In the last few weeks, I have had a nagging feeling that I was in need of protection from ‘jealous glances’. The feeling wasn’t helped by the recollection of a couple of readings I have had with babalawos, that both mentioned that people were envious of me. I did not understand it at first; I have a very plain, simple lifestyle. Hell, I don’t even own a TV! But, it was my happy attitude and simple lifestyle that was the apparent cause of envy.
My intuition told me I needed mirrors, something to reflect back any negativity that came my way. Then I found them. A set of three exquisite 3″ x 3″ mirrored photo frames. Perfect. My gut feelings, told me that I needed a picture of a Saint for the frames. But which one? I set about explaining the situation to Omimelli, and after discussions, I settled on St Michael.
Something was still missing though. The frames still didn’t seem complete. Guinea peppers! I recalled having read somewhere that small bags containing guinea peppers (Grains of Paradise) were tied to the back of pictures. I researched online, and yes, small bags of guinea peppers are tied to the back of Saints pictures, a process that is called ‘Feeding the Saint’. With the photo frames complete, all I had to do was to devise a simple ritual to charge the mirrors for their intended use.
Throughout the process, from the sudden nagging for protection, to finding the mirrored photo frames, then the Saints and guinea peppers, I had the feeling that I was being guided through each step by my spirits. Maybe, the time I have spent with my bóveda is slowly coming to fruition…