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A Bilongo for Love

Nsasi in Action

Doing ceremony for love or to pull someone your way is not as easy as a lot of books make it seem to be. And there many reasons why people will buy these books and the success rate is not that high.

The first thing that must be done before doing any type of love spell is to do a ceremony to remove dirt of your aura or spirit. When I am talking about dirt, I am referring to negativity. Now, you might be someone who is doing spiritual cleansings all the time and feel that you are totally clean spiritually. Logically you have the right to feel so, but, if you are not attacking specific targets or issues in your spiritual quadrant you will never achieve ultimate success.

When we are dealing with our ancestors we invoking the bad and good luck they left behind for us to deal with. When the bad luck is not dealt with then it turns into a family curse in the lineage.

I had a client which who I will refer to as Thomas (to conceal his identity). He was a young man in his thirties, made close to six figures salary, worked out five times a week, drove a foreign car, and had his own place. Thomas is heterosexual, had no children, and being a desirable bachelor, still no serious woman came his way. He would have someone to date and have a good time with, but no good candidates for marriage. After doing divination for him, the working suggested in palo dealt with Siete Rayos who was claiming the bilongo to do. In his lineage all the men in his family had bad luck with women; almost all of them were married twice. The shadow of this family curse was following him as well. As the divination had gotten deeper, it was discovered that his great grandmother was cheated on, and she was making the men in the lineage pay for her anger. The shadow of her anger was preventing women from seeing him as a man worth investing their time in.

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Planning a Working for Love? Give Venus in Taurus a Chance in 2011.

The Beauty and the Bull
Astrology is the first system I had studied full time when I began with Haitian Vodou I have found it to be a limitless source of wealth when it comes to solving issues. Ironically it took many years to appreciate it as more than just a horoscope forecast. I began to embrace the essence of astrology when I began to conduct certain rituals, according to the position of a particular star.

One particular I would like to take the time to discuss is the famous star known as Venus. It is the second planet from the sun and it is named after the Greek goddess of love and romance. Her energies also represent femininity, motherhood, and marriage. The metal that corresponds with her energy is copper and bronze. Copper was also used to make a mirror for Venusian entities. Her elemental energy is Fire; her gemstones are emerald, malachite, jade, coral and amber.

No matter the African traditional religion we practice everyone receive a positive or negative affect from planetary energies. This is why it is very important to know the basic transition of planets if you going to do a serious ceremony spiritually.

Often we have heard of the term zodiac signs, zodiac come from the Latin word zodiacus which mean circle of animals. It is also a coordination of stars and there position within the galaxy. The characteristics of the zodiac are studied more in depth by astrological chart which is divided into twelve houses. Each house is ruled by a planet and a Zodiac sign. The second house is rule by the zodiac sign Taurus, according to Wikipedia “In Greek mythology, Taurus was identified with Zeus, who assumed the form of a magnificent white bull to protect Europa, a legendary Phoenician princess. In illustrations, only the front portion of this constellation are depicted; in Greek mythology this was sometimes explained as Taurus being partly submerged as he carried Europa out to sea.[29] Greek mythographer Acusilaus marks the bull Taurus as the same that formed the myth of the Cretan Bull, one of The Twelve Labors of Heracles.[30]”

The zodiac sign Taurus is rule by the planet Venus making it among the most feminine sign. The second house in an astrological chart is called the house of possession. In the second house it talks about an individual personal resources, talents, personal strength, wealth, emotional state, and what is valuable to an individual.

Venus in Taurus is the best time to do spiritual work for love, finance, marriage, to strengthen harmony within a family or home, employment, to achieve success in your life, to gain property, to work on self-love, and to remove negative romantic patterns in your life.

In 2011 Venus will be in Taurus on June 12, 2011 if you have the time you can plan a ritual that need attention in your life.

Good luck, let me know how it goes for you.

Ginea Jacmel

Where did the spirit of Charity go?

Sarayeye or Spiritual Cleansing
The road to be a priest or priestess in Santeria, Yoruba, Haitian Vodou, Palo Mayombe, Ifa, Akan, is not an easy road. But, we should not let our personal trial and tribulation prevent us from seeing the bigger picture. That is not only to elevate our family and our lineage but to elevate people who come across our crossroad.

We meet people each day for a reason, each person that come across our path is a representation of a Loa, a Orisha, a egun, and/or a Nkisi.

I say this because if we keep this in mind then perhaps we would not always think about money when it comes to helping someone. I do not say that someone should not be paid for his/her knowledge. But, there are times were an individual just need a little boost to be where he/she need to be.

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Illumination to Egun (Part 3)

St. Michael, Glastonbury Abbey

This is the third part of a series of steps meant to illuminate and energize the egun. It has been of benefit on my spiritual practices and I hope it also benefits yours.

Exorcism
In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, by the intercession of Mary, spotless Virgin and Mother of Jesus, of St. Michael the Archangel, of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, and by the authority residing in our holy ministry, we steadfastly proceed to combat the onslaught of the wily enemy.

Psalm 67(8)

God arises; His enemies are scattered, * and those who hate Him flee before Him.
As smoke is driven away, so are they driven; * as wax melts before the fire, so the wicked perish before God.
See the cross of the Lord; begone, you hostile powers!
The stem of David, the lion of Juda’s tribe has conquered.
May your mercy, Lord, remain with us always.
For we put our whole trust in you.

We cast you out, every unclean spirit, every satanic power, every onslaught of the infernal adversary, every legion, every diabolical group and sect, in the name and by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. We command you, begone and fly far from the Church of God, from the souls made by God in His image and redeemed by the precious blood of the divine Lamb. No longer dare, cunning serpent, to deceive the human race, to persecute God’s Church, to strike God’s elect and to sift them as wheat. For the Most High God commands you, He to whom you once proudly presumed yourself equal; He who wills all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. God the Father commands you. The Son of God commands you. God the Holy Ghost commands you. Christ, the eternal Word of God made flesh, commands you, who humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, to save our race from the perdition wrought by your envy; who founded His Church upon a firm rock, declaring that the gates of hell should never prevail against her, and that He would remain with her all days, even to the end of the world. The sacred mystery of the cross commands you, along with the power of all mysteries of Christian faith. The exalted Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, commands you, who in her lowliness crushed your proud head from the first moment of her Immaculate Conception. The faith of the holy apostles Peter and Paul and the other apostles commands you. The blood of martyrs and the devout prayers of all holy men and women command you.

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Illumination to Egun (Part 2)

Lamp for the egun

Ritual execution of Illumination to Egun.

To execute this ritual properly, it would be good to be as familiar as possible with the prayers, this way they will flow naturally and you will have the force of your emotions behind it.

Direction to orchestrate the illumination:

1) Cover the altar with a white cloth; make sure your seven or nine glasses contain fresh water. Pour some holy water, Florida water, and sprinkle some cascarilla in the nine glasses.

2) In a white bowl pour some river water, holy water, Florida water, cascarilla, some basil leaves, mint leaves, Prodigiosa, and some rum. Crush everything together, you can add anything in here as you see fit. Such as other herbs and/or fragrances to your liking.
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Illumination to Egun (Part 1)

Egun Devotion a Cornerstone of many ATRs
This is the first of a multi part series on dealing with Egun or reverence to ancestors. I decided to name this article illumination to Egun, because what I would like to discuss how to activate your spiritual quadrants with prayers.

In the Catholic Church there is a group of people known as charismatic. According to Wikkipedia Charismatic catholic is define as this: The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a movement within the church characterized by vibrant masses, it features ‘speaking in tongues,’ as well prophesy and healing. This movement is based on the belief that certain charismata (a Greek word for gifts), bestowed by the Holy Spirit such as other language communication and healing.
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Lave Tete: 41 Days of White

Each Lave Tete unfolds different blessings
When I had my Lave Tete done, it was done on the day of the New Moon. I was taught by my elders at that time, that Lave Tete and initiations should never been done on the dark phase of the moon, or three days before the new or full moon, because this is when negative energy is more prevalent.

Although the traditional dictates to keep dressed in white for 7 days after the Lave Tete, I decided to stay in white for the next forty-one days. I wanted time to consolidate the new energies in my life, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. However, my alpha personality sometimes drives to doing things to the extreme. I had a simple altar at the time with the saint’s pictures that symbolize the Rada spirits. I had a white porcelain bowl with one cotton wick with olive oil only in it. It would be lit when I would pray at sunrise, mid afternoon and at sunset.

Praying three times a day for the next forty-one days was a spiritual awakening in itself. I could feel the energies of the Loá consolidating with me and at the same time, a lot of the people that I used to hang out with at that time were slowly disappearing from my life for good. This was the first change that gave me a slight emotional conflict. This was the beginning of my test of faith within me and the perilous journey for the next forty-one days.

The first ten days I felt as if I was fighting against my animalistic desires. The thirst for sexual gratification kept increasing, when that would happen. I would light a white candle and direct my energy to doing extra prayers. This is when it will settle down until day fourteen that urge became controllable. I was determined to sacrifice my physical desires to have a pure connection with myself, my Loás, and my Met Tete (master of my head literally or the force that helps guide my life).

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Lave Tete

Lave Tete a Connection with the Loas. Artwork by Alex Grey
Throughout different cultures, the importance of the head receiving sacred energies in order for an individual to be aligned to his/her destiny, had been documented for centuries. Haitian Vodou is no difference, this is why the ceremony of Lave Tete (French for head washing) or Koule Tete (Creole for cooling the head) is very important ceremony. It is more than a ceremony for an individual to become attuned to the energies of the Loa. But, to be a clean vessel for the elements that exist within his/her spiritual quadrant.

Lave Tete cleanses the individual and/or would be Voodouisant to receive accurate spiritual calibration on the pwen of the Loa.

Depending on the regleman (rules) of the Mambo or Houghan the Lave Tet is done for one or three days. In my lineage it is done for three days. The unconscious mind receives a lot of psychic stimulation through the invocation of the Loa. It is by the awakening of the unconscious mind, that a process of self-abnegation takes place toward everything that had hindered his/her spiritual journey. At the same, the process prepares the individual for the perilous journey to become a future Hounghan or Mambo.

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