caster. This is a list of the top spell casters online, whom I feel are legitimate and why.

Nicole from The Strawberry Path

Nicole has a money back guarantee that she says is good for an entire year. I have had a friend recommend her after getting results for a love spell in less than a week. Her testimonials are also impressive. I had heard about her before from one of my regular visitors and when my friend also recommended her, I knew she was a solid spell caster. She is both genuine and a very sweet woman who was happy to quote me for my own issues (she does more than just love spells). Bottom line, I really liked how Nicole addressed all my questions. She gets my vote of confidence anytime, and the things I’ve read about her are spectacular. You can reach Nicole at TheStrawberryPath.com.

Bethany from Legacy Love Spells

Bethany was one of the sweetest women and she works with a full coven, all her family. Her family has been practicing for generations and they have a lot of experience. The few visitors that recommended Bethany from our poll stated they got results within 1-2 weeks. She specializes in love spells but does offer a variety of services. Her website says her love spells are guaranteed for a year, however, she told me she honors her guarantee for life! She has earned my support, and an excited recommendation. You can reach Bethany at LegacyLoveSpells.com.

Dana from Bequest Crystals

Dana is a fast responding, pragmatic woman who takes a very logical approach in spell casting. She uses crystals to cast instead of traditional Wicca Magick. Her approach is very natural, yet still typically powerful enough to average results in 1-3 weeks. She also provides a guarantee on all of her spellwork. She works with a complete coven and each spell receives the attention of the entire coven. Sometimes, crystal casting is exactly what a situation needs and Dana comes highly recommended! Dana can be hired through her site, BequestCrystals.com.

Andreika Spell Casting

Andreika has been around for a really long time. She may not be the fastest responding spell caster, or the cheapest, but her spells do work. Typical manifestation time for Andreika’s love spells runs about 2-3 months. She guarantees her work for a year, has a lot of customizable spell options, and has always responded with a kind and professional attitude. You can hire Andreika by visiting her site, Andreika.com.

Psychic Valentina Rose

Psychic Valentina Rose is not always correct, as I did hire her for a few psychic readings. She does a reasonable job, however, and her prices are cheap. Her love spells seem to manifest after 3-4 months. As long of a wait as that may be, at least her spells manifest. Out of a sea of scams, Psychic Valentina Rose is one of the legitimate spell casters/psychics. She can be relied on, even if the spell incubation time is a little slow. You can find Valentina at ReturnLovetoStay.com.

Final Tips for Hiring a Spell Caster or Psychic Online

Remember, not all spell casters and covens are made equal. In fact, there are often dramatic differences between ANY two spiritualists. The best spell caster for the job is going to be the one who makes you feel most comfortable, comes with an excellent track record or recommendation, and guarantees their work. Any authentic spell caster would have no problem guaranteeing their spellwork. Some of the spell casters on this list even guarantee their work for life!

Real Haitian Voodoo Rituals

Powerful Haitian Vodou Spells

Authentic Haitian Vodou Spells

Haitian Vodou (also known as Voodoo) is a powerful, spirit-based religion with magickal roots originating from Haiti. The practitioners of Voodoo are known as Vodouists, though many people of the Haitian culture treat them much like priests. Though, in reality they are serving the spirits. Vodouists comes from the French term vodouisants, which literally means “servants of the spirits.” In some sects of voodoo, practitioners actually are called priests instead. A lot of modern Haitian practices are considered a sort of “voodoo melting pot”, as they have developed overtime to include practices of many different sects of the voodoo arts. The family that hosted me when I visited was very generous in explaining what they study, who they worship, and how they conduct their rituals.

Haitian Vodou Teachings

Interestingly enough, Haitian roots include some rather traditional Roman Catholic Church practices which originated back in French colonial times and a ton of traditional African practices. A full investigation of the roots and folklore would lead one all over the world, but largely modern Haitian voodoo has been very finely refined by the indigenous people of Haiti. The Haitians are very proud of their practice and their leaders are extremely spiritual. They are believed to have a special connection with spirits. This special connection allows them to perform incredible tasks which require immense amounts of energy. Observing a Haitian ritual is an amazing experience; and an experience that some may find only once in a lifetime.

A lot of the voodoo rituals that come from Haiti (or are practiced in Haiti) involve a great deal of dancing and music. There is normally a good amount of singing and celebration. The pleasant interaction with the spirits which the singing and festivities produce, is thought to help harness the powerful capabilities of the Loa. The Loa is an important part of the Haitian rituals, and also one of the backbones of the Haitian Vodou belief system. There is no central form of authority in Haitian Vodou. Each community has their own self-declared or community-declared mambo or houngans. Mambo is a female vodou priestess, whereas houngan is a male vodou priest.

Haitian Vodou Gods and Haitian Mythology

The Vodouists place a special emphasis on their own version of spiritual entities. They call these entities “Loa.” Loa basically means spirits who converse or otherwise interact with the Vodouists. It may help to think of the Loa as a sort of “spiritual network” of which the Vodouists may temporarily tap into in order to achieve their voodoo spells desires. Still, a great deal of Haitian Vodou roots still come from the Catholic Church. This means that most Vodouists consider themselves monotheists. Although, they do have a name for their Supreme Creator, Bondye. Bondye means “good God.” The Vodouists subscribe to the fact that their Supreme Creator does not interfere in human affairs, but appoints the Loa to the task. The Loa is almost a unique form of what the Catholic Church would call the Holy Spirit. Most of the worshiping in Haitian Vodou is directed towards the Loa. Much like other religious mythology, there are different Loas for each aspect of life. This allows the Vodouists the ability to target certain aspects of life in their voodoo rituals and spells.

The Vodouists consider their connection with the Loa to be a very special, intimate relationship. They treat the Loa with immense respect and offer them the most positive energies. Many of the rituals involve a sense of spirit possession. Communicating with the Loa, or the spirits, results in many advantages. These advantages are the same reason Vodouists are so paramount and Haitian communities. The Haitian culture in large believes that Vodouists have a special connection to God. They often bring the sick, the hungry, the mentally ill, and those in need to the Vodouists requesting help. Sometimes entire communities gather in order to take part in special healing rituals.

Casting Haitian Vodou Spells

Haitian Vodou spells (or rituals) are very special in that they focus on generating energy from the community in the form of dancing and celebration. This energy is then used to harness the power of the Loa, which in turn possess the Vodouist. The spirit possession is used to concentrate a highly focused result. Although, there may only be one or two Vodouists present for a particular ritual, the entire community is effectively participating in the casting of the spell. Many voodoo communities believe that the larger the community involvement, the more powerful a voodoo ritual. The Vodouists in charge of a ritual will direct the dancing and celebration, while riddling the ceremony with their bits of herbal concoctions and black magic sorcery.

It is important to note that black magic does not necessarily mean evil intent or negative consequences.

Last Notes on Haitian Vodou

Remember, not all voodoo comes from Haiti; And it is important to remember that Haitian voodoo is very special and having large Catholic contributions. While most practices of magic and spiritualism have their version of a priest or lead practitioner, the Vodouists of Haitian practice are some of the most favorably revered spiritual icons. They are typically extremely generous, very understanding, super sympathetic, full of local knowledge of all types and things, and more than willing to help almost anyone in need from their community. The Haitian Vodou arts are truly beautiful to watch and even more impressive to take part in. Participating in Haitian voodoo rituals is an enlightening, and truly uplifting experience. Just be prepared to dance!

Magick Spells From Around the World

Magicks of the World: Spells and Rituals from Different Cultures

My Journey Around the World

Hello everyone, I know it has been a while since I have written, however, I have been traveling. A lot. I have traveled literally around the world in just under 2 years. My blog has let me meet a lot of people, and my trip was preplanned to visit 7 different countries and learn about the land. I did a lot of museums, saw the famous tourist landmarks, and then also visited a magick shop or coven to learn about the magick of the area. Each country has a different culture and each culture has a different form of spiritualism or magick (at least one). This is a brief journal that documents my travels. I will follow up with more in depth entries about each country’s magick soon as well.

Different Types of Magick

Magick comes in all types and flavors. These are the seven different countries I visited and their corresponding magickal or spiritual practices.

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Haiti

What better place to start my journey than a spiritually-awaken country such as Haiti? The Haitians have a long history of working with their very own style of Voodoo. It is best known as Haitian Vodou. Those who practice Vodou there are called Vodouists by the outside world, or “Vodouisants” as French is used their frequently. This word literally translates to “servant of the spirits” and their magick is spirit-based.

Click here to read more about Haitian Voodou.

Mexico

Although there were many types of magick available for study in Mexico, I had preplanned to stay with an ancestor of the Aztecs. Her family still practices authentic Brujeria. Brujeria is a form of Mexican witchcraft. My host was known as a Bruja, or a female practitioner of Brujeria. She showed me a variety of magick rituals, including some really steamy lust spells.

Brazil

Brazilian magicks are interesting and plentiful in ritual-type and ingredient-usage. My visit to Brazil involved staying with a group of practitioners of Macumba. They are living on a plantation and make money with their farm, while helping the community with their Macumba magick. Although they insist it is merely a religion, not a magick, religions (like Wicca) are sometimes exactly that. Macumba is absolutely spiritual and they do cast the equivalent of spells. Although it is not an evil magick, it is sometimes mistaken as black magick.

Australia

The Aboriginal people of Australia practice a few different magick arts. My cousin happens to live near a tribe and has a close relationship with a few of the tribesman through an outreach program. They agreed to share some of their Kurdaitchas. Kurdaitcha is the term used to describe their sorcerer, or priests who practice the Kurdaitchan magick.

China

China is a large country with a lot of varying culture. My magickal host in China was a lifetime practicing family of Daoism. They have a lot of rituals which are very openly considered to be a mantic art. Mantic by definition is all about divination. They also have some broader “magick-like” rituals. They were very sweet people who helped me understand the power that can originate from the proper type of focus and meditative practice.

West Africa

My visit to West Africa was focused on studying the arts of West African Vodun. Vodun, much like its Haitian relative, focuses on the prayer, worship, and manipulation of spirits. There are many different types of Voodoo in Africa, and many different tribes and cultures practicing the different types of magick. This particular type of West African Vodun was being taught to me by an authentic member of the Fon people in Benin. In addition to a lot of spirit-based magick, Vodun uses a lot of divine essence naturally present throughout the Earth.

United Kingdom (Celts)

The concluding country of my trip was the United Kingdom, where I met with a modern, practicing coven of Celtic Magick. They were a very nice family, mostly all sisters. A lot of the Celtic magick (druid magick) comes from bestowing jewelry, tattoos, and artwork with the power of nature and natural divine elements. Willpower plays a close role alongside ancestral rituals to create powerful Celtic spells capable of massively influence.

Closing Notes

Although there are many differences between the varying countries and their magicks, ultimately each culture has found a spiritually efficient way at casting effective spells. The rituals can be dramatically different in ingredients, casting techniques, spell lengths, permanency, and specialty. There almost always seems to be a “magick of the land” though for each region. I had no problem finding a practicing specialist for each country I visited. Each culture also had a great deal of respect for the practitioners of their land; And many cultures treated these practitioners as though they were prominent leaders or politicians of some kind.

How I First Found Wicca

When I was a really young girl my grandmother taught me my first spell. I did not realize that it was a spell and did not realize that I would be influencing my mother’s life in any way…but my Grandmother knew something. She understood that the blood of the witch ran through my veins and understood that with how sick my mother was…she needed the attention of magick constantly. And thus she knew that if she had me, her granddaughter, someone who was around my mother all the time…doing this spell for her, all the time, it would strengthen my mother fastest. So, she taught me how to use the power of daisies and dandelions to do this simple, but effective Wiccan healing spell.

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You simply take the Dandelion and the daisies and you alternate them, rubbing them on the arm and neck and shoulders of the person who is sick. In this case, I rubbed them on my mom all the time. She said it felt good. I knew I was helping Grandmother but did not know how exactly. She had taught me a chant to go with it, that went like this…

“Oh Mother these flowers will get you well, as long as I am here I can tell”

I would sit for hours with her and rub her with the flowers and chant the same sentence over and over because I understand that I was helping my grandmother. But it was more than that. Even without knowing I was Wiccan, or what Wicca was or even what spell casting was, or that this was my first spell…I knew in my heart it was somehow helping my mother. And that was the most important thing to me of all. I wanted to show her I loved her, and show her I cared. I wanted to use the spell, even though I did not understand it was a spell, to take her pain away. I wanted to heal her. With that energy that I had, channeled with the right ingredients, my grandmother knew. And it worked. It really worked. My mother recovered. Even though the doctors told her she had a zero percent chance of living, she recovered. And it was a miraculous recovery, very quickly. I can tell the flowers help and the doctors even joked that maybe I was a little witch. But I do not think they knew, they were just really surprised. I found Wicca that day when they let my mom leave the hospital. My grandmother explained to me what it is, and what had happened. That is the day I became a witch, officially. I was six years old.

 

How To Cleanse Your Home

Cleansing Your Home With Sage (Using A Smudge Stick)

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Sage is well known and has been used for centuries, perhaps even thousands of years, in order to cleanse ritual space, a magic circle, personal aura, home or property. This practice of using Sage to cleanse the air in a certain area is known as “smudging.” It is possible to obtain a Sage smudge stick for sale online or at a local occult store…as it is as easy to make one yourself at home.

How To Make Your Own Sage Smudge Stick

Obviously Sage is required in order to make your own Sage smudge stick. However, Sage is pretty easy to find or even purchased locally from a garden center. It is best to use the entire Sage plant, including the flowers. You also need some twine or string of some kind. Harvest (collect) as much Sage and Sage flowers as necessary to make your own Sage wand (smudge stick) and tie them altogether forming a wand-shaped Sage apparatus. Allow them at least 1 week to dry out (3-4 weeks is better, but sometimes we can’t wait that long and a cleansing has to happen much faster). You can alternatively purchased dried sage online, however, it is much harder to tie into a smudge stick when it is already dried.

Performing A Home Cleanse Using Sage

In addition to meeting a Sage smudge stick, a match and ritual bowl, cauldron, or incense dish will be required. Before you begin, it is best to open all of the doors and windows in the house. This is because the negative energy will need a place to be expelled as it is dispelled; and it also helps with ventilation. In fact, it is also a great idea to turn on any ceiling fans, or oscillating fans that may be present to help further move the air within the home.

Carefully light the smudge stick. Holding the dish in one hand and Sage smudge stick in the other, proceed to walk around the entire house, kind of “waving” the Sage wand up and down as you work your way through each room. It is best to walk through each corner of the room, pausing for 2nd in each corner. Many people choose to also say a chant or a prayer of some kind (either one time in the beginning or at the end, or chanting the entire way to the cleanse).

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Here is one great example of a cleanse chant (cleansing prayer)…

Before lighting the Sage say the words:

“With Sage I bless this home and property, dressing the walls, ceilings and floors with a cleanse that cannot be broken. I dispel any evil and ward off any negativity, only positivity shall exist upon this property and within these walls.”

After the Sage has been lit, chant this line in each room of the house:

“Burn strong and cleanse this home, this Sage is strong and no evil or negativity shall survive.”

After all rooms are complete, chant this final line before ending the ritual:

“With Sage I dress the air, painting the essence of cleansing and protection, now and forever.”

The ritual may be over, but the Sage is not yet done doing its job. Most people place the Sage in the dish and allow it to burn out completely in one of the centermost rooms in the house (not mandatory, only encouraged).

If a strong demon or entity is haunting a property, a more powerful cleansing or banishment spell may be required…however, this home cleansing spell is typically strong enough for any basic cleansing and can be used as a new home cleansing spell.

 

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Determining A Relationships Potential Via A Divine Forecast

Relationship Divination: Is It Meant To Be?

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Finding new love can be a tremendously anxious process. Every date that you go on, will leave you wondering, “is he the one? Are we a good match? Do I feel like we are compatible?” Fear not! Whether you appear to get along or not, there is a spell called the Divine Relationship Forecast. This Divine forecast focuses on determining if that spark felt between you is the real deal or not. Rather than over analyzing a date, or a few coincidences or subtle signs, performing this relationship potential divination spell will provide a clear answer as to whether or not you are soulmates and will last forever.

Required Ingredients

  • 1 Amethyst, malachite or tiger eye stone is needed*
  • A small piece of paper or a note card (post it works okay)
  • A writing utensil
  • 1 White candle

*You can substitute the stone for a quartz crystal in desperate situations.

Spell Instructions

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Although it is not required, this spell will be more accurate if a magic circle is cast ahead of time. After a circle is cast, light the white candle and chant the following words 3 times:

“With the connection we have made, I’d like to see the energy that has been laid. Is there a connection between us or will this move with the wind in a gust?”

Right both of your names and dates of birth on the piece of paper and fold it in half. Place the stone or crystal on top of the paper, place both hands on top of the crystal and close your eyes.

While meditating with your eyes closed and keeping your hands on the stone, carefully, clearly and slowly ask the universe if you are meant to be. Your intuition will provide the answer you need.

If you are having trouble receiving the Universe’s answer, try asking an array of questions instead of just one. It can help to rephrase the same question many different times. For example, you might ask “are we soulmates? Are we meant to be? Will we stay together forever? Will anyone ever come between us? Are we a good fit? Are our spirits compatible?”

After sufficient time has passed and your intuition has led you to an answer, you may open your eyes and chant the following words:

“Thank you universe for your time and for blessing this connection.”

Whether you respect the Universe’s decision or not, it is always proper to thank the universe for providing any sort of divination of any kind.

Although some people are able to generate an intuitive answer during these meditation sessions, it may take a little practice. If your intuition does not provide you with a divination of any kind in response to these questions on the spot, do not panic. Instead blow the candle out, still remember to thank the universe for its time, and place the folded paper on your altar or by your bed with the crystal (or stone) on top of it still until the universe delivers an answer. Please understand, the universe speaks in mysterious ways. Sometimes the answers may be more direct than other times, being conscious thoughts or coincidences in your life…however, other times it may come to you in your subconscious (such as in your dreams or via feelings). Do not let a lack of response discourage you, is even acceptable to repeat the ritual nightly until an answer is arrived.