Speak Little Listen Much

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My mambo taught me a great lesson which I have taken on board in recent years – the act of saying nothing!

In Haitian Vodou they shun people as a way of expressing they don’t wish to interact with said people, due to not willing to mingle for reasons such as lack of integrity etc.

So in fact it’s a way of “keeping silent”.

Silence here is used as a way to disconnect and I have seen many masters and seekers employ this technique successfully.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

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Haitian Vodou Ritual to Papa Legba and Ancestors

Taken from my now defunct LJ. 

I wanted to repost here to ensure I kept a copy for my own records and future reference.

This was the first Fet I ever attended in 2011/12.

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Mambo P was in Melbourne and held an invite only workshop/ritual  which I attended due to being on S’s FB group where it was advertised.

The ritual started an hour late due to us waiting for stragglers (H who is notoriously late was picking up a voodoo initiate from NZ who has recently moved to Melbourne) and it was held at Ceres which I finally got to see after hearing about it for so long.

Since I got there on time, I helped Mambo P set up and I also purchased her two books and cd for my own studies/information which she signed for me.

After everyone finally arrived Mambo P briefly spoke about what we were going to do and how Haitian Vodou works from her training, experience and perspective and then we got started.

We learned a song for Papa Legba, the Keeper of the Cross-Roads and two chants for our Ancestors as well as the Rada salute to greet our Ancestors and greet our Peristyle.

A pe was created for everyone’s Ancestors and Papa Legba beforehand and each person put something from their Ancestor upon it as well as offerings to Papa Legba.  For my ancestors I had my father’s pipe and a picture of my mother and for Papa Legba I offered rum (which was consumed during the rite) and pasta and canned food was offered for the homeless.

We ended our Service with a farewell and goodbye to the Spirits.

I did become tipsy during several occasions in the ritual (and I only had two small shots of rum earlier in the evening) and I feel I would of been tipsy moreso or even attained possession if I hadn’t been so self conscious of the fact my partner was having an awkward time of it.

Unfortunately my partner didn’t have a good time due to H being there (he was throwing death stares towards us throughout the workshop, most probably because he doesn’t like us due to calling him out on his lack of duty of care 10 years ago when he was running a yearly specific weekend workshop and he still hasn’t got over it).  Predominately it was due to my partner’s own words that the Mambo was being rather blunt and tactless when it came to instructing those of us who had never attended a vodou group ritual before and he felt that he was constantly being picked on and embarrassed and therefore couldn’t let go and connect (she did the same thing to a few of us as, myself included and the vodou initiate who was there mentioned to us that Mambo P was prone to behave like this in ritual and not to take it personally). My partner was upset that he wasn’t warned beforehand since we had already paid for the gathering and being a teacher himself he found a lot of her teaching style lacking due to its scattered and abrupt/calling out nature.

I have to say for me it was a double edged sword and has been very hard for me to talk about this publicly so have only confided in a few people in a safe and private environment.  Personally I did get something out of it and at first I was glad I went.  Its true what Mambo T Chita Tann told me about learning by participating in ritual – it does enrich your practice and the only way to learn other than learning the basics from her book.  I learned things which I had only read about before and I was shown how to sing and/or execute properly.  I have to add however that I did completely agree what my partner said about the style of teaching so I wont be attending any of Mambo P’s events in the future.  I found that afterwards I was dissecting what happened (her behavior towards other attendees and myself) and I found she was rather rude and tactless towards myself and others and not the style of teaching I align with.  Yet her contacts and friends who attended didn’t receive the same brash treatment and actually had more preferential treatment.  At the end of the Fet, Mambo P asked if we had any questions and when I did ask one, I was quite aggressively dismissed that H picked up on it and came over to diffuse the situation and comfort me. This was when I had enough and decided to leave with my partner instead of staying on for the social aspect.  Unfortunately I have come to find out many contacts and long time friends both here and OS have had quite terrible experiences with Mambo P and it confirmed for me that her manner of treating people is something I’d rather avoid in the future.  I don’t know why this is VERY common here in Australia  but many teachers and facilitators tend to have that priestessitis vibe and come from a place of ego.  

 

Pagan Blog Project: R is for Red Brick Dust

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R is for Red Brick Dust

Red Brick Dust aka Brick Dust, Red Dust, Reddening or Red Power is a powder which is used in African centric and folk magick traditions. The use of it originates from red ochre which was used by various ancestral traditions.  Red Brick Dust is used for protection (especially of one’s home or business), hex breaking as well as being used to colour bones or runes used in spirit, animal or ancestor veneration.

Tina’s Red Brick Dust Technique (© T. Georgitsis 2014)

Ingredients

  • Red Brick (preferably sourced new or from a building/home which isn’t connected to anything negative like an asylum or prison);
  • Hammer; and
  • Old Pillowcase.

Method

  1. Place the brick in the pillow case and twist the end and hold down on the ground firmly whilst you use the other hand to pummel the brick into dust.

Simple Use for Red Brick Dust

Sprinkle across doorways, windows and around property for blessed protection at dawn in a clockwise/deosil motion.  Will also counteract hexing powders which have been laid upon you by simply sprinkling the Red Brick Dust on top of them.

© T. Georgitsis 2014

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Pagan Blog Project: O is for Oracle (Egg Oracle)

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Basic divination signs after using an egg for Limpia (please see my previous post about Limpia: https://setjataset.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/pagan-blog-project-l-is-for-limpia/ ) which you determine after breaking the limpia egg in a clear glass:

Birds:

Birds can take the form of a crows, owls & vultures. Magick has been performed against the person. Also shows that the person is being watched or spied on.

Blood Spots:

Small Blood Spots:

Magick in the form of a harmful hex has been performed against the person which can result in illness.

Large Blood Spots:

Powerful magick in the form of a strong harmful hex in which demons or evil spirits has been performed against the person which can result in death and predominately the person already has signs of illness.

Broken Egg:

If the egg cracks or breaks in your hands it shows that the healer is being prevented from helping the person.

Bubbles:

Small Bubbles:

Person has been psychically attacked.

The more bubbles the more frequent the attack.

Large Bubbles

Person has been bound either by themselves by acting badly towards others or another and things in their life are stagnant because of it.

The more bubbles the more enemies.

Tear Shaped Bubbles

If the bubbles have a tear drop which flows out it in any direction show that there is an entity attached to the person.  This can manifest as a positive or negative entity depending on who or what it is.  Positive spirits can be deceased loved ones and negative spirits can be malevolent demons.

The more bubbles the more spirits.

Clear:

Nothing of importance to note as everything is balanced.

Colour:

Yolk:

If yolk is any other colour other than yellow or amber, there is future illness being showed due to negativity sent to the person or being surrounded by negativity.

Egg White:

Cloudy, murky or discoloured in a darkened way soul  is fractured and needs to be resouled.  If the colour is milky magick has been performed against the person.

Cross:

Dark night of the soul and must work to reconnect to their higher selves.

Double Yolk:

Sign of good luck and that there is positive outcomes.

Eye:

Evil eye (hex) has been performed against the person.

Face:

Magick has been performed against the person in a binding or negative persuasion if the shape of a person’s face appears.  Features on the face can distinguish who conducted the magick.

Sediment:

Any sediment which forms at the bottom of the glass in the forms of particles shows that the person has an enemy and needs to beware

Sulphur Scent:

Magick in the form of a harmful hex has been performed against the person which can result in the loss of income, health, relationships or assets.  The stronger the scent the worse the hex.

White Line:

White line which appears across the egg yolk shows that any hex or magick against your patient has been cleansed successfully using the limpia it is known as the “line of separation”.

White Spots:

Illness manifesting currently or falsehoods when it comes to people around you, which you need to be wary of.

Umbilical Cord:

Double Cord:

More than one problem or issue is manifesting and causing havoc in the person’s life.

Position of Cord:

If the cord sits beneath the yolk it shows the person is unwilling to better their situation and nothing will get better for them until they change.

 

© T. Georgitsis 2014

 

Pagan Blog Project: L is for Limpia

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What is a Limpia?

A limpia is a spiritual cleansing utilising an egg which is employed in some healing traditions such as those found within the gypsy and shaman paths.

 

Tina’s Simple Limpia Healing (© T. Georgitsis 2014)

Ingredients

1.            1 fresh chicken egg
2.            Holy water

Method

1.            Submerge the egg in holy water.

2.            Make a sign of an equal armed cross on the top center of the person’s head with                   the egg and repeat this sign whilst moving down the body and covering all these                   areas: neck, chest, back, hands and feet whilst reciting a prayer (a prayer written                 to a healing deity would be ideal).

3.            Take the egg and rub it over the patient’s body from top to bottom in sweeping                     motions whilst continuing to recite the prayer you have chosen. You may choose                 to hover the egg over the person’s body and instead glide over their aura, if you                     don’t want to physically touch them with the egg.

4.            Once finished, crack the egg into a glass if you want to read it (that is another                         practice you can employ as part of the limpia healing which I will go into detail                     other time) or crack the egg and throw it into the toilet and flush it away.

 

Simple Use for Limpia

The above simple limpia healing would be used for any healing especially when its thought the person has been inflicted with the evil eye.

 

© T. Georgitsis 2014

Pagan Blog Project: J is for Jar Spells

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What is a Jar Spell?

A jar spell is a spell which is contained in a jar and sealed to influence someone or something.  These kinds of spells are predominately created with the intention of swaying the person’s affections towards you in a positive way.  In most of these spells a sweetening agent is added such as honey or sugar along with a representation of the person or situation, herbs, crystals, stones, oils, waters, (pretty much anything you can use in spellcraft) along with a worded or illustrated petition of desire.  The jar is then sealed with wax to keep it secure and put in an appropriate place where it wont be disturbed.
 

Tina’s Jar Spell (© T. Georgitsis 2014)

Ingredients

1.            1 Jar
2.            Honey, maple or corn syrup, molasses (one of the items)
3.            Wax (sealing or candle)
4.            Red Pen & White Paper
5.            Nail or hair clippings from both parties
(this isn’t absolutely necessary but enables the spell to work much faster)
5.            Herbs, Roots, Crystals, Stones, Resins etc
(items which are synchronistic to the type of spell you are performing)

Method

1.            Ensure jar has been washed and cleaned.

2.            On a piece of paper write the name of the person you want to influence x 3.

3.            Next write your name on top of the other person’s name going in the opposite                       direction x 3 (ie vertically across the horizontally written name of the person you                 want to influence).

4.            Finish off by writing out what your desire is in a circle around both names,                             therefore enclosing them.

5.            Place nail and hair clippings from both parties in the middle of the paper and fold                 it so the clippings are contained securely within it. Whilst you are folding it up to                 the smallest size you physically can, visualize what kind of feelings you want to                     promote within the other person, to have towards you.

6.            Place the folded paper package at the bottom of the jar.

7.            Place any relevant herb, crystal, resin etc whose energetic vibrations you want to                 infuse into the spell.

8.            Using honey, maple syrup, corn syrup or molasses, fill it to the shoulder of the                      jar.  This ends up completely submerging the folded up paper and any herbs,                        crystals, resins etc  you  have placed in the jar and whilst doing this say                                    “as this fills up with sweetness, so do you become sweet towards me”.

9.            Close the jar and seal it around the edges of the lid with candle or sealing wax                         visualising your petition manifesting in reality.

10.          Place jar in an area where it wont be disturbed ie back of a kitchen cupboard.

 

Simple Use for Jar Spells

Above is a simple jar spell to get a person to favour you and look upon you in a positive and warm way.   This can be used for anyone who is cranky, unresponsive, unsupportive, controlling, manipulating and making your life miserable such as a family, friends, co-workers, tradespersons, inlaws, judges, lawyers etc.

 

© T. Georgitsis 2014